‘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.

IHRA Pro-Am Tour doubleheader June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway

The IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL will host a double event on the weekend of June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, La., near Baton Rouge.

The IHRA offers something no other sanctioning body does for its sportsman competitors: free, live webcasts of every IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL IHRA event. The broadcasts are sponsored by Summit Racing. To view the free live broadcasts, simply click on the webcast icon on the main page of www.IHRA.com.

And remember, no street racing allowed!

Martino-City of Youngstown Sign
Ohio Top Dragster competitors Tom and Ryan Martino (Martino Motorsports) were at Youngstown City Hall on Wednesday evening, May 20, for the unveiling of the newest addition to the City of Youngstown’s famed streets, a Welcome to Youngstown sign dedicated in their names.

“Having the sign erected feels like having a star put down on Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, California,” said Ryan Martino. “Our city has a deep-rooted tradition of producing championship athletes and sports teams, many of which helped put our city in the world-wide spotlight on numerous occasions. We’ve been a part of this formula since the 1970s. It’s great to be recognized for our accomplishments with the Welcome to Youngstown sign.”

The Martinos’ Welcome to Youngstown sign will be displayed on the northbound lane of Market Street (Rt. 7) heading into the City of Youngstown, one of the heaviest traveled roads in Youngstown, Ohio.

Extra racers chosen for NHRA Summit Series National Championship

In a special drawing for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, four NHRA Divisions were selected to send an extra racer to compete for the national championship at the season ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock drivers Jason Line and Greg Anderson joined Summit’s Jim Greenleaf and Don Lower along with NHRA Division Directors Rich Schaefer and Mike Rice for the prerace ceremonies drawing during the Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The North Central Division 3 was drawn for Super Pro, the Pacific Division 7 for Pro, the South Central Division 4 for Sportsman, and the Southeast Division 2 for Motorcycle. Each will bring the eighth man that will complete the 8-car field. For Divisions 3, 4 and 2, their Summit Division Finals Race of Champions winner will fill the eighth spot while Division 7 will bring their event champion for the final spot.

The first seven racers in each class are made up of the NHRA Summit Racing Series Division Finals champions in each of the NHRA divisions 1 through 5, divisions 6 and 7 send their Race of Champions winner to the national championship competition.

Bracket Nationals on Memorial Weekend at the Rock

Noah Johnson-JrDragster

Noah Johnson

More than 300 of the Southeast’s premier bracket racers will congregate this week at Rockingham Dragway for the 17th annual Memorial Weekend Bracket Nationals honoring the memory of the track’s former Competition Director, “Big John” Leviner. Leviner, one of the most popular announcers in drag racing, was Earwood’s right hand man until he suffered a fatal heart attack in November of 2011.

The holiday classic will crown daily champions in Top Eliminator, Footbrake, and Jr. Dragster with a $7,500 prize earmarked for the Top Eliminator winner on Sunday.

As an added bonus, the event is part of the NHRA National Dragster Challenge and racers can apply points earned during all three days of racing toward track championships and participation in the NHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Series.

NHRA Wally trophies will be awarded daily in a one-run shootout between the Top Eliminator and Footbrake champions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A fourth Wally will be awarded in a special six-car showdown Monday between Jr. Dragster drivers. The Jr. Dragster racers qualify for the Summit Jr. Drag Racing Challenge.

Last year, all three of the recognized trophies were won by Top Eliminator racers Richard Alford, David Dean and Chaz Silance. Jr. Dragster standout Noah Johnson of Fayetteville also took home the prestigious trophy. All four of those drivers are expected back this year.

Also expected to return 2014 are Track Champions Lee Desist in Top Eliminator, Footbrake champ Terry Rucker, and Johnson.

Sportsman competitors take wins at Firebird’s Ignitor

BL_Super Gas Final

Local racer Mike Coltrin (far lane, above) of Boise, Idaho, scored the Super Gas title at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Peterson Chevrolet at Firebird Raceway.

Coltrin drove his ’63 Corvette straight through eliminations and into the winner’s circle defeating John Whitmore, Myrtle Creek, Ore., with a run of 10.136 seconds at 156.03 mph. Whitmore, driving a ’05 Cavalier, left early with a foul start.

Joining Coltrin was Scott Burton and Jeff Lane who took home trophies in Stock and Comp Eliminator respectively. Burton, Golden, Colo., faced off with his son and former division champion Brad Burton with dad getting the best of Brad in his ’70 Formula crossing the finish line in 10.637 at 109.55 mph. Brad, Snohomish, Wash., came across in 10.890 seconds at 118.96 mph. Five-time division champion Lane out of North Bend, Wash., had more than enough power to hold off Dale Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb. Lane took the early lead and never looked back posting a run of 8.156, 148.95 in his ’10 Chevrolet.

Defending event champion Dan Provost, Abbotsford, B.C., won again in the Rig Rentals Top Dragster class while Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont., won in the RH Race Cars Top Sportsman. Provost had a big holeshot with a .001 second reaction time to win over John Chitwood, St. Helens, Ore., in 6.713 seconds at 199.05 mph. Neibauer was out first on Ed Olpin and held on for the win in his ’63 Corvette at 7.103, 187.86.

Northwest Division racers head to Mission Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 5-7.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., ’10 Chevrolet, B/SMA, 8.156, 148.95 def. Dale Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb., ’13 Camaro, B/AA, 7.088, 195.28

BL_Super Stock Final

SUPER STOCK: Mark Faul, Tacoma, Wash., ’98 Grand Am, GT/EA, 18.304, 61.48 def. Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., ’81 Malibu, GT/IA, broke

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., ’70 Formula, B/SA, 10.637, 109.55 def. Brad Burton, Snohomish, Wash., ’72 Formula, D/SA, 10.890, 118.96

BL_Super Comp Final

SUPER COMP: Mike Shannon, Kelowna, B.C., dragster, 9.160, 169.10 def. Katie Nelson, Hayden, Idaho, dragster, 9.130, 160.54

SUPER GAS: Mike Coltrin, Boise, Idaho, ’63 Corvette, 10.136, 156.03 def. John Whitmore, Myrtle Creek, Ore., ’05 Cavalier, foul

SUPER STREET: Becky Lindsey, Puyallup, Wash., ’66 Nova, 11.100, 143.57 def. Todd Sims, Puyallup, Wash., ’66 Nova-Chev, 11.069, 139.95

BL_Top Sportsman final

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jake Neibauer, Billings, Mont., ’63 Corvette, 7.103, 187.86 def. Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, ’68 Camaro, 7.429, 187.57

BL_Top Dragster Final

TOP DRAGSTER: Dan Provost, Abbotsford, B.C., dragster, 6.713, 199.05 def. John Chitwood, St. Helens, Ore., dragster, 7.058, 190.08

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, ’95 Suzuki, 8.175, 154.37 def. Dave Toth, Medicine Hat, Alb., ’02 Zx 11, 9.041, 144.01

Local racers win at Grand Bend

NHRA West Central Division racers took to the track May 15-17 at S.R.C.A. Dragstrip in Grand Bend, Kan., for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder on the Plains as J.R. Lobner led the list of winners advancing to the final round in both the Fineline Madcap Top Dragster and the Jerry Haas Racecars Top Sportsman classes.

The Gardner, Kan., racer faced off with Haysville, Kan., racer Jim White in the Top Sportsman final with Lobner taking a big starting line advantage and holding on for the win in a double break out. Lobner went 7.265 seconds at 183.24 mph to White’s quicker 6.714, 207.43.

Lobner then came back around to take on defending West Central Division Top Dragster Champion Matt Driskell out of Wellsville, Kan. Driskell ended Lobner’s quest for the double up with a pass of 6.684, 191.10 to Lobner’s 6.817, 190.67.

In Comp Eliminator, Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., added another NHRA trophy to his resume as he knocked out Don Thomas. Thomas got the early lead but Patterson’s 7.975 second lap at 169.34 in his ’10 Cobalt proved to be too much for the Amarillo, Texas, resident.

Tyler Wudarczyk and Larry Henderson each picked up wins as Wudarczyk downed Justin Jenkins in Super Stock and Henderson, Oak Grove, Mo., ended Jim Grande’s day in Stock. Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., ran down Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., in his ’92 Camaro while Henderson had an easy win when Grande left early with a foul start.

Bradley Johnson, Morrison, Colo., was better at both ends of the track in defeating Paul Cambron, Ness City, Kan., in Super Gas, and Jim Burrell posted a .004 second package for the win over Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., in Super Street. Burrell, Clande, Texas, had a .003 second reaction time and ran 11.051 on the 11.05 index in his ’70 Torino.

In the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson class it was Rudy Fife, Lakewood, Colo., riding a ’79 Kawasaki past John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan. The pair left the line together with Fife taking the win in 8.924 seconds at 140.18 mph.

Chris Burrell, Claude, Texas, saved his best for last when he ran dead on the index in the final run of the day with a 9.050-second lap at 164.45 mph in Super Comp. Paired with a .011 reaction time, Burrell downed Gary Wamboldt out of Lakewood, Colo.

West Central Division racers head to Brainerd International Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, June 6-7.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’10 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.975, 169.34 def. Don Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, C/ED, 7.412, 176.86.

SUPER STOCK: Tyler Wudarczyk, Wakarusa, Kan., ’92 Camaro, GT/IA, 10.555, 121.42 def. Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.689, 132.78.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Larry Henderson, Oak Grove, Mo., ’69 Nova, B/S, 10.734, 123.72 def. Jim Grande, Kasson, Minn., ’69 Camaro, D/S, foul.

SUPER COMP: Chris Burrell, Claude, Texas, dragster, 9.050, 164.45 def. Gary Wamboldt, Lakewood, Colo., dragster, 9.039, 166.37.

SUPER GAS: Bradley Johnson, Morrison, Colo., ’67 Camaro, 10.096, 147.57 def. Paul Cambron, Ness City, Kan., ’90 Corvette, 10.137, 160.18.

SUPER STREET: Jim Burrell, Clande, Texas, ’70 Torino, 11.051, 146.89 def. Jeff Landholm, Oakland, Neb., ’68 Camaro, 11.053, 141.73.

TOP DRAGSTER: Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.684, 191.10 def. J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., dragster, 6.817, 190.67.

TOP SPORTSMAN: J.R. Lobner, Gardner, Kan., ’05 S-10, 7.265, 183.24 def. Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.714, 207.43.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Rudy Fife, Lakewood, Colo., ’79 Kawasaki, 8.924, 140.18 def. John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’82 Suzuki, 8.992, 144.64.

Wicke and Cryderman take Quick 32 and PBSS openers at Grand Bend

Two former series champions won the opening rounds in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series at Grand Bend Motorplex in Ontario, Canada. In the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, two-time champ Kevin Wicke drove his Top Sportsman Dodge Stratus to an event win while in the PBSS, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, returning champ Dan Cryderman rode his Suzuki to victory.


Kevin Wicke (Mike & Veronica Seguin / www.ThePhotoGuys.ca)

Wicke, of Stratford, Ont., qualified fourth in the field for the K&K Racing team. He eliminated Lui Ramundo of Welland, number one qualifier Marc Gervais of Sudbury, ran a single, and took out Tom Stuart of Chatham to win in Top Sportsman.

On the Top Dragster side, number-seven qualifier Dan Zygmont of Chelmsford made rounds through the field, eliminating Scott McCann of Stratford, Mike Everitt, also of Stratford, and number-two qualifier Glen Vardy of Burlington to win his first Top Dragster race.

Zygmont met up with Wicke for the event final, but started too soon at the line, red-lighting and giving the win to Wicke.


Dan Cryderman (Brennan Shortall / www.DragRaceCanada.com)

Cryderman, of Thamesville, a two-time PBSS champion, qualified second with his Pro Bike entry and went through the field to win the series opener. He eliminated Pro Sled rider Nicole Albin of Paris, Pro Bike rider Dan Beaulieu of Harrow, and took a single for the final against Milton’s Ted Glinny.

Glinny qualified fourth with his Pro Bike Kawasaki, taking out Mike McKay of Newmarket, Pro Bike rider and number one qualifier John Orfanidis of Toronto, and Pro Sled rider James Goudreau of Sudbury to meet up with Cryderman in the final.

The PBSS final was a close race, but Cryderman got out first with a .025-second reaction time to Glinny’s .087, and the 2014 champ took a winning 8.172, 151.08 pass over Glinny’s 8.455, 153.03.

The next event for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series will be June 12-14 at Grand Bend for a two-race weekend event.


IHRA Pro-Am Tour doubleheader June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway

The IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL will host a double event on the weekend of June 5-7 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, La., near Baton Rouge.

The IHRA offers something no other sanctioning body does for its sportsman competitors: free, live webcasts of every IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL IHRA event. The broadcasts are sponsored by Summit Racing. To view the free live broadcasts, simply click on the webcast icon on the main page of www.IHRA.com.

Rowe, Barker lead winners In Atlanta

In the final results from Atlanta Dragway during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals on May 15-17, Greg Rowe led the list of sportsman winners by defeating veteran racer and series hitter David Rampy in Super Stock while Georgia racer Lindsey Barker won in Top Dragster.

Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., got the holeshot on Rampy and held on in his ’97 Firebird with a 10.833 second 121.86 mph lap as Rampy ran quicker at 10.270, 125.52. The win was Rowe’s fourth and first in Super Stock.

Barker, Kathleen, Ga., clocked in at 6.815, 163.77 mph for the win over Richard Prince who left early with a red-light start. This was Barker’s second win and first in Top Dragster.

Defending Super Stock event champion Ryan Richardson faced off with ten-time division champion Sherman Adcock Jr. in Super Comp. The Greenbrier, Tenn., racer Richardson left first and ran 8.901 on the 8.90 index to force Adcock, Fortson, Ga., to run too quick and break out.

Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., took home his sixth NHRA national event win and joined three first-time winner’s in the winner’s circle. Cummings went 10.661, 101 mph to beat David Latino in Stock and join Tom Powell, Matt Weston and Sandy Wilkins in Sunday’s celebration.

Powell met up with Steve Furr in the Super Gas final that was close at the start with Powell, Ty Ty, Ga., taking a slight advantage and holding on to the win in 9.919 seconds. Weston, Wellford, S.C., advanced to his first final round winning on a holeshot over multi-national event winner Brad Plourd in Super Street. Weston was .024 on the tree and crossed the strip in 10.946 seconds at 138.56 mph. Wilkins won over the quicker Jeffrey Barker with a 6.750, 205.10 in a ’69 Camaro to Barker’s 6.616, 198.88 in his ’06 Cobalt.

SUPER STOCK: Greg Rowe, Pontiac Firebird, 10.833, 121.86 def. David Rampy, Chevy Camaro, 10.270, 125.52.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Slate Cummings, Chevy Corvette, 10.661, 101.48 def. David Latino, Corvette, foul.

SUPER COMP: Ryan Richardson, Dragster, 8.901, 168.03 def. Sherman Adcock Jr, Dragster, 8.884, 175.98.

SUPER GAS: Tim Powell, Chevy Camaro, 9.919, 151.75 def. Steve Furr, Camaro, 9.934, 156.50.

SUPER STREET: Matt Weston, Chevy Camaro, 10.946, 138.56 def. Brad Plourd, Chevy Nova, 10.942, 115.38.

TOP DRAGSTER: Lindsey Barker, Dragster, 6.815, 163.77 def. Richard Prince, Dragster, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Sandy Wilkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.750, 205.10 def. Jeffrey Barker, Chevy Cobalt, 6.616, 198.88.