NHRA Story
SGMP takes third team title
Friday, October 05, 2012


VALDOSTA, Ga. – South Georgia Motorsports Park scored their third Team Championship in a row at the NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals as four individual racers advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship.

The team from Valdosta, Ga., collected 60 points to lead a field of 10 teams with Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville holding on for second at 52 and Silver Dollar Raceway, Reynolds, Ga., third at 51.

It was a family feud in the Motorcycle Final round as Roy Hagadorn met up with his wife Candy for the championship and bragging rights. Roy took win and the trophy in a double breakout as the pair road identical ’81 Suzuki motorcycles. Roy had a slight advantage at the starting line running a 5.584 second lap on his 5.60 dial to Candy who went 5.639 (5.66 dial) at 119.94 mph.

With the win, Roy advances to the Summit Racing Series National Championship in Pomona, Calif., where he will be joined by David Scigliuto, Kelly King, and Daniel Salyers who also won this weekend. The four will do battle with the winner’s from the other six NHRA Divisions as they complete for a purse of more than $100,000.

Scigliuto, Seminole, Fla., worked his way through the Super Pro field and into a final round match up with Jonathan Pope, Byron, Ga.  The two left the line together but Scigliuto was better at the finish by about nine feet to take the win and the trophy in his ’04 dragster.

Stockbridge, Ga., racer King, wheeled a ’71 Vega to a 6.434 second, 101 mph win over Mark Neeld, Middleburg, Fla., in the Pro class as Salyers won in the Sportsman category. Salyers, Reddick, Fla., went 10.374 seconds in his ’05 Chevy P/U to beat Brett Veneman, Jacksonville, Fla., at 8.238 in his ’93 Mustang.

In the Division’s Jr. Drag Racing League Championship it was Taylor Bouldry leading the way out of Sarasota, Fla., taking the win over Drew Hostetter in the 13-17 year old class. Jordan Holley and Michael Carpenter took the wins for the 10-12 and 8-9 year olds as Holley, Zebulon, Ga., held off Gage Burch, Palmetto, Fla., and Carpenter won a close one over Caraline McCarty, Hazelhurt, Ga., who also advanced to the final in the 8-9 year old Race of Champions earlier in the weekend.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIHP
South Georgia Motorsports Park 60
Auto-Plus Raceway 52
Silver Dollar Raceway 51
Showtime Dragway 48
Orlando Speed World 41
Atlanta Dragway 35
US 19 Dragway 30
Bristol Dragway 17
Music City Raceway 16
zMax Dragway 1


The following are the final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park:

SUPER PRO
David Scigliuto, Seminole, Fla., ‘04 dragster, 4.810, 141.21 def.
Jonathan Pope, Byron, Ga., ‘93 S-10, 6.254, 107.87

PRO
Kelly King, Stockbridge, Ga., ‘71 Vega, 6.434, 101.87 def.
Mark Neeld, Middleburg, Fla., ‘58 Ford P/U, 6.732, 99.23

SPORTSMAN
Daniel Salyers, Reddick, Fla., ‘05 Chevy P/U, 10.374, 68.29 def.
Brett Veneman, Jacksonville, Fla., ‘93 Mustang, 8.238, 80.85

MOTORCYCLE
Roy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla., ‘81 Suzuki, 5.584, 119.59 def.
Candy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla., ‘81 Suzuki, 5.639, 119.94

JR 13-17 YEAR OLD
Taylor Bouldry, Sarasota, Fla., 7.948, 81.16 def.
Drew Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., 7.950, 80.82

JR 10-12 YEAR OLD
Jordan Holley, Zebulon, Ga., 9.130, 70.40 def.
Gage Burch, Palmetto, Fla., 9.050, 68.31

JR 8-9 YEAR OLD
Michael Carpenter, St Pete, Fl., 13.015, 44.49 def.
Caraline McCarty, Hazelhurst, Ga., 13.070, 50.84


Saturday

VALDOSTA, Ga. – J. Kelly Hicks and Jimmy Bowden led the list of winners for the NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Race of Champions at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Hicks, St. Augustine, Fla., took the trophy in Super Pro with a 5.020 second lap at 137.15 mph in an ’07 Dragster.  Hicks defeated the quicker Ashley Strickland, Concord, N.C., at 4.956, 132.76 mph.

Orlando racer Bowden, drove his ’69 Dart to the win in Pro as Brandon Wood left early with a foul start.  Bowden ran it out to a 7.131, 94.66 mph lap.

Van Greer and Dana Smith also advanced to the winner’s circle taking the wins in Sportsman and Super Pro Bike respectively.  Greer, out of Kingsport, Tenn., beat Kenny Bevins, Albany, Ga., and his ’72 Vega.  Greer clocked in at 11.876 seconds for the win.  Smith, Jacksonville, Fla., on a ’06 Harley Davidson, held off Todd Heiser, Orlando, on an ’11 Suzuki.  Smith went 7.862, 87.85 to the hard charging Heiser at 5.219, 134.36.

In the High School class it was Trevor Estes, Tallahassee, Fla., taking the win over Darianne Stutts.   Estes’ ’71 Maverick went 7.620 to Suttts’ 10.566 in a ’91 Skylark. 

The Jr. Dragster Race of Champions went to Jordyn Prince, Isaac Evans, and Michael Carpenter.  Prince won against Allison Townsend in the 13-17 year old category; Evans nipped Autumn Greene at the strip for the 10-12 year old trophy; and Carpenter defeated Caraline McCarty for the 8-9 year old championship.

The following are the final results from the 2012 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Race of Champions:

SUPER PRO
J. Kelly Hicks, St Augustine, Fla., '07 Miller, 5.020, 137.15 def.
Ashley Strickland, Concord, N.C., dragster, 4.956, 132.76.

PRO ET
Jimmy Bowden, Orlando, '69 Dart, 7.131, 94.66 def.
Brandon Wood, Lakeland, Ga., '87 Camaro, foul.

SPORTSMAN
Van Greer, Kingsport, Tenn., '96 Dodge Ram, 11.876, 55.81 def.
Kenny Bevins, Albany, Ga., '72 Vega, 7.694, 82.25.

SUPER PRO BIKE
Dana Smith, Jacksonville, Fla., '06 Harley Davidson, 7.862, 87.85 def.
Todd Heiser, Orlando, Fla., '11 Suzuki, 5.219, 134.36.

HIGH SCHOOL
Trevor Estes, Tallahassee, Fla., '71 Maverick, 7.620, 80.57 def.
Darianne Stutts, Green Cove Springs, Fla., '91 Skylark, 10.566, 66.96.

JR. DRAGSTER 13-17
Jordyn Prince, Titusville, Fla., dragster, 7.969, 77.96 def.
Allison Townsend, Kathleen, Ga., dragster, 7.898, 82.72.

JR. DRAGSTER 10-12
Isaac Evans, Athens, Ala., dragster, 8.959, 73.81 def.
Autumn Greene, Bradenton, Fla., dragster, 8.952, 70.09.

JR. DRAGSTER 8-9
Michael Carpenter, St Pete, Fla., dragster, 13.169, 44.92 def.
Caraline McCarty, Hazelhurst, Ga., dragster, 13.152, 50.38.


Preview

NORTH VALDOSTA, Ga. – The top bracket racers in NHRA’s Southeast division will be on hand at South Georgia Motorsports Park, Oct.5-6, for the 2012 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Finals.  Racers in five categories from across the region will compete for individual and team honors and a share of the cash and contingency purse.  Racing classes include Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School. Individual champions from the Summit Racing Series will advance to the national championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November.  They will compete against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for national titles and a winner-take-all $5,000 payday.  Racers who run in Pomona will receive an additional $3,500.

The team from South Georgia Motorsports in Cecil, Ga., took home the team title in 2011.  Mark Horton took home the championship in Super Pro.  The Pro win went to Jesse Ivey, and Jon Siegel was the winner in the Sportsman class. Jerry Turner outlasted his fellow Motorcycle competitors.  Ryan Richardson was the proud champion of the High School class.

Gates at South Georgia Motorsports Park open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and at 7 a.m. on Saturday.  Time trials will start Friday at 8:30 a.m.  Summit Racing Series and Jr. Dragster Race of Champions are Friday afternoon.  Event eliminations begin Saturday at noon.  South Georgia Motorsports Park is located on 2521 HWY 41 North.  For more information call the track, (229) 896-7000, or visit www.racesgmp.com or www.NHRAdiv2.com.

SUMMIT RACING SERIES SOUTHEAST DIVISION FINALS: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Summit Racing Series, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Southeast division compete in five classes for individual and team honors.  Competing classes include: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School.  Event winners from Saturday’s action in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Pro Bike will advance to a national run-off at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in California. 

WHERE: South Georgia Motorsports Park, North Valdosta, Ga. Track is located on 2521 HWY 41 North.

WHEN:  Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, 2012

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, Oct. 5 -- Gates open at 7:30 a.m.  Time runs are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.  High School Race of Champions round 1 at 4 p.m.  Summit Series Race of Champions at 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 6 -- Gates open at 7 a.m.  Eliminations begin at noon followed by Final Eliminations at 9:30 p.m.

PURSE: The Summit Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Pro Bike will compete for cash awards of nearly $10,000

The winners in each category will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November.  They will each receive $3,500 for advancing to the Finals and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000. 

Participants in the High School category compete for trophies.

2011 EVENT WINNERS: South Georgia Motorsports Park, team champion; Mark Horton, Super Pro; Jesse Ivey, Pro; Jon Siegel, Sportsman; Jerry Turner, Pro Bike

FEATURES: Nearly 400 racers in five racing categories, including: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike and High School.