4.70 Outlaws, Jets, Car Shows, Bracket Races at Rockingham Dragway

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The 4.70 Outlaws, two jet dragsters, an outrageous steel-bodied 1969 Camaro, daily bracket races and the largest gathering of GM show cars in the Carolinas are among the features of the annual Dieffenbach Superstore Super Chevy Show, Oct. 9-11, at Rockingham Dragway.

Presented by the Richmond County Tourism Authority, the event features Chevrolets of every shape, size and description along with a multitude of cousins wearing Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, GMC, Saturn and Cadillac identification.

A 12 noon-7 p.m. test session on Friday, Oct. 9, will be followed by two days of drag racing and car show judging augmented by a swap meet and a vendor midway featuring the latest Chevy car models as well as the latest parts and pieces with which to personalize them.

On the track, one of the featured vehicles will be Doug Cline’s 1969 Camaro Z28, a 3,000 pound daily driver powered by an all-aluminum 598 cubic inch, twin turbo engine producing 3,100 horsepower.

Cline has outfitted the relatively inconspicuous orange Chevy with two separate fuel tanks (one for pump gasoline and one for racing gas) that make the switch from street mode to race mode possible in just 10 minutes.

On the Street, Cline’s Camaro gets 10 miles to the gallon. On the track, it has covered the quarter mile in 6.74 seconds at 174 miles per hour.

Daily admission is $20 for adults although an all-inclusive $35 ticket is available that provides admission and pit access for all three days. Children six and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and, as always, parking is free in Rockingham Dragway’s main lot.

Saturday’s program includes Outlaw 4.70 qualifying at 11 a.m. and 12 noon and the first round of eliminations at 2:30 p.m. Saturday car show judging begins at 10:30 a.m. with awards presented at 4 p.m. Racing to championships in Top Eliminator, Footbrake, Jr. Dragster and the DOT Tire class begins at 1 p.m.

Closing the show on Saturday will be a match race between Jill Fazekas and Robert Albertson, the respective drivers of the “Queen of Diamonds II” and “Blazing Angel” jet-powered dragsters capable of achieving finish line speeds in excess of 300 mph.

On Sunday, first round eliminations in Top Eliminator, Footbrake, Jr. Dragster and DOT begin at 10 a.m. followed by a resumption of racing for the 4.70 Outlaws championship. Sunday’s car show awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
Coverage of Dieffenbach All-Chevy Event on Velocity TV

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Menards, the third largest home improvement retail chain in the U.S., has acquired naming rights to the weekly Manufacturers Chevy Series that will air on Velocity TV starting Saturday, Oct. 3. Shows will run consecutively on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m., Eastern time, through Dec. 26.

The Menards Chevy Series, boasting TV coverage of some of the hottest Chevys both on-the-track and off, will move to Rockingham Dragway Oct. 9-11 for the Dieffenbach Superstore all-Chevy event featuring some of the most outstandingly restored and customized Chevrolets in the country.

The car show portion of the three-day event will feature everything from Chevelles, Corvettes and Camaros to Cobalts, Corvairs and Cavaliers – and everything in between. Because of the track’s proximity to Fort Bragg, a large number of show cars and race cars are hobby vehicles maintained by active military members.

The shows are filmed on-site at a dozen of the nation’s top drag racing facilities. In addition to Rockingham, the Menards Chevy Series show will provide coverage from Palm Beach, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., Tucson, Ariz., Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colo., Richmond, Va., Martin, Mich., Reading, Pa., Bristol, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo., and Bakersfield, Calif.

Menards long has been a retail destination for motorsports fans due to its promotions with teams in NASCAR, ARCA, IndyCar and NHRA. Its sponsorship of the Menards Chevy Series reflects a further expansion of its motorsports program.

Several brands available in Menards stores, such as True Science pet health, also support the series and participate in the TV show as a way of highlighting its products. The Minties Top Dog Award by True Science was presented at each car show in recognition of particularly outstanding entry.

Brad Roberts of Charlotte and Keith Housley of Candor took home the overall awards Saturday night at Rockingham Dragway during the True Outlaw Street Drags event.

Roberts, driving a very potent Dodge Charger, defeated Keith Oxendine, Fayetteville, in the final round of the Power Adder class. Oxendine was driving a nitrous assisted 2011 Chevy Camaro. Jon McCarn of Kannapolis was the semi-finalist in his 1995 Pontiac Trans-Am.

Times are not posted nor published at the True Outlaw Street Drags

Driving a 1992 Mustang, Keith Housley of Candor won the Non-Power Adder. Housley defeated Ken Emmechsean of Mint Hill in the final round. Emmechsean drove a 2011 Camaro SS to his runner-up finish. Justin Hucks of Laurinburg was the semi-finalist driving a 2004 Pontiac GTO.

Other fast entrants in the Power Adder class included Mike Brice of Iron Station in his wicked 2013 Dodge Challenger and Danny Salem of Mooresville in a beautiful 2015 Mustang.

Rockingham Dragway will host a test and tune drag racing program this Saturday, open to all vehicles, and the next True Outlaw Street Drags is scheduled for October 3.

Scruggs, Salemi, Wilburn Also Get Wins at PDRA’s Dragstock XII Event

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Carolina’s own “Tricky Rickie” Smith completed a sweep of the Pro Nitrous events on his home track Saturday, beating Chris Rini of Carmel, N.Y., in the final round to win Dragstock XII at Rockingham Dragway and extend his lead in the PDRA Series.

Smith, the veteran from King, N.C., shared the winners’ circle with Jason Scruggs of Saltillo, Miss., who extended his domination of the Pro Extreme class, rookie Melanie Salemi of Buffalo, N.Y., who in just her second start upset spring winner Anthony DiSomma in the Pro Boost final; and Chuck Wilburn of Tupelo, Miss., who beat giant-killer Burke Forster of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada in Pro Extreme Motorcycle.  Read More...
No Purse, No Structure, No Problem for Growing Labor Day Tradition

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Call it the “Underground Indy.” Like the NHRA’s annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Rockingham Dragway’s Grudgefest has become an unlikely Labor Day tradition for some of the nation’s quickest and fastest motorcycle drag racers.

The outlaw two-wheel contingent that assembled at The Rock for the seventh time this Labor Day races for pride instead of purse and points. It’s for bragging rights as in “my bike is faster than yours” and the concept apparently isn’t as far-fetched as one might imagine.

“This was our seventh annual race,” said track owner Steve Earwood, “and we’re already making plans for the eighth next year. It’s kind of refreshing to host a race where racing is what matters and not all the politics that come into play when you’re running series events.

“We offer no purse, there are no traditional class runs or structured eliminations. Just good old street racing taken off the street,” Earwood continued. “We give these guys and gals a safe place to race and that’s all they’re looking for. They kind of make up all the rest and it works.”

All-Harley Motorcycle Classic Set for 24th Rockingham Renewal

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – What does Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, share with Rockingham Dragway’s biggest motorcycle race? Both were reported to be deceased at a time when they were very much alive.

After his obituary prematurely was posted in his hometown newspaper, Twain, one of America’s greatest authors and humorists, is alleged to have quipped...  Read More...
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