David Rampy added yet another win to his resume while Matt Hoover led a list of first time winners for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Thunder Valley Bristol Dragway.
Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., faced off with Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., in a battle of heavyweights as the pair have 61 Lucas Oil divisional wins between them. Treadwell left early with a red light while Rampy recorded a .002-second reaction time, running his ’32 roadster out to a 7.412 second pass at 178.80 mph for the win.
Hoover, the lone home state winner from Adamsville, Tenn., captured his first NHRA win running 10.257 seconds on his 10.25 dial in Super Stock over Joe Tysinger, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Joining Hoover as first time winners were Danny Waters in Super Comp, Richard Payne in Super Street; Robert Houston in the Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragster, and Shawn Morrow in Davis Golf Cart Top Sportsman. It was Waters’ second final round appearance as he took out Ray Miller for the win and his first NHRA Wally trophy. Payne, Waynesboro, Va., was out first on Gaines Hickman, Barnesville, Ga., and never looked back posting a .027 package. Houston faced off with Jeff Stickland in what turned out to be a great final round as both drivers had .009 reaction times with Houston running .018 off his dial and Strickland .020 in his loosing efforts. Lester Johnson got the early lead on Morrow but ran too quick handing the Piedmont, S.C., racer his first win.
Strickland was hoping for the rare NHRA double as he also advanced to the final in Stock against Jeff Hairrington. Strickland would not be denied a second time, outrunning Hairrington in his ‘14 Camaro with a 10.546, 111.07 mph.
The Super Gas title went to Lee Klingensmith out of Uniontown, Pa., and his ’27 Ford posting a lap of 9.898, 159.14 to defeat Steve Hoyt and his ’63 Corvette.
The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series was also in action as Wayne McGuinness from Australia ran consistent all day and took out Johnny Vickers in the final round of Pro Fuel. McGuinness ran 7.35, 7.39 and 7.35 in eliminations for the win.
Joining in with Harley-Davidson Series wins were Marc Ingwersen in Pro Gas over William Rowe Jr; Troy Young defeating Charley Douglass in Hot Street; Jeff Stevens lost to David Cartwright in Draggin’ Bagger and William Rowe Jr. downed Troy Young in the Screamin’ Eagle Performance class.
As Strickland did, Douglass made his way to two final rounds taking the win in Street Pro running 9.516 seconds at 152.43 mph on his ’92 Sportster.
The NHRA Southeast division also hosts their index classes with Mike DeSio leading the pack winning on a double break out in the 10.00 index over Robert Houston. Ivey Hutto and Don Norris won in 11.00 and 12.00 respectively. Hutto, Jesup, Ga., knocked out Bill Howell and Norris upended Shane Williams.
NHRA Southeast Division racers head to Silver Dollar Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Oct. 3-5.
COMP ELIMINATOR: David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., ’32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.412, 178.80 def. Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., ’23 roadster, E/EA, foul.
SUPER STOCK: Matt Hoover, Adamsville, Tenn., ’01 S-10, GT/TB, 10.257, 127.81 def. Joe Tysinger, Wrightsville Bch, N.C., ’87 Firebird, GT/JA, foul.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., ’14 Camaro, B/SA, 10.546, 111.07 def. Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., ’13 Mustang, A/SA, 10.344, 119.71.
SUPER COMP: Danny Waters, La Grange, N.C., dragster, 8.939, 150.23 def. Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, foul.
SUPER GAS: Lee Klingensmith, Uniontown, Pa., ’27 Ford T, 9.898, 159.14 def. Steve Hoyt, Fort Wayne, Ind., ’63 Corvette, 9.881, 163.79.
SUPER STREET: Richard Payne, Waynesboro, Va., ’67 Chevy II, 10.920, 130.20 def. Gaines Hickman, Barnesville, Ga., ’65 Malibu SW, 10.920, 118.76.
TOP DRAGSTER: Robert Houston, Spruce Pine, N.C., dragster, 7.298, 179.80 def. Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., dragster, 7.630, 168.53.
TOP SPORTSMAN: Shawn Morrow, Piedmont, S.C., ’03 Mustang, 7.760, 173.63 def. Lester Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., ’55 Bel Air, 6.657, 195.96.
PRO FUEL HARLEY: Wayne McGuinness, Perth, AUSTRALIA, ’10 Harley, 7.353, 166.95 def. Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., ’10 Harley, 7.597, 160.88.
PRO GAS HARLEY: Marc Ingwersen, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, ’08 Buell, 7.552, 157.21 def. William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., ’06 Destroyer, 9.828, 130.83.
HOT STREET HARLEY: Troy Young, Wietz, Va., ’00 Sportster, 10.012, 131.90 def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., ’92 Sportster, 10.139, 126.57.
STREET PRO HARLEY: Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., ’92 Sportster, 9.516, 152.43 was unopposed.
DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY: David Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., ’07 Roadglide, 11.863, 112.23 def. Jeff Stevens, Bloomington, Ind., ’07 H-D, broke.
SCREAMIN’ EAGLE PERFORMANCE HARLEY: William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., ’06 Destroyer, 10.659, 116.35 def. Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., ’00 Sportster, 10.630, 119.68.
10.00 INDEX: Mike DeSio, Seminole, Fla., ’67 Chevy II, 9.814, 105.42 def. Robert Houston Jr., Newland, N.C., ’01 S-10, 9.784, 113.37.
11.00 INDEX: Ivey Hutto, Jesup, Ga., dragster, 10.975, 121.44 def. Bill Howell, Aiken, S.C., ’70 Mustang, 10.951, 120.13.
12.00 INDEX: Don Norris, Royston, Ga., ’86 Camaro, 12.022, 109.79 def. Shane Williams, Knoxville, Tenn., ’99 Mustang, 11.997, 102.48. (Rich Singer file photo)