ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY RACE RESULTS
 
 
STATESVILLE’S BOWIE WINS TOP DRAGSTER TITLE
Furr, Taylor Also Get NHRA Lucas Series Titles at Rockingham Dragway
 
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Statesville’s Wendell Bowie upset No. 1 qualifier Robert Houston of Newland in the semifinals and then took out Wayne Brooks of Monroe, Ga., in the final to win the Top Dragster title in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sunday at Rockingham Dragway.
 
Lumberton’s Corey Taylor and veteran Steve Furr of Harrisburg were the only other Carolina winners in the two-day event that concluded Lucas Series competition in NHRA’s Southeast Division.  Taylor won in Super Stock; Furr in Super Gas.
 
Other winners included former Pro Stock racer Paul Pittman of Bloomington, Minn., whose converted Pro Stock Camaro prevailed in Top Sportsman; Jenny Treadwell of Mount Plymouth, Fla., in Competition; and Richard Preiser of Jackson, N.J., whose 1968 Ford Mustang won the Stock title when Division champion and No. 1 qualifier A.J. Currie of Godwin was guilty of a foul start.
 
Jeremy Mason of Lexington, Ky., took the Super Comp trophy and Leland Poppell of Odum, Ga., drove his 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva to the Super Street title.
 
The Moser Shootout, a special event involving 16 drivers from seven different drag racing disciplines, went to Jeff Adkinson of Damascus, Ga., who beat former NHRA World Champion Sherman Adcock of Forston, Ga.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from Sunday’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Rockingham Dragway (hometowns are North Carolina unless indicated otherwise):
 
Moser Shootout
Round 1 – 9. Vaughn Cauffield, Lake Placid, Fla., dragster, .152, 4.301 on a 4.250, 162.51 mph, def. 1. Brett Farnham, St. Augustine, Fla., dragster, .064, 5.389 breakout on a 5.850, 136.95 mph; 2. Steve Furr, Harrisburg, dragster, .025, 4.189 on a 4.150, 165.38 mph, def. 10. Robert Houston, Newland, dragster, .052, 4.199 on a 4.150, 166.31 mph; 11. Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, .063, 6.3472 on a 6.370, 104.13 mph, def. 3. Kenneth Stott, Landrum, S.C., 1990 Chevy Camaro, .069, 7.183 on a 7.160, 92.09 mph; 4. Sherman Adcock, Forston, Ga., dragster, .018, 6.946 on a 6.900, 113.50 mph, def. 12. Danny Waters, LaGrange, dragster, .054, 4.531 on a 4.510, 149.65 mph; 13. Leland Poppell, Odum, Ga., 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva, .015, 7.631 on a 7.620, 108.35 mph, def. 5. Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., 1970 Chevy Camaro, .019, 7.629 on a 7.620, 113.35 mph; 6. Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .012, 4.242 on a 4.230, 164.19 mph, def. 14. Shawn Morrow, Piedmont, S.C., 2003 Ford, .031, 4.848 on a 4.840, 143.02 mph; 15. Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala., 2008 Pontiac, .039, 5.593 on a 5.590, 125.66 mph, def. 7. Aaron Allison, Macedonia, Ohio, 1990 Chevy Cavalier, foul; 8. Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., 1999 Chevy Corvette, .030, 6.901 on a 6.890, 136.91 mph, def. 16. Steve Furr, Harrisburg, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .017, 6.909 breakout on a 6.910, 121.00 mph.
Round 2 – Adkinson, .018, 6.366 on a 6.360, 103.66 mph, def. Crutchfield, .040, 5.576 breakout on a 5.590, 125.87 mph; Adcock, .010, 6.918 on a 6.910, 119.84 mph, def. Cook, .012, 6.889 breakout on a 6.890, 135.99 mph; Poppell, .024, 7.618 on a 7.600, 110.61 mph, def. Cauffield, .034, 4.257 breakout on a 4.290, 163.77 mph; Steve Furr, Harrisburg, .008, 4.168 on a 4.130, def. Wilkins, .022, 4.275 on a 4.220, 169.49 mph.
Semifinals – Adkinson, .041, 6.353 on a 6.350, 104.31 mph, def. Poppell, .033, 7.422 breakout on a 7.470, 108.92 mph; Adcock, .012, 6.929 on a 6.900, 112.97 mph, def. Furr, .019, 4.137 on a 4.120, 175.59 mph.
FINAL – Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., 1969 Chevy Chevelle, .031, 6.390 on a 6.350, 101.19 mph, def. Sherman Adcock, Forston, Ga., foul.
 
Top Dragster
Qualifying -- 1. Robert Houston, Newland, 6.063, 222.62 mph; 2. Joseph Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, 6.211, 219.01 mph; 3. Bill Earnest, Wakeman, Ohio, 6.277, 214.83 mph; 4. Steve Furr, Harrisburg, 6.329, 218.80 mph.
Semifinals – Wendell Bowie, Statesville, .039, 7.147 on a 7.120, 182.75 mph, def. Robert Houston, Newland, .060, 6.538 breakout on a 6.540, 183.74 mph; Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., bye.
FINAL – Wendell Bowie, Statesville, .035, 7.151 on a 7.140, 182.21 mph, def. Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., .068, 6.844 on a 6.830, 197.51 mph.
 
Top Sportsman
Qualifying -- 1. Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 6.402, 213.54 mph; 2. Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 6.406, 212.39 mph; 3. Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 6.456, 214.18 mph; 4. Ray Bamond, Paterson, N.J., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 6.666, 203.83 mph.
Semifinals – Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., 2013 Chevy Camaro, bye; Ronald Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Cobra, .036, 6.790 on a 6.790, 200.80 mph, def. Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, .001, 6.564 breakout on a 6.580, 197.77 mph.
FINAL – Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., 2013 Chevy Camaro, .011, 6.495 on a 6.490, 214.08 mph, def. Ronald Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Cobra, .019, 6.788 breakout on a 6.790, 208.75 mph.
 
Competition
Qualifying – 1. Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, -.791 (under his national class index); 2. Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., 2005 Chevy Cavalier, -.754; 3. Thomas Miller, Nottingham, Pa., 1998 Chevy S-10 truck, -.752; 4. Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, -.737.
Semifinals – Art Hodges, Olin, 2014 Chevy Camaro, bye; Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, .047, 8.226 on an 8.880, 156.88 mph, def. Wes Leopold, Bethel Park, Pa., 2005 Dodge Stratus, .096, 7.926 on an 8.540, 172.45 mph.
FINAL – Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, .075, 8.251 on an 8.880, 156.53 mph, def. Art Hodges, Olin, 2014 Chevy Camaro, .158, 7.274 on a 7.910, 186.95 mph.
 
Super Stock
Qualifying – 1. David Dupps, Germantown, Ohio, 1987 Chevy Camaro, -1.107; 2. David DeFrehn, Elkview, West Va., 1967 Chevy Camaro, -1.005; 3. Chad Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., 2005 Pontiac Sunfire, 9.977; 4. Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., 2006 Chevy Cobalt, -9.956.
Semifinals – Corey Taylor, Lumberton, 1976 Chevy Corvette, .015, 10.713 on a 10.720, 122.03 mph, def. David Dupps, Germantown, Ohio, 1987 Chevy Camaro, foul; Robbie Shaw, Bowdon, Ga., 1999 Pontiac Firebird, .014, 9.930 on a 9.790, 119.18 mph, def. Michael Heinz, Statesville, 1969 Chevy Camaro, foul.
FINAL – Corey Taylor, Lumberton, 1976 Chevy Corvette, .012, 10.706 on a 10.710, 121.88 mph, def. Robbie Shaw, Bowdon, Ga., 1999 Pontiac Firebird, .049, 9.853 breakout on a 9.870, 120.20 mph.
 
Stock
Qualifying – 1. A.J. Currie, Godwin, 2015 Chevy Camaro, -1.214; 2. Jim Marshall, Indian Land, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, -1.106; 3. Charles Watson, Grosse Ile, Mich., 2016 Ford Mustang, -1.091; 4. Robbie Hudlow, Monrovia, Md., 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang, -1.044.
Semifinals – A.J. Currie, Godwin, 2015 Chevy Camaro, bye; Richard Preiser, Jackson, N.J., 1968 Ford Mustang, .018, 10.715 on a 10.670, 121.75 mph, def. Eddie Longhany, Godwin, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .128, 10.566 breakout on a 10.580, 117.44 mph.
FINAL – Richard Preiser, Jackson, N.J., 1968 Ford Mustang, .069, 11.249 on a 10.700, 96.51 mph, def. A.J. Currie, Godwin, 2015 Chevy Camaro, foul.
 
Super Comp (8.900 target)
Qualifying – 1. Brett Farnham, Orange Park, Fla., 8.904 seconds; 2. Ray Miller III, Spring City, Tenn., 8.905 seconds; 3. Greg Slack, Albemarle, 8.907 seconds; 4. Ray Miller Jr., Spring Hill, Fla., 8.907 seconds.
Semifinals – Jeremy Mason, Lexington, Ky., .039, 8.894, 173.78 mph, def. Brett Farnham, St. Augustine, Fla., .017, 8.862 breakout, 163.73 mph; Danny Waters, LaGrange, bye.
FINAL – Jeremy Mason, Lexington, Ky., .015, 8.919, 170.67 mph, def. Danny Waters, LaGrange, .013, 8.932, 175.09 mph.
 
Super Gas (9.900 target)
Qualifying – 1. Sergio Santovenia, Boca Raton, Fla., 1969 American Motors AMX, 9.902; 2. David Morris, York, S.C., dragster, 9.902; 3. Noah Strickland, Concord, 1971 Plymouth Duster, 9.902; 4. Carlos Diaz Ramos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1974 Chevy Vega, 9.903.
Semifinals – Steve Furr, Harrisburg, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .003, 9.923, 165.70 mph, def. Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., 1999 Chevy Corvette, foul; Justin Lopes, Lakeville, Mass., 1963 Chevy II, bye.
FINAL – Steve Furr, Harrisburg, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .026, 9.896, 154.65 mph, def. Justin Lopes, Lakeville, Mass., 1963 Chevy II, .038, 9.849 breakout, 159.17 mph.
 
Super Street (10.900 target)
Qualifying – 1. Dennis Hill, Fayetteville, 1968 Chevy Nova, 10.907; 2. Colby Fuller, Bloomingdale, Ga., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 10.916; 3. Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., 1970 Chevy Camaro, 10.921; 4. Leland Poppell, Odum, Ga., 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva, 10.925.
Semifinals – Tony Morris, Winter Garden, Fla., 1979 Ford Fairmont, .036, 10.903, 141.92 mph, def. Matt Weston, Wellford, S.C., 1970 Chevy Camaro, .024, 10.940, 143.29 mph; Leland Poppell, Odum, Ga., 1996 Olds Achieva, .012, 10.900, 138.07 mph, def. Colby Fuller, Bloomingdale, Ga., 1968 Chevy Camaro, .025, 10.912, 146.21 mph.
FINAL – Leland Poppell, Odum, Ga., 1996 Olds Achieva, .010, 10.921, 137.69 mph, def. Tony Morris, Winter Garden, Fla., 1979 Ford Fairmont, .004, 10.939, 138.10 mph.
 
Jr. Dragster
10-12 FINAL – Maximus Butcher, Doylestown, Pa., .030, 8.937 on an 8.950, 73.77 mph, def. Vance Houston, Newland, foul.
13-17 FINAL – Autumn Greene, Bradenton, Fla., .017, 7.902 on a 7.900, 80.75 mph, def. Madison Wilson, Laurens, S.C., .059, 7.922 on a 7.900, 81.32 mph.



KILE, VICKERS WIN, BUT TURNER, THORNLEY ALSO SCORE
Carolina Riders Race to the Top of the Standings in Harley-Davidson Series
 
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – It was a banner day for North Carolina Harley riders Sunday at Rockingham Dragway where Asheville’s Tracy Kile and Johnny Vickers of Millers Creek raced to championships in the Top Fuel and Pro Fuel categories in the next-to-last race of the season in the NHRA Harley-Davdison Motorcycle Series.
 
Kile upset fellow Carolinian and No. 1 qualifier Jay Turner of Julian in the semifinals before stopping Kevin Boyer of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in the final.
Despite the loss, Turner moved past Len Darnell of Vancouver, Wash., and into the point lead in Top Fuel with only next week’s race at Las Vegas remaining.
 
Meanwhile, Vickers never was challenged in Pro Fuel.  He beat Tyler Wilson of Walnut Cove in the semifinals and then stopped Statesville’s Janet Thornley in the final.  However, like Turner, Thornley earned enough points to move into the national point lead ahead of Dennis Fisher of Dayton, Ohio.
 
Other winners included Marc Ingwersen of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, in Pro Gas;
John Toth of Twilight, Pa., in Hot Street; David Dennick of Eighty Four, Pa., in Draggin’ Bagger; Tim Grindle of Uniontown, Pa., in Street Pro; and William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., in Screamin’ Eagle.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from Sunday’s NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series contested in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Rockingham Dragway:
 
Top Fuel Harley
Qualifying -- 1. Jay Turner, Julian, 6.290, 219.26 mph; 2. Rickey House, Humble, Texas, 6.355, 213.67 mph; 3. Tracy Kile, Asheville, 6.486, 216.17 mph; 4. Kevin Boyer, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 6.654, 169.64 mph.
Round 1 -- 1. Jay Turner, Julian, bye; 2. Rickey House, Humble, Texas, .114, 6.398, 208.42 mph, def. 7. Bob Malloy, Elkton, Md., .109, 18.056, 39.84 mph; 3. Tracy Kile, Asheville, .214, 6.497, 207.88 mph, def. 6. Rich Vreeland, Bloomberg, Pa., .141, 11.967, 77.67 mph; 4. Kevin Boyer, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, .071, 6.450, 207.59 mph, def. 5. Jason Pridemore, Garrettsville, Ohio, .149, 6.527, 176.05 mph.
Semifinals – Boyer, .074, 10.351, 80.67 mph, def. House, no time; Kile, .153, 8.417, 174.12 mph, def. Turner, .089, 9.059, 131.13 mph.
FINAL – Tracy Kile, Asheville, .162, 6.886, 167.22 mph, def. Kevin Boyer, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, .084, 7.246, 177.42 mph.
 
Pro Fuel Harley
Qualifying -- 1. Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, 7.169, 175.34 mph; 2. Janette Thornley, Statesville, 7.294, 174.01 mph; 3. Rich Vreeland, Bloomberg, Pa., 7.377, 168.77 mph; 4. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, 7.763, 164.55 mph.
Semifinals – 1. Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, .223, 7.202, 168.89 mph, def. 4. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, .158, 7.563, 165.44 mph; 2. Janette Thornley, Statesville, .203, 7.498, 166.50 mph, def. 3. Rich Vreeland, Bloomberg, Pa., .158, 8.267, 157.85 mph.
FINAL – Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, .201, 7.163, 172.92 mph, def. Janette Thornley, Statesville, no time.
 
Pro Gas Harley
FINAL – Marc Ingwersen, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, .058, 7.139, 182.65 mph, def. Keith Browne, Semora, .033, 7.317, 174.68 mph.
 
Hot Street Harley
FINAL – John Toth, Twilight, Pa., .112, 9.586, 137.20 mph, def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., .033, 9.861, 128.82 mph.
 
Draggin’ Bagger Harley
FINAL – David Dennick, Eighty Four, Pa., .364, 12.630, 105.58 mph, def. Don “Ricky” Lynn, Belle Vernon, Pa., .189, 13.792, 94.12 mph.
 
Street Pro Harley
FINAL – Tim Grindle, Uniontown, Pa., .189, 8.585, 159.34 mph, def. Greg Baugh, Hopwood, Pa., no time.
 
Screamin’ Eagle Harley
FINAL – William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., .124, 10.744, 117.96 mph, def. David Dennick, Eighty Four, Pa., .063, 10.832, 127.34 mph.