"Nasty Nick" Hastings Wins World Footbrake Challenge's Biggest Race

"Nasty Nick" Hastings Wins World Footbrake Challenge's Biggest Race

With well over 300 cars making elimination runs this past weekend at Bristol Dragway, the 11th annual BTE World Footbrake Challenge concluded in a busy and successful event for the books on Sunday.  

The weekend's big winner was "Nasty Nick" Hastings, who took home $20,000 in the Yukon Gear and Axle on Saturday. Driving his Pontiac T-1000—complete with BTE powerglide transmission and torque converter—Nick got by Chad Dotson in the final after Chad broke out by 12 thousandths. Dotson left first based on his dial-in with an .033 light, with Hastings at an .051. But at the finish line, Hastings backed off to let Dotson take the stripe, running out in the process to send the $20K back home to Ohio.
 
Though Hastings took home the biggest prize, all seven racers in the finals earned their spots, following seven and a half hours of eliminations prior to reaching the ladder round.
 
“The amazing talent that’s here at this race, and to come out like this is a blessing,” said Hastings. “And to do it with my whole family here is a dream come true.”

Other big weekend winners included Roger Bridges, who took home $10,000 for the Yukon Gear & Axle race on Friday with a reaction time advantage over John Rollins. After making it to the semifinals in previous years, Bridges took the win and $10,000 back home to Beaverdam, Virginia. The last big race of the weekend, Day Last, gave Brandon Waller a $10,000 check and time in the winner's circle after beating out Billy Janousek with a handicap lead and reaction time advantage.
 
Though only a few experience the thrill of winning top prize money, the weekend offers plenty of camaraderie among racers, fans and families, and opportunities to give back to the community. Saturday night’s barbecue hosted a 50/50 drawing to donate money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, organized by Lexi Pollard. Because the winner went unclaimed, all the donated money went directly to St. Jude’s.

“We’ve had a great week here with a great staff at our host track, Bristol Dragway, and we hope we have given our racers everything they have hoped for,” said co-promotor Jared Pennington. “We can’t thank everyone enough for the confidence they had in our ability to put on a great race. The racers, the sponsors and both our Coalburg Promotions and the Bristol Dragway staff, thank you. It’s been an amazing week and we can’t wait to get back here next year for the 12th version of our event."
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:12 AM