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.
Furr Claims Moser Sportsman Shootout at Rockingham’s Lucas Oil Event
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Sandy Wilkins’ bid for a Lucas Oil national championship will have to wait another year, but the Mount Ulla driver salvaged a measure of satisfaction Sunday at Rockingham Dragway where he drove his 1969 Chevy Camaro to a Top Sportsman victory that earned him a second straight Division 2 championship.
The satisfaction came from the fact that the man he beat for the division title, Jeffrey Barker of Kathleen, Ga., will wear the No. 1 next season as the national champion.  Wilkins trailed Barker by eight division points coming into the Sunday’s final Lucas Series race in the Southeast.
Birt, Dean Also Claim $5,000 Winners’ Shares in Triple Fives Event

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Michael Paschal beat himself Sunday at Rockingham Dragway but without the penalty one normally might expect. 
Taking advantage of the event’s double-entry option, the Pleasant Garden bracket racer was both winner and runner-up on the final day of The Rock’s Triple Fives Championship and for his perfection he took home both the $5,000 top prize and the $1,500 runner-up money.  Other $5.000 winners were Dan Birt of Barnwell, S.C., who won on Friday, and Sanford’s Chris Dean who directed his 1969 Chevy Camaro to the winners’ circle on Saturday.
Thornley Loses in the Final but Wins AMRA Championship in Pro Fuel Class

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – In a field that included reigning NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion Jay “Bulldog” Turner of Julian, newly-crowned American Motorcycle Racing Association champ Jake Stordeur of Goshen, Ohio, and international standout Takeshi Shigematsu of Iyo, Ehime, Japan, Armon Furr wasn’t even a blip on the radar entering Sunday’s Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge at Rockingham Dragway, the featured event in the 26th annual AMRA Jim McClure All-Harley World Finals.

Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it was the second generation rider from Orangeburg, S.C., the eighth and final qualifier, who hoisted the hardware.  Although he has a solid racing pedigree as the son of Nitro Harley legend Bill Furr, the younger Furr has raced only infrequently the past several years which made Sunday’s success all the more gratifying.  
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