West Coast Bracket Races brought Big Money Bracket Racing to the desert with the Inaugural Southwest Showdown at Tucson Dragway this past weekend. With over $125,000 in Prize Money and Racer Appreciation Awards/Prizes posted, this was the largest single paying event in sportsman racing to be hosted in Arizona.
“On behalf of West Coast Bracket Races, Jim Hughes, Matt DeYoung, and the entire staff at Tucson Dragway, we want to thank all of the racers that came out to race with us and support the event. Even with all of the keyboard “meteorologists” we had to endure, we managed to have a great turnout and got the event completed in its entirety as advertised, with the exception of a day early. Want to personally thank Jim and Matt for their hard work and commitment to the track surface, facility, and hospitality to all of our racers. What they have done with this place over the first year is nothing short of remarkable, and we have every intention of returning here in 2018 to grow Big Money Bracket Racing on the West Coast.”-Forsyth
18 states and 3 countries were represented with Racers from California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania with Canada and Team Mexico also making their way to the Showdown.
The event kicked off Thursday with the track hosted Test-n-Tune and Run for The Money Shootout that concluded the day with Ed Shaughnessy, Bovey, MN, defeating Scott Burton, Golden, CO, in the $1,000 to Win Final. Burton took $500 for runner up, Rayce Kidd, Twin Falls, ID, and Seth Polvadore, Sun City, AZ, were the semi-finalists. Racer Appreciation party hosted by Blue Bayou Motorsports and TP Raceshop brought the night to a close with dinner and drinks.
Friday morning, Tucson Dragway brought the All Access Challenge for Money and a “Wally”. Winners included:
Super Street: Kody Robinson - Cottonwood, AZ
Super Gas: Chuck Hawk - Tucson, AZ
Super Comp: Grant Drurie -Vegreville, Alberta
Stock/Super Stock Combo: Scott Burton – Golden, CO
Top Comp: Peeps Pennington - Three Rivers, TX
All racers participating in the AAC race were given an entry with those that just were bracket racing Friday in the Warm Up Race. Jeff Broussard, Novato, CA, defeated James Warden, Santa Fe Springs, CA, in the Super Pro Final for $2,500 to Win and Ryan Smith, Chandler, AZ, took the $1,500 to Win in Pro when Norman Warling, Golden, CO, broke at halftrack.
With the threatening weather scheduled for later in the weekend, promotor Chris Forsyth made the decision Friday afternoon to move the Bonus Races presented by Silver State Commercial Refrigeration from Saturday night to Friday night. With $22,500 up for grabs to win Super Pro, and $10,000 in Pro, racers in the shoot-outs took to the 1/8th mile of Tucson Dragway.
Marc LaLonde, Cottonwood, AZ, took home the biggest check WCBR has promoted to date with a Victory over a red-lighting Tom Bayer, Alta Loma, CA. Bayer advanced to the final when he defeated Kyle Seipel, Pleasanton, CA, in the semi- final by .001. In Pro, Tibor Kadar of Peoria, AZ, took down Paul Sanders from Black Canyon City, AZ, who earned his way to the final round with a victory over Brad Burton in the semi-final.
Moser Engineering Saturday and Hughes Performance Sunday were combined Saturday of the Showdown. Purses were stacked as advertised and Round Prizes were doubled to insure the advertised event was completed. This meant twice the opportunity for half the runs. Pro was racing for $7,500 to win and Super Pro raced for $15,000 to win.
Kyle Seipel found the winners circle for the double up race in Super Pro after coming up just short the night before in the Bonus Race. In the final, Seipel paired up with Morgan Thompson, Las Vegas, NV, who left dead even with a .008 reaction time next to Seipel but slowed to a .02 above to Seipel’s .01 above in a great Final Round Race.
At the end of the afternoon, Tibor Kadar ran the table and picked up the win again in Pro, securing him as the weekend points champion presented by Lucas Oil. Kadar took advantage of a .005 window on the starting line, and parlayed it into a double breakout victory over Scott Burton earning him the combined purse big checks and custom trophies from TT Designs. Kadar had the bye in the semis after watching Burton take down son Brad in the lone semi pair.
Up next will be the 3rd Annual Figspeed West Coast Classic at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Ca, May 25th-28th. For more details go to westcoastbracketraces.com and sign up for our mailing list or check out our Facebook page: West Coast Bracket Races.