SPRING FLING MILLION UNDERWAY
With the call to the lanes over the PA system from co-promoter Peter Biondo and the roar of the engines, the first day of the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries began.
For the fifth straight year at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first day of the event began with a free Yukon Gear & Axle-sponsored free Test & Tune session, in addition to the Poulsen Trailer Shootout where an exclusive 32-car field will race with the winner walking away with a brand new 24-foot Poulsen trailer. Runner-up receives an entry into the 2018 version of the Spring Fling Million Dollar Race, and the two semifinalists each receive a three-day entry into the 2018 Spring Fling event.
On January 1 of this year, people began sending in an entry to be a part of the Poulsen Trailer Shootout. A week before the event, all the names were placed in a hat and 32 lucky names were drawn along with eight alternates. Each of the entrants were given two time runs on Tuesday afternoon followed immediately by eliminations.
With eight cars left, all combatants were placed on a ladder with Dan Northrop set to face Sean Shaffer. Shane Thompson has Paul Nero, Cassie Pennington will face James Warden and finally Wade White is up against Kevin Heffington.
For the semifinal round, the winners were Northrop, Nero, Pennington and Heffington with the ladder looking as Northrop having to face Pennington for the rights to the final round, with Nero up against Heffington.
Coming off a $25,000 win earlier this year in Memphis, the Kamikaze Kid, Dan Northrop used an .010 reaction time to turn back the lady, Cassie Pennington, while Nero prevailed over Heffington to set up the final with the trailer going back to either Oregon (Nero) or the long trip back to Pennsylvania (Northrop).
For the final, Northrop used an .011 reaction time and another 4.859 on a 4.85 dial to defeat Nero’s none-thousandths under his dial. The real fact of the matter is Northrop ran five 4.85s during eliminations with his worst reaction time coming in the final, the .011.