The 2022 racing season starts strong as racers fill Bradenton Motorsports Park for the 7th Annual New Year Nationals.
BRADENTON, FL – Illuminating win lights, claiming a big check, and basking in the Florida sun is arguably the most enticing way to ring in a new year! Obviously I’m not the only one who feels this way as 708 entries burst into Bradenton Motorsports Park on Thursday for RT Promotions’ 7th Annual New Year Nationals, presented by Gaspar Body & Paint.
Due to the overwhelming support of eager racers, a few adjustments were made to the original schedule. Wednesday’s Test n’ Tune session would become free of charge and serve as two time trial sessions for the weekend.
The GRE Signs Thursday main event would be completed as advertised, but the Space Coast Speed and Custom Friday and Right Trailers Saturday events would be combined into one race. After fighting the fog and dew settling on the track in the evening hours, eventually all winners were crowned, celebrations were concluded, and a great time was had by all.
Goolsby Racing Enterprises Thursday Race Results
RT Promotions always takes the time to recognize junior dragster drivers and this year there was no short supply of competitive kids on the property. 195 entries staged in round one on Thursday to battle for the $2,000 win.
Eventually the field was narrowed to two remaining drivers, Matthew Peterson and Aaron Kinsey. In the final, Peterson turns on the red light which sends Kinsey into the winner’s circle.
Aaron Kinsey earns his final win in a junior dragster as he ages out of competition and looks ahead to wheeling his grandfather’s 55 gasser.
First round of No Box saw 176 entries make their way down the eighth-mile in hopes of cashing in for $10,000. A classic Ford versus Chevy match-up between Lucas Walker and Maverick Palmatier also became the closest final round of the weekend.
Both drivers are .023 total, but Walker and his Mustang turn on the win light while Palmatier settles for runner up in his S-10.
Top bulb racers were the largest class of the weekend with 337 entries making the first round call on Thursday. Jason McCandless, of North Carolina, takes on the Florida native, Travis Logan, with $10,000 on the line.
Logan has the starting line advantage, but runs too quick, leaving room for McCandless to wheel his roadster into the winner’s circle.
Space Coast Speed & Custom/Right Trailers Combined Race Results
After whittling down 160 entries to only two, Hayden Land battles Jaylee Soucy in the $4,000 final round. Land runs dead on the dial in, but it’s not enough to make up for Soucy’s reaction time advantage and she takes the win on Sunday.
In No Box, 160 entries began the event on Saturday but only two would remain eligible for Sunday’s $20,000 payday. Laine Blackburn, of Kentucky, rolls up the starting line opposite Florida’s own Troy Stafford in the final.
Stafford lays down an .018 package to leave Blackburn mathematically ineligible for the win. It’s also impressive to note that Stafford took two entries into the semifinal round which created a profitable day behind the wheel.
317 entries took the tree during first round of the Box class on Saturday but ultimately Tyler Bohannon and Donovan Williams were the final pair to stage up for $20,000. Williams has the starting line advantage but breaks out by 8 thou while Bohannon runs dead on for the win.
Bohannon continues to cash in after winning the Great American Guaranteed Million just seven weeks ago. The dragster, owned by JP Schuster, was also in the 6th Annual New Year Nationals winner circle while being driven by Mike Matty, Jr.
RT Promotions Plans
Rob Reynolds, of RT Promotions, is already looking forward to the 8th Annual New Year Nationals. Event information will be released in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the RT Promotions Facebook page for updates.
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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.