Spring Civil Wars Fun Ford Weekend at Rockingham, NC
Billy Gordon of Bedford, Va., took his 2004 Ford Mustang to a wire-to-wire victory worth $5,000 Sunday in the CFM Outlaw 275 feature at the 19th annual Holcomb Motorsports Spring Civil War Fun Ford Weekend at Rockingham Dragway. Gordon qualified No. 1 at 4.538 seconds, beat veteran Keith Szabo of Gainesville, Ga., in their semifinal showdown and then turned back David Pearson of Marion, N.C., in final.
Other winners in the event, held in conjunction with Fun Ford Weekend, included Buddy Holton of Monks Corner, S.C., John Phillips of Clayton, N.C., Donald Banks of Burnsville, N.C., Charlotte’s Kenny Floyd and Rockingham’s Will McKay.
Holton won the Fast Ford Quick 8 title in his 1982 Mustang, Phillips drove his 1990 Mustang to success in the Ultimate Converters King of the Street event, Banks was the SCCA Pure Street champion, Floyd beat 7.0 Index winner Kurt Flanagan to claim the 6.0-7.0 Combo title and McKay drove his 1985 Ford Thunderbird to a Sunday victory in Open Comp after having to settle for runner-up honors in the same category on Saturday.
Roxanne Shepard of Virginia Beach, Va., provided the frustration for McKay on Saturday in winning Open Comp. She shared the podium with 6.0 Index winner Jerry Cline of Mooresville, N.C., Flanagan, Pro Tree Doorslammer king Tracy Massey of Wilmington, N.C., who won when Cherryville’s Todd Robinson fouled out by .001 of a second in the final, and Footbrake champ Randy Etheridge of Eagle Head, N.C.
Sunday’s ET titles went to Donald Norris of Conway, S.C., in Pro TreeDoorslammer and Mark Soles of Riegelwood, N.C., in Footbrake. Alan Ottinger of Blountville, Tenn., was unopposed in winning the S&W Race Cars 5.0 Ford Shootout.
In the Fun Ford Weekend car show, Freddy Kelly, Jr. of Southern Pines won the Mustang Club of America Best Mustang; John Bullock of Fairmont won Best of Show; Richard Cox of Kershaw, S.C., won Best Appearing Race Car; Ron Strickland of Irmo, S.C., won Pro Street and Norman Glenn of Benson won the Special Interest Award.
CFM OUTLAW 275: FINAL – Billy Gordon, Bedford, Va., 2004 Ford Mustang, 5.211, 151.27 mph, def. David Pearson, Marion, N.C., 5.977, 127.29 mph.
Fast Ford QUICK 8: FINAL – Buddy Holton, Monks Corner, S.C., 1982 Ford Mustang, 5.424 on a 5.240, 123.71 mph, def. Mark Stone, Walterboro, S.C., 1988 Ford Mustang, 5.654 on a 5.450, 122.46 mph.
KING OF STREET: FINAL – John Phillips, Clayton, N.C., 1990 Ford Mustang, 5.248, 140.44 mph, def. Jacky McCarty, Bristol, Va., 1991 Ford Mustang, 5.279, 139.93 mph.
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SCCA PURE STREET: FINAL – Donald Banks, Burnsville, N.C1969 Chevy Nova, 5.328, 132.23 mph, def. Steve Hicks, Concord, Va., 1969 Chevy Nova, foul.
6.00/7.00 COMBO: FINAL – Kenny Floyd, Charlotte, N.C., 6.010 on a 6.000, 111.94 mph, def. Kurt Flanagan, Huntersville, N.C., 7.009 on a 7.000, 96.97 mph.
OPEN COMP: FINAL – Will McKay, Rockingham, N.C., 1985 Ford Thunderbird, 12.190 on a 12.300, 109.65 mph, def. Clee Guinn, Four Oaks, N.C., foul.
PRO TREE DOOR: FINAL – Donald Norris, Conway, S.C., Chevy Monza, 5.959 on a 5.950, 112.48 mph, def. Joshua Reigle, Monks Corner, S.C., 1990 Ford Mustang, 6.206 on a 6.170, 113.96 mph.
FOOTBRAKE: FINAL – Mark Soles, Riegelwood, N.C., 6.786 on a 6.750, 95.64 mph, def. Norman Williams, Cayce, S.C., 6.452 on a 6.400, 100.15 mph.
7.0 INDEX: FINAL – Kurt Flanagan, Huntersville, N.C., 6.989, 97.30 mph, def. Daniel Comer, New London, N.C., 1971 Ford Maverick, 6.965 breakout, 97.12 mph.
6.0 INDEX: FINAL – Jerry Cline, Mooresville, N.C., 6.002, 117.80 mph, def. Anthony Griekspoor, Belhaven, N.C., 6.040, 113.99 mph.
OPEN COMP: FINAL – Roxanne Shepard, Virginia Beach, Va., 9.524 on a 9.470, 142.25 mph, def. Will McKay, Rockingham, N.C., 1985 Ford Thunderbird, 12.172 breakout on a 12.300, 109.67 mph.
PRO TREE DOOR: FINAL – Tracy Massey, Wilmington, N.C., 6.944 on a 6.960, 96.31 mph, def. Todd Robinson, Cherryville, N.C., foul.
FOOTBRAKE: FINAL – Randy Etheridge, Eagle Head, N.C., 1994 Chevy Camaro, 6.477 on a 6.450, 105.40 mph, def. Norman Williams, West Columbia, S.C., foul.