No better way to wrap up 10+ days of heavy solid rain than a BEAUTIFUL racing weekend at The Emerald Coast Dragway with the Bracket & Index bash brought to you by Lynn Morris! Friday’s pre-race test & tune was called off earlier in the week as it was the first forecasted day of sunshine and the track was nowhere near ready which left racers even more antsy. As the clouds cleared the ECD team rolled in to find rigs already parked for the weekend, the track got scraped clean and prepped back up as the surface soaked up every bit of sunshine the sky would give up. Knowing the track wasn’t dry enough yet and temps would be cool, we were happy we decided not to run on Friday night while the race rigs continued to roll in.
Saturday, bright & early, the gates opened and racers poured in… and poured in…. and poured in, they just kept coming! When the call to the lanes was made for track hot the lanes were backed up all the way down to the intersection with all 6 lanes full to the brim. At 1230PM the lanes were shut off for open time trials and we rolled into qualifying & time shots after a quick drivers meeting & awards presentation for our 2018 Summit ET Series Champions.
All & all there were 133 entires spread amongst 7 classes, Super Pro E/T was loaded the heaviest at 49 entries, Pro E/T up next at 26 entries, Sportsman E/T with 14 entries and last but not least our Jr Dragster class with 12 entries and then many competitors stepping it up and entering one of the 6.0/6.50/7.0/8.0 indexes that were run that day to double and triple their chances at taking home some winnings. A quick walk through the pits and you’d run into a Jr Dragster family down from Kentucky, or a lone Super Pro car in from North Carolina, another family with burgers on the grill in from Mississippi, with people in from all over the place it was clear we were in for a good day of racing.
We raced, we raced.. and we raced, some classes got in & done, some got down to a few and then… at 6 cars, a huge wheelie in the left hand land and a hard slam down into the green paint and way out of the groove got Super Pro E/T competitor Matthew Brown too far out of shape to be able to recover from and into the wall we went. Everyone’s ok and the car’s a bit banged up but repairable, however that set the tone for the remainder of the evening, with air temps at around 45*F, the dew point just a few degree’s lower at 43*F, no cars had gone down the track and it had gone cold. Remaining racers and event officials decided to call it a night. In a display of amazing sportsmanship and even though 2 of the 3 races and been ran in the quarter final round of eliminations, they got together and decided to undo those two wins and losses and split at 6 as if the round never happened so the S/P pot could be split with Matthew Brown.
Super Pro E/T – Split at 6 – H. Blevins #47, K. Morris #F465X, K. Price #CX546, C. Bryant #0113, R. Taylor #2X76, M. Brown #189X
Pro E/T – Split at 3 – D. Paul #DX25, B. Ward #6942, P. Romel #435
Sportsman E/T – J. Branhof #H216 races his alter ego J. Branhof #H216X in the finals… FOR THE WIN
Jr Dragster – G. Hatcher #3411 WINNER
6.0 Index – C. Bryant #0113 WINNER
6.50 Index – B. Langford #2002 WINNER
7.0 Index – G. Thompson #E285 WINNER
8.0 Index – P. Romel #435 WINNER
CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS & THANK YOU EVERYONE for coming out & supporting what has started off as an amazing year of racing thus far at The Emerald Coast Dragway, for our Bracket & Index guys out there looking for a place to race, our Summit ET Series kicks off next weekend, Saturday January 19th! SEE YOU THEN!