Top ET Racing, Car Show Judging Also Part of The Rock’s Super Chevy Show

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The need for speed is inherent within a great many of us, certainly within those participating this week in the racing portion of Rockingham Dragway’s annual Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism.

The event includes a bow tie-themed car and truck show awarding gold cups to entries deemed “exceptional” while also presenting 25 class winner awards, 25 “outstanding” awards, 12 specialty awards and 13 “best in category” awards including the highly-prized “Best of Show” designation.

There’s a car corral, a swap meet and a manufacturers’ midway plus a host of specialty food and souvenir vendors, but most of those who pay the $25 admission will be there to experience the surreal sight, sound and speed of the Larsen Motorsports jet dragsters. The jets will race Saturday only at 12 noon and 3 p.m.

There will be racing on both Saturday and Sunday in Top ET, Footbrake and Trophy classes and there will be Saturday qualifying for a Sunday race in the DOT class but nothing in traditional drag racing, not even a Top Fuel dragster, can prepare a neophyte for the jet car experience.
Think about it. Who in his right mind would look at something like an F4 Phantom jet fighter and think, “man, I bet if we cut the wings off this thing and got rid of some of the dead weight, this’d make one helluva race car.”

Well, a guy named Art Arfons had that thought back in the fifties when he created the first in a long series of “Green Monster” jet dragsters that pursued land speed records on the Utah salt flats and purse money racing against Top Fuel dragsters on the American Hot Rod Association and International Hot Rod Association circuits.

As for the two 300 mile per hour hybrids that headline Super Chevy, they represent the very latest in jet car technology.

“The Dominator” is driven by Marine Corps veteran Dewayne Hill, whose day job is working for NASA at Cape Canaveral, just up the road from the team’s headquarters in Palm Bay, Fla. The Florida Tech dragster is driven by Elaine Larsen, who owns the distinction of being the only jet dragster world champion the sport has ever crowned.

Co-owner of Larsen Motorsports with husband Chris, the 54-year-old native of Michigan won the IHRA Jet Dragster championship in 2014 and 2015, the last two years the IHRA ran a professional racing series and the only time a sanction has raced jets in stand-alone category.
Originally created as a racing team, Larsen Motorsports in the last 10 years has become so much more. Housed in a 30,000 square foot complex in the heart of Florida’s space corridor, it has evolved into a high-performance vehicle development and research center with ties to major players in the aircraft and aerospace industries.

Significantly, 80 percent of the company’s employees are high school and college students involved in various STEM programs who spend all their free time making sure that every ride made by Larsen and Hill is both swift and safe.

Saturday-Sunday combo tickets for the Super Chevy Show are $40 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12. Kids under six are free with a ticketed adult and, as always, parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot. Discounts are available for tickets purchased online at or



Extensively done Show Vehicles. Three Gold Cups awarded. Entry into Gold Class by invitation of judging staff.

Conservative Category – includes vehicles that appear to be factory stock with bolt on aftermarket or dealer installed parts. The body may have bolt on spoilers, ground effects, fiberglass parts,etc. Any molding of these items moves entry into the Modified Class. Paint may be of any color from any OEM manufacturer. Aftermarket candy, pearl, metal flake paint entries will be moved to Modified Class. Painted pinstripes, and taped pinstripes or decals and vinyl graphics allowed. Any molding of any type (including firewall, inner fenders, panels, etc) will move entry into Modified Class. Minor interior changes allowed (seat inserts, minor truck or truck bed modifications , and bolt in seats will stock type interior. No custom interiors allowed.

The following will automatically put your vehicle in the Modified Class; bodywork that involves redesign of the original body lines, including but not limited to nosing, chopping, channeling, sectioning, changing radius of wheel wells, molding , tunneling, etc. Paint is of custom design such as painted graphics, shading, blending, candy, pearl, neon, or murals. Engine relocation and/or custom fabricated engine mounts and/or a different Chevrolet engine than was available with any given entry (for example – big block in ’57 Chevy) and/or a smoothed out engine block. Any aftermarket, non stock OEM, multiple car set-ups, tunnel rams, blowers, trubo chargers and/or late model tuned port type fuel injection on any other era vehicle. Interiors that are of a custom design that consist of changes to three or more of the following: seats, door panels, dash modifications, flooring, headliner, trunk, or truck bed area.

Top 4 Editors Choice
Club Participation
Outstanding Engineered
Outstanding Paint
Outstanding Interior
Outstanding Engine
Outstanding Stock/Street Conservative Class
Outstanding Modified
Outstanding Workmanship

Car Club Award
(Car club with most participants)

Best in Category
Best Big Car
Best Camaro
Best Chevelle
Best Corvette
Best 55-56-57
Best Early Chevrolet/Rod
Best Pro Street/Pro Engineered
Best El Camino
Best Nova
Best Monte Carlo
Best Open
Best Truck

Top Award
Best of Show

Class Awards
Class Winner Plaque – 1 per class
Outstanding Class Awards – 1 per class

Big Car
(includes Impala, Biscayne, and Caprice
1968 & Newer

El Camino
All El Caminos

1900 – Current
Class includes all non-Chevrolet bodied vehicles with Chevrolet power and all Chevrolet bodied vehicles with non-Chevrolet power.

Early Chevy
1900 – 1948
Chevrolet bodies and powered cars and trucks.

All Chevrolets and GM products not included in a specific category – through current model year.

1967 - 1969
1970 -1981
1982 – 1992
1993 – 2002
2010 & Newer

1953 – 1967
1968 – 1996
1997 – 2004
2005 & Newer

Monte Carlo
All Monte Carlos

1955 – 1957

1962 – 1967
1968 - & Newer

Nostalgia Rod
All unfinished appearing vehicles – awarded in Conversion or Early Chevrolet classes.

Low Rider
All low rider vehicles – awarded in Big Car Class.

Pro Street/Pro Engineered
All Chevrolet vehicles with 75% of an original frame or altered original frame (including rear end narrowed), having a physically narrowed rear end wheel tubs or factory. OR All Chevrolet vehicles which have a complete tube chassis, from radiator to rear bumper (round or square). Must have a physically narrowed rear end and wheel tubs. All tube chassis drag cars and off road will compete in this class.

Pick Up Truck
1949 – 1972 ALL
1973 – 1987 ALL
1988 & Newer ALL