Weather-Plagued Series Also Crowns Alford in Footbrake; Haynes in Jr. Dragster
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Bad weather and an absence of makeup dates may have shortened this year’s Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition Series to four races but that made it no less sweet for Top Eliminator co-champs John Bridges of Shelby and Robert Vogler III of Lewisville, who represent the old and the new in Carolina bracket racing.
Bridges, who was the first winner of the old B&M Series promoted by Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood and the late George Howard, and Vogler, a former Jr. Dragster champion at The Rock, finished with 25 points each, one more than a quartet of drivers that includes Richard Alford Jr. of Raleigh.
In addition to finishing in a third place tie in Top Eliminator, Alford ran away with the Footbrake title thanks to a sweep at Rockingham.  Kaden Haynes of Mount Carmel, Tenn., came away with the Jr. Dragster championship, turning back challenges from Michael Hypes of Blacksburg, Va., and 2016 Coalition champion Isaac Bridges, son of the 2017 co-champion.

Bridges and Vogler will split the first and second place bonuses and while both will wear Coalition champion’s jackets in 2018, Bridges also will get a set of Hoosier Racing Tires as a reward for riding Hoosiers to the top of the point standings.
When he’s not drag racing, Vogler is a cylinder head specialist at NASCAR’s Richard Childress Racing. 
Because of weather issues and full fall schedules, officials had to canel the race at Mooresville Dragway after two complete rainouts.  As a result, championships were determined in two races at Farmington Dragway and two at Rockingham.
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Final point standings for the weather-abbreviated 2017 Carolina Coalition bracket Series contested at Rockngham Dragway and Farmington Dragway:
TOP ELIMINATOR – 1. Tie, John Bridges, Shelby, and Robert Vogler III, Lewisville, 25 each (Bridges gets bonus of four Hoosier Racing tires, the result of having raced on Hoosiers during the series); 3. Tie, Chad Duke, Wilmington, Johnny Brooks, Surgoinsville, Tenn., Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, Barry Nall, Eagle Springs, 24 each; 7. Carey Pritt, Mountain City, Tenn., 23; 8. T.G. Paschal, McLeansville, 22; 9. Chad Duke #2, Wilmington, 20; 10. Tie, Michael Paschal, Pleasant Garden, and David Brown, Jacksonville, 19 each.
FOOTBRAKE – 1. Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, 32; 2. Mike Howell, Walnut Cove, 23; 3. Chris Gibson, Lexington, 22; 4. Matt Sayers, Vinton, Va., 20; 5. Tie, Bobby Brown, NA, Carson Robinson, Winston Salem, Steve Alford, Algier, 19 each; 8. Tie, Garrett Howell, Walnut Cove, and Brian Bruner, NA, 18 each; 9. Tie, Donald Thomas, NA, and Bobby Brown #2, NA, 17 each.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER – 1. Kaden Haynes, Mount Carmel, Tenn., 24; 2. Michael Hypes, Blacksburg, Va., 23; 3. Isaac Bridges, Shelby, 17; 4. Kimberly Messer, Four Oaks, 14; 5. Tie, Blake Combs, Bluff City, Tenn., and Lane Morgan, Angier, 13 each; 7. Dillon Goodnight, Landis, 12; 8. Tie, Nathan Dowless, East Bend, and Jason McCandless, Graham, 11 each; 10. Dani Snuffer, Mount Holly, 10. 
Fog Forces Four to Split the Big Money; Litten, Teasley Among Other Winners

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The only thing able to stop an indomitable Dale Hamilton during the International Drag Bike League World Finals at Rockingham Dragway was Sunday night fog so thick that it obscured the Christmas Tree starting system and forced the cancelation of the final seven races of the show.   
Hamilton was one of four two-wheel bracket racers still in contention for a $10,000 winner’s purse in Sunday’s feature event when the weather intervened. 
As a result, the Mount Airy, Md., rider had to settle for splitting the winner, runner-up and semifinal money with three others including his brother Kevin.  The other two sharing in the bounty were Matt Davies of Petersburg, Va., and Luis Reyes of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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