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World Footbrake Challenge XVII is Coming Up Soon

Mark your calendars from the upcoming World Footbrake Challenge XVII at Bristol Dragway June 29- July 2, 2023.

BRISTOL, TN- An event that most would consider the Mecca of Footbrake racing, the World Footbrake Challenge is gearing up for their seventeenth installment at Bristol Dragway, June 29- July 2, 2023. Footbrake racers from around the country will spend four days fighting for over $50,000 in winner’s purses as well as round money, special awards, and round prizes.

Although racing doesn’t begin until June 29th, drivers can start winning early by cashing in on the pre-entry savings.

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Pre-Entry Deals & Policy

Those who purchase a weekend entry by June 1st will be able to take advantage of the $450 price tag ($150 savings).

If you miss that deadline but enter by June 21st, you will pay $500 ($100 savings).

For those who don’t want to pre-enter at all, gate entries are welcome for $600. 

The World Footbrake Challenge double friendly pre-entry policy allows racers to essentially “lock-in” their discounted rate, as they can add a second entry at the gate for the same price. As always, all pre-entries are 100% refundable if for some reason you are unable to attend the event.

Photo credit: Jessica Spears

$3K Gamblers Races

Both Thursday and Friday will feature gamblers races where drivers pay a $100 entry fee for their chance to win $3,000. The runner up will earn $1,000 while payout continues all the way back to second round winners! 

The gamblers races will test your skills with no time trial, no buybacks, and no double entries. On Thursday, drivers can also participate in Test n’ Tune from 12-4:30 for only $35.

Michael Beard, 2022 Gamblers Race Winner World Footbrake Challenge XII
Michael Beard, 2022 Gamblers Race Winner
Photo by Hobbie Lee Photograph

Three $15,000 Main Events

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will each host a $15,000-to-win and $3,000 to runner up main event. Semifinalists will earn $1,000 each day and round money begins with second round win ($50). 

If you fail to turn on the first round win light, drivers can pay $100 to compete in the re-entry round where those winners will advance into second round of the main event. All re-entry drivers also receive a complimentary ice cream courtesy of Third Amber Racewear.

Edmond Ellison, 2022 $15K Friday Winner
Photo credit: Hobbie Lee Photography World Footbrake Challenge XII
Edmond Ellison, 2022 $15K Friday Winner
Photo credit: Hobbie Lee Photography

Special Awards and Prizes

JEGS is the Hard Luck Award sponsor where one racer will earn a $250 gift certificate after having a not-so-lucky weekend. 

RBZBillet.com will award one Richardson Boyz billet steering wheel to the Best Appearing Car while BRODIX hands out a $500 gift certificate for the longest tow courtesy of the Long Distance Award. 

Threesome Auto Center will award a $500 cash prize to the best package and best losing package of the weekend.

Additionally, each round of the main event has their own prize for the best losing package from these generous sponsors: Hoosier Racing Tire, Plourd Racing Products, BRODIX, JEGS, Moser Engineering, Auto Meter, and Austin Hinds Motors.

World Footbrake Challenge XII
Photo credit: Jessica Spears

Rules and Details

The World Footbrake Challenge XVI is an all-run event with no ET break and deep staging is honored. Only door cars and left hand steer roadsters are permitted, no dragsters or electric vehicles.

Air and/or electric shifters are allowed, no manual or electric RPM controlling devices are allowed, and you cannot have a transbrake button on the steering wheel. 

Hurry and grab your pre-entry deal by visiting the World Footbrake Challenge website or by calling either (205) 612-3502 or (662) 587-3581. 

For those missing out on the action in person, you can watch live on MotorManiaTV sponsored by JEGS.

World Footbrake Challenge XII
Photo credit: Jessica Spears



  • 12PM: Early Parking
  • 5-9PM: Registration Open
  • Gates Open all night


  • 8AM: Gates Open
  • 9AM: Tech Opens
  • 12-4:30PM: Test n’Tune ($35)
  • Gamblers Race to Follow


  • 8AM: Gates Open
  • 8:30AM: Time Trial (1 per entry)
  • 1PM: Main Event Eliminations
  • Gamblers Race to Follow (time permitting)


  • 8AM: Gates Open
  • 8:30AM: New Entry Time Trial
  • Eliminations to Follow


  • 8AM: Gates Open
  • 8:15AM: Church Service
  • 8:45AM: New Entry Time Trial
  • 9AM: Eliminations to Follow

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