After a rainout forced the postponement of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL event at Rockingham Dragway earlier this year, racers were treated to a rare doubleheader over the weekend as Piedmont Dragway hosted the finale of the Rockingham competition plus its own Raiders Division race to the delight of southern race fans.
With a rare double on the line, Mark Young and Greg Smith were the two who were able to reach two finals during the busy Piedmont race weekend, with Young taking a win and runner-up in Super Stock and Smith taking a pair of runner-up finishes in Top Dragster.
Also taking wins over the weekend were Mike White (Top Sportsman), Michael White (Top Dragster), Mark Young (Super Stock), Richard Alford Jr. (Stock), Dale Harrison (Quick Rod), Brian Baker (Super Rod) and Kevin McLamb (Hot Rod) from the rained-delayed Rockingham race and Rick Whaley (Top Sportsman), David Barr (Top Dragster), Joel Warren (Super Stock), Terry Taylor (Stock), Brett Nesbitt (Quick Rod), Greg Slack (Super Rod) and Glenn Ferguson (Hot Rod) from the Piedmont competition.
Junior Dragster winners were Josh Phelps (Masters), Jason Craft (Advanced) and Wallace Wilson and Tyler Duff (Beginner).
Young survived a handful of rounds at Rockingham Dragway earlier this year before the rains came and pushed the event to later in the year, setting him up for a potential double. He then finished the job in Piedmont, taking a red-light victory over Mike Boyles and losing in a breakout on the second day to Joel Warren behind the wheel of his ’93 Mustang.
Hodges, South Carolina native Greg Smith reached two finals as well, falling in a double-breakout to Michael White in the Rockingham final and losing by the narrowest of margins in the Piedmont final to David Barr. Barr produced a .012 reaction time with Smith just seven thousandths slower and both ran within a few tenths of their dial, with Barr taking the win by six thousandths at the line.
Both Josh Phelps (Pasadena, Md.) and Jason Craft (Wilson, N.C.) pulled double wins over the weekend. Phelps had wins over Breanna Wall and Brittney Dial, while Craft recorded final round wins over Nick Weaver both days to take home two Ironman trophies.
Greg Slack won his second Division 9 race in a row with his Super Rod win over Sherlon Truelove, while Glenn Ferguson and his famous ’66 Fairlane returned to the IHRA winners circle with a win over Daryl Griffin.
In one of the most exciting matchups of the weekend, veteran racer Brett Nesbitt faced defending Quick Rod World Champion and 18-year-old Corey Manuel in Sunday’s Quick Rod final, with Nesbitt showing his veteran prowess with a .006 light and a 5.747 on a 5.70, while Manuel broke out by six thousandths at the line.
Raiders racers head to Farmington Dragway for their next IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL event August 9-11. The Farmington Pro-Am is a true doubleheader.
Top Sportsman final – Rick Whaley (far lane) vs. Jut Crumpler
The following are final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Raiders Division 9 events at Piedmont Dragway, including the rain-delayed race originally scheduled to be finished at Rockingham Dragway.
GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP SPORTSMAN – Mike White, Arden, N.C., ’63 Corvette, 4.877, 139.31 def. Tim Fields, Abingdon, Va., ’02 Firebird, 5.284, 134.87.
GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP DRAGSTER – Michael White, Arden, N.C., dragster, 4.709, 147.39 def. Greg Smith, Hodges, S.C., dragster, 4.673, 147.10.
SUPER STOCK – Mark Young, Wake Forest, N.C., ’93 Mustang, PBA-2, 6.969, 72.02 def. Mike Boyles, King, N.C., ’57 Bel Air Wgn, PI-1, foul.
STOCK ELIMINATOR – Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, N.C., ’98 Camaro, D/CM, 6.714, 98.54 def. Ray Grice, Alken, S.C., ’86 Mustang, H/PS, 8.861, 74.44.
QUICK ROD – Dale Harrison, Sanford, N.C., dragster, 5.707, 133.01 def. Smokey Dial, Pembroke, N.C., dragster, 5.621, 129.83.
SUPER ROD – Brian Baker, Asheboro, N.C., ’71 Comet, 6.412, 114.62 def. Chip Johnson, Fayetteville, N.C., ’80 Monza, 6.394, 108.31.
HOT ROD – Kevin McLamb, Maxton, N.C., ’87 Camaro, 7.003, 108.09 def. Michael Morton, Jacksonville, N.C., ’70 Nova, 7.004, 101.45.
GOOD VIBRATIONS JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTERS – Josh Phelps, Pasadena, Md., dragster, 7.906, 83.69 def. Breanna Wall, Kenly, N.C., dragster, 7.902, 84.53.
GOOD VIBRATIONS JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Jason Craft, Wilson, N.C., dragster, 8.991, 72.92 def. Nick Weaver, Sanford, N.C., dragster, foul.
GOOD VIBRATIONS JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Wallace Wilson, Taylors, S.C., dragster, 12.534, 53.70 def. Tyler Duff, Holly Ridge, N.C., dragster, 11.944, 53.60.
GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP SPORTSMAN – Rick Whaley, Reidsville, N.C., ’90 Camaro, 5.016, 139.36 def. Jut Crumpler, Elm City, N.C., ’94 Beretta, 5.132, 136.61.
GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP DRAGSTER – David Barr, Candler, N.C., dragster, 4.586, 151.74 def. Greg Smith, Hodges, S.C., dragster, 4.675, 145.34.
SUPER STOCK – Joel Warren, Clinton, N.C., ’98 Firebird, GT/FA, 6.586, 99.94 def. Mark Young, Wake Forest, N.C., ’93 Mustang, PBA-2, 5.918, 116.03.
STOCK ELIMINATOR – Terry Taylor, Lumberton, N.C., ’74 Corvette, I/CM, 6.783, 97.71 def. Junior Bryant, Stanley, N.C., ’73 Duster, H/CM, 6.877, 98.02.
QUICK ROD – Brett Nesbitt, Burlington, N.C., dragster, 5.747, 129.16 def. Corey Manuel, Winston Salem, N.C., dragster, 5.694, 133.65.
SUPER ROD – Greg Slack, Albemarle, N.C., ’70 Maverick, 6.497, 114.01 def. Sherlon Truelove, Dunn, N.C., ’82 Camaro, 6.435, 116.76.
HOT ROD – Glenn Ferguson, Greensboro, N.C., ’66 Fairlane, 6.969, 109.03 def. Daryl Griffin, Pittsboro, N.C., ’69 Camaro, foul.
GOOD VIBRATIONS JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTERS – Josh Phelps, Pasadena, Md., dragster, 7.924, 79.45 def. Brittney Dial, Pembroke, N.C., dragster, 7.959, 82.04.
GOOD VIBRATIONS JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Jason Craft, Wilson, N.C., dragster, 9.151, 69.79 def. Nick Weaver, Sanford, N.C., dragster, 9.488, 68.97.
GOOD VIBRATIONS JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Tyler Duff, Holly Ridge, N.C., dragster, 12.389, 50.75 def. Mallory Logan, N. Chesterfield, Va., dragster, 12.247, 51.40.