FALL CIVIL WARS ROLLS INTO ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY THIS WEEKEND
 
 






‘DOORSLAMMER “OUTLAWS” ADDED TO LINEUP FOR 19TH FALL CIVIL WARS

Track owner Steve Earwood announced Friday the addition of an exciting new heads-up racing category that will make its Rockingham Dragway debut next week during the 19th annual Fall Civil Wars event.

Outlaw 4.70 is a doorslammer version of Pro Modified featuring the same exotic mix of cars racing against a 4.70 second target.

“Outlaw 4.70 has gotten really popular, especially in the Southeast,” Earwood said, “and we’re excited to be able to introduce it to our fans during one of our biggest fall events. I think it’s a great complement to Open Comp, Pro Tree Doorslammers, Footbrake and the two Index classes, 6.0 and 7.0.”

Earwood said he expects as many as 20 of the 4.70 cars to attempt to qualify for 16 starting starting spots on Saturday, Oct. 18. Qualifying at 11 a.m. and 12 noon on will set the lineup for eliminations Saturday afternoon.

Among those already committed to the event are Jonathan Gibbs of Mooresville and his 1963 Corvette; Donnie Gibbs, also of Mooresville, and his 1992 Camaro; Dale McSwain of Mt. Gilead and his 2013 Camaro; Nick Cline of Davidson and his unique 1937 Chevy coupe; and Kevin Carpenter of Pageland, S.C., and his 1969 Camaro. Others include Jeremy Youker of Salisbury, driving a 2010 Cobalt, and James Bunton of Statesville in his 1998 Corvette.

Preliminaries will begin Friday, Oct. 17, with a 4-10 p.m. test session for all participants. Qualifying sessions for Open Comp. 6.0 and 7.0 will follow the Outlaw sessions Saturday with eliminations Saturday afternoon. Open Comp, 6.0 and 7.0 combo will compete again on Sunday at noon..

General admission tickets are $20 per day, $35 Saturday and Sunday or $40 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with $10 off for all active members of the military. Children under six are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.




RAIN WASHES OUT ELIMINATIONS IN JIM MCCLURE NITRO NATIONALS

American Motorcycle Racing Association national record holder Tommy Grimes grabbed the No. 1 qualifying position as was expected, but that was as far as he got Sunday in his pursuit of another Top Fuel championship in the 23rd annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

Rain washed out the entire Sunday racing program at The Rock, leaving two-wheel fans to wonder what could have been and leaving track owner Steve Earwood even more perplexed after a season marked by weather delays and cancellations.

“I know there’s nothing we can do about the weather,” Earwood said, “but, man, this season has been brutal on the racing community. It’s been tough to get through a whole weekend without problems and that’s an enormous frustration when you’re all amped up to race.”

Before the weather took center stage, Grimes coaxed Ray Price’s Raleigh-based Harley through the quarter mile in 6.330 seconds at 223.21 miles per hour, a little off his national record numbers (6.197, 227.27 mph) but good enough to outpace Texan Ricky “Sharkey” House and several others including Japanese national Takeshi Shigematsu.

In Pro Fuel, Philadelphia’s Kevin Garrow was the surprise No. 1 qualifier, edging reigning series champion Dale Nilles of Wilkesboro for the top spot. In Funny Bike, Jim Doyle of Springfield, Mass., outran Rich Vreeland of Humble, Texas, Dale Stordeur of Loveland, Ohio, and veteran Armon Furr of Orangeburg, S.C.


Qualifying results from the 23rd annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway:

TOP FUEL – 1. Tommy Grimes, Clemmons, N.C., 6.330, 223.21 mph; 2. Ricky “Sharkey” House, Humble, Texas, 6.691, 198.99 mph; 3. Joey Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., 6.766, 194.16 mph; 4. Robert Stewart, Grovester, Va., 6.973, 161.69 mph; 5. Peter Geiss, Huntington, N.J., 7.252, 157.61 mph; 6. Takeshi Shigematsu, Ehime, Japan, 7.438, 191.21 mph; 7. Jim Doyle, Springfield, Mass., 8.071, 141.52 mph; 8. Larry Stanley, Norton, Ohio, 12.249, 70.74 mph.

NITRO FUNNY BIKE – 1. Jim Doyle, Springfield, Mass, 6.746, 182.53 mph; 2. Rich Vreeland, Humble, Texas, 6.887, 195.73 mph; 3. Jake Stordeur, Loveland, Ohio, 6.921, 192.71 mph; 4. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 7.050, 192.66 mph; 5. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 8.729, 116.16 mph; 6. Ben Fukushima, Harrisonburg, Va., 12.596, 104.57 mph.

PRO FUEL – 1. Kevin Garrow, Philadelphia, Pa., 7.374, 165.50 mph; 2. Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.417, 163.37 mph; 3. Rebel Glover, Holly Hill,Fla., 7.478, 164.01 mph; 4. Billy Jackson, Honeybrook, Pa., 7.491, 162.41 mph; 5. Janette Thornley, Mocksville, N.C., 7.514, 161.57 mph; 6. Frank Capone, Wakefield, Md., 7.570, 161.98 mph; 7. Mike Beland, West Palm Beach, Fla., 7.589, 165.29 mph; 8. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.723, 167.66 mph.
 
 
 
 
SMITH WINS PRO MOD TITLE AT ANNUAL DIEFFENBACH SUPER CHEVY SHOW
 
 

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Reigning NHRA World Champion Rickie Smith drove his nitrous oxide-boosted 2013 Chevy Camaro past the 1968 Camaro of No. 1 qualifier Matt Suite in the final round Sunday to win the Pro Modified championship at the Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway, presented by the Richmond County Tourism Authority.

Smith, the veteran from King, N.C., who won two IHRA Super Modified titles and five Pro Stock titles before making the switch to Pro Mod, saved his best for last Sunday, covering the eighth mile course in 3.937 seconds at 194.24 miles per hour on a solo pass when his opponent, Matt Suite from Hughesville, Md., was unable to repair his Steve Vick owned machine after damaging the engine in the semi-finals.

In addition to celebrating all things General Motors, the three-day event also featured Danny O’Day and the “world’s fastest wheelstander,” Rockingham resident Terry Rosberg and “American Thunder,” the word’s only jet-powered 1941 Willys coupe, and the Gear Jammers circuit.

Lee Desist and Art Laselle, both of Fayetteville, swept the bracket titles Sunday after cold weather forced track owner Steve Earwood to suspend racing Saturday night and split the money between those still in competition.
Desist drove his 1967 Camaro past the Chevy Luv truck of Eddie Key of Red Springs to claim Top Eliminator Sunday and Laselle turned back Clayton Roberts of Willow Springs to win Footbrake.

The girls ruled in Jr. Dragster with Kimberly Dawn Messer of Four Oaks winning Sunday after Lauren Edwards of Maysville prevailed on Saturday. Justin West of Dunn beat Samantha Thomas of Fairmont to win the D.O.T. title and Tim Mortin of Fort Mill, S.C., was unopposed in the Gen 5 class.


ROCKINGHAM – Results from the annual Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham Dragway:

PRO MOD
Qualifying – 1. Matt Suite, Hughesville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 3.914, 180.07 mph; 2. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.977, 188.91 mph; 3. Jeff Blasi, Clayton, N.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.061, 188.91 mph; 4. Brian Tachmen, Virginia Beach, Va., 1957 Chevy, 4.203, 173.43 mph; 5. Danny Perry, Sims, N.C., 4.487, 123.23 mph.
Round 1 – Jeff Blasi, Clayton, N.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.060, 187.42 miles per hour, def. Brian Teachman, Virginia Beach, Va., 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 11.491, 56.41 mph; Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.924, 195.31 mph, def. Danny Perry, Sims, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 4.694, 127.57 mph; Matt Suite, Hughesville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.023, 188.54 mph, def. Brian Teachman #2, Virginia Beach, Va., NA, 4.070, 177.14 mph.
Semifinals – Smith, 3.994, 193.24 mph, def. Blazi, crossed the center-line and no time recorded; Suite, bye.
FINAL – Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.937, 194.24 mph, def
Matt Suite, Hughesville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, no time, no speed.

SUNDAY TOP ELIMINATOR
Round 6 – Eddie Key, Red Springs, 1976 Chevy Luv truck, 5.885 on a 5.890, 114.77 mph, def. Eric Thomas, Fairmont, 1967 Camaro, foul; Lee Desist, Fayetteville, 1967 Camaro, 6.171 on a 6.170, 110.38 mph, def. Michael Smith, Riegelwood, 5.577, 123.27 mph; Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, 6.586 on a 6.580, 97.05 mph, def. Bobby Hardee, Mullins, S.C., 1969 Nova, 6.437 breakout on a 6.440, 105.17 mph; Greg Parrish, Selma, 1986 Firebird, 6.208 on a 6.190, 110.29 mph, def. Shawn Carpenter, Elm City, foul.
Semifinals – Key, 5.895 on a 5.880, 112.66 mph, def. Alford, 6.554 breakout on a 6.570, 100.56 mph; Desist, 6.191 on a 6.170, 106.90 mph, def. Parrish, 6.219 on a 6.200, 110.26 mph.
FINAL – Lee Desist, Fayetteville, 1967 Camaro, 6.176 on a 6.170, 107.11 mph, def. Eddie Key, Red Springs, 1976 Chevy Luv truck, 5.889 on a 5.880, 114.84 mph.

SATURDAY TOP ELIMINATOR
Money split between 8 drivers still in competition – Ronnie Eyring, Glen Burnie, 1982 Camaro; Johnny Dublin, Wingate, 1927 Ford roadster; Tony Self, Rockingham, 1972 Nova; Eddie Key, Red Springs, 1976 Luv truck; Brent Alford, Raleigh; Eric Aman, Clinton; Doug Carlisle, Pikeville, 1970 Nova; 1967 Chevy II; Bill Eyring, Lillington, 1955 Chevy.

SUNDAY FOOTBRAKE
Round 5 – Richard Synger, Dudley, 1972 Nova, 6.284 on a 6.280, 108.00 mph, def. Williams Roberts, Benson, 5.927 breakout on a 5.930, 115.99 mph; Derek Harris, Mcleansville, 6.447 on a 6.460, 105.37 mph, def. Eric Aman, Clinton, 1971 Vega, foul; Clayton Roberts, Willow Springs, 5.498 on a 5.490, 118.67 mph, def. Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Camaro, 7.827 on a 7.790, 81.34 mph; Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 5.781 on a 5.780, 118.29 mph, def. Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Olds, foul; Johnny Sikes, Cordova, 1968 Nova, bye.
Round 6 – Laselle, 5.768 on a 5.780, 118.73 mph, def. Synger; Harris, 6.492 on a 6.470, 98.96 mph, def. Sikes, 6.683 breakout on a 6.710, 103.40 mph; Roberts, bye.
Semifinals – Roberts, 5.475 on a 5.480, 125.71 mph, def. Harris, foul; Laselle, bye.
FINAL – Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 5.791 on a 5.790, 115.43 mph, def. Clayton Roberts, Willow Springs, 5.471 breakout on a 5.480, 121.83 mph.

SATURDAY FOOTBRAKE
Money split between drivers still in competition – Art Laselle, Fayetteville; Mike Merritt, Wrightsville Beach, 1966 Chevy II; Richard Synger, Dudley, 1972 Nova; Greg Schramm, 1989 Malibu; Justin West, Dunn., 1969 Camaro; Ricky Bullock, Sanford, 1971 Nova; Eric Aman, Clinton, 1971 Vega; Bobby Marritt, Wilmington, 1967 Nova; Mark Soles, Riegelwood, 1988 Mustang.

SUNDAY JR. DRAGSTER
Round 4 – Breanne Wall, Kenly, 7.986 on a 7.920, 81.22 mph, def. Miranda Pankey, Oakboro, 8.943 on an 8.900, 71.63 mph; Logan Brown, Bishopville, S.C., 7.955 on a 7.920, 81.64 mph, def. Krisy Carol Messer, Four Oaks, foul; Kimberly Dawn Messer, Four Oaks, bye.
Semifinals – K.D. Messer, 7.956 on a 7.920, 78.02 mph, def. Wall, 7.990 on a 7.950, 81.46 mph; Brown, bye.
FINAL – Kimberly Dawn Messer, Four Oaks, 7.904 on a 7.910, 81.36 mph, def. Logan Brown, Bishopville, S.C., foul.

SATURDAY JR. DRAGSTER
Round 4 – Lauren Edwards, Maysville, 7.990 on a 7.950, 82.44 mph, def. Logan Brown, Bishopville, S.C., 8.128 on a 7.960, 79.55 mph; Chase Wagner, Willow Springs, 7.903 on a 7.940, 82.69 mph, def. Kristy Carol Messer, Four Oaks, foul; Kaylee Miller, Lancaster, S.C., bye.
Semifinals – Miller, 7.949 on a 7.910, 81.52 mph, def. Wagner, 7.883 breakout on a 7.910, 82.46 mph; Edwards, bye.
FINAL – Lauren Edwards, Maysville, 7.916 on a 7.920, 83.11 mph, def. Kaylee Miller, Lancaster, S.C., 7.926 breakout on a 7.930, 82.17 mph.

GEN 5
FINAL – Tim Mortin, Fort Mill, S.C., unopposed.

DOT CLASS
Round 2 – Donald Barnes, Evergreen, 14.294 on a 14.220, 87.57 mph, def. Dan Aspenleiter, Wilmington, 1956 Chevy, 11.575 breakout on a 11.600, 114.06 mph; Jerry Cline, Mooresville, 1969 Camaro, 12.332 on a 12.250, 101.75 mph, def. Mike Merritt, Wrightsville Beach, 1966 Chevy II, 12.583 on a 12.510, 108.71 mph; Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Olds, 11.268 on an 11.180, 118.30 mph, def. Ted Carter, Ellerbe, 11.048 on a 10.940, 121.35 mph; Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Camaro, bye; Samantha Thomas, Fairmont, 1970 Nova, bye; Ernest Matthews, Columbia, S.C., bye.
Round 3 – Barnes, 14.286 on a 14.250, 91.37 mph, def. Daniels, 11.229 breakout on an 11.230, 117.89 mph; West, 12.691 on a 12.540, 96.22 mph, def. Matthews, 13.823 on a 13.800, 100.58 mph; Thomas, 11.408 on an 11.450, 115.05 mph, def. Cline, foul.
Semifinals – West, 12.567 on a 12.530, 93.39 mph, def. Barnes, 14.291 on a 14.250, 90.54 mph; Thomas, bye.
FINAL – Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Camaro, 12.509 on a 12.540, 98.09 mph, def. Samatha Thomas, Fairmont, 1970 Nova, foul.
 
 
 
 
PDRA DRAGSTOCK XI RAIN DELAYED ON SUNDAY TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER
 
 

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RAIN WASHES OUT ROCKINGHAM’S DRAGSTOCK XI PRO MOD RACE

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Heavy rain washed out final eliminations Sunday in Dragstock XI at Rockingham Dragway, the seventh of eight races in the PDRA Pro Modified Series. The event will be completed in conjunction with the PDRA season finale, Oct. 10-11, at Virginia Motorsports Park.

“Very disappointing,” Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood said of the outcome. “We had a helluva a race going but, once again, you find yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature. Our crew and the PDRA crew went above and beyond trying to get the track dry, but it seemed like every time we were within a couple minutes of ‘go,’ the clouds opened up again.

“We had a great Saturday night show and I think everyone was looking forward to a great race on Sunday,” he said. “It’s just one of those things you have to deal with if you’re in this business any time at all.”

Before the rain, Gene Hector of Big Spring, Texas, scored a major upset by beating No. 1 qualifier Jason Scruggs of Saltillo, Mississippi in the featured Pro Extreme category. That puts point leader and No. 2 qualifier Bubba Stanton of Potts Camp, Mississippi in the driver’s seat when racing resumes in Richmond, Virginia.

First round racing was completed in every category except Pro Stock when rain forced the first of several suspensions of competition before officials finally pulled the plug on the event at 3 p.m.   view more
 
 
 
 
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