Southeast Bracket Championship Added to Already Busy Fall Race Schedule

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – As if Rockingham Dragway’s fall schedule wasn’t busy enough with the Super Chevy Show, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, the Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals, the Street Outlaws, ManCup, IDBL World Finals and the SRI Performance Fall Civil Wars, owner Steve Earwood announced Tuesday that the track has been named the new home of the NHRA’s Summit Racing ET Finals.

The Southeast Division ET Finals will be contested at The Rock Oct. 5-8, 2017, with racers from 19 tracks in seven states and Puerto Rico eligible to participate.  The series has been contested nationally, in seven separate divisions, for the last 41 years.  The Southeast Summit ET Finals most recently was contested at Atlanta Dragway.
“It’s tradition and history made Rockingham Dragway a perfect site for this prestigious event,” said Rich Schaefer, NHRA Southeast Division Director.  “Under Steve’s ownership, the track always has catered to the grassroots racer and his crew does a great job of track prep and logistics.”
The decision to move the Summit ET Finals to The Rock came during the annual NHRA Track Operators Meetings last week at Jekyll Island in Georgia.
“It’s great for our track, for Richmond County and for all our neighbors because it attracts racers, sponsors and spectators from across the Southeast,” Earwood said of the ET Finals.  “We’re looking forward to showing them everything our area has to offer.”

At Atlanta:
2016 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division ET Finals:

SUPER PRO -- Timmy Smith, Roanoke, Ala., dragster, 4.925, 129.82 mph, def. Joseph Bagwell, Hendersonville, N.C.,1964 Chevy II, foul.

PRO ET -- Van Greer, Kingsport, Tenn., dragster, 7.776, 88.42 mph, def. Brandon Bailey, Abingdon, Va., dragster, foul.

SPORTSMAN -- Seth Bevins, Albany, Ga., 1986 Camaro, 7.799, 88.05 mph, def. Russell Haskins, Marietta, Ga., 2013 Mustang, foul.

SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE -- Candy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla., 5.723, 109.42 mph, def. Rick Scott Jr, Greenbrier, Tenn., 5.726, 116.99 mph.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Gage Burch, Palmetto, Fla., dragster, 8.208, 83.61 mph, def. Seth Bevins, Albany, Ga., 1986 Camaro, 7.827, 87.37 mph.
Rockingham Dragway Schedule Once More Includes a Little Bit of Everything

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rockingham Dragway’s reputation for diversity won’t lose any of its luster this year with track owner Steve Earwood’s announcement of a 63-event schedule that includes a little bit of everything – from a Perdue Farms company picnic to a Rugged Maniacs 5k obstacle race to the return of the American Drag Racing League Pro Mod Series.
Nevertheless, Earwood is most excited about his track’s new affiliations with the Modern Hemi Shootout Series, which makes its Rockingham debut in May, the stars of the wildly popular Street Outlaws TV series, who will be featured in events in April and October, and the International Drag Bike League, which will contest its World Finals on a November date that will provide the world’s fastest street bikes a platform for record-breaking performance.
“We pride ourselves on being responsive to changes in the interest of our racers, spectators and sponsors,” Earwood said, “and once again that was the most important thing in putting together a new schedule.
“In addition to anchor events like the Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals (Oct. 12-15), the Dieffenbach GM Original Super Chevy Show (Sept. 29-30) and Griffin MOPARs at the Rock (April 1), this year we’ve scheduled races for trucks (Blood, Sweat and Gears on March 19), ATVs (Four-Wheel Fury on June 10), radio-controlled vehicles (the Carolina Model Drag Series) and even for those who don’t do their racing in a straight line (the eight-race KMS Drift Series).
“Plus, everyone always looks forward to the Pro Mod race (the ADRL Spring Nationals) which will be April seventh, eighth and ninth.”
There also will be a steady diet of bracket racing events including the annual Free Entry Racers Appreciation event (March 4-5), the all-new Top ET Challenge (March 23-26), the “Third Amber Throwdown” (April 29-30), the 19th annual “Big John” Memorial Weekend Bracket Championships (May 26-29) and Powerfest 5 (Aug. 25-27).
“The Top ET Challenge is a big money race that’s generating a lot of pre-season buzz simply because of the purse,” Earwood said.  “It’s going to pay $20,000 to win each day -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
The track opens for the first time on Feb. 11 for street drags, grudge racing and a test-and-tune session.  During the season, there will be eight opportunities for bracket racers to earn points toward Rockingham track championships and berths on the team that will represent the track at the Southeast Division Bracket Finals.

In addition to the Jim McClure Nitro Nationals, MOPARs at the Rock, Super Chevy and Man Cup National Motorcycle Series, The Rock also will bring back the SRI Performance Civil Wars series with races in May and November; the Southeast Jr. Dragster Nationals, which will be contested for the fourth time the weekend of March 11-12; and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series featuring the sport’s sportsman stars the weekend of Oct. 27-29.
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