Ray Miller III Wins Moser Engineering $100,000 Friday at Fall Fling – Drag Illustrated


Moser Engineering’s $100,000 main event on Friday brought the most Fling cars ever with an unprecedented 674 entries at the RAD Torque Systems Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway. Top support runners across the country had their sights set on the biggest payday of the weekend, which would go down as one of Fling’s most high-profile wins in the franchise’s thirteen-year event run considering the enormity of the field.

The best door car and the best set of dragsters of the weekend in the Wednesday eliminations in the third round on Friday met in a match race for a set of Brodix cylinder heads. Matt Dadas qualified on the door side with a .001 package (perfect and perfect) while Lee Dixon was the rep on the drag side after also scoring a .001 total (.001 and zero). Dixon showed why he deserved to be in the second round by throwing down a .002 pack to lock out Dadas, and picked up the brand new set of SR20 heads.

As the Mullis Race Cars Fling Racer Appreciation Party kicked off at 7 p.m. with free food and live music next to the start line for all to watch the rest of the eliminations, the last eleven drivers standing out of the 674 participants included Mitchell McKinney, Kiley Thaxton, Trevor Denton, Lester Adkins, Jack Collier, Makenna Brown, Jordan Willis-Parker, Jesse York, Ray Miller III, Koy Collier and Matt Dadas.

The Thunder Valley track lights reflected off the racing surface as the final six riders prepared for the quarter-finals – three door cars and three dragsters. Miller was .002 off the line with a commanding starting line advantage to take .006 from the boards for the win over Willis-Parker. Denton was .006 to McKinny’s .021, but thanks to Denton’s four thousandth breakout, McKinney took the win. In the next pair, Collier had a .005 lead on hit and took .004 to run to the death on eight to eliminate Dadas.

In the entirely Miller-built dragster finale for Moser Engineering’s $100,000 salary, Miller was double ‘O’ again, taking the double ‘O’ with a .005 reaction time to have a substantial advantage over the starting line on Collier and took 0.007 to the finish line for the win. The $100,000 win would be his first Fling event victory to add to his already impressive super class and racing resume.

The Fall Fling will end with JEGS Performance $30,000 on Saturday. A timed race for newcomers will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the first round will begin at 8:45 a.m. Team Fling will crown a 2022 Fall Fling MVP with a Todd’s Extreme custom-painted Impact Racing helmet and an additional $1,000 at the Kyle Seipel Never Give Up Award presented by Ivey Hutto Golf Cart Sales.

Everything will be broadcast live as it happens on the MotorManiaTV Free viewer YouTube channel courtesy of JEGS Performance and Mickey Thompson featuring exclusive new content produced by the Fling team.

For more information, visit www.BracketRaces.comthe Spring Fling Bracket Races Facebook page, or text “BRISTOL” to 74121 for race updates.

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