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BTE King of the Coast Series starts strong with season opening Event #1

14 winners were crowned over three days during the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Series Event #1 presented by David McMurtry Racing Engines.

GULFPORT, MS – The BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series presented by David McMurtry Racing Engines kicked off their eighteenth season over the weekend at Gulfport Dragway. Gaylon Rolison Jr. and his team continue the tradition of wealthy paydays, unforgettable competition, and plenty of fun throughout their events.

As an added to bonus to the eager and early arrivers, the first 100 racers to complete their registration were given a free t-shirt courtesy of Fine Line Signs and Graphics. In addition to thousands of dollars in prize money, extra bonuses were awarded throughout the weekend such as JEGS gift cards, Alliance Race Wear race suits, IHRA Iron Man trophies, and multiple free entries into various 2022 events.

271 entries from seven states and two countries graced the gates of Gulfport Dragway in hopes of finding their way into the profitable winner’s circle during the BTE King of the Coast Racing Series Event #1.

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Friday Gamblers Race Results

Each racer that paid the test n’ tune fee were entered into a free gamblers race on Friday night.

In the Footbrake class, Robert Allen earned the win and a free entry into both the Savage Performance Footbrake 150 and Great American Dream Team Challenge while Larry Seguin’s runner up earned him a free entry into the BTE King of the Coast Event #2.

Greg Rolison claimed the win in the Electronics Gamblers Race to earn a free entry into both the Top Bulb 150 and Great American Dream Team Challenge, but Wayne Henry picked up a free entry into the BTE King of the Coast Event #2 thanks to his runner up effort.

Saturday Results

S&W Powersports Junior Dragsters

Berry Performance 7-9 Years Old

Kylie Ortego had the reaction time advantage but runs too quick beside Charlie Rentrop who is .04 above his dial to pick up the win and IHRA Iron Man trophy.

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Charlie Rentrop

Bone Shaker Motorsports 10-12 Years Old

Josiah Varner has an .04 reaction time advantage over Demi Stogner and runs closer to his dial to earn the win and IHRA Iron Man trophy. Bentlee Wright was the lone semifinalist.

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Josiah Varner

Pearce Automotive 13-17 Years Old

Zack Pearce lays down a stellar .005 total package to earn his IHRA Iron Man and $1,200 win over Ryker Cromwell who was .028 on the tree and .006 under his dial in. Luke Tabor was the lone semifinalist.

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Zack Pearce

Rick’s Powder Coating Electronics

Allen Wickell and the reigning Million Dollar Drag Race winner, Adam Russell, decided on a “split-n-quit” final on Saturday after defeating Chris White in the semifinal round.

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Adam Russell and Allen Wickell
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Adam Russell and Allen Wickell wrestle for the IHRA Iron Man trophy

Alliance Race Wear Footbrake

Daniel Riddle takes .005 at the finish line to earn the $4K win and IHRA Iron Man trophy over Joe Turner during Saturday’s Footbrake final round. Aaron Hill and Michael Farmer were the semifinalists.

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Daniel Riddle
Photo credit: Holloway Saunders and BME Photography

Velocity Racing Carbs Sportsman

KaCee Guedry takes the Sportsman win over Carl Schaeffer on Saturday.

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KaCee Guedry
Photo credit: Holloway Saunders and BME Photography

Sunday Results

S&W Powersports Junior Dragsters

Berry Performance 7-9 Years Old

Both drivers run .03 above their respective dial ins, but it’s Kylie Ortego’s reaction time advantage that illuminates the win light over Jillian Sandrock. Ortego will receive an Alliance Race Wear suit for her win on Sunday.

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Kylie Ortego
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Jillian Sandrock

Bone Shaker Motorsports 10-12 Years Old

Josiah Varner has the advantage at the tree but takes a little too much finish line to break out 1 thou more than Kyler Morel, who earns the win and earns a new Alliance Race Wear suit. The lone semifinalist was Jace Esneault.

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Kyler Morel
Photo credit: Holloway Saunders and BME Photography

Pearce Automotive 13-17 Years Old

Carson Emmett lights up the dreaded red light while Claire Russell cruises to the winner’s circle on Sunday. She will also receive an Alliance Race Wear suit for her win. Zack Pearce was the lone semifinalist.

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Claire Russell
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Carson Emmett

Rick’s Powder Coating Electronics

Jesse Marceaux lets go .004 on the tree and runs two above his dial to pick up the $7K win and leaves Brandon Henry mathematically ineligible. Robert Cool was the lone semifinalist.

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Jesse Marceaux and Brandon Henry
Photo credit: Holloway Saunders and BME Photography

Alliance Race Wear Footbrake

Larry Seguin stages up with Matt Nowling to see if they will repeat the run in the final or if Seguin will clinch the elusive win and runner up title on Sunday. Nowling has an .03 advantage at the tree, but goes too far above his dial while Seguin runs .019 above to end the race one round early.

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Larry Seguin earns the win and runner up on Sunday
Photo credit: Holloway Saunders and BME Photography

Velocity Racing Carbs Sportsman

KaCee Guedry has an .017 reaction time advantage but goes too far over the dial while Mike Simoneaux runs dead on with a zero to earn the Sportsman win on Sunday.

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KaCee Guedry and Mike Simoneaux
Photo credit: Holloway Saunders and BME Photography

More Money in March

The BTE King of the Coast Bracket Series will return April 29-May 1, but in the meantime Rolison Motorsports Promotions will turn their focus towards big money bracket racing.

The King of the Coast Top Bulb 150 comes to Gulfport Dragway March 4-6 and features $30K to win Saturday and $15K to win Sunday. Two day pre-entry was only $400 but the incredible buy one-get one feature lets racers save even more.

The Savage Performance Footbrake 150 takes place March 18-20 also at Gulfport Dragway. Bottom bulb racers will battle for two $20K to win paydays. A weekend pre-entry will cost you $349, but this event also has the buy one-get one deal to protect your wallet.

For more event information and the complete race schedule, visit www.rolisonmotorsportspromotion.com.


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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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