Carolina Coalition Resurrected - Pays Year End Bonus
The Carolina Coalition, which for years provided a competitive, family friendly environment for grass roots racers across the Southeast, will return this year with an eight-race bracket series that begins with a two-day opener at Farmington Dragway, April 21-22.
The series, which will crown champions in Top Eliminator and Footbrake classes on an accumulative points basis, will also include races at Mooresville Dragway (June 9-10), Piedmont Dragway (Aug. 25-26) and Rockingham Dragway (Sept. 8-9).
“I think the initial series went away because of the lure of big money bracket races that popped up all over the country for awhile. It was just the trend,” said Rockingham owner Steve Earwood. “When those races ran against our Coalition races, you just couldn’t get enough participation to support the investment.
“Now, the pendulum has swung back the other way,” Earwood said. “We’ve been talking to our bracket racers and they’re just looking for somewhere to race. Racers want to run for a championship, without a lot of travel, in a family oriented series.
“As track operators, it’s exciting because everything we do feeds off a strong grassroots program,” Earwood said.
Daily Top Eliminator winners will earn a $3,000 share of the weekend purse; Footbrake winners will earn $2,000. Champions also will be crowned in Junior Dragster. Drivers will earn three points for each race they enter (a total of six at each Coalition event) and one point for each round they win. A four-point bonus will be awarded to those who compete in all four Coalition weekends.
Supported by Hoosier Racing Tires, the year-end bonus fund will pay $1,500 to the Top Eliminator and Footbrake champions; $400 to the runners-up and $300, $200 and $100 to the next three finishers, respectively.
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