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The inaugural “Battle at the Bridge” Presented by Safety-Kleen proved to be a big success at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday.

The new event featured three classes of Drag Racing and US Drift Circuit Drifting competition. A Car Show and children’s Power Wheels race were added attractions at the event held at the legendary motorsports facility.

Sebring’s 1/8-mile drag strip had 38 cars entered for the “Battle at the Bridge” located on the front straight of the circuit known for the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. The main drifting competition was held on the famed concrete surface of Sebring’s Turn 17.

“We are very pleased with this inaugural event,” stated Sebring Raceway’s Drag Racing Director Matt Muha. “The fans were really enthusiastic and this will be a springboard to future events.”

John Platt, Jr. of Cocoa, Fla. claimed the inaugural “Battle at the Bridge” Big Tire Class title and the $4,000 first prize. He defeated Justin Harris of Okeechobee, Fla. in the finals, and set a track record of 5.21 seconds. The Small Tire champion was Michael Sanchez of Sebring, Fla. The Street Tire winner was Rick Kaknes of Winter Garden, Fla.

Next on the schedule at Sebring International Raceway are the Air and Electrical Services Drag Racing Series on Thursday, October 11, featuring the Quick 8 Motorcycle Showdown, followed by the Brew Jam Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday, October 13.

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