Racepak Thursday at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries. Just another day in the paradise they call The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Another huge payday in store for not only the winner but dozens upon dozens of others as well. All of it leading up to the main event on Friday, the Spring Fling Million.
The city of Las Vegas receives annually 292 days of sunshine while April is also the windiest month of the year, a fact that racers have gotten used to at The Strip. Thursday’s forecast called for more brilliant sunshine but sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range. Bracket racers don’t mind one bit and know how to deal with the “breezes.”
Time trial sessions are now a thing of the past in this event except for Friday when the Brodix Run For The $100,000 prize takes place. Thursday dawned with eliminations beginning promptly at 8:00 am.
After ten hours, we were only down to the final two in the elite Pro 32 class, seven door cars and 10 dragsters with a lot more racing left. The Pro 32 class final pitted Wesley Eisenga from California and Ohio’s Nick Hastings with Hastings turning on the red-light by -.011 to allow Eisenga to advance into the seventh round of the Super Pro field where there will be ten cars left. Besides Eisenga, Jessica Bogacki, Johnny Ezell, Rayce Kidd, Glenn Dilday, Troy Williams, Don Bain and Gordon Boven while Sean Shaffer is still left in with two entries.
The survivors of that round were Boven, Kidd, Williams, Ezell and Shaffer bowed out with one of his entries.
Unfortunately, the wind really began to kick up and the decision was made with safety in mind to postpone the remaining rounds until later on Friday. Friday will begin with the Million Dollar Race festivities bright and early, first and foremost. “We’re sorry to have to do this,” said co-promoter Kyle Seipel, “but after checking the track it was apparent to us the wind had kicked up pretty good in addition to it swirling quite a bit. So with the safety of the remaining competitors in mind, and with the amount of money left on the line, it was decided the to put safety first and complete the event in tomorrow.”