Welcome to Drag City News

Here's a breif history of what Drag City News was and is now. It was a newspaper started back in 1976 by then Farmington Dragway track operators Jim Turner and Jerry Joyce to PROMOTE racing at Farmington, but to also give their racers extra exposure to the world. Enter Norman Drouilard, Sr, with out his connections in the newspaper printing world, there wouldn't have been a DCN. Again it featured Race Results, Up coming events and features on racers ...but most importantly it had PICTURES. Later I brought it back to life PROMOTING the Carolina Coalition. Like everything else in this world it has gone to computers. There quicker to update and don't cost as much to do. BUT there is still nothing like seeing pictures in news print. What I hope to do here is bring back a little of that past and mix it with todays modern blog.

I want to go back it time, but not get stuck there. I want to keep a posting on local track races, race results and it's racers. Bascicly have a daily newspaper for anyone interested in the world of drag racing.


Mark Joyce

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Farmington's Opening Points Race Weekend March 19-20

What another great weekend of drag racing as Farmington Dragway kicked off it’s 2011 Points race series. Over 200 different racers were on hand to participate in the MHR, RV Landscaping, A-1 Mobile Marine, Williams Brothers, Pepsi Farm Racers Series.
 Taking Saturday feature wins was Cameron Manuel in TOP Eliminator, Tim Griffith in Foot Brake, Zachery Pauley in Junior Dragster, Tia Tutterow in Teen Farm Racers and Rocky Sidden in
Super Street
. Manuel the reigning IHRA Super Rod World Champion drove his Justice Racing Undercover Dragster to the TOP Eliminator class win over Jonesville, NC’s Boone Swaim in his G&G Energy Chevrolet Camaro. The TOP Dash for Cash winner Swaim went red off the start to give Manual the automatic win going a winning 4.53 ET at 151 MPH to the foul start 7.25 ET at 92 MPH of Swaim. 2010 TOP Champion Bobby Williams of Kernersville, NC was the lone semi-finalist in his “Dead Serious” Chevrolet Camaro.
  2009 MJ Foot Brake Champions Showdown winner Tim Griffith of Cedar Bluff, VA drove his Chevrolet Cavalier to the no electronics Foot Brake win defeating 2009 Foot Brake champion Ray Crane of Morganton, NC. Griffith in his slow but steady entry had a better reaction time from the start to hold off a quicker Crane in his Stock Yard Steaks and Country Buffet Buick. Griffith ran a 9.63 ET at 70 MPH to the quicker 7.43 ET at 87 MPH time of the former Farm Champ Crane.
Darrell Powell of Morganton, NC was the lone semi-person in his Chevrolet Camaro.  Mark Dudley of Walkertown, NC in his Dodge Dart and Ernie Humes of Troutman, NC in his Dodge Demon was the co-Dash for Cash winners in Foot Brake.
  Davie High School student Zachery Pauley of Advance, NC made a statement Saturday by dominating the opening Junior Dragster race. Pauley won a special best reaction bonus in round one of time runs with a “001 light and never looked back until the finals were over. In the finals against the regaining Junior Dragster Dillon Winkler of China Grove, NC he used a better reaction time and ran a 7.94 ET at 75 MPH to beat the “Ice Man” Winkler’s 8.02 ET at 82 MPH run. In the semi-finals Pauley had to stop good friend Ryan Crew in his Advance, NC based Dragster to advance to the finals.  Jason Halsey of Independence, VA collected the other best reaction award by the Williams Brothers and John Holman.
 A pair of third generation drag racers Tia Tutterow of Lewisville, NC and Justin Stanley of Greensboro, NC made up Teen Farm Racers finals in the opening Farm Points race action. Tia riding with Grandpa Tom in his Dodge Truck ran a 10.10 ET at 69 MPH to stop the MJ Power Ranger Ford of Justin and dad Levi, Jr. Good friends Nick McDowell and Corey Manual of Winston-Salem, NC were semi-finalist.
 Rocky Sidden of Lexington, NC drove his Pontiac Trans-Am to the
Super Street
class win defeating Danny Smith of High Point, NC in his Chevrolet S-10 Truck. The “Rock” broke out the least going a 10.75 ET off a 10.81 dial-in to Smith’s 10.29 ET off a 10.36 Dial-in final fun.
2010 Super Street
champion Dennis Jefferson of Mt. Airy, NC was the lone semi-finalist.

 Taking Farm Racers Series victories on Sunday was Levi Stanley, Jr, in TOP Eliminator, Robert Benge. Jr in Foot Brake, Robert Vogler, Jr. in Junior Dragster, Corey Manuel in Farm Teen Racers and Danny Smith in
Super Street
. Coming out of the ghetto side for the TOP Eliminator win was Levi Stanley, Jr. driving his Beal Racing Engines, Senior Racing Race Tech Dragster defeating Brandon Hutchens of Yadkinville, NC in his Chrysler LeBaron. “Lil Levi” used a better reaction time of the start at ran a 4.85 ET at 139 MPH to beat out the 5.30 ET at 133 MPH run of the “Drifter Too” Hutchens. This was Stanley’s first career Farmington Dragway TOP Eliminator win and not bad considering they had just put the motor back in the car late Friday. Three time Farm Champion Mike Hutchens of Yadkinville, NC and Boone Swaim of Jonesville, NC was semi-finalist.
 Robert Benge, Jr of Mount Airy, NC drove the wheels of his Benge Masonry Chevrolet Camaro to take the Foot Brake win over Farmington, NC’s Jeff Flood in his Chevrolet Vega. Former Farm MOD ET Champion Flood turned it red (foul) at the start giving the 2009 Farm Motorcycle champion the automatic Foot Brake class win. Benge ran a 5.94 ET at 116 MPH on the all 1/8th mile concrete race surface to the runner-up 6.54 ET at 112 MPH time of the Flood man. Kelly Stevens of Bostic, NC and Timmy Alexander of Mocksville, NC was semi-finalist.
 2011’s Junior Dragster “Hot Shoe” Robert Vogler, Jr. of Lewisville, NC drove his Embee Performance, RV Landscaping, Hank Thomas Performance Dragster to the win over Saturday’s semi finals man Ryan Crews. The Advance, NC racer Crews red-lighted by.008 of the start handing Vogler his first FRS point’s race win of the young season. The “Hit Man” Vogler ran a 7.89 ET at 82 MPH to collect his third win this season. One at Coastal Plains and Rockingham Drag way’s earlier this year. The Taylor Davis of Thomasville, NC was the lone semi-finalist in his “Blowin Money” Dragster.
 After blowing a motor in his Junior Dragster the day before, Corey Manual of Winston-Salem, NC rebounded with a first time Farm Teen Racer victory over Saturday’s winner Tia Tutterow of Lewisville, NC on Sunday. Manuel in his Ford Truck used a better reaction time and ran an 11.36 ET at 55 MPH to beat out Tia’s 10.04 ET at 70 MPH run by five thousandths at the finish line. Kaleb Dunlap of Mocksville, NC was the lone semi-finalist in his mom’s Ford Mustang.
 Danny Smith of High Point, NC used a dead on the dial in run in the finals (10.26 ET on a 10.26 dial-in) with his Chevrolet S-10 Truck to stop quicker 8.99 ET at 81 MPH run of Winston-Salem, NC’s Amanda Justice in her slick new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. Second generation drag racer Blake Brown of Winston-Salem, NC was the lone semi-finalist.
 The next Farm Racers Series Points races are scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, at Farmington Dragway. Gates open Saturday, April 2nd at 9 AM, Time runs start at 12 noon, 2 Time runs at GO racing.
 Sunday, April 3rd- Gates open at 9 AM, God Speed Church Services by Stuart Smith at 10:30 AM, 1 Time Run starting at 12:15 PM and then GO racing.
 Gate Admission is just $10.00 and Kids Under 12 are FREE. Come enjoy the “Southeast’s BEST Championship Bracket racing” at the home of the 8x IHRA TEAM FINALS Champions at Farmington Dragway. Go to http://www.farmingtondragway.net/ for complete updates or http://www.dragcitynews.blogspot.com/

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