ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rockingham Dragway hosted the 6th edition of the Yuengling Carolina Powerfest over the weekend. The three-day event featured $5,000 to win races in Top E.T. each day, $2,000 to win each day in No-Box, and $400 to win each day for the Junior Dragsters. With beautiful weather, tons of money on the line, hundreds of free prizes, and numerous specialty events, the Powerfest was a great time for everyone.
Friday Results –
Kevin Crawford, of Jefferson, S.C., took home the $5,000 check with his win over Eric Thomas, of Fairmont, N.C., in Friday’s Top E.T. final round. Crawford was .014 and dead eight to take the .005 win over Thomas’s .027 package. EJ Womack was the lone semifinalist.
In No-Box, Chris “Hot Rod” Gibson, of Lexington, N.C., captured the $2,000 win defeating Steve Alford in a race decided by less than a “thou”. Both drivers were .044 at the tree and both ran .039 over their dial-in. Pressley Rollins was the lone semifinalist.
In the Junior Dragster race, Cam Whisnant, of Dallas, N.C., took the $400 win defeating Makala Stevens, of Lexington, S.C., in the final round. Gavin Whisnant was the lone semifinalist.
Allen Britt won the High Roller Gambler’s race when he defeated Bam Bam Collins in the final round.
Saturday Results –
Saturday at the Rock found more great weather and tons of racing. In Top E.T. Michael Spencer of Raeford, N.C. drove his Racetech dragster to the $5,000 win over a red-lighting EJ Womack. Womack, who made the semifinals on Friday, turned in another great performance on Saturday when he lasted until the sixth round with two entries. In the final, Womack turned it red by a “thou” to give Spencer the big win.
Other notables included another deep run by Bam Bam Collins. After a runner-up in the High Roller’s Gambler’s race on Friday, Bam Bam drove to the quarterfinals on Saturday before losing by .003 to Sammy Hollingsworth.
No-Box was almost a repeat of the Friday results as Chris “Hot Rod” Gibson and Steve Alford, the Friday No-Box finalists, both made it to the semifinals on Saturday. Gibson would lose in the semi’s to Jim Woods, of Laurnes, S.C., and his ’78 Malibu. Alford took his ’71 Pinto to his second final of the weekend when he defeated Willy Buie, of St. Pauls, N.C., who broke out -.005 in the semi’s.
In the No-Box final round, Alford captured the $2,000 check when Woods missed the tree with a .078 light. Alford cruised to a .045 over 6.815 E.T. for the win.
In Juniors, Makala Stevens made her second final round appearance of the weekend, just missing the win after she took a chunk at the finish line, breaking out by -.005 to give the win to Rowland, N.C. racer Hayden Dial. Gavin Whisnant was the lone semifinalist for the second straight race.
Sunday Results –
Sunday wrapped up the final day of the Yuengling Carolina Powerfest at Rockingham Dragway.
In the Top E.T. final, Timothy Thomas of Fairmont, N.C. collected the last $5,000 check of the weekend when he defeated Chad Duke in the final round. Thomas used a .027 package to turn away Duke’s .038 package. Sammy Hollingsworth went red in the semifinals for the second day in a row.
In No-Box, Ricky Bullock of Sanford, N.C. claimed the $2,000 winner’s purse after Jason McCandless of Graham, N.C. hogged up the stripe to break out by -.006. McCandless had tons of room to lift after Bullock missed the tree with a .066 light, but failed to find enough break pedal as he took over .06 at the finish line. Pressley Rollins and Bryan Miller were the semifinalist. This was Rollins second semifinal finish of the weekend.
In Junior action, Makala Stevens captured the win, after two consecutive runner-up finishes, when she defeated Connor Caulder of St. Pauls, N.C. in the final round. Marissa Bickford and Alyssa Rabon were semifinalist.
Ironman Award –
Steve Alford captured the Ironman award for his outstanding performance over the three-day Yuengling sponsored event. The No-Box racer drove his ’71 Pinto 19 round wins over the event including a runner-up finish on Friday, a win Saturday, and a sixth round finish on Sunday to claim the Ironman award by two rounds over Junior Dragster stand-out Makala Stevens.
Stevens had an outstanding weekend herself where she made the final round all three days. After taking runner-up honors on Friday and Saturday, Stevens collected the win on Sunday.
Congratulations to all of the winners from the Yuengling Carolina Powerfest 6.
Photos courtesy of Rockingham Dragway.