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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

CECIL, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of drag racers are in Cecil competing for their spot in the National Hot Rod Association's AAA Finals.

Out of 500 racers, only four will make it to the national competition.

Five-hundred racers are fine-tuning their cars and bikes for the NHRA's Southeast Division Summitt Racing Series Finals.

"We're running an eight mile instead of a quarter mile so the ETs are going to be fairly quick," said Bill Holt, NHRA Southeast Division Director. "We'll have some cars running in the 4:40 range, 160 mph an eighth mile."

Holt says 18th bracket racing is all about consistency.

You're allowed to put in your dial-in down and then you're bound to that dial-in and you must run close to that, to win," said Holt.

Final time trials were held at the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil today and tonight is the race of champions.

"We have seven of these races throughout the country in seven geographic divisions of NHRA," said Holt. "We send the winners to Ponoma, California to run off for the world championship in bracket racing."

The winners of the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Pro Bike classes will advance to the NHRA AAA Finals.

The team from the Bradenton Motorsports track is trying to defend their team championship from last year.

They've held this division two championship title for two years.

"When you come back it's all about being on the asphalt versus being in the grass," said Candy Hagadorn, Bradenton Motorsports Park.

Hagadorn says the 40 member team is like a family. She got into racing 26 years ago.

She and her husband Roy have won numerous Probike classes and are racing today.

The total purse is $20,000, which winners will split. Eliminations are scheduled for Saturday.


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