With the epic amount of rainfall we’ve received over the past week and that we are continuing to receive now, we have no choice but to not even try to run tomorrow. The track is fresh scraped (no rubber base), it’s too wet to try and drag a fresh base on and the pits would be a muddy soup sandwich.
$10 Tuesday on January 1st is a weak maybe at this point, forecast shows nothing but rain until Friday next week… Good news is we’re planning on a Friday Frenzy, Saturday Bracket/ET Race Day and a Sunday Funday next weekend! and if the forecast holds true it’ll be SUNNY and 60*F!
The Tri-County Grudgefest, hosted by Adam Pettis at Innovative Street Technologies, event went off without a hitch this weekend. Despite the cool temp’s and lack of sunshine we still had a blast and finished off the night with an epic bon-fire and delicious tailgate bbq thanks to John Luterman & Crew. The no-prep (& water burnout only) race surface started off with barely any teeth to it at all, however later in the day as more & more cars went down the track she started to get some teeth and these hot rods started FLYING!
The Jr Dragster class was added last minute by bracket/index promoter Lynn Morris but these kids showed up and raced in TCGF fashion, instant green & no time! You might think these light weight cars with little motors would be fine racing on any surface but the first few to go down the track showed otherwise, these cars looked like top fuel cars with all the wheel speed on the no-prep surface which made the parents/tuners job very challenging to get them to hook. Ending up on top all said & done was Kayla Ainsworth, an avid competitor and ECD regular, Kayla was 3rd in points overall in this years Summit ET Series Jr Dragster class but brought her A-game to race at the TCGF, congrats Kayla & crew!
No-prep + “hard tires” made for an exceptionally challenging way to the winners circle for Peter Rozinski. Everyone there was convinced that the AWD Nissan GT-R or the AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was going to take the win but Peter drove around them all and parked his Ranger in the winner’s circle! Congrats Peter, hopefully we’ll see that hot rod out at ECD more often for 2019!
Weekend Warrior was a class that was added to this past TCGF to give those street-capable hot rods a place to race that aren’t necessarily dedicated race cars. These street-cars are allowed slicks/radials up to a certain size, power adders, all the works but had to go on the same 20+ mile cruise that the hard-tire cars/trucks had to go on. Erik Warrington made it happen with clean/fast A-B passes all the way to the finals and got the job done with his beautiful mustang. Erik is a regular at ECD his business, Warrington Utility is also a corporate supporter of the track so if you plan on racing a fast street car at ECD, plan on having to get past Erik if you want a chance at the winner’s circle, he won’t give it up without a fight!
Not the first time “Orange Boost” has parked its way in the winners picture at ECD this year, whether the car’s on radials with a bunch of weight hung on the nose or on slicks ready to get down the no-prep surface, Joey Pierre and his crew know how to get the job done. The small-tire class came down to John Luterman’s freshly painted white turbo mustang and Joey Pierre’s turbo/nitrous LS swapped Nissan with the Nissan coming out on top and going home with the cash. Icing on the cake is after issues earlier in the day, Joey had to footbrake the car and was limited to burnouts ending before the the start stripe because his transbrake (reverse) failed on him! Congrats Joey & crew for another well deserved win at ECD!
In the biggest field we’ve had yet in Outlaw Big-Tire, Cory Cox continues his winning streak with yet another win with his nitrous breathing Firebird. Coming off a big win at the JJ Arm Drop Race at Cottonwood two weeks ago, Cory’s team showed up at the TCGF ready to do whatever it took to park it in the winner’s pic and take home the cash. This marks the first time in TCGF history that Tyler Lee didn’t go home with the win in this class with his fire breathing 67 Chevy II but based on watching all these big tire cars making test hits it was clear that it was anyone’s race to win! Congrats Cory & team on the win and hopefully you can keep the streak alive!
The TCGF was meant to be our last race of the year but a group of rowdy street racers needed a place to throw down on Christmas weekend because their spot was a bit too hot for the liking, with open arms we’d like to invite you to join us on Dec 23rd for the Grand Hustle Cash Days! No tower, no tree, no staff, no tickets, arm drop, chase is a race, BYOP… just like on the street! We will have EMT on site and waivers will be signed at the gate and before going down the track to meet our requirements but other than that, behave yourselves and have a good time! Contact Shannon Wilkerson at 3342081680 if interested in getting in on the cash-days.
The 2019 Season at ECD is shaping up to be a STRONG one, with very few weekends available throughout the year, if you’re interested in hosting an event at ECD, speak up now or hold your peace until 2020!
Jan 4-6 ECD Index & Bracket Bash
Jan 12 Kart Racing
Jan 19 Brackets + 6.50 & 7.0
Jan 26 Nostalgia Day w/Jessie Holmes
Feb 1-2 Out of Time No Prep Series
Feb 9 South Coast Heads Up Series
Feb 10 Radial Prep Pro Testing
Feb 16 Kart Racing
Mar 2 MEEK MEET
Mar 9 Diesel Thunder – Spring Break III
Mar 16 Kart Racing
Mar 22-24 Summit ET Series
Mar 30 Grudddddddge (prepped)
Apr 13 Kart Racing
Apr 19-21 Summit ET Series
May 4 SNRA Pro Mods – Cinco De ProMod
May 11 Tri County Grudge Fest
May 17-19 Summit ET Series
May 24-26 X275 / Ultra Street / 28X / True Street / 8.0 / 6.50 / 5.70RS
May KART RACE DATE TBD – SUNDAY?
Jun 1 Kart Racing
Jun 21-23 Summit ET Series
Jun 29/30 – ImportRally presents: Sport Compact Summer Nationals
Jul 6 Pro Mods – NO SNRA
Jul 20 Grudddddddge (prepped)
Jul 27 Kart Racing
Aug 3-4 Back2School Jr Race
Aug 16-18 Summit ET Series
Aug 24 Kart Racing
Sept 13-14 Outlaw Diesel Super Series Hardway Sunshine Showdown II
Sept 28 Kart Racing
Oct 12 Pro Mods
Oct 13 Radial Prep Pro Testing
Oct 19 Kart Racing
Oct 26 Grudddddddge (prepped)
Nov 2/3 Paul Walker VI
Nov 9 Footbrake to Freedom
Nov 14-17 Summit ET Series Finals
Nov 23 South Coast Heads Up
Nov KART RACE DATE TBD – SUNDAY?
Dec 14 Tri Country Grudge Fest
Dec 21 Kart Racing
It’s that time of year again, the Tri-County Grudgefest is in town! Parents, Aunts/Uncles, Grandparents, prepare yourself for the last chance of the year to get your kids on the track to drag race that power wheels you got them last year for Christmas… charge those batteries, affix the wheelie bars and get them out there on Saturday for some FAMILY FUN!
To the rest of you heathens, bring the big bad anything goes hot rods, bring the small tire cars, roll out them weekend warriors, if you’re on a hard tire spend $10 more than it cost you to get in the gate and win $300 with whatever you drove there. All payouts guaranteed, if the collective entry fee adds up to more than they payout, guess what, it’s going to the racers!
Everyone stick around afterwards, the racing should conclude around or just after sun-down, after that we’ve got quite the collection of debris that’s been piled up all year waiting patiently for this weekend. BYOB, pull up a tailgate, feel free to camp out & stick around for Sunday Funday.
Jr Dragster racing was strong for 2018 and coming back stronger than ever for 2019 at The Emerald Coast Dragway thanks to the support of our friend, fellow racer and sponsor Rick Eizenzimmer with Grumpy’s Diesel!
Grumpy’s Diesel is located at 2330 S Hwy 29, Cantonment, FL 32533 and offers a full service & repair on light and medium duty diesels – Check them out at their website at www.GrumpysDiesel.com or give them a call today at (850) 780-6512.
Last year our Jr Dragster program was raced with our NHRA Summit ET Series, with 7 single races planned we were only able to get 4 of them in due mostly to weather. For 2019 we have 7 NHRA Summit ET Series race dates planned each with two races per weekend **AND** Grumpy’s has extended support to the Jr Dragster exclusive event “Back 2 School” brought to you by RT Promotions!
January 19 – NHRA Summit ET Series Opener – 2X Points Races
March 23 – NHRA Summit ET Series RD2 – 2X Points Races
April 20 – NHRA Summit ET Series RD3 – 2X Points Races
May 18. – NHRA Summit ET Series RD4 – 2X Points Races
June 22 – NHRA Summit ET Series RD5 – 2X Points Races
Aug 3/4 – Back 2 School Jr Dragster Weekend w/RT Promotions – WALLY RACE!
Aug 17 – NHRA Summit ET Series RD6 – 2X Points Races
Nov 16 – NHRA Summit ET Series FINALS – 2X Points Races – CHAMPIONS CROWNED!