ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY RACE RESULTS
 
 


TUTTEROW, SMITH KEEP P.D.R.A. HARDWARE IN THE CAROLINAS
Veterans Overcome International Opposition at Second ‘Roar at the Rock’

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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The second annual “Roar at the Rock” PDRA Spring Nationals attracted Pro Modified drivers and teams from 22 states, the Middle East, Sweden and Canada, but when the tire smoke cleared Sunday at Rockingham Dragway, the two big winners were planning to be home for dinner.

Native Carolinians Todd Tutterow and “Tricky Rickie” Smith claimed the big hardware after Tutterow moved up in class to win in Pro Extreme and Smith took a rare detour from the NHRA pro tour to win in Pro Nitrous.

Tutterow was headed home to Yadkinville with cash and trophy; Smith to King. It’s little more than two hours of driving to either location.

Meanwhile, Pro Extreme runner-up Mustafa Buhumaid and his NAS Racing teammate, Badir Ahli, were contemplating a 15-hour flight to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

An icon of Pro Mod Racing who has won championships on two continents, Tutterow got a free ride to victory in the Pro Extreme final when Buhumaid, a rising young star of the sport, was guilty of a final round start that negated a 3.587 that would have been hard to beat.

A 2009 champion in the American Drag Racing League, forerunner to the PDRA, and 2013 champion after sweeping all five races in the Arabian Drag Racing League in Qatar, Tutterow was last year’s PDRA Pro Boost champion for Galot Motorsports. Moreover, he won the Pro Boost title at last year’s Spring Nationals.

Sunday’s win will move him up to second place in Pro Extreme points behind Buhumaid.

Smith, meanwhile, isn’t racing for a championship – at least not in the PDRA series. The two-time reigning NHRA Pro Mod champ and a five-time IHRA Pro Stock champion may make only one other appearance this year. Obviously, though, he is good at making the most of his infrequent visits and, at age 61, still can bring it – as he did on Sunday.

Facing defending event and reigning series champion Jason Harris of Pittsboro in the Pro Nitrous final, he forged a narrow starting line advantage (.025 of a second) that made his slightly slower time a winner on the eighth-mile course, spoiling what otherwise would have been a storybook weekend for the 35-year-old Harris.

After struggling through three qualifying sessions, the son of former Piedmont Dragway owner Bob Harris, slipped into the field in the No. 12 spot, then mowed down Pat Stoken of Eureka, Mont., multi-time tour winner Mike Castellana of Muttontown, N.Y., and No. 1 qualifier Jay Cox of Smithfield, N.C., to earn his shot at a second straight winners’ circle appearance.

Winner of six of eight PDRA Pro Nitrous races last year, Harris will have to be content with wrestling the points lead away from Tommy Franklin of Fredericksburg, Va., who was a first round upset victim on Saturday.

The third of the Pro Mod championships, Pro Boost, went to New Jersey’s Anthony DiSomma who, like Smith, used a starting line advantage to overcome point leader Kevin Fiscus of Jacksonville, Fla., in an all-Ford Mustang final.

Other winners were Phil Esz of Amelia, Ohio in the new Pro Outlaw heads-up class, reigning series champ and point leader Eric McKinney of Hamersville, Ohio, in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Bo Upton of Taylors, S.C., in Top Dragster and Ronnie Proctor of Harpers Ferry, West Va., in Top Sportsman.

For Proctor is was rollercoaster ride that appeared to have ended before it even began when he just missed making the 16-car starting lineup. Fortunately, he and his 2009 Ford Mustang got a reprieve when Canadian Barry Danilak could not make the first round call.

In the race as an alternate, Proctor beat Randy Primozic of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, John Lassiter of Graham, N.C., Lester Johnson of Cynthiana, Ky., and, finally, Bruce Thrift of Waycross, Ga.


ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Final round results from Sunday’s second annual “Roar at the Rock” PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.
PRO EXTREME – Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.636, 111.85 mph, def. Mustafa Buhumaid, Dubai, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, foul.
PRO NITROUS – Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.824, 199.61 mph, def. Jason Harris, Pittsboro, N.C., 1968 Pontiac Firebird, 3.812, 199.05 mph.
PRO BOOST – Anthony DiSomma, South Plainfield, N.J., 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.856, 211.30 mph, def. Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville, Fla., 2012 Ford Mustang, 3.851, 205.63 mph.
PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE – Eric McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, 4.094, 177.16 mph, def. Ricardo Knights, Beech Island, S.C., 4.363, 156.19 mph.
PRO OPEN OUTLAW – Phil Esz, Amelia, Ohio, 3.657, 203.80 mph, def. Eddie Lykins, New Carlisle, Ohio, foul.

TOP DRAGSTER – Bo Upton, Taylors, S.C., 4.340 on a 4.330, 155.98 mph, def.
Barry Brown, Blountville, Tenn., 4.072 on a 4.070, 173.05 mph.
TOP SPORTSMAN – Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Mustang, 4.223 on a 4.220, 168.68 mph, def. Bruce Thrift, Waycross, Ga., 2006 Pontiac GTO, 4.165 on a 4.140, 168.37 mph.
PRO JR. DRAGSTER – Preston Tanner, Rensselaer, Ind., 7.900, 81.50 mph, def. Noah Johnson, Fayetteville, N.C., 7.910, 80.88 mph.
TOP JR. DRAGSTER – Samuel Peterson, Richland, Mich., 7.915, 83.28 mph, def. Caleb Russell, Ardmore, Ala., 7.936, 80.34 mph.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Round-by-round results from the second annual “Roar at the Rock” PDRA Spring Nationals completed Sunday at Rockingham Dragway:

PRO EXTREME
Round 1 – 16. Jose Gonzales, Ball Ground, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.611, 221.78 mph, def. 1. Jason Scruggs, Saltillo, Miss., 1969 Chevy Camaro, broke; 2. Bubba Stanton, Potts Camp, Miss., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.551, 215.10 mph, def. 15. Danny Lowry, Beech Island, S.C., 1967 Ford Mustang, 4.102, 188.25 mph; 3. Mustafa Buhumaid, Dubai, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.526, 217.39 mph, def. 14. David Reese, Rockmort, Ga., 1941 Willys, foul; 4. Terry Leggett, Pinetown, N.C., 1971 Ford Mustang, 3.551, 215.27 mph, def. 13. Neal Wantye, Louisville, Ky., 2008 Ford Mustang, no time; 12. Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.665, 211.36 mph, def. 5. Wesley Jones, Vicksburg, Miss., 1941 Willys, no time; 11. Badir Ahli, Dubai, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.591, 214.38 mph, def. 6. John Stanley, Hagerstown, Md., 2014 Cadillac CTS, 3.597, 214.59 mph; 7. Adam Flamholc, Malmo, Sweden, 1963 Chevy Corvette, 3.611, 211.30 mph, def. 10. Randell Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, 2007 Chevy Corvette, 4.586, 126.60 mph; 9. Mike Recchia, Roselle, Ill., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.596, 212.39 mph, def. 8. Brandon Snider, Atmore, Ala., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.623, 212.83 mph.
Round 2 – Gonzales, 3.616, 227.84 mph, def. Recchia, broke; Stanton, 3.645, 212.36 mph, def. Flamholc, foul; Tutterow, 3.710, 210.41 mph, def. Leggett, 4.762, 104.75 mph; Buhumaid, 3.580, 216.45 mph, def. Ahli, 8.122, 97.51 mph.
Semifinals – Tutterow, 3.720, 209.07 mph, def. Gonzales, 4.563, 124.90 mph; Buhumaid, 3.589, 215.72 mph, def. Stanton, 5.504, 87.28 mph.
FINAL – Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.636, 111.85 mph, def. Mustafa Buhumaid, Dubai, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, foul.

PRO NITROUS
Round 1 – 1. Jay Cox, Smithfield, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.723, 202.55 mph, def. 16. Billy Harper, Paducah, Ky., 2000 Dodge Viper, 3.887, 200.47 mph; 15. John Camp, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.793, 198.89 mph, def. 2. Tommy Franklin, Fredericksburg, Va., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.797, 201.61 mph; 3. Steve Jackson, Evans, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.303, 194.55 mph, def. 14. Chris Patrick, Stockbridge, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.292, 164.67 mph; 4. Mike Castellana, Muttontown, N.Y., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.774, 201.07 mph, def. 13. Jeffrey Cummins Jr., Cypress, Texas, 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.825, 195.87 mph; 12. Jason Harris, Pittsboro, N.C., 1968 Pontiac Firebird, 3.779, 199.29 mph, def. 5. Pat Stoken, Eureka, Mont., 2014 Chevy Camaro, foul; 6. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.773, 199.79 mph, def. 11. Jim Sackuvich, Raymore, Mo., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.823, 198.52 mph; 10. Travis Harvey, Elon, N.C., 2014 Chevy Camaro, 3.775, 201.91 mph, def. 7. Lizzy Musi, Mooresville, N.C., 2009 Dodge Stratus, 4.993, 106.81 mph; 8. Chris Rini, Carmel, N.Y., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.814, 195.00 mph, def. 17. Ron Muenks, Strafford, Mo., 1968 Chevy Camaro (in as alternate for 9. Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro), 3.855, 193.32 mph.
Round 2 – Harris, 3.834, 198.26 mph, def. Castellana, 11.346, 50.83 mph; Smith, 3.807, 200.32 mph, def. Jackson, 3.821, 203.34 mph; Camp, no time, def. Harvey, disqualified, center line violation; Cox, 3.777, 200.95 mph, def. Rini, foul.
Semifinals – Smith, 4.024, 187.91 mph, def. Camp, 4.109, 92.69 mph; Harris, 3.825, 198.52 mph, def. Cox, 3.878, 193.99 mph.
FINAL – Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.824, 199.61 mph, def. Jason Harris, Pittsboro, N.C., 1968 Pontiac Firebird, 3.812, 199.05 mph.

PRO BOOST
Round 1 – 1. Anthony DiSomma, South Plainfield, N.J., 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.792, 213.23 mph, def. 16. Jim Bell, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1970 Chevy Camaro, 3.917, 203.00 mph; 2. Kevin Rivenbark, Wallace, N.C., 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.833, 197.23 mph, def. 15. Paolo Giust, Osgoode, Ontario, Canada, 2015 Chevy Corvette, 3.942, 188.02 mph; 3. Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville, Fla., 2012 Ford Mustang, 3.821, 207.30 mph, def. 14. Alan Pittman, Greenville, S.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.970, 190.19 mph; 4. Ric Fleck, Lexington, S.C., 1941 Willys, 3.865, 191.27 mph, def. 13. James Linton Jr., Goose Creek, S.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.867, 68.92 mph; 5. Brian Hicks, Genoa, Ill., 1970 Plymouth Duster, 3.857, 203.12 mph, def. 12. Chris Cline, Mooresville, N.C., 1958 Plymouth Fury, 3.951, 190.97 mph; 6. Jeremy Ray, Lugoff, S.C., 2015 Chevy Corvette, 3.845, 191.10 mph, def. 11. Colby Barber, Alma, Ga., 2000 Chevy Corvette, no time; 7. John Strickland, Harrells, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.838, 193.77 mph, def. 10. Joe Baker, Milton, Fla., 1953 Studebaker, 3.878, 194.91 mph; 8. Tylor Miller, Hartsville, S.C., 1969 Chevy Chevelle, 3.876, 193.38 mph, def. 9. Gerry Capano, Greenville, Del., 1963 Chevy Corvette, foul.
Round 2 – Fleck, 3.885, 190.62 mph, def. Hicks, 4.308, 131.82 mph; Strickland, 3.860, 194.27 mph, def. Rivenbark, 3.853, 199.23 mph; Fiscus, 3.848, 204.98 mph, def. Ray, 3.862, 190.89 mph; DiSomma, 3.828, 202.09 mph, def. Miller, 4.695, 182.95 mph.
Semifinals – Fiscus, 3.856, 205.41 mph, def. Strickland, 3.858, 193.88 mph; DiSomma, 3.815, 211.13 mph, def. Fleck, 5.694, 88.14 mph.
FINAL – Anthony DiSomma, South Plainfield, N.J., 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.856, 211.30 mph, def. Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville, Fla., 2012 Ford Mustang, 3.851, 205.63 mph.

PRO OPEN OUTLAW
Round 1 – 1. Phil Esz, Amelia, Ohio, no time, def. 8. Latchman DeHansaj, Bandywine, Md., no show; 2. Eddie Lykins, New Carlisle, Ohio, 3.800, 192.71 mph, def. 7. Bubba Turner, Burlington, N.C., 28.873, 22.87 mph; 3. Mark McElwee, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3.798, 192.63 mph, def. 6. Andrew Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., 4.911, 94.06 mph; 4. Jody Stroud, Chesterfield, S.C., 3.749, 198.09 mph, def. 5. Eddie Careccia, Mars Hills, N.C., 3.780, 194.21 mph.
Semifinals – Lykins, 3.844, 191.08 mph, def. McElwee, 5.949, 83.75 mph;
Esz, 3.625, 204.32 mph, def. Stroud, foul.
FINAL – Phil Esz, Amelia, Ohio, 3.657, 203.80 mph, def. Eddie Lykins, New Carlisle, Ohio, foul.

PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE
Round 1 – 1. Eric McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, 4.041, 177.88 mph, def. 16. Wes Hawkins, Catllett, Va., foul; 2. Casey Stemper, Upper Marlboro, Md., no time, def. 15. Terry Schweigert, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, no show; 3. Ronald Procopio, Raleigh, N.C., 4.098, 172.61 mph, def. 14. Kim Morrell, Loxahatchee, Fla., 4.243, 164.09 mph; 4. David Norris, Bryans Road, Md., 4.106, 172.06 mph, def. 13. Christopher Garner, Harvest, Ala., 4.223, 164.35 mph; 12. Chuck Wilburn, Tupelo, Miss., 4.146, 171.77 mph, def. 5. Ashley Owens, Decatur, Ala., 4.125, 171.77 mph; 11. Ricardo Knights, Beech Island, S.C., 4.228, 164.99 mph, def. 6. Brad McCoy, Cleveland, N.C., 4.204, 167.26 mph; 7. Bay Yarborough, Eatonton, Ga., no time, def. 10. Monte Campbell, Dallas, Ga., no show; 9. Travis Davis, Douglas, Ga., 4.185, 170.02 mph, def. 8. Burke Forster, Ft. St. John, British Columbia, 4.230, 169.00 mph.
Round 2 – Stemper, 4.153, 149.03 mph, def. Yarborough, 4.193, 171.84 mph; Norris, 4.101, 172.36 mph, def. Wilburn, 4.108, 173.36 mph; McKinney, 4.064, 174.68 mph, def. Davis, 4.302, 139.00 mph; Knights, 4.264, 165.38 mph, def. Procopio, 4.490, 119.84 mph.
Semifinals – Knights, 4.182, 166.89 mph, def. Stemper, 4.218, 143.96 mph; McKinney, 4.061, 178.00 mph, def. Norris, 4.118, 172.81 mph.
FINAL – Eric McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, 4.094, 177.16 mph, def. Ricardo Knights, Beech Island, S.C., 4.363, 156.19 mph.

TOP DRAGSTER
Round 1 – 8. Bo Upton, Taylors, S.C., 4.369 on a 4.330, 148.28 mph, def. 1. Bob Sheridan Jr., Lynchburg, Ohio, 4.055 on a 3.950, 170.49 mph; 3. Kyle Dvorak, McHenry, Ill., 4.277 on a 4.110, 133.34 mplh, def. 10. Robert Houston, Newland, N.C., 5.594 on a 4.330, 89.06 mph; 4. Barry Brown, Blountville, Tenn., 6.454 on a 4.090, 69.00 mph, def. 11. Angie Travis, Hickory, N.C., 4.261 breakout on a 4.280, 166.33 mph; 13. Russ Whitlock, Mocksville, N.C., 4.544 on a 4540, 149.70 mph, def. 6. Derrick Sholar, Holly Ridge, N.C., 4.192 breakout on a 4.210, 166.99 mph; 7. Jimmy Sackuvich, Raymore, Mo., 4.209 on a 4.140, 168.77 mph, def. 14. Ryan Snell, Summerville, S.C., foul; 2. Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., 4.000 on a 3.940, 181.25 mph, def. 9. Laramie Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, 4.193 breakout on a 4.200, 166.89 mph; 5. Justin Kirk, Lenore, West Va., 4.106 on a 4.120, 177.30 mph, def. 12. Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., 4.505 breakout on a 4.520, 151.71 mph.
Round 2 – Whitlock, 4.521 on a 4.530, 153.79 mph, def. Dvorak, 4.070 breakout on a 4.100, 154.07 mph; Sullivan, 3.944 on a 3.940, 183.27mph, def. Kirk, foul; Brown, 4.107 on a 4.070, 163.14 mph, def. Sackuvich, 4.166 on a 4.140, 171.55 mph; Upton, bye.
Semifinals – Upton, 4.444 on a 4.330, 149.33 mph, def. Whitlock, 4.579 on a 4.520, 153.25 mph; Brown, 4.073 on a 4.070, 172.78 mph, def. Sullivan, broke.
FINAL – Bo Upton, Taylors, S.C., 4.340 on a 4.330, 155.98 mph, def.
Barry Brown, Blountville, Tenn., 4.072 on a 4.070, 173.05 mph.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Round 1 – 9. Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.152 on a 4.140, 173.18 mph, def. 1. Tricia Musi, Mooresville, N.C., 2009 Dodge Stratus, foul; 2. Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.053 on a 3.980, 155.19 mph, def. 10. Dane Wood, Chesapeake, Va., 2006 Ford Escort, 4.493 on a 4.140, 155.40 mph; 8. Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Mustang (as alternate for No. 3 Barry Danilak, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, 1968 Chevy Camaro), 4.236 on a 4.210, 158.87 mph, def. 11. Randy Primozic, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, 2001 Chevy Cavalier, 4.159 breakout on a 4.160, 174.23 mph; 4. Dan Ferguson, Harrisburg, N.C., 2002 Pontiac Firebird, 4.099 on a 4.100, 174.05 mph, def. 17. Don Rudd, Glen Allen, Va., 1969 Chevy Camaro (in as alternate for 12. Cheyenne Stanley, Cynthiana, Ky., 2007 Ford Mustang), 4.215 breakout on a 4.220, 169.85 mph; 13. Lester Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 4.937 on a 4.160, 126.51 mph, def. 5. Ryan Hill, Valpraiso, Ind., 2002 Pontiac Firebird, foul; 14. Bruce Thrift, Waycross, Ga., 2006 Pontiac GTO, 4.157 on a 4.140, 164.83 mph, def. 6. Aaron Glaser, Shepherdsville, Ky., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.722 on a 4.060, 74.90 mph; 7. John Lassiter, Graham, N.C., 2006 Pontiac GTO, 4.125 on a 4.080, 168.64 mph, def. 15. Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, 2011 Chevy Camaro, 6.238 on a 4.120, 83.74 mph; 8. Tim Lawrence, Princeton, West Va., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 4.179 on a 4.130, 174.55 mph, def. 16. Tony Wilson, Landis, N.C., 1994 Chevy Camaro, 4.512 on a 4.130, 152.19 mph.
Round 2 – Proctor, 4.209 on a 4.200,, 167.61 mph, def. Lassiter, 4.114 on a 4.080, 176.81 mph; Thrift, 4.171 on a 4.100, 157.28 mph, def. Davis, 7.754 on a 3.960, 70.54 mph; Lawrence, 7.944 on a 4.130, 55.43 mph, def. Ferguson, foul; Johnson, 4.364 on a 4.160, 171.42 mph, def. Butcher, 5.423 on a 4.120, 87.38 mph.
Semifinals – Proctor, 4.236 on a 4.200, 159.04 mph, def. Johnson, 4.764 on a 4.170, 159.38 mph; Thrift, 4.168 on a 4.140, 160.52 mph, def. Lawrence, 5.782, 95.73 mph.
FINAL – Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Mustang, 4.223 on a 4.220, 168.68 mph, def. Bruce Thrift, Waycross, Ga., 2006 Pontiac GTO, 4.165 on a 4.140, 168.37 mph.

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