Civil Wars at Rockingham, NC

Civil Wars at Rockingham, NC

Jonathan Gibbs Claims 4.70 Outlaws Title

 

Monroe, North Carolina’s Kevin Carpenter used a narrow starting line advantage to upset Donnie Gibbs Jr. in the second round Saturday, providing Jonathan Gibbs with the opportunity he needed win the 19th annual Roush Yates Performance Products Fall Civil Wars at Rockingham Dragway and, with it, the 2015 4.70 Outlaws series Championship.

 

Gibbs Jr. held a narrow point lead coming in but it evaporated in that second round upset in which Carpenter used a .051 of a second starting line edge to make his 4.746 a winner over his Mooresville rival’s slightly quicker 4.727.

 

Jonathan Gibbs then got a virtual free pass to the winners’ circle when Super Chevy winner Jeremy Youker had mechanical problems in the final round.

 

Gibbs drove his 1963 Corvette through the eighth-mile course in 4.872 seconds at 130 miles per hour to claim victory in the featured event in a Civil Wars event shortened by rain on Sunday.

 

Robert L. Richardson of Asheboro and Jerry Cline of Mooresville won in the 6.0 and 7.0 Index classes, respectively, and Keenan Luther beat his brother Miles in a family affair showdown for the Pro Tree Jr. Dragster title that was settled at the starting line.

 

Sikes’ win in Open Comp, the only category to race at the full quarter-mile distance, was particularly noteworthy not just because the winning car was his wife Holly’s street driven Pontiac but because the vehicle that carried 70-year-old Tommy Hussey of Kinston to runner-up honor was a venerable 1964 Mercury Cyclone. The margin between the two at the finish was .029 of a second.