BIG YEAR FOR
ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY DESPITE PANDEMIC
Soles Win Track Championships; Race Winners from 17 States and
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Although the COVID-19 pandemic made it one of
the most bizarre seasons in Rockingham Dragway history, 2020 did
deliver some big moments and milestone performances not the least
of which was Allen Furr’s third straight track championship at the
wheel of his venerable 1962 Chevy II.
The bracket standout from Richfield also shared the Footbrake
championship in the VP Racing Fuels Carolina Coalition Series with
Charlotte’s James Lockhart thanks in large part to a Sunday
victory in the series opener at The Rock.
Not to be outdone, Delco’s Mark Soles used a victory in the annual
Racers Appreciation free entry event in March to win the track
championship in Top ET and become one of only a handful to claim
titles in the top two categories. He was The Rock’s Footbrake
champion in 2017 and when the 2021 season begins, he will be
trying to extend to six the number of consecutive seasons in which
he has finished in the Top 3 in points.
Other notable winners were 2017 track champion Barry Nall of Eagle
Springs, the Top ET/Footbrake combo champ at the 29th running of
the Griffin Motors Mopars at the Rock and four-time track champion
and former IHRA World Champion Chip Johnson of Fayetteville, who
scored at the Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County
Tourism and later was runner-up to Lumberton’s Cody Phillips at
the Division 2 Lucas Oil Series finale.
Aarron Finacannon of Cameron won the inaugural season of the Rock
Batteries Stock Block/Small Block Shootout in this 1989 Mustang.
On the motorcycle side, a pair of two-time NHRA Top Fuel Harley
series champions, Julian’s Jay Turner and Pfafftown’s Tii Tharpe,
each won a Top Fuel race at The Rock and Chapin, S.C.’s Sam White
appeared in three final rounds although his only win came at the
All-Harley Drag Racing Association Nitro Spring Nationals.
Paul Gast, at 70, won Pro Modified at the ManCup Series race and
Ardie Rawlings of Lakeland, Fla., became the first Rockingham
winner on an electric bike when she prevailed in Dial-In
Eliminator at the 29th Jim McClure Nitro World Finals in November.
Overall, the track recognized event winners from 17 states and
Puerto Rico including Jose Gonzalez, who won three different
ManCup titles in an ironman performance befitting a resident of
Carolina – Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Among the Lucas Oil Series champions crowned in the NHRA’s
Southeast Division were Lumberton’s Missy Phillips in Stock
Eliminator, Albemarle’s Greg Slack, another former Rockingham
track champion, in Super Gas and Mike Volkman of Campobello, S.C.,
in Super Stock.
“Congratulations, not just to our champions and our race winners,
but to everyone who battled through a tough season,” said
Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood. “I think we’re all looking
forward to better days and record runs in 2021.”
2020 Season Summary
VP Racing Fuels Carolina Coalition Series, Feb. 29-March 1
Top ET winners – T.G. Paschal, McLeansville; Paul Warwick,
Footbrake winners – Allen Furr, Richfield, 1962 Chevy II; Levi
Jr. Dragster winners – Cam Whisnant, Dallas; Dylan White,
Racers Appreciation Free Entry Race, March 7-8
Top ET winners – Randy Carmichael, Mullins, S.C.; Joe Williams,
Footbrake winners – Mark Soles, Delco; Jonathan McCandless,
Jr. Dragster winners – Hayden Dial, Lumberton; Maxson Locklear,
‘Big John’ Leviner Memorial Weekend Bracket Championships, March
Top ET winner: Eric Aman, Clinton
Footbrake winner: Randy Biddle Jr., Christiansburg, Va.
Jr. winner: Michael Hypes, Blacksburg, Va.
NHRA ‘Wally’ winner: Biddle Jr.
School’s Out Shootout, June 26-28
Saturday Main Event – Lavar Lewis, Mechanicsville, Va., def.
Matthew Pilon, Clewiston, Fla.
Sunday 14-18 – Katie Sloat, Parrish, Fla., def. Kristen Brady,
Sunday 10-13 – Dylan MacNicol, North Port, Fla., def. Alyssa Rabon,
Sunday 6-9 – Nolan Callahan, Fayetteville, def. Jackson Summers,
Friday Gamblers Race – Austin Logen, Port Charlotte, Fla., def.
Lavar Lewis, Mechanicsville, Va.
29th annual Griffin Motors Mopars at The Rock, July 11-12
Charger Shootout – Joshua Jones, Kannapolis, 2019 Charger
Challenger Shootout – Joshua Gibson, McColl, S.C.
Top ET/Footbrake Combo – Barry Nall, Eagle Springs, 1968 Plymouth
Barracuda, def. Laura Glasscock, Keysville, Va., 1971 Dodge
Trophy – Mark Dudley Jr., Statesville, def. David Horton, Belews
Creek, 1967 Dodge Coronet
Car Show – Editor’s Choice Award, Stephanie Wolfe, Sherrills Ford,
1983 Jeep; Best of Show Classic, Tom Rich, Randleman, 1970 Dodge
Swinger; Best of Show Modern, Anna Konya, Conway, S.C., 2015 Dodge
Challenger; Best of Show Truck, Dean Craft, Myrtle Beach, S.C.,
2016 Dodge RAM; Best Club Participation Trophy, Queen City
Modern Street Hemi Shootout, July 12
Outlaw – Kevin Helmick, New Bern, 2016 Hellcat Challenger.
8.50 Index – Kevin Helmick, New Bern, 2016 Hellcat Challenger.
10.0 Index – Brian Brunt, Wixom, Mich., 2008 Jeep SRT.
10.50 Index – Chris Dutresne, Pomfret, Md., 2018 Jeep Trackhawk.
12.50 Index – John Govenettio, Hamburg, N.Y., 2016 Hellcat
Bracket – Don Springstead, Gillett, Pa., 2006 Dodge Charger.
Rookie – Laura Willingham, State Road, 2015 Dodge Challenger.
AHDRA Nitro Spring Nationals, Aug. 1-2
Top Fuel – Jay Turner, Julian, def. Ryan Peery, Milford, Ohio
Pro Drag – Sam White, Chapin, S.C., def. Preston Bartlett,
Pro Mod – John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., def. Keith Carper, Laurel,
Hot Street – Troy Young, Wirtz, Va.
Street Pro – Ryland Mason, Carolina Beach.
Modified – Jeff Workman, Scottsville, Ky.
X Gas – Keith Browne, Semora.
9.70 Index – Scott Schenkel, Palmerton, Pa.
10.30 Index – Bill Anderson, Liberty, Tenn.
11.50 Index – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill.
10.90 Index – Keith Carper, Laurel, Md.
Draggin Bagger – Chris Wood, Goldsboro.
Dial-In Eliminator – Dale Houston, Liberty, Texas
X-Bagger – Greg Quinn, Fountain
Trophy Street – Vic Allen, Southern Pines
Carolina Powerfest 8, Sept. 4-6
Top ET winners – T.G. Paschal, McLeansville; Corey Manuel,
Footbrake winners – David Hunt, Pelion, S.C.; Steve Sides,
ManCup Motorcycle Series, Sept. 12-13
Pro Fuel – Jim Martin, Palatine, Ill., def. Sam White, Chapin,
Pro Open – Shane Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, def. Mark Rendeluk,
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Pro Mod – Paul Gast, Grand Island, N.Y., def. Terry Wynn,
4.60 Index – Tim Shelton, Hardy, Va., def. Ronnie Procopio, Wake
Super Comp – Jason Herron, Lexington, S.C., def. Kenny Morgan,
V-Twin #1 – Jonny Ard, Indianapolis, Ind., def. Brian Peterson,
V-Twin #2 – Ken Koby Austintown, Ohio, def. Travis Groff, Hopkins,
Sunday Pro ET – Pablo Gonzalez, Carolina, Puerto Rico, def. Pete
Hiatt, Mt. Airy
Saturday Pro ET – Pablo Gonzalez, Carolina, Puerto Rico, def.
Blair Field, Denver.
Sunday Street ET – Patrick Farrow, Fayetteville, def. Berry Punell,
Saturday Street ET – Chris Roelse, Lithia, Fla., def. Chris
Top Gas – Robin Procopio, Wake Forest, def. Alan Fields, Climax.
Street Fighter – Pablo Gonzalez, Carolina, Puerto Rico, def. Jason
Herron, Lexington, S.C.
Super Eliminator – Tom Varney, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Scott
Allen, Wheeling, West Va.
Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism, Sept. 19-20
Top ET winners – Chip Johnson, Fayetteville, 1982 Camaro; Tommy
Bradshaw, Clinton, 1965 Chevy station wagon.
Footbrake winners – Ben Roberts, Ridgeway, S.C., 1995 Camaro;
Jamie Carroll, Clayton, 1971 Nova
Trophy winners – Trey Sikes, Hamlet, 2009 Chevy; Trey Sikes,
Hamlet, 2009 Chevy
DOT winner – Ted Carter, Ellerbe, 1969 Chevelle.
NHRA Division 2 Summit ET Finals, Oct.10
(Eliminations canceled due to Hurricane Delta)
Race of Champions winners
Super Pro – Bill Highhouse, Jacksonville, Fla.
Pro – Phil Greene, Ocala, Fla.
Sportsman – Trey Sikes, Hamlet
Motorcycle – Roy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla.
NHRA Division 2 Lucas Oil Series, Oct. 16-17
Top Dragster – Steve Furr, Harrisburg, def. Wayne Brooks, Monroe,
Top Sportsman – Doug Gbur, Greer, S.C., 2010 Pontiac GXP, def.
Johnny Brooks, Surgoinsville, Tenn., 1967 Chevy Nova.
Competition – Richard Preiser, Jackson, N.J., 1932 Bantam
roadster, def. Joel Warren, Hampstead, 2008 Pontiac G5.
Super Stock – Joe Lisa, Vernon, N.J., 1984 Chevy Camaro, def.
Corey Taylor, Lumberton, 1968 Chevy Corvette.
Stock – Cody Phillips, Lumberton, 2001 Chevy Corvette, def. Chip
Johnson, Fayetteville, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass.
Super Comp – Amanda Boicesco, Warminster, Pa., def. Kent Hanley,
Super Gas – Iggie Boicesco, Warminster, Pa., 2017 Chevy Corvette,
def. Christopher Lewis, Rincon, Ga., 1968 Chevy Camaro.
Super Street – Brian Sawyer, Lunenburg, Mass., 1967 Chevy Camaro,
def. Kevin MacNicol, North Point, Fla., 1969 Pontiac Firebird.
Jr. Dragster 10-12 – Brody Callahan, Fayetteville, def. Bladen
Jr. Dragster 6-9 – Aaron Kennedy, Braselton, Ga., def. Waylon
Bennett, Ladson, S.C.
NHRA National Open, Oct. 18
Top Sportsman – Dylan Stott, Columbus, 2018 Ford Mustang, def.
Doug Gbur, Greer, S.C., 2010 Pontiac GXP.
Super Stock – Corey Taylor, Lumberton, 1968 Chevy Corvette, def.
Mark Alvey, Chesterfield, Va., 2005 Chevy Cavalier.
Stock – Ronald Urquhart, Chesterfield, Va., 1968 Chevy Camaro,
def. Rich Davis, Concord, 1966 Chevy II.
Super Comp – Frank Altilio, Apopka, Fla., def. Kent Hanley,
Super Gas – Dale Harrison, Sanford, 1968 Chevy Camaro, def. John
Taylor, Naples, Fla., 1999 Dodge Dakota.
Super Street – Donald Rudolph, Lincolnton, 1962 Chevy Nova, def.
Ed Pauley, Shelby, 1968 Chevy Camaro.
29th Jim McClure All-Harley World Finals, Nov. 13-15
Top Fuel – Tii Tharpe, Pfafftown, def. Ryan Peery, Milford, Ohio,
Nitro Funny Bike – Chris Smith, Nashville, Tenn., def. Tadashi
Saito, Tokyo, Japan
Pro Fuel – Preston Bartlett, Palatka, Fla., def. Sam White,
Pro Modified – Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., def. John Price,
Pro Street – Mike Mott, Richlands, def. Tim Grindle, Uniontown,
Pro Gas – Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., def. Donnie Huffman,
Hot Street – Troy Young, Wirtz, Va.
Top Eliminator (9.30 target) – Ken Strauss, Terrell.
Super Gas (9.90 target) – Bob Drapp, Winter Haven, Fla.
Super Pro (10.30 target – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio.
Pro Eliminator (10.90 target) – William Grove, Dallas, Ga.
Baker Street Eliminator (11.50 target) – Donnie Huffman, Lakeland,
Modified – Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va.
Pro Dresser – David Dennick, Eighty-Four, Pa.
Street Dresser – Jim Kennedy, Mattoon, Ill.
Dial-In Eliminator – Ardie Rawlings, Lakeland, Fla.
LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES
NHRA Southeast Division
(Division 2. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Puerto Rico)
TOP DRAGSTER – 1. Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., 325; 2. Jeff
Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., 280; 3. Brooke Foley, Clinton, 262; 4.
Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., 250; 5. Robert Houston, Spruce Pine,
TOP SPORTSMAN – 1. Johnny Brooks, Surgoinsville, Tenn., 1967 Chevy
Nova, 315; 2. Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., 2002 Chevy Camaro,
281; 3. John Taylor, Naples, Fla., 1999 Dodge Dakota, 259; 4. Ken
Wells, Orlando, Fla., 1994 Chevy Lumina, 250; 5. Jackie Robinson,
Greer, S.C., 1966 Chevy II, 248.
COMPETITION – 1. Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., 329; 2.
Tie, John Frech, Cortland, Ohio, dragster, and David Eaton,
Merritt Island, Fla., 1932 bantam roadster, 327 each; 4. Randy
Daniels, Grantsboro, 2007 Pontiac, 326; 5. Jim Kimbrough, Pace,
Fla., dragster, 240.
SUPER STOCK – 1. Mike Volkman, Campobello, S.C., 2011 Chrysler
Sebring, 342; 2. Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala., 2008 Pontiac
G5, 341; 3. Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., 1998 Pontiac Grand Am
320; 4. Corey Taylor, Lumberton, 1968 Chevy Corvette, 299; 5.
Tyler Caheely, Rock Springs, Ga., 2000 Chevy,265.
STOCK – 1. Missy Phillips, Lumberton, 1970 Chevy Nova, 299; 2.
Jeff Hairrington, Perry, Ga., 2014 Ford Mustang, 298; 3. Terry
Hembree, Blue Ridge, Ga., 1967 Chevy II, 287; 4. Morgan Wilson,
Laurens, S.C., 1969 Chevy Nova, 276; 5. Tie, Chip Johnson,
Fayetteville, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Steve Foley, Clinton,
1997 Pontiac Firehawk, 265 each.
SUPER COMP – 1. Raymond Miller III, Spring City, Tenn., 274; 2.
Wyatt Miles, Flintstone, Ga., 319; 3. Troy Williams Jr., Daytona
Beach, Fla., 318; 4. Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., 298; 5. John
Labbous Jr., White House, Tenn., 288.
SUPER GAS – 1. Greg Slack, Albemarle, 1970 Ford Maverick, 374; 2.
John Labbous Jr., White House, Tenn., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 364; 3.
Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., roadster, 343; 4. Jerry Heffelfinger,
Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1937 Chevy, 319; 5. Scott Lawton, Sanford,
1957 Chevy Corvette, 289.
SUPER STREET – 1. Kevin MacNicol, North Point, Fla., 1969 Pontiac
Firebird, 323; 2. Scott Mackie, Fort Myers, Fla., 1966 Chevy II,
289; 3. Jacob Rutledge, Powder Springs, Ga., 1972 Chevy Nova, 259;
4. Ed Pauley, Shelby, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 258; 5. Ricky Hall,
Hampton, 1967 Chevy Camaro, 255.
VP RACING FUELS CAROLINA COALITION SERIES
(Rockingham Dragway, Mooresville Dragway, Piedmont Dragway,
TOP ET – 1. John Bridges, Shelby, 46; 2. Tie, Joel Hinson, Monroe,
and T.G. Paschal, McLeansville, 35 each; 4. Michael Paschal,
Greensboro, 34; 5. Tie, Michael Brady, Liberty, Stephen Whisnant,
Dallas, and Mark Luke Hutchens, Yadkinville, 31 each; 8. Tommy
Plott, Winston-Salem, 30; 9. Tie, Cody Cristy, Kannapolis, Joe
Julsrud, Stony Point, and Robert Vogler III, Lewisville, 28 each.
FOOTBRAKE – 1. Tie, James Lockhart, Charlotte, and Allen Furr,
Richfield, 50 each; 3. Levi Boozer, Kannapolis, 43; 4. Tie Levi
Boozer #2, Kannapolis, and Allen Furr #2, Richfield, 41 each; 6.
Tie, Jacob Ritchie, Kannapolis, and Jacob Ritchie #2, Kannapolis,
37 each; 8. Jeff Flood, Farmington, 33; 9. Tim Byrd, NA, 28; 10.
K. Ray Alexander, Mocksville, 27.
JR. DRAGSTER – 1. Kristen Brady, Liberty, 49; 2. Cam Whisnant,
Dallas, 46; 3. Isaac Bridges, Shelby, 41; 4. Calla Varner,
Stanley, 37; 5. Tie, Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, Reece Branton,
Conway, S.C., Bryan Yeager Jr., Farmington, 34 each; 8. Branson
Hutchens, Yadkinville, 28; 9. Shianne Hutchens, Yadkinville, 27;
10. Cade Varner, Stanley, 23.
TOP ET – 1. Mark Soles, Delco, 27; 2. Trey Sikes, Hamlet, 24; 3.
Jermaine McCaskill, Elgin, S.C., 23.
FOOTBRAKE – 1. Allen Furr, Richfield, 37; 2. Matt Ward, Anderson,
S.C., 33; 3. Allen Furr #2, Richfield, 28.
JR. DRAGSTER – 1. Hayden Dial, Rowland, 29; 2. Tie, Ava Ward,
Anderson, S.C., Budd Trammell II, Florence, S.C., and Cam Whisnant,
Dallas, 27 each.
MOTORCYCLE – 1. John Loney, Dalzell, S.C., 18; 2. Michael
McAllister, Jacksonville, 17; 3. Gladys Loney, Dalzell, S.C., 13.
ROCK BATTERIES SMALL BLOCK STOCK BLOCK SERIES
Final Standings – 1. Aarron Fincannon, Cameron, 1989 Ford Mustang,
15; 2. Austin Ratley, Hope Mills, 1968 Ford Mustang, 14; 3. Tie,
Anthony Lamb, Mooesville, 1968 Chevy Camaro, and C.C. Moe, Bisco,
1993 Ford Mustang, 7 each; 5. Tie, Lyle Barnett, Gastonia, 1986
Ford Mustang, Chifen Parker, Mooresville, 1986 Chevy Camaro, and
Carl Simmons, Rockingham, 6 each.
ANNOUNCES 2021 DRAG RACING SCHEDULE
Events, Diversity Are Hallmarks of Slate That Includes Both Old
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – A couple of 30th anniversary events, the
addition of a second race in the Modern Street Hemi Shootout
series, more “back to basics” street car races and the return of
staples like the NHRA Sportsman Doubleheader, the Super Chevy
Show, the Holiday Jr. Jam and the “Big John” Leviner Memorial
Weekend Bracket Championships highlight a diverse 2021 schedule
announced by Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood.
Two events introduced by Earwood when he bought the iconic
Carolina dragstrip in 1992 will be contested in 2021 for the 30th
time: Griffin Motors MOPARs at the Rock on April 3 and the Jim
McClure All-Harley Nitro World Finals featuring the Ray Price Top
Fuel Challenge the weekend of Oct. 15-17.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years,” Earwood said. “When we
ran the first MOPARs at the Rock in 1992, we had no idea how it
would be received because, until we bought it, the track never had
run anything but national events. Two races a year, that was it,
one in the spring and one in the fall. Now, 30 years later, we’re
proud to say we have one of the most active tracks in the country
as well as one of the most diverse.”
That diversity is reflected in a host of specialty events
including one in which manpower totally replaces horsepower. When
the Rugged Maniacs series returns for the seventh straight year on
April 10, competitors will be asked to check their vehicles at the
door before they participate in the premier entry-level obstacle
course race in North America, a three-mile test with 25 innovative
Nevertheless, the cars still will be the stars at most events
including those in the Modern Street Hemi Shootout, the series
founded 12 years ago by Dan VanHorn that features the latest
factory hot rods from Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep, that makes
Rockingham appearances on both May 14-16 and Nov. 12-13.
On the other end of the spectrum, in response to the “back to
basics” trend that has energized the sport over the past several
seasons, Earwood confirmed the Oct. 1-2 return of the “Street Car
Takeover” event that made its Rock debut last fall. The track also
will host a pair of “Dig or Die” no prep events as well as three
NC-21 Street Car Shootout races.
May 28-31 is the date for the 23rd annual “Big John” Memorial
Weekend bracket race featuring the “Run for the Wally,” the iconic
trophy named for NHRA founder Waly Parks that is presented to
winners at all NHRA national events. It anchors a bracket racing
schedule that also includes the ninth Carolina Powerfest featuring
the Blue Light Special (Sept. 3-5).
For those who prefer their performance on two wheels, The Rock
will play host to three major races and a handful of festivals
featuring motorcycles, music and family fun. In addition to
October’s McClure Memorial, the schedule includes the AHDRA Nitro
Summer Nationals June 4-6, the AMRA ManCup Series Sept. 24-26,
Apple Chill May 1-2 and Thunder at the Rock June 18-19.
While MOPARs at the Rock will shine the spotlight on all things
Chrysler, when the Super Chevy Show returns on Sept. 17-19, it
will provide a showcase for GM products unlike any other in the
Carolinas with an extensive car and truck show, a Chevy Car
Corral, swap meet, exhibition runs and, of course, all-GM bracket
The Super Chevy Show will lay the foundation for an
October-November finish that includes the popular NHRA Sportsman
Doubleheader the weekend of Oct. 22-24, the East Coast’s final
Lucas Oil Divisional event on Saturday and an NHRA National Open
on Sunday, and the fourth annual Holiday Jr. Jam, one of the
nation’s premier races for Jr. Dragster drivers, which returns on
Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27.
VIEW Tentative 2021 Season Schedule
EMMETT WINS THE ROCK’S HOLIDAY JR. JAM
NHRA Eastern Finals Champ Beats Gross in Main Event Showdown
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Carson “Big Check” Emmett, one of the nation’s
most accomplished Jr. Dragster racers, walked away with the
biggest prize during the third annual Holiday Jr. Jam championship
contested Thanksgiving weekend at Rockingham Dragway.
SEASON ON HIGH NOTE WITH MCCLURE WIN
Dominates Nitro Funny Bike; Bartlett Beats White in Pro Fuel at
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Sunday was Tii Tharpe’s day at Rockingham
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