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Numerous Winners Named at Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals

The 23rd Annual Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals did not disappoint! Numerous racers earned big checks, but everyone had a blast.

TERRE HAUTE, IN – When you attend a Final Call Promotions event, efficiency is practically guaranteed thanks to the brain behind the scenes, Jake Hodge.

During the 23rd Annual Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals, 11 drivers made their way into the winner’s circle in just four days! That was also despite a monstrous rain shower that put racing on pause for nearly three hours…so kudos to Final Call Promotions and the Wabash Valley Dragway staff.

Even though the event was filled with exceptional bottom bulb competition, the weekend wasn’t all business. In fact, thanks to the proximity of a neighboring circus and Chick-Fil-A, racers and staff made time for some extracurricular activities.

Jake Hodge hopped on the back of an elephant for an exhibition run and Dustin Bryant wheeled his racecar through the drive-thru for lunch!

All this to say, if you didn’t make it to the 23rd Annual Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals this weekend, you truly missed out on a one-of-a-kind event.

As I mentioned earlier, there were 11 races completed and each with a different winner, so let’s dive into those results!

Thursday Shootout

Wabash Valley Dragway put together a Shootout on Thursday night where Dustin Brenton earned the win over Lucas Walker.

thursday gamblers winner Dustin Brenton
Dustin Brenton
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
Dustin Brenton and Lucas Walker
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Honey Creek Collision Friday Results

Bottom Bulb $5K Main Event

As cars continued to be eliminated, the competition tightened with only four drivers remaining. Andy Romine, Randy Weller, Jordan Wilhelm, and Tony Virgilio staged up in the semifinal round.

Virgilio is .005 beside Romine’s .01 reaction time, but breaks out on the top end while Romine runs dead on with a seven for the win. Wilhelm lays down .016 total to eliminate Weller’s .013 light and one above run.

In the final, Romine has the starting line advantage with an .013 bulb but takes too much stripe to break out 8 thou. Wilhelm pairs his .025 reaction time and one above pass to collect the $5K win on Friday.

Friday 5k bottom bulb winner Jordan Wilhelm
Jordan Wilhelm wins $5K during the Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
Friday 5k bottom bulb runner up Andy Romine
Andy Romine
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Junior Dragster $1K Main Event

Only three Junior Dragsters remained Friday night in a battle for $1,000. Jackson Summers earned the solo pass into the final round and is .004 on the tree during his bye run. Connor Dumanski uses a reaction time advantage to take the win over Jocelyn Geib in the semifinal.

Summers turns on the red light in the final while Dumanski is .03 green and runs four above his dial to take the win and cash.

Friday 1k junior dragster winner Connor Dumanski
Connor Dumanski wins Friday during the Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

DD-214 Veteran’s Shootout

In a way to show appreciation for those who serve their country, Friday night held the DD-214 Veteran’s Shootout. This race, reserved only for current or former service members, paid $1,000 to win at no cost to enter.

The semifinal came down to Bill McCarty, Larry Shupperd, K. James, and Earl Grayson.

Both drivers ran seven hundredths above their dial ins, but McCarty’s .023 light gave him the winning edge over James. During a double breakout race, Grayson runs 8 thou under his dial to take the win over Shupperd who was .012 under.

Grayson is .009 on the tree but breaks out .022 while McCarty is .029 and safely above to take the $1,000 win.

DD214 Veteran shootout winner Bill McCarty
Bill McCarty wins the DD-214 Veteran’s Shootout
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
DD214 Veteran shootout runner up Earl Grayson
Earl Grayson
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Friday Gamblers Race

The $2,500 to win Gamblers Race was contested Friday night where Cody Alumbaugh and Stacy Jarrell were the last two left standing.

In an all Chevrolet final, Alumbaugh is .007 on the tree and runs dead on with a zero to take the win. Jarrell also made a nice lap, laying down .015 total for the runner up.

Cody Alumbaugh wins over Stacy Jarrell during Friday’s gamblers race
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Pit Vehicle Race

To finish Friday’s festivities, a pit vehicle race was contested where Zach “Animal” Combs took the win over Nick Gowan.

pit vehicle race winner Zach Combs and runner up Nick Gowan
Zach Combs and Nick Gowan celebrate in the winner’s circle
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Grizzly, Inc. Saturday Results

Bottom Bulb $10K Main Event

After battling a moody Mother Nature who was alternating between scorching temperatures and pouring rain, four drivers fought their way into the semifinal.

Both pairings were full of red bulbs, with the slower cars fouling first and worse to end their runs. Eric Paul advances with a .001 red beside Steve Collier’s .008 red, while Nasty Nick Hastings’ .008 red is enough to take the win over A. Tewell’s .011 foul.

In the final, Hastings is .016 and takes 5 thou at the finish line to earn the $10,000 victory. Paul is .026 and runs dead on with a seven to earn the runner up finish.

saturday 10k winner and sunday 5k runner up Nasty Nick Hastings
Nasty Nick Hastings claims $10K during the Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
saturday 10k runner up Eric Paul
Eric Paul
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Junior Dragster $1K Main Event

Saturday’s semifinal came down to four Junior Dragster drivers: Heath Hornbuckle, Jase Willenborg, Jesse Fritts, and Jase Wanamaker.

Fritts turns on the red light to advance Hornbuckle who runs 8 thou under his 7.97 dial. That left the two Jase boys to battle as Wanamaker leaves Willenborg mathematically ineligible and moves into the final.

In a heads up final round, Hornbuckle’s .019 light and .08 above pass earns the $1,000 win over Wanamaker who was .067 and three above.

saturday junior dragster winner Heath Hornbuckle
Heath Hornbuckle wins $1,000 during the Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Mayes Powder Coating Sunday

Bottom Bulb $5K Main Event

Two talented competitors, Nasty Nick Hastings and Steve Collier, faced off in Sunday’s $5,000 final round.

Hastings had a 4 thou starting line advantage, but breaks out .006 to come up short of another win. Collier was .019 and runs dead on with a four to earn the $5K win.

sunday 5k winner Steve Collier
Steve Collier claims $5K during the Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
sunday 5k winner Steve Collier and runner up Nick Hastings
Nasty Nick Hastings and Steve Collier
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Junior Dragster $1K Main Event

The last Junior Dragster final round of the weekend was between Tanner Spires and Layla Dillman. Spires earns the $1,000 payday over Dillman.

Tanner Spires also wheeled his Chevy II during the event, which earned the Honey Creek Collision Best Appearing Car Award. He took home $250, a plaque, and a metal art trophy custom made by Mike Ralston.

sunday 1k junior dragster winner Tanner Spires
Tanner Spires wins $1,000 during the Bernie Mann Memorial No Delay Nationals
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
best appearing car Tanner Spires
Tanner Spires’ Best Appearing Car
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography

Bernie Mann Memorial Shootout

The final race to be completed was the Bernie Mann Memorial Shootout – an exclusive run-off for previous winners of the Bernie Mann race with a $2,500 purse.

The 2015 winner Danny Black staged up beside the 2017 event winner Shawn Feece during the Shootout final.

It was all over at the starting line when Feece turns on the red light and Black coasts across the finish line for the win.

bernie mann memorial shootout winner Danny Black
Danny Black wins the Bernie Mann Memorial Shootout
Photo credit: Chris Simmons Photography
Danny Black vs Shawn Feece
Danny Black vs Shawn Feece

More From Final Call Promotions

Now that you know how much racing, cash, and fun come from a Final Call Promotions event, keep an eye on their Facebook page so you don’t miss the next one! You can also take a look at the results from this year’s Working Man’s 10 Grands.

For the latest in bracket racing news from DragChamp, click here. Or listen to Jake Hodge, Ryan Gleghorn, and Gary Don Free with the latest DragChamp Show podcast!

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Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

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