Cox wins September Big Dog; Harvey takes championship
The next generation of racing is in good hands as Jay Cox, Jason Harris, Ty Tutterow, Bubba Turner, Travis Harvey, and, probably youngest, Zach Hauser, all had a great weekend in the September edition of the famous ATI Big Dog Shootout at historic Piedmont Dragway.
Second generation driver, Ty Tutterow made Mom and Dad proud with his straight as an arrow, 3.849 ET to be the top qualifier. Travis Harvey, already having won the Big Dog points for 2015, was second at 3.864 with another young man, Jason Harris, third at 3.868. Fourth was Randy Weatherford, with Tommy Mauney fifth at 3.929, and Chris Cline’s “Christine” sixth at 4.032. Bubba Turner drove a beautiful ’68 Camaro to a great 4.07 to be seventh and Jay Cox was 8th at 4.19 to just get in the field.
When eliminations started, though, all the gremlins seemed to go away as Cox and Tutterow put on a real show with Cox winning with a 3.783 and a .009 light, to defeat Ty’s equally great 3.828 with a .022 light. This would be the first of Jay’s 200-plus runs. Randy Weatherford defeated Mauney with a 3.865 over TM’s slowing 4.567. Jason Harris used a 3.851 to defeat Chris Cline. Travis Harvey went .032 with a 4.03 to defeat Turner’s 8.25. That set the semis in which Cox used another 3.789 to defeat Weatherford’s 4.15 and Harris put out former teammate Harvey with a 3.823 against a 4.698 for Harvey.
The final had second generation driver Jason Harris putting up a .018 light with a 3.988 ET, but slowed only to watch the “Mad Pumpkin” streak away to a 3.772 and his second 200 plus run at 200.57 mph.
Now the points must shake out for the upcoming Lucas Oil Pro Mod Shootout, which will automatically qualify the top 4 points holders from ATI Big Dog and EOPM. As of now, the tops in Big Dog are Travis Harvey, Chris Cline, Jay Cox, and Tommy Mauney. As Jay Cox has won the EOPM points, that would open the door for Zach Hauser and, possibly, Jason Harris to be pre-qualified for the $15,000 payout on October 17. From the EOPM group, look for Cox, Rini, Ty Tutterow, to be in but the other possible drivers are Tommy Franklin, Todd Howard, Tommy Mauney, Randy Weatherford, and Jason Harris. Confused? Stay tuned for an update soon that will set the field.
Super Clean Renegade also had its share of close competition with all competitors ET separated by only .12 seconds. Jamie Chappell set the bar with low ET at 4.103. Close behind was points leader, Brett Nesbitt at 4.117. John Lassiter was third at 4.131 and Larry Pearce was fourth at 4.148. With a 4.225 ET, Cam Clark was the final qualifier. Eliminations were highlighted by runs that were no slower than a 4.16. In the finals, Jamie Chappell wasted a 4.25 with a red light to give Nesbitt the win with a 4.186.
Other winners were Robert Richardson over Mike Sigmon in MT 6.00 Raiders. Hank McGee defeated Derrick Brown in O’Reilly Outlaw Doorslammers. In Deep Creek Motors 7.49 it was Carl Marler over Brandon Thompson.
Upcoming is the LUCAS OIL PRO MOD SHOOTOUT presented by E3 Spark Plugs coming on October 17. The defending Champ, Chris Rini, will be there. (Greg Burrow photos)