Trey Sikes bid to repeat as Sportsman champion in the National Hot Rod Diesel Association Carolina Nationals at Rockingham Dragway fell just short Sunday when the Hamlet, N.C., driver was upended in the semifinals by eventual race winner John Boger of Hillsborough, N.C.

Boger, who drove his 2001 Ford past Tyler Radewald’s Tennessee-based Chevrolet in the final, used a .085 starting line advantage to get past Sikes and his 2010 Volkswagen Jetta in the semifinals. That effectively negated Sikes’ .065 of a second performance advantage.

Other winners in the drag racing phase of the event included Michael Dalton of Cookville, Tenn., in Super Diesel, Micah Sullivan of Stanford, Ky., in Super Street, Mark House of Bealetown, Va., in Pro Street and Daniel Pierce of Big Spring, Texas, in Pro Stock.

In qualifying, Sullivan recorded the quickest time in Super Street history at 9.355 seconds but blew the engine in his 1997 Dodge and couldn’t provide the back-up run within one percent required for national record certification. The quickest he ran on race day was 9.537, just off the existing 9.523 record.

Eric Whitfield of Anderson, S.C., doubled-up in the sled pulling phase of the event in the 3.0 and 2.6 classes while Joseph Hardy of Washington, Ga., won in Super Stock Diesel.

Sam Arrowood of Chester, S.C., won the burnout contest in his 2007 Ford and Corey Rice of Lester, N.C., won the fan vote to claim the Show ‘N Shine title with his 1997 Ford Powerstroke pickup.
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