Tri-County Grudgefest VS Mother Nature!

Against the weather forecast odds and with  plenty of moisture throughout the weekend we (Emerald Coast Dragway & Tri-County Grudgefest teams) decided to run with the event until we were physically unable to race and absolutely refused to call it off in advance.  It all worked out and we were able to run the entire race throughout, although car count and spectator count suffered, the event went off without a hitch!

(PICTURED ABOVE) Tyler Lee Racing takes the win Saturday evening in the Top Outlaw (big tire) class.  The much anticipated grudge race between Tyler Lee and Bobby Ducote went down “off the trailer” during time shots before eliminations got under way.  Tyler Lee went for a wild ride down the no prep surface, at one point in time showing both of his doors back to the crowd cheering him on at the starting line and even threw a fire fireballs out of the collectors just before turning on the win light against Bobby Ducote, who was having issues with his fuel/air management system that nearly kept him from being able to compete that night at all.  Once eliminations got under way, Tyler drew a first round bye meanwhile Bobby Ducote lined up against Cory Cox, Cory turns on the win light against Bobby while Tyler Lee takes his solo pass at full power to make sure he’s got enough for the finals against Cory.  Tyler Lee over Cory Cox for the win in the finals in Top Outlaw.  Bobby Ducote being the good sport that he is shakes both drivers hands and swears he’ll be back for vengeance once he gets his new combo ironed out!

Revered True Street competitor Jeremy Sparks with Sparks Motorsports manages to take home a win in the Small Tire class in his street legal/able Mustang powered by a twin turbo charged small block ford.  A well deserved win for Sparks and his team as they just managed to get the car back together the morning of this race due to a broken flywheel which kept him from competing in last weeks South Coast Heads Up Series True Street class.   Tough competition in the small tire class kept the fans on their feet, these cars hanging the front tires and fighting for traction down the no-prep surface definitely kept things interesting!

Joey Diotalevi for the win in the Daily Driver class with his 4 door Cadillac CTS-V against our biggest class of the evening with 12 cars in the field and all of them making the 19 mile cruise prior to the race to ensure their street worthiness.  Although Joey’s car meets the rules of the daily driver class being street legal, functional A/C.. etc etc, don’t let it fool you that thing is a wolf in sheeps clothing with a Cadillac badge on it, 400+CI with a big nitrous shot spraying through the blower, putting power down through a TH400 swap with drag radials bolted on it, she is a bad hot rod!

As promised the family fun favorite Power Wheels class goes down the track following the 7pm drivers meeting with a total upset during eliminations, the reigning champ manages to put his car into the right wall on this slippery no-prep track, leaving room for a new champ to go home with the big trophy smiling from ear to ear.  We look forward to running this class again in the future!

We’d like to thank all of you for supporting us this past weekend although the forecast was crap which definitely had an effect on attendance and look forward to seeing you this upcoming weekend for a HUGE Independence Day Weekend race!  With Outlaw Pro Mods, a Jet Car lighting up the night sky, Sky Divers diving into our opening ceremonies and TONS of heads up racing action, we’re looking to pack the house and race well into the evening with non stop action until were left with one man/woman standing in each category! Going down Saturday, show up early for good parking!

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