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Perennial Outlaw 10.5 king Tim Lynch, who scored a victory at the Holcomb Motorsports Spring Civil Wars in April, remained unbeaten at North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway this season; except of course by feisty old Mother Nature.
Sunday’s conclusion of the Holcomb Motorsports Fall Civil Wars presented by TRZ Motorsports, AA Performance, and Heads-Up Composites was washed out by rain, cutting short the Outlaw 10.5 final, the semifinals in True 10.5, 275 Drag Radial, and King of the Street, and the later rounds in the Footbrake and Real Street categories.
With the decision made to call the event, Lynch and Billy Gordon, who were set to meet in the finale, split the $5,000 winners purse and runner-up money.
Despite a rain-filled forecast for the weekend, racers and fans turned out in abundance for the always-exciting Civil Wars event that featured full fields in very heads-up category with racers hailing from as far away as Canada, South Florida, and Alabama. The event also saw a record turnout of 6.0 Index, Footbrake, Pro Tree Doorslammer, and Open Comp racers with over 375 total entries.
In the headliner Outlaw 10.5 class, Bedford, Virginia native Gordon led the field into eliminations with a 4.269-second charge at 184.65 MPH that edged Lynch’s equal 4.269 by virtue of a faster speed. in the opening round of eliminations, Lynch cranked off a 4.30 to defeat Curthis Rhodes, while Gordan record a 4.32 rout of Mike Locklear.
In round two, Tony Johnson took down Jeff Lutz, 4.42 to 4.88, while Gordon used a 4.3 to down Lennie Buff’s Chevy Beretta. Lynch then advanced with a low-for-the-round 4.29 defeat of Keith Jackson, setting up what would be a wail of a semifinal bout between Lynch and Johnson’s supercharged Camaro. There, Johnson scored a scant .003 edge at the tree, but Lynch’s 4.33 was enough to edge out Johnson’s game 4.37. On his single, Gordon recorded a 4.29 of his own for lane choice in the final, but the weather was the ultimate victor.
In True 10.5, South Carolinian Brian McGee – in an identical case to Outlaw 10.5 – qualified on the pole with a 4.631 that was matched by Jason Black’s own 4.631 only by a faster 168.51 to 159.68 MPH speed.
In the first round of eliminations, Brad Edwards coaxed a great 4.75 from his Mustang to advance over a fouling Jeremy McElraith, Ben Harris blasted to a 4.76 to down Proline’s Eric Dillard and his struggling 5.17 effort, and Black came close to matching his qualifying time with a 4.65 defeat of a slowing Will Tate. McGee, meanwhile, recorded low ET of the event with a stout 4.47 at 168.26 MPH to down Kevin Mullins. Marty Witt, Jason Richards, Keith Szabo, and Kevin Fiscus also advanced.
In round two, Szabo used a great 4.65 to defeat Edwards’ slowing 4.90 at just 135 MPH and McGee advanced with an equally off-pace 5.24 that was more than enough to handle Fiscus’ 5.91. Harris and Richards both also moved on with runs of 5.27 and 4.84, respectively.
NMRA regular Bob Kurgan earned the #1 qualifying spot in the huge 275 Radial field with a 4.882 at 147.63 from his Mustang, leading Peter Harrell, Rich Bruder, and Bobby Flippin. Kurgan’s weekend however was cut short in round two as he fell to a Jack Collins’ 5.04 effort.
In the third round – the last round completed before the rains came – Collins downed Justin Smith and his Camaro by a 5.17 to 5.24 count and Bruder clocked a stellar 4.90 at 147.05 to defeat Jason Mueller. Harrell, as the highest qualified car remaining, earned the bye run that was, unfortunately, all for naught.
In the large 6.0 Index category, Kenny Floyd recorded a 6.006 in round four, a 6.025 in the semifinals, and took his ’58 Corvette to the winners circle in the final round with another on-the-money 6.007 and better reaction time than opponent Terry Floyd, who pushed to a breakout 5.98 losing effort.
In the 7.0 Index class, Howard Brewer gained a slight edge out of the gate in his ’85 Mustang and ran a close 7.026 at 101.18 MPH for the title as opponent Rusty Wright and his ’72 Dart ran a too-quick 6.976 elapsed time.
With the cancellation, the 275 Real Street class prize money was split by the remaining competitors, which included Bryan Fendren, Kevin Robinson, Jonathan Atkins, and Dean Goodin.
The popular King of the Street category, also cut short in the third round of eliminations, came down to a would-be battle between Scott Owenby, Darrin Hoyle, and Eric McMillon.
That round, Owenby defeated Jason Hoots, 5.03 to a game 5.14, and Hoyle advanced with a 5.14 that just barely edged out opponent Barry Mitchells’ right-there 5.16. McMillon meanwhile, had an easy competition single into what would’ve been a great semifinal round.
Open Comp was won by Knoxville, Tennessee’s Shane Williams, who won on the red-light start from opponent Daniel Frazier. Likewise, Pro Treet Doorslammer was decided on a foul start, as Keith Daniel picked up with the win in his ’88 Mustang, carding a 6.796 on the 6.80 dial, for those keeping score. And in the Saturday Footbrake race, which took eight rounds to complete, was survived by Randy Etheridge and Tim Davis. In the money round, Etheridge grabbed an .023 to .066 holeshot advantage and came out on the winning end of a double breakout affair, 6.629 on a 6.640 to 7.822 on a 7.86 dial.1 2 3 Next Page >>