Rockingham Dragway Car Show Results

September 28, 2016 by  
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Super Chevy Show

 

1955-1957

Modified

Runnerup: Troy Loptis – 1955 Belain

Winner: Benny Walters – 1957 Wagon

 

 

Corvette

1968-1982

Street

Runner up: Jeff Hilburn – 1968 Corvette

Winner: Gary Blankenship – 1969 L-88 Corvette Convertible

 

1997-2004

Stock

Winner: Dough Hoyle – 2000 Corvette

Modified

Winner: Colbert Carter Sr. – 2002 z06 Corvette

 

2005-Newer

Street

Winner: Nervis – 2006 Z06 Corvette

Modified

Winner: Bob Blakeslee – 2005 C6 Corvette

 

2014-Newer

Modified

Winner: Ronald D. King – 2014 Forgiato

 

 

 

Camaro

1967-1969

Stock

Winner: Bob Simpson – 1969 Camaro

Street

Runner up: Larry Spires – 1969 Camaro

Winner: Bobby & Bridget Richardson – 1968 Camaro

Modified

Winner: Kevin Warwick – 1967 Camaro

 

1970-1981

Street

Winner: John Fox – 1971 Camaro

 

1982-1992

Stock

Winner: Sean Morrison – 1986 Camaro

Street

Runner up: Kyle Shepard – 1985 Camaro

Winner: Patrick Warren – 1988 Camaro

Modified

Winner: Megan Mason – 1991 Camaro

 

1993-2002

Stock

Winner: Sanora Johnson – 2002 Camaro

Street

Winner: Paul Rocco – 2002 Camaro

Modified

Winner: Mike Corica – 1997 Camaro

 

2010-Newer

Stock

Winner: Bill Duncan – 2010 Camaro SS

Street

Winner: Frederick Curl – 2010 Camaro SS

Modified

Runner up: Dan Johnson – 2010 Camaro z28 RS

Winner: Nick Curl – 2014 Camaro

 

 

 

El Camino

Street

Winner: Tom Farquhar – 1971 El Camino

Modified

Winner: Jimmy Simmons – 1968 El Camino SS

 

Monte Carlo

Stock

Winner: John Croffy – 2004 Dale Jr SS Monte Carlo

Street

Winner: Jahn P Quinn – 2003 Monte Carlo SS

 

 

 

Chevelle

1964-1967

Street

Runner up: Rusty Martin – 1967 Chevelle SS

Winner: Jeff Kanupp – 1965 Chevelle SS

Modified

Winner: Glen Harris – 1967 Chevelle

 

1968 –Newer

Modified

Winner: Ed Mason – 1970 Malibu

 

 

Pro Street

Modified

Winner: Bernard C. Young – 1937 Pickup

 

Pro Engineered

Modified

Runner up: Donny Joe Holland – 1958 Wagon

Winner: Sean Morrison – 1967 Nova

Pro Engineered 1990’s ONLY

Modified

Winner: Delton Hubbard – 1994 Geo Tracker

 

 

Pickup Truck

1949-1972

Stock

Winner: Wendelle Shumpert – 1970 CST Pickup

Street

Winner: Wayne Frazier – 1971 Cheyenne Pickup

Modified

Runner up: Junior Thompson – 1971 C-10 Pickup

Winner: Steve Heath – 1969 K-5 Blazer

1988-Newer

Stock

Winner: John Sinclair – 1994 Pickup

Street

Winner: Charles Fowler – 2006 Pickup

Modified

Runner up: David Kennedy – 1989 Pickup

Winner: Mel Ogburn – 2005 SSR Pickup

 

 

Conversion

Street

Winner: Patrick Abel – 1988 GTA

Big Car

1958-1989

Stock

Winner: Michael Sumrell – 1969 Caprice

Street

Winner: Steve Franklin – 1958 Biscayne

Modified

Runner up: Ronald Currie – 1962 Chev

Winner: Tim DeGraune – 1960 Biscayne

 

1990 – Newer

Modified

Winner: Christian Damgaared – 1971 Impala

 

 

Nova

1962-1967

Street

Winner: Terry Travis – 1966 L-79 Nova

Modified

Runner up: Angele Rogers – 1963 Nova

Winner: Bill Clodfelter – 1966 Nova

 

1968-Newer

Street

Winner: Rick Murdock – 1971 Nova

 

Young Star

Street

Winner: Brock Chavis – 1969 Camaro

 

Gold Class

Camaro 1967-1969 Gold

Winner: Terri Blackburn – 1967 Camaro

1955-1957 Gold

Winner: Ron Masson – 1955 Chev 210

 

Best of Show

Winner: Terri Blackburn – 1967 Camaro

 

 

 

Best in Class

Big Car – Tim DeGraune – 1960 Chev

Camaro – Bob Simpson – 1969 Camaro

Chevelle – Ed Mason – 1970 Chevelle

Corvette – Ronald King – 2014 Corvette

1955-1957 – Benny Walters – 1957 Chev

Conversion – Patrick Abel – 1988 Pontiac

Pro Street/Pro Eng. – Delton Hubbard – 1994 Geo Tracker

El Camino – Jimmy Simmons – 1968 El Camino

Nova – Terry Travis – 1966 Nova

Monte Carlo – John Croffy – 2004 Monte Carlo

Truck – Steve Heath – 1969 K5 Blazer

 

Editor’s Choice Top 5

James McMillan – 1967 Camaro

Christian Damgaard – 1971 Impala

Sean Morrison – 1967 Nova

Robert Autry – 1967 Chevelle

Ron Messon – 1955 Chevrolet

 

10 Best Daily Driver Awards

Zack Blake – 1968 GMC Pickup

Jeff Kanupp – 1965 Malibu

Kevin Warwick – 1967 Camaro

Gary Blakenship – 1969 Corvette

Bobby Hildreth – 1976 Nova

Steve Franklin – 1958 Chevrolet

Clarence Lambert – 1983 GMC S-15

Alan Odom – 1970 Camaro z28

Coy Brooks – 1968 Camaro

David Kennedy – 1989 Chev Pickup

 

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CARPENTER SENDS ’55 CHEVY AFTER ROCK PRO MOD TITLE

September 22, 2016 by  
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CARPENTER SENDS ’55 CHEVY AFTER ROCK PRO MOD TITLE

Hall of Famer Among Favorites in Super Chevy Show Presented by Dieffenbach

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Outside of the late Lee Shepherd and Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, both of them multi-time NHRA race winners and Pro Stock world champions, there are few drag racers more closely associated with the Chevrolet bow tie than Charlotte’s Charles Carpenter.

For more than 35 years, Carpenter has been racing Chevrolets at tracks like Rockingham Dragway where this week he will compete for the Pro Mod championship at the annual Super Chevy Show presented by the Dieffenbach GM Superstore and Richmond County Tourism.

However, while Shepherd and Jenkins constantly traded up to whatever was the hot ticket Chevrolet of the next model year, Carpenter found a Chevy he liked – and stuck with it.

As a kid, he went to the races with his older brother who drove a 1955 Chevy.  At age 14, he got his chance to drive the same car in the Top Sportsman class where he remained competitive until the late 1970s when smaller, more aerodynamic models like the Vega and Monza began to dominate.

“It got to where my car was not competitive,” Carpenter recalled, “and then they allowed us to use nitrous oxide.  That was in the early ‘80s and when we started using the nitrous, it suddenly caught me up with (the later model vehicles).”

Carpenter’s success was the first step in the evolution of Pro Mod, a category that today is one of the most popular in country, regardless of sanctioning body, because it pits cars like Carpenter’s ’55 against late models like the 2015 Corvette of Pittsboro’s Jason Harris.

“The media loved that a ‘shoebox,’ a big, boxy car, was out there racing with these sleek little aerodynamic cars,” Carpenter said.

As the unofficial “Father of Pro Mod,” Carpenter in 2010 was inducted into the Carolina Motorsports Hall of Fame.

In addition to winning the overall Super Chevy Series title in 1988 and 1989, he was the United States Super Circuit champ in 1992 and today remains competitive in a safety-enhanced version of the same ’55 “shoebox” in which he also won on the old ADRL circuit.

Nevertheless, it hasn’t been all butterflies and bow ties for the Carolinian.  He has survived a pair of horrific crashes including one in Houston, Texas, in 2009 that left him with a fractured vertebrae, among other injuries.

“I think I am a lucky man,” Carpenter said of that accident.  “It’s a testimonial to what we do.  I have preached this for years: if you wear your safety equipment and you stay in the car and the car stays within the confines of the race track, you walk away 90 percent of the time.”

In addition to Carpenter and Harris, the latter a second generation racer who was the 2015 Pro Nitrous champion in the Professional Drag Racers Association series, the Super Chevy field also will include 15-year-old Lizzy Musi, daughter of Mountain Motor Pro Stock legend Pat Musi, and Randy Weatherford of Danville, Va., among others.

Three rounds of Pro Mod qualifying Saturday (11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) will set the field for three rounds of eliminations starting at 2:30 p.m.  In addition, there will be two days of bracket races for drivers in Top ET, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster preceded on Friday by a Chevy-centric test-and-tune session.

Off the track, two days of show car judging will identify the best appearing cars and trucks including Best Big Car, Best Camaro, Best Chevelle, Best Corvette, Best 55-56-57, Best Early Chevrolet, Best Conversion, Best Pro Street/Pro Engineered, Best El Camino, Best Nova, Best Monte Carlo, Best Truck and Best in Show.

Adult tickets are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday although a $35 ticket purchased on Friday is good for all three days.  Tickets for kids 6-12 are $5 per day or $10 for the weekend.  Children under six are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and, as always, parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.

Like the other events in the Super Chevy Show Series, the Rockingham race will be televised as part of the Menards Chevy Series on Velocity TV.  Air date for the event is Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. EST.

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Lizzy Musi is coming to Rockingham, N.C

September 21, 2016 by  
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MUSI HOPES TO TAKE THE BOYS FOR A RIDE AT ‘THE ROCK’

Her Dodge will Battle a Bevy of Bow Ties for Super Chevy Show Pro Mod Title

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – If you like bow ties, Rockingham Dragway is the place to be this week.  The return of the iconic Super Chevy Show Series presented by Dieffenbach Chevrolet Superstore always brings out more bow ties than a Playboy bunny reunion, a high school prom or even a Pee Wee Herman lookalike contest.

 

Black bow ties and red bow ties, white bow ties and green, yellow, blue and orange bow ties, even bow ties in silver and champagne.  Whether your automotive interests gravitate to the fast, the fun or the fabulous, there’s certain to be a bow tie that will satisfy.

 

And yet, amid a rolling sea of Camaros and Corvettes, one lone Dodge hopes to play a spoiler role at the biggest Chevy block party in the Carolinas.

 

In a Pro Mod field that includes the 1955 Chevy Bel Air of Charlotte’s Charles Carpenter, the late model Corvette of Pittsboro’s Jason Harris and the 1969 Camaro of Randy Weatherford of Danville, Va., Lizzy Musi likely will stand out like a zebra at a horse auction.

 

Not only will she be the only female in the field, she’ll also drive the only Dodge in a Chevy-heavy Pro Mod lineup.

 

A unique mix of pedigree, performance and personality has made the 25-year-old with the Hollywood good looks one of the fastest-rising stars of the PDRA Pro Mod series in which she was the 2014 Rookie-of-the-Year as well as the most recent winner in the Pro Nitrous class.

 

The daughter of outlaw racing legend Pat Musi, Lizzy earned her racing stripes driving first in the Jr. Dragster division and then in the Top Sportsman class.  Now she drives a 200 mile-an-hour hot rod powered by a massive 963 cubic inch, nitrous oxide-boosted racing motor built by her dad.

 

She is to Pro Mod what Danica Patrick is to NASCAR with one major exception – she wins.  The first woman to break the 200 mile-an-hour barrier at the eighth mile distance, she has survived a pair of spectacular crashes (the most recent last year in Dallas, Texas) to emerge as a legitimate title contender – and her dad who, as a driver, won races in NHRA Pro Stock, IHRA Pro Stock, NMCA and NSCA Pro Street, is the least surprised of anyone.

 

“I expected her to have success,” he said.  ”She grew up around this stuff and just soaked it up.  She’s a natural. I try to help her all I can; we talk racing all day at the shop and then all night at home. I try to share my experiences with her. She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with for a long time.”

 

Nevertheless, the New Jersey native has interests outside of racing.  She loves yoga, dabbles in fashion design and also indulges action sports like surfing and motocross.  At heart, though, she is a professional racer, an adrenaline junkie who gets no greater rush than beatin’ the boys, especially if they’re wearing bow ties.

 

Three rounds of Pro Mod qualifying Saturday (11 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) will set the field for three rounds of eliminations starting at 2:30 p.m.

 

In addition, there will be two days of bracket races for drivers in Top ET, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster preceded on Friday by a Chevy-centric test-and-tune session.

 

Off the track, two days of show car judging will identify the best appearing cars and trucks including Best Big Car, Best Camaro, Best Chevelle, Best Corvette, Best 55-56-57, Best Early Chevrolet, Best Conversion, Best Pro Street/Pro Engineered, Best El Camino, Best Nova, Best Monte Carlo, Best Truck and Best in Show.

 

Adult tickets are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday although a $35 ticket purchased on Friday is good for all three days.  Tickets for kids 6-12 are $5 per day or $10 for the weekend.  Children under six are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and, as always, parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.

 

Like the other events in the Super Chevy Show Series, the Rockingham race will be televised as part of the Menards Chevy Series on Velocity TV at 9:30 a.m. EST on consecutive Saturday mornings in October, November and December this year.

 

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