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Brent Martin and Estevez Brothers Continue Hot Streaks in Speed Unlimited ET Series


September 18, 2012


Press Release courtesy of:  Robbie Parlett

Just one week after claiming a $5,000 to win Top ET race at the Autofab Raider ET Challenge, Brent Martin proved it was no fluke winning his second race in under a week at the Speed Unlimited ET Series event September 15th. The professional golfer, who is taking some time off to race with his family, is making the most of his time away from the course. Martin once again found his groove late in the rounds, posting 3 “double oh” lights in the final 4 rounds of racing, including a perfect .000. Brent picked up a quarter-final win over the always tough Tommy Cable. Cable and Martin were both vying for the last spot on the Bracket Finals team in Top. In the semi’s, he put together a .010 package to take down MIR regular Mickey Nelson. In the finals, he got the starting line advantage over Tommy Lago and was able to take the stripe and take down Lago’s dead-on run. Winning the event earned Martin a spot on the Bracket Finals team heading to Richmond Dragway at the end of September.

In what is an even more impressive showing, Junior Dragster brothers, TJ and Robert Estevez have been absolutely dominating recently. On September 1st, Robert was Runner Up in the Wildcard race, while TJ won the normal Saturday race. A week later, last weekend, older brother TJ picked up the win in Saturday’s Autofab Raider race with the younger brother Robert getting the win in Sunday’s race. On Saturday September 15th, both Estevez brothers were making their way deep into eliminations again. TJ picked up his third win in just 3 weeks, beating a red-lighting Logan Hubbell in the finals of the Speed Unlimited ET Series race. With the race win, Hubbell would have qualified for the Bracket Finals team. With the normal Saturday race complete, it was time to finally complete the Sunday race from the $10K/$2K Poker Bash that started back in August. Rain postponed the race a couple of times, but with clear weather this past Saturday, the race could finally be completed. Heading into the semi-finals, both Estevez brothers remained in competition. It worked out they would not have to race each other in the semi’s, so if they could both win, it would guarantee another Estevez win. Robert was up first, and posted a perfect .000 light to take down Willy Hess Jr. TJ then got a small starting line advantage over Hunter Levin, but was able to make it stick, forcing Levin to break out taking the stripe. This set up an Estevez brothers final, putting Robert in his 3 finals in 3 weeks, and TJ in his 4th. Younger brother Robert prevailed in the family duel, using a better light to hold off TJ by .018 at the stripe. Six races in 3 weeks in Junior Dragster and one, or both of the Estevez brothers have been in the finals of all of them, winning 5. To say they are hot may be the biggest understatement of the season.

Also, congratulations to David Butler, the Mod ET winner from this past Saturday’s race. The race win qualified him for a spot on the Bracket Finals team heading to Richmond. Also, congrats to Shayne Proctor for his win in Motorcycle. Shayne has been making deep runs recently, and may be peaking at the right time with the Dash just a couple of weeks away. Next up for the bracket racers is the Superchargers Showdown this weekend, September 21-22, featuring $5,000 to win each day in Top ET and the Speed Unlimited ET Series in full effect on Saturday. After that, Team MIR will be heading to Richmond Dragway to try and bring home yet another Team Championship.


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