Holcomb Civil Wars at Rockingham, NC

Josh Nesbitt

Holcomb Civil Wars at Rockingham, NC

North Carolina racers dominate the war

Outlasting weather interruptions and final round rival Jason Tyson, Sanford’s Josh Gross drove his 2000 Chevy Camaro to victory in the featured Outlaw 275 class at the annual Holcomb Motorsports Fall Civil Wars event at Rockingham Dragway.

Although he qualified only fifth behind the 1968 Chevy Nova of Robby Keziah of Charlotte, Gross took out No. 2 qualifier Eric Autry in round 3 before getting a bye into the final round.

Tracy Cockman was the number-one qualifier in Comp.

While Gross took home the biggest paycheck of the weekend, Mooresville’s Jerry Cline and Elm City’s Michael Crumpler were the only multiple race winners. Cline drove to victory in both 6.0 Index races and then beat Bennett’s Howard Brewer to win Combo Eliminator.

Crumpler matched Cline’s performance in the 7.0 Index class but Brewer ended the potential of a showdown between the two when he beat Crumpler in the Combo Eliminator semifinals.

Other Sunday winners included Brian Tuten of Lexington, S.C., in X275; John Keesey of Coatesville, Pa., in King of the Street; and Dale Sanders of Eagle Springs in Open Comp.

Former IHRA champion and Rockingham Dragway track champion Chip Johnson’s bid for a Pro Tree Doorslammer victory was halted with the Fayetteville veteran splitting the winner and runner-up money with John Hodson of Graniteville, S.C., due to a massive oil-down in front of the final run.

Jonathan Wiggins was the Saturday Footbrake winner, his Dunn neighbor, Justen West, claimed the Open Comp money and Brandon Williams of Eagle Springs won the Pro Tree Doorslammer title.