WINNERS CROWNED AT BYRON'S FIRECRACKER BRACKET NATIONALS
Byron Dragway, widely known as “The Birthplace of Big Money Bracket Racing” hosted its Firecracker Bracket Nationals for the 20th consecutive year on July 5-7, 2019.
“As the birthplace of big money bracket racing, we take great pride in continuing this tradition with the Firecracker Bracket Nationals,” said Byron Dragway general manager Randy Simpson. “While big payouts are commonplace at Byron Dragway as part of our Big Bucks Bracket Bash Series, the Firecracker Bracket Nationals has certainly set itself apart as one of the majors.”
There was $100,000-to-win on the line on Saturday and was bracketed by Friday and Sunday’s $30,000 prize.
Limited to 128 dragsters and 128 full-bodied entries, registration opened in mid-January, and within seven days all 256 spots were filled by racers from across the United States and Canada. Racing against many local bracket hitters were several touring pros and national sportsman champions, including Luke Bogacki, Nick Folk, Mia Tedesco, and Scotty Richardson.
With all eyes on Saturday’s big payout and seven rounds of close racing in the books, the Door Car Final came down to Camanche, Iowa’s Jeremy Bousman with his family’s Chevy S-10 (5.85 dial-in) and past NHRA and IHRA Sportsman Champion Scotty Richardson in the Strange Engineering S-10 (6.47 dial-in). Both drivers left with nearly identical reaction times with a .002 advantage to Richardson. But Bousman, a regular in bracket competition at Byron and throughout the Midwest, caught Richardson and turned on the win light with a 5.864 ET to Richardson’s 6.487. Bousman’s margin of victory was a very close .0018 and would advance him to the $100,000 to win final.
The Dragster class produced some incredibly close racing on Saturday, and when all was said and done Bradenton, Florida’s Gary Williams (4.81 dial-in) in the Overkill Motorsports Phantom Chassis car would face Alabama’s Jason Enfinger (4.38 dial-in) in the Miller Race Cars dragster. With nearly a half-second head start, Williams hit the tree with a .013 RT, but Enfinger mowed it down with a .004 RT and gave chase. In the end, it wasn’t enough as Williams hit his number with a 4.814 ET, while Enfinger went over his dial-in, recording a 4.401 ET. Gary Williams’ margin of victory is .008 seconds. He faces Bousman in the $100,000 final.
Saturday’s $100,000 Winner Jeremy Bousman, his family team and many supporters. Bousman also collected a $1000 bonus for being the last No-Box Car standing on Saturday, then won another four rounds on Sunday before bowing out in Round 5.