The MILLION - Complete Race Recap
11/23/2021
Adel, GA
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As always, the MILLION is sure to draw the best bracket racers in the country and provide a great fireworks show for everyone in attendance.  My apology's to Folk Promotions as this story is a little late due to my 2 week downtime from covid-19 afterwards followed by a continued race and work schedule.  But this race and those who competed are due their highlights to be etched into the archives on DRR as it's still IMO the most "coveted" of all, pointed out by many.

This year saw the longtime event moved to a new venue and South Georgia Motorsports Park where the racing action couldn't have gotten any tougher.  With weather conditions that didn't move for 5 days and a great track surface, the cream seamed to rise to the top each day.

PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Simmons Photography / The Million

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Tuesday $20,000 Warm-Up

jeremy hancock 2021 million racer

 Kicking off the week long event on Tuesday was a "cool" $20k to win warm up race in which Jeremy Hancock took his beautifully preserved Undercover dragster (shown above) to a final round victory over Peeps Pennington's equally gorgeous Miller dragster (below).

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Wednesday's $50,000 Race 

will holloman racer

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 Wednesday's $50,000 to win Main event saw a square up of dragster vs. door car in which Will Holloman driving for Chris Reynolds in the now famous "red car" took on "Young Gun" Gage Burch from Florida.  Burch had the staring line advantage of .005 to .009 but handed the win to Holloman with a -.001 breakout run when Holloman was to the good by .006.

gage burch million 50k runner up

 

Thursday's $50,000 Race

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scotty richardson million 50k race winner

Seemingly resurrected and driven to make a statement as to why he's long been looked at as the best bracket racer ever, Scotty Richardson brought the hoodless roof flap bright orange Chevy II to the battle in which he collected another "Big Check" on Thursday with the $50,000 main event win over Ohio's Aaron McCaulla (shown below). 

aaron mccaulla 2021 million 50k runner up

 

The MILLION

adam russell 2021 million race winner

Seeing Adam Russell's focus above, one can realize why he made the trip to the largest payday of the weekend.

adam russell 2021 million drag racer

When you think of the Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels Million Dollar Drag Race, there’s one thing that comes to mind, who will go down in history as the 26th winner? Who will add their name to the winner’s list and forever be remembered as The Million Dollar Race winner? After 9 rounds of competition, Adam Russell of Brandon, MS was crowned your 26th Million Dollar Race Champion adding his name to the hall of fame. The final round and winner’s circle were emotional as Russell’s family and friends joined him in celebrating his historic win.
 
In the final, Russell denied bracket race phenom Scotty Richardson once again from finally collecting his first title as he competed in his second Million final round. It was a classic door car vs dragster final round with Russell’s blown American Race Cars Dragster dialed 4.33 and Richardson’s wheel-standing Nova dialed 5.73. In typical Million tradition, as the burnouts were completed, a massive crowd gathered behind the starting line while thousands watched live through the Vintage Trailers Live Feed to witness Russell defeat Richardson in a double breakout.
 
Russell said “this win really hasn’t set in yet. I just don’t know what to say. I was lucky several rounds, and later in the rounds I realized that it just might be my night.”
 
“This is my 5th Million Dollar Race and my focus while staging in the final round was to not make any mistakes, and it’s just a great feeling to stand here in the winner’s circle of such a great race.”
 
“I have to thank the Cummings family, Allen Wickell, Russ Miley, Billy Fuller, Justin Albritton, and all my family at home watching. This is my anniversary weekend and it just feels good to win this with my family here watching me.”
In the quarter-finals it was Ricky Jones, Kevin Brannon, and Michael Pennington, while Nick Folk and Stephen McCrory were defeated in the semi-finals.
 

adam russell 2021 million dollar drag race

Richardson said “I wouldn’t miss this race for anything. It’s still the original Million no matter what anyone says and it’s still the most prestigious bracket race. Until I win it, I’ll keep coming back if I’m healthy enough.”

scotty richardson drag racer

scotty richardson 2021 million runner up

 

Saturday's $50,000 Race

 philip pennington 2021 million racer

philip pennington 2021 million 50k race winner

Phil Pennington shown above, wheeled his brother Peeps' Miller Dragster to it's 2nd final round for the weekend and a $50,000 Big Check after his dragster wasn't acting friendly and he made the move to switch cars.  He defeated Brian Fold from Durand, Illinois in his recently repurchased red Chevy Cavalier which has plenty of history itself as it has it's own room at the shop for NHRA Wally's.

brian folk 2021 million 50k runner up

robert reynolds 2021 million vip camaro winner

Robert Reynolds is your 2021 JEGS Performance VIP Club Grand Prize Winner! He picked up his beautiful 2021 Camaro SS at Glynn Smith Chevrolet. He won the car worth $46,880 for $39 by being a VIP Club Member!

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Travis Eaton won the Million Dollar Race Golf Cart Giveaway customized by Overkill Motorsport
Travis’ tech card was drawn out of all of the Million & Triple 50 tech cards on the starting line during the Million.
 
 
american 2021 dragster chassis
 
Mark Martin of Paducha, Kentucky was the lucky raffle winner of the 2021 American Race Cars built dragster Chassis.  Brandon Jones of Rainsville, Alabama won a FTI Torque Converter for his runner up spot.

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