‘Big John’ Memorial Race at Rockingham, NC

Jeffery Dobbins was the big winner throughout the weekend with two wins and a runner-up.


'Big John' Memorial Race at Rockingham, NC

Dobbins and Creech are Big Winners

Familiar names claimed the bulk of the hardware over the Memorial Day weekend as North Carolina racers Jeffery Dobbins II of Wilmington, Tommy Plott of Winston-Salem, Jarrett Creech of Selma, Eric Aman of Clinton, and Zach Pennington of Lexington, SC, were the big winners in the 17th annual "Big John" Leviner Memorial Bracket Championships at Rockingham Dragway.

Creech claimed the biggest single share of the holiday purse after winning Sunday's $7,500 Pro ET title over Sammy Adkins of Bluefield, West Va., but it was Dobbins, the son of IHRA Pro Stock standout Jeff Dobbins, who was the big winner.

Not only did he win Monday's Pro ET title, he was runner-up to Plott on Saturday and capped the weekend by winning one of the four special "Wally" trophies awarded at the end each day to the winners of runoffs between the Pro ET and Footbrake winners.

Other winners of the trophies named for NHRA founder Wally Parks and presented to race winners at NHRA national events were Aman, Plott and Pennington.

Aman got the "Wally" on Sunday when Creech was guilty of a breakout foul, missing his target number by .001 of a second.  A former Rockingham track champion, Aman got his shot by winning Sunday's Footbrake class. 

Plott, a frequent Rockingham winner and former Carolina Coalition Series champion, beat Footbrake winner Tommy Duff of Holly Ridge to win the "Wally" on opening day. 

Pennington got the last "Wally" in a three-round shootout involving the most successful of the weekend's Jr. Dragster drivers.  He beat Fayetteville's Noah Johnson, last year's winner, in the final.