BLOCK SHOOTOUT EXPANDED TO SIX-RACE SERIES
Heads Up Racing on Rockingham’s Eighth-Mile Course
During MXA Street Drags
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The overwhelmingly positive
response to the Small Block/Stock Block Shootout in
its debut two weeks ago during Rockingham Dragway’s
recurring MXA Street Drags program has compelled track
owner Steve Earwood to create an entire heads-up
series for the cars replete with a point system and a
year-end bonus to the overall champion.
As a result, when Austin Ratley of Hope Mills rolls
his 1968 Mustang to the starting line for this
Saturday’s MXA event, he’ll do so as the point leader
in the new Rock Batteries Small Block Shootout Series.
With points awarded retroactively to the first event,
Ratley enjoys a one-point lead over Rockingham’s Carl
Simmons entering the second of six races in the new
series. Aaron Fincannon of Cameron is another point
back in third place. At each event, drivers will earn
three participation points and one additional point
every time they illuminate a win light.
Entry fee for the ROCK Batteries Series is $50. The
purse payout with a field of at least 15 cars is
$1,500. Crew member admission is $15. Cars must be
stock appearing. Tube chassis are not allowed and
28-inch tires (275s) are the standard.
Small block/short block racers who compete on The
Rock’s eighth mile course will share track time
Saturday with cars, trucks and motorcycles that
regularly take advantage of the unlimited test-n-tune
runs offered up in the MXA Street Drags. The fee for
unlimited time runs is $25, car and driver. The same
fee applies to those participating in the NHRA Jr.
Street class for racers 13-to-16 years of age.
Gates open Saturday at 4 p.m. with racing and time
runs from 6-to-11 p.m.
ROCK BATTERIES SMALL BLOCK SHOOTOUT SERIES (after one
of six races) – 1. Austin Ratley, Hope Mills, 1968
Ford Mustang, 7 points; 2. Carl Simmons, Rockingham, 6
points; 3. Aaron Fincannon, Cameron, 1989 Ford
Mustang, 5 points; 4. Tie, Anthony Lamb, Parkton, 1989
Ford Mustang, Mike England, Morganton, 2016 Dodge
Hellcat, and Chester Stevenson, Hamlet, NA, 4 each; 7.
Tie, Eli Lee, Locust, 2017 Ford Mustang, Jakie Aycoth,
Monroe, NA, Todd Wester, Angier, 1970 Chevy Nova,
Chifen Parker, Mooresville, 1986 Chevy Camaro, and
Logan Honaker, Fuquay-Varina, 2008 Ford Mustang, 3