Greenfield Dragway Race Report, August 15-17, 2014
The 11th annual Super Saturday Bracket Bash took place this past weekend and racers from all over the Maritimes converged on Greenfield to take a shot at the beefy purses. Over 190 competitors entered the event which pushed the total payout to $16,800!
The first round of box eliminator saw over 70 entries in the lanes, and with buybacks, round two still had 56 competitors make the call, setting-up a seven round war of attrition. In the 6th round semi- final, the brothers Howatt squared off and it was Clayton who took the win with his small block Dart when Bruce turned on the red with his big block powered Roadrunner. In the other pairing, Chris Naugler from New Elm used a .007 start to track down Mark Slaunwhite from Terence Bay. Slaunwhite was perfect on the tree but tripped the timers with a 9.62 on his 9.63 dial-in. In the final Naugler squeezed the trigger a fraction early with a -.005 RT to hand the victory to Clayton Howatt and a tidy cheque for over $4200.
In no-box nearly 100 entries made the call to round one; while 88 returned for the second round, setting up an eight round eliminator. Mike Ingram from Sackville, NS weathered the storm and took the semi-final bye run to claim his spot in the final. Wellington, PEI's Brett Ramsay punched his ticket to the final when Glenn Frizzell red-lighted away his chances on his 1000cc Arctic Cat. In a very tight final, Ramsay ran 10.914 on a 10.91 dial to take the win over Ingram's 12.834 on 12.82 effort. The victory gave young Ramsay a whopping $4700 pay day while Ingram pocketing nearly $1800.
In the Junior B category for 8-11yr drivers it was Markus Meehan taking the victory over Lacy Weir in the final. Cale Johnson from Bridgewater took third with a victory Elliot Sprague of Norton, NB.
The Junior A class for drivers 12 years and older had Middle Sackville's Logan Power claim top spot when he defeated Ashley Walker in the final. Rebecca Lawrence from Lawrencetown finished third. Power also claimed Junior King of the Hill honors when he defeated Meehan in a battle of the class winners.
Category Summary- Box Eliminator
Winner- Clayton Howatt, Summerside, PEI, 1969 Dodge Dart
R/U- Chris Naugler, New Elm, 1967 Buick opel
$400 Semi-finalists- Mark Slaunwhite, Bruce Howatt
$200 Quarter-finalists- John Croft, Drew Stafford, Kevin Lively, JR.
$100 Round of 16 finalists- Glenn MacLean, Brett Ramsay, Wayne Langthorne, James Dean, Mike Ingram, Roddy Simpson, Lorne Buchanan, Alan Estabrooks.
Category Summary- No Box Eliminator
Winner- Brett Ramsay, Wellington, PEI, 1971 Chev Camaro
R/U- Mike Ingram, Sackville, NS, 1994 Camaro Z-28
$400 Semi-finalists- Glenn Frizzell
$200 Quarter-finalists- Clayton Howatt, Cindy Conrad, Scott Sprague
$100 round of 16 finalists- Tony MacNeil, Sheldon Casavechia, Blaine Gavel, Ian Longmire, Fred Thibeault.
A huge thank-you goes out to all the sponsors, volunteers and racers who supported this event. The Super Saturday Bracket Bash is one event you should mark on your race calendar for 2015!
Bracket Bash Sponsors...THANK-YOU!
Covey's Auto Recyclers, O 'Regan' s Bridgewater, Danny Carey Insurance – The Co-operators, LaHave Investments, Civic Pride, Bridgewater Police, Seaside Foundation, GE All Trucking, Hatt's Auto Sales, Venture Transport, Bridgewater Insurance, Rick Rood Transmissions, Kirk Anthony Heating Services, ASM Mechanical Repairs, Anthony's Excavation, Nellies Canteen, A-1 Towing, Dayspring Electric, Scooters Tire Barn, Naugler's Excavation, Ken Norwood Auto Repair, James Dean Disposal Service, Gates Petroleum, Carol Bruhm Poultry Farms, Andrew Richardson Electric, Hatts Off Welding, Veinots Print, LE Veinotte and Sons Enterprises, Apple Auto Glass, Cottman Transmission, Kevin Lively Jr Trucking.
Unfortunately Sunday's elimination was cut short due to weather midway through round one of Super Pro. The next event goes September 19-21 with the final NSDRA points race as well as the Atlantic Stock-Superstock Series.
As part of the fourth scheduled points meet at Greenfield Dragway, details are now finalized for the annual Super Saturday Bracket Bash on August 16th. This event celebrates the anniversary of the track opening and draws more attention each year as racers look for their share of the largest single pay-day in Atlantic Canada. Here are the Super Saturday specifics and payout structure examples (keeping in mind the # of entries will change the purse for the winner and runner-up. Semi, quarter and round of 16 payouts are set and guaranteed amounts).
- Two classes: Box and No Box
- Open to all race vehicles, including motorcycle and snowmobile
- Entry fee is $40
- First round losers can buy-back into race for $20
- Round 1 winners will run off separately in round 2
- Buy-back vehicles will run off separately in round 2
- All round 2 winners will run together in round 3
- All entry fee, buy-back and sponsor money is paid-out
- Payouts extend back to round of 16!
- Junior dragster gamblers with increased prizing, $5 entry
- Racer's appreciation BBQ Saturday evening
In both classes semi-final losers win $400, quarter-final losers get $200 and round of 16 losers earn $100 each. These are guaranteed amounts regardless of car count. The remaining funds are split with 70% to the winner and 30% to the runner-up in each class. Also, the sponsorship money is split 60/40 between Box and No Box.
Here are two examples based on a reasonable # of entries:
Box Class with 50 entries:
50 entries x $40= $2000 Estimated 15 buy-backs x $20= $300 Sponsor funds (60% of $8500) = $5100
Total purse in Box = $7400
*Box winner: $3500 * Runner-up: $1500 Semi-final losers: $400 Quarter-final losers: $200 Round of 16 (or less) losers: $100 * Will vary based on # of entries and buy-backs
No Box Class with 70 entries:
70 entries x $40= $2800 Estimated 25 buy-backs x $20= $500 Sponsor funds (40% of $8500) = $3400
Total purse in No Box = $6700
*No Box winner: $3010 *Runner-up: $1290 Semi-final losers: $400 Quarter-final losers: $200 Round of 16 (or less) losers: $100 *Will vary based on # of entries and buy-backs
Junior Dragster Eliminator- Sponsored by Cottman Transmission and Kevin Lively Jr Trucking
Two Classes: Junior A (ages 12+) and Junior B (ages 8-11)
$5 entry fee
Double knockout with random pairing
Cash and/or Prizes for top three in each category
Winner of each category run off for Junior KING OF THE HILL!
Bracket Bash Sponsors...THANK-YOU!
Covey's Auto Recyclers, O 'Regan' s Bridgewater, Danny Carey Insurance – The Co-operators, LaHave Investments, Civic Pride, Bridgewater Police, Seaside Foundation, GE All Trucking, Hatt's Auto Sales, Venture Transport, Bridgewater Insurance, Rick Rood Transmissions, Kirk Anthony Heating Services, ASM Mechanical Repairs, Anthony's Excavation, Nellies Canteen, A-1 Towing, Dayspring Electric, Scooters Tire Barn, Naugler's Excavation, Ken Norwood Auto Repair, James Dean Disposal Service, Gates Petroleum, Carol Bruhm Poultry Farms, Andrew Richardson Electric, Hatts Off Welding, Veinots Print, LE Veinotte and Sons Enterprises, Apple Auto Glass.
OVER $14,000 PAID-OUT IN ONE DAY!! BIG MONEY, FREE FOOD...COME GET SOME!!