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Monday, July 22, 2024

Degnitz Cashes In for $100K at GallStars & Stripes

Connolly, Hildreth, Bloomfield, Degnitz and Kanselaar earned wins at the GallStar Bracket Races Advantage RV’s GallStars & Stripes $100,000 Drag Race powered by GO Lithium.

Photos and recaps provided by GallStar Bracket Races

EARLVILLE, IA- GallStar Bracket Races held their Advantage RV’s GallStars & Stripes $100,000 Drag Race powered by GO Lithium on July 4-7, 2024 at Tri-State Raceway. This 4th of July bracket racing extravaganza featured a $10K 64-entry shootout, $5K No Box 32-entry shootout, twin $25Ks, No Box bonuses, and of course the highly anticipated Mullis Race Cars $100K Saturday.

Next up for the GallStar Bracket Races team is the Advantage RV’s Corn Belt Classic Cash Harvest powered by GO Lithium on August 2-4, 2024 at Cedar Falls Motorsports Park.

See full event results below!

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Thursday $10K Box Shootout

After a long day of motorhome struggles, Dave Connolly rolled into Tri-State Raceway just in time to grab his one-and-only time hit for the Exstremefab.com $10K-to-Win Shootout. Dave was able to string some great laps together to eventually meet Jason Hop in the final round! Dave utilized a .015 reaction to grab a starting line advantage, then ran dead-8 to turn on that final win light of the day.

“This is the first time I’ve won with both my kids here with me at the track” said Dave. “We have the whole family out here, a little holiday family vacation, it’s been great.”

Dave Connolly, Thursday $10K Box Shootout Winner
Jason Hop, Thursday $10K Box Shootout Runner-up

$5K Thursday No Box Shootout

Day one of the Advantage RV’s GallStars & Stripes $100,000 Drag Race powered by GO Lithium saw Dale Hildreth and “Big Block” Shawn Anderson do battle in the Kaybee Transport Solutions $5000 final round!

Dale used a .011 reaction time to grab the starting line advantage over Big Block. Big Block was able to run dead-9, but it wasn’t enough to top Dale, who was .017 in front at the stripe.

Dale Hildreth, Thursday No Box $5K Shootout Winner
“Big Block” Shawn Anderson, Thursday No Box $5K Shootout Runner-up

Friday $25K

#CMTransport Friday at the Advantage RV’s GallStars & Stripes $100,000 Drag Race powered by GO Lithium saw Mikey Bloomfield stage up against Tucker Kansalaar in the $25,000-to-Win final round.

Mikey used a .013 reaction to gain a starting line advantage on Tucker. He then ran dead-on with a 3 to be .016 total, locking out Tucker’s .023 reaction.

Mikey Bloomfield, Friday $25K Winner
Tucker Kansalaar, Friday $25K Runner-up

Saturday $100K

Mullis Race Cars $100,000 Saturday saw 285 entries competing for the largest payday day to ever hit Tri-State Raceway. At the end of an awesome day of racing, Derek Degnitz and Tucker Kansalaar staged up in the high-stakes final round.

Derek used a .008 reaction time to gain the advantage up front, then drove it 2 above for the win in the right lane.

Derek was flooded with friends and family in an emotional winner circle celebration as he received his $100,000 big check and one-of-a-kind $100K Trophy.

Derek Degnitz, Saturday $100K Winner
Tucker Kansalaar, Saturday $100K Runner-up

Sunday $25K

Arnold Motor Supply Sunday at the GallStars & Stripes $100,000 Drag Race gave racers their final opportunity to score $25,000-to-Win!

Josh Kanselaar capitalized on that opportunity, dominating the dragster side of the field, carrying two entries all the way to the semi-final round. On one entry, Josh met up with the Kaybee Transport Solutions No-Box Champ of the day Brett Williamson, and his other entry sat on the bye.

In the high-stakes semi-final, Brett turned it -.009 red to hand the Win AND Runner-up to Josh!

Trailer Toad AllStar Performer

The Kanselaar camp stayed busy all weekend long, with Josh’s son Tucker picking up two runner-up finishes Friday and Saturday. Josh’s other son, Tanner, kept the team focused and ready for every single round of competition of the weekend, and became the first “non-racer” to win the Trailer Toad ALLSTAR PERFORMER award for the weekend. Tanner picked up the AllStar Performer Title Belt and $250 cash courtesy of Trailer Toad!

Josh Kanselaar, Sunday $25K Winner and Runner-up
Tanner Kanselaar, Trailer Toad AllStar Performer Award Winner

Congratulations to all winners and finalists from the Advantage RV’s GallStars & Stripes $100,000 Drag Race powered by GO Lithium at Tri-State Raceway.

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