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Monday, July 22, 2024

Plourd and Davis Have a Good Time at BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVIII with $20K Victories

Brad Plourd and Adam Davis captured $20K wins at the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVIII at Bristol Dragway.

Featured photo by Chris Simmons Photography

BRISTOL, TN – Day number last at the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XVIII opened with a non-denominational church service led by Jeff Gatlin and new entry time trials before taking a special moment to honor a fallen member of the racing community.

Boomer Ellison, a long-time racer and supporter of Coalburg Racing Promotions events, unexpectedly passed away during the off-season. Co-promoter, Jared Pennington, delivered a heartfelt speech about the impact Boomer had on everyone around him before Edmond and Caleb Ellison rolled toward the waterbox. After a Boomer-inspired smoky burnout by Caleb, the two brothers made a side-by-side pass down Bristol Dragway in remembrance of their late father.

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Friday $20K Main Event

Following the opening prayer and national anthem, it was time to get down to business and crown two $20,000 winners. The remaining eleven cars from Friday’s Main Event were on track first to set the quarterfinal round which included Lee Norton, Brooks Stevens, Tesz Powell, Brad Plourd, Todd Austin, and Brody Dunaway.

Quarterfinal

Austin is .008 up front but gets to the stripe too quick while Powell gets the win with his .018 reaction time and one above pass. Norton launches with a .009 red light sending a dead-on Stevens into the semifinal. Plourd is .021 green and illuminates the win light after Dunaway fouls at the starting line.

Semifinal

In the semifinal, Powell has the reaction time advantage but is .017 behind at the finish line while Stevens’ runs dead on again to advance. Plourd earned the bye run and coasts into another Coalburg Racing Promotions final round.

Final

Just a couple of days late, Friday’s $20,000 final round was finally set with two Alabama drivers and a Ford versus Chevy battle. Only two-thousandths separate the pair on the starting line and Stevens gets to the stripe first but breaks out one thou while Plourd is .017 above to take the win.

Plourd adds a World Footbrake Challenge victory to his impressive resume that includes previous WFC runner-up finishes and two Southern Footbrake Challenge wins. In his winner’s circle interview, he says, “You don’t know if you’re gonna get close [to winning] again. You pull in the gates here and see so many great racers and so many good cars…It was nice to get it done. I got lucky in the final, but we’ll take ‘em however we can.”

Brad Plourd – Friday $20K Winner
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Brooks Stevens – Friday $20K Runner-up
Photo by Chris Simmons Photography

Sunday $20K Main Event

Afterward, there were still plenty of burnouts, wheelies, win lights, and intense rounds of footbrake action during the last $20K Main Event of the weekend. A solid 480 entries made their way down the Bristol Dragway eighth mile in the first round.

By round number eight, only six competitors had a chance to seal the deal on Sunday. The drivers behind each six-second ride were Braden Wells, Taylor Bowling, Steve Wagner, Daniel Young, Braden Taylor, and Adam Davis.

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Adam Davis – Sunday $20K Winner
Photo by Chris Simmons Photography

Quarterfinal

Bowling runs dead on his dial but is left mathematically ineligible when Young is .013 and runs one above for the win. The second quarterfinal pairing are both red, but Wells leaves first ending his day while Davis cruises into the next round. Only five-thousandths separate the reaction times and Taylor runs dead on with a six to take the win over Wagner who is two above his dial.

Semifinal

Young’s previous reaction time earns him the stress-free ride into the final round while Taylor and Davis battle for the remaining spot. Davis is 9 thou behind on the tree but flawlessly executes the finish line drop for the win while Taylor breaks out eleven thousandths.

Final

In the Florida versus Alabama match up, Davis is looking to secure his second WFC win while Young is staging up for his first Coalburg Racing Promotions final round. Davis is .005 up front and earns the .014 margin of victory over Young who was .029 and one above for the runner up honors.

Another humble winner’s circle interview comes from a well-known talent when Davis says, “I’m just blessed. I drove poorly all weekend and nothing [to say] but blessed. I try not to clam up, it’s not that important whether I win or lose, it’s just having fun. Obviously, the more you hold the more fun it is, but I’m just glad to be here.”

As Jared Pennington pointed out mid-interview, both $20K champions crowned on Sunday call Baileyton “The Good Time” Dragstrip their home track. Alabama racers officially swept the competition on Sunday, while Florida and Tennessee earned wins on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

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Adam Davis – Sunday $20K Winner
Photo by Chris Simmons Photography
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Daniel Young – Sunday $20K Runner-up
Photo by Chris Simmons Photography

Mike Mo MVP Award

The last order of business was handing out the Mike Mo MVP Award which went to Jordan Martin for his impressive performance throughout the event. He accepted the award by saying. “This feels good. I’ve never been an MVP and it’s an honor to win this, especially coming from y’all. This is the toughest competition and hardest place to win that I’ve ever raced at, so it feels great to put my name up there beside those guys.”

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Jordan Martin – Mike Mo MVP Award Winner
Photo by Chris Simmons Photography

As always, co-promoters Jared Pennington and Steve Stites express their gratitude to the racers, hardworking Bristol Dragway staff, Coalburg Racing Promotions crew, sponsors, Motormaniatv viewers, and everyone involved for making eighteen years of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge possible.

Next up:

In a little over seven weeks, the band gets back together at Bristol Dragway for the BTE Labor Day Footbrake Challenge. The new format features three $ 15,000-to-win main events with $ 3,000 gamblers races on Thursday and Friday. Pre-entry is available now where $450 will get you into the triple 15’s.

For more information about Coalburg Racing Promotions and their events, visit www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com.

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