THIS WEEKEND AT THE ROCK!   SPRING GRUDGEFEST IS WIDE OPEN!
 
 

SPRING GRUDGEFEST THIS WEEKEND AT THE ROCK!

The Dogwoods are in full bloom and the fastest Street Bike racers in the nation are heading to the Sandhills for the Spring Grudgefest. Lil’ Richard, Bud Lite, Possum will trot in, Eddie Cain, Cobra Commander, the two fastest 1000’s go head-to-head. A street tire shootout will host the fastest street bikes; no bar; no class bike; street tires.

Warm up on Friday with a test and tune from 6pm to 10pm, gates open Saturday at 10am, runs begin at 1pm and we’ll run til we’re done! Admission Friday $10, Saturday $20; $25 for a two-day pass. VIP Parking in the pits $10.

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SHRINERS EXPO RE-SCHEDULED - SPRING GRUDGE FEST ALSO ON GO!
 
 
The April 18-19 "Spring Grudge Fest / ALL Bikes! Outlaw Bikes! Grudge Bikes!" will still take place right here at Rockingham Dragway! That same weekend, the 2014 12th annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod EXPO is set to take place on April 18-19 in Greensboro, NC after being rescheduled due to weather related issues in early February.

 
 
 
 
VARNER, RAY AMONG WINNERS AT 23rd MOPARS AT THE ROCK EVENT
 
 
Stanley’s Billy Varner Jr. claimed the $1,200 top prize Saturday when David Keels of Matthews fouled out by .001 of a second in the Top ET final round at the 23rd annual Mopars at the Rock all-Chrysler event at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway.

Other bracket winners Saturday were J.W. Ray of Winston-Salem and Davey Emanuel of Laurinburg in the Footbrake and Trophy classes, respectively.

The event celebrated all things Mopar with a car show, swap meet and an exhibition involving hemi-powered Super Stock cars.  Among the cars that reached the quarterfinal round in Top ET were a pair of 1972 Plymouths – Jim Chandler’s Duster and Lynn Baldwin’s Roadrunner. 

Eric Hultburg’s vintage 1965 Plymouth Valiant was runner-up to Ray’s 1970 Dodge Challenger in Footbrake.

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THE ROCK CONTINUES TO HOST NHRA PRO TESTING DURING THE WEEK
 
 
Following the successful PDRA Spring Open weekend Rockingham Dragway hosted several pro racers in a private test on Tuesday and Wednesday. The new “Mountain View” Camaro, driven by Vincent Nobile, made numerous impressive runs as did Dave Connolly, doing double-duty between the Gray Motorsport Pro Stock Camaro and the Victor Cagnazzi COPO Camaro. Former World Champ Allen Johnson ripped off some most impressive numbers, brushing the national record.

Justin Humphreys was on the ground preparing his Mustang to re-enter the Pro Stock wars along with Larry Morgan, both driving Ford Mustangs. Shane Gray, Rodger Brogdon, Jason Line and Hector Arana also took advantage of great track conditions at The Rock.
 
 
 
 
STANTON STREAKS TO PDRA EXTREME PRO MOD VICTORY AT THE ROCK
 
 
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Todd Martin set the early pace and Frankie Taylor unloaded the run of the year but, in the end, Bubba Stanton left with the money and the hardware Sunday in the inaugural PDRA Spring Open at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway with a dominating race day performance.

Stanton, who was in the other lane Saturday night when Taylor became the first to break the 3.50 barrier at the eighth mile distance (3.485 seconds), didn’t get a rematch on Sunday because Taylor, the veteran from Dickinson, Texas, was sent home in round one by Kuwait-based Anthony DiSomma in the biggest upset of the year. 

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COLD, WIND SUSPEND ROCKINGHAM'S CAROLINA COALITION SERIES OPENER
 
 
File Sunday’s suspension of racing in the Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition ET series race at Rockingham Dragway under the heading “no good deed goes unpunished.”

After spending tens of thousands of dollars for a left lane repair job at the transition from concrete to asphalt, track owner Steve Earwood’s best efforts were again undermined by the weather.

This time it wasn’t rain that compelled the veteran promoter to pull the plug. Instead it was 40 degree temperatures and 15-20 mile-an-hour winds that made it impossible for the crew to properly prepare the new high-traction pavement.

“It was a safety issue,” said the frustrated track owner. “You have to apply rubber to a new surface to keep the cars stable but, because of the cold and wind, the rubber wouldn’t adhere to the new part of the track. We even bought a couple of new sets of Hoosier tires to try and put down some rubber ourselves, but it just wasn’t happening. Very frustrating for my crew, for the racers, the sponsors.

“But, really, there was no choice,” Earwood said. “I just felt it wasn’t safe to send cars down a green track at speed with a head wind of up to 22 mph. It’s been a very frustrating year but, hopefully, we’re getting all the bad stuff out of the way early. We’ve had rain almost every week and then we had the problem with a bump in the left lane that we fixed only to create a dip. Now this.

“The good news is that the weather looks great this week and the Professional Drag Racing Association travels with its own track preparation folks, the famous “traction twins”, Cale and Cody Crispe, who’ll put everything in prime shape for the Pro Mods and the Pro Stocks. I just feel bad for the bracket guys. They’ve been hit several times already this year. All I can say is we’ll make this up somewhere down the road.”

The event will be rescheduled for a later date.

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RAIN FRUSTRATES RIDERS FROM 17 STATES AT MIROCK SERIES OPENER
 
 
For the second time in three years, rain washed out the elimination phase of Sunday’s Adams Performance
Spring Open, forcing Rockingham Dragway track owner Steve Earwood to postpone completion of the opening event in the 2014 Mickey Thompson Performance MIRock Superbike Series until August.

Rain and cold left 367 motorcycle riders and crews from 17 states, the District of Columbia and the island nations of Aruba, St. Eustatius and Curacao, disappointed.

After a single round of racing on Sunday, weather
forced the suspension of competition. The purse was
split among those remaining in the FBR Shop 5.60, Cycle Connection Crazy 8s and TracKing Top Sportsman categories.

Racing in the pro classes will continue in conjunction with the Aug. 15-17 FBR Shop Summer Sizzler, Earwood said. Riders in the Nitrous Express Pro ET and Brocks Performance Street ET...  more

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DUKES DOUBLES UP IN INAUGURAL JR. DRAGSTER SPRING NATIONALS
 
 
Alec Dukes of Orangeburg, S.C., was the big winner Saturday in the inaugural Southeast Jr. Dragster Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

With bad weather in the forecast, more than 50 junior racers from throughout the Southeast outran the elements by consolidating two days of racing into one. Dukes left with more than $2000 after winning once in the Pro Dragster 7.90 class and once in Bracket 1.

Thomas Oates of Clearbrook, Va., missed a chance to join him as a double winner when he was beaten in Sunday’s Bracket 2 final after winning Bracket 1 on Saturday.
Other champions included Trevor Jenkins of Heath Spring, S.C.,the other $1,500 winner in Bracket 1, Rockingham regular Dawson Wiggins of Dunn in Bracket 2 and Fayetteville’s Noah Johnson, who used a .045 package – including a .002 reaction time – to win 7.90 on Sunday.

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FORMER CHAMPIONS OFF TO STRONG START IN RACE FOR TRACK TITLES
 
 
Former champions have raced to the forefront after the first two of nine races to determine Rockingham Dragway track champions as well as the track's representatives to the IHRA's Summit Bracket Finals in the fall.

Raeford's David Lowe, the track's reigning Top Eliminator champion, currently shares the points lead in the top category with Fayetteville's Lee Desist. Bobby Hardee of Mullins, S.C., is just a point behind with 13. read more
 
 
 
 
MAV TV AIRING IHRA NITRO JAM RACES FROM ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY & MORE
 
 
Leading automotive network MAV TV to broadcast entire 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season- New show to feature unique character-driven, reality format

The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ are thrilled to announce the return of IHRA national event drag racing to a national television audience. In an exclusive deal with leading automotive network MAV TV, the entire 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will air in a special 13-week series on MAV TV.

MAV TV, with its unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, will air all 12 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events and a special season in review episode in a unique, character-driven show that will focus on equal parts behind the scenes stories, car and driver profiles and on-track racing. The show will air in the fourth-quarter of the 2014 season.  read more
 
 
 
 
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