2017 Southwest Showdown

Big Money Bracket Racing Reaches Arizona with Southwest Showdown at Tucson Dragway

Tucson, Ariz. – Big money bracket racing comes to Arizona this February with the Inaugural Southwest Showdown at Tucson Dragway, February 16-19. Tucson Dragway owner Jim Hughes and West Coast Bracket Races owner/promotor Chris Forsyth pooled their efforts to provide racers with another opportunity to compete for guaranteed money and prizes.

The event will host Super Pro (Electronics/Top-Bulb) and Pro (Non-Electronics/Bottom Bulb) racers for the opportunity at the nearly $85,000 up for grabs over the course of the event. The Showdown will begin with a track hosted Test-N-Tune and Run for the Money on Thursday. Friday racers will have their first opportunity at guaranteed money with a warm-up race where Super Pro winner will take $2,500 while the Pro winner will grab $1,500. Saturday’s main events will see a $5,000 winner in Super Pro and $3,000 Winner in Pro and Sunday where will pay the Super Pro winner $10,000 and Pro winner $4,500. The inaugural Showdown will also feature a Kickoff Party, Golf Cart Race, Big Checks, Custom Trophies, and lots of Racer Appreciation Prizes.

Also on schedule for Saturday evening, will be our bonus 64-Car Shoot-Outs where $15,000 will go to the Super Pro Winner and $10,000 to the Pro Winner. Both races will require a separate entry fee and will pay back to the ¼ Finalists. Entries will open starting Monday November 14th.

Jim Hughes and Matt DeYoung, Tucson Dragway Track Manager, have also created the opportunity to race for a Wally Friday of the Showdown with a National Dragster Challenge. Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, a Stock/Super Stock Combo, and Top Comp (Top Dragster & Top Sportsman) are all slated for Fridays’ schedule. These purses will be pro-rated on car count and details will be available soon. Racers entering the National Dragster Challenge will also receive a free entry to the Warm-Up race that evening. Any weekend entries that are also entered in the following weeks’ Advance Auto Parts Nationals in Phoenix will receive priority parking for the National Event.

“Bracket racing is truly the backbone and foundation of drag racing today,” said Hughes. “Attending the ET Finals and other bracket racing events has brought me back in time, and I’m overwhelmed at the amount of bracket racers that have so much fun and pride in what they do. I support and endorse Chris’ vision of cost-effective, well-planned bracket races on the West Coast. It’s what this part of the country needs more of.”

“From an entry-level racer to a seasoned veteran, this program is designed for every racer to have a chance. I hope to see you at Tucson Dragway this coming February 16-19”

“Our goal is to continue to support the grass roots racers by building platforms for them to take a chance at Big Money bracket racing on the West Coast,” added Forsyth, who also founded the annual Figspeed West Coast Classic held in Fontana, CA on Memorial Day weekend. “I have known Jim for the 20 years I have been involved in drag racing and had the opportunity to race with him the last 4 leading into his transition to Tucson Dragway. His commitment to sportsman racing is second-to-none. As a world champion, business owner, and now a track owner, Jim has always demonstrated the pursuit of building drag racing at the sportsman level. His plans for Tucson Dragway are exciting for the local community as well as the entire west coast racing community, I cannot imagine having the opportunity to build an event with a more committed racer.”


For more information regarding this event, please contact Chris Forsyth (chris@westcoastbracketraces.com ; 714-504-9110), Jim Hughes (jim@tucsondragway.com ; 602-989-7765), Matt DeYoung (matt@tucsondragway.com ; 623-640-5098)