Harvey wins August Big Dog/EOPM event, builds points lead
In the sweltering heat of the Carolina summer, the “Carolina Kid” makes winning look easy. Not so, Travis Harvey will tell you emphatically, all the while racking up wins and points leading to the October Lucas Oil Shootout, presented by E3 Sparkplugs.
Qualifying for the August “Big Dog” at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, NC, had EOPM points leader Jay Cox, running a very stout 3.822 to take the pole and Chris Rini’s ATI Camaro second at 3.871. The Boone Motorsports Camaro was third at 3.888 and Kevin Rivenbark’s beautiful new GALOT Corvette in fourth at a 3.909. Fifth was the next generation of Tutterow, Ty at 3.926. Todd Howard made the cut at 3.943 in sixth with Doug Winters’ ’69 Chevelle at 3.978 and Chris Cline eighth at 4.137. A total of fourteen cars were on the property on Friday but an untimely brush with the wall sent Charles Carpenter back to Charlotte.
Saturday was no better for Jason Harris, as a motor problem sidelined the team car of Harvey and Tommy Mauney battled electrical gremlins that resulted in a huge nitrous explosion that lifted the scoop off the car and into TM’s line of sight. All are OK and will be back another day.
Eliminations started with Ty Tutterow, Travis Harvey, Doug Winters, and Jay Cox advancing. Cox ran a great 3.798 in the heat for low ET of the round. Semifinal action went as follows; Harvey over Winters with a great 3.840 and Tutterow cut a .004 light to outrun another 3.790 by Cox.
The finals had “the Carolina Kid” returning the favor by cutting a .016 light with a 3.803 ET to defeat Tutterow’s .052 light but impressive 3.821. It was a great day for both drivers in points and will make the September event even more important towards determining the final qualified drivers in October.
Renegade was just as competitive with Jamie Chappell qualifying at a 4.143, John Lassiter at 4.148 and Tim Lawrence close behind at 4.163. With Lassiter running a great 4.095 in the semis and Chappell running an equally great 4.135, the finals were set. John Lassiter dedicated his win to friend Wayne Hawkins, still recovering from his crash, by running a terrific 4.088 to defeat Jamie Chappell’s 4.12.
Other winners included Robert Richardson in 6.00 Raiders, Chris Dean taking the Outlaw Doorslammer class, and Kyle Shipmon paying tribute to his grandfather, who was in the house, by winning the 7.49 for the WWII veteran. A repeat winner was Ms. Sierra Eure in the EOPM Jr. Dragster eliminator. (Greg Burrow photos)