spring fling vegas april 17-21 2018
K&N SPRING FLING MILLION - TUESDAY RESULTS
And so it began, the third edition of the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries. Once again, the site is The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the newly crowned four-wide facility, with this event contested on only two of the lanes.
Tech inspection continued today with a free Test & Tune session sponsored by Yukon Gear & Axle in addition to the American Race Cars Dragster Shootout with the winner of the exclusive 48-car field receiving a brand new ride. The gates opened for parking and tech inspection yesterday and by the time it closed for the night, over 400 entries had been sold, especially noteworthy given the 'Fling rules which state a car can only go down the track one time per round.
With three auxiliary races each paying a guaranteed $30,000 to win in addition to hefty round money, the main event, the Spring Fling Million to be held on Friday carries with it a $2,000 entry fee. Co-promoters Pete Biondo and Kyle Seipel want as many to enter as possible and as such began today what will turn out to be many Million Dollar Raffles. Beginning with a $50 raffle and only 40 entries followed by a $100 raffle with 20 entries, a couple of lucky individuals will win their way into the main event. In addition, a Practice Tree Race was held Tuesday night as well with the winners receiving a Million Dollar Race entry.
In the American Race Cars Dragster Shootout with six remaining in the quarterfinal round, the combatants were Kevin Heffington, Trevor Larson, John Lobner. Lori Warden, Jeremy Rapp and Lori Warden's husband, James.
For the quarters, James Warden defeated Heffington, Lori Warden used a .004 reaction time and a dead-on the dial with a "9" to defeat Rapp and Larson went red to move Lobner into the semifinals to face James Warden. Lori Warden's reaction time earned her the semifinal bye run into the final round.
In that semifinal, Lobner turned on the red-light to make it an all-Warden final, husband against wife, both driving Tom Bayer's School of Drag Racing cars. Winner receives the dragster and the runner-up earns them self an entry into the main event, the Million Dollar Race on Friday. For his efforts, Lobner received a three-day entry into the 2019 event.
For James' sake, he's thankful he isn't going to have to sleep on the couch tonight as it was his wife Lori who used a .009 reaction time to force her husband into running out, giving her the win. "We've raced two other times before and he won both times, so I'm happy," said Lori. "But he's an amazing racer and I have to thank him and Tom Bayer for all the coaching."
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K&N SPRING FLING MILLION - WEDNESDAY RESULTS
With one day in the books at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries, Maytag Silverstate Refrigeration Wednesday got underway early in the morning with a single time trial run afforded to all entrants. When you have well over 400 entries, that one shot can take quite a while.
Today's guaranteed purse awarded one winning individual $30,000, in addition to a healthy amount of round money along with over $60,000 in prizes and awards randomly handed out all day. It was the first of two more auxiliary races with the main event, the Million contested on Friday where the actual win money is closely attached to the car count. Regardless of the number of cars though, the win money is guaranteed to be at least a hefty $200,000, with all the rest of the round money starting with a 3rd round win earning $1,000. "Should over 400 cars enter the Million, the guaranteed win money jumps to $500,000 and only grows from there," said co-promoter Peter Biondo.
Typically in the past, high-dollar bracket races were laden with the long cars; more specifically dragsters. In standard Spring Fling innovation, co-promoters Pete Biondo and Kyle Seipel instituted separating door cars from dragsters until later rounds at the very first Spring Fling race in Bristol, TN. The result has almost single-handily brought quite a few door cars to the party and started a trend which has spread to most every other bracket race in the country. With over 439 race cars making the first round of eliminations, roughly 40- to 50-percent of them are door cars.
Buybacks are as big a part of bracket racing as anything else. Lose in the first round and it allows you the opportunity to "buyback" your way into the program. The problem with them is that they usually will add time and another round to the event. Because of the size of the field today along with some breakage along the way, officials made the decision to suspend buybacks for the day. As it was, the first round of eliminations wasn't completed until 5:30.
It wasn't until 10:00pm when the Maytag Silverstate Refrigeration Wednesday field was reduced to round six, the ladder round of 15 cars, seven of which were door cars. The remaining racers were Andy Schmall, Brian Vader, John De Jonge, Peeps Pennington, Troy Williams, Dom Meziere, Bradley Johnson, Monte Rice, Jack Sadler, John Labbous, Marko Perivolaris, Dennis Lithgold, Buddy Ferrell, Nathan Martin and George Lewis.
The remaining racers after round six were Schmall, Pennington, Meziere, Johnson, Sadler, Perivolaris, Ferrell and Lewis. With eight cars left for round seven, the split was even between door cars and dragsters. In that round, Sadler turned on the red-light to advance Johnson, Meziere took the win light against Lewis, Pennington ran out to move Ferrell ahead, and Perivolaris used a better reaction time to advance over Schmall. Three dragsters stacked against the one door car of Meziere for the semifinals.
In the first half of the semis, Johnson; who was the big winner two weeks earlier at the Four-Wide NHRA Nationals; turned it red against former 'Fling winner Perivolaris, while on the other side, Meziere; an NHRA national event winner himself; and his fast door car used a better reaction to take the best of Ferrell. And so, the final was door car vs. dragster; two California drivers who know where the winner's circle is.
With Perivolaris receiving the head start, both drivers had good reaction times, but it was the Perivolaris who in his first three rounds of eliminations today had a .000, .000, and a .001 reaction times to start his day. Perivolaris won the last day at the 2017 version of the Spring Fling Million and with this the first day of the event, he has stretched his wins at the 'Fling to 19 straight wins.
"I have to thank my family, my sister and mom and dad for all the support they give me," said Perivolaris. "It's an honor to race with them."
Racepak Thursday will find competitors going straight into eliminations with no time trials, for just another $30,000-to-win day. It will also highlight the Racepak Bounty Reward for the person who beats Wednesday's winner. Keep following along at www.bracketraces.com
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K&N SPRING FLING MILLION - THURSDAY RESULTS
Yesterday was a particular long day with time trials starting at 8:00 in the morning and the final round not taking place until the witching hour of midnight with Marko Perivolaris repeating his K&N Spring Fling win from last year. Racepak Thursday was a financial duplicate of Wednesday's race with $30,000 going to the winner.
When the Spring Fling brand came to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway six years ago, it included racing in two categories; Super Pro and Pro; or Box and No Box for lack of a better explanation. When the event changed to the Spring Fling Million with a potential payday of $1,000,000 two years ago, co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel opted to race just one category, Super Pro due to the increasing number of cars. However, not wishing to forego the support of the Pro racers who have long supported the brand, the decision was made to include an elite 38-car Pro field. Just as door cars are kept separate from dragsters in the Super Pro class, so do the Pro 38 racers who run to a class winner and then that person is inserted into the following Super Pro round in addition to earning an extra $500 from W.W. Williams Racing.
In addition to the win last night, Perivolaris earned a bounty on his head courtesy of Racepak. The person beating Perivolaris today earned themselves a Racepak Sportsman Data Logger. That lucky person turned out to be Tony Farmer from Midland, Texas, using a dead-on the dial with a "3" to defeat Perivolaris in the second round of eliminations.
Another long day but at the ladder round, round seven, 11 racers remained; Scott Stockton, moving into the Super Pro field after winning the Pro 38 class; Jim Shelton; Al Quigley; Paul Lorton; Wes Barnard; Dustin Wurtz; Luke Bogacki, last year's million dollar winner, Gary Williams; Lane Dicken; Kevin Thorp; and Sean Shaffer. The survivors from that round were Quigley, Wurtz, Williams, Bogacki, Dicken and Stockton.
For the quarterfinals with six cars remaining, the two door cars of Quigley and Stockton were hanging in there with the remaining dragsters. When the smoke cleared from the round, Quigley, Bogacki and Dicken remained and for the semifinals, based on his .002 reaction time, Dicken will receive the odd car bye run to move him directly into the final against either Bogacki or the lone remaining door car of Quigley.
In the semis, Quigley picked the wrong time to miss the 'tree with a .057 reaction time to Bogacki's .011 which ultimately found the win light in Bogacki's lane. Dicken took his bye run by hitting the 'tree with a .006 and shutting off early, but the .006 gave him lane choice in the final. Interesting final round would find Dicken, who was a runner-up in the 2016 Million to Jeff Verdi, facing off with last year's Million dollar man Bogacki.
For the finals, Bogacki left the line first with a .008 reaction time and it was Dicken's fate to miss the 'tree with a .021 which gave Bogacki room at the finish line for the win.
"I didn't start off today driving that well," said Bogacki, "but it came around for me. And I think I like this place."
One more auxiliary $30K race is scheduled for Saturday and sponsored by FTI, but first... the main event, the Spring Fling Million on Friday. With a guaranteed winner's share of the pot set at $200,000 regardless of the number of cars, that winning hand increases in relationship to the car count. A number of people attend the event in the hopes of earning enough money to afford the $2,000 entry into the main event, but in that regard, raffles, and this year a practice tree race, were held to allow racers a chance to win their way into the field. Follow along with all the action as it develops by visiting www.BangShift.com
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. The action gets underway at 8:00am PST with the Brodix Run For The $50K, a time trial session where the first perfect run earns the driver $50,000. Eliminations follow that session with a Racer Appreciation Party to begin at 7:00pm.