Like a lot of big races all over the country this weekend, racers have flocked to the track at each event in order to suit their competitive juices and the BTE World Footbrake Challenge at Bristol Dragway is no different.

For the 14th year in a row, hundreds of the best footbrakers in the country were here “swapping feet,” leaving off the bottom bulb with no trans brakes or electronic delay devices; doing it the way drag racing began.

Today’s schedule involved a Test & Tune session followed by the first of two scheduled WFC Gambler’s Races. This year co-promoters Jared Pennington and Steve Stites chose to increase the payout of the Gambler’s Races from $3,000 to $5,000 for the winner, and with it brought out a record number of entries for the whole event. While double entries are permitted at the three main WFC races this weekend, the Gambler’s Races are single entry, no buybacks, run shootout style, two go down and one comes back.

“We obviously won’t know the exact number of entries until Friday’s first round is over, but from the pre-entries and the trailers which have continually rolled in today, this should be a record crowd,” said Pennington. “Both myself and Steve might be the ones putting on the show, but it’s the racers who show up and make this all possible. Thank you all so much.”

Round seven with five cars left in competition, the survivors at that point were Corey Griffith, David Keyton, Dustin Bryant, Cam Murray and Darrell Holmes. Griffith used an 0.010 reaction time to dispatch Holmes. Murray had the RT advantage and held on for the win over Bryant, while Keyton took the odd car single to advance to the semifinals.

For the semis, Griffith’s 0.010 RT earned him the bye to the final, while Murray faced Keyton with Keyton turning on the red-light by -0.012 advancing Murray who would have been tough judging off his 0.002 RT.

Final round and it was Ohio (Griffith) versus New Hampshire (Murray), Chevrolet (Griffith) against Dodge (Murray). Two WFC rookies making their first trip to the WFC and making it count. Unfortunately for Murray, who was 0.002 in the semifinals, he may have pushed it a little too far and turned the red-light on by only -0.007 to hand Corey Griffith what may be his first WFC check of the weekend.

All the action will be streamed live beginning on Friday on thanks to support from JEGS




For the 14th consecutive year, the BTE World Footbrake Challenge makes its return to Bristol Dragway’s historic Thunder Valley this week. Some of the best Footbrake racers in the country will descend upon the famed drag strip, “swapping feet;” as that style of racing is called; as they leave the starting line with wheels-up performances.

The action begins on Thursday with a Test & Tune session followed by the first of two WFC Gambler’s Races. Last year’s Gambler’s Races were curtailed to only one because of weather, but the winner that first night was Jimmy Reeves from North Carolina who also reigned supreme as the winner of the Saturday $10,000-to-win main event. The purse for this year’s Thursday night gambler’s race, has been increased from $3,000 to win, to $5,000 to win with no additional entry fee. This change was made as a thank you for the record amount of pre-entries.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are three separate $10,000-to-win races with Fourth of July celebrations to take place on Saturday.

The event boasts six rounds of round prizes, along with special awards for the racers. Hoosier, BRODIX, JEGS, Moser Engineering, AutoMeter and Plourd Racing Products will award the best losing package prizes in rounds 1-6. JEGS is sponsoring the ‘Hard Luck’ award, while BRODIX is supplying a gift certificate to the “Long Distance” racer. Richardson Boyz will award a new billet steering wheel to the Best Appearing Car and Loose Rocker Promotions will offer a FREE entry to their Colonial Classic event, July 31-August 2nd. 

Pre-entry for the event began earlier this year offering a discounted price and the numbers were quite high prior to closing. Gate entries are still accepted albeit not at the discounted price.

“We were mildly surprised at the amount of pre-entries even considering the pandemic,” said co-promoter Jared Pennington. “It just shows that the racers want to race. Last year we had close to 500 entries and we expect at least that amount this year.”

Along with co-promoter Steve Stites, he and Pennington have put on quite a show and the excitement builds each and every year.

The gates at Bristol Dragway will open at 9:00 AM on Thursday with opening day time trials beginning at noon. Eliminations for the first WFC Gamblers Race will take part at 5 PM.

MotorMania TV will be on hand to stream the entire event on the internet thanks to sponsorship from JEGS. The live stream will begin with Friday’s eliminations.