HORNE DOUBLES UP AT ROCKINGHAM’S AHDRA JIM MCCLURE NATIONALS
 
 
Douglas Horne applied an exclamation point to an already spectacular season Sunday with a pair of national records and a double-up victory in the Jim McClure Nitro Nationals presented by the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association at Rockingham Dragway.

Horne swept the Top Fuel and Pro Fuel titles for the third time this season, set the All-Harley Drag Racing Association speed record at a thundering 233.68 miles per hour and the Pro Fuel record for quarter mile time at 6.502, eclipsing the 6.514 standard he himself set en route to victory at Rockingham in last May’s Spring Nitro Nationals.
A total of 12 AHDRA performance records were established in the event which commemorates the career of the late Jim McClure, a former AHDRA winner at Rockingham and a member of Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association at Rockingham Dragway.

Horne, the 23-year-old phenom from Aberdeen, Md., won his 13th and 14th races in a season in which he almost doubled the points totals of his primary rivals in both the Top Fuel and Pro Fuel categories. Although he never before had won Top Fuel at The Rock, his Pro Fuel win was his fourth straight.

Horne, who also has been successful in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Series where he was runner-up three times on the way to a fifth place finish in 2009, beat Tommy Grimes of Pfafftown in the Top Fuel final and Randal Andras of Amelia, La. for the Pro Fuel purse.
Grimes, riding the Raleigh-based bike of Harley legend Ray Price, lowered the Top Fuel record from 6.224 to 6.215 seconds with a booming second round victory over Robert Stewart of Gloucester, Va., but he suffered a mechanical failure against Horne that denied him any shot at his second victory this season.

Other pro winners included Shaun Reno of Hayes, Va., in Pro Stock; Mark Cox of Wilkesboro, N.C., in Pro Drag; Keith Browne of Semora, N.C., in Pro Gas; and Jason Adams of Flowery Branch, Ga., in Pro Modified.
Among the Sportsman winners were Bruce Cronenberg III of Cressona, Pa., who doubled-up in Right Quick Street Pro and Hot Street; Chris Hoppe of Pennington, N.J., in Super Gas, Donnie Huffman of Lakeland, Fla., in Super Sport; Devin Winters of Richmond, Ill., in Super Eliminator; K.W. Seneca of Irving, N.Y., in Screamin’ Eage SEP; Nick Gonatas Jr. of Cortland, Ohio, in Screamin’ Eagle Destroyer; and Derek Christensen of Hellam, Pa., in ET.

Horne, who crashed his bike at 200 mph and missed six races during the 2009 season, won his eighth tour event in Top Fuel and 18th in Pro Fuel since he first burst onto the scene at age 19.

En route to the Top Fuel title, he beat veteram former champion Jay Turner of Julian, N.C., in the semifinals. His four round series was the quickest in history at 6.261, 6.222, 6.296 and 6.291 seconds.
 
Results from Sunday’s Jim McClure Nitro Nationals, final race in the AHDRA Series, at Rockingham Dragway:

TOP FUEL
Qualifying – 1. Tommy Grimes, Pfafftown, N.C., 6.217, 223.88 mph; 2. Douglas Horne, Aberdeen, Md., 6.242, 229.94 mph; 3. Joey Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., 6.256, 232.43 mph; 4. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.258, 224.47 mph; 5. Steve Dorn, Milwaukie, Ore., 6.347, 226.70 mph; 6. Tracy Kile, Leicester, N.C., 6.419, 207.27 mph; 7. Damian Cownden, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 6.478, 219.29 mph; 8. Takeshi Shigematsu, Iyo, Ehime, Japan, 6.494, 217.60 mph.
Round 1 – Robert Steward, Gloucester, Va., 6.398, 224.24 mph, def. Takeshi Shigematsu, Iyo, Ehime, Japan, 9.166, 98.75 mph; Larry “Drums” Brancaccio, Nutley, N.J., 7.804, 210.11 mph, def. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 7.956, 204.32 mph; Steve Dorn, Milwaukie, Ore., 6.318, 225.86 mph, def. Russell Sowers, Hermitage, Pa., no time; Douglas Horne, Aberdeen, Md., 6.261, 232.59 mph, def. Chuck Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla., 15.199, 60.08 mph; Damian Cowndon, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 6.643, 191.51 mph, def. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 6.854, 203.06 mph; Jay Turner, Julian, N.C., 6.372, 216.72 mph, def. Joey Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., 6.558, 222.99 mph; Tracy Ile, Leicester, N.C., 6.473, 202.73 mph, def. Jason Pridemore, Garrettsville, Ohio, 7.804, 140.23 mph; Tommy Grimes, Pfafftown, N.C., 6.249, 219.40 mph, def. Larry Stanley, Coopley, Ohio, 7.737, 170.97 mph.
Round 2 – Grimes, 6.215, 222.88 mph, def. Stewart, no time; Dorn, 6.369, 225.90 mph, def. Brancaccio, 6.491, 181.91 mph; Horne, 6.222, 227.80 mph, def. Cownden, 7.406, 148.07 mph; Turner, 6.284, 222.14 mph, def. Kile, 6.511, 210.87 mph.
Semifinals – Grimes, 6.286, 221.96 mph, def. Dorn, 10.108, 98.57 mph; Horne, 6.296, 230.92 mph, def. Turner, 17.149, 63.17 mph.
FINAL – Douglas Horne, Aberdeen, Md., 6.291, 233.68 mph, def. Tommy Grimes, Pfafftown, N.C., no time.

RUSH PRO FUEL
Qualifying – 1. Douglas Horne, Aberdeen, Md., 6.527, 216.86 mph; 2. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.610, 197.54 mph; 3. Rickey House, Humble, Texas, 6.656, 204.54 mph; 4. Bill Purvis, Lafayette, La., 6.976, 189.15 mph.

Round 1 – Dean Comunal, Stroudsburg, Pa., 6.870, 200.53 mph, def. Bill Purvis, Lafayette, La., 8.920, 100.82 mph; Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.548, 210.14 mph, def. Greg Grove, Shelbyville, Tenn., 6.906, 182.08 mph; Rickey House, Humble, Texas, 10.041, 91.64 mph, def. Jack Romine, Centreville, Mich., no time; Douglas Horne, Aberdeen, Md., 6.502, 206.51 mph, def. Chris Streeter, Cleveland, Ohio, 6.616, 199.94 mph.
Semifinals – Horne, 6.679, 194.27 mph, def. Comunal, 6.819, 202.88 mph; Andras, 9.281, 94.41 mph, def. House, foul.
FINAL – Douglas Horne, Aberdeen, Md., 6.584, 212.36 mph, def. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.732, 207.27 mph.

VERVE PRO STOCK
Semifinals – K.W. Seneca, Irving, N.Y., 8.614, 156.96 mph, def. John Marinelli, Debary, Fla., foul; Shaun Reno, Hayves, Va., bye.
FINAL – Shaun Reno, Hayes, Va., 8.039, 166.83 mph, def. K.W. Seneca, Irving, N.Y., 8.765, 149.43 mph.

HAWAYA PRO DRAG
Round 2 – Mark Cox, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.277, 173.81 mph, def. Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., 7.739, 164.95 mph; Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.276, 165.54 mph, def. Bill Purvis, Lafayette, La., 7.392, 168.64 mph; Kirby Apathy, Bloomington, Ind., 7.204, 188.25 mph, def. Dale Nilles, Westminster, Colo., 7.513, 166.23 mph; Steve Pier, Hatfield, Pa., 7.423, 165.66 mph, def. Craig Pelrine, Redwater, Alberta, Canada, foul.
Semifinals – Cox, 7.098, 175.21 mph, def. Jackson, 9.402, 97.70 mph; Pier, 7.234, 172.50 mph, def. Apathy, 7.286, 181.13 mph.
FINAL – Mark Cox, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.223, 174.14 mph, def. Steve Pier, Hatfield, Pa., 7.532, 160.63 mph.

RUSH PRO GAS
Round 1 – Joey Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., 7.310, 175.16 mph, def. Lee Hitz, Annville, Pa., 8.713, 152.66 mph; Jay Wagner, Warsaw, Ind., 7.465, 177.28 mph, def. Clint Riley, Greenville, S.C., 8.462, 162.27 mph; Keith Browne, Semora, N.C., 6.983, 198.35 mph, def. Keith Williams, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 12.325, 70.06 mph.
Semifinals – Sternotti, 7.212, 180.62 mph, def. Wagner, 7.459, 178.90 mph; Browne, bye.
FINAL – Keith Browne, Semora, N.C., 7.170, 189.23 mph, def. Joey Sternotti, Blackwood, N.J., 7.426, 174.89 mph.

K&K MARINE PRO MOD
Round 1 – Hank Stanton, East Rochester, N.Y., 8.482, 154.94 mph, def. Donald “Keith” Riddell, Taylor Mill, Ky., 8.498, 159.49 mph; Frank Capone, Wakefield, Mass., 8.602, 155.69 mph, def. Billy Joe Bowman, Philadelphia, Pa., 9.043, 147.63 mph; Jason Adams, Flowery Branch, Ga., 8.405, 161.65 mph, def. Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va., 8.770, 148.51 mph; Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., 8.420, 153.67 mph, def. Bruce Chandler, Irving, N.y., 8.516, 256.08 MPH; Joey Thomson, Hopewell, N.J., 8.463, 155.42 mph, def. John Price Emmitsburg, N.C., no time.
Semifinals – Croneberger, 12.052, 86.01 mph, def. Thomson, foul; Adams, 8.397, 158.61 mph, def. Stanton, foul.
FINAL – Jason Adams, Flowery Branch, Ga., 8.417, 160.79 mph, def. Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., foul.

OTHER FINALS:
RIGHT QUICK STREET PRO – Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va.
BISON RACING SUPER GAS – Chris Hoppe, Pennington, N.J., def. Scott Kirkpatrick, New Ellenton, S.C.
AHDRA SUPER SPORT – Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., def. Brad Croneberger, Valley View, Pa.
RUSH SUPER ELIMINATOR – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., def. Rebel Glover, Holly Hill, Fla.
SCREAMIN’ EAGLE SEP – K.W. Seneca, Irving, N.Y., def. Jim Sweet, Osceola, Ind.
SCREAMIN’ EAGLE DESTROYER – Nick Gonatas Jr., Cortland, Ohio, def. Brian MacAlister, Yorkville, Ohio.
SYN 3 ET – Derek Christensen, Hellam, Pa., def. Toni Blevins, West Point, Va.
AHDRA HOT STREET – Bruce Croneberger III, Cressona, Pa., def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va.

Photos Thanks : Mike Davis