Ed Hoover, who won the first Pro Modified race ever contested nationally, got another major win Sunday when he drove his super-charged 1968 Chevrolet Camaro to victory in the featured event in the annual Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance and Richmond County Tourism at Rockingham Dragway.
The veteran from Gilbert, S.C., qualified No. 1 on the eighth-mile course at 3.895 seconds, then beat John Camp of Canonsburg, Kinston’s Ernie Everett, former national touring pro Steve Vick of Mocksville and, finally, Elon’s Travis Harvey to win the Beal Racing Engines Pro Mod Shootout, part of the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Series.
Hoover, who was the first Pro Mod champion as the winner of the IHRA Winternationals at Darlington, S.C., on March 11, 2000, recorded the quickest time of the event in the first round at 3.879 seconds. Unfortunately, his semifinal showdown with Vick turned out to be anticlimactic when the latter suffered engine failure on his Camaro and was unable to compete.
Among the biggest surprises was the qualifying struggle of veteran Charles Carpenter of Harrisburg who failed to make the 16-car lineup in his iconic 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Carpenter, considered to be “The Father of Pro Mod,” was among eight drivers who were on the outside, looking in, at the conclusion of the qualifying phase. Carpenter turned at 3.930 et at 189.52 mph on an exhibition run on Sunday, which would have been the fourth quickest qualifying run.
Other winners in the event that celebrates all things Chevrolet included Lee Astle of Jonesville, S.C., who, as the DriveDuracell.com Top Eliminator champion on Sunday, took home a $3,000 winner’s share of the purse, and Rockingham’s Tim Clark, who won the DOT Street title on Sunday.
Former IHRA national event winner and Rockingham track champion Chip Johnson of Fayetteville was the Top Eliminator winner on Saturday while the Footbrake titles fell to Kyle Oliver of Jefferson, S.C., on Saturday and Dunn’s Justin West on Sunday.
Tom Johnson of Newport News, Va. won the prestigious Camaro Guys.com Generation Five trophy.
In the Junior Dragster division, it was an all-female final as Benson’s Kristen Byrd forced Maxton’s Brittney Dial into a breakout foul to get the win.
In the Super Chevy Car Show Jeff Smith of Richlands won the Award of Excellence in his 1955 Chevy and the 1962 Chevy of Troutman’s Billy Moore won the coveted Best of Show Award.
Chevrolet enthusiasts enjoyed a full slate of drag racing, show cars on display, and got to visit the swap meet and vendor midway areas during this year’s Super Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway yesterday and guess what, the activities for the event continue Sunday the 21st, with great weather forecast for the day.
Ed Hoover was the provisional #1 qualifier in Pro Mod, while Chip Johnson of Fayetteville, NC won the Top Eliminator Class, and Kyle Oliver from Godwin, NC won the popular Footbrake class. Tom Johnson from Newport News, VA took home the special CNC cut trophy from CamaroGuys.com for the 5th Gen Challenge at Rockingham on Saturday, while Noah Johnson from Fayetteville won the Jr. Dragster class.
The Editor and Associate Editors of Super Chevy Magazine, Jim Campisano and Patrick Hill, were both on had to select the Editor’s Choice Awards which went to Michael Walters, Tom Ball, Lloyd Tisdale, Steve Geer, Tommy Lumley, Time Bailey, Haywood Carpenter, Randy Prince, Tom Johnson, and Dean Phillips for their drag race entries.
RFC Chaplain, Ken Owen, received one of ten Editor’s Choice Show Car awards, along with Morris Johnson Jr., McRoy Smith, Tim DeGrauwe, Jeff Smith, Kenny Tibbs, Gerald Copeland, John Williams, William Miller, and Wayne Frazier.
Car Show plaques were also handed out for the Specialty Award categories of Outstanding Engineered entry going to Delton Hubbard; Outstanding Paint – Tyler Marers; Outstanding Interior – Don Adams; Outstanding Stock entry – Jerry Dennis; Outstanding Street entry – Flip Bost; Outstanding Modified entry – Jerry Bass, Outstanding Workmanship – Billy Moore; ISCA Award winner – David Maxwell; and the Outstanding Engine award went to Herbert Wright.
Rockingham Dragway annually hosts the final event of the Super Chevy Show season, and is a part of the Manufacturers Series which also includes Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action series events. Sunday activities at Rockingham include drag racing eliminator classes, full car show class awards, as well as swap meet and midway vendor areas.
Last month, we had a great time north of the border at the Super Chevy Show at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Canada. Lots of cool Bowites including the some unique Chevy nameplates you only see in the Great White North. Here are your show winners who proudly displayed their awesome rides.
EDITOR’S TOP TEN AWARD
Jess Destrosiers, Lethridge, AB, Canada, ’69 Nova
Neil Tomyn, Airdrie, AC, Canada, ’68 GMC
Steve Payne, Edmonton, AB, Canada ’89 IROC-2
Rick Pehrsson, Edmonton, AB, Canada, ’55 Del Ray
Kelly Bihun, Edmonton, AB, Canada, ’70 Impala
Andy Grzesiak, Edmonton, AB, Canada, ’66 Nova SS
Mark Howerton, Stony Plain, AB, Canada
Avenesh & Akash Chand, Edmonton, AB, Canada, ’86 Mote Carlo
Kelly and Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada, ’69 Camaro
Tom Hollinshead, Edmonton, AB, Canada, ’66 Corvette
STOCK Outstanding: Eldon Wurban, Calmar, AB, Canada
STOCK Outstanding: Rudy Froese, Fort Sack, AB, Canada
STOCK Winner: Doug Hansen, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Kelly and Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Outstanding: Rudy Froese, Fort Sack, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Outstanding: Paulette Hyshka, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Dwayne Klippert, Calgary, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Dean and Brenda Watts, Red Deer, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Phil Heindey, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIRD Winner: Steve Payne, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Kyle Dickson, Spruce Grove, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Dean and Brenda Watts, Red Deer, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Derek Cripps, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIRED Winner: Dave Cuthill, Sherwood, AB, Canada
FULL SIZE/MINI TRUCK 4WD
STREET Outstanding: Mark Howerton, Stony Plain, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Kim Gough, Monmouth, IL
MODIFIED Outstanding: Sandy McLaren, Ardrossan, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Neil Tomyn, Airdrie, AB, Canada
TRUCK: 1988 AND NEWER
STOCK Winner: Peter Seibel, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: John and Jeanne Koster, St. Albert, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Steve Payne, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Gord Satermon, Fallis, AB, Canada
STOCK Outstanding: John Pearson, St. Albert, AB, Canada
STOCK Winner: Abe and Janice Wieler, Woyeminster, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Darren Dahlseide, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Gary Pinkham, Androssan, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Andy Grzesiak, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Rod McKay, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Bob Riley, Clunny, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Grant Reierson, Edmonton, AB, Canada
NOVA: 1968 & Newer
STOCK Winner: Jess Desrosiers, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Eric Firty , St. Albert, AB, Canada
EARLY CHEVY: 1936-1938
Winner: Richard Sjolie, Haylakes, AB, CANADA
EARLY CHEVY: PRE 1935
Outstanding: Ron Stennes, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
Winner: Al and Rhonda Beggs, Edmonton, AB, Canada
EARLY CHEVY TRUCK
WINNER: Henery Lipka, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Guy Hanak, Camrose, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Rick Pehrsson, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Phil Heindeh, Edmonton, AB, Canada
BIG CAR: 1949-54
MODIFIED Winner: Gary Flood, Fort Saskatchewan, SK, Canada
BIG CAR 1958-89
STREET Winner: Don Riley, Sherwood Parks, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Outstanding: Tony Dielanex, Sherwood Parks, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Kelly Bihun, Edmonton, AB, Canada
CHEVELLE: 1964- 67
STREET Outstanding: Mark Stubbinson, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
STREET Outstanding: Tom Padgem, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: David Cathill, Sherwood, AB, Canada
CHEVELLE: 1968 & Newer
STOCK Winner: Mike Hobbs, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: George Ziwani, Chestermere, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Brad Telford, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Avenesh & Skash Champ, Edmonton, AB, Canada
CORVETTE: 1953 – 67
STREET Winner: Tom Hollinshead, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: Bruce Eastwood, Edmonton, AB, Canada
STREET Winner: BJ Rivald, Edmonton, AB, Canada
CONVERSION: PRE 1948
MODIFIED Outstanding: Dale Cripps, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Outstanding: Gary Richardson, Edmonton, AB, Canada
MODIFIED Winner: Rhonda & Al Beggs, Edmonton, AB, Canada
CONVERSION: 1949 & NEWER
MODIFIED Winner: Lorne Solovien, Edmonton, AB, Canada
BEST OF SHOW AWARDS
Best Big Car: Kelly Bihun, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Camaro: Rudy Froese, Fort Sack, AB, Canada
Best Chevelle: Fe and Mike Hobbs, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Corvette: Tom Hollinshead, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Conversion: Rhonda and Al Beggs, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Open: BK Rivals, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Early Chevy: Al and Rhonda Beggs, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best El Camino: Brad Telford, Sherwood Parks, AB, Canada
Best 55, 56, 57: Phil Heindel, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Monte Carlo: Avenesh-Akash Champ, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best Nova: Jess Desrosiers, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Best Pro Street/Engineered: Dave Cuthill, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
Best Truck: Neil Tomyn, Aidie, AB, Canada
Award of Excellence: Lorne Solovien, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Best of Show: Dwayne Klippert, Albany, AB, Canada