TEAM ROCK FINISHES SECOND AS HOST OF IHRA SUMMIT TEAM FINALS
 
 
Buoyed by semifinal finishes by Raeford’s Tommy Strickland in Top Eliminator and Fayetteville’s Noah Johnson in Jr. Dragster, Team Rockingham made its strongest ever showing Sunday in the Division 9 IHRA Summit ET Finals contested on its home track at Rockingham Dragway.

Team Rock finished second in the overall track standings, it’s highest finish in 21 years of ET team competition. Its previous best finish was fifth in 2010.

Individual champions crowned Sunday included Joey Willetts of Rocky Point, who directed his 1973 Chevy Nova to the Top Eliminator title; Jay Norris of Campobello, S.C., whose ‘78 Dodge Aspen won in Modified; and Dink Holmes of Richmond, Va., in Jr. Dragster.

Other winners were Kent Sessoms of Ahoskie in SSS Top, James Hanrahan of Lexington Park, Md., in SSS No Box and Josh Phelps of Pasadena, Md., in the Jr. Dragster Race of Champions.

Results from Sunday’s IHRA Summit Team ET Finals at Rockingham Dragway:

TOP ELIMINATOR
Round 5 – Marilyn Wallace, Goldsboro, 1969 Chevy Nova, .012, 6.576 on a 6.570, 102.06 mph, def. Dennis King, North Beach, Md., dragster, .006, 4.893 on a 4.850, 142.03 mph; Joey Willetts, Rocky Point, 1973 Chevy Nova, .001, 7.365 on a 7.360, 90.82 mph, def. Duane Marquess, Lusby, Md., dragster, .001, 5.443 on a 5.430, 125.25 mph; Rodney Pleasant, Coats, 1972 Chevy Nova, .005, 7.311 on a 7.290, 91.65 mph, def. Danny Hoover, Kinston, 1967 Chevy Nova, .024, 5.679 on a 5.640, 119.70 mph; Kyle Davis, Clayton, dragster, .023, 4.946 on a 4.930, 137.02 mph, def. Roy Evans, Jacksonville, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, foul; Tommy Strickland, Raeford, dragster, bye.
Round 6 – Willetts, bye; Wallace, .013, 6.576 on a 6.570, 101.67 mph, def. Davis, .022, 4.963 on a 4.940, 136.21 mph; Strickland, .011, 4.633 on a 4.600, def. Pleasant, .021, 7.330 on a 7.300, 91.69 mph.
Semifinals – Willetts, .003, 7.361 on a 7.360, 91.23 mph, def. Strickland, .026, 4.630 on a 4.610, 148.74 mph; Wallace, bye.
FINAL – Joey Willetts, Rocky Point, 1973 Chevy Nova, .008, 7.391 on a 7.330, 90.18 mph, def. Marilyn Wallace, Goldsboro, 1969 Chevy Nova, .001, 6.876 on a 6.570, 101.41 mph.

TOP GAMBLER
Round 6 – Donnie Buckley, Charlotte Hall, Md., 1977 Chevy Vega, .210, 6.756 on a 5.970, 111.25 mph, def. Ray Holmes, Richmond, Va., 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, foul; David Hall, Greenville, S.C., dragster, .019, 4.676 on a 4.640, 146.50 mph, def. Joseph Bagwell, Hendersonville, dragster, foul; Mike Moss, Elon, 1962 Ford Falcon, .014, 6.511 on a 6.540, 102.66 mph, def. Dennis King, North Beach, Md., dragster, foul; Dallas Calvert, Boiling Springs, S.C., dragster, .004, 4.719 on a 4.710, 139.49 mph, def. Clayton Roberts, Willow Spring, 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, .011, 5.036 breakout on a 5.040, 136.81 mph; Lynn Baldwin, Greensboro, 1972 Plymouth Road Runner, bye.
Round 7 – Baldwin, .042, 6.495 on a 6.460, 104.50 mph, def. Hall, .060, 4.695 on a 4.650, 145.28 mph; Moss, .007, 6.654 on a 6.510, 98.46 mph, def. Buckler, .088, 6.736 breakout on a 6.750, 111.66 mph; Calvert, bye.
Semifinals – Baldwin, .021, 6.486 on a 6.470, 102.11 mph, def. Calvert, .015, 4.725 on a 4.700, 144.30 mph; Moss, bye.
FINAL – Mike Moss, Elon, 1962 Ford Falcon, no time, def. Lynn Baldwin, Greensboro, 1972 Plymouth Road Runner, broke.

SSS TOP
Round 2 – Thomas Plott, Winston-Salem, dragster, .016, 4.753 on a 4.750, 144.61 mph, def. Michael Morton, Jacksonville, 1970 Chevy Nova, .026, 6.547 on a 6.540, 102.56 mph; Kent Sessoms, Ahoskie, 1990 Chevrolet Camaro, .017, 5.337 on a 5.320, 130.23 mph, def. Tim Lucas, Lillington, 1994 Ford Mustang, foul; Chris Webb, Four Oaks, 1986 Buick Regal, bye.
Semifinals – Plott, .006, 4.781 on a 4.760, 144.16 mph, def. Webb, .039, 6.564 on a 6.560, 103.23 mph; Sessoms, bye.
FINAL – Kent Sessoms, Ahoskie, 1990 Chevrolet Camaro, .026, 5.345 on a 5.320, 132.46 mph, def. Thomas Plott, Winston-Salem, dragster, .019, 4.793 on a 4.760, 141.39 mph.

SSS NO BOX
Round 2 – Jay Norris, Campabello, S.C., 1978 Dodge Aspen, .003, 7.447 on a 7.420, 87.32 mph, def. Bill King, Bunkeville, Va., 1987 Pontiac Firebird, .017, 6.715 on a 6.700, 102.31 mph; James Hanrahan, Lexington Park, Md., 1969 Dodge Dart, .031, 5.964 on a 5.940, 112.85 mph, def. Rocky Pintavalle, Amelia, Va., 1970 Plymouth Duster, .010, 5.987 on a 5.940, 113.07 mph; Mark Bridgers, Goldsboro, 1983 Hurst Oldsmobile, .006, 5.977 on a 5.950, 115.36 mph, def. Joe Higginbotham, Chesapeake, Va., 1975 Chevy Monza, .022, 6.001 on 5.990, 113.04 mph.
Semifinals – Bridgers, .045, 5.978 on a 5.960, 113.56 mph, def. Norris, .063, 7.409 breakout on a 7.420, 89.61 mph; Hanrahan, bye.
FINAL – James Hanrahan, Lexington Park, Md., 1969 Dodge Dart, .091, 5.973 on a 5.950, 114.03 mph, def. Mark Bridgers, Goldsboro, 1983 Hurst Oldsmobile, .081, 5.957 breakout on a 5.960, 117.20 mph.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER
Round 4 – Noah Johnson, Fayetteville, .070, 7.964 on a 7.960, 81.23 mph, def. Louie Estevez, LaPlata, Md., .119, 8.115 breakout on 8.150, 75.63 mph; Carrie Wilson, Powhatan, Va., .027, 8.009 on 7.970, 78.48 mph, def. Corey Penny, Clayton, .123, 7.860 breakout foul on 7.900, 79.28 mph; Dink Holmes, Richmond, Va., .092, 7.902 on a 7.900, 80.08 mph, def. John Moretz, Archdale, .088, 8.063 on an 8.050, 79.34 mph; Robby Pettinato, Fountain Inn., S.C., bye.
Semifinals – Holmes, .033, 7.958 on a 7.900, 75.70 mph, def. Johnson, .083, 7.990 on a 7.960, 80.74 mph; Pettinato, .070, 7.964 on a 7.940, 82.82 mph, def. Wilson, .027, 7.931 on a 7.930, 82.69 mph.
FINAL – Dink Holmes, Richmond, Va., .012, 7.905 on a 7.900, 79.56 mph, def. Robby Pettinato, Fountain Inn., S.C., .012, 7.973 on a 7.960, 82.74 mph.

JUNIOR GAMBLER
Round 5 – Dink Holmes, Richmond, Va., .006, 7.952 on a 7.900, 80.20 mph, def. Danielle Hill, Chesapeake, Va., .016, 7.968 on a 7.900, 80.21 mph; J. Estevez, Waldorf, Md., .029, 7.942 on a 7.900, 81.63 mph, def. Trey Strange, Taylors, S.C., foul; Kami Holder, Traveler’s Rest, S.C., .055, 7.998 on a 7.940, 77.85 mph, def. Hannah Winslow, Edenton, .089, 8.080 on a 7.900, 80.25 mph; Jason McCandless, Burlington, bye.
Semifinals – McCandless, .035, 8.265 on an 8.090, 74.56 mph, def. Estevez, .1110, 7.949 breakout foul on a 7.950, 79.97 mph; Holmes, .043, 7.902 on a 7.900, 81.53 mph, def. Holder, .000, 7.924 breakout foul on a 7.950, 79.97 mph.
FINAL – Jason McCandless, Burlington, .013, 8.248 on an 8.180, 74.65 mph, def. Dink Holmes, Richmond, Va., .125, 7.902 on a 7.900, 81.88 mph.

JUNIOR RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Round 2 – Adam Tapp, Greer, S.C., .074, 8.284 on an 8.290, 78.22 mph, def. Tucker Creech, Clayton, foul; Josh Phelps, Pasadena, Md., .011, 7.914 on a 7.900, 79.70 mph, def. Dink Holmes, Richmond, Va., .032, 7.924 on a 7.920, 80.33 mph; Keith Dunkum Jr., Henrico, Va., bye.
Semifinals – Tapp, .069, 8.292 on an 8.290, 78.22 mph, def. Dunkum, .042, 9.339 breakout on a 9.350, 67.41 mph; Phelps, bye.
FINAL – Josh Phelps, Pasadena, Md., .036, 7.933 on a 7.900, 77.19 mph, def. Adam Tapp, Greer, S.C., .046, 8.335 on an 8.310, 79.39 mph.

MODIFIED ELIMINATOR
Round 5 – Jay Norris, Campobello, S.C., 1978 Dodge Aspen, .009, 7.323 on a 7.320, 88.85 mph, def. Ed Talbert, Woodbine, Md., 1974 Chevy Nova, .010, 6.887 breakout on a 6.890, 104.23 mph; Michael Jackson, California, Md., 1971 Chevy Nova, .014, 5.897 on a 5.900, 116.30 mph, def. Randall Cantrell, Elon, 1967 Chevy Nova, .028, 6.556 breakout on a 6.560, 101.54 mph; David Antinori, Sneads Ferry, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, .001, 6.877 on a 6.860, 95.89 mph, def. Wesley Roberts, Benson, 1972 Chevrolet Camaro, .072, 6.167 breakout on a 6.180, 111.36 mph; Terry Rucker, Benson, 1994 Chevrolet Camaro, bye.
Semifinals – Norris, .017, 7.310 on a 7.310, 91.42 mph, def. Jackson, .029, 5.892 on a 5.880, 114.94 mph; Antinori, .042, 6.868 on an 6.860, 99.02 mph, def. Rucker, .013, 6.083 on a 6.040, 108.43 mph.
FINAL – Jay Norris, Campobello, S.C., 1978 Dodge Aspen, .021, 7.332 on a 7.300, 90.02 mph, def. David Antinori, Sneads Ferry, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, .040, 6.854 breakout on a 6.860, 97.58 mph.

MODIFIED GAMBLER
Round 6 – Larry Keyton, Severn, Md., 1966 Chevy Nova, .045, 6.061 on a 5.970, 108.19 mph, def. Allen Short, Traveler’s Rest, S.C., dragster, .121, 6.271 on a 6.210, 107.11 mph; Mallie Pennington, Goldsboro, 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, .042, 6.808 on a 6.790, 102.64 mph, def. Mark Bridgers, Goldsboro, dragster, .020, 5.871 on a 5.850, 116.89 mph; Stanley Chavis, Red Springs, 1980 Ford Mustang, .017, 7.063 on a 7.070, 95.62 mph, def. George Brown, 1970 Chevy Nova, .148, 6.905 breakout on a 6.990, 93.71 mph; Jesse Betterton, Gretna, Va., 1966 Chevy Nova, bye.
Semifinals – Keyton, .015, 6.005 on a 5.980, 109.68 mph, def. Betterton, .038, 6.360 on a 6.300, 97.69 mph; Pennington, .004, 6.849 on a 6.800, 102.08 mph, def. Chavis, .034, 7.111 on a 7.060, 95.17 mph.
FINAL – Larry Keyton, Severn, Md., 1966 Chevy Nova, .058, 5.930 on a 5.970, 115.57 mph, def. Mallie Pennington, Goldsboro, 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, foul.

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