Rain brought an early end to a promising 18th annual Holcomb Performance Spring Civil Wars event Sunday at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway, sending a strong field of Outlaw Street races home with a little bit of cash and dreams of what might have been.

All qualifiers in the five heads-up Outlaw classes split the purse including the $5,000 winner’s share in both the BAER Brake Systems X275 and the CFM/TRZ Motorsports Outlaw 275 classes. The surviving drivers in the classes that were able to complete some racing also split the money.

There were 34 drivers still in contention in the ROCK Batteries Pro Tree Doorslammers class when rain suspended and ultimately ended the competition. There were 38 still alive in the Sandy’s Performance Footbrake class, 18 in the Performance Automatic Open Comp class, 10 in the Holeshot Racing Wheels 6.0 Index and five in the Holeshot 7.0 Index.

“We just seem to be in a real wet weather pattern right now,” Earwood said. “It’s a little frustrating, especially when you have good events shaping up. Unfortunately, the weather is the one thing we can’t control. I just want to thank all the Outlaw racers this week and the MIRock motorcycle racers from the week before for their patience and cooperation.

“Rainouts are going to happen but they still create hardships, especially for those who have to travel and I just want all of those racers to know that we appreciate their continued support.”

The quickest cars on the grounds in qualifying were those competing in the Aerospace Components Radials versus World class with only .023 of a second separating No. 1 qualifier Chris Daniel of White, Ga. (4.536 seconds) and No. 4 qualifier Keith Berry of Clermont, Ga. (4.559).

Other No. 1s recognized before the rains came were Charlotte’s Robby Keziah, who stopped the eighth mile timers in 4.753 seconds in Outlaw 275; Dean Marinis of Whitestone, N.Y., whose 2000 Ford Mustang was caught in 4.775 seconds in X275; John Phillips of Clayton, quickest in Ultimate Converter Concepts King of the Street class at 5.189 seconds; and Matthew Lawrence of Forest, Va., who led the way in Old Dominion Auto Salvage Real Street in his 1986 Mustang.
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