Ackerman and Ewing win at Silver Dollar

10/16/2016


DIVISION 2
Silver Dollar Raceway
Reynolds, Ga., Oct. 13-16, 2016


Sunday 

REYNOLDS, Ga.  Al Ackerman raced to the win in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Silver Dollar Raceway over the weekend.  With just a handful of events left to finish the season, the Lucas Oil National and Divisional Championship races have heated up.

In the final round of Comp Eliminator it was Ackerman, Saddle Brook N.J., who is coming off a win at the national event in Reading, Pa., versus Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., who sits atop the Southeast division point standings were even at the start, but Ackerman had the power to finish stronger for the win with a pass of 7.910 seconds at 160.77 miles per hour in his dragster.  Puckett ran a pass of 8.512 seconds at 158.41 miles per hour for a runner-up finish. Ackerman is in fourth place for the Northeast division point standings. 

Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., was better at the tree and ran a winning lap of 9.993 seconds at 126.33 mph in the Super Stock class to defeat Pat Clifford while Brad Ford, Gardendale, Ala., defeated Jeff Adkinson who was perfect at the light but Ford ran a .029 package to take the Stock eliminator win.  In Super Comp, both drivers broke out but Nick Folk took the win by running closer to his index. Folk from Durand, Ill., defeated Gene Quinn by running an 8.887 second at 159.63 mph winning pass.

It was a close final round in Super Gas and Super Street.  The title for Super Gas went to Steven Furr, out of Harrisburg, N.C., and his '68 Camaro posting a lap of 9.925 seconds at 154.99 mph to defeat Ray Connolly of Elyria, Ohio, who went 9.950 seconds at 149.58 mph in his '63 Corvette.  Furr now has three divisional Wally's this year. This win keeps Furr in the hunt for the Southeast division title against John Taylor. In Super Street Lamar Stevenson earned the win in his '69 Camaro at 10.886 seconds at 119.04 miles per hour taking out Kenny Dickerson, Brunswick, Ga., in his '73 Vega with a runner up lap of 10.882 seconds at 123.96 miles per hour.

In other racing, Alan O'Brien, Ronceverte, W.V., took out Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., in Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragster; and Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., in his '02 Camaro defeated Mike Weaver, Griffin, Ga., in Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman

A highlight of the weekend was the NHRA Summit Junior Drag Racing League running with Wesley Syme, Atlanta, Ga., taking home the win for the 13-17 year old class; Bruce Thaxton, Butler, Ga., defeated Elizabeth Haralson of Hampton, Ga.in the 10-12 year old class; and it was Jace Bynum from Camilla, Ga., defeating Carson Emmett of Cedar Bluff, Ala.

The following are final round results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Silver Dollar Raceway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 7.910, 160.77  def.
Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., '05 Cavalier, H/AA, 8.512, 158.41.

SUPER STOCK
Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., '69 Camaro, SS/HA, 9.993, 126.33  def.
Pat Clifford, Apopka, Fla., '85 Camaro, GT/DA, 10.027, 130.73.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Brad Ford, Gardendale, Ala., '67 Camaro, D/SA, 10.917, 119.47  def.
Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.414, 113.93.

SUPER COMP
Nick Folk, Durand, Ill., '13 American, 8.887, 159.63  def.
Gene Quinn, Gainesville, Fla., '01 Undercover, 8.849, 168.83.

SUPER GAS
Steven Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., '68 Camaro, 9.925, 154.99  def.
Ray Connolly, Elyria, Ohio, '63 Corvette, 9.950, 149.58.

SUPER STREET
Lamar Stevenson, Montgomery, Ala., '69 Camaro, 10.886, 119.04  def.
Kenny Dickerson, Brunswick, Ga., '73 Vega, 10.882, 123.96.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., '02 Camaro, 7.337, 183.15  def.
Mike Weaver, Griffin, Ga., '15 Camaro, 7.074, 196.13.

TOP DRAGSTER
Alan O'Brien, Ronceverte, W.V., '11 Race Tech, 6.152, 220.40  def.
Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., '14 Miller, 6.867, 194.16.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 13-17
Wesley Syme, Atlanta, Ga., dragster, 7.894, 81.32  def.
Colton Brannen, Dunedin, Fla., dragster, foul.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 10-12
Bruce Thaxton, Butler, Ga., dragster, 9.065, 68.08  def.
Elizabeth Haralson, Hampton, Ga., dragster, 9.052, 70.40.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER 6-9
Jace Bynum, Camilla, Ga., dragster, 12.190, 51.49  def.
Carson Emmett, Cedar Bluff, Ala., dragster, 12.360, 46.15.



Saturday

REYNOLDS, Ga. Day two is in the books as qualifying was finalized and the fields are set for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Silver Dollar Raceway.  Adding to today's action was the Summit Jr. Drag Racing League time trials which set up their elimination rounds on Sunday beginning at noon.

Gates open on Sunday at 8 a.m. with racers battling it out in head to head competition for a chance at taking home the trophy and their share of cash and contingency awards.  Tickets are $20 for adults and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information call Silver Dollar Raceway, (478) 847-4414, or visit ww.silverdollarraceway.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Silver Dollar Raceway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., '05 Cavalier, H/AA, 8.524 seconds, -0.736 (under index)
2) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 7.878, -0.712
3) Lee Sharp, Loudon, Tenn., '09 Pontiac, F/SMA, 8.551, -0.709
4) Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., dragster, B/DA, 6.816, -0.634
5) Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., '98 Pontiac, H/A, 8.697, -0.623
6) Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, E/ED, 8.314, -0.616
7) Fred Allen, Mary Esther, Fla., '32 Roadster, B/SR, 7.855, -0.565
8) Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, G/ED, 8.031, -0.489
9) Allen Wilson, Kokomo, Ind., '10 Cobalt, D/SMA, 8.545, -0.435
10) Richard Mace, Jacksonville, Fla., '05 Pontiac, H/AA, 8.964, -0.296

SUPER STOCK
1) David Dupps, Germantown, Ohio, '08 Cobalt, GT/EA, 9.622 seconds, -1.028 (under index)
2) Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., '06 Cobalt, GT/DA, 9.560, -0.940
3) Brian Martel, Fredericksburg, Va., '08 Cobalt, GT/BA, 9.327, -0.923
4) Matt Hoover, Adamsville, Tenn., '01 S-10, GT/TB, 9.942, -0.908
5) Tyler Bohannon, Valley Station, Ky., '88 Camaro, GT/GA, 9.993, -0.907
6) Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '05 Sunfire, GT/CA, 9.523, -0.877
7) Michael Bryant, New Orleans, La., '08 Pontiac, GT/FA, 9.935, -0.865
8) Everett Hill, Fayetteville, Ga., '64 Mustang, GT/J, 10.201, -0.849
9) Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala., '08 Pontiac, SS/DM, 8.906, -0.844
10) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.816, -0.834

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Adam Davis, Eva, Ala., '73 Pontiac, F/SA, 10.810 seconds, -1.040 (under index)
2) Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., '14 Cobra JET, FS/F, 10.164, -1.036
3) A.J. Currie, Godwin, N.C., '15 Copo, FS/G, 10.316, -1.034
4) John Willis, Auburndale, Fla., '69 Camaro, C/S, 10.427, -0.923
5) Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '15 Copo, FS/C, 9.377, -0.923
6) Aaron Allison, Macedonia, Ohio, '98 Pontiac, B/S, 10.278, -0.922
7) Keith Bennett, Lakeland, Fla., '69 Camaro, B/S, 10.298, -0.902
8) Jim Bailey, Bradenton, Fla., '65 Plymouth, AA/SA, 9.804, -0.896
9) J. Allen Sherman, Donaldsonville, La., '00 Chevrolet, B/SA, 10.355, -0.895
10) Jimmy Parker, Columbus, Ga., '68 Camaro, G/SA, 11.131, -0.869

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, N.C., '69 Camaro, 6.453 seconds, 214.59 mph
2) Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '13 Camaro, 6.527, 215.89
3) Jeff Pittman, Hickory, N.C., '68 Chevelle, 6.550, 208.78
4) Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., '67 Shelby, 6.554, 206.70
5) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 BelAir, 6.645, 209.43
6) Jackie Robison, Greer, S.C., '66 Nova SS, 6.720, 206.57
7) Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., '37 Chevy, 6.973, 199.76
8) Mike Weaver, Griffin, Ga., '15 Camaro, 7.065, 196.24
9) Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., '02 Camaro, 7.326, 187.68
10) Ricky Vedros, Belle Rose, La., '96 Beretta, 7.385, 186.87

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Alan Obrien, Ronceverte, W.V., '11 Race Tech, 6.183 seconds, 222.25 mph
2) Robert Houston, Newland, N.C., '15 Race Tech, 6.233, 221.63
3) Danny Weddle Jr., Pickerington, Ohio, '14 Mullis, 6.264, 218.72
4) Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, '14 American, 6.266, 223.65
5) Darian Boesch, Kenner, La., '16 Pro FAB, 6.266, 218.80
6) Junior Houston, Newland, N.C., '12 Race Tech, 6.287, 212.79
7) Bill Earnest, Wakeman, Ohio, '14 Miller, 6.353, 216.31
8) Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '15 American, 6.366, 216.38
9) Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., '13 American, 6.379, 218.87
10) Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., '04 Pro FAB, 6.408, 213.40



Friday

REYNOLDS, Ga. - The NHRA Southeast Division is at Silver Dollar Raceway for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series this weekend featuring 200 mph Top Dragster and Top Sportsman cars. Special event this weekend is the Summit Jr. Drag Racing League running time trials on Saturday and final rounds on Sunday.

This weekend's event is the sixth in the division and one of 45 that take place throughout the year from coast to coast with nearly 400 of the best racers from the region looking for valuable points leading toward national and divisional championships. 

Qualifying runs today included the division's Davis Golf Cart Top Sportsman, Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragsters and Comp Eliminator racers.  These runs set up Saturday's continued qualifying runs for all classes. 

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday with racing scheduled to start at 9 a.m. with rounds three and four of qualifying in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series including Top Dragster and Top Sportsman at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20, Saturday and Sunday, for adults and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information call Silver Dollar Raceway, (478) 847-4414, or visit ww.silverdollarraceway.com.

 The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Silver Dollar Raceway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Lee Sharp, Loudon, Tenn., '09 Pontiac, F/SMA, 8.630 seconds, -0.630 (under index)
2) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 7.966, -0.624
3) Fred Allen, Mary Esther, Fla., '32 Roadster, B/SR, 7.855, -0.565
4) Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, Ind., dragster, B/DA, 6.914, -0.536
5) Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., '98 Pontiac, H/A, 8.798, -0.522
6) Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, G/ED, 8.031, -0.489
7) Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., '05 Cavalier, H/AA, 8.990, -0.270
8) Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, E/ED, 9.182, 0.252
9) Steve Schumacher, Jacksonville, Fla., '91 Camaro, E/AA, 10.452, 2.192
10) Allen Wilson, Kokomo, Ind., '10 Cheverolet, D/SMA, 14.790, 5.810

SUPER STOCK
1) Matt Hoover, Adamsville, Tenn., '01 S-10, GT/TB, 9.942 seconds, -0.908 (under index)
2) Jeff Taylor, Sellersburg, Ind., '06 Cobalt, GT/DA, 9.622, -0.878
3) Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '05 Sunfire, GT/CA, 9.523, -0.877
4) Michael Bryant, New Orleans, La., '08 Pontiac, GT/FA, 9.935, -0.865
5) Jonathan Womack, Houston, Texas, '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 8.816, -0.834
6) David Dupps, Germantown, Ohio, '08 Colbalt, GT/EA, 9.825, -0.825
7) Gary Coccaro, Panama City, Fla., '10 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.850, -0.800
8) Bobby Dennis, Shorter, Ala., '90 Calais, GT/MA, 10.968, -0.782
9) Ronnie Dutton, Southside, Ala., '80 Monza, GT/KA, 10.671, -0.779
10) Everett Hill, Fayetteville, Ga., '64 Mustang, GT/J, 10.271, -0.779

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., '14 Cobra JET, FS/F, 10.164 seconds, -1.036 (under index)
2) A.J. Currie, Godwin, N.C., '15 Copo, FS/G, 10.414, -0.936
3) Aaron Allison, Macedonia, Ohio, '98 Pontiac, B/S, 10.290, -0.910
4) Jim Bailey, Bradenton, Fla., '65 Plymouth, AA/SA, 9.804, -0.896
5) Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '15 Copo, FS/C, 9.405, -0.895
6) Keith Bennett, Lakeland, Fla., '69 Camaro, B/S, 10.328, -0.872
7) John Willis, Auburndale, Fla., '69 Camaro, C/S, 10.480, -0.870
8) Anthony Fetch, Colonia, N.J., '69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.133, -0.867
9) Todd Hoven, Milltown, N.J., '73 Firebird, G/SA, 11.146, -0.854
10) Bryan Merkle, Johnstown, Ohio, '00 Firebird, A/SA, 10.173, -0.827

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Paul Pittman, Bloomington, Minn., '13 Camaro, 6.566 seconds, 211.93 mph
2) Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, N.C., '69 Camaro, 6.609, 208.10
3) Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., '67 Shelby, 6.695, 204.11
4) Jackie Robison, Greer, S.C., '66 Nova SS, 6.720, 206.57
5) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., '57 Bel AIR, 6.769, 204.91
6) Mike Weaver, Griffin, Ga., '15 Camaro, 7.086, 195.28
7) Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., '02 Camaro, 7.326, 187.26
8) Ricky Vedros, Belle Rose, La., '96 Beretta, 7.385, 186.87
9) John Taylor, Naples, Fla., '99 Dakota, 7.459, 182.90
10) Shawn Morrow, Piedmont, S.C., '03 Mustang, 7.653, 175.94

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Danny Weddle Jr., Pickerington, Ohio, '14 Mullis, 6.264 seconds, 218.72 mph
2) Darian Boesch, Kenner, La., '16 Pro FAB, 6.303, 217.07
3) Bill Earnest, Wakeman, Ohio, '14 Miller, 6.353, 216.31
4) Robert Houston, Newland, N.C., '15 Race Tech, 6.370, 217.07
5) Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '15 American, 6.392, 213.23
6) Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., '13 American, 6.421, 218.87
7) Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, '14 American, 6.455, 219.94
8) Lauren Freer, Mooresville, N.C., '14 Miller, 6.497, 204.48
9) William Joseph, Greenville, S.C., '08 Undercover, 6.604, 205.35
10) Larry Roberts, Laurens, S.C., '06 Race Tech, 6.641, 201.34



Preview

REYNOLDS, Ga. - Silver Dollar Raceway host the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division on October 13-16. The event is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will also be in competition.

Gates at Silver Dollar Raceway open at 8 a.m. each day. Hickory Enclosed Top Dragster & Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman qualifies Friday at 2 pm. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman will make two additional qualifying hits at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

One of the highlight's to the weekend is the addition of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League that allows kids between the ages of 5 and 17 to experience the thrill of motorsports competition in a controlled environment at tracks in each of NHRA's seven geographic divisions. The NHRA Summit Racing JDRL creates family involvement in drag racing at an affordable level. Many of the league's former participants have gone on to compete in other NHRA classes. JDRL participants will make time trial passes on Saturday at 11 am, 12:45, and 3:30 pm. The final rounds will be run on Sunday at noon, 1:30, and 2:30 pm.

Tickets for Silver Dollar Raceway are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Active Duty Military personnel have free admission every day. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the sixth of seven events in the Southeast Division where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division's Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series and Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster Series will run in conjunction with the event along with the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League.

WHERE: Silver Dollar Raceway, Reynolds, Ga. Track is located on State Highway 96 West, just west of U.S. Highway 341.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, Oct. 14 - Gates open at 8 a.m. LODRS sessions begin at 9 am. Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, and Comp Eliminator qualify at 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, Oct. 15 - Gates open at 8 a.m. LODRS sessions begin at 9 am. Summit JDRL time trials begin at 11am. Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualify at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 16 LODRS Eliminations continue at 10 a.m. JDRL rounds begin at noon. Finals begin at 3:30 pm.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS - Friday $15, Saturday $20, Sunday $20. Active Duty Military personnel are admitted free each day. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information please call Silver Dollar Raceway, (478) 847-4414, or visit www.silverdollarraceway.com.

2015 EVENT WINNERS: Arnie Martel, Comp Eliminator; Nick Morris, Super Stock; Butch Payne, Stock Eliminator; Denver Maltba, Super Comp; Jacob Elrod, Super Gas; Franky Bishop, Super Street; Casey Spradlin, Top Sportsman; Joe Hessling, Top Dragster.

BONUS PROGRAMS:
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND
: a $519,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional, regional and national champions. Regional awards include $10,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions with Divisional awards of $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $124,000 point fund from JEGS High Performance. The 2016 JEGS Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2016 JEGS Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning division and regional teams will share $25,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, $5,000 to Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champions, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions. Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece. Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, JEGS High Performance, is offering a "double up" bonus to JEGS Allstars participants. Any 2016 JEGS Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

DAVIS GOLF CARTS TOP SPORTSMAN SERIES: Run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Sportsman class are vying for division championships and a share in the year-end purse.

HICKORY ENCLOSED TRAILER SALES TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: Run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Dragster class are vying for division championships and a share in the year-end purse

SUMMIT JUNIOR DRAG RACING LEAGUE: Created in 1992, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League allows kids between the ages of 5 and 17 to experience the thrill of motorsports competition in a controlled environment at tracks in each of NHRA's seven geographic divisions. The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League creates family involvement in drag racing at an affordable level. Many of the league's former participants have gone on to compete in other NHRA classes.


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