Many drivers get repeat wins at Gainesville; Maltba gets his first

Duane Shields did a bit of pre-season testing at Las Vegas.  (Eddie Maloney photo)

Duane Shields did a bit of pre-season testing at Las Vegas. (Eddie Maloney photo)

Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev. and Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Fla., in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Shields worked his way through the field and ran 5.327 seconds at 271.62 mph in his final round victory over Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., who clocked in at 5.360 seconds, 272.72 mph. Shields had a consistent race car throughout the event running in the 5.30’s in almost every run and qualified second with his run of 5.253 seconds.

In the final round, Bourke had some early tire shake but Shields led the whole way to take his 25th Divisional/Regional win in 38 final rounds. In their last three appearances in Gainesville Shields and the team have won all three events. Along with this event, they also won the NHRA Gatornationals and the Gainesville Regional event here last year.

Ferro faced off against Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., and posted a winning run of 5.587/260.06 in his ’06 Monte Carlo. Pomponio drove to a 5.683 second, 256.41 mph lap for his runner up finish. Ferro started off with a great light in the final with a 0.013 reaction time and didn’t look back. With this win Ferro received his 16th Divisional/Regional win in his 33rd final round. Ferro was the number one qualifier going into the finals and in the final he matched his number one qualifying time and took the win.

Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., took home his 18th Divisional win with this final round win in Comp Eliminator. Treadwell faced off against Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., and posted a winning run of 7.697 seconds at 170.82 mph.

In the Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series, Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., took home the win over Jeff Pittman, Conover, N.C. Pittman had the better light off the line but slowed and Barker was able to take his 13th Divisional win, 12th in Top Sportsman in 19 final rounds. Barker recorded a winning run of 6.796 seconds at 174.21 mph. Barker defended his championship where he won this divisional event a year ago.

Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., won for his first time in Super Comp in a double breakout. Maltba scored a winning run of 8.870 seconds at 177.60 mph over Allison McLean, Inverness, Fla. Along with this being Maltba’s first ever win this is his first ever final round in a Divisional event.

Southeast Division racers head back to Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, March 6-8.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
Round 1
2) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.351, 268.71 def. 7) Tom Conway, Selkirk, N.Y., 16.265, 59.81;
4) Jake Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., 5.406, 265.85 def. 5) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.602, 265.33;
1) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.290, 272.45 def. 8) Cherissa Griffis-Smallwood, Jacksonville, Fla., 6.101, 190.73;
3) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.345, 277.32 def. 9) Wayne Morris, Lincoln University, Pa., foul;

Semi-Finals
Bourke, 5.413, 271.46 def. Allen, 5.476, 258.76;
Shields, 5.326, 270.43 def. McPhillips, 22.937, 27.01;

Finals
Shields, 5.327, 271.62 def. Bourke, 5.360, 272.72.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
Round 1
5) Mark Rogers, Highlands, N.C., ’02 Firebird, 5.937, 208.17 def. 4) Todd Veney, Indianapolis, Ind., ’14 Camaro, 6.580, 208.33;
3) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.666, 257.33 def. 6) Kris Hool, Evansville, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 9.458, 108.53;
2) Matt Gill, W Bridgewater, Mass., ’08 Mustang, 5.818, 245.58 def. 7) Tyler Scott, Exeter, Ont., ’06 Monte Carlo, 6.163, 180.60;
1) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.633, 258.52 def. 8) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., ’03 Mustang, 6.154, 208.84;

Semi-Finals
Pomponio, 5.616, 257.97 def. Gill, 5.712, 256.80;
Ferro, 5.615, 259.46 def. Rogers, 5.858, 239.65;

Finals
Ferro, 5.587, 260.06 def. Pomponio, 5.683, 256.41.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR: Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., Dragster, J/DA, 7.697, 170.82 def. Lee Sharp, Maryville, Tenn., ’09 G-5, D/SMA, 8.365, 143.69.

TOP DRAGSTER: Cameron Manuel, Winston-Salem, N.C., dragster, 7.084, 179.02 def. Jason Lynch, Pleasant View, Tenn., dragster, 7.136, 180.67.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jeffrey Barker, Kathleen, Ga., ’06 Cobalt, 6.796, 174.21 def. Jeff Pittman, Conover, N.C., ’68 Chevelle, 7.527, 120.72.

SUPER STOCK: Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’99 Firebird, SS/GA, 9.934, 130.09 def. Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., ’00 Firebird, SS/IA, 10.006, 132.63.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Kevin Helms, Schriever, La., ’10 Challenger, FS/C, 9.328, 143.61 def. Jeff Longhany, Wade, N.C., ’00 Firebird, A/SA, 10.183, 127.25.

SUPER COMP: Denver Maltba, Newland, N.C., ’12 Racetech, 8.870, 177.60 def. Allison McLean, Inverness, Fla., ’11 Miller, 8.857, 172.01.

SUPER GAS: Craig Porter, Silver Spring, Md., ’04 Mustang, 9.907, 167.63 def. Jason Lynch, Pleasant View, Tenn., ’63 Chevy II, 9.902, 164.85.

SUPER STREET: John Rollins, High Springs, Fla., ’72 Nova, 10.887, 132.17 def. Ronnie Maggart, Carthage, Tenn., ’70 Chevelle, 10.862, 149.31.

11.00 INDEX: Glenn Newmans, Alachua, Fla., ’91 S-10, 11.007, 107.10 def. Chip Rollins, High Springs, Fla., ’82 Malibu SW, 10.917, 112.71.

SGMP joins IHRA member tracks

South Georgia Motorsports Park has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement to join the IHRA as a member track.

Located on U.S. 41 in Cecil, Georgia, South Georgia Motorsports Park is under new ownership. Ozzy Moya, of Orlando, Fla., also owns IHRA-sanctioned Lakeland Dragstrip in Lakeland, Fla., and Orlando Speedworld Dragway in Orlando, Fla.

“We are pleased to welcome Ozzy’s newest track to our IHRA family,” said IHRA President Scott Gardner. “South Georgia Motorsports Park is a beautiful facility and Ozzy is a respected member of the IHRA and drag racing community.”

Holley to sponsor Danchuck Tri-Five Nationals at Bowling Green

orange-56-ChevyHolley is the official drag racing sponsor for the first of what is sure to become an annual event in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals will be held at the historic Beech Bend Raceway, August 14-15.

The Holley Tri-Five Drags will feature three heads-up racing classes and two bracket classes just for ‘55-57 Chevys. Classes for DOT Stock, Junior Stock, and Nostalgia/Gasser will be heads up while Junior Eliminator and Top Eliminator will be bracket classes.

Drag entries are $100 and include admission for two, plus pit parking pass, and racer golf cart pass.


All racing will be quarter-mile. Friday the 14th will be tech, test & tune, and qualifying. Eliminations will take place on Saturday. Exhibition cars will also run both Friday and Saturday.

Thomson named TNTSS Driver of the Year

Jim Thomson of Niagara Falls, Ontario, was crowned the Performance Improvements Driver of the Year lubricated by Royal Purple in the 2014 Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series.

After a season filled with multiple late round appearances, Thomson earned the title with an impressive average winning package of 0.035 seconds to take home a 2015 Royal Purple sponsorship valued at over $2500.

Thomson missed the first race of the season at Empire Dragway but didn’t let that slow him down. He went rounds in eliminations at all but two races in 2014. Couple that with a win at Lancaster on August 22 and a runner-up that same weekend at Empire on August 24 and he found himself in a tie atop the Driver of the Year standings with the 2014 TNTSS points champion, Jason Vitez. The tie-breaker was the driver who went rounds at more events in 2014.

The Driver of the Year award is meant to showcase the most consistent sportsman driver. It is based solely on a driver’s package (reaction and ET) but only from rounds they win. Breakouts and red-light wins don’t count so the winner has to be good on the tree and good at the stripe.

There were 53 drivers in the 2014 TNT Super Series yet only 10 qualified for this award by the end of the season. (Ted Barnes photo)

TB_JimThomson-EBRP-winner

Turn off the clocks, the party’s on at The Rock

Rockingham Dragway will host the inaugural True Outlaw Street Drags on Sunday, Feb. 22, open to street driven vehicles only. Racing will be on the quarter mile and limited to true street driven vehicles only; they must be tagged with street tires and mufflers required.

There will be five classes, stock trucks with no power adders, such as nitrous systems, etc., and one truck class with one power added allowed. The same rules apply to cars, two separate classes, and one street bike class with trophies given to the winner of each class.

Time runs only are also allowed, with no times shown but each competitor will get a print out slip on each run. Track prep will be limited, giving a real street-racing atmosphere.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the racing will be over by dark. Admission is only $10 with kids 12 and under free. All entry fees are $20 for car and driver, or bike and rider.

The True Outlaw Street Drags will also run on March 15, June 13, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Nov. 14, 21 and 28.

IHRA Summit Pro Am Series results – Immokalee Regional Raceway Feb. 6-8

HOT ROD
Saturday: Troy Williams Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 7.00 sec./108.67 mph. 
def. Matt Beer (Naples, Fla.) 6.99 sec./113.55 mph.
Sunday: Larry Flynn (Lutz, Fla.) 7.025 /103.64 def. Troy Williams Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 7.085 /101.86

STOCK

Saturday: Merrill Schrimscher (Lake Mary, Fla.) 7.165/93.38 def. Jeff Adkinson (Damascus, Ga.) (fouled) 6.64/93.42
Sunday: Leonard Mattingly 6.382/103.95 def. Larry Hambey 7.468/81.45

QUICK ROD

Saturday: John Brannen 5.70/137.45 def. John Labbous Jr. (Whitehouse, Tenn.) 5.699/138.72
Sunday: John Labbous Jr. (Whitehouse, Tenn.) 5.697/134.17 def. Brandon James (Loxahatchee, Fla.) (fouled) 5.664/135.26

TOP SPORTSMAN

Saturday: John Taylor (Naples, Fla.) 4.99/117.96 def. Jim Perry (Niota, Tenn.) 19.56/44.07
Sunday: David O’Bryon (Naples, Fla.) 5.154/130.26 def. Bill Powell (Stuart, Fla.) (fouled) 8.060/55.70

SUPER ROD

Saturday: Steve Furr 6.413/125.10 def. Michael Ruff (Orlando, Fla.) 6.397/121.75
Sunday: Wayne Bogle (Cocoa, Fla.) 6.403/123.97 def. Todd Thompson (Naples, Fla.) 6.404/121.13

TOP DRAGSTER

Saturday: Steve Dweck (Hollywood, Fla.) 4.924/131.73 def. Gary Marshall (Ft. Myers, Fla.) 4.831/140.41
Sunday: Stanley Albritton Jr. (Bradenton, Fla.) 4.681/141.38 def. Keith Russell (Jupiter, Fla.) 4.733/139.93

SUPER STOCK

Saturday: Mike Pearson (Tampa, Fla.)6.322/106.69 def. Anthony Bertozzi (Ashland, Va.) 5.690/118.05
Sunday: Mark Nowicki 5.968/106.61 def. Jeff Lewis 6.229/107.76

JR. DRAGSTER BEGINNER

Saturday: William Craft (Melbourne, Fla.) 13.008/47.93 def. Troy Carpenter (Melbourne, Fla.) 12.023/54.39
Sunday: Julian Puya (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 11.85/54.43 def. Logan Westmoreland (Greenwood, S.C.) (fouled) 11.982/52.13

JR. DRAGSTER ADVANCED
Saturday: Brooke Debonis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 9.168/67.61 def. Troy Carpenter (Ft. Myers, Fla.) 9.067/67.75
Sunday: Courtney Mee (Naples, Fla.) 8.904/68.10
def. Michael Carpenter (St. Petersburg, Fla.) 8.8610/72.02

JR. DRAGSTER MASTER

Saturday: Camryn Fredrickson (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 8.577/66.03 def. Gage Burch (Palmetto, Fla.) (fouled) 8.242/64.75
Sunday: Samantha Hollingsworth (Greenwood, S.C.) 7.934/80.70 def. Camryn Fredrickson (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 8.298/75.03

Next event: IHRA Summit Pro Am Series, March 27-29 at Pine Valley Raceway, Lufkin, Texas. Two complete events will be contested.

Lancaster launches new Quick 16 program for 2015

Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway in Lancaster, NY, has announced a revamped Quick 16 program for the 2015 drag racing season to renew interest in the exciting class.

Lancaster will run the Quick 16 class seven times in 2015. They will be a part of the first weekend of weekly IHRA points racing on May 8-9. They will also join the regular Friday night drag racing program on June 12, July 24, August 7, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 as well as the points finale on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Quick 16 will pay $2,000 to the weekly winner, $750 to the runner-up and semi-finalists will take home $400 each. The weekly purse will be $3,550 based on a full field of 16 cars. The weekly entry fee for the Quick 16 class is $200.

Lancaster National Dragway will crown a Quick 16 track champion for the driver that accumulates the most points during the season. The points fund will pay $1,500 to the champion, $500 to second place with third and fourth places pocketing $250 each. Teams wishing to chase the track title will pay a $200 points fee.

Scott (Scotty) W. Richardson Joins Race-Mart, Inc.

DW_ScottyRichardson-headRace-Mart, Inc. President and CEO, Paul Fink, announced that
effective today (Feb. 12), Scotty Richardson has joined the company as an equity partner and will assume the position of Vice President of Competition Sales.

Richardson will be responsible for the company field sales team and offsite driving traffic to the company website Additionally, he owns and operates Scotty Richardson’s Drag Racing School as well as the online drag racing school.

Simultaneously, Race-Mart and Race-Mart.com has become the official parts supplier and sponsor of Scotty Richardson’s Drag Racing School as well as the Schooled by Scotty Drag Racing on-line school. Race-Mart and Race-Mart.com has also become the official parts supplier for all of the multi day bracket races promoted by S&S Race Promotions LLC which includes the Tribute to Scott Weney 5-Day Bracket Race held November 13-16 in Bradenton, Fla., and other events yet to be announced. (file photo by Dale Wilson)

Rockingham brings back ‘PINKS’; MAVTV will broadcast

Rich Christensen in “Pinks” mode at St. Louis in 2008.  (Jeff Burk file photos)

Rich Christensen in “Pinks” mode at St. Louis in 2008. (Jeff Burk file photos)

Steve Earwood, owner of Rockingham Dragway, has announced the return of Rich Christensen’s grassroots drag racing festival to one of the venues at which it enjoyed its greatest success.

“Our PINKS: All Out event in 2007 remains the largest paid admission day in The Rock’s 44-year history,” Earwood said, “so we are ecstatic about the prospect of working again with Rich Christensen and the PINKS staff. The program Rich put together a few years back changed the programming landscape as it applies to all forms of auto racing. It was the most talked about grassroots racing experience ever.”

During its heyday (2005-2008) PINKS: All Out was designated the “hottest car show on television” by Hot Rod Magazine. The resurrected PINKS festival will be telecast worldwide on MAVTV.

The event will take place at The Rock on July 1-4.