South Georgia Motorsports Park takes team championship
CECIL, Ga. (October 2, 2010) – The South Georgia Motorsports Park Team piled up 42 points to take their first Team Championship for this weekend’s NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil Ga., while two Georgia racers added individual championships.
Following the South Georgia team were the teams from Sunshine Dragstrip and Bradenton Motorsports Park who are sister tracks from Florida. Sunshine scored 39 points to finish second and Bradenton finished in a tie for 3rd with Atlanta Dragway with 34 points.
Phillip Owens led the individual winners taking home the trophy in the Super Pro class. The Lithia Springs, Ga., racer blasted down the track in 4.725 seconds at 138.86 mph for the win against Gary Marshall, North Fort Myers, Fla. Myers ran 4.841 at 141.33 for the runner up finish.
Joining Owens was Leesburg, Ga., resident Jimmy Santos, running for Silver Dollar Raceway, who held off the quicker Steve Foley, Barbourville, Ky., for the win in the Sportsman class. Santos went 8.387 seconds in his ’79 Camaro to Foley’s 8.213 in his ’74 Duster. The win was Santos first win of the season and the biggest of his career.
In the Pro class, Gary Williams outlasted the rest of the field winning over David Scott, Jacksonville, Fla. Williams, Bradenton, Fla., put his ’85 S-10 in the winner’s circle with a lap of 6.460 seconds at 101.04 mph to Scott’s 6.953 in his Camaro. Williams also won on Friday in the 6.50 Index class knocking out Dennis Deal, Bonaire, Ga.
The win in Motorcycle went to Fleming Island, Fla., rider Mike Lakoskey and his ’95 Suzuki. Lakoskey took the win with a lap of 5.290 seconds at 130.09 mph against Mike Voss of Maplewood, Minn., at 5.623, 114.93 mph. These four winners will advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship in Pomona, Calif., in November where they will face off against the Summit Division Champions from NHRA’s six other divisions.
Also in action this weekend was the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League and both the Southeast Division Jr. Championships and the Division’s Race of Champions. On Saturday with the Race of Champions with Florida racers making a clean sweep led by David Peterson, Nokomis, Fla., taking the win in the 13-17 year old class. Peterson went 7.922 seconds at 82.63 mph to defeat Zachary Allen, Panama, Fla. Daniel Young and Katrina Carpenter took wins in their respective classes as well. Young, Palm Harbor, Fla., won in the 10-12 year old class downing Landon Stahl, Boone, N.C., and Carpenter, St. Pete, Fla., held off Abby Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., in an all female 8-9 year old final.
On Sunday, the Jr. racers took to the track for the Southeast Division Championship with Bailey Denton leading the charge in the 13-17 year old class. The McDonough, Ga., racer clicked off an 8.010 second lap at 71.95 mph in beating Darren Peterson, Nokomis, Fla. A pair of Florida racers took home the other two NHRA trophies with Jennifer Craft, Melbourne, Fla., winning the 10-12 year old class and Abby Hostetter making her way to the winner’s circle in the 8-9 year old category. Craft ran an 8.930 on an 8.90 index to win over Camryn Fredrickson, Palm Harbor, Fl., who fouled with a red light start. Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., took a starting-line advantage and never looked back to win over Carson Brown, Bluntville, Tenn. Hostetter clocked in at 13.111 at 54.83 mph to Brown’s 13.170 at 46.75. The win was the first NHRA Wally trophy win for all three racers.
Other winners on Friday were Viktor Adams, Gainesville, Fla., in the 7.50 Index class and his ’89 Firebird over John Norris, Royston, Ga.; Robert Ward, Sanford, Fla., against Charlie McCulloch, Kennesaw, Ga., in the Open Comp Full Body class; and Jerry Norton, Bradenton, Fla., over Aaron Roberts, Bluff City, Tenn., in Open Comp Open Body.
The division’s High School Championship came down to Allen Long, Ballfround, Ga., and Trevor Estes, Tallahassee, Fla., with Long getting the best of Estes in his ’96 Chevy running 11.064 seconds at 59.24 mph for the win.
Drivers from the Southeast Division in the NHRA Summit Racing Series gathered at Gainesville Raceway in March 2011 for the annual Race of Champions event. Run in conjunction with the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, the 2010 top points earners from each track in the Southeast Division faced off to be crowned the winner of their class in the Race of Champions on Sunday. Sunshine Dragstrip, Clearwater, Fla., and sister track, Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Fla., swept the event this weekend by having drivers from their tracks win all four competing classes.
Mark Ciechowski, Clearwater, Fla., made it through the 12-car field and defeated Mark Mullen in the final to become the Super Pro Race of Champions winner. Driving his ’02 dragster with a Chevy 588 engine, he ran a final eighth-mile time of 4.978 seconds at 133.99 mph and brought home a win for his home track, Sunshine Dragstrip.
Bradenton Motorsports Park drivers dominated the rest of the event. In Pro, Chris Adams and Joe Tillman, Longwood, Fla., raced the strip in their 1970s vehicles in the final round. Adams, Bradenton, Fla., was victorious in his ’76 Vega, running 6.669 seconds at 95.82 mph.
In Sportsman, Kevin Roberts, St. Petersburg, Fla., and his ’02 Corvette faced off against Mike Jubinski, Crestview, Fla., and his ’71 Dodge Demon. Roberts ran his Corvette for 8.423 seconds at 85.89 mph to beat out Jubinski’s run of 9.661 seconds at 72.21 mph.
Bringing home the third and final trophy for Bradenton Motorsports Park in Motorcycle was the rider from Venice, Fla., Roy Hagadorn. Hagadorn, the 2008 Motorcycle Southeast Division champion in the Summit Racing Series made it back to the winner’s circle on Sunday after defeating Eddie Torres, Farjado, Puerto Rico. Racing with his ’81 Suzuki, Hagadorn ran for 5.628 seconds at 118.18 mph in the final round.
The following are final results from the NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park:
Team Championship Final Points Standings
South Georgia Motorsports Park 42
Sunshine Dragstrip 39
Bradenton Motorsports Park 34
Atlanta Dragway 34
Bristol Dragway 32
Silver Dollar Raceway 31
Orlando Speedworld Dragway 29
Music City Raceway 29
Gainesville Raceway 28
Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park 15
Emerald Coast Dragway 13
Puerto Rico Int’l Raceway 1
Phillip Owens, Lithia Springs, Ga., ’05 Dragster 4.725 seconds, 138.86 mph def.
Gary Marshall, Fort Myers, Fla., ’00 dragster 4.841, 141.33
Gary Williams, Bradenton, Fla., ’85 S-10, 6.460, 101.04 def.
David Scott, Jacksonville, Fla., Camaro, 6.953, 96.13
Jimmy Santos, Leesburg, Ga., ’79 Camaro, 8.387, 81.40 def.
Steve Foley, Barbourville, Ky., ’74 Duster, 8.213, 78.57
Mike Lakoskey, Fleming Island, Fla., ’95 Suzuki, 5.290, 130.09 def.
Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., 5.623, 114.93.
Jr. Dragster 13-17 year old
Bailey Denton, McDonough, Ga., 8.010, 71.95 def.
Darren Peterson, Nokomis, Fla., 9.514, 50.88
Jr. Dragster 10-12 year old
Jennifer Craft, Melbourne, Fla., 8.930, 72.11 def.
Camryn Fredrickson, Palm Harbor, Fla., 8.904, 72.48
Jr. Dragster 8-9 year old
Abby Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fl., 13.111, 54.83 def
Carson Brown, Bluntville, Tenn., 13.170 47.75
Jr. Dragster 13-17 year old Race of Champions
David Peterson, Nokomis, Fla., 7.922, 82.63 def.
Zachary Allen, Panama, Fla., 8.198, 81.64
Jr. Dragster 10-12 year old Race of Champions
Daniel Young, Palm Harbor, Fla., 9.582, 60.78 def.
Landon Stahl, Boone, N.C., 8.890, 71.70
Jr. Dragster 8-9 year old Race of Champions
Katrina Carpenter, St Pete, Fla., 12.950, 48.61 def.
Abby Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., 12.948, 52.41
Gary Williams, Bradenton, Fla., ‘85 S-10, 7.376, 57.50 def.
Dennis Deal, Bonaire, Ga., ’93 Chevy
Viktor Adams, Gainesville, Fla., ’89 Firebird, 7.499, 84.43 def.
John Norris, Royston, Ga., ’86 Camaro, 7.476, 78.52
Open Comp Full Body
Robert Ward, Sanford, Fla., ’72 Maverick 8.472, 78.87 def.
Charlie McCulloch, Kennesaw, Ga., ’98 Cobra, 6.945,101.58
Open Comp Open Body
Jerry Norton, Bradenton, Fla., 5.070, 127.98 def.
Aaron Roberts, Bluff City, Tenn., 4.923, 137.53
Allen Long, Ballfround, Ga., ’96 Chevy, 11.064, 59.24 def.
Trevor Estes, Tallahassee, Fla., ’71 Maverick, 8.520, 79.22
Super Pro Race of Champions
Mark Ciechowski, Clearwater, Fla., ’02 Miller, 4.978, 133.99 def.
Mark Mullen, ’66 Chevelle, 6.970, 97.76
Pro Race of Champions
Chris Adams, Bradenton, Fla., ’76 Vega, 6.669, 95.82 def.
Joe Tillman, Longwood, Fla., ’70 Duster, 6.424, 105.14
Sportsman Race of Champions
Kevin Roberts, St. Petersburg, Fla., ’02 Corvette, 8.423, 85.89 def.
Mike Jubinski, Crestview, Fla., ’71 Dodge Demon, 9.661, 72.21
Motorcycle Race of Champions
Roy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla., ’81 Suzuki, 5.628, 118.18 def.
Eddie Torres, Farjado, Puerto Rico, ’05 Suzuki, 5.885, 119.45