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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – In anticipation of a busy 2017 season and with the intent of retaining its status as the Carolinas' fastest track, Rockingham Dragway has contracted with Freeburn Race Track Repair to grind and profile both of its high-traction lanes from the eighth mile through the quarter mile, a project that has made it necessary for track owner Steve Earwood to cancel the test-and-tune events scheduled Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10th.
 
Unaffected will be the KMS Drift finale on Saturday, Dec. 10th, since it does not utilize the drag strip surface itself. 
 
"Our goal is have the smoothest racetrack on the circuit as well as the fastest," Earwood said. “What we’re looking for is smooth, consistent concrete and asphalt and I know the Freeburn people understand that."
 
The work should be completed in 10 days, well in advance of the initial pro test sessions that will precede the start of the 2017 campaign.  A 2017 race schedule that will include the return of the ADRL Pro Mod Series will be released before the end of the year, Earwood said.
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​ROCKINGHAM, N.C. –Dale Sanders of Eagle Springs and Bryan Webster of Ware Shoals, S.C., were the big money winners in the 20th annual SRI Performance Fall Sportsman Wars completed Sunday at Rockingham Dragway.

Sanders drove his 1991 Ford Mustang to a $5,000 victory on Saturday. ​ Webster, at the wheel of a 1977 Chevy Corvette, got the other $5,000 on Sunday, beating Donnie Norris of Tabor City in the final round.

On a weekend when Hamlet’s Trey Sikes took his 1998 Mercedes E320 to the winners’ circle and in which Mooresville’s Roger McConnell got his 1948 Anglia all the way to the money round in the 5.30 class, several drivers were in position to double up, but none was able to cash in on the opportunity.

Darlington’s Richard Britt won Open Comp on Saturday in his 1972 Ford Maverick but couldn’t get past Sanford’s Kevin Locklear on Sunday. ​ Kenny Roberts of Galivants Ferry, S.C., was a runner-up in both Open Comp and Footbrake and Michael Hypes of Blacksburg, Va., won Jr. Dragster on Saturday but fouled away his double-up opportunity Sunday against Miles Luther.

Other winners were Pressley Rollins of Pageland, S.C., Sunday Footbrake winner in his 1992 Ford Mustang; Rodney Faile, who won the same class on Saturday; Scott Smith of Landis, who beat Sanford’s Gerald Thomas for Sunday’s Combo Eliminator title; Concord’s Noah Strickland, the 5.30 Index winner in his 1971 Plymouth Duster; Cory Funderburk of Pageland, S.C., and Delco’s Mark Soles, who split the two Footbrake titles; and Sikes and Rockingham’s Michael Broadway, a first time winner in the Trophy class where he upset frequent Rockingham winner James Colfax of Climax in the Saturday final.

 

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from the 20th annual SRI Performance Fall Sportsman Wars at Rockingham Dragway (all hometowns North Carolina unless otherwise stated): ​

SATURDAY DOOR CAR 5000
Round 5 – Gary Pate, Red Springs, .079, 6.372 on a 6.340, 105.50 mph, def. Michael Smith, Riegelwood, 1971 Chevy Nova, foul (-.004); Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, .061, 6.929 on a 6.910, 102.51 mph, def. Billy Stewart, Shamnnon, .088, 6.402 on a 6.380, 104.95 mph; Dale Sanders, Eagle Springs, 1991 Ford Mustang, .105, 7.211 on a 7.190, 94.64 mph, def. Donald Norris, Conway, S.C., Chevy Monza, .040, 5.809 on a 5.690, 105.27 mph; Donnie Norris, Tabor City, 1967 Chevy Camaro, bye.
Semifinals – Pate, .026, 6.373 on a 6.370, 105.64 mph, def. Brewer, .015, 6.886 breakout on a 6.910, 101.84 mph; Sanders, .028, 7.213 on a 7.190, 92.86 mph, def. Norris, .017, 5.503 breakout on a 5.510, 125.19 mph.
FINAL – Dale Sanders, Eagle Springs, 1991 Ford Mustang, .012, 7.189 on a 7.190, 93.75 mph, def. Gary Pate, Red Springs, .048, 6.362 breakout on a 6.370, 105.62 mph.

SUNDAY DOOR CAR 5000
Round 5 – Bryan Webster, Ware Shoals, S.C., 1977 Chevy Corvette, .041, 7.609 on a 7.600, 89.88 mph, def. Charles Davis, Fayetteville, .010, 7.148 breakout on a 7.150, 89.68 mph; Zackery Norris, Wilmington, Chevy S-10 truck, .033, 5.911 on a 5.900, 115.22 mph, def. Ricky Edwards, Maysville, 1970 Chevy Nova, .052, 6.870 breakout on a 6.890, 96.58 mph; Donnie Norris, Tabor City, 1967 Chevy Camaro, bye.
Semifinals – Webster, bye; D. Norris, .018, 5.523 on a 5.510, 126.53 mph, def. Z. Norris, .017, 5.899 breakout on a 5.910, 115.11 mph.
FINAL – Bryan Webster, Ware Shoals, S.C., 1977 Chevy Corvette, .117, 7.624 on a 7.600, 87.57 mph, def. Donnie Norris, Tabor City, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .050, 6.279 on a 5.510, 102.11 mph.

SATURDAY OPEN COMP
Round 3 – Roxanne Shepard, Virginia Beach, Va., 2004 Ford Mustang, .052, 9.453 on a 9.460, 145.64 mph, def. Chris Williams, Irmo, S.C., .108, 12.775 breakout on a 13.060, 91.64 mph; Ron Williams, Eagle Springs, .018, 10.115 on a 10.190, 129.65 mph, def. Dale Sanders, Eagle Springs, 1991 Ford Mustang, .038, 11.413 breakout on an 11.490, 114.74 mph; Kenny Roberts, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, .098, 9.596 on a 9.670, 133.34 mph, def. Frank Estro, Charlotte, 1987 Chevy Camaro, .146, 11.944 breakout on a 12.040, 11.49 mph; Richard Britt, Darlington, S.C., 1972 Ford Maverick, .163, 11.856 on an 11.800, 102.21 mph, def. Justin Hicks, Laurinburg, 2004 Pontiac, .319, 12.716 breakout on a 12.740, 108.7 mph.
Semifinals – Britt, .090, 11.757 on an 11.800, 91.61 mph, def. Williams, .020, 10.089 breakout on a 10.190, 129.73 mph; Roberts, .038, 9.815 on a 9.670, 117.97 mph, def. Shepard, .157, 10.256 on a 9.460, 100.79 mph.
FINAL – Richard Britt, Darlington, S.C., 1972 Ford Maverick, .156, 11.745 on an 11.800, 93.69 mph, def. Kenny Roberts, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, .067, 9.558 breakout on a 9.670, 133.71 mph.

SUNDAY OPEN COMP
Round 4 – Roxanne Shepard, Virginia Beach, Va., 2004 Ford Mustang, .040, 9.606 on a 9.590, 140.72 mph, def. Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Oldsmobile, .017, 11.047 breakout on an 11.250, 115.39 mph; Kevin Locklear, Sanford, 1971 Plymouth Duster, .018, 10.841 on a 10.990, 113.16 mph, def. Bryan Roberts, Andrews, 1991 Pontiac Firebi[rd, .093, 12.404 breakout on a 12.630, 105.27 mph; Richard Britt, Darlington, S.C., 1972 Ford Maverick, bye.
Semifinals – Britt, .018, 11.733 on an 11.700, 99.15 mph, def. Shepard, .048, 9.647 on a 9.590, 140.47 mph; Locklear, bye.
FINAL – Kevin Locklear, Sanford, 1971 Plymouth Duster, .084, 11.093 on a 10.990, 105.00 mph, def. Richard Britt, Darlington, S.C., 1972 Ford Maverick, .021, 12.004 on an 11.800, 111.13 mph.

SATURDAY PRO TREE DOORSLAMMER
Round 5 – Todd Comer, New London, 1997 Ford Ranger truck, .087, 5.474 on a 5.440, 125.63 mph, def. Lonnie Plyer, Statesville, .040, 5.669 breakout on a 5.700, 120.04 mph; Tracy Massey, Wilmington, 1969 Plymouth GTX, .051, 6.144 on a 6.130, 109.72 mph, def. C.J. Hodges, Boone, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .011, 6.909 breakout on a 6.920, 95.27 mph; Rodney Faile, NA, bye.
Semifinals – Faile, .064, 6.225 on a 6.210, 107.91 mph, def. Comer, .019, 5.514 on a 5.450, 125.63 mph; Massey, bye.
FINAL – Rodney Faile, NA, 022, 6.228 on a 6.210, 108.08 mph, def. Tracy Massey, Wilmington, 1969 Plymouth GX, foul (-.003).

SUNDAY PRO TREE DOORSLAMMER
Round 4 – Pressley Rollins, Pageland, S.C., 1967 Chevy Camaro, .057, 7.057 on a 7.060, 85.44 mph, def. Charles Corriher, Newton, .067, 7.003 breakout on a 7.060, 94.31 mph; Zackery Norris, Wilmington, .006, 5.927 on a 5.900, 107.54 mph, def. Kelsey Cline, Mooresville, 1990 Chevy Camaro, .034, 5.876 on a 5.840, 121.41 mph; Trey Sikes, Hamlet, .033, 8.117 on an 8.180, 88.89 mph, def. Tracy Massey, Wilmington, 1969 Plymouth GTX, no time; Donald Norris, Conway, S.C., Chevy Monza, bye.
Semifinals – Rollins, NA, 7.061 on a 7.060, 96.42 mph, def. Sikes, no time; Z. Norris, .032, 5.908 on a 5.910, 116.17 mph, def. D. Norris, .048, 5.683 breakout on a 5.690, 120.62 mph.
FINAL – Pressley Rollins, Pageland, S.C., 1967 Chevy Camaro, .027, 7.081 on a 7.060, 97.66 mph, def. Zackery Norris, Wilmington, .023, 5.950 on a 5.900, 108.19 mph.

SATURDAY FOOTBRAKE
Round 6 – Cory Funderburk, Pageland, S.C., 1992 Ford Mustang, .025, 6.321 on a 6.230, 97.56 mph, def. Levi Boozer, Kannapolis, .093, 6.703 on a 6.680, 100.69 mph; Kenny Roberts, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, .008, 6.060 on a 6.050, 114.45 mph, def. Larry Jollie, Loris, S.C., 1973 Toyota truck, foul (-.037); Mark Soles, Delco, bye.
Semifinals – Roberts, bye; Funderburk, .017, 6.247 on a 6.230, 105.54 mph, def. Soles, .088, 5.491 breakout on a 5.500, 128.02 mph.
FINAL – Cory Funderburk, Pageland, S.C., 1992 Ford Mustang, .025, 6.316 on a 6.230, 101.99 mph, def. Kenny Roberts, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, .093, 6.127 on a 6.050, 112.33 mph.

SUNDAY FOOTBRAKE
Round 5 – Joe Bullard, Loris, S.C., 1986 Ford Mustang, .003, 6.322 on a 6.210, 100.46 mph, def. Tommy Cribb, Eastover, 1991 Ford Mustang, .116, 6.387 on a 6.370, 103. 88 mph; Kevin Locklear, Sanford, 1971 Plymouth Duster, .011, 6.724 on a 6.720, 96.26 mph, def. Staten Nichols, Rockinham, .037, 6.865 breakout on a 6.870, 100.29 mph; Andrew Davis, Fayetteville, .025, 7.662 on a 7.650, 88.49 mph, def. Donald Barnes, Evergreen, 1972 Chevy Nova, foul (-.005); Mark Soles, Delco, .115, 5.516 on a 5.520, 130.02 mph, def. Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 1991 Dodge Daytona, foul (-.013).
Semifinals – Soles, .053, 5.510 on a 5.520, 130.25 mph, def. Bullard, .038, 6.197 breakout on a 6.210, 109.80 mph; Davis, .005, 7.683 on a 7.670, 87.70 mph, def. Locklear, .009, 6.706 breakout on a 6.710, 97.821 mph.
FINAL – Mark Soles, Delco, .039, 5.643 on a 5.500, 108.77 mph, def. Andrew Davis, Fayetteville, foul (-.029).

PTRA COMBO INDEX (Sunday)
Round 3 – Willie Morgan, Eagle Springs, .040, 6.030 on a 6.000, 112.27 mph, def. Bill Ritts, Danbury, .027, 6.061on a 6.000, 114.93 mph Gerald Thomas, Sanford, 1977 Chevy Vega, .064, 6.035 on a 6.000, 114.89 mph, def. Jamie Yeldon, Belmont, 1964 Pontiac GTO, .054, 6.983 breakout on a 7.000, 98.93 mph; Scott Smith, Landis, 1973 Chevy Camaro, .035, 7.013 on a 7.000, 94.85 mph, def. Todd Robinson, NA, .059, 7.009 on a 7.000, 93.61 mph.
Semifinals – Thomas, .064, 5.995 on a 6.000, 114.07 mph, def. Morgan, .058, 5.980 breakout on a 6.000, 112.27 mph; Smith, bye.
FINAL – Scott Smith, Landis, 1973 Chevy Camaro, .063, 6.993 on a 7.000, 97.41 mph, def. Gerald Thomas, Sanford, 1977 Chevy Vega,.051, 5.970 breakout on a 6.000, 115.05 mph.

PTRA 5.30 INDEX (Saturday)
Round 2 – Roger McConnell, Mooresville, 1948 Anglia, .106, 5.266, 135.01 mph, def. Lee Asle, NA, no time; Reggie Norris, Wilmington, .037, 5.320, 123.54 mph, def. Chris Warren, Concord, 1.754, 5.848, 108.32 mph; Noah Strickland, Concord, 1971 Plymouth Duster, bye.
Semifinals – Strickland, .084, 5.389, 117.73 mph, def. Norris, .168, 5.307, 127.81 mph; McConnell, bye.
FINAL – Noah Strickland, Concord, 1971 Plymouth Duster, .084, 5.319, 119.26 mph, def. Roger McConnell, Mooresville, 1948 Anglia, .023, 5.409 on a 5.300, 117.20 mph.

PTRA 6.0 INDEX (Saturday)
Round 3 – Jeff Alston, Murrells Inlet, S.C., .082, 6.042, 102.64 mph, def. Pressley Rollins, Pageland, S.C., .114, no time; Terry Floyd, Lake Wylie, S.C., .020, 6.069, 111.91 mph, def. Jamie Penna, NA, .070, 5.933 breakout, 110.22 mph; Bill Ritts, Danbury, 1979 Dodge Charger, bye.
Semifinals – Ritts, .048, 6.084, 102.03 mph, def. Alston, .100, 5.956 breakout, 107.97 mph; Floyd, bye.
FINAL – Terry Floyd, Lake Wylie, S.C., and Bill Ritts, Danbury, 1979 Dodge Charger, split winner and runner-up money with determining a winner.

PTRA 7.0 INDEX (Saturday)
Bobby Barlett, Mint Hill, 1967 Chevy Chevelle, .060, 7.047, 95.77 mph, def. Toddy Robinson, Cherryville, .103, 7.011, 92.70 mph; David Lester, Mt. Holly, 1969 Chevy Nova, .037, 7.010, 92.56 mph, def. Jimmy Madden, Hodges, S.C., 1975 Chevy Corvette, .183, 6.997 breakout, 97.65 mph; C.J. Hodges, Boone, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .066, 7.028, 95.39 mph, def. Unknown #1923, .069, 7.035, 97.55 mph; Kenny Meyers, Clemmons, .038, 7.0267, 96.86 mph, def. Rusty Crabtree, Mooresville, 068, 6.997 breakout, 95.46 mph.
Semifinals – Barlett, .050, 7.079, 95.80 mph, def. Lester, .068, 7.067, 96.28 mph; Hodges, .006, 6.985, 97.65 mph, def. Myers, .022, 6.962 breakout, 100.11 mph.
FINAL – C.J. Hodges, Boone, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .069, 7.011, 89.79 mph, def. Bobby Barlett, Mint Hill, 1967 Chevy Chevelle, .051, 6.989 breakout, 96.87 mph.

SATURDAY TROPHY ELIMINATOR
Round 3 – James Lowe, Colfax, 1969 Dodge, .001, 15.062 on a 14.950, 90.04 mph, def. Trey Sikes, Hamlet, 1998 Mercedes E320, .135, 16.939 breakout on a 16.990, 83.73 mph; Michael Broadway, Rockingham, .250, 13.713 on a 13.860, 101.68 mph, def. Justin Hicks, Laurinburg, 2004 Pontiac, foul (-.141); Frank Estro, Charlotte, 1987 Chevy Camaro, bye.
Semifinals – Broadway, .117, 13.806 on a 13.730, 103.79 mph, def. Estro, foul (-.122); Lowe, bye.
FINAL – Michael Broadway, Rockingham, .133, 13.904 on a 13.830, 88.17 mph, def. James Lowe, Colfax, 1969 Dodge, .158, 15.192 on a 14.950, 84.56 mph.

SUNDAY TROPHY ELIMINATOR
Round 1 – Unknown #96, .110, 14.244 on a 14.350, 96.08 mph, def. Holly Smith, Hamet, foul (-.170); Trey Sikes, Hamlet, 1998 Mercedes E320, .066, 17.050 on a 17.150, 82.72 mph, def. Chris Johnson, NA, foul (-.076); Michael Broadway, Rockingham, bye.
Semifinals – Unknown #96, .148, 14.242 on a 14.240, 95.96 mph, def. Broadway, .170, 13.923 on a 13.860, 100.36 mph; Sikes, bye.
FINAL – Trey Sikes, Hamlet, 1998 Mercedes E320, .047, 17.014 on a 17.000, 80.32 mph, def. Unknown #96, .083, 14.004 breakout on a 14.240, 96.88 mph.

SATURDAY JR. DRAGSTER
Round 2 – Ben Gibson, Cleveland, no time, def. Maranda Pankey, Albemarle, foul (-.015); Michael Hypes, Blacksburg, Va., .080, 7.908 on a 7.900, 80.82 mph, def. Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .116, 8.986 on an 8.980, 72.95 mph; Miles Luther, NA, .104, 8.065 on a 7.930, 74.76 mph, def. Ethan Locklear, Pembroke, .346, 10.411 breakout on a 10.420, 62.04 mph; Ben Gibson #2, Cleveland, .062, 7.902 on a 7.900, 82.93 mph, def. Cam Whisnant, Dallas, .035, 8.385 on an 8.350, 73.56 mph.
Semifinals – Gibson, .058, 7.981 on a 7.900, 77.71 mph, def. Luther, .138, 8.035 on a 7.930, 83.17 mph; Hypes, .031, 7.946 on a 7.900, 81.88 mph, def. Gibson #2, .052, 9.081 breakout on a 9.190, 63.45 mph.
FINAL – Michael Hypes, Blacksburg, Va., .022, 7.924 on a 7.940, 82.18 mph, def. Ben Gibson, Cleveland, .056, 7.876 breakout on a 7.950, 82.72 mph.

SUNDAY JR. DRAGSTER (round robin)
Round 1 – Michael Hypes, Blacksburg, Va., .007, 7.996 on a 7.930, 78.05 mph, def. Maranda Pankey, Albemarle, .054, 8.022 on a 7.900, 78.71 mph; Miles Luther, NA, .367, 8.005 on a 7.900, 81.20 mph, def. Ethan Locklear, Pembroke, .253, 10.495 breakout on a 10.500, 60.25 mph.
Round 2 – Hypes, .010, 7.921 on a 7.940, 81.92 mph, def. Pankey, foul (-.050); Luther, .085, 7.917 on a 7.900, 79.44 mph, def. Locklear, .285, 10.366 breakout on a 10.480, 60.96 mph.
FINAL – Miles Luther, NA, .083, 7.912 on a 7.900, 82.16 mph, def. Michael Hypes, Blacksburg, Va., foul (-.132).

 
 
 
 
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