Todd Arnold Ends Racing Retirement and Wins JEGS SFG 500

Just like something out of a movie, Todd Arnold returns from a long racing hiatus to win half-a-million dollars during the JEGS SFG 500.

Feature photo credit: Lou Crouch

BRADENTON, FL – Two years after Gage Burch made history by winning the first $500K payday, SFG Promotions crowned their second SFG 500 champion on Saturday.

The 2020 event was unfortunately delayed due to the pandemic and then a hurricane, which only increased anticipation for who would walk away with half-a-million dollars.

Bradenton Motorsports Park welcomed four hundred eager drivers during first round of the FTI 500 main event at the JEGS SFG 500. Dragsters, door cars, no-box racers, and even motorcycles ran down the eighth-mile in hopes of claiming a massive paycheck.

Entries would be separated throughout the race which resulted in a classic dragster versus door car final round.

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Photo credit: Lou Crouch

FTI $500K Quarterfinals

Dragster Semifinal

Eight rounds after the first pair, three dragsters and three door cars remained in competition. Scott Taylor used a bye run to advance into the dragster final round while Todd Arnold and Tim Thomas would battle for the other spot.

Both drivers were only one thousandth away from perfection as Thomas lets go .001 red for the loss while Arnold is .000 and breaks out .001 to advance.

tim thomas vs todd arnold saturday 500k dragster semi
Tim Thomas vs Todd Arnold
Door Car Semifinal

On the doorslammer side of the ladder, Dwayne Roberts earned the bye run to the final while Garrett Griffith and Kenny Underwood staged up.

Griffith had the advantage with an .013 reaction time but breaks out .001, as Underwood runs dead on with a six to take the win.

garrett griffith vs kenny underwood saturday 500k door car semi
Garrett Griffith vs Kenny Underwood

FTI $500K Semifinals

Dragster Final

Todd Arnold and Scott Taylor rolled into the waterbox to see who would move on to face a door car in the $500,000 final round.

Taylor runs dead on, but left .003 too soon to send Arnold into the final with his .009 reaction time and .002 breakout.

scott taylor vs tood arnold saturday 500k dragster final
Scott Taylor vs Todd Arnold
Door Car Final

Dwayne Roberts of Lakeland, FL stages up beside Kenny Underwood of Delaware, OH during the door car final round.

Underwood is .002 green but without the advantage because Roberts lets go trip zip! Both drivers breakout on the big end with Roberts’ 1 thou under taking the win over Underwood’s 8 thou under.

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Kenny Underwood vs Dwayne Roberts

FTI $500,000 Final Round during the JEGS SFG 500

Dwayne Roberts represents the door cars in his Chevy II and is looking to cash in for $500K. In the right lane, Todd Arnold stages up for what is said to be only his second event after a 15 year break from drag racing.

Roberts has the starting line advantage with his .013 light, but breaks out 4 thousandths to earn the runner up. Arnold is .018 at the hit and runs one above his dial to claim $500,000 in a borrowed dragster!

Todd Arnold SFG 500 main event winner Saturday
Todd Arnold wins $500,000 during the JEGS SFG 500
Photo credit: Race Works
Dwayne Roberts is runner up in the $500K main event at the JEGS SFG 500
Photo credit: Race Works

Next Stop for SFG Promotions, Inc

The SFG Promotions team will be at Cedar Falls Motorsports Park in Iowa June 3-5, 2021. The FTI 350 is a three-day event that pays $25K Thursday and $50K both Friday and Saturday.

Only 350 entries will be accepted and pre-entry is open now on the SFG Promotions website. You can also find up-to-date event information on their Facebook page.

Find out who else took home money during the JEGS SFG 500 thanks to DragChamp!

We’ve got results from the two $100,000 races as well as the bonus races and shootouts. Or if you’re in the mood for bottom bulb racing, check out results from Loose Rocker’s Bigfoot $75K.


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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