Russell Musgrove saved his best performance of the weekend for the final round Saturday and it was just good enough to give him the heads-up 4.70 Pro Mod championship at the 17th annual Fall Civil Wars showdown at Rockingham Dragway.

The Kannapolis resident covered The Rock’s eighth mile course in 4.721 seconds at 148.58 miles per hour in his 1994 Pontiac Firebird to beat Salisbury’s Jeremy Youker, who was forced to abort after experiencing problems.

Mooresville’s Nick Cline, a popular No. 1 qualifier in his 1934 Chevy coupe, was upended in round two by Charlotte’s Bryan Nichols who lost to Musgrove in the semis.

It was the debut appearance for the 4.70 cars which topped a program that also included racing in Open Comp, Pro Tree Doorslammers, Footbrake and 6.0, 7.0 and Combo Index categories.

Bennett’s Howard Brewer and Dunn’s Justen West both were double-winners during the event. Brewer won the 7.0 Index title on Saturday before driving his venerable 1985 Ford Thunderbird to the Combo Index championship on Sunday. West won Open Comp on Saturday and Footbrake Sunday.

E.J.. Womack of Lillington was kind of another double winner. In the same race. Womack double- entered his Chevy S-10 in Saturdays Pro Tree Door Slammer class and met himself in the final round, taking home both the winner and runner-up monies. Womack collected a total of $2,000 for his double effort.

Other winners included Dale Sanders of Eagle Springs in Open Comp on Sunday, Frankie Irving of Winnabow and Michael Beard of Columbus, Ohio, in Footbrake and Eric Hamilton of Washington, N.C. in the 6.0 Index category.

ROCKINGHAM – Results from the 17th annual Fall Civil Wars drag race at Rockingham Dragway:


Qualifying –1. Nick Cline, Mooresville, 1938 Chevy coupe, 4.700; 2. Johnathan Gibbs, Salisbury, 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.705; 3. Donnie Gibbs Jr., Mooresville, 1992 Chevy Camaro, 4.706; 4. Jeremy Youker, Salisbury, 2010 Chevy Cobalt, 4.725; 5. Russell Musgrove, Kannapolis, 1994 Pontiac Firebird, 4.729; 6. James Benton, Statesville, 1996 Chevy Corvette, 4.735; 7. Barry Holshouser, Indian Trail, 4.735; 8. Kenny Ferrell, Fort Mill, S.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.752.

Round 1 – Phillip Keller, Summerville, S.C., 1996 Chevy Beretta, 4.784, 143.87 mph, def. Barry Holshouser, Indian Trail, 1988 Ford Thunderbird, no time, no speed; Bryan Nichols, Charlotte, 1992 Pontiac Trans Am, 5.219, 128.03 mph, def. Randy Wood, Graniteville, S.C., 1995 Ford Probe, 5.681, 103.06 mph; Russell Musgrove, Kannapolis, 1994 Pontiac Firebird, 4.763, 135.85 mph, def. Warren York, Charlotte, 2003 Ford Mustang, 4.943, 139.33 mph; Kevin Carpenter, Pageland, S.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.756, 136.00 mph, def. Kenny Ferrell, Fort Mill, S.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.796, 147.01 mph; Jeremy Youker, Salisbury, 2010 Chevy Cobalt, 4.713, 148.61 mph, def. Cody Whitley, Locust, 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.784, 147.67 mph; James Benton, Statesville, 4.759, 141.34 mph, def. Jeremy Huffman, Catawba, 4.880, 142.46 mph; Todd Buckner, Mooresville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, 4.708, 143.69 mph, def. Donnie Gibbs Jr., 1992 Chevy Camaro, 4.729, 147.20 mph; Nick Cline, Mooresville, 1938 Chevy coupe, bye; Johnathan Gibbs, Salisbury, 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.725, 147.07 mph, def. Frankie Gurano, Myrtle Beach, S.C., no time, no speed.

Round 2 – Musgrove, 4.731, 145.53 mph, def. Benton, 4.758, 147.10 mph; Youker, 4.713, 148.84 mph, def. Keller, 4.819, 143.17 mph; Nichols, 4.702, 137.85 mph, def. Cline, 4.720, 134.22 mph; Carpenter, 4.731, 145.59 mph, def. Buckner, 4.696 breakout, 145.02 mph; Gibbs, bye.

Round 3 – Youker, 4.701, 148.89 mph, def. Gibbs, 4.946, 141.39 mph; Musgrove, 4.871, 145.72 mph, def. Nichols, 10.355, 57.31 mph; Carpenter, bye.

Semifinals – Youker, 5.238, 101.10 mph, def. Carpenter, 4.697 breakout, 144.84 mph; Musgrove, bye.

FINAL – Russell Musgrove, Kannapolis, 1994 Pontiac Firebird, 4.721, 148.58 mph, def. Jeremy Youker, Salisbury, 2010 Chevy Cobalt, 5.457, 91.98 mph.


Round 4 – Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, 7.008 on a 7.000, 95.15 mph, def. Joe Michaels, Monroe, 1980 Plymouth Arrow, 6.007 on a 6.000, 11504 mph; Nick Womack, Lillington, NA, 5.994 on a 6.000, 92.01 mph, def. Chad Duke, NA, foul; Frankie Irving, Winnabow, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 7.054 on a 7.000, 97.62 mph, def. Krik Way, Manning, S.C., 1985 Mazda RX7, 6.022 on a 6.000m 119.01 mph.

Semifinals – Brewer, 7.006 on a 7.000, 98.68 mph, def. Womack, 5.983 breakout on a 6.000, 95.39 mph; Irving, bye.

FINAL – Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, 7.032 on a 7.000, 96.67 mph, def. Frankie Irving, Winnabow, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 7.031 on a 7.000, 97.64 mph.


Round 4 – Will McKay, Rockingham, 1985 Ford Thunderbird, 12.371 on a 12.250, 91.99 mph, def. Travis Frazier, Franklinville, 1987 Ford Mustang, 10.475 breakout on a 10.620, 129.00 mph; Dale Sanders, Eagle Springs, 11.471 on an 11.630, 121.89 mph, def. Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 12.445 breakout on a 12.620, 99.32 mph; Donnie Gibbs Jr., Mooresville, 8.862 on an 8.850, 137.61 mph, def. Tim Martin, Fort Mill, S.C., 2010 Chevy Camaro, 10.113 breakout on a 10.140, 136.68 mph; Allen Furr, Richfield, 1962 Chevy II, bye.

Semifinals – McKay, 12.204 on a 12.250, 108.44 mph, def. Gibbs, 8.817 breakout on an 8.850, 150.55 mph; Sanders, 11.621 on an 11.630, 102.46 mph, def. Furr, 10.531 breakout on a 10.540, 116.28 mph.

FINAL – Dale Sanders, Eagle Springs, 11.641 on an 11.630, 113.20 mph, def. Will McKay, Rockingham. 1985 Ford Thunderbird, 12.229 breakout on a 12.250, 110.24 mph.


Round 5 – Frankie Irving, Winnabow, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 6.925 on a 6.900, 97.76 mph, def. Greg Lane, New Bern, 1994 Ford Mustang, no time, no speed; Eddie Shelly, Rockingham, 1990 Chevy Camaro, 5.781 on a 5.740, 117.09 mph, def. Nick Womack, Lillington, 5.410 on a 5.380, 126.46 mph; John Hodson, Graniteville, S.C., 1986 Ford Mustang, 5.755 on a 5.750, 119.26 mph, def. Nick Womack #2, Lillington, 6.342 on a 6.320, 107.54 mph.

Semifinals – Irving, 7.009 on a 6.910, 87.79 mph, def. Hodson, foul; Shelley, bye.

FINAL – Frankie Irving, Winnabow, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 6.942 on a 6.930, 97.41 mph, def. Eddie Shelley, Rockingham, 1990 Chevy Camaro, 5.780 on a 5.740, 118.74 mph.


Round 5 – Larry Jollie, Loris, S.C., 1973 Toyota, 6.487 on a 6.470, 104.82 mph, def. Kenny Roberts, Raynor, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, 6.230 on a 6.220, 111.27 mph; Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.891 on a 7.730, 77.07 mph, def. Brandon Williams, Eagle Springs, 9.428 on a 9.400, 75.97 mph; Earl Blackmon, Erwin,

6.111 on a 6.100, 112.65 mph, def. Chad Duke, NA, foul; David Scotten, Robbins, 1991 Ford Mustang, bye.

Semifinals – West, 7.738 on a 7.730, 84.71 mph, def. Jollie, 6.480 on a 6.470, 105.44 mph; Blackmon, 6.143 on a 6.100, 112.40 mph, def. Scotten, foul.

FINAL – Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.736 on a 7.730, 83.08 mph, def. Earl Blackmon, Erwin, 6.133 on a 6.100, 110.55 mph.


Round 3 – Bill Ritts, Danbury, 1969 Dodge Dart, 6.016, 113.52 mph, def. Joe Michaels, Monroe, 1980 Plymouth Arrow, 5.993 breakout, 115.25 mph; Eric Hamilton, Washington, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 6.014, 111.44 mph, def. John Hodson, Graniteville, S.C., 1986 Ford Mustang, 5.970 breakout, 108.45 mph; Krik Way, Manning, S.C., 1985 Mazda RX7, 6.036, 114.30 mph, def. Michael Crumpler, Elm City, 6.042, 112.91 mph; Jerry Cline, Mooresville, 1990 Chevy Camaro, 6.002, 117.89 mph, def. Chad Duke, NA, 6.039, 110.27 mph;

Semifinals – Ritts, 6.013, 109.02 mph, def. Way, 6.002, 117.27 mph; Hamilton, 5.987, 114.16 mph, def. Cline, 5.952 breakout, 114.39 mph.

FINAL – Eric Hamilton, Washington, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 6.005, 110.30 mph, def. Bill Ritts, Danbury, 1969 Dodge Dart, 6.082, 114.46 mph.


Round 3 – Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, 7.009, 96.67 mph, def. Darren Stancil, Albemarle, 1990 Ford Mustang, 7.005, 101.10 mph; Terry Shaw, Bonneau, S.C., 7.038, 94.65 mph, def. Jamie Yelton, Belmont, 1964 Pontiac GTO, 6.983 breakout, 96.22 mph; Kurt Flanagan, Huntersville, 6.991, 97.37 mph, def. Ron Williams, Eagle Springs, 6.928 breakout, 96.64 mph.

Semifinals – Brewer, 7.019, 93.34 mph, def. Shaw, 7.142, 90.06 mph; Flanagan, bye.

FINAL – Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, 7.094, 92.23 mph, def. Kurt Flanagan, Huntersville, 7.065, 96.11 mph.


Round 4 – Travis Frazier, Franklinville, 1987 Ford Mustang, 10.764 on a 10.720, 125.40 mph, def. Curtis Williams, Jacksonville, 1989 Ford Mustang, 13.699 breakout on a 13.700, 89.17 mph; Alan Swader, Kannapolis, 10.385 on a 10.540, 127.57 mph, def. Andy Walker, Roxboro, 1990 Ford Mustang, no time, no speed; Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro 12.637 on a 12.670, 95.01 mph, def. Kyle Gaines, Greenville, 2006 Ford Mustang, 11.971 on a 12.040, 121.65 mph;

Semifinals – West, 12.560 on a 12.670, 103.28 mph, def. Frazier, 10.600 breakout on a 10.720, 121.81 mph; Swader, bye.

FINAL – Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 12.547 on a 12.670, 103.55 mph, def. Alan Swader, Kannapolis, foul.


Round 5 – Nick Womack, Lillington, 6.395 on a 6.380, 107.15 mph, def. Randy Etheridge, Eaglehead, 1994 Chevy Camaro, foul; Eddie Shelley, Rockingham, 1990 Chevy Camaro, 5.770 on a 5.750, 118.71 mph, def. Michael Morris Sr., Walterboro, S.C., 1985 Chevy Camaro, foul; Todd Comer, New London, 1997 Ford Ranger truck 6.047 on a 5.990, 106.94 mph, def. Tim Williams, Lucama, 2008 Ford Mustang, 5.468 on a 5.050, 101.58 mph; E.J. Womack, Lillington, 6.363 on a 6.380, 107.68 mph, def. Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, foul.

Semifinals – Nick Womack, 6.378 on a 6.370, 107.49 mph, def. Shelley, foul; E.J. Womack, 6.378 on a 6.360, 106.81 mph, def. Comer, 6.213 on a 5.990, 108.44 mph.

FINAL – E.J. Womack, Lillington, 14.014 on a 6.380, 54.29 mph, def. Nick Womack, Lillington, no time, no speed.


Round 5 – Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.819 on a 7.820, 84.43 mph, def. Adam Fyle, Pinetown, 1992 Ford Mustang, foul; Kenny Roberts, Raynor, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, 6.310 on a 6.240, 101.08 mph, def. Darlene Wells, Asheboro, 1969 Ford Mustang, 6.971 on a 6.970, 98.59 mph; Larry Jollie Loris, S.C., 1973 Toyota, 6.538 on a 6.520, 104.29 mph, def. Derek Harris, McLeansville, foul; Michael Beard, Columbus, Ohio, 6.729 on a 6.620, 90.36 mph, def. Roy Baber, Randleman, 1970 Chevy Nova, 6.650 on a 6.620, 101.68 mph.

Semifinals – Beard, 6.650 on a 6.600, 101.87 mph, def. West, 7.804 breakout on a 7.810, 101.87 mph; Roberts, 6.329 on a 6.230, 109.11 mph, def. Jollie, foul.

FINAL – Michael Beard, Columbus, Ohio, 6.619 on a 6.620, 101.95 mph, def. Kenny Roberts, Raynor, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, 6.280 breakout on a 6.300, 103.96 mph.

RAYMOND BEADLE (1943-2014)

Raymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The three-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion (1979-81) would have turned 71 this December.

Widely-credited with creating the motor racing collectibles business as owner of Blue Max Racing, Inc., the Texan was inducted earlier this year into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit.

At the peak of his success, Beadle successfully campaigned cars in NASCAR, NHRA, IHRA and the World of Outlaws sprint car series and was owner of Chaparral Trailer Company.

In addition to his NHRA championships, he won three series titles in the rival IHRA series and, in 1989, won NASCAR’s Winston Cup championship with driver Rusty Wallace. It was Wallace’s only championship in NASCAR’s top level series.

A native of Spur, Texas, Beadle studied marketing while attending Texas Tech and applied those lessons to building the Blue Max brand originated by former partner Harry Schmidt.

He began selling T-shirts, hats, hat pins, halter tops, jackets, cup holders and all other manner of souvenirs emblazoned with the Blue Max logo patterned after the German military medal from which the George Peppard movie, “The Blue Max,” derived its name.

As a driver, he was virtually unflappable and was No. 20 on the list of the top drivers through the NHRA’s first 50 years. In addition to his own victories, he was owner of the car that John Lombardo Sr. drove to victory in the 1985 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Ind., a race he himself had won 10 years earlier.

One of the first team owners to secure non-automotive sponsorship in drag racing, Beadle always insisted that his cars look as good as they performed. That philosophy extended into NASCAR, where he operated successfully from 1983 through 1989, first with the late Tim Richmond in the harnesses and later with Wallace.

He also briefly fielded a Blue Max Top Fuel dragster driven by Dave Settles and a WOO sprint car driven by Sammy Swindell.

On the track, he is best known for ending Don Prudhomme’s four-year reign as NHRA Funny Car champion.

Retired as a driver since 1987 and as an owner since 1990, Beadle had dabbled in cattle and quarter horses but recently had moved back to Dallas with his wife Roz.


Scary Great MIROCK Season Closes at The Rock

This Halloween weekend will be like no other, as the frighteningly good 2014 Mickey Thompson MIROCK Superbike Series comes to a close with the 16th Annual Lee’s Performance World Finals at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway in the autumn-cloaked Sand Hills of North Carolina.

Orient Express Pro Street champion Joey Gladstone has something to say to all the haters getting fatigued by his success—get used to it! Gladstone’s shooting for his fifth straight MIROCK win on his DME Racing, turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa as the 650 horsepower, street tire bikes assault Rockingham’s PJ1-prepped quarter mile. To do so, Gladstone will have to race past 3X champ Rodney Williford, newly crowned NHDRO champ Jeremy Teasley, Darion “Nanu” Payne, John Gover and Doug Gall, as well as his own teammates Jason Dunigan, Terence Angela and Ehren Litten.

The Pro Street championship may be settled, but the DME Real Street battle is full-on. Superstar Rickey Gadson has his turbo Kawasaki ZX14R hot on the tail of Jeremy Teasley’s nitrous-huffing ZX14. Teasley’s teammate David Merks is also in the mix, and Johnny “Turbo” Dobrin, Super Dave Stewart, Eddie “Who” Chapman, Anibel Merced, Sherrell Blake and more will all be fighting for the win.

For the first time ever, MIROCK will run a 9.50 Streetfighter class, featuring streetbikes nailing the index. Veteran racers such as Stanley Russell, Fun For All Motorsports racer Ron Arnold and others will be going for the prestigious first win.

An annual highlight of the Lee’s Performance World Finals is the Tournament of Champions, settled between the season’s winners of Nitrous Express Pro ET and Brock’s Performance Street ET. Bar none this is the hardest fought 2-wheeled battle of the year in any class, any sanction. These tough guys refuse to lose.

The world’s quickest motorcycle index class—Louis Concrete 4.60—has a points battle as narrow as the margins of victory at the eighth mile stripe. Maryland racer Eran Pielert leads Ronnie Smith by 40 slim points, with Darryl Hollins close behind. Outgoing champion Kenny Cornnell, March winner Dale Nilles on his nitro Harley, Baybay Yarbrough and more will all be fighting for the win.

The FBR Shop 5.60 eighth mile index class gives it racers a full extra second to play finishline games. Michael Ostrowski has a healthy points lead over the hardest working man in motorcycle drag racing, Ben Knight. Kyron Drake and Michael “Ice Cold Killer” Herman Jr. will be amongst the others looking for a trophy and check.

Cycle Connection Crazy 8s is for streetbike combinations quicker than Streetfighter. Jeremy Teasley also leads this class and Ron Arnold is within striking distance. Gall, Clay Davies, Robert Parker and more will all be fighting to win this 8.88 index class.

Turbo ‘Busa rider Brian Canoles takes a strong Trac King/APE Top Sportsman points lead to The Rock, but studs like Jay Windsor, George Shriver, legendary Virginian Boo Brown and Connecticut Kawasaki Kingpin Bob Carlson all will be fighting for the final win of the year.

In addition to the Tournament of Champions, Nitrous Express Pro ET and Brock’s Performance Street ET will run Saturday and Sunday as usual.

And Saturday will heat up the nighttime chill with the energy that made The Rock famous—Afterdark Undergound’s siren song of Big Money Grudge Racing. The East Coast’s loudest trash talkers, longest bikes and edgiest riders will be out in full force at the spiritual home of motorcycle grudge racing.

This is it, the last chance for the thrills, chills and good times of the world’s largest motorcycle drag racing series. Your winter will be tricked if you miss this treat!



American Motorcycle Racing Association national record holder Tommy Grimes grabbed the No. 1 qualifying position as was expected, but that was as far as he got Sunday in his pursuit of another Top Fuel championship in the 23rd annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

Rain washed out the entire Sunday racing program at The Rock, leaving two-wheel fans to wonder what could have been and leaving track owner Steve Earwood even more perplexed after a season marked by weather delays and cancellations.

“I know there’s nothing we can do about the weather,” Earwood said, “but, man, this season has been brutal on the racing community. It’s been tough to get through a whole weekend without problems and that’s an enormous frustration when you’re all amped up to race.”

Before the weather took center stage, Grimes coaxed Ray Price’s Raleigh-based Harley through the quarter mile in 6.330 seconds at 223.21 miles per hour, a little off his national record numbers (6.197, 227.27 mph) but good enough to outpace Texan Ricky “Sharkey” House and several others including Japanese national Takeshi Shigematsu.

In Pro Fuel, Philadelphia’s Kevin Garrow was the surprise No. 1 qualifier, edging reigning series champion Dale Nilles of Wilkesboro for the top spot. In Funny Bike, Jim Doyle of Springfield, Mass., outran Rich Vreeland of Humble, Texas, Dale Stordeur of Loveland, Ohio, and veteran Armon Furr of Orangeburg, S.C.

Qualifying results from the 23rd annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway:

TOP FUEL – 1. Tommy Grimes, Clemmons, N.C., 6.330, 223.21 mph; 2. Ricky “Sharkey” House, Humble, Texas, 6.691, 198.99 mph; 3. Joey Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., 6.766, 194.16 mph; 4. Robert Stewart, Grovester, Va., 6.973, 161.69 mph; 5. Peter Geiss, Huntington, N.J., 7.252, 157.61 mph; 6. Takeshi Shigematsu, Ehime, Japan, 7.438, 191.21 mph; 7. Jim Doyle, Springfield, Mass., 8.071, 141.52 mph; 8. Larry Stanley, Norton, Ohio, 12.249, 70.74 mph.

NITRO FUNNY BIKE – 1. Jim Doyle, Springfield, Mass, 6.746, 182.53 mph; 2. Rich Vreeland, Humble, Texas, 6.887, 195.73 mph; 3. Jake Stordeur, Loveland, Ohio, 6.921, 192.71 mph; 4. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 7.050, 192.66 mph; 5. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 8.729, 116.16 mph; 6. Ben Fukushima, Harrisonburg, Va., 12.596, 104.57 mph.

PRO FUEL – 1. Kevin Garrow, Philadelphia, Pa., 7.374, 165.50 mph; 2. Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.417, 163.37 mph; 3. Rebel Glover, Holly Hill,Fla., 7.478, 164.01 mph; 4. Billy Jackson, Honeybrook, Pa., 7.491, 162.41 mph; 5. Janette Thornley, Mocksville, N.C., 7.514, 161.57 mph; 6. Frank Capone, Wakefield, Md., 7.570, 161.98 mph; 7. Mike Beland, West Palm Beach, Fla., 7.589, 165.29 mph; 8. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.723, 167.66 mph.


Reigning NHRA World Champion Rickie Smith drove his nitrous oxide-boosted 2013 Chevy Camaro past the 1968 Camaro of No. 1 qualifier Matt Suite in the final round Sunday to win the Pro Modified championship at the Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway, presented by the Richmond County Tourism Authority.

Smith, the veteran from King, N.C., who won two IHRA Super Modified titles and five Pro Stock titles before making the switch to Pro Mod, saved his best for last Sunday, covering the eighth mile course in 3.937 seconds at 194.24 miles per hour on a solo pass when his opponent, Matt Suite from Hughesville, Md., was unable to repair his Steve Vick owned machine after damaging the engine in the semi-finals.

In addition to celebrating all things General Motors, the three-day event also featured Danny O’Day and the “world’s fastest wheelstander,” Rockingham resident Terry Rosberg and “American Thunder,” the word’s only jet-powered 1941 Willys coupe, and the Gear Jammers circuit.

Lee Desist and Art Laselle, both of Fayetteville, swept the bracket titles Sunday after cold weather forced track owner Steve Earwood to suspend racing Saturday night and split the money between those still in competition.
Desist drove his 1967 Camaro past the Chevy Luv truck of Eddie Key of Red Springs to claim Top Eliminator Sunday and Laselle turned back Clayton Roberts of Willow Springs to win Footbrake.

The girls ruled in Jr. Dragster with Kimberly Dawn Messer of Four Oaks winning Sunday after Lauren Edwards of Maysville prevailed on Saturday. Justin West of Dunn beat Samantha Thomas of Fairmont to win the D.O.T. title and Tim Mortin of Fort Mill, S.C., was unopposed in the Gen 5 class.

ROCKINGHAM – Results from the annual Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham Dragway:

Qualifying – 1. Matt Suite, Hughesville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 3.914, 180.07 mph; 2. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.977, 188.91 mph; 3. Jeff Blasi, Clayton, N.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.061, 188.91 mph; 4. Brian Tachmen, Virginia Beach, Va., 1957 Chevy, 4.203, 173.43 mph; 5. Danny Perry, Sims, N.C., 4.487, 123.23 mph.
Round 1 – Jeff Blasi, Clayton, N.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.060, 187.42 miles per hour, def. Brian Teachman, Virginia Beach, Va., 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 11.491, 56.41 mph; Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.924, 195.31 mph, def. Danny Perry, Sims, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 4.694, 127.57 mph; Matt Suite, Hughesville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.023, 188.54 mph, def. Brian Teachman #2, Virginia Beach, Va., NA, 4.070, 177.14 mph.
Semifinals – Smith, 3.994, 193.24 mph, def. Blazi, crossed the center-line and no time recorded; Suite, bye.
FINAL – Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.937, 194.24 mph, def
Matt Suite, Hughesville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, no time, no speed.

Round 6 – Eddie Key, Red Springs, 1976 Chevy Luv truck, 5.885 on a 5.890, 114.77 mph, def. Eric Thomas, Fairmont, 1967 Camaro, foul; Lee Desist, Fayetteville, 1967 Camaro, 6.171 on a 6.170, 110.38 mph, def. Michael Smith, Riegelwood, 5.577, 123.27 mph; Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, 6.586 on a 6.580, 97.05 mph, def. Bobby Hardee, Mullins, S.C., 1969 Nova, 6.437 breakout on a 6.440, 105.17 mph; Greg Parrish, Selma, 1986 Firebird, 6.208 on a 6.190, 110.29 mph, def. Shawn Carpenter, Elm City, foul.
Semifinals – Key, 5.895 on a 5.880, 112.66 mph, def. Alford, 6.554 breakout on a 6.570, 100.56 mph; Desist, 6.191 on a 6.170, 106.90 mph, def. Parrish, 6.219 on a 6.200, 110.26 mph.
FINAL – Lee Desist, Fayetteville, 1967 Camaro, 6.176 on a 6.170, 107.11 mph, def. Eddie Key, Red Springs, 1976 Chevy Luv truck, 5.889 on a 5.880, 114.84 mph.

Money split between 8 drivers still in competition – Ronnie Eyring, Glen Burnie, 1982 Camaro; Johnny Dublin, Wingate, 1927 Ford roadster; Tony Self, Rockingham, 1972 Nova; Eddie Key, Red Springs, 1976 Luv truck; Brent Alford, Raleigh; Eric Aman, Clinton; Doug Carlisle, Pikeville, 1970 Nova; 1967 Chevy II; Bill Eyring, Lillington, 1955 Chevy.

Round 5 – Richard Synger, Dudley, 1972 Nova, 6.284 on a 6.280, 108.00 mph, def. Williams Roberts, Benson, 5.927 breakout on a 5.930, 115.99 mph; Derek Harris, Mcleansville, 6.447 on a 6.460, 105.37 mph, def. Eric Aman, Clinton, 1971 Vega, foul; Clayton Roberts, Willow Springs, 5.498 on a 5.490, 118.67 mph, def. Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Camaro, 7.827 on a 7.790, 81.34 mph; Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 5.781 on a 5.780, 118.29 mph, def. Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Olds, foul; Johnny Sikes, Cordova, 1968 Nova, bye.
Round 6 – Laselle, 5.768 on a 5.780, 118.73 mph, def. Synger; Harris, 6.492 on a 6.470, 98.96 mph, def. Sikes, 6.683 breakout on a 6.710, 103.40 mph; Roberts, bye.
Semifinals – Roberts, 5.475 on a 5.480, 125.71 mph, def. Harris, foul; Laselle, bye.
FINAL – Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 5.791 on a 5.790, 115.43 mph, def. Clayton Roberts, Willow Springs, 5.471 breakout on a 5.480, 121.83 mph.

Money split between drivers still in competition – Art Laselle, Fayetteville; Mike Merritt, Wrightsville Beach, 1966 Chevy II; Richard Synger, Dudley, 1972 Nova; Greg Schramm, 1989 Malibu; Justin West, Dunn., 1969 Camaro; Ricky Bullock, Sanford, 1971 Nova; Eric Aman, Clinton, 1971 Vega; Bobby Marritt, Wilmington, 1967 Nova; Mark Soles, Riegelwood, 1988 Mustang.

Round 4 – Breanne Wall, Kenly, 7.986 on a 7.920, 81.22 mph, def. Miranda Pankey, Oakboro, 8.943 on an 8.900, 71.63 mph; Logan Brown, Bishopville, S.C., 7.955 on a 7.920, 81.64 mph, def. Krisy Carol Messer, Four Oaks, foul; Kimberly Dawn Messer, Four Oaks, bye.
Semifinals – K.D. Messer, 7.956 on a 7.920, 78.02 mph, def. Wall, 7.990 on a 7.950, 81.46 mph; Brown, bye.
FINAL – Kimberly Dawn Messer, Four Oaks, 7.904 on a 7.910, 81.36 mph, def. Logan Brown, Bishopville, S.C., foul.

Round 4 – Lauren Edwards, Maysville, 7.990 on a 7.950, 82.44 mph, def. Logan Brown, Bishopville, S.C., 8.128 on a 7.960, 79.55 mph; Chase Wagner, Willow Springs, 7.903 on a 7.940, 82.69 mph, def. Kristy Carol Messer, Four Oaks, foul; Kaylee Miller, Lancaster, S.C., bye.
Semifinals – Miller, 7.949 on a 7.910, 81.52 mph, def. Wagner, 7.883 breakout on a 7.910, 82.46 mph; Edwards, bye.
FINAL – Lauren Edwards, Maysville, 7.916 on a 7.920, 83.11 mph, def. Kaylee Miller, Lancaster, S.C., 7.926 breakout on a 7.930, 82.17 mph.

FINAL – Tim Mortin, Fort Mill, S.C., unopposed.

Round 2 – Donald Barnes, Evergreen, 14.294 on a 14.220, 87.57 mph, def. Dan Aspenleiter, Wilmington, 1956 Chevy, 11.575 breakout on a 11.600, 114.06 mph; Jerry Cline, Mooresville, 1969 Camaro, 12.332 on a 12.250, 101.75 mph, def. Mike Merritt, Wrightsville Beach, 1966 Chevy II, 12.583 on a 12.510, 108.71 mph; Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Olds, 11.268 on an 11.180, 118.30 mph, def. Ted Carter, Ellerbe, 11.048 on a 10.940, 121.35 mph; Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Camaro, bye; Samantha Thomas, Fairmont, 1970 Nova, bye; Ernest Matthews, Columbia, S.C., bye.
Round 3 – Barnes, 14.286 on a 14.250, 91.37 mph, def. Daniels, 11.229 breakout on an 11.230, 117.89 mph; West, 12.691 on a 12.540, 96.22 mph, def. Matthews, 13.823 on a 13.800, 100.58 mph; Thomas, 11.408 on an 11.450, 115.05 mph, def. Cline, foul.
Semifinals – West, 12.567 on a 12.530, 93.39 mph, def. Barnes, 14.291 on a 14.250, 90.54 mph; Thomas, bye.
FINAL – Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Camaro, 12.509 on a 12.540, 98.09 mph, def. Samatha Thomas, Fairmont, 1970 Nova, foul.



ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Heavy rain washed out final eliminations Sunday in Dragstock XI at Rockingham Dragway, the seventh of eight races in the PDRA Pro Modified Series. The event will be completed in conjunction with the PDRA season finale, Oct. 10-11, at Virginia Motorsports Park.

“Very disappointing,” Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood said of the outcome. “We had a helluva a race going but, once again, you find yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature. Our crew and the PDRA crew went above and beyond trying to get the track dry, but it seemed like every time we were within a couple minutes of ‘go,’ the clouds opened up again.

“We had a great Saturday night show and I think everyone was looking forward to a great race on Sunday,” he said. “It’s just one of those things you have to deal with if you’re in this business any time at all.”

Before the rain, Gene Hector of Big Spring, Texas, scored a major upset by beating No. 1 qualifier Jason Scruggs of Saltillo, Mississippi in the featured Pro Extreme category. That puts point leader and No. 2 qualifier Bubba Stanton of Potts Camp, Mississippi in the driver’s seat when racing resumes in Richmond, Virginia.

First round racing was completed in every category except Pro Stock when rain forced the first of several suspensions of competition before officials finally pulled the plug on the event at 3 p.m.   view more
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