VOLUME XIV,  ISSUE 2 - MARCH - APRIL  2019

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EVENT COVERAGE

Mopars at the Rock at Rockingham, NC

 

Results and photos courtesy Rockingham Dragway

Dave Crosswhite won a family feud Saturday, April 20, to claim the Bob Reed Memorial Hemi Shootout title before rain forced cancelation of the final rounds of racing in the 28th annual Griffin Motors Mopars at the Rock all-Chrysler drag race and car show at Rockingham Dragway.

 

Crosswhite used the 572-inch aluminum hemi in his 1968 Dodge Dart to turn back brother Tank Crosswhite’s 1964 Dodge Coronet in a showdown on The Rock’s eighth-mile course. The winner stopped the timers in 5.520 seconds at 126.42 miles per hour.

 

Because of the weather, money posted in the other racing categories was split among those still active when the rains came. In the Challenger Shootout, that included Eric and Stephanie Wallace of Union Grove. Eric also still was in contention in the Trophy Class when officials were forced to suspend competition.

Mopar’s from every era were represented from Chris Carter’s classic Super Charger ‘Cuda.

To the Dodge Demon of Eric Taylor.

 

In addition to racing among classic and current Dodges, Plymouths, Chryslers, Jeeps and RAM pickup trucks, over 100 shows entrants entered 26 different awards presented in a variety of car show classes that will be showcased in the magazine Mopar Action which was represented at the event by editor Cliff Gromer.

 

The “Editor’s Choice” award went to Michael Sipe of Lincolnton with his Dodge Colt. The Best of Show picked by the professional car show judges was Glen Tani of Raleigh with his 1970 Challenger and the Best of Show Truck award went to Nat Wolfe, Sherrills Ford, and his 1983 Jeep.

 

The MOPARS of Fayetteville was awarded the Best Club Participation honor.

 

[All towns are in North Carolina unless otherwise noted.]

 

HEMI SHOOTOUT FINAL: Dave Crosswhite, Meadowview, VA, 1968 Dodge Dart, .040, 5.520, 126.42 mph, def. Tank Crosswhite, Glade Spring, VA, 1964 Dodge Coronet, .130, 6.154, 115.46 mph.

 

CHALLENGER SHOOTOUT

Round 2: Sonny Hart, Bolton, 2015 Hellcat, .272, 11.704 on a 10.750, 111.96 mph, def. Steve Bostic, Greensboro, .554, 12.834 on an 11.900, 116.40 mph; Robert Stephens, Bloomingdale, GA, 2018 Demon, .008, 10.003 on a 9.980, 131.59 mph, def. Paul Gibson, Laurinburg, .678, 12.305 breakout on a 12.690, 114.05 mph; Tim Godbee, Guyton, GA, 2018 Demon, .100, 9.900 on a 9.850, 135.58 mph, def. Unknown #47, .558, 10.059 breakout on a 10.200, 136.21 mph; Stephanie Warren, Union Grove, 2018 Hellcat, .346, 10.548 on a 10.680, 129.80 mph, def. Unknown #650, foul; Eric Warren, Union Grove, 2019 Redeye, .185, 10.516 on a 10.510, 131.84 mph, def. Mike Brice, Mt. Holly, .161, 10.978 on a 10.500, 132.30 mph; Chris Martin, Myrtle Beach, SC, bye.

 

Round 3: E. Warren, .269, 10.512 on a 10.510, 131.84 mph, def. Hart, .170, 10.749 breakout on a 10.750, 125.88 mph; Martin, .144, 11.601 on an 11.580, 117.60 mph, def. Godbee, .239, 9.823 breakout on a 9.850, 139.11 mph; S. Warren, .317, 10.633 on a 10.540, 129.52 mph, def. Stephens, foul.

 

Resolution: Because of weather, semifinal and final round money split among Eric and Stephanie Warren, Union Grove, and Chris Martin, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

CHARGER SHOOTOUT

Round 1:Joshua Jones, Kannapolis, 2019 Charger, .102, 12.378 on an 11.900, 112.55 mph, def. Greg Do, Charlotte, 2016 Charger, foul.; Mike England, Morganton, 2016 Hellcat, .175, 9.915 on a 9.800, 125.01 mph, def. Joshua Jones #2, .249, 10.478 on a 10.100, 134.60 mph; Jason Wirth, West Columbia, SC, .081, 13.732 on a 13.500, 104.69 mph, def. Madison Hart, Bolton, 2016 Charger, foul.

 

Semifinals: Jones, .802, 12.005 on an 11.900, 111.47 mph, def. Hart, .373, 12.878 on a 12.200, 110.48 mph; England, .039, 9.831 on a 9.800, 135.76 mph, def. Wirth, .204, 13.578 breakout on a 13.650, 107.45 mph.

 

Resolution: Because of weather, winner and runner-up money was split between Joshua Jones, Kannapolis, and Mike England, Morganton.

 

TOP ELIMINATOR

Round 2: Zack Pennington, Lexington, SC, 1970 Dodge Dart, .034, 6.636 on a 6.570, 102.37 mph, def. Franky Gunter, Pelion, SC, 1983 Plymouth Arrow, .060, 6.696 breakout on a 6.720, 99.69 mph; Mike Vanwagenen, Ayden, 1968 Dodge Charger, .020, 5.943 on a 5.790, 116.92 mph, def. Jeff Taylor, Gilbert, SC, 1972 Plymouth Duster, .018. 6.736 breakout on a 6.760, 101.29 mph; James Brantley Jr., Richburg, SC, .011, 6.806 on a 6.810, 99.03 mph, def. unknown #1969, .008, 6.073 breakout on a 6.090, 111.04 mph; Johnny Smith, NA, .130, 5.730 on a 5.680, 123.27 mph, def. Vick Helms, Catawba, SC, .014, 6.588 breakout on a 6.590, 101.73 mph; Tracy Massey, Wilmington, 1969 Plymouth GTX, .018, 6.176 on a 6.130, 106.48 mph, def. West Kelly, Matthews, 1972 Plymouth Barracuda.

 

Round 3: Pennington, bye; Smith, .019, 6.916 on a 5.690, 79.33 mph, def. Vanwagenen, foul; Taylor (buyback), .029, 6.756 on a 6.720, 100.65 mph, def. Gunter (buyback), .081, 6.832 on a 6.690, 101.57 mph; Massey, .003, 6.132 on a 6.140, 110.42 mph, def. Brantley, foul.

Zack Pennington

 

Resolution: Because of weather, semifinal and final round money split among Zack Pennington, Lexington, SC, Johnny Smith, Jeff Taylor, Gilbert, SC, and Tracy Massey, Wilmington.

 

FOOTBRAKE

Round 3: Bo Carter, Elizabethton, TN, 1968 Plymouth Satellite, .027, 6.300 on a 6.280, 102.84 mph, def. Steve Stilner, Jonesville, VA, .068, 6.932 on a 6.930, 97.64 mph; Bobby York, Pleasant Garden, 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, .079, 6.402 on a 6.160, 91.52 mph, def. Dale Cherry, .129, 6.879 on a 6.630, 106.67 mph; Steve Bowman, Kernersville, 1995 Dodge Dakota, .043, 5.707 on a 5.680, 120.55 mph, def. David Horton, Belews Creek, .048, 6.538 breakout on a 6.550, 104.96 mph; Philip Whitley, .006, 6.578 on a 6.580, 104.30 mph, def. Robert Stephens, Bloomingdale, GA, 2018 Dodge Challenger, foul; Thurman Warren Jr., Dunn, .044, 9.224 on a 9.220, 78.74 mph, def. Dennis Coppe, Shallotte, 1974 Dodge, .060, 6.330 on a 6.320, 97.43 mph; Art Laselle, Fayetteville, 1991 Dodge Daytona, .001, 5.716 on a 5.630, 121.78 mph, def. Stephen Cook, Loris, SC, 1973 Dodge Dart, .032, 6.936 breakout on a 6.980, 97.43 mph; Kevin Locklear, Sanford, 1971 Plymouth Duster, bye.

 

Resolution: Because of weather, quarterfinal through final round money was split among Bo Carter, Elizabethton, TN, Bobby York, Pleasant Garden, Steve Bowman, Kernersville, Philip Whitley, Thurman Warren Jr., Dunn, Art Laselle, Fayetteville, and Kevin Locklear, Sanford.

 

TROPHY

Round 3: Christian Lampon, Monroe, 2018 Dodge Challenger, .118, 14.190 on a 14.130, 96.73 mph, def. Ryan Wilcox, Fayetteville, 2018 Dodge Charger, .210, 13.683 breakout on a 13.800, 100.35 mph; James Lowe, Colfax, 1969 Dodge Coronet, .110, 16.150 on a 15.500, 67.72 mph, def. Grand Skidmore, York, SC, 1997 Jeep, .735, 15.404 on a 15.000, 89.80 mph; Scott Hartman, Charlotte, .163, 13.709 on a 13.580, 103.45 mph, def. Justin Upchurch, Stockdale, 1999 Dodge Dakota, foul; Thurman Warren Jr., Dunn, .046, 14.586 on a 14.280, 79.99 mph, def. Unknown #741, .496, 11.573 on an 11.430, 116.26 mph; Eric Warren, Union Grove, 2019 Dodge Challenger, .039, 10.616 on a 10.510, 129.00 mph, def. Howard Stewart, Godwin, 2009 Dodge Challenger, .205, 15.134 on a 13.200, 75.64 mph; David Horton, Belews Creek, .097, 12.420 on a 12.400, 106.52 mph, def. Charles Duke, Wilmington, foul; Dinky Arias, Vass, 1998 Dodge Dakota, .218, 14.958 on a 14.950, 89.84 mph, def. Steffon Batts, Columbia, SC, .526, 10.157 breakout on a 10.200, 135.43 mph.

 

Resolution: Because of weather, race was suspended after three rounds with seven racers still in contention: Christian Lampon of Monroe, James Lowe of Colfax, Scott Hartman of Charlotte, Thurman Warren Jr. of Dunn, Eric Warren of Union Grove, David Horton of Belews Creek and Dinky Arias of Vass.  

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