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Results From The Rock

Postby roadagent » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:13 pm

Two Past PDRA Jr. Dragster Winners Lock Up in Final Round at Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – In a spectacular double-breakout final round involving 2014 and 2015 Jr. Dragster winners at Rockingham Dragway’s PDRA Spring Open, Samuel Peterson slipped past Connor Caulder Sunday to win the $5,000 top prize in the inaugural Holiday Junior Jam.

Caulder, a Rockingham regular from St. Pauls who won the PDRA Pro Jr. Dragster title at The Rock in 2014, got the starting line advantage and got to the finish line first but was guilty of running under his 7.900 second target by .006 of a second.

Meanwhile, Peterson, the son of Jason and Stephanie Peterson, who manage US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich., also ran under his target but only by .004 of second. Peterson won the PDRA Top Jr. Dragster crown at the 2015 Spring Open.

More than 100 aspiring young drag racing champions from 15 states and Canada battled the weather and one another for a shot at one of the biggest cash purses in Jr. Dragster history. Juniors raced in age group categories to determine a final eight.

Among the others who advanced to the main event was two-time NHRA Eastern Conference Jr. Dragster Champion Carson “Big Check” Emmett of Cedar Bluff, Ala., a double-up winner earlier this year when Rockingham played host to the Midwest Jr. Dragster Super Series.

The long distance award was grabbed off by Braiden Owen of Palmer, Alaska, who reached the round of six in 10-13 year old division.

Carter Jackson of Cartersville, Va., won Friday’s Gamblers Race for 6-9 year olds, beating Brandon Jenkins of Mechanicsville, Md., in the final. The other two Gamblers races were interrupted by rain and the purse split among those still in competition.
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Re: Results From The Rock

Postby Ten5TireDad » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:51 pm

The cold and wind on Friday made for a challenging time. It was far from typical North Carolina weather. The parents and racers toughed it out all day and night.
Saturday was a washout from the start. They should have made the call earlier in the day instead of making everyone wait all day. They could have run the golf cart race even with a wet track. We drive them on wet pavement and grass normally, at least that would've had some productiveness to the time waiting in the cold.
Sunday was perfect weather for this! Started the day with some clouds and grey skies, but before first round came it was clear blue skies, and plenty of sunshine.
Great first event at a friendly and accommodating track. Excellent promotions by Tony. As always words of encouragement, and prayer by Steve Earwood. What Jr event would be complete without the endless trivia, knowledge, and enthusiastic POW We've got laundry by Homer announcing it all. I don't know if it lived up to everyone's hopes and ideas of how it would be, but it was a good time with a lot of parents and kids doing what we enjoy.
Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates and gives this event 3 days of sun and warm.
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Re: Results From The Rock

Postby Flathead1 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:09 pm

Yes it was very disappointing that they did not run the golf cart race. I was told it was because there was no medical crew there. I'm not sure if that was true or not. More disappointing was the fact that you go thru 6 rounds of racing during the gamblers race and get nothing. Those races only paid top two spots. With the cost we paid for the total event entry, spectator entry,buy backs and camping. It would have been nice to get a tiny bit of money just to even pay for the fuel in the car. I talked with many racers that were shocked when no money was paid for semi's on Friday night.

There also needs to be a option to pay for only the races you want to run. Out of ten total races listed to be run, only 4 were ran, with three of them coming on Friday night. I know we can't control the weather also. There needs to be just like at most tracks somebody making sure rules are followed. Driving Jrs back to the pits, pushing them with golf carts by Dads foot, 8 yr olds driving golf carts and mini bikes. We saw one young man flip his car in the pits while dad was pushing it with his foot. This is why we have rules.

Hope the race continues with some minor changes in how it's ran.
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Re: Results From The Rock

Postby Ten5TireDad » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:58 pm

You were able to purchase individual races if you didn't pre purchase. If it had gone off without and weather issues it would have been great. The flyer showed winner and runner up as the only payout for Friday, so there's no reason upset about not getting anything. There wasn't a payout except for the winner and runner up.
The kids driving/riding really needs to be addressed. Not just here, but every track. There are a few responsible kids, but not enough of them.
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Re: Results From The Rock

Postby L5 RACING » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:25 pm

I'm really glad Steve Earwood allowed this race to happen at his track. I have been racing motorcycles at this track for 20 years and Steve and crew are still great. I wish more tracks would take note of what Tony and Steve are doing with the Jr's. Great event. Mother nature gonna do what she does but made a great trip that all the VMP racers ate dinner and partied together.
Let's go fast and be safe at it. Thanks to Ken Dabney, TintMaster, Mike George, Wayne Thornton and Thornton Motorsports for all there help guiding me into this new sport.
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