Coltrea, Bargo Open DER Bracket Season With Victories
While Mother Nature put a halt to Saturday’s action in the DER Bracket Racing event at Bristol Dragway, the racing was fast and furious during Sunday’s opening round for the series.
Kyle Coltrea pulled his 2009 Undercover dragster from Sherrills Ford, N.C. to earn the win in Super Pro over Charlie Whited of Richlands, Va. Coltrea had a .007 reaction time and finished his winning run in 4.832 seconds (4.81 dial-in) at 140.08 mph. Whited knocked off a .054 R.T. with a 6.205 elapsed time (6.19 dial-in) at 109.67 mph.
Jared Bargo came from Barbourville, Ky. to race to the Pro division victory in his 1984 Monte Carlo when his opponent, Brian Dunnigan of Mooresburg moved too fast, earning a red light. Bargo’s winning run had a .047 light and a 7.612 E.T. (7.59 dial-in) at 90.84 mph. Unfortunately, for Dunnigan, his red light threw away an excellent run, a 6.655 E.T. on a 6.65 dial.
Sportsman action went to Rogersville’s Cody Spears after Matthew Hicks of Bristol, Va. went red in the final round. Spears’ .016 R.T. and 15.191 E.T. (15.03 dial-in) at 7.29 was good enough to take home the trophy. Despite the disqualification, Hicks finished his run in 13.176 seconds (13.14 dial-in) at 96.71 mph.
Michael Nuttall of Rutledge drove his Jeep to the Trophy class win over Chester Lay from Corryton. Lay ran quicker than his dial, earned a disqualification, and gave the win to his opponent. Nuttall’s pass had a .063 R.T. and a 16.713 E.T. (16.68 dial-in) at 78.02 mph. Lay was quicker off the line with a .057 R.T., but his 16.709 E.T. run (16.72 dial-in) sent him home.
Joshua Rogers went to the Winner’s Circle in the Motorcycle class over Jason Haynes from Mt. Carmel. The Morristown native had a .065 R.T. and raced through the line in 5.868 seconds (5.81 dial-in) at 115.90 mph. Haynes ran close to his dial in, 5.954 E.T. on a 5.95 dial-in, but his .225 R.T. kept him from threatening Rogers for the win.
Joseph Denton of Bristol, Va. defeated Blaine Fleenor, also from Bristol, Va., to win Junior Dragster Division I. Denton had a .204 R.T. and a 9.179 E.T. (9.16 dial-in) at 71.45 mph to take the victory. Fleenor broke out, running a little faster than his dial-in.
Dylan Kiser of Corryton took the Junior Dragster Division II win over Bluff City’s Austin Roberts in a double break-out race. Kiser’s had a .018 light on his winning run, while Roberts’ .003 R.T. was for naught. Kiser was closer to his dial with a 7.890 E.T. (7.90 dial-in) at 83.47 mph, to Roberts’ 8.053 E.T. (8.07 dial-in).
Bristol Dragway returns to action Thursday, April 14 with Ladies’ Night and the popular Diamond Dig at Fas Mart Street Fights.
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening, with racing set for 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $5, while anyone with a street-legal car can challenge Thunder Valley for only $10.
The DER Bracket Series hosts its second weekend of action, April 16-17, and the best racers in the area will do battle to earn top points.
Gates open Saturday at 10 a.m., with tech at 10:30 a.m. and time trials at noon. Eliminations begin at the conclusion of time trials.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday. Tech inspection is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by time trials at 10:30 a.m. Eliminations take place after time trials.
For more information about Fas Mart Street Fights Series, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com.
For more information about the DER Bracket Racing Series, please call Red Whitmore at (423) 989-6952 or visit www.derracingseries.com.