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Tim Kelley Wins American Race Cars/Race Tech Dragster Shootout at the Fall Fling

Sunny, clear skies greeted racers on the first day of the fourth and final Fling Race Series event of the year at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway. 

Rob’s Automotive and Collision Test and Tune Tuesday ran in conjunction with eliminations of the American/Race Tech Dragster Shootout, where 32 of the 425 racers on property took their shot at securing a 2024 chassis from two of the top builders in the sportsman racing industry.

The remaining eight drivers on the ladder included Jon Corbin, Tim Kelley, Timothy Thomas, Gary Williams, Chase McKay, Jamie Holston, Tanner Miller, and Troy Williams Jr. Troy Williams was .004, taking .008 to be one thousandth under to knock out Corbin, while Gary Williams used a .007 starting line advantage over McKay to advance. Kelley used a substantial advantage off the line to move to the semifinals over Miller, while Holston was .007 taking three thousandths for the win over Thomas.

In the semifinals, Troy Williams had a four-thousandths advantage over Kelley, but it was Kelley who took .009 at the stripe to advance to the final. After being no worse than .007 all day, Holston was perfect and four thousandths under for the loss against the .015 package of Gary Williams.

In the final round, Kelley was .009 to the .002 redlight of Gary Williams. Kelley chose the American Race Cars chassis, and Williams still walked away with a Race Tech Race Cars chassis.

Wednesday will fire up with a time run for all racers on the property as we work towards crowning an Advanced Product Design $15,000 Warm-Up Champion.

Everything will be streamed live as it happens on the MotorManiaTV YouTube channel free to the viewer courtesy of JEGS Performance and Mickey Thompson with new exclusive content produced by the Fling Team.

For more information, visit, the Spring Fling Bracket Races Facebook page, or text the word “Bristol” to 41372 for race updates.

This story was originally published on September 27, 2023. Drag Illustrated

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