Carterville, IL: When ThisIsBracketRacing.com rolled out the details of this season’s Driver Series in early 2021, it captured the attention of weekly bracket racers across the continent. The unique format allows racers in both the Top bulb and Bottom bulb categories to compete for the title of World Champion, and a $10,000 prize (in each class), all without ever having to leave their home track.
Racers have jumped at the opportunity to support the series, to the tune of over 470 registered participants at 25 competing race tracks! Due to this overwhelming support, ThisIsBracketRacing has unprecedentedly INCREASED the purse. The champions in each category will still earn $10,000 each. Now, in addition, the second through fifth place finishers in each category will also earn $500 cash from ThisIsBracketRacing.com. As if that weren’t enough, the sportsman drag racing friendly team at JEGS has also gotten involved (to the tune of $5,000!). The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth finishers in each category will earn $500 JEGS gift cards.
2021 ThisIsBracketRacing.com Driver Series Purse:
Same purse for Top Bulb & Bottom Bulb Categories
2nd-5th: $500 each
6th-10th: $500 JEGS Gift Certificates
“When we initially committed to the $20,000 champions purse, I’ll be honest: we wrote some of it off as an advertising expense,” admitted ThisIsBracketRacing’s Luke Bogacki. “I figured we’d lose money, but we could justify it both by gaining some exposure for ThisIsBracketRacing at the local bracket level, and also by taking this opportunity to give back to the sport: local bracket racing is how we all got our start, and I want to see racing at that level continue to thrive.”
Racer support exceeded expectations.
“With 470+ participants signed up at $50 each, you can do the math. We covered the $20,000 prize pool with room to spare. Our intention was never to profit from the program; so we’re simply rolling that revenue back into the purse.”
ThisIsBracketRacing’s Ashley Thompson, who developed and administers the Driver Series added: “This program is something that we’re passionate about, and we knew there would be interest in the series: but we never dreamed this many racers would get behind it. It’s been really rewarding to see that we’ve struck a nerve – that so many racers have been looking for something like the Driver Series. I love that we’re able to spread out the increased revenue to reward more racers than just the champion. And now JEGS!?! I can’t emphasize enough how incredible it is to have them involved. They saw the interest in the Driver Series and said ‘that’s something we need to be a part of.’ And they did what they do: support sportsman racers at an unprecedented level. Let’s be honest: for those of us who race, a $500 JEGS gift certificate might as well be $500 cash!”
The 2021 ThisIsBracketRacing Driver Series is underway at 25 tracks across North America. To view a complete list of participating facilities, and see current points standings in both categories, visit thisisbracketracing.com/driverseries. Follow the Driver Series on Facebook for regular Facebook live updates with Ashley and co-host Jordan Pratt as the season progresses.