The Great American Bracket Race/Dream Team Challenge returned to Memphis International Raceway Memorial Day weekend for the second year in a row.
Saturday began with finishing up Friday’s Main Event due to some unfortunate oil downs that caused prolonged downtime which made it hard to finish the race before the early morning hours. The day started with third round and ultimately Curt Harvey who is coming off his double wins at the Texas Triple Tens last weekend secured the first check of the Great American Bracket Race. Harvey defeated Blake McNabb making the final round of Top Bulb an all Texas Final. In the Footbrake class Mike Payne took Friday’s Big American Flag Check in his beautiful Chevy II as he defeated Wesley Lockhart in the final round.
After the completion of Friday’s Main Event it was time for the race that everyone had been waiting for, the 2019 Dream Team Challenge. Team captains brought five of their best drivers to field each dream team and race for a large purse plus bragging rights. The field consisted of 32 top bulb, 20 footbrake, and 13 Jr. teams that traveled from around the country to compete at Memphis International Raceway to prove that they were the ultimate Dream Team of bracket racing.
After fighting their way through the Top Bulb and Footbrake field Blake Richardson’s team completed the sweep for this years Dream Team Challenge. Richardson’s team consisted of Austin Richardson, Edmond Richardson, Scotty Richardson, and Brad Plourd. They put on a great showing proving that they were the ultimate Dream Team of bracket racing in Top Bulb and Footbrake. The Dream Team Challenge wasn’t just for the adults as race promoters Britt Cummings and Gaylon Rolison Jr. also support the future of drag racing by offering a Jr. Dragster Dream Team Challenge. After defeating teams from around the country, team Ben Willis were crowned the Jr. Dragster Champions. Seeing the excitement of the parents and the happiness that the kids displayed proved that this event is more than just a race, it is creating memories and experiences that racers will never forget.
Don’t miss any of the live racing action for Sunday’s Great American Bracket Race $20,000 Main Event by tuning into MotormaniaTV.
Gates are now open for the third Texas Triple Tens event of the 2019 season and the Texas Motorplex staff plans to deliver a fully scheduled event to the racers. The weekend will kick-off with a Test-N-Tune from 6-10 on Thursday evening. It is important to note that the High Roller 64 car shootouts that were originally scheduled for Saturday night have been moved to Friday night and will begin after the final eliminations in the main event. This change has been made in order to provide a full event to the racers despite a chance a stormy forecast for Saturday.
In the event of a rain out or rain delay on Saturday, there will still be plenty of entertainment at The Motorplex for racers to enjoy during the wait for the weather to pass. In the event of a rain out/delay, there will be a practice tree race in the Champions Club that will payout 70% ($25 entry/4 entry maximum).
The Racer Appreciation Dinner on Saturday night presented by J’s Joint of Plaquemine, Louisiana will also remain on the schedule. Saturday’s payout will potentially roll over into Sunday’s purse and payout will be as follows:
Box Winner: $20,000
No Box Winner: $10,000
Each Texas Triple Tens event thus far has had more than 200 entries in the box class and promoter, Cody Pollage, is continuously making changes and trying to provide more benefit for all of those who have supported this series in its first year. The May 17-19th event will be the first in the series to distribute best losing package awards each round, through round six, in the box class. Sponsors for these prizes include:
Gates will open on Friday at 9 AM and time runs will begin at 10 AM. Eliminations & Shootout to follow. On Saturday and Sunday, gates will open at 8AM, and new entries will be allowed a time run at 9AM. Eliminations to follow. Texas Triple Tens event staff are all looking forward to a safe and fun weekend of racing and entertainment.
If you should have any additional questions about the event please contact Cody Pollage at 225-776-6818
The Texas Triple Tens kicked off three days of racing at the Texas Motorplex with beautiful weather and a day full of great racing. Racers from around the country came to race for $10,000 in Box and $5,000 in No Box in hopes of writing their name on Friday’s Big Check.
With 70 entries No Box racers came to play for the $5,000 Big Check up for grabs Friday. Last year’s Million Dollar runner-up and talented young driver Chris Gulitti proved it doesn’t matter the class as he wheeled his S-10 all the way to the quarter finals in No Box. Blair McNutt defeated Jake Howard in the Quarter Finals of No Box and secured herself a bye run into the final round where she would face Jeff Hefler or Jim Cornett. Jim Cornett knocked the bottom out of the tree with a .003 light and was able to drive the stripe to advance to the final round. When all was said and done Blair McNutt was able to seal the deal and take home the first No Box $5,000 Big Check.
With 160 entries Box racers from around the country traveled for a chance to become $10,000 richer. After Billy Simpson laid down a perfect run first round, we knew competition was going to be tough in the box class. Simpson made it to the Quarter Finals where he was defeated by Hunter “Hunny Wayne” Patton. Patton met up with Danny Ray Martinez in the Semi Finals and Johnny “Bracket Racer” Ezell secured the bye to the finals when he defeated Koy Collier in the Quarters. The final round was decided by .004 at the stripe as Johnny “Bracket Racer” and 2017 Million Dollar Winner was behind .002 at the starting line but went dead on with a zero to take the win. Ezell not only took home the first $10,000 of the weekend he also received a $1000 bonus because he ran the Spring Fling Million and then won at Texas Triple Tens.
Best Losing Packages
A few racers may have felt unlucky as they completed a great pass but just came up short of the win light. Thanks to the sponsors of the Texas Triple Tens they home empty handed.
Autometer 1st Round: Vince Taylor .008
California Car Covers 2nd Round: Andy Rhinefort .026
Sherman Racing Engines 3rd Round: Canaan Barrilleaux .009
Limitless Car Care 4th Round: Dale Scates .030
Racer Appreciation Dinner
We are also looking forward to Saturday Night's Racers Appreciation Dinner. Thanks to Troy Morgan and Environmental Oil Recovery racers of the Texas Triple Tens will be able to enjoy over 1500 pounds of Crawfish and all the fixings cooked by J’s Joint out of Plaquemine, Louisiana.
LIVE Weekend Updates
Make sure to stay tuned to South Central Drag Racing and Big Check Bracket Racing for LIVE weekend updates.
"We are very proud to have Troy Morgan and his company Environmental Oil Recovery come on board for this event. Troy is always looking for a way to help racers out and help them have a great experience.’ Pollage said. ‘We are bringing back J’s Joint from Plaquemine, La to do the cooking and serving for this event again.’ They are bringing in 1500 pounds of crawfish, with all the toppings, such as corn, potatoes, sausage, etc.
Environmental Oil Recovery is a recycling oil company. Based out of Longview, TX, with yards in Forth Worth, TX and Monroe, LA, they help keep our waters clean, and protect the environment. They are able to do this by allowing a safe place to dispose of your oil, oil filters, and coolants.
Check out Environmental Oil Recovery's great services at www.environmentaloilrecovery.com or give them a call at 903-660-3177.
Have you ever wanted to race a big money bracket series? Well now here’s your chance. South Central Drag Racing and Big Check Bracket Racing are proud to present the “Big Check Points Series” in 2019. Racers will have the chance to compete at various bracket races throughout the South Central region as well as across the country to earn points in the Electronics and No Electronics classes. This series is based on a local bracket track’s point program, but is on the Big Money side of racing.
Racers will compete for a coveted Ultimate Big Money Gold Card. This entitles the 2019 champion of the series the opportunity to compete at the same events in 2020 for free. Points from your best 10 race days of the first 20 will count towards your season-ending total. All entry fees ($100 for Electronics, $50 for no-electronics) will go back to the racers in the form of checks, prizes, and give-a-ways as a Thank You for supporting the program.
Participants will be able to earn points based on how many rounds are won in a single race day. Racers will earn 10 points for each round competed. The winner of each day will receive 12 points, and the runner-up will receive 11 points.
We are really excited to put this program together, and we think it will add a certain excitement to the big money racing program. There are a bunch of well-known and coveted races on the list. We would like to thank the promoters for coming on board and supporting this program. Please check out the 2019 Big Check Points Series schedule, listed below, and we look forward to seeing you at the races.
Contact Paige Hamlin at email@example.com for questions and sponsorship requests.
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