Bracket Racers Look To Break The Bank During May 19-22 Spring Fling 20's
After a successful inaugural event in 2010, veteran bracket racers Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel bring the second annual K&N Spring Fling 20’s to Thunder Valley May 19-22. The event includes an opening day $12,500-to-win race on Thursday and is highlighted by $20,000-to-win races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For bracket racers, there is great potential to win big, just as John Labbous Jr. was able to do last season. Labbous won Thursday, Friday and Saturday and took home more than $50,000 in prize money. Hundreds of racers will attempt to mirror Labbous’ feat this year.
Biondo and Seipel also want to use the event to give bracket racers additional national attention during the weekend’s action. The event will feature live audio, video and timing throughout the event and will be featured in a special 30-minute feature on Fox Sports Net.
“Bracket racers are extremely talented and seldom get noticed nationally,” Biondo said. “We have put together a race structure that is not only very generous and deep in purse and racer appreciation giveaways, but also will put bracket racers center stage. We have a TV crew coming and several other media outlets will be covering the event.”
Racers will be glad to hear that racer appreciation prizes and the racer barbecue once again will return in 2011. Planned for the race will be daily product giveaways, featuring products totaling more than $28,000 in value. The racer appreciation barbeque includes a DJ, karaoke and dancing.
“The goal of Kyle and myself,” added Biondo, “is not only to put together a great race, but a great overall experience. In 2010, we accomplished this and we expect it to be even better in 2011.”
Last season, the organizers gave much thought to making the race a 1/4-mile or a 1/8-mile event. In the end, Biondo and Seipel decided to make the K&N Spring Fling 20's "The 1000 Foot Compromise," something racers from across the country seemed to enjoy.
"In general, racers from the north prefer 1/4 mile racing and racers from the south seem to like 1/8 mile, so to split the difference and make it a 1000 foot race was a logical decision for Peter and me to make," said Seipel about the decision.
After careful consideration, Biondo and Seipel decided to have door cars run against door cars and dragsters run against dragsters for the first three rounds. At that point every competitor remaining is in the money rounds and combined to run for the large payouts.
Anyone interested in hotel accommodations for the race, should contact the Double Tree Hotel in Johnson City at (423) 929-2000, the official hotel of the race. Racers should mention the K&N Spring Fling 20's when making reservations.
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