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NHRA Blue Collar Brackets w/High Roller Side Pot.  Join us at Emerald Coast Dragway with your 2020 ET racing plans, our program is aimed at the local racer seeking an affordable family fun racing environment that you can rely on while still offering an alternative for those looking to race for bigger purses. Listed below are 8 points race dates as well as the potential Division 2 finals date that we’d love to send a team to compete at.  As of the time of this document being published (25 November 2019) the below dates do not conflict with local ET programs at Atmore, Montgomery, Powerhouse or even Gulfport with their King of the Coast and IHRA Summit ET series dates. Once finalized, this program will be set in stone on dates, entry fee & purse structure as well as race format, so mark your calendar & look forward to a great year of racing at the Emerald Coast Dragway.

 


January 11 – RAINED OUT

February 22

April 4

May 16

June 20

July 4 (single race day accompanying outlaw pro mods)

August 22

September 26 ECD FINALS (WALLY RACE)

October 10 NHRA DIV 2 FINALS (DATE/LOC. TBD)


Each Saturday date will consist of two complete points races in one day, with the following Sunday reserved as a rain-date. Race day will start with two time shots then into eliminations. The 2nd race of the day will get one time shot then into eliminations. First or second round buybacks time permitting.

Super Pro ET $60, $30 buy backs.

Pro ET $50, $25 buy backs.

Sportsman ET $40, $20 buy backs.

JR Dragster ET $30, $15 buy backs.

Payout purse structure will be 100% payback, up to 16 entries pays 2 spots, between 16 and 32 entries pays 4 spots, beyond 32 entries pays 8 spots. At up to 16 entries, the winner and runner up will split the purse 70/30. At 16-32 entries the semi finalists will get their entry fee back and the winner and runner up will split the remaining purse 70/30. Beyond 32 entries the quarter finalists will get their entry fee back, semi finalists will get double their entry fee back and the winner and runner up will split the remaining purse 70/30. An example of this would be Pro ET with 18 cars, total purse is $900, the semi finalists will get $50 back each, runner up gets $240  while winner takes home $560.

Aside from the standard entry fee and purse, there will be an optional last racer standing high roller side pot purse. This can be entered when purchasing your tech card at the gate or in the tower prior to first round eliminations. Entry fee is equal to the entry fee for the class being contested and is paid in full to the last remaining racer that entered the side pot. The side pot has no effect on points and does not have to be entered for both daily races.

Any racer who enters a race in the 2020 Summit ET Series will automatically be enrolled into the points series.  Champions will be crowned with championship jackets and 2021 ECD Gold Cards,  we will also have plenty of trophies and big checks along the way as well as a chance at representing ECD at the 2020 NHRA Division 2 Summit ET Series Finals in October.

An entry is considered “in the race” if an appropriate tech card is turned in at tech inspection and the car has crossed the line into the burnout box, at this point & time show up points will be awarded and the entry fee will be added to the race day purse and can not be refunded. An exception to this rule is if the entry is unable to make the call to the 2nd race of the day due to an issue that arises during the 1st race of the day. Entry refunds or a clean tech card to use at the next Summit ET series race are available at race control in the tower.


We look forward to racing with you at the Emerald Coast Dragway in 2020, if you have any questions, comments, concerns or even any input that could better the program we are all ears, contact us via email or by messaging us on social media or you can even call/text our track phone at 850-603-3991. Thank you! -Team ECD

 

 

The ECD Heads Up Series kicked off 2020 on Saturday February 1st with a total of 57 cars on property competing in 4 different heads up classes for a guaranteed cash purse as well as season points. Cool temps and excess moisture accumulation leading up to race day made for a challenging racing surface early in the day, while a glimpse of afternoon sunshine let the cars run to their full potential for a round or two and then as the sun dropped so did the temperature, down into the low 40’s and straddling the dew point the whole time. Raceday conditions definitely tested the capacities of not only the drivers, their tuners as well as track staff trying to maintain a consistent racing surface.

28 Extreme N/T, the series premier racing class had 11 entries with plenty of new faces.  Carlton Thompson #75, Geoff Gibson #411 and Patrick Clenney #139 made it to the semi-finals and  decided to stop racing for the evening after the quarter finals and split the guaranteed purse at 3 cars due to unfavorable conditions for their 2000hp+ cars – a decision the ECD team fully supported, we happily sent them on their way with $1000 cash each and look forward to racing with them in the future.

True Street N/T, a tough class filled with street capable race cars, went on a 20+/- mile cruise while the rest of the cars at ECD were doing 1st round time shots and qualifying. This class had 6 tech cards turned in but one of the drivers opted to not compete the cruise and hop into 28X instead.  Joey Pierre #53 in “Orange Boost” once again found his way into the winners circle in the finals over Curtis Powell #69X.

 

Factory Street N/T, a brand new class at ECD for the 2020 season, these are your hopped up daily driver capable street cars that feel at home on a race track. 12 entries filled the ranks of the class with Hellcats and Steeda Mustangs on drag radials, pro-charged corvettes, a brand new supra with bolt-ons… a nitrous assisted new edge Mustang piloted by Erik Warrington #323 found his way in the finals with a 69 Pontiac Lemans with an attitude problem piloted by Ricky Baxley #632 with the Baxley Boys for the win over the Mustang.

6.50 Heads Up, a class originally filled with 20 cars, 2 of them double entered making 22 entries got a late arrival gang of 5 more cars that headed our way after wrapping up racing elsewhere for the day. The 5 late arrivals managed to make it just before E1, we called the late arrivals to the lanes for a single time shot, stuffed them on the qualifying list and called all 5 of them back to join the rest of the 22 hungry souls waiting for them in the staging lanes. #1 qualifier was M. Edinfield #82 with a 6.514 and he was able to maintain that momentum to the semi-finals where he met up with Ricky Thomas #2566. Meanwhile Robert Holt #6572 who qualified with a single late arrival time shot with a 6.588 managed to find his way in the semi-finals with a bye to the finals.  Ricky Thomas was victorious in his semi-final round against #1 qualifier Edinfield and ultimately Thomas also took the win light over Robert Holt in the final where a reaction time advantage as well as a 6.506 parked the #4 qualifier Ricky Thomas in the winners circle.

 

Join us for round 2, originally scheduled for March 28th but is rescheduled for April 11th, combining race days with the Grand Hustle points series as well… plan for a big weekend of racing!

If you’ve been to ECD since it’s reopened you’ve seen the Hardway Performance sign up on the back lit left lane board but for 2020 we’re shaking things up by partnering with our friends at BD Diesel Performance.  You’ll see them at the two big diesel events in March and September with all their products on display and swag for sale, be sure to stop by and check them out! A big thanks goes out to BD Diesel Performance for supporting the Emerald Coast Dragway, we look forward to a great partnership!

 

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The King of the Coast Ben Franklin $5K’s at the Emerald Coast Dragway was a huge success, with just over 250 entries (140 top bulb, 86 bottom bulb and 25 Jr’s) the day was kicked of Saturday morning at 8am with the Jr’s (pictured above) and we managed to wrap everything up by right around 8pm, even with first or second round buybacks! Although Saturday was gorgeous with not a cloud in the sky, our weekend racing plans came to an early end Sunday morning when moisture we didn’t expect until much later in the evening made an early arrival just after day break.

We’d like to thank Gaylon Rolison and the whole KOC crew for bringing great racing to ECD and look forward to racing with them again in the future, definitely again for January 2021, with a possible fall 2020 date on the horizon.  Look for official results and more event info to be published from the KOC later this afternoon/evening once they’ve wrapped up their travel back home and get situated.

This weekend we will be hosting the Ben Franklin 5k’s brought to you by the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series. We are expecting 200+ cars on property this weekend with 3 separate all run field races to be completed Saturday & Sunday. Friday evening will be a test & tune open only to those competing in the weekend’s race. If you are looking for a place to test we unfortunately will not be able to accommodate you this weekend.

For those racing with us this weekend, let us know if you need to get in early and we’d be happy to get you situated, we’ll have plenty of M1 and other various VP racing fuels on hand and if there’s ANYTHING else we can do for you, feel free to shoot us a PM.

For those looking for a place to race or test, Powerhouse Motorsports Park to our east is racing 28X/True Street/Factory Street & 6.50 on Saturday and Atmore Dragway to our west is doing test & tune Sunday afternoon.