Virginia Motorsports Park 2015 Event Details

May 21, 2015 by  
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2015 FUN FORD WEEKEND

EVENT TIMELINE

SATURDAY (ALL FORDS)

  • Gates Open                                              8:00 AM
  • Racer Tech Inspection                           8:00 AM
  • Car Show Registration                           9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Test and Tune                                         10:00 AM
  • Racer Time Trials                                   11:00 AM
  • Car Show Judging                                  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Exhibitions                                               1:00 PM, 3 PM, & 5 PM
  • True Street Cruise                                   2:00 PM
  • Eliminations                                             3:00 PM
  • Car Show Awards                                     5:00 PM
  • Car Show Parade                                      6:30 PM

SUNDAY (FORDS VS. THE WORLD)

  • Gates Open                                                10:00 AM
  • Racer Tech Inspection                            10:00 AM
  • Car Show Registration                            10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Test and Tune                                           11:00 AM
  • Car Show (Top 20 People’s Choice)     12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Time Runs                                                 12:30 PM
  • Eliminations                                               2:30 PM
  • Car Show Awards                                      3:00 PM
  • Car Show Parade                                       4:00 PM

TICKET PRICES

Spectator Admission:

  • Saturday Only                                            $18
  • Sunday Only                                               $15
  • Full Event Combo (Sat-Sun)                   $25
  • Children 12 & Under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Car Show Fees: (All entries Ford Bodied or Ford Powered)

Car Show (Full Event)                              $25 plus 1 passenger for $10

(Saturday – Judged) (Sunday – Top 20 People’s Choice)

Racer Fees:

Saturday – All entries Ford bodied or Ford powered

Sunday – Everyone welcome – All makes and models

Test & Tune

  • Street/Jr. Dragster                                                 $20
  • Slicks                                                                         $30

Fast Ford (Super Pro) – 1/8 Mile Finish Line Both Days

  • Saturday                                                                    $45
  • Sunday                                                                       $56

Quick Ford (Pro) – 1/4 Mile Finish Line on Sat. and 1/8 Mile Finish Line on Sun.

  • Saturday                                                                     $40
  • Sunday                                                                        $41

Street Ford (DOT) – 1/4 Mile Finish Line      $25 per day

Index Classes – 1/4 Mile Finish Line                $30 Sat. only

(10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00)

True Street Cruise – 1/4 Mile Finish Line      $30 Sat. only

Tuff Truck – 1/4 Mile Finish Line                       $25 Sat. only

Junior Dragster – 1/8 Mile Finish Line           $26 Sun. only

Pro Bike – 1/4 Mile Finish Line                           $31 Sun. only

Additional Participants:

  • Car Corral                                                              $25 Sell your Ford at the event
  • Swap Meet                                                             $25 No new items or apparel, 10′ x 20′ space
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Fun Ford Series – Bandimere Speedway, June 14

May 13, 2015 by  
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The Fun Ford Series returns to Bandimere Speedway on Sunday, June 14!

Find admission, schedule, and racing details below!

ADMISSION


-Race/Show: $35
-Show Only: $30
-Spectators: $15
-VDRA Racer: $100
-Child (12 & under): FREE
SCHEDULE


Vendor Entry: 7:00 am
Gates Open: 8:00 am
Time Trials: 9:00 am
Eliminations: 1:30 pm
Car Show:  8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Revell Make ‘N’ Take: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Car Show Awards: 3:00 pm
Event Concludes: 7:00 pm

RACE CLASSES/PAYOUT


 MAX STREET presented by MagnaFuel


– Heads up racing, Pro laddered, .4 pro tree, must complete a 5 mile cruise prior to first round of eliminations.
– All vehicles must run 12.99 or quicker. Must be Ford powered. Only (1) single power adder. Maximum 10.5 tire (slicks optional) (no 10.5W tire). Current license plates. Functional headlights & taillights. No full tube chassis cars. Stock appearing interior (no aluminum). Gasoline only (no alcohol) e85 accepted. Mufflers mandatory.
– $300 to winner, $150 to runner-up, $75 to semi-finalist
- Trophies to winner, runner-up, semi-finalist & Quarters.

DOT STREET FORD


– Open to all Ford products with DOT street tires
- No delay boxes or transmission brakes.(no electronics)
– Trophies to Winner, Runner-Up, Semi’s & Quarters

5.0 SHOOTOUT  presented by  Your Local Ford Stores

– .5 Full Tree
– Dial- Your- Own
- Open to all 5.0 Engine Vehicles.
– May have one (1) power adder. (turbo, supercharger, nitrous)
– Must be street legal (have current plates and insurance).
– No delay boxes, (no electronics) DOT tires only (NO SLICKS)
– $300 to winner, $150 to runner-up, $75 to semi-finalists.
- Trophies to Winner, Runner-Up, Semi’s & Quarters

FAST FORD (Super Pro)
– Electronics, .5 tenths full tree.

QUICK FORD (Pro ET)
– No electronics, .5 tenths full tree.
– Fast Ford & Quick Ford combined after 3rd round, laddered.
-$450 to winner, $225 to runner-up, $75 to semi-finalists.
- Trophies to Winner, Runner-Up, Semi’s & Quarters

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Class (You must be registered for their Mustang Roundup Event)

– Open to all Ford Powered Vehicles with DOT street tires
– .5 tenths full tree / Handicap Eliminations
– Open exhaust permitted.
– No delay boxes or transmission brakes. (no electronics)
– Trophies to be presented in Steamboat Springs on June 21st.
Awards are: Winner $100, Runner-up $50, Fastest MPH, Quickest Et, Best Light, Best Package ( light + Closest to dial)
  TRUCK


– Open to all Ford trucks, gas or diesel.
- No delay boxes or throttle stops.
- Trophies to winner, runner-up, and semi-finalists.

UNLIMITED FLATHEAD/INLINE
*will be making 3 qualifying passes on Saturday with Eliminations on Sunday
-Vehicles with superchargers, Flathead conversions, and Inline cross flow conversions allowed.
-.4 Pro Tree
-Heads-Up racing
-Qualify off of Reaction Time

TOP ROD FLATHEAD/INLINE

*will be making 3 qualifying passes on Saturday with Eliminations on Sunday
-Open to all flathead and Inline powered vehicles running 13.99 seconds & quicker. All fuels permitted. -Vehicles may be naturally aspirated, supercharged, turbo-charged, etc. Flathead conversions and Inline cross flow conversions permitted.
-.5 Full Tree
-Dial-Your-Own
-Qualify off of Reaction Time
HOT ROD FLATHEAD/INLINE

*will be making 3 qualifying passes on Saturday with Eliminations on Sunday
-Open to all flathead and Inline powered vehicles running 14.00 seconds & slower. All fuels permitted. -Vehicles may be naturally aspirated, supercharged, turbo-charged, etc. Flathead conversion and Inline cross flow conversions permitted
-.5 Full Tree
-Dial-Your-Own
-Qualify off of Reaction Time
OVER-HEAD-VALVE/FRONT ENGINE DRAGSTER
*will be making 3 qualifying passes on Saturday with Eliminations on Sunday
-.5 Full Tree
-Dial-Your-Own
-Qualify off of Reaction Time

GASSERS
*will be making 3 qualifying passes on Saturday with Eliminations on Sunday
-.5 Full Tree
-Dial-Your-Own
-Qualify off of Reaction Time

PSCA ,

3 Qualifying passes on Saturday Eliminations Sunday
MagnaFuel Outlaw 10.5 Presented By OnTrack Performance & Magnum Transport
– 1/8th Mile * 4-tenths Pro Tree * All Run Field * Pro Ladder

MagnaFuel XDR/TT5 Presented By Overkill Race Cars LLC
– 1/8th Mile * 4-tenths Pro Tree * All Run Field * Pro Ladder

Reaction Performance 235 Limited Presented by Bolton Racing
– 1/8th Mile * 4-tenths Pro Tree * All Run Field * Pro Ladder

Paint by Krusty Outlaw 8.5 Presented By Reaction Performance
– 1/8th Mile * 4-tenths Pro Tree * All Run Field * Pro Ladder

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ididit Sweepstakes Winners Announced

May 12, 2015 by  
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The recent entry deadline for the ididit Sweepstakes with the Manufacturers Series produced three prize winners.  In this one-of-a-kind opportunity from the Manufacturers Series, entrants had the chance to win a $600 gift certificate toward the purchase of a steering column from ididitinc.com. After receiving online submissions through the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, and Mega Mopar Action websites, each of the series are excited to announce the winners of these fantastic prizes.

The winner of the Super Chevy Show ididit Sweepstakes is Bobby Ingram of Brandon, Mississippi.  Ingram has been involved with automotive restoration and racing for many years. He will be using his new ididit steering column in a 1957 Chevrolet 150, 2-door wagon–similar to the car his family had as a child. Ingram hopes to bring his car to next year’s Super Chevy Show at Memphis International Raceway.

Jim Pichler of Dallastown, Pennsylvania has been selected as the winner of the Fun Ford series ididit Sweepstakes. Pichler has been a fan of the Fun Ford series and has attended events at Maple Grove Raceway. He says that he enjoys the whole event and all that there is to do when Fun Ford comes to the track.

The winner of the Mega Mopar Action series ididit Sweepstakes is Matthew Hambright of Iowa Park, Texas. Hambright is in the process of building a 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger and is looking to use an ididit product to help complete his work.

“We are very excited to recognize the ididit, inc. Sweepstakes winners for our promotion with the Manufacturers Series. It has been fun to reach out to the car show participants that hopefully can use our steering column in their car or truck,” said Jane Callison, President of ididit, inc.

For information on upcoming Chevy, Ford, and Mopar series events, be sure to visit www.mfgseries.com

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Results From Fun Ford Series at Rockingham

May 11, 2015 by  
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For Immediate Release

RESULTS FROM FUN FORD SERIES IN ROCKINGHAM

ROCKINGHAM – The Fun Ford Car Show awarded Best of Show to the 1985 Mustang of Randall Snider, Garner, Best Truck to John Eddings of Foxfire Village in his 2000 Ford Lightning with the Best Classic Award won by Freddie Kelly, Jr of Southern Pines in his 1970 Mustang. Best New Ford was won by Richard Barnhill of Rockingham in a 2015 Mustang and the Club Participation Award went to the Campbell Club or Aberdeen.

After losing the first two races Sunday in a special Spring Civil Wars showdown with Yankee invader Carl Tasca, Carolina’s Roy Hill earned a measure of revenge in the finale when he pushed his Cobra Jet Mustang to the quickest quarter mile in the history of the high-performance Ford breed.

Hill, a former IHRA Pro Stock world champion who now operates Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School at Rockingham Dragway, stopped the timers in 7.523 seconds at 184.75 miles per hour to win a somewhat anticlimatic final against Tasca, who already had won bragging rights in the best-of-three duel.

However, losing the title of “world’s quickest” sent the Rhode Island driver back home determined to recapture the title of having the sport’s quickest and fastest Ford Cobra Jet. The son of the late Bob Tasca Sr., the man who created the original Cobra Jet, had a best time Sunday of 7.596 seconds, his second quickest time ever.

In addition to the match race, the 20th renewal of the Roush Yates Performance Products Spring Civil Wars included a Ford-only car show, events in the Ford Fun Series, exhibition performances by a jet-powered dragster and Danny O’Day’s “Superwinch” wheelstander and a full slate of drag races.

Clayton’s Jamie Carroll picked off the biggest single share of a record event purse when he drove his 1971 Chevy Nova to an eight-round victory for a $2,000 payday in the Soles Auto Service Footbrake class on Sunday.

In addition to Carroll, event winners included Willie Lytch of Southern Pines, who drove his 1967 Chevy Camaro to a big win in the ATI Pro Tree Doorslammer class; Dallas Glenn of Mooresville, whose 1968 Chevy El Camino was a popular winner in Open Comp; Bennett’s Howard Brewer, a winner in Combo Eliminator with his ’85 Mustang; and former Rock track champ Steve Alford of Angier, who won Saturday’s Sole Footbrake title in a race completed Sunday morning.

In an all-Alford final, Steve Alford used a .003 of a second reaction time to turn back Rashad Alford of Benson, who lost despite running dead-on his target at 6.860.  The margin at the finish line was .010 of a second.

In the 5.30 Index class, which made its Civil Wars debut, Robert Anderson drove his 1963 Chevy Corvette to victory over Andy Jeffers in a final round featuring drivers from the same hometown – Cassatt, S.C.

Although an overall champion was not determined due to Saturday time constraints, the debut of the Donnie Gibbs Racing Outlaw 4.70 class was declared a major success after attracting a field of 25.

The purse was split Saturday night among four unbeaten – Nick Cline of Mooresville, whose 1934 Chevy coupe was a fan favorite, Dale McSwain of Norwood, Charlotte’s Greg Patillo Jr. and Kevin Carpenter.  Johnathan Gibbs of Salisbury was the top qualifier at 4.705 seconds, .005 off the target.

*****

ROCKINGHAM – Results from the 20th annual Roush Yates Performance Products Spring Civil Wars event at Rockingham Dragway:

 

SUNDAY

 

Cobra Jet Showdown

Match 1 – Carl Tasca, Cranston, R.I., 7.628, 181.13 mph, def. Roy Hill, Sophia, N.C., 7.706, 182.43 mph.

Match 2 – Carl Tasca, Cranston, R.I., 7.596, 180.66 mph, def. Roy Hill, Sophia, N.C., 7.620, 170.11 mph.

March 3 – Roy Hill, Sophia, N.C., 7.523, 184.75 mph, def. Carl Tasca, Cranston, R.I., 10.305, 86.73 mph.

 

ATI Pro Tree Doorslammer

Round 4 – Colon Richardson, Asheboro, 5.491 on a 5.480, 127.16 mph, def. Ray Harring, Loris, S.C., foul; Robert Richardson, Asheboro, 1969 Chevy Nova, 6.001 on a 5.990, 113.82 mph, def. Tracy Massey, Wilmington, 7.022 breakout on a l7.030, 95.85 mph; Jamie Carroll, Clayton, 1971 Chevy Nova, 6.311 on a 6.270, 106.26 mph, def. Eddie Shelley, Rockingham, 1990 Chevy Camaro, 5.702 breakout on a 5.740, 117.52 mph; Michael Brady, Liberty, 1967 Chevy Camaro, 5.832 on a 5.830, 114.35 mph, def. Daniel Comer, New London, 1971 Ford Maverick, 6.950 on a 6.950, 97.22 mph; Willie Lytch, Southern Pines, 1967 Chevy Camaro, 6.311 on a 6.300, 108.49 mph, def. B.J. Cook, Wingate, 1972 Chevy Camaro, 7.173 breakout on a 7.180, 95.13 mph; Arana Blanton, Loris, S.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, bye.

Round 5 – R. Richardson, 5.999 on a 5.990, 113.91 mph, def. C. Richardson, 5.501 on a 5.480, 124.45 mph; Lytch, 6.308 on a 6.300, 106.55 mph, def. Brady, 5.836 on a 5.810, 117.92 mph; Blanton, 6.057 on a 6.050, 112.41 mph, def. Carroll, 6.277 on a 6.260, 108.59 mph.

Semifinals – Lytch, 6.312 on a 6.300, 109.32 mph, def. Blanton, 6.059 on a 6.050, 112.76 mph; R. Richardson, bye.

FINAL – Willie Lytch, Southern Pines, 1967 Chevy Camaro, 6.323 on a 6.300, 107.97 mph, def. Robert Richardson, Asheboro, 1969 Chevy Nova, 6.011 on a 6.000, 113.38 mph.

 

Network Distributors Open Comp

Round 3 – Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 12.604 on a 12.670, 102.38 mph, def. Ron Williams, Eagle Springs, foul; Dallas Glenn, Mooresville, 1968 Chevy El Camino, 11.580 on an 11.560, 108.68 mph, def. Nikki Williams, Carthage, 11.662 breakout on an 11.730, 117.30 mph; Curtis Williams, Jacksonville, 12.478 on a 12.600, 97.78 mph, def. Travis Frazier, Franklinville, 1986 Ford Mustang, foul; Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Oldsmobile, 11.240 on an 11.330, 116.34 mph, def. Steve Keller, Mooresville, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 10.372 breakout on a 10.490, 117.21 mph; Willie Morgan, Eagle Springs, bye.

Round 4 – Daniels, bye; Glenn, 11.48 on an 11.560, 113.56 mph, def. Williams, 12.459 breakout on a 12.600, 91.36 mph; Morgan, 11.037 on an 11.140, 120.24 mph, def. West, 12.561 breakout on a 12.670, 99.58 mph.

Semifinals – Daniels, 11.288 on an 11.330, 118.74 mph, def. Morgan, 11.084 breakout on an 11.140, 119.98 mph; Glenn, bye.

FINAL – Dallas Glenn, Mooresville, 1968 Chevy El Camino, 11.541 on an 11.560, 110.26 mph, def. Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Oldsmobile, 11.220 breakout on an 11.330, 119.03 mph.

 

Soles Auto Service Footbrake

Round 5 – Steve Alford, Angier, 6.808 on a 6.780, 94.82 mph, def. Brett Miles, Red Springs, 1974 Plymouth Duster, 7.159 on a 7.140, 92.72 mph; Jamie Carroll, Clayton, 1971 Chevy Nova, 6.363 on a 6.260, 99.94 mph, def. Darlene Wells, Asheboro, 1969 Ford Mustang, 7.290 on a 6.980, 93.82 mph; Kevin Williams, Pageland, S.C., 6.395 on a 6.380, 104.11 mph, def. Scott Yates, Gold Hill, 6.483 on a 6.450, 103.62 mph; David Sears, Holly Springs, 1989 Ford Mustang, 6.021 on a 6.060, 115.18 mph, def. Kenny Roberts, Raynor, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, 6.106 breakout on a 6.160, 112.97 mph; Terry Rucker, NA, 6.718 on a 6.780, 100.05 mph, def. Aaron Brock, Pageland, S.C., foul.

Round 6 – Carroll, Clayton, 1971 Chevy Nova, 6.289 on a 6.270, 106.92 mph, def. Alford, 6.773 on a 6.730, 91.52 mph; Sears, bye; Williams, 6.368 on a 6.370, 107.66 mph, def. Rucker, foul.

Semifinals – Williams, 6.331 on a 6.420, 107.10 mph, def. Sears, foul; Carroll, bye.

FINAL – Jamie Carroll, Clayton, 1971 Chevy Nova, 6.420 on a 6.270, 102.31 mph, def. Kevin Williams, Pageland, S.C., 6.572 on a 6.390, 100.94 mph.

 

PTRA 6.0/7.0 Combo Index

Round 3 – Terry Floyd, Lake Wylie, S.C., 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 6.022 on a 6.000, 114.93 mph, def. Bill Rittz, Danbury, 5.981 breakout on a 6.000, 114.76 mph; Jerrod Youker, Salisbury, 1970 Chevy Nova, 7.034 on a 7.000, 95.07 mph, def. Daniel Comer, New London, 1971 Ford Maverick, 6.973 breakout on a 7.000, 95.52 mph; Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, 6.999 on a 7.000, 98.66 mph, def. Willie Morgan, Eagle Springs, 6.987 breakout on a 7.000, 97.26 mph; Vito Bosca, Bathhurst, New Brunswick, Canada, bye.

Semifinals – Floyd, 5.989 on a 6.000, 115.20 mph, def. Bosca, foul; Brewer, 7.006 on a 7.000, 100.50 mph, def. Youker, foul.

FINAL – Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang, 7.012 on a 7.000, 97.62 mph, def. Terry Floyd, Lake Wylie, S.C., 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 6.021 on a 6.000, 114.96 mph.

 

PTRA 5.30 Index

Round 1 – Marty Campbell, Kannapolis, 1985 Ford Mustang, bye; Andy Jeffers, Cassatt, S.C., 5.470, 128.22 mph, def. Randy Sanders, Eagle Springs, no time; Johnathan Helms, Bennettsville, S.C., 5.381, 122.46 mph, def. Chris Warren, Concord, 6.005, 89.63 mph; Robert Anderson, Cassatt, S.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 5.388, 125.93 mph, def. Jeffrey Toler, Pine Town, 6.266, 120.82 mph.

Semifinals – Anderson, 5.375, 129.73 mph, def. Helms, 5.398, 115.78 mph; Jeffers, 5.489, 127.99mph, def. Campbell, 7.215, 69.11 mph.

FINAL – Robert Anderson, Cassatt, S.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 5.391, 128.18 mph, def. Andy Jeffers, Cassatt, S.C., 5.477, 127.47 mph.

 

SATURDAY

 

Soles Auto Service Saturday Footbrake

Round 5 – Michael Branham, Elgin, S.C., 1990 Ford Mustang, 5.944 on a 5.900, 113.57 mph, def. Brett Miles, Red Springs, 1974 Plymouth Duster, 7.354 on a 7.140, 93.00 mph; Steve Alford, Angier, 6.810 on a 6.770, 92.91 mph, def. Larry Brown, NA, 7.238 breakout on a 7.240, 93.95 mph; Rashad Alford, Benson, 6.875 on a 6.890, 95.01 mph, def. Keith Daniel, Currie, 1988 Ford Mustang, 6.872 breakout on a 6.900, 99.85 mph; Jesse Warren, Concord, 6.497 on a 6.470, 105.41 mph, def. Scott Yates, Gold Hill, 6.468 breakout on a 6.470, 107.19 mph; Aaron Brock, Pageland, S.C., bye.

Round 6 – Brock, 7.023 on a 7.010, 89.96 mph, def. Warren, 6.490 on a 6.480, 105.61 mph; R. Alford, 6.837 on a 6.830, 102.09 mph, def. Branham, 5.940 on a 5.900, 117.42 mph; S. Alford, bye.

Semifinals – S. Alford, 6.829 on a 6.790, 87.79 mph, def. Brock, 6.843 on a 6.800, 86.87 mph; R. Alford bye.

FINAL – Steve Alford, Angier, 6.813 on a 6.790, 95.23 mph, def. Rashad Alford, Benson, 6.860 on a 6.860, 96.67 mph.

 

Donnie Gibbs Racing Outlaw 4.70

Round 3 – Racing suspended and money split among Dale McSwain, Norwood, Nick Cline, Mooresville, 1934 Chevy coupe, Greg Patillo Jr., Charlotte and Kevin Carpenter, NA.

Qualifying – 1. Johnathan Gibbs, Salisbury, 4.705; 2. Dale McSwain, Norwood, 4.716; 3. Kevin Carpenter, NA, 4.716; 4. Jeff Talvacchio, Ernul, 4.717; 5. Nick Cline, Mooresville, 1934 Chevy coupe, 4.718; 6. Jeremy Youker, Salisbury, 4.721; 7. Donnie Gibbs Sr., Mooresville, 4.726; 8. Barry Holshouser, Charlotte, 4.734.

 

ATI Pro Tree Doorslammer

Round 4 – Racing suspended and money split among Tony Moon, Kannapolis, Steve Hilburn, Loris, S.C., Lonnie Plyler, Statesville, Donald Norris, Conway, S.C., 1980 Chevy Monza, Arana Blanton, Loris, S.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, and David Matthews, Kannapolis.

 

PTRA 7.0 Index

Round 3 – Racing suspended and money split between Jerry Cline, Mooresville, 1970 Chevy Nova, and Kenny Myers, Clemmons.

 

PTRA 6.0 Index

Round 3 – Racing suspended and money split among Steve Turner, Blythewood, S.C., Terry Floyd, Lake Wylie, S.C., 1957 Chevy Bel Air, and Robert Richardson, Asheboro, 1969 Chevy Nova.

 

Network Distributors Open Comp

Round 3 – Racing suspended and money split among Kenny Roberts, Raynor, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova, Dale Burris, Concord, 1993 Ford Mustang, Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, Curtis Williams, Jacksonville, and Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Oldsmobile.

 

-www.rockinghamdragway.com-

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Roush Yates Civil Wars Takes On Added Elements This Year

April 23, 2015 by  
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        Match Race Between Cobra Jet Mustangs Is All About North and South

            ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Although it has been playing out at Rockingham Dragway for almost two decades, the Roush Yates Performance Parts Civil Wars takes on a more legitimate North-South flavor (May 1-3) when the quickest and fastest Cobra Jet Mustang from north of the Mason-Dixon takes on its Southern counterpart in a best-of-three match race for high performance bragging rights.

            It’s a new element for the 20th renewal of the Spring Civil Wars which features the Ford Fun Series and crowns champions in the ATI Performance Products Pro Tree Doorslammer class, PTRA Pro Tree eliminator, Soles Auto Service Footbrake, Open Comp, 4.70 Outlaw Top Sportsman, Outlaw True Street and the 5.30, 6.0, 7.0 and 6.0-7.0 Combo Index classes.

             The principals in the special Cobra Jet match race are true racing royalty. 

 For the north, it will be Carl Tasca of Cranston, Rhode Island, son of the late Bob Tasca Sr. who is credited with coining the phrase “win on Sunday; sell on Monday,” and uncle of NHRA Funny Car winner Bob Tasca III.  His car, the “Miss Giada” 2010 Ford Cobra Jet Mustang is the quickest and fastest of the breed, having covered the quarter mile in 7.579 seconds at 184.72 miles per hour in NHRA Super Stock trim.

             For the south, it will be “Hillbilly” Roy Hill, IHRA Pro Stock tour winner, IHRA Pro Stock championship winner as car owner, proprietor of Rockingham-based Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School and all-around legend whose Cobra Jet has strong credentials of its own. 

             “Roy can still bring it,” said track owner Steve Earwood, “and Carl Tasca has made it his mission to have the quickest and fastest Cobra Jet since his dad (Bob Sr.) invented the breed.  It should be fun.”

             The executive vice-president of the Tasca Automotive Group, which owns dealerships throughout New England, Carl had one of the first high performance Mustangs back in 1969.  It was a sapphire blue Mach I Mustang and he remembers the first time he mashed the throttle.

             “I stomped on the accelerator pedal and I was doing this and doing that and my father suddenly turned to me and said, ‘this is a lethal weapon.  Treat it with respect.’”

             The lesson was not lost on Carl, the second of three sons of the family patriarch.  He is fully aware of the potential for disaster contained in a 1,400 horsepower stock car – and loves it every time he pushes that pedal.

             “When Ford decided to re-invent the Cobra Jet in 2008 and built 50 of them, they did so to honor my father,” Tasca said, “and I’m proud to say that as a testimonial to his memory, I have my father’s picture on the car so he’s always with me.”

             The event will begin with open testing from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday.  Saturday’s program includes racing for a $1,500 top prize in the ATI Pro Tree Doorslammer class and for the same amount in the Soles Footbrake class.  The PTRA 5.30, 6.00 and 7.00 Index classes will be contested along with Open Comp, trophies will be awarded in a Fords-only car and truck show, $200 will go to the winner of an all-comers wheelstand contest and Danny O’Day will end the day with an exhibition in his Superwinch professional wheelstander.

             Sunday’s program will feature PTRA Pro Tree Eliminator, Soles Footbrake for a whopping $2,000 top prize, Open Comp and the Combo Index class. 

             Admission is $40 for a three-day combo ticket, $35 with the purchase of a Saturday-Sunday ticket or $20 per day.  Children under six are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot. 

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