Desist, Manuel $20,000 Winners at Rockingham

Thiele, Buie, Smith and Core Also Prevail in Big Money Bracket Race

ROCKINGHAM – Two-time former Rockingham Dragway track champion Lee Desist forced Kyle Cultrera into a breakout foul in Sunday’s final round and snatched up the final $20,000 share of the Top Eliminator purse paid out in the track’s annual Twin 20s bracket championships.

On Saturday, Corey Manuel’s final round reaction time was the difference in what otherwise would have been a dead heat as he got the first 20 grand.  Manuel and Goldsboro’s Brandon Lane both were .013 of a second off their respective targets, but Manuel’s .014-.029 advantage at the starting line earned him the big money.

Corey Manuel Rockingham winner
Corey Manuel

Desist, the track champ in 2014 and 2015, had a .001 reaction time in the final round, leaving Cultrera, a touring bracket star and former Northeast Division Champion from Eliot, Maine, with a very narrow window of opportunity.  His 4.455 second eighth-mile time was too quick by .005.

Veteran bracket racer Willie Buie of St. Pauls used a .004 final round package to turn back Goldsboro’s M.A. Pennington in Sunday’s Footbrake final after Darlington’s Shane Thiele used a .013 reaction time to get his 2019 Copo Camaro to the finish line just ahead of Winston-Salem’s Chris Plott on Saturday.

Willie Buie Sunday Footbrake Winner
Willie Buie

Sunday’s Jr. Dragster title went to Bladen Clint Core of Benson who got a free pass when Davidson’s Lauren Hudson was guilty of a final round foul start.  Camdyn Smith of Winterville beat Gavin Whisnant of Dallas in Saturday’s final. 

Next up at The Rock will be this weekend’s 28th annual Jim McClure Memorial All-Harley Nitro Finals.  Multiple time series champions Jay “Bulldog” Turner of Julian, Tii Tharpe of East Bend and Doug Vancil of Cedar Crest, N.M., are among the favorites in the featured Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge.

ROCKINGHAM – Results from the Twin 20s bracket racing event completed Sunday at Rockingham Dragway.  Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated.  Results include reaction time, track time in relation to target time and finish line speed:

SUNDAY TOP ELIMINATOR

Lee Desist Sunday TOP ET Winner
Lee Desist

Round 5 – Lee Desist, Fayetteville, .037, 6.059 on a 6.060, 110.94 mph, def. Jake Hodge, Spencer, Ind., 1967 Chevy Chevelle, .027, 5.598 breakout on a 5.600, 115.34 mph; Shannon Justice, Lexington, .008, 5.467 on a 5.460, 123.23 mph, def. Chad Duke, Wilmington, .021, 5.438 on a  5.430, 128.46 mph; Alan Walters, Southern Pines, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .051, 6.091 on a 6.090, 111.69 mph, def. Jeff Serra, Denver, Pa., foul (-.001); Tony Meltvedt,  Concord, .042, 4.960 on a 4.960, 137.27 mph, def. Barry Teachey II, Beulaville, foul (-.004); Kyle Cultrera, Eliot, Maine, .003, 4.494  on a 4.480, 149.85 mph, def. Clayton Roberts, Willow Springs, .013, 4.606 on a 4.600, 147.02 mph; Carey Long, Roxboro, .014, 4.698 on a 4.710, 144.01 mph, def. Gary Ingold, Raleigh, .000, 4.687 breakout on a 4.700, 145.85 mph.

Round 6 – Meltvedt, .006, 4.961 on a 4.960, 137.27 mph, def. Justice, .009, 5.455 on a5.450, 125.62 mph; Cultrera, .007, 4.480 on a 4.470, 150.51 mph, def. Walters, .013, 6.098 on a 6.090, 111.90 mph; Desist, .011, 6.046 on a 6.040, 113.32 mph, def. Long, .036, 4.679 breakout on a 4.690, 146.48 mph.

Semifinals – Desist, .005, 6.056 on a 6.050, 109.78 mph, def. Meltvedt, foul (-.005); Cultrera, bye.

FINAL – Lee Desist, Fayetteville, .001, 6.054 on a 6.040, 113.26 mph, def. Kyle Cultrera, Eliot, Maine, .011, 4.455 breakout of a 4.460, 153.72 mph.

SATURDAY TOP ELIMINATOR

Round 5 – Tanner Gray, Hope Mills, 1974 Chevy Camaro, .026, 7.132 on a 7.060, 94.44 mph, def. Shannon Justice, Lexington, 1967 Ford Mustang, foul (-.001); Cody Strickland, Raeford, .029, 4.561 on a 4.540, 148.94 mph, def. Cameron Manuel, Lewisville, .006, 4.515 on a 4.440, 150.93 mph; Cory Funderburk, Marshville, .008, 4.930 on a 4.930, 137.00 mph, def. Brent Alford, Raleigh, 1970 Chevy Nova, .028, 5.462 on a 5.450, 126.15 mph; Alan Walters, Southern Pines, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .043, 6.054 on a 6.050, 109.55  mph, def. Terry Rucker, Benson, .056. 6.246 on a 6.240, 105.35 mph; Brandon Lane, Goldsboro, .010, 4.754 on a 4.740, 142.72 mph, def. Eric Thomas, Fairmount, .027, 5.060 on a 5.060, 141.68 mph; Corey Manuel, Lewisville, .014, 4.448 on a 4.420, 146.08 mph, def. Michael Smith, Riegelwood, 1971 Chevy Nova, .051, 5.400 on a 5.360, 127.62 mph.

Round 6 – Manuel, .018, 4.457 on a 4.420, 155.69 mph, def. Gray, .000, 7.032 breakout on a 7.050; Walters, .054, 6.038 o a 6.040, 112.36 mph, def. Funderburk, .031 4.924 breakout on a 4.930, 137.34 mph.

Semifinals – Manuel, .020, 4.455 on a 4.440, 153.95 mph, def. Walters, .015, 6.056 on a 6.030, 112.63 mph; Lane, bye.

FINAL – Corey Manuel, Lewisville, .014, 4.453 on a 4.440, 150.66 mph, def. Brandon Lane, Goldsboro, .029, 4.753 on a 4.740, 145.11 mph.

SUNDAY FOOTBRAKE

Round 4 – Brent Hyatt, Hickory, 1984 Chevy S10 truck, .037, 6.028 on a 6.030, 110.51 mph, def. Tyler Sears, Holly Springs, .042, 7.025 breakout on a 7.050, 99.22 mph; Chris Plott, Winston-Salem, .041, 5.268 on a 5.240, 120.81 mph, def. Don Anderson, Bennett, .048, 6.634 on a 6.570, 104.27 mph; M.A. Pennington, Goldsboro, 1987 Buick Regal, .023, 8.586 on an 8.550, 87.70 mph, def. Richard Britt, Darlington, S.C., 1972 Ford Maverick, .148, 7.307 breakout on a 7.320, 91.73 mph; Shane Thiele, Darlington, S.C., 2019 Copo Camaro, .069, 5.959 on a 5.900, 114.62 mph, def. Carson Robbins, Winston-Salem, foul (-.004); Willy Buie, St. Pauls, 1972 Chevy Nova, .008, 6.578 on a 6.570, 96.40 mph, def. Trey Sikes, Hamlet, 1969 Chevy Nova, .044, 7.013 on a 6.940, 92.72 mph; Brent Hyatt #2, Hickory, 1984 Chevy S10 truck, .016, 6.041 on a 6.030, 111.12 mph, def. Shane Thiele #2, Darlington, S.C., 2019 Copo Camaro, .054, 5.916 on a 5.900, 114.43 mph; Ernie Humes, Troutman, 1972 Dodge Demon, bye.

Round 5 – Hyatt, .013, 6.029 on a 6.020, 109.71 mph, def. Thiele, .062, 5.901 breakout on a 5.910, 115.19 mph; Pennington, .005, 8.578 on an 8.570, 87.48 mph, def. Humes, .009, 6.484 on a 6.480, 105.85 mph; Buie, bye; Hyatt #2, .000, 6.048 on a 6.020, 111.59 mph, def. Plott, .061, 6.431 on a 5.240,  91.25 mph.

Semifinals – Pennington, .000, 8.549 on an 8.570, 87.71 mph, def. Hyatt, foul; Buie, .025, 6.571 on a 6.530, 87.71 mph, def. Hyatt #2, .052, 6.021 on a 6.000, 112.85 mph.

FINAL – Willy Buie, St. Pauls, .003, 6.561 on a 6.560, 99.51 mph, def. M.A. Pennington, Goldsboro, .077, 8.532 breakout on an 8.540, 87.79 mph.

SATURDAY FOOTBRAKE

Shane Thiele Saturday Footbrake Winner
Shane Thiele

Round 4 – Buddy Faile, Pageland, 1967 Chevy II, .097, 7.274 on a 7.270, 95.11 mph, def. Chris Johnson, Fayetteville, 1979 Chevy Malibu, foul; Robert Rayfield, Jefferson, S.C., 1964 Chevy Nova, .038, 5.870 on a 5.860, 113.67 mph, def. Ernie Humes, Troutman, 1972 Dodge Demon, .049, 6.504 on a 6.500, 100.33 mph; Shane Thiele, Darlington, S.C., 2019 Copo Camaro, .022, 5.860 on a 5.860, 115.53 mph, def. Ross Gould Jr., Newport, 2015 Chevy Impala, foul (-.005); Rodney Faile, Pageland, .020, 6.200 on a 6.190, 104.15 mph, def. Tommy Hussey, Kinston, 2014 Ford Mustang, .073, 7.894 breakout on a 7.910, 89.45 mph;  Carson Robbins, Winston-Salem, .036, 6.291 on a 6.290, 108.12 mph, def. Michael Brabham, Elgin, S.C., 1990 Ford  Mustang, foul (-.001);

Kevin Blevins, Jefferson, S.C., .031, 6.658 on a 6.600, 95.81 mph, def. Tyler Mahew, Marshville, 1996 Chevy Camaro, .140, 6.247 breakout on a 6.250, 105.64 mph; Ricky Bullock, Sanford, 1971 Chevy, .088, 6,183 on a 6.160, 107.75 mph, def. Bradley Hoffman, Richlands, 2004 Ford Mustang, .048, 7.246 breakout on a 7.250, 93.00 mph; Chris Plott, Winston-Salem, .026, 5.257 on a 5.230, 128.36 mph, def. Shane Thiele #2, Darlington, S.C., 2019 Copo Camaro, .061, 5.857 on a 5.860, 113.41 mph.

Round 5 – Blevins, .039, 6.593 on a 6.610, 101.84 mph, def. Robins, .063, 6.275 breakout on a 6.300, 107.82 mph; Thiele, .022, 5.893 on a 5.850, 110.84 mph, def. Bullock, .040, 6.175 breakout on a 6.180, 110.01 mph; Plott, .056, 5.278 on a 5.230, 126.90 mph, def. Rayfield, .096, 5.856 breakout on a 5.860, 114.63 mph; R. Faile, .001, 6.242 on a 6.180, 98.61 mph, def. B. Faile, .086, 7.270 on a 7.270, 96.14 mph                      

Semifinals – Thiele, .048, 5.845 on a 5.850, 115.60 mph, def. Blevins, .047, 6.572 breakout on a 6.600, 106.09 mph; Plott, .034, 5.504 on a 5.230, 102.31 mph, def. Faile, foul.

FINAL – Shane Thiele, Darlington, S.C., 2019 Copo Camaro, .013, 5.863 on a 5.850, 114.42 mph, def. Chris Plott, Winston-Salem, .049, 5.231 on a 5.231, 129.59 mph.

SUNDAY JR. DRAGSTER

Round 3 – Lauren Hudson, Davidson, .075, 7.916 on a 7.900, 78.84 mph, def, Kaite Adams, Myrtle Beach, S.C., foul; Bladen Clint Core, Benson, .038, 8.820 on an 8.830, 74.58 mph, def. Hayden Dial, Lumberton, .093, 7.876 breakout on a 7.900, 80.32 mph; Isaac Bridges, Shelby, .022, 8.325 on an 8.340, 76.54 mph, def. Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .008, 7.906 breakout on a 7.930, 79.98 mph; Gabe Williamson, Marion, S.C., .093, 8.946 on an 8.930, 72.74 mph, def. Camdyn Smith, Winterville, .103, 7.915 on a 7.900, 82.90 mph; Reece Branton, Conway, S.C., .043, 8.860 on an 8.840, 75.79 mph, def. Cam Whisnant, Dallas, .124, 8.043 on an 8.030, 77.51 mph.

Round 4 – Hudson, NA, 7.950 on a 7.900, 80.04 mph, def. Branton, foul; Bridges, 8.350 on an 8.320, 77.06 mph, def. Williamson, no time; Core, bye.

Semifinals – Core, .015, 8.851 on an 8.800, 73.63 mph, def. Bridges, .117, 8.345 breakout on an 8.370, 75.64 mph; Hudson, bye.

FINAL – Bladen Clint Core, Benson, .015, 8.822 on an 8.800, 74.17 mph, def. Lauren Hudson, Davidson, foul.

SATURDAY JR. DRAGSTER

Round 3 – Gabe Williamson, Marion, S.C., .056, 9.077 on a 9.040, 72.19 mph, def. Kristen Brady, Liberty, .118, 8.027 on an 8.000, 80.04 mph; Isaac Bridges, Shelby, .071, 8.439 on an 8.360, 73.41 mph, def. Bladen Clint Core, Benson, .042, 9.020 on an 8.880, 73.42 mph; Reece Branton, Conway, S.C., .102, 8.919 on an 8.880, 75.04 mph, def. Kaite Adams, Myrtle Beach, S.C., .557, 9.151 on a 9.150, 70.69 mph; Camdyn Smith, Winterville, .028, 7.914 on a 7.900, 83.15 mph, def. John Claybough, Conway, S.C., .094, 8.670 on an 8.660, 75.66 mph; Zabriel Thomas, Lumberton, .074, 8.451 on an 8.280, 80.07 mph, def. Lauren Hudson, Davidson, foul; Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .006, 8.087 on an 8.060, 72.06 mph, def. Cam Whisnant, Dallas, no time.

Round 4 – Bridges, .058, 8.407 on an 8.370, 73.66 mph, def. Williamson, .121, 9.052 breakout on a 9.060, 72.39 mph; Whisnant, .043, 8.129 on an 8.090, 72.06 mph, def. Branton, .089, 8.900 on an 8.900, 75.12 mph; Smith, .179, 7i.905 on a 7.900, 83.07 mph, def. Thomas, .229, 8.456 on an 8.400, 80.90 mph.

Semifinals – Smith, .053, 7.899 on a 7.900, 82.84 mph, def. Bridges, .024, 8.341 breakout on an 8.370, 75.44 mph; Whisnant, bye.

FINAL – Camdyn Smith, Winterville, .099, 7.905 on a 7.900, 82.70 mph, def. Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .022, 8.022 breakout on an 8.030, 78.48 mph.

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