ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY RACE RESULTS
 
 
GOFF, BREWER, ALFORD, THOMPSON BIG POWERFEST WINNERS
Steve Alford, Betterton Also Score Big in Tony Saraceni’s Rockingham Bracket Race



ROCKINGHAM – Terry Goff of Kinston, William Brewer of St. Pauls, Richard Alford of Raleigh and Brian Thompson of Sneads Ferry, driving the dragster of Danny Walters, Jr., were the big money winners in Tony Saraceni’s Carolina Powerfest4 bracket race extravaganza which concluded Sunday at Rockingham Dragway.
 
The three-day event, presented by Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery, crowned daily champions in Top ET and Footbrake as well as Saturday and Sunday winners in Jr. Dragster.  In addition to the cash winnings, racers claimed more than 200 “Blue Light Special” prizes.
 
Goff and Brewer both left with more than $6,250 in prize money after splitting Saturday’s winner and runner-up purse due to falling track temperatures.  Alford won $6,000 as the Friday winner and Sunday semifinalist in Top ET and Thompson won the final $5,000 share of the purse on Sunday.
 
It was a great family weekend for the Alford brothers, both Rockingham regulars.  In addition to Richard’s take-home in Top ET, brother Steve repeated as Footbrake champion on Friday and, with his Saturday payday as a semifinalist, took $2,300 back home to Angier.  That was the same payoff earned by Tim Betterton of Gretna, Va., who won $2,000 as the Footbrake champion on Sunday and $150 as a semifinalist on Saturday.
 
Except for Saturday’s chilly finish, it was a banner weekend with 167 Top ET and 86 Footbrake racers competing on Saturday alone. 
 
Connor Caulder of St. Pauls just missed a double in Jr. Dragster, winning on Sunday after losing to Brian Yerger Jr. on a breakout foul in the Saturday final.
 
Big trailer checks, trophies and plaques were awarded to the winners and runners-up and special awards were presented for Best Appearing Dragster, Best Appearing Door Car, Best Appearing Footbrake Car, Best Appearing Crew and Best Engineered.
 
ROCKINGHAM – Results from Powerfest4 presented by Yuengling at Rockingham Dragway:
 
SUNDAY TOP ET
Round 6 – Skip Briggs, Lexington, 1970 Chevy Nova, .005, 6.043 on a 6.040, 112.59 mph, def. Lee Desist, Fayetteville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .019, 6.125 breakout on a 6.130, 107.71 mph; Rick Salee, Simpsonville, S.C., 1927 Ford T-roadster, .035, 5.601 on a 5.600, 121.85 mph, def. Ricky Boyette, Turkey, .015, 6.875 breakout on a 6.880, 98.56 mph; Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, 1971 Chevy Chevelle,  .021, 4.738 on a 4.720, 145.50 mph, def. Gabe Taylor, Elizabethtown, foul; Brian Thompson, Sneads Ferry, .006, 4.444 on a 4.440, 155.63 mph, def. Austin Cargal, Thomasville, .007, 4.829 breakout on a 4.830, 140.71 mph; Wesley Roberts, Benson, .007, 4.645 on a 4.650, 148.74 mph, def. Robert Hefi, Concord, foul; Jeff Allen, Chadbourn, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .004, 5.946 on a 5.930, 111.21 mph, def. Wesley Roberts #2, Benson, .032, 4.660 on a 4.650, 145.75 mph.
Round 7 – Alford, .008, 4.750 on a 4.730, 139.36 mph, def. Briggs, .061, 6.039 on a 6.030, 113.83 mph; Salee, .062, 5.599 on a 5.600, 121.29 mph, def. Allen, .018, 5.914 breakout on a 5.930, 112.36 mph; Thompson, .002, 4.466 on a 4.440, 149.02 mph, def. Roberts, .020, 4.646 on a 4.630, 148.79 mph.
Semifinals – Salee, .017, 5.590 on a 5.600, 122.33 mph, def. Alford, NA, 5.107 on a 4.730, 104.15 mph; Thompson, bye.
FINAL – Brian Thompson, Sneads Ferry, .004, 4.477 on a 4.440, 148.20 mph, def. Rick Salee, Simpsonville, S.C., 1927 Ford T-roadster, .038, 5.599 on a 5.580, 122.26 mph.
 
SUNDAY FOOTBRAKE
Round 6 – Kevin Blevins, Jefferson, S.C., 1973 Chevy Vegas, .027, 6.159 on a 6.160, 108.77 mph, def. Shawn Welch, Waynesboro, Ga., 1082 Suzuki GS1100, .202, 5.507 breakout on a 5.550, 123.26 mph; Tim Betterton, Gretna, Va., 1966 Chevy II, .011, 6.121 on a 6.110, 110.91 mph, def. Steve Alford, Angier, 1971 Ford Pinto, foul; Clayton Roberts, Willow Spring, .030, 6.148 on a 6.150, 107.39 mph, def. Derek Harris, McLeansville, .077, 6.181 breakout on a 6.220, 107.96 mph; Tom Hettig, Winston-Salem, bye.          
Semifinals – Betterton, .025, 6.118 on a 6.110, 111.23 mph, def. Hettig, .044, 6.401 breakout on a 6.410, 107.19 mph; Blevins, .025, 6.160 on a 6.150, 110.60 mph, def. Roberts, .016, 6.174 on a 6.150, 107.35 mph.
FINAL – Tim Betterton, Gretna, Va., 1966 Chevy II, .019, 6.127 on a 6.130, 110.87 mph, def. Kevin Blevins, Jefferson, S.C., 1973 Chevy Vega, foul.
 
SUNDAY JR. DRAGSTER
Round 3 – Hayden Dial, Rowland, .011, 7.976 on a 7.930, 76.45 mph, def. Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .024, 8.994 on an 8.930, 71.77 mph; Cam Whisnant, Dallas, .035, 8.348 on an 8.350, 75.93 mph, def. Maranda Pankey, Albemarle, .047, 7.880 breakout on a 7.900, 81.97 mph; Connor Caulder, St. Pauls, .022, 7.934 on a 7.900, 78.97 mph, def. Marissa Bickford, Concord, .087, 7.897 breakout on a 7.900, 81.41mph.
Semifinals – Caulder, NA, 7.923 on a 7.900, 81.66 mph, def. C. Whisnant, foul; Dial, bye.
FINAL – Connor Caulder, St. Pauls, .036, 7.908 on a 7.930, 81.83 mph, def. Hayden Dial, Rowland, .004, 7.907 breakout on a 7.930, 81.43 mph.
 
SATURDAY TOP ET
Round 6 – John Hodson, Graniteville, S.C., 1986 Ford Mustang, .005, 5.568 on a 5.550, 123.79 mph, def. Scott Hill, Chester, S.C., .051, 5.547 breakout on a 5.570, 123.14 mph; Hank Guyton, Cowpens, S.C., .046, 4.828 on a 4.820, 141.82 mph, def. Joel Hubbard II, Lancaster, S.C., foul; Clayton Roberts, Willow Spring, .043, 4.518 on a 4.510, 151.61 mph, def. T.J. Elks, Marshville, .005, 5.623 breakout on a 5.640, 121.25 mph; Tennille Baker, Taylorsville, .001, 4.855 on a 4.850, 141.13 mph, def. Holden Dial, Maxton, .005, 4.748 breakout on a 4.750, 141.70 mph; Noah Strickland, Concord, 1971 Plymouth Duster, .027, 5.280 on a 5.270, 131.95 mph, def. Jarrett Creech, Selman, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .023, 5.798 breakout on a 5.810, 117.68 mph; Terry Goff, Kinston, 1978 Chevy Camaro, .017, 6.839 on a 6.830, 97.91 mph, def. Brandon Hutchens, Yadkinville, 1989 Chrysler LeBaron, .044, 5.831 breakout on a 5.840, 119.23 mph; Will McKay, Rockingham, 1985 Ford Thunderbird, bye; William Brewer, St. Pauls, .011, 6.596 on a 6.600, 101.07 mph, def. Terry Goff Jr., Kinston, foul.
Round 7 – Hodson, .003, 5.567 on a 5.550, 123.84 mph, def. Roberts, foul; Baker, .006, 4.876 on a 4.850, 141.16 mph, def. Guyton, .049, 4.820 on a 4.820, 141.50 mph; Brewer, .005, 6.599 on a 6.590, 100.22 mph, def. Strickland, .015, 5.290 on a 5.270, 129.38 mph; Goff, .002, 6.871 on a 6.840, 9679 mph, def. McKay, .014, 7.215 on a 7.190, 95.23 mph.
Semifinals – Brewer, .039, 6.613 on a 6.590, 101.14 mph, def. Hodson, .018, 5.612 on a 5.560, 125.18 mph; Goff, .009, 6.872 on a 6.840, 93.67 mph, def. Baker, .012, 5.163 on a 4.850, 123.73 mph.
FINAL – William Brewer, St. Pauls, and Terry Goff, Kinston, 1978 Chevy Camaro, opted to split the winner and runner-up money because of falling track temperatures, each earning $6,250. 

SATURDAY FOOTBRAKE
Round 6 – Tim Betterton, Gretna, Va., 1966 Chevy II, .075, 6.143 on a 6.100, 110.46 mph, def. Steve Alford, Angier, N.C., 1971 Ford Pinto, .033, 6.765 on a 6.650, 93.17 mph; Tom Hettig, Winston-Salem, 1970 Chevy Nova, .007, 6.383 on a 6.370, 107.62 mph, def. Jamie Carroll, Clayton, 1971 Chevy Nova, .010, 6.895 breakout on a 6.900, 96.55 mph; Kevin Williams, Pageland, S.C., .012, 6.360 on a 6.330, 105.63 mph, def. Kevin Blevins, Jefferson, S.C., 1973 Chevy Vega, .062, 6.153 on a 6.150, 108.21 mph; Wesley Roberts, Benson, .039, 5.857 on a 5.830, 113.00 mph, def. Jerry Cline, Kannapolis, .071, 6.002 breakout on a 6.010, 112.75 mph.
Semifinals – Hettig, .015, 6.470 on a 6.370, 98.31 mph, def. Betterton, .028, 8.466 on a 6.110, 53.53 mph; Roberts, .036, 5.864 on a 5.840, 116.71 mph, def. Kevin
Williams, Pageland, S.C., .030, 6.300 breakout on a 6.340, 101.13 mph.
FINAL – Wesley Roberts, Benson, and Tom Hettig, Winston-Salem, 1970 Chevy Nova, opted to split the winner and runner-up money because of falling track temperatures, each earning $1,150.
 
SATURDAY JR. DRAGSTER
Round 4 – Branson Hutchens, Hamptonville, bye; Connor Caulder, St. Pauls, .023, 7.902 on a 7.900, 80.10 mph, def. Bethany Shelton, Summerfield, .035, 7.894 breakout on a 7.900, 81.81 mph; Brian Yerger Jr., Mooresville, .034, 10.421 on a 10.470, 60.05 mph, def. Skylar Stowe, Clayton, foul.
Semifinals – Caulder, .072, 8.069 on a 7.900, 69.67 mph, def. Hutchens, .120, 8.585 on an 8.430, 74.97 mph; Yerger, bye.
FINAL – Brian Yerger Jr., Mooresville, .066, 10.437 on a 10.410, 59.58 mph, def. Connor Caulder, St. Pauls, .051, 7.887 breakout on a 7.900, 79.37 mph.
 
FRIDAY TOP ET
Round 7 – Michael Morton, Jacksonville, 1970 Chevy Nova, .023, 6.547 on a 6.530, 100.91 mph, def. Will McKay, Rockingham, 1985 Ford Thunderbird, .021, 7.249 on a 7.220, 94.86 mph; Ron Phipps, Salisbury, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .045, 6.251 on a 6.240, 111.54 mph, def. Charles Doss, Statesville, foul; Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, 1971 Chevy Chevelle, .042, 4.746 on a 4.750, 144.29 mph, def. Jeff Allen, Chadbourn, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .019, 5.973 breakout on a 6.010, 112.01 mph; Michelle Pelo, Jacksonville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, bye.
Semifinals – Pelo, .046, 6.420 on a 6.400, 105.32 mph, def. Phipps, foul; Alford, .020, 4.773 on a 4.750, 139.13mph, def. Morton, .009, 6.517 breakout on a 6.530, 102.96 mph.
FINAL – Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, 1971 Chevy Chevelle, .040, 4.773 on a 4.770, 136.00 mph, def. Michelle Pelo, Jacksonville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .026, 6.463 on a 6.400, 105.15 mph.
 
FRIDAY FOOTBRAKE
Round 6 – Sam Battaglia, Chester, Md., 1968 Chevy Biscayne, .066, 5.766 on a 5.740, 118.27 mph, def. Steve Foley, Clinton, 1974 Plymouth Duster, .087, 6.841 on a 6.770, 98.01 mph; Brandon Church, Trinity, 2014 Dodge Ram truck, .084, 9.509 on a 9.460, 76.27 mph, def. Tom Hettig, Winston-Salem, 1970 Chevy Nova, foul; Steve Alford, Angier, 1971 Ford Pinto, .015, 6.692 on a 6.630, 95.07 mph, def. Peter Maiale II, Lincolnton, 1968 Dodge Dart, .093, 6.071 on a 5.990, 112.18 mph.
Semifinals – Battaglia, .079, 5.739 on a 5.740, 120.87 mph, def. Church, .100, 9.481 breakout on a 9.490, 75.34 mph; Alford, bye.
FINAL – Steve Alford, Angier, 1971 Ford Pinto, .022, 6.674 on a 6.650, 95.53 mph, def. Sam Battaglia, Chester, Md., 1968 Chevy Biscayne, .216, 5.777 on a 5.740, 120.08 mph.