Dean Marinis used an .078 starting line advantage to offset Barry Mitchell’s slight edge in on-track performance last Sunday to win the Baer Brakes X275 Shootout at the 17th annual Holcomb Spring Civil Wars at Rockingham Dragway.
In a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers, Marinis drove his 2000 Ford Mustang through the eighth-mile timers in 4.817 seconds at 153.16 mph to beat Mitchell’s slightly quicker 4.798 at 154.69 mph for the featured X275 Drag Radial title. Other winners included Tony Ridenour of Largo, Fla., who beat many-time Rockingham winner Keith Szabo of Gainesville, Ga., in Outlaw Drag Radial.
Bill Kistler’s 88 Mustang out of Lincolnton, NC in SR275 Drag Radial outran Trent George’s 2002 Camaro of Middletown Va . Marty Stinnett’s 4.78 E.T. was a narrow victory over David Pearson’s 4.810 in Outlaw X Radial.
John Phillips of Clayton, NC, in his ’90 Mustang took the win in Real Street 275 over Brad Schehr of Ft Myers Fla., 5.45 to a losing 5.59. Brandon Williams of Eagle Springs, Charlotte’s Kenny Floyd, and Todd Robinson of Cherryville split the 6.0 and 7.0 Index titles and Michael Presnall won the Open Comp class on Saturday with Travis Frazier taking home the gold in Sunday’s Open Comp Race.
Other winners included Nick Womack in Pro Tree Doorslammers and Robert Holton in Footbrake on Sunday Shane Williams took no prisoners in winning the Saturday Pro Tree Doorslammers and Jonathan Wiggins won in Saturday’s Footbrake contest.
Although Marinis drove his Whitestone, N.Y.-based Mustang to the No. 1 qualifying position at 4.811 seconds, Mitchell was close behind in his Davidson-based 1989 Mustang at 4.820. Mitchell saved the best run of the weekend for the final but wasted it with a .129 reaction time to Marinis’ .051.
In Outlaw Drag Radial vs True Ten Five , No. 1 qualifier Steve Jackson of Martinez, Ga., whose best time of 4.407 reset the track record was upset in the semifinals by Szabo, who then lost to Ridenour when his 1993 Mustang suffered mechanical problems and slowed to 8.218 seconds. Despite a steady rain Saturday Morning, the weekend saw a field of over 450 entries blast down the Rockingham eight-mile. Thanks to the track crew and VP for providing an awesome racetrack all weekend.
Other Sponsors of the Outlaw Civil Wars included Aerospace Brakes, AED Carbs, Automatic Transmission Factory (ATF),Mickey Thompson and Salvato Designs. The 2012 debut of Blake Holcomb’s Vortech X105-oowered ’85 Mustang came to a sixty-foot halt when the awesome power of the huge Vortech blower took out the rear axle on the first pass. Thanks to the crew of Speed 365 for getting the car ready to run at the Rock. This will be one wicked tang when the crew gets the bugs worked out!