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Birchfield & Tucker Win $10K at Coastal Clash

Nine racers captured wins at the 3rd Annual FRBR Promotions Coastal Clash presented by Ken’s Kustom Chassis at US 13 Dragway.

Write-up & photos provided by FRBR Promotions

DELMAR, DE- The 3rd Annual FRBR Promotions Coastal Clash presented by Ken’s Kustom Chassis took place April 14-16, 2023 at US 13 Dragway. This event featured two-days of Top Bulb $10K’s, No-Box $5K’s, and Junior Dragster $1K’s. In addition, there was also Friday Night Showdown Shootouts which will included a $2,500-to-win Top Bulb 64-Car Shootout, $2,500-to-win No-Box 64-Car Shootout, and a $500-to-win Junior Dragster 32-Car Shootout.

The next event for the FRBR Promotions team will be their 4th Annual Ken’s Kustom Chassis Independence Showdown presented by Daryl Tillman Realty Group June 30- July 2, 2023 at Maple Grove Raceway.

See full event results below!

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Saturday Results

Top Bulb $10K

In Bryan Blittersdorf’s Automotive Top Bulb quarterfinal action, Vinny Guido couldn’t overcome a four hundredths R/T advantage by Alan Glatt. John Myers used a .006 initiated 2 over to bounce Fred Rogers and Paul Riddle snuck by Mike Jones by just .002. Jerry Birchfield Jr was on the bye.

Birchfield was better on both ends of the track in the semis to dispatch Myers and Riddle got away with one as Glatt ripped away his two hun starting line advantage to give the finish back .009.

Riddle’s luck ran out in the final despite a .008 to .038 advantage when he failed to tighten up the stripe enough, breaking out a hundredth, giving the win to Birchfield who was 1 above.

Jerry Birchfield Jr, Saturday Top Bulb Champion
Jerry Birchfield Jr, Saturday Top Bulb Champion

Mod ET $5K

Tire King No Box saw 5 drivers in the quarters. Kody Mariner used his speed advantage to push Herbie Sullivan out by .009. Joe Dedrick took an easy round over Kevin Spencer when Spencer experienced issues downtrack. US 13 Dragway weekend warrior Michael Jefferson had the bye.

Dedrick took the free pass in the semis while Mariner turned it red to Jefferson.

It was over before it got started in the final as Jefferson was -.007, letting Dedrick take a leisurely victory lap down the 1/8 mile.

Joe Dedrick, Saturday No-Box Champion
Joe Dedrick, Saturday No-Box Champion

Junior Dragster $1K

Accutrench Jr Dragster saw a field of nearly 50 widdle down to six quarterfinalists. New driver Bridget Atkins benefited from leaving 2nd, winning a double red light affair with Raegan Ketterman. Noah James also benefited from a red lighting Ella Ketterman. The final pair matched up Alfonse and Anthony Magliocco from New Jersey. Alfonse was .042 total equaling his brother’s .042 light and forcing him out the back door.

James took the semi-final bye while Bridget turned it -.004 red to Magliocco.

Alfonse was too much in the final, with his .053 package leaving Noah just .001 to get inside of.

Alfonse Magliocco III, Saturday Junior Champion
Alfonse Magliocco III, Saturday Junior Champion

Sunday Results

Top ET $10K

Quarterfinal action in Bryan Blittersdorf’s Automotive Top Bulb saw Johnny Ennis lock out Buddy McGowan with a .041 pack. Joe Martin won over a red-lighting James Diciacco. Finally, David Tucker’s .029 package put Jimmy Dunn ’69 El Camino on the trailer with his .030 R/T.

In the semis Tucker remained consistent with his .030 pack besting the .050 miss by Ennis. Martin just took the tree on his bye run.

The final round was over quickly as Martin turned it .002 red. Tucker put down a solid lap: .006 up front and 1 above for .018 total.

David Tucker, Sunday Top Bulb Champion
David Tucker, Sunday Top Bulb Champion

No-Box $5K

Tire King No-Box brought five drivers to the quarterfinals. Ken Bosset snuck by Matt Ricchezza despite being down .011 at the hit as Matt ripped his way to .006 behind. Scott Embley took advantage of a rare miss by Dave Harvey, with his .019 initiated .045 total leaving Harvey a drop as the best chance at winning. Nathan Mendenhall had the bye.

Scott Embley took the semi-final bye and left it up to Mendenhall and Bosset to decide who would join him. Both drivers had great reaction times, separated by just .004. In the end Mendenhall tried to tighten it up too much, giving the finish line by to Bosset by .005 after killing 5 mph.

The final was another great round with Embley and Bosset separated by just .003 up front. Both drivers did work at the finish line, Bosset’s late drop giving Embley the stripe by .005. The move worked, as Embley broke out by .002 more, crowing Ken Bosset the champ.

 Ken Bosset, Sunday No-Box Champion Coastal Clash
Ken Bosset, Sunday No-Box Champion

Junior Dragster $1K

Accutrench Jr Dragster had 7 drivers stage in the quarters. Ella Ketterman laid down .013 total to erase any hurt Sophia Curtis may have had about red lighting. Jon Henry Jr, following a Friday Gambler’s win was .027 total to end Jordan Denny’s day. Blake Lecates overcame a four hun reaction time advantage by Raegan Ketterman, running closer to the number for the win. Madison Gordy was the recipient of the bye.

Henry’s day came to an end in the semis where Gordy threw down .028 total. Ella Ketterman slipped by Blake Lecates after missing the tree when the 6-9 year old last standing broke out .015.

In the final, Ketterman had the better light and parlayed that into her first FRBR winner, becoming the first multi-generational winning family in FRBR history. Dad, Tommy won at last fall’s Coastal Clash Event.

Ella Ketterman, Sunday Junior Dragster Champion Coastal Clash
Ella Ketterman, Sunday Junior Dragster Champion

Greiner Brothers Heating & Cooling LLC Shootouts

Top ET $2,500-to-win

In the Top Bulb semi-final Neal Huber couldn’t get inside the .041 package of Frank Lecates. Richard Jelich’s .018 pack locked out the .033 reaction time of Billy Groton. Lecates did the locking out in the final, his .027 package overmatching Jelich’s .029 reaction time.

Frank Lecates, Top Bulb Shootout Winner Coastal Clash
Frank Lecates, Top Bulb Shootout Winner

Mod ET $2,500-to-win

The No-Box semis found Kurt Holland on the bye run, while Dave Dissinger’s .004 initiated 6.290 on a 6.26 took care of Ken Bosset’s 69 Camaro. In the final Dissinger left first by 15 thousandths and wheeled Holland to a .006 stripe for the win.

Dave Dissinger, No-Box Shootout Winner Coastal Clash
Dave Dissinger, No-Box Shootout Winner

Junior Dragster $500-to-win

In Jr Dragster semi, Logan Anderson turned it red, giving the win light to Jackson Greiner. 2022 10 yr old NHRA National Champion Gavin Cramer held the bye. In the final, after leaving just .005 apart, both drivers ended up well over their dial, with Gavin coming out on top.

Gavin Cramer, Junior Dragster Shootout Winner Coastal Clash
Gavin Cramer, Junior Dragster Shootout Winner

Congratulations to all winners and finalists from the 3rd Annual FRBR Promotions Coastal Clash at US 13 Dragway.

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