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THURSDAY - MATT COSTABILE CAPTURES $50K WILL HOLLOMAN WINS $15k AT STRANGE SPRING FLING
Thursday saw the completion of two races at the Strange Engineering Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park. Thursday was scheduled to begin with the continuation of JEGS $50,000 Wednesday, though the weather had other plans.
At 3:45 p.m. the track crew was able to dry and prep the surface for a full slate of racing. With the racers’ patience and cooperation, rounds moved quickly until 6 remained in the $50,000 event including Corey Manuel, Timothy Thomas, Nick Womack, Eric Thomas, Tanner Miller, and Matt Costabile.
Eric Thomas had a .004 advantage on the tree and turned on the win light after the seven-thousandths breakout of Womack, while Timothy Thomas laid down .008 total on Miller to advance. The winning packages became even tighter the following pair where Costabile put together a .005 total against the .008 package of Manuel.
It was an all-Thomas family affair in the uncle versus nephew semifinals. Eric Thomas turned it just .005 red and ran dead-on four against Timothy Thomas, who would move on to the final round. Costabile left .005 early as well on his solo trip down the track and would face Thomas for the first main event big check of the week.
In the final of the JEGS $50,000 event, Costabile and Thomas both ran it down to be dead-on - but it was the dead-on one for Costabile that earned him the victory. First-time Fling event champion Costabile parked the ‘86 Camaro in the winner’s circle after making the trip from Port Dover, Canada.
The next box to check on the list was the completion of APD $15,000 Tuesday. The remaining eight drivers included Will Holloman, Gary Williams, Tanner Miller, Jamey Coudill, Jeff Verdi, Steve Dunn, Donovan Williams, and Paul Skinger.
In the semifinals, Gary Williams fouled out against Holloman while Coudill and Miller were separated by just one thousandth on the tree. Miller broke out by .002, while Coudill wheeled his ‘67 Nova Wagon down to be dead-on four and advance to the final.
Holloman held a .009 advantage on the tree over Caudill and took .010 at the stripe to secure the APD $15,000 payday, winning his first Fling event as well.
THURSDAY - JEGS $50,000 WEDNESDAY ELIMINATIONS TO CONTINUE THURSDAY AT THE SPRING FLING
The second day of the Strange Engineering Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park saw 380 entries stage up for the first round of JEGS Performance $50,000 Wednesday.
In the afternoon during the second round, a weather system came in that is expected to persist into the evening. The Fling Team paused for an hour in hopes that the weather would improve, but made the decision to postpone eliminations until Thursday morning.
The tentative schedule is to continue the second round of the JEGS $50,000 event at 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning and run the race to completion. Afterwards, the fourth round of APD $15,000 Tuesday eliminations will resume and that race will run to completion as well. The RAD Torque Systems $20,000 32-Car Shootout will run in the afternoon after both races until the winner is crowned.
Friday will see the first round of the Silverstate $50,000 event weather permitting, and the Wiseco Performance Products $50,000 race will run on Saturday. If Friday rains out, the two remaining $50,000 races will be combined into a $100,000-to-win event on Saturday.
The Fling Team is looking forward to continuing to provide a safe track surface for racers and seeing multiple big checks hoisted in the winners circle on Thursday.
WEDNESDAY - ADVANCED PRODUCT DESIGN $15,000 RACE TO C0NTINUE ON WEDNESDAY AT THE SPRING FLING
The Strange Engineering Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park fired to life on Rob’s Automotive Tuesday for the Advanced Product Design $15,000-to-win Warm-Up race. 327 entries were given the opportunity to dial their cars in with a time run session in the morning.
Sunny weather and warm temperatures earlier in the day were clouded by intermittent sprinkles throughout the late afternoon into the evening, delaying on-track action. After more precipitation before the conclusion of the fourth round, the track crew attempted to dry the racing surface to finish the final pairs.
In the interest of starting tomorrow morning fresh with the first round of the JEGS Performance $50,000 event, the Fling Team made the decision to postpone eliminations of the $15,000 race until later in the day on Wednesday.
2023 STRANGE ENGINEERING SPRING FLING PRESENTED BY OPTIMA BATTERIES READY TO DELIVER THE FUNDS
Two weeks after a historically high car count at the Spring Fling Million, the Fling Race Series is bringing big money to the east coast with the Strange Engineering Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at GALOT Motorsports Park.
“We had a huge week at the Spring Fling Million in Vegas with 671 entries followed by the highest paying Fling Million to date at $400,000,” said promoter Peter Biondo. “We caught our breath and are now excited to be back on the east coast and bring a great experience to our east coast friends.”
The Fling Team is keeping a close eye on the forecast for the week. In an effort to utilize the days with the best racing conditions, the following revisions have been made to the schedule from the original flyer.
On-track action will begin on Rob’s Automotive Tuesday with the Advanced Product Design $15,000 Warm-Up race. The RAD Torque Systems $20,000 32-Car Shootout will run later in the day.
Wednesday will feature the first JEGS $50,000-to-win event, and the Silver State $50,000 race will run on Thursday. The final Wiseco Performance Products $50,000 purse will be contested on Friday with the option of finishing it Saturday. Sunday will be a racer travel day or clean-up day.
In addition to over $50,000 in racer appreciation cash and product giveaways, a Fling Fun Zone will keep the kids entertained for the week. From Wednesday to Saturday, Premier Moving will provide a 50 foot inflatable obstacle course with a slide and other activities. The Laris Motorsports Insurance Racer Appreciation Party on Friday night at 7pm will host all racers on property and their families for a steak dinner.