Smerander, ‘Bodie’ Smith Also Prevail in ADRL Finale at Rockingham Dragway
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson of Honeybrooke, Pa., and Janette Thornley of Statesville won the nitro motorcycle titles and Wayne Smerander of Jupiter, Fla., claimed the featured Outlaw Pro Mod event Saturday during Dragstock XII at Rockingham Dragway, final event in the 2017 American Drag Racing League series.
In addition to event titles, Jackson and Thornley also secured season championships in Top Fuel Harley and Pro Fuel Harley, respectively.  Jackson turned back Armon Furr of Orangeburg, S.C., in the final with a time of 6.579 seconds at 210.41 miles per hour.
Thornley, a two-time champion in the NHRA Harley Davidson Series added her first ADRL championship.  She also won this year’s AMRA title.  On Saturday, she got a free ride to the winners’ circle when Winston-Salem’s Jay Beasley posted no time.
Second generation racer John “Bodie” Smith of Boynton Beach, Fla., beat Jim Gifford of Reading, Pa., in the final round of the featured nitro Funny Car match race, directing his 1971 Dodge Challenger through the eighth-mile course 4.159 seconds at 172.76 miles per hour.  Gifford trailer at 4.323 in a 1970 Dodge Demon.
Hickory’s Frank Teague was the only driver in the nostalgia Pro Stock class to negotiate the round robin competition without a loss.  Teague used a .104 starting line advantage to drive his 1994 Dodge Avenger past the 1987 Chevy Beretta of Greensboro’s Shane Westmoreland in round one, winning with a 4.924 to a quicker, but losing time of 4.848.

In round two, Teague again used his starting line skills to turn back Mike Snow of Cowpens, making a slower 4.916 a winner over the 4.850 of Snow’s 1989 Beretta.  Finally, in round three, Teague got the better of the 1986 IROC Camaro of Lenoir’s Jeff Rydisill, 4.877 to 4.950.
A.J. Myers of Massillon, Ohio, and Tim Devore of Forest, Ohio, were the class of the Supercharged Thunder portion of the program.  Driving a 1996 Chevy Corvette, Myers beat the 1962 Chevy Impala on Toney Currey of Galena, Ohio, three straight times in the match race format. 
Meanwhile, Devore drove his immaculate 1957 Chevy Bel Air past the ’85 Chevy Astro van of Tom Richey of Columbus, Ohio in three straight heats with a best time of 4.749 seconds at 150.20 mph.
Saturday also was a big day for the father-son team of Greg and Fisher Newman of Maryville, Tenn.  Greg won the Bracket Combo title by driving his 1996 Ford Mustang past the 1966 Chevy II of Albemarle’s Darrin Pankey after his son won Top Jr. Dragster.
Zach Pennington of Lexington, S.C., won Pro Jr. Dragster after 2017 series champion Samuel Peterson of Richlands, Mich., was upset in round one and Nick Hamilton of Dresden, Ohio, beat series champion Paul Daigrepont of Mooresville in the Top Sportsman final. 
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ROCKINGHAM – Final round results from Saturday’s Dragstock XII ADRL event at Rockingham Dragway.  (Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated.  Results include reaction time, track time, target time when applicable and finish line speed):
NITRO FUNNY CAR – John “Bodie” Smith, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1971 Dodge Challenger, .147, 4.159, 172.76 mph, def. Jim Gifford, Reading, Pa., 1970 Dodge Demon, .207, 4.323, 137.98 mph.
OUTLAW PRO MOD – Wayne Smerander, Jupiter, Fla., 1996 Chevy Corvette, .035, 4.244, 172.96 mph, def. Kevin Kneece, Ashley, Ohio, 1958 Chevy Corvette, .325, 4.510, 149.50 mph.

TOP FUEL HARLEY – Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honeybrooke, Pa., .053, 6.579, 210.41 mph, def. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., .069, 6.654, 206.80 mph.

PRO FUEL HARLEY – Janette Thornley, Statesville, .129, 7.475, 162.94 mph, def. Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, N.C., no time.

TOP SPORTSMAN – Nick Hamilton, Dresden, Ohio, .001, 4.266 on a 4.210, 164.55 mph, def. Paul Daigrepont, Mooresville, no time.

BRACKET COMBO – Greg Newman, Maryville, Tenn., 1996 Ford Mustang, .003, 5.429 on a 5.390, 127.87 mph, def. Darrin Pankey, Albemarle, 1968 Chevy II, foul.

PRO JR. DRAGSTER – Zach Pennington, Lexington, S.C., .033, 7.900 on a 7.900, 79.85 mph, def. Destiny Taylor, Cashocton, Ohio, .052, 7.881 breakout on a 7.900, 82.73 mph.

TOP JR. DRAGSTER – Fisher Newman, Maryville, Tenn., .108, 10.468 on a 10.460, 62.08 mph, def. Adam Jakupcak, Streator, Ill., foul.