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‘BLACKBIRD’ IS ‘STREET OUTLAWS’ WINNER AT THE ROCK
Thompson, Britt, Comer, Bowers, Elks Also Among Shootout Champions



ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Despite a loss to Jeremy Rogers and “The Bank Note” 1969 Chevy Nova, Shane McAlary of Elk City, Okla. and his “Blackbird” 1977 Chevy Vega were the overall winners of Sunday’s inaugural Street Outlaws Takeover at Rockingham Dragway.
 
Rogers, of Canute, Okla., broke a connecting rod, got into his own oil and hit the wall with his 1972 Chevy Nova beyond the finish line after beating McAlary in their head-to-head showdown.  When he was unable to return, McAlary went on to beat Shannon Poole of Moss Pointe, Miss., in the popular “Big Dookie” 1967 Chevy Chevelle for the unofficial title.
 
The shootout lost some of its luster when Chuck Seitsinger of Oklahoma City, currently No. 1 on “The List” on the Discovery Channel’s highly-rated “Street Outlaws” series at the wheel of his “Death Trap” twin-turbo Mustang, opted not to compete for fear of damaging his engine in advance of the taping of a new segment next Saturday in which he will be racing for a $75,000 top prize.
 
Instead, Seitsinger hung with the fans and signed autographs until the event’s conclusion.
 
In the featured 28/275 Shootout, Carlton Thompson of Tallahassee, Fla., won an all-Mustang final round over Winnabow’s Randy Eller who was assisted on Sunday by former Mountain Motor Pro Stock standout Jeff Dobbins of Wilmington.
 
The Small Block Nitrous Shootout went to Matt Bowers of Fort Lawn, S.C., who beat David Brinkley of Wilmington in another all-Mustang final and Daniel Comer beat Todd Comer in an all-New London, all-Comer Family final for the 6.0/7.0 Index title.
 
Rockingham regular Dell Britt of Pembroke was the Footbrake winner and 16-year-old Kiya Elks of Marshville beat Matthew Minter of Fredericksburg, Va., to prevail in the Jr. Dragster Shootout.

 
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from Sunday’s inaugural Street Outlaws Takeover event at Rockingham Dragway:
 
28/275
Round 1 – Carlton Thompson, Tallahassee, Fla., 1993 Ford Mustang, def. Tim Huddleston, Rock Hill, S.C.; Randy Eller, Winnabow, 1991 Ford Mustang, def. Frankie Gurano, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2000 Chevy Camaro; Carl Simmons, Rockingham, bye.
Semifinals – Thompson, bye; Eller def. Simmons.
FINAL – Carlton Thompson, Tallahassee, Fla., 1993 Ford Mustang, def. Randy Eller, Winnabow, 1991 Ford Mustang.
 
FOOTBRAKE
Round 4 – Buddy Cole, Lakeview, 1971 Chevy El Camino, .027, 7.932 on a 7.920, 84.37 mph, def. Brandon Williams, Eagle Springs, .045, 6.925 on a 6.870, 99.97 mph; Mark Soles, Delco, .018, 5.707 on a 5.620, 105.65 mph, def. Terry Tylor, Lexington, S.C., 1996 Chevy S-10 truck, .034, 7.961 on a 7.750, 86.14 mph; Dell Britt, Pembroke, 1983 Chevy Camaro, .085, 7.572 on a 7.610, 90.34 mph, def. Staten Nichols, Rockingham, foul.
Semifinals – Britt, .115, 7.667 on a 7.560, 89.73 mph, def. Cole, foul; Soles, bye.
FINAL – Dell Britt, Pembroke, 1983 Chevy Camaro, .040, 7.786 on a 7.560, 89.92 mph, def. Mark Soles, Delco, NA, foul.
 
SMALL BLOCK CHALLENGE
Round 1 – Matt Bowers, Fort Lawn, S.C., Ford Mustang, bye; Forrest Kennedy, Axden, 1971 Chevy Camaro, def. Travis Eubanks; Camden, S.C.; David Brinkley, Wilmington, 1987 Ford Mustang, def. Jimmy Mixon, St. Stephen, S.C., 1997 Chevy S- 10...
Semifinals – Bowers  def. Kennedy; Brinkley, bye.
FINAL – Matt Bowers, Fort Lawn, S.C., Ford Mustang, def. David Brinkley, Wilmington, 1987 Ford Mustang.
 
STREET CAR CHALLENGE
Round 3 – Leon Hudson, Rustburg, Va., 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, def. Adam Lamas, Mint Hill, Chris Kenney, Wilmington, 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass, def. Wesley Blackmon, Whiteville, Chevy S-10 truck, def. Chris Whaley, Naleina, bye.
Semifinals – Hudson,   def. Whaley; Kenney, bye.
FINAL – Chris Kenney, Wilmington, 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass, def. Leon Hudson, Rustburg, Va., 1965 Plymouth Barracuda.
 
JR. DRAGSTER FINAL – Kiya Elks, Marshville, .121, 7.929, 79.32 mph, def. Matthew Minter, Fredericksburg, Va., .166, 7.889 breakout, 80.90 mph.
 
6.0/7.0 FINAL – Daniel Comer, New London, 1971 Ford Maverick, .020, 7.053 on a 7.000, 105.00 mph, def. Todd Comer, 1997 Ford Ranger, foul.
UPSETS ABOUND IN SEASON-OPENING ADRL SPRING DRAGS
Tharpe, Gray Win on the Quarter Mile; Pesz, Mauney at the Eighth-Mile Distance



Saturday was no day to play favorites at Rockingham Dragway where upsets were the rule rather than the exception at the ADRL Spring Drags, first race in the 2017 series.
 
Among the top qualifiers, only Top Fuel Harley rider Tii Tharpe of East Bend, N.C., managed to find his way to the winners’ circle although his No. 1 start was itself something of an upset insomuch as the field included multi-time national champion and pre-race favorite Jay “Bulldog” Turner.
 
Turner, of nearby Julian, did manage to put up the best numbers of the event when he stopped the quarter mile timers in 6.352 seconds at 222.80 miles per hour in a first round win over fellow Carolinian Mike Beland but he couldn’t duplicate that performance in round two and fell to Tharpe.  Tharpe then beat Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson of Honeybrook, Pa., in the final.
 
In the Pro Mod divisions, the winners’ names were familiar but neither of the three was really expected to get the trophy.
 
The NHRA Pro Mod title, contested at the quarter mile distance, fell to second generation pro Jonathan Gray of Artesia, N.M., after No. 1 qualifier Matt Smith of King, N.C., son of many-time NHRA and IHRA champion Rickie Smith, was upset in the semifinals by veteran Doug Winters of Pleasant Garden.
 
Gray’s win capped an amazing four weeks for Gray Motorsports in which the Carolina-based team won the NHRA Gatornationals Pro Stock championship on March 19 with Jonathan’s brother, Shane, at the wheel of a Camarol and then won last week’s NHRA race at Las Vegas with Shane’s 17-year-old son Tanner driving.
 
The other two Pro Mod titles, decided at the eighth-mile distance, fell to former ADRL champ Brandon Pesz of The Woodlands, Texas, who won the Insane PM title, and veteran Carolina chassis builder and former IHRA Pro Mod Champ Tommy Mauney of Shelby, who prevailed in the Outlaw class.
 
Pesz, who has raced only infrequently the past few years, drove his 1958 Chevy Corvette past the 2005 ‘Vette of track record holder Frankie Taylor of Dickinson, Texas in one of the closest races in Pro Mod history.  Pesz used a narrow starting line advantage to get to the finish line .001 of a second ahead of his opponent in an all-Texas final.
 
Other winners were Boyd Beyer of Casstown, Ohio in Top Sportsman; Paul Daigrepont of Mooresville, N.C., in Top Dragster; Ron Hamm of New Carlisle, Ohio, in Top Bracket; and Samuel Peterson of Richlands, Mich., in Pro Jr. Dragster.

 
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from Saturday’s ADRL Spring Drags and Rockingham Dragway, first race in the 2017 series.  All racing at the one-eighth mile distance unless otherwise stipulated:

 
NHRA PRO MODIFIED (quarter mile)
Qualifying – 1. Matt Smith, King, N.C., 2016 Chevy Camaro, 3.788, 200.86 mph; 2. Jonathan Gray, Artesia, N.M., 2016 Chevy Camaro, 3.801, 199.37 mph; 3. Billy Harper, Paducah, Ky., 2000 Dodge Viper, 3.818, 196.85 mph; 4. Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden, N.C., 1969 Chevy Chevelle, 3.929, 191.29 mph.
Semifinals – Jonathan Gray, Artesia, N.N., 2016 Chevy Camaro, .074, 3.855, 197.86 mph, def. Billy Harper, Paducah, Ky., 2000 Dodge Viper, .065, 3.876, 195.17 mph; Doug Winters, Pleasant Grove, N.C., 1969 Chevy Chevelle, .079, 3.856, 195.17 mph, def. Matt Smith, King, N.C., 2016 Chevy Camaro, .035, 8.544, 50.69 mph.
FINAL – Jonathan Gray, Artesia, N.M., 2016 Chevy Camaro, .062, 3.909, 192.55 mph, def. Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden, N.C., 1969 Chevy Chevelle, .080, 5.134, 95.88 mph.
 
INSANE PRO MOD
Qualifying – 1. Frankie Taylor, Dickinson, Texas, 2005 Chevy Corvette, 3.643, 209.43 mph; 2. Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 3.884, 199.97 mph; 3. Jay Diedrich, Firebaugh, Calif., NA, 3.885, 194.18 mph; 4. Randy Merick, Woppopello, Mo., NA, 4.043, 152.59 mph.
Round 1 – Frankie Taylor, Dickinson, Texas, 2005 Chevy Corvette, bye; Jay Diedrich, Firebaugh, Calif., 1969 Chevy Camaro, .072, 3.876, 192.36 mph, def. Randy Merick, Woppopello, Mo., NA, .239, 8.139, 68.36 mph; Brandon Pesz, The Woodlands, Texas, 1958 Chevy Corvette, .118, 3.719, 205.13 mph, def. Brandon Lewis, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1957 Chevy Bel Air, .076, 3.773, 206.23 mph.
Semifinals – Taylor, .092, 3.675, 208.71 mph, def. Diedrich, .057, 3.837, 202.94 mph; Pesz, bye.
FINAL – Brandon Pesz, The Woodlands, Texas, 1958 Chevy Corvette, .052, 3.651, 202.12 mph, def. Frankie Taylor, Dickinson, Texas, 2005 Chevy Corvette, .084, 3.620, 210.21 mph.  
 
OUTLAW PRO MOD
Qualifying – 1. Jon Stouffer, Neosho, Mo., 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, 4.035, 154.09 mph; 2. Mike Iania, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.557, 142.81 mph; 3. Wayne Smozanek, Jupiter Landings, Fla., 1996 Chevy Corvette, 4.605, 121.02 mph; 4. Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 6.918, 84.95 mph.
Semifinals – Wayne Smozanek, Jupiter Landings, Fla., 1996 Chevy Corvette, .248, 4.572, 142.31 mph, def. Mike Iania, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1969 Chevy Camaro  1.029, 6.592, 102.32 mph; Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 1.052, 3.947, 176.07 mph, def. Jon Stouffer, Neosho, Mo., 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, no time.
FINAL -- Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, .134, 4.146, 178.42 mph, def. Wayne Smozanek, Jupiter Landings, Fla., 1996 Chevy Corvette, .390, 4.033, 179.68 mph.
 
TOP FUEL HARLEY (quarter mile)
Qualifying – 1. Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., 6.460, 202.88 mph; 2. Tracy Kile, Asheville, N.C., 6.561, 219.86 mph; 3. Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honeyrooke, Pa., 6.666, 211.86 mph; 4. Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., 6.792, 193.46 mph.
Round 1 – Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., .094, 6.352, 222.80 mph, def. Mike Beland, Maiden, N.C., .082, 6.831, 194.97 mph; Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honeybrook, Pa., .090, 6.640, 215.75 mph, def. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Grove, N.C., .135, 8.469, 131.15 mph; Tracy Kile, Asheville, N.C., .157, 12.059, 64.44 mph, def. Chris Smith, Murfreesboro, Tenn., foul; Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., .176, 6.381, 208.39 mph, def. Jake Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, .040, no time.
Semifinals – Tharpe, .038, 6.488, 185.18 mph, def. Turner, .091, 15.796, 70.43 mph; Jackson, .051, 6.654, 206.95 mph, def. Kile, .085, 6.707, 208.55 mph.
FINAL – Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., .113, 6.429, 217.25 mph, def. Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honeybrook, Pa., .115, no time.
 
Other final rounds:
TOP SPORTSMAN – Boyd Beyer, Casstown, Ohio, 2004 Ford Mustang, .064, 5.688 on a 4.050, 82.10 mph, was unopposed.
TOP DRAGSTER – Paul Daigrepont, Mooresville, N.C., .033, 3.836 on a 3.820, 186.23 mph, def. Justin Kirk, Lenore, West Va., .034, 3.899 on a 3.880, 184.50 mph.
PRO JR. DRAGSTER – Samuel Peterson, Richlands, Mich., .028, 7.975, 79.18 mph, def. Jordon Baker, Sumter, S.C., .068, 7.945, 82.09 mph.
TOP BRACKET – Ron Hamm, New Carlisle, Ohio, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .022, 5.991 on a 5.980, 114.66 mph, def. Robby Stewart, Coats, N.C., 1923 T-roadster, .024, 5.349 on a 5.340, 126.07 mph.
 
 
 
 
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