Sunday, June 16, 2024

BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI Thursday Concludes with Clash of the Titans

Michael Beard and Brad Plourd face off in Thursday’s $5,000 Gamblers Race final round during the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI.

BRISTOL, TN: Thursday marked the beginning of the sixteenth installment of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge, where the competition has obviously been preparing to show off on the big stage. Track temperatures started warming up with the Test n’ Tune session followed by a Gamblers Race featuring the increased $5,000 payout.

Co-promoter, Jared Pennington said, “Steve and I are very appreciative of the large number of racers [263 pre-entries] that are choosing to attend the WFC, and we want to start the week right by increasing the gamblers purse, with no added entry fee.”

flags at Bristol Dragway

Thursday Gamblers Race

Thursday’s Gamblers Race began with a healthy 221 entries, but with no double entries or buybacks allowed, drivers had an all-or-nothing mentality. Within the first four rounds of competition, two drivers laid down perfect runs: Dennis Coffey and Dean Harmon.


By sixth round, only seven drivers remained for the quarterfinal quarrel: Brad Plourd, Tim Griffith, Morgan Carroll, Nathan Sexton, Michael Beard, Daniel Johnson, and Dean Harmon.

Carroll had the starting line advantage, but breaks out 8 thousandths more than Plourd, who advances into the semifinal. Griffith turns it .004 red while Beard is .011 on the good side to take the win. Johnson has a perfect reaction time takes the .013 margin of victory over Sexton, while Harmon earns the bye run down to four cars.

Daniel johnson. Thursday semi WFC XVI
Daniel Johnson

Both Harmon and Johnson illuminate the red light by .002 and .008, respectively, which sets up Beard and Plourd to battle for the first win of the weekend.

dean harmon Thursday semi WFC XVI
Dean Harmon

Both drivers are dialed in at 6.96 and only one thousandth separates the reaction times therefore leaving all the magic to happen on the finish line. Plourd breaks out .014 but Beard is only .007 under the dial to earn Thursday’s $5,000 Gamblers Race win.

WFC XVI Thursday winner Michael beard
Michael Beard
Photo credit: Hobbie Lee Photography
WFC XVI Thursday gambler. runner up brad plourd
Brad Plourd
Photo credit: Hobbie Lee Photography

Plenty of Racing Left

All the action at the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI has just begun! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each feature their own $15,000 to win main events as well as a Friday $3,000 Gamblers Race, time permitting. Gates open at 8am Friday and everyone will receive one time trial per entry starting at 8:30am. Gate entries are welcomed, and you can compete in the triple 15s for only $600.

Stuck at home? Thankfully you can still see what’s happening live with MotorManiaTV courtesy of JEGS Performance. For more information on the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI, visit their website.

Stay tuned for the rest of the results here at DragChamp but in the meantime check out other bracket racing news here.


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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