March couldn't have gotten here any quicker for the racers who set their sites on the 2017 DRR Ultimate Series Championship and the $125,000 in Points Fund & Prizes that await the Top 100 Points finishers with an American Race Cars built complete rolling dragster that goes to the overall champion.
With over 240 entrants from 23 states and 2 countries, the DRR Ultimate Series kicked off at Huntsville Dragway on Thursday March 23rd with the "New" for for 2017 Champ's Performance FTI Warm-Up Race in which Million Dollar Man Jeff Verdi took home top honors.
Friday's BRODIX $20K was completed in full with Bo "Pool Boy" Boatner taking top honors over Alan Whickell.
With beautiful weather Friday evening the decision was made to start Sunday's Yukon Gear & Axle $20K in order to help scheduling with the anticipated Saturday rain and to complete on Sunday with time permitting.
Saturday's Oakley Motorsports saw beautiful morning and mid day weather and the $50k was deep into 2nd round with only around 40 pair of cars remaining about 3:30 pm when the rains came and finished the day.
Anticipating what looked to be a great Sunday forecast of only 10 percent chance of showers, the weather forecast seemed to be cooperating as it had all weekend. But Sunday morning only provided irritating drizzle and ultimately a down pour around 12:30 pm which put a conclusion on the first event of 2017.
Points were calculated for rounds won on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With only 1 completed race day, the points for year remain wide open for those racers who were unable to attend the March event.
Event number 2 is scheduled for June 23-25th with the Champ's FTI Warm-Up race on Thursday the 22nd.
Jeff Verdi from Virginia made the trip to Huntsville and began the weekend as the first winner when he defeated Alabama's Brody Quick in Thursday's Champ's Performance FTI Warm-up. Jeff collected $2,500 plus an FTI Converter or choice for his win.
"Red Hot" Bo "Pool Boy" Boatner from Alabama added another "big win" to his resume when he collected the $20,000 Big Check, the lead in the JEGS Points and the Cold Hard Art trophy for defeating fellow Alabama racer Alan Whickell in Friday's Brodix Main Event. Boatner defeated Ken Gentry in the Semi Final while Whickell received the bye.
Michael Davis from Cleveland, Tennessee collected a complete Center Section from Yukon Gear and Axle with his winning run during the FREE Run for the Center Section on Friday.
Larry Christiansen from Hunter North Dakota made the trip South pay off this March when he collected a complete Center Section from Yukon Gear and Axle with his winning run during the FREE Run for the Center Section on Saturday.
Matt Grayson returned for his 2nd Duck Race win and this time collected a new Billet APD Carburetor when he defeated Danny Odom in the final of Friday Night's coveted race.
Aaron Spitzer made the trip from Iowa representing his new employer and 2017 Live Coverage presenting sponsor Quick Performance. Quick Performance will be on hand at all 3 events in 2017 providing racer support with differential and drive train components. Check them out at www.QuickPerformance.com
Michigan's Joe Bowman shown here with his topless Corvette was just one of the large group of racers from up North who made the trip down to Huntsville in March.