LODRS at South Georgia Motorsports Park

Freeman Wins in Comp; Williams Doubles

Tim Freeman grabbed his first NHRA divisional event win and Troy Williams Jr. doubled up winning in both the Super Street and the 10.00 Index class at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Ultimate Sportsman Weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Freeman, Roan Mountain, Tenn., met up with one of the best in the county in the Comp Eliminator final round as he took out David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., with a starting line advantage and a run of 8.707 seconds at 156.59 mph in his ’98 Grand Am.

Troy Williams Jr., Bradenton, Fla., raced to the final round in both the 10.00 Index class and in Super Street.  He first met up with Matt Weston, Hendersonville, N.C., winning on a double breakout then returned to the starting line to face off with Mike Griggs, Ocala, Fla., in the Super Street final.  Williams, drove his ’70 Nova to his 4thNHRA Lucas Oil win in 11.897 seconds.  

In probably the closest final round of the day, Joe DiPasquale, Palmyra, N.J., and Larry Roberts, Laurens, S.C., were identical off the line in the Hickory Enclosed Trailer Top Dragster class with DiPasquale taking the win by about 3 inches.  DiPasquale ran 6.921 seconds at 193.74 to Roberts’ 6.702, 190.30.

John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., was perfect off the line in the Davis Golf Cart Top Sportsman with a .000-second reaction time as he held on to beat Matthew Buck, Lantana, Fla., posting a 6.831, 196.36.

Russell Linke, Old Bridge, N.J., picked up his 11th divisional event win beating Jamie Southards in Super Stock while Drew Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., downed Robbie Shaw who had the early lead but broke out.  Skillman ran his ‘10 Ford to an 8.995, 146.72 mph pass.

In Super Gas it was Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., taking his second win of the year winning last month in Orlando as he won over James Justice, Gotha, Fla., with a pass of 9.925, 162.63 and John Labbous Jr., White House, Tenn., won in Super Comp on a double breakout with George Caheely, Lafayette, Ga.

Rounding out the winners were Brendan George, Gainesville, Fla., and Danny Towe, Lawrenceville, Ga., in the 11.00 and the 12.00 Index classes.  George raced his ’92 Mustang to the win over Dallas Burger, Sumner, Ga., and Towe, Lawrenceville, Ga., was better at both ends of the track in his match up with Michael Smith, Ocoee, Fla.

Southeast Division Lucas Oil racers head south to Gainesville, Fla., where they will meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at Auto Plus Raceway this weekend, March 13-16. 

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Ultimate Sportsman Weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park:

Tim Freeman, Roan Mountain, Tenn., '98 Grand AM, H/A, 8.707, 156.59  def. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 roadster, A/EA, 7.377, 156.35.

Russell Linke, Old Bridge, N.J., '73 Corvette, SS/IA, 9.904, 132.92  def. Jamie Southards, Grover, N.C., '74 Plymouth, GT/HA, foul.

Drew Skillman, Greenwood, Ind., '10 Ford, AA/SA, 8.995, 146.72  def. Robbie Shaw, Bowdon, Ga., '01 Firebird, A/SA, 10.035, 127.87.

John Labbous Jr, White House, Tenn., '07 dragster, 8.895, 168.37  def. George Caheely, Lafayette, Ga., '02 dragster, 8.892, 170.43.

Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., '68 Camaro, 9.925, 162.63  def. James Justice, Gotha, Fla., '68 Nova, 9.932, 138.80.

Troy Williams Jr., Bradenton, Fla., '70 Nova, 11.897, 87.15  def. Mike Griggs, Ocala, Fla., '66 Chevy II, 17.316, 48.11.

John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '10 GXP, 6.831, 196.36  def. Matthew Buck, Lantana, Fla., '01 Firebird, 6.882, 196.53.

Joe DiPasquale, Palmyra, N.J., '12 dragster, 6.921, 193.74  def. Larry Roberts, Laurens, S.C., '06 dragster, 6.702, 190.30.

10.00 INDEX
Troy Williams Jr., Bradenton, Fla., '70 Nova, 9.877, 112.74  def. Matt Weston, Hendersonville, N.C., '70 Camaro, 9.788, 121.39.

11.00 INDEX
Brendan George, Gainesville, Fla., '92 Mustang, 11.025, 122.13  def. Dallas Burger, Sumner, Ga., '68 Camaro, 10.997, 118.91.

12.00 INDEX
Danny Towe, Lawrenceville, Ga., '70 Mustang, 12.039, 99.19  def. Michael Smith, Ocoee, Fla., '96 Pontiac, 11.971, 110.43.