$275,000 to Main Event Winner in Six-Day SFG $1.1 Million Bracket Challenge~
The world’s most lucrative drag race returns to US 131 Motorsports Park this week (June 27-July 2) where as many as 10 drivers could earn $20,000 or more for a single day’s work in the second annual SFG Promotions $1.1 Million bracket race.
While the primary focus will be on the $250,000 prize earmarked for the winner of Saturday’s Main Event, professional bracket racers and aspiring amateurs from as many as 30 states and Canada also will have opportunities to win $50,000 as Wednesday, Thursday or Friday winners and $20,000 as winner of either the Tuesday Warmup or the Sunday finale.
To put the SFG payout in perspective, a Funny Car driver like Ron Capps, the current NHRA Champion, would have to win six tour events to even get close to a quarter million dollars in prize money.
Providing the opportunity for members of drag racing’s rank-and-file to pay reasonable entry fees for a chance to claim once-in-a-lifetime paydays was SFG founder and CEO Kyle Riley’s motivation when he founded his Chicago-based company in 2015.
He has been tweaking the original business model ever since, adding new elements and refining old ones. This year, he has added a Super Comp race on Tuesday along with a new Bracket All-Star Call-Out event in which the winning drivers in the first round with the best reaction times will be able to name their opponents for round two.
The show begins on Monday, June 26, with early registration. On Tuesday the pace intensifies with the aforementioned Super Comp event ($2,500 to win if there are at least 16 entries), the Call-Out and the first of six feature races.
The winner’s share jumps to $50K on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a single time trial for new entries each day followed by eliminations to a conclusion. The Juniors arrive on Friday to race for a $1,500 top prize contingent upon a minimum of 16 participants.
All that sets up the Main Event on Saturday in which “No Box” cars and door cars will run separately until only one remains. Although the half million dollar top prize is guaranteed, the remainder of the purse is dependent upon participation with 475 cars the minimum necessary to pay the entire $1.1 million.
The marathon ends on Sunday with a second Jr. Dragster race and a $20,000-to-win finale honoring the late Sean Serra, a previous $20K winner at U.S. 131.
Tickets are $15 each day or $50 for the week. Children 12 years old and under are free with a ticketed adult. Gates open at 8 am each day and racing is scheduled to start at 8:30 am each day.