Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jimmy DeFrank at the Spring Fling 20's in Bristol, TN

While I was attending local car shows this past weekend, my brother, and fellow California Car Cover employee, Jimmy DeFrank, headed down to Bristol, Tennessee for the Spring Fling 20's. The event was put on by Peter Biondo and Kyle Siepel. Peter and Kyle are standouts on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and they have been long time friends of the DeFrank family and California Car Cover. Since Jimmy was going down there to represent California Car Cover, I told him to take his camera along and share the fun and activities at the drag strip with all of our customers. Jimmy is taking over from here.
 The 3rd Annual K&N Spring Fling 20's was held at Thunder Valley Raceway in Bristol, TN. It is a very nice racing facility and one of the premiere tracks on the NHRA circuit. Over 400 Sportsman bracket racers from all over the country attended the event.


 The staging lanes were filled with dragsters and crew members all weekend long. All the racers were vying for the big $20,000 payout each day. A new day, meant a new race, so every racer had a chance to win some money if they lost early on the previous day. This meant long days for everyone, but well worth it if you made the money round.

 There was a big BBQ going on with plenty of my friends on either side of the tables. It was a great afternoon of interacting with fellow racers and bench racing.


 I even spent some time behind the table serving sandwiches. Peter and Kyle are great friends and racers, so I was happy to help out where they needed. Though there is a chance I ate a few more sandwiches than I told them at the race. It gave me a chance to show off my custom Kyle Siepel Spring Fling 20's t-shirt that I had made special for the event.
Peter Biondo with a winner of one of the Giveaway Prizes at the event. The event attracted a lot of great sponsors and product donations from companies, such as Jeg's Mail Order, K&N, Sparco, Race Tech, DRE and many others. You can see more about the race at its official website.
 A view down Bristol Dragway.


 California Car Cover awarded the best appearing car award to this Chevy Corvette race car. The car looked great and was well deserving of the award. Time to make it look even better by applying some Golden Shine Car Care Products!

 As the sun went down, the racing kept heating up. The final round was not run until late Saturday night, but the fun kept going well after the final win light came on.

 "Quarter Mile" Kyle Siepel took on Peter Biondo in a match race that attracted quite a crowd. They were only racing for bragging rights, but it was a lot of fun. Kyle took the win light and the legend continues...

 The crowd went wild.

 Congratulations to Bob Maclosky for taking home the big money on Saturday night. It was a long, but exciting day at the race track.

 After the racing was done for the night there was still plenty of fun to be had. Everyone stuck around for some good times, good friends and possibly a few dance floor dance offs. For Kyle's sake those photos and videos will not be posted on our blog. It was a fun weekend and a big thank you to Kyle and Peter for inviting me out to the race.

Coverage from the entire weekend can be seen at Drag Racing Online.

Where will California Car Cover be next? Check it out on our website. Stay connected with California Car Cover on Facebook as well. 

-Jimmy D.