ATI BIGFOOT $40k - Complete Results and Photos
If you were among those scared off by Friday's "90" percent forecast, you missed a BEAUTIFUL day here at the 2nd Annual ATI BIGFOOT $40K presented by Summit. But fear not: you can still buy the discount $475 Weekend Entry to single enter Saturday's $40K and double-enter Sunday's $10K! All roads lead to Darlington Dragway!
The Summit $10K Warmup at the 2nd Annual ATI BIGFOOT $40K's presented by Summit is in the books. New Jersey's Steve Vancraeynest earned $10,000 when Maryland's Tony Mattera fell red with a -.007 bulb in the finals. Gage Burch was the lone semifinalist.
Vancraeynest also leads the Best Weekend Package with a .003 pkg. If it holds up, he could win a free weekend entry to the Competitive Suspension Solutions DOOR WARS: A Footbrake Experience, presented by PepBoys, coming to Maple Grove Raceway in October.
In the late rounds of the $3K Gamblers race, a wide ranging low power condition through both South Carolina and North Carolina, probably due to the high winds, led Duke Energy to cut power to work on the issue. They are supposed to be back up by 11pm.
We were down to 7 cars, and the drivers elected to take a healthy split: Anthony Fetch, Seth Phillips, Ernie Humes, Bob Mullaney, Dave Harvey, Caleb Ellison, and Nick Hastings.
BIGFOOT has been found! Ernie Humes made his second Loose Rocker victory the biggest one yet, collecting the $40K Eagle trophy and Big Check for the 2nd Annual ATI BIGFOOT $40K presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Kelly Stevens turned it .005 red in the finals.
In the semis, Humes defeated Bobby Mattera, while Stevens took the bye to the finals. The quarterfinalists were Seth Phillips and John Binkle.
The Saturday $3K Gamblers race at the ATI BIGFOOT $40K presented by Summit continued the brutal level of competition on display throughout the event. In the semifinals, Edmond Ellison used a perfect light to trailer NHRA Sportsman National Champion Brian Hendrickson, and Nick Hastings used a .003 dead 9 to just edge out Kevin Pollard's .003, .01-above. In the finals, Ellison turned it red to allow Hastings to pick up another Big Check.
The 2nd Annual ATI Performance Products BIGFOOT $40K weekend came to a close with the $10K Finale. Former Fall Footbrake Frenzy 5K winner Jesse Betterton raised the bar with his second Loose Rocker victory, for $10,000. Betterton defeated multi-time Loose Rocker winner Richard Alford, Jr in the finals.
Former Fall Footbrake Frenzy $20K Champ Denny Maclosky wheeled Dave Stebner's Duster to the semis. Saturday's 40K Champ Ernie Humes and Thursday's 3K Gamblers winner Charlie Lockhart were the quarterfinalists, rounding out the star-studded affair.