ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY RACE RESULTS
 
 
HENSLEY REPEATS ‘MOPARS AT THE ROCK’ SHOOTOUT WIN
Lowe Again Claims Trophy Class in Venerable Dodge Coronet Wagon


ROCKINGHAM – Matt Hensley’s defense of the Super Stock Hemi Shootout title at the 25th annual Griffin Auto Group Mopars at the Rock festival was a little easier than he had anticipated – but it had nothing to do with the quality of the competition.

Henson drove his Dandridge, Tenn. based 1968 hemi-Barracuda to an easy victory in Sunday’s final round after Russ Campbell’s Springfield, Mo.-based “Missouri Mule” ’68 ‘Cuda was unable to make the call after posting the quickest time of the first round.

Other participants in what has become one of the most popular events in the Mega Mopars series were Jason Hinson of China Grove, Tank Crosswhite of Glade Springs, Va., Tony DePillo of Dayton, Ohio, and “Bullet” Bob Reed, the hemi car veteran who resides in Salisbury, N.C.

Other winners in the drag racing portion of the show were Will McKay of Rockingham in Top ET, Tim Edwards of Louisburg in Footbrake and James Lowe of Colfax, who directed his venerable 1969 Dodge Coronet wagon to its sixth win in the Trophy Class.

In the all-Mopar Car and Truck Show, Raney Gervasio of Wake Forest took Best of Show in the historic division with a 1968 Barracuda; Mike Judge of Pinehurst claimed Best of Show in the modern division with his 2015 Petty Challenge; John Dietz of Anderson, S.C., earned Best Truck honors with his 2014 Dodge Ram; and Jack Hiatt of Thomasville, accepted the Editor’s Choice Award for his 1966 Dodge Coronet 500.

Top participating club was the Carolina Scat-Pack and Rockingham resident Terry Rosberg wowed the fans with a series of exhibition runs in his jet-powered 1941 Willys.


ROCKINGHAM – Results from the 25th Griffin Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/RAM Mopars at the Rock festival at Rockingham Dragway:

TOP ET

Round 3 – Vick Helms, Catawba, S.C., .158, 6.730 on a 6.710, 99.59 mph, def. James Brantley Jr., Lancaster, S.C., 1973 Plymouth Duster, .072, 6.752 breakout on a 6.780, 99.30 mph; Barry Nall, Eagles Springs, .019, 5.821 on a 5.820, 116.56 mph, def. Franky Gunter, Pelion, S.C., 1972 Plymouth Duster, .016, 6.550 on a 6.500, 103.32 mph; Will McKay, Rockingham, .015, 7.290 on a 7.300, 94.27 mph, def. Bill Ritts, Danbury, foul; Andrew Davis, Fayetteville, bye.

Semifinals – McKay, .009, 7.304 on a 7.280, 93.77 mph, def. Helms, .040, 6.722 on a 6.710, 98.55 mph; Nall, .003, 5.842 on a 5.820, 114.73 mph, def. Davis, .036, 7.874 on a 7.860, 83.66 mph.

FINAL – Will McKay, Rockingham, .019, 7.282 on a 7.280, 94.43 mph, def. Barry Nall, Eagle Springs, .005, 5.804 breakout on a 5.820, 114.48 mph.

FOOTBRAKE

Round 4 – Bobby York, Pleasant Garden, 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, .031, 6.202 on a 6.160, 105.15 mph, def. Jeff Taylor, Gilbert, S.C., 1973 Plymouth Duster, .151, 8.079 on an 8.070, 83.73 mph; Tim Edwards, Louisburg, .052, 7.050 on a 7.020, 90.62 mph, def. Bruce Lopp, Lexington, .113, 6.917 on a 6.900, 97.54 mph; Andrew Davis, Fayetteville, .046, 7.851 on a 7.860, 84.69 mph, def. Mike Howell, Walnut Cove, foul; Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner, bye.

Semifinals – York, .052, 7.804 on a 6.160, 62.88 mph, def. Laselle, foul; Edwards, .023, 7.072 on a 7.020, 86.79 mph, def. Davis, .008, 7.987 on a 7.870, 85.75 mph.

FINAL – Tim Edwards, Louisburg, .013, 7.056 on a 7.020, 95.25 mph, def. Bobby York, Pleasant Garden, 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, .073, 6.197 on a 6.180, 110.09 mph.

TROPHY

Round 5 – James Lowe, Colfax, 1969 Dodge Coronet wagon, .090, 15.319 on a 15.280, 84.77 mph, def. Jack McRaie, NA, 2003 Dodge Ram truck, .202, 15.188 breakout on a 15.320, 84.98 mph; Sonny Hart, Bolton, 2015 Dodge Challenger, .315, 11.580 on an 11.300, 110.62 mph, def. Jose Rinck, NA, 2009 Dodge Challenger, .165, 12.216 on an 11.750, 111.83 mph; Terry Honeycutt, Roseboro, 2016 Dodge Challenger, bye.

Semifinals – Lowe, .187, 15.183 on a 15.250, 86.53 mph, def. Honeycutt, foul; Hart, bye.

FINAL – James Lowe, Colfax, 1969 Dodge Coronet wagon, .055, 15.276 on a 15.140, 86.20 mph, def. Sonny Hart, Bolton, 2015 Dodge Challenger, .128, 11.253 breakout on an 11.300, 115.54 mph.

Photos: Justin Stanley