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What is Bracket Gamblers racing?
Shakespeare County Raceway’s Jeremy Cookson told us:
“The Gamblers Races at SCR have all come about from inspiration by Howard Commander,
track owner and promoter of Lebanon Valley Dragway, New York and Tom Brown, Facilities
Manager of Gainesville Raceway and President of Beat The Heat.
Both tracks, which SCR has an association with, run this type of format, racing nearly
every week, and we want to try and adopt this kind of format as well. SCR makes no money
on this, other than the cost towards some trophies and goodie bags from some of our event
supporters such as Piston Apparel, Motorshack and American Car Magazine.”
How it works
You pay £10 on top of the usual RWYB track fee, and this goes into the prize purse. The aim
is to run a 32 car field, so the winner stands to win £200 plus trophy and goodie bag, and
the runner up £100 plus trophy and goodie bag. The events are currently open to four-
wheeled drag and street machines, and you get 2 or 3 qualifying runs, then an elimination
ladder run under bracket racing rules sorts out the winner. This superb grass roots style
drag racing is open to all, with no MSA racing licence being required.
So, what are you waiting for? Check out the SCR website for full details!
Facebook pages, track
officials very wisely
moved the weekend’s
Bracket Gamblers
Race a day early, thus
allowing good use to
be made of the pre-
dicted unseasonal
warmer and sunnier
Although the track
on Saturday didn’t
open until midday
thanks to another del-
uge of rain in the early
hours, those racers
entered were given a
one shot qualifier after
making several runs
early on. Eight cars
were listed but the
Super Pro Dragster of
Ian Powell was with-
drawn moments be-
fore the session was
due to commence.
Top qualifier, to-
gether with a bye into
the semis was UK
Blowers and Outlaw
Street Racer Nigel
Jenkins, competing in
his silver coloured ‘94
302 cubed Ford Mus-
tang. With predicted
dial-in times in the low
fourteens, Nigel used
his ‘bye run lucky dog’
wisely to gain access
to the next round
where he would meet
the Sunbeam Stilletto
street sleeper of num-
ber five qualifier
Smokin’ Joe Stevens
who booked his place
in the semis when Ron
Bartlett’s Super Gas
Ford 105E Anglia
failed to restart after
the burnout.
Also making an im-
pression in the open-
ing round was
Evesham’s Vic Fisher.
Coming into the show
at number seven, Vic’s
4.0 V6 Mustang took
out the 4 litre Straight
Six TVR Tuscan of
Outlaw Street racer
Ian Brockbank, 15.33
on a 15.25 dial over
Ian’s 12.40 on a 12.30
With two Mustangs
The last Gamblers
Race was won by for-
mer eighties NDRC
racer and now Outlaw
Street racer Vic Fisher
in his Ford Mustang
500GT. Vic beat the
5.0 Mustang GT of
Nigel Jenkins in a
close final. Entries
were low but with the
prospect of some late
season racing we’re
sure that we'll get to
see 16 and 32 car
fields next season.
SCR are also hoping
to run a Bike Bracket,
Following requests
made by expectant
racers on forums and
For full details about events at Shake-
speare County Raceway, visit their web
site at www.shakespearecountyrace-, or take a look at the Avon Park
International Racing Association Face-
book page by clicking on this logo.
ET Bracket Gamblers Racing