Allison, Warren, and Santangelo top the competition and claim cash at Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Southern Sportsman Showdown.
ADEL, GA – NHRA stars Dave Connolly, Jason Line, and Bo Butner aligned to create BOLD Promotions, with a focus on Sportsman drag racers. They traded helmets for clipboards during their promotion debut with the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Southern Sportsman Showdown.
The Southern Sportsman Showdown was contested at South Georgia Motorsports Park and innovatively combined big money bracket racing with class racing. Specifically, this event was an opportunity for Stock and Super Stock drivers to win large amounts of cash while also enjoying the perks of stardom.
Historically, Sportsman racers aren’t typically the stars of the show, but during the Southern Sportsman Showdown these drivers were treated like kings and queens. Every detail was carefully constructed to create the most valuable and pleasant experience for the racers. There was even a free racer appreciation party after the race on Saturday, the Nitro Fish Nacho Night.
Connolly stated, “The best part is that we get to give something back to the racers who are out here investing their time and money into the sport that we all love.”
Speaking of giving back, let’s get into the results and see who took home all that cash!
A few scenes from the Southern Sportsman Showdown
During the main events, Stock and Super Stock racers competed separately. The winner of each class would then face each other in the high-stakes final round. All races were contested in the quarter-mile.
Friday Stock Results
Six drivers remained in the fifth round of Stock: Allison Doll, Jim Marshall, Ricky Pennington, Jarrod Granier, Marion Stephenson, and Monty Bogan. Doll packaged up Marshall to advance while Pennington’s dead on pass defeats Granier’s breakout run. Stephenson takes the double breakout win over Bogan to move into the semifinals.
Pennington earns the bye run courtesy of the ladder, leaving Doll and Stephenson to duel. Stephenson uses a 17 pack to secure his spot in the Stock final round as Doll breaks out in an attempt to take the finish line.
The finals of Stock, Pennington takes .010 at the finish line, but loses during the double breakout race. Stephenson runs .010 under his dial in to advance into the $20,000 final round.
Friday Super Stock Results
Five drivers remained in the Super Stock fifth round: Greg Porter, Stan Holt, Bryan Worner, Aaron Allison, and Ricky Pennington. Porter earned the solo pass into the semis while Pennington uses the reaction time advantage to take out Holt. Worner takes the stripe by five thou but is too quick, as Allison is only .001 under the dial in to move on.
Allison coasts into the Super Stock final round courtesy of his bye run. Pennington cuts a .005 light to defeat Porter and gets ready for his second final round of the night.
In the Super Stock final, Pennington runs dead on his 10.85 dial in but it isn’t enough to overcome Allison’s reaction time advantage. Allison runs 8.960 on his 8.95 dial in to advance into the $20K final round.
Friday’s Mickey Thompson $20,000 Final
Stock racer Marion Stephenson and Super Stock competitor Aaron Allison stage up to see who will earn Friday’s $20,000 and winning prizes.
Allison pairs an .024 reaction time with an 8 thou margin of victory to illuminate the profitable final win light. Stephenson runs 10.29 off his 10.27 dial in and earns the runner up honors.
Along with $20K, Aaron Allison earned the big check, a special trophy created by Cold Hard Art, fire jacket and G-Force racing gear custom-striped helmet courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment, $100 courtesy of Crew Chief Pro, and a converter thanks to A-1 Converters.
Holley 64-Car Shootout
64 drivers raced in a Shootout on Saturday with a $50,000 top prize up for grabs. The last eight left in the running were Hayden Trumble, Joel Warren, Jeff Longhany, Brad Plourd, Britt Cummings, Jason McCandless, Edmond Ellison, and Ricky Pennington.
Pennington breaks out while Ellison runs dead on his 10.95 dial in to move into the semifinals. Trumble and Warren have identical .047 reaction times and both run under their dial ins. Warren only breaks out 1 thou to advance.
Plourd turns on the red light by 5 thou as Longhany coasts into the next round. McCandless has the advantage with an .010 light, but breaks out more than Cummings who is .023 under and moves on.
Edmond Ellison is .009 on the tree but has a mechanical failure and Britt Cummings advances into the final round. In a heads up SS/HA match up, Joel Warren and Jeff Longhany are both dialed in on the 10.60 index. Only 2 thousandths separate the reaction times, but Warren runs 9.46 next to Longhany’s 9.67 to turn on the win light,
In the $50,000 final round, Joel Warren stages his SS/HA Pontiac Firebird next to Britt Cummings in his A/SA Chevrolet Corvette. Cummings is .031 to Warren’s .034 but breaks out 1 thousandth to earn the runner up. Warren runs 9.604 off his 9.57 dial to cash in for $50K.
Saturday Stock Results
Saturday’s Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels main event was combined with Sunday’s race due to an unfavorable weather forecast. This means Stock and Super Stock racers would be battling for a $40,000 payout during the Southern Sportsman Showdown.
Six Stock racers remained in Saturday’s fifth round. Two pairs had double breakout runs where James Perrone took the win over Leonard Mattingly and Wes Neely takes out Dan Fletcher. Slate Cummings is .001 red while Michael Brand II is .012 green to move into the semifinal.
Perrone leaves a little too early and turns on the red light which advances Neely while Brand takes the bye run into the final.
The final in Stock is an F-body Pontiac pairing between Brand’s 1973 Firebird and Neely’s 1989 Trans Am. Brand is .004 on the tree and two above putting together an .024 package for the win. Neely is .024 on the tree and one above to come one win light short of the $40K final round.
Saturday Super Stock Results
The last five Super Stock racers remaining were Jeff Strickland, Jeff Longhany, Josh Barczy, Anthony Bertozzi, and Joe Santangelo on the bye run. Strickland uses better light to package up Longhany while Barczy is .002 and two above to take out Bertozzi.
Santangelo was .018 on the tree and one above, leaving only one thousandth for Barczy who had an .031 reaction time. Strickland took the solo pass into the final to face Santangelo.
Santangelo was .019 and takes .004 finish line to illuminate the win light beside Strickland’s .042 and dead on pass.
Saturday’s Mickey Thompson $40,000 Final Round
Saturday’s $40,000 final round came down to D/SA Michael Brand in his Firebird and GT/KA Joe Santangelo in his Camaro.
Santangelo was .007 to earn victory during the double breakout race with Brand. Joe Santangelo takes home the cash, big check, special trophy created by Cold Hard Art, fire jacket and G-Force racing gear custom-striped helmet courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment, $100 courtesy of Crew Chief Pro, and a converter thanks to A-1 Converters.
Just The Beginning
If you missed out on the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Southern Sportsman Showdown, don’t worry. BOLD Promotions said this was an inaugural event so keep an eye on their Facebook page for up to date information. If you’d like to re-watch any of the action, the entire race was streamed on MotorManiaTV.
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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.