Friday, May 24, 2024

Fitton Finds $15K in Saturday at BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI

Chris Fitton defeats Lucas Walker to claim $15,000 during Saturday’s portion of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI.

BRISTOL, TN: Patchy clouds hovered over the facility on Saturday as day three of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI began at Bristol Dragway. New entries were rewarded with a time trial before the footbrake field dove into to first round of eliminations.

Racers had to be rushing to get in the gates as the official car count climbed to 450 entries for the second $15,000 payday of the weekend. 

wfc xvi staging lanes

Finding New Ways to Represent Sponsors

The Coalburg Racing Promotions staff is always looking for ways to create a unique experience for the drivers, crew, and fans who attend their events. Throughout the weekend, numerous prizes are awarded to participants based on skill, vehicle fabrication, best losing packages, perfect reaction times, humorous awards, etc.

These are all possible due to the support of prestigious companies such as Hoosier Racing Tire, Plourd Racing Products, BRODIX, Moser Engineering, JEGS Performance, AutoMeter, Austin Hinds Motors, Push Button Latches, and so many more. 

During the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI, a new interactive segment with Cade Caufield was debuted with high praise from the crowd. Footbrake Fast Facts is a trivia gameshow-type experience in which anyone on the property may be surprised with a WFC related question, which if answered correctly, instantly earns them an item from the prize vault. 

wfc xvi footbrake fast facts Cade Caufield jj Pennington
Footbrake Fast Facts host Cade Caufield alongside JJ Pennington

Saturday $15K Main Event


Rolling back into the on-track action, by round eight only six drivers remained eligible for Saturday’s $15,000 prize: Tesz Powell, Lucas Walker, Josh Witcher, Jordan Wilhelm, Chris Fitton, and Rodney Finchum.  

Powell and Fitton face off in the first quarterfinal pairing with Fitton advancing courtesy of Powell’s .001 red light. Walker is .002 and drops to be two above in order to leave Wilhelm mathematically ineligible with an .023 bulb. Finchum is a little too fast off the brake pedal when his red light sends Witcher to the next round. 

Jordan Witcher wfc xvi sat semi
Jordan Witcher

In the semifinal, it was Witcher who illuminates the red bulb by 8 thousandths while Fitton takes the opportunity to get dialed for the final round. Walker leaves with the wheels up on his ’64 Mustang during his bye run and prepares for yet another BTE World Footbrake Challenge final round appearance. 


Coincidentally, both $15K final rounds so far had nearly identical outcomes. This time Walker turns it .001 red while Fitton is .021 green to earn his first BTE World Footbrake Challenge win and adds his name to the record books. 

Chris fitton Saturday wfc xvi winner
Chris Fitton
Photo credit: Hobbie Lee Photography
Lucas walker wfc xvi runner up
Lucas Walker
Photo credit: Hobbie Lee Photography

Day Last Quickly Approaches

There were still plenty of win lights to be illuminated throughout the evening during the now $4,000 to win Gamblers Race. Drivers would compete in between the rounds of the main event until the curfew struck and halted the action with only three cars remaining. Tim Douglas, Joe Foley, and Tim Curry will battle for the Gamblers Race win tomorrow as Day Number Last quickly approaches. 

Sunday will feature the final $15,000 race of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI but before any engines start, a church service will take place at approximately 8:15 am. Only new entries will be allowed to make a time trial at 8:45 am before diving right into eliminations. 

As always, you can watch all the racing action live on MotorManiaTV thanks to the support from JEGS Performance.

For more event information, please visit the BTE World Footbrake Challenge website.

DragChamp has all the results from the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVI so check out who won on Thursday and Friday.


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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