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 each.