The only way to describe this past opening weekend at Farmington Dragway is ..BLESSED! The weather, the crowd and racing was unbelievable for the annual Spring Dollars Day Flea Market and Race for Free.
Taking the two year delayed Race of Champions win in TOP Eliminator was seven time TOP Eliminator champion Tommy Plott of Winston-Salem, NC in his Hank Thomas Performance, Beal Racing Engines Race Tech Dragster defeating two time Farm champion Darrell Collins of Winston-Salem, NC in his HTP Race Tech Dragster. What a final run between the two former Farm champs…as Plott was .010 at the tree going a 4.752 ET off a 4.74 dial-in (.012 off) and Collins with a .014 reaction time and running a 4.878 ET off a 4.87 dial (.008 off). When all the math was done it would be a “Dead Heat” run between the two and the win going to “TP” via the better reaction time. Vance Houston of Spruce Pine, NC was the lone semi-finalist driving Howie Adams Buck Racing Engines Race Tech Dragster.
The Duck Tape Man…Michael Beard of Seagrove, NC captured the Foot Brake ROC race Saturday defeating Mooresville, NC’s Tim Cowick. Only two thousandths of a second separate the two Mopar racers off the start, with former IHRA and MJ Showdown Champion Beard taking the lesser breakout victory over Cowick. The ’85 Plymouth of Beard ran a 9.79 ET off a 9.80 Dial-in to the 6.30 ET off a 6.32 dial-in run of Cowick in his ’70 Dodge. Ernie Humes of Troutman, NC and David Spaugh of Lexington, NC was Foot Brake semi-finalist.
Corey Manuel of Winston-Salem, NC flexed his muscles Saturday taking his first ever Junior Dragster Race of Champions win over Jason Halsey from Independence, VA. Manuel in his “Fastech” Dragster picked up the win off the start as the NAPA backed Dragster of Halsey red-lighted by .005 at the tree.
The current Junior Dragster champ Dillon Winkler of China Grove, NC and Taylor Weatherford from Danville, VA was semi-finalist.
Thanks to the fifty-two drivers that showed up for the two year delayed Farmington Dragway Race of Champions event that is reserved for racers that win a race at Farmington. Don’t forget the 2011 ROC event will be Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 for all this year’s race winners.
Over 160 entries participated in Sunday’s Dollars Day Race for Free event at Farmington Dragway. Taking his first career TOP Eliminator win was Timberlake, NC’s high school student Brandon Pottoroff in his Haw River Flooring Race Tech Dragster. The former Junior Dragster standout in his first TOP race at Farmington used a five thousandths total package to defeat the seven time TOP champion Tommy Plott of Winston-Salem, NC in his Beal Racing Engines/Hank Thomas Performance/ TSR Race Tech Dragster. Pottoroff used a .001 reaction time and ran a 5.084 ET off a 5.08 Dial-in at 136 MPH to stop the veteran Plott’s .034 RT, 4.77 ET off a 4.73 at 142 MPH run. Current Div.9 Hot Rod Champion Matt Robinson of Garner, NC and Michael Combs of Bristol, TN in his Smith Brothers HD Dragster was semi-finalist.
He was a round short the day before in the Foot Brake ROC race, but Sunday David Spaugh wouldn’t be denied a win, as the former two time Foot Brake champion collected the Dollars Day win over ROC runner-up Tim Cowick. The Ford Mustang entry of Spaugh’s turned it green off the start by .033 and ran a 7.15 ET at 96 MPH to get the Dollars day win over a too quick off the tree start (red-light) by Cowick in his Mooresville, NC based Dodge. Bobby York of Pleasant Garden, NC and Tim Griffith of Cedar Bluff, VA was semi-finalist.
The “Hit Gal” Janna “Boo” Vogler of Lewisville, NC drove her brother’s Embee Performance/ RV Landscaping Dragster to the opening day Junior Dragster class win Sunday, defeating Ryan Crews of Advance, NC. Both youngsters was .04 off the tree as the Crews got to the stripe first by .004 too much break out (7.916 ET off a 7.92 Dial-in at 80 MPH). Ms. Vogler ran a winning 7.93 ET off a 7.91 Dial-in at 80 MPH to keep the Vogler Racing Team winning streak alive. Older brother Robert had won at Coast Plains and Rockingham earlier this young season with the “Hit Man” Dragster and with the win Sunday by sister Janna, the car hasn’t been beat in regular racing action.
Thanks again to everyone that attended this weekend’s opening event at legendary Farmington Dragway. Hope you can make plans to attend our opening Farm Points Race Series weekend coming up this Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20th. This coming weekend will officially start up the fourteen race series for the TOP Eliminator, Foot Brake, Junior Dragster, Street and Teen Farm Racer Classes. 2010 Farmington class champions Bobby Williams of Kernersville, NC (TOP Eliminator), Ernie Humes III of Troutman, NC (Foot Brake), Dillon Winkler of China Grove, NC (Junior Dragster), Dennis Jefferson of Mount Airy, NC (Street) and Robert Moser of Yadkinville, NC (Teen Farm Racer) are the regaining series champions.
Saturday, March 19- Gates open at 10 AM and Time runs start at 12 noon, with final elimination’s starting after two practice runs.
Sunday, March 20- Gates open at 9 AM, Chapel Services by Stuart Smith and God Speed Ministries at 10:30 AM, One Time run starts at 12:15 and we go racing after the one practice run.