Humes Claims Third Hoosier Tires Coalition Title

Ernie Humes becomes first three-time Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition champion. Julsrud, Bridges wins runoffs for championships in Top Eliminator, Jr. Dragster.

ROCKINGHAM – Troutman’s Ernie Humes took his 1972 Dodge Demon to the semifinals in the first of two Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition events contested Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham Dragway and that was enough to give him a record third Coalition Series Footbrake championship. 

Humes, who also won Carolina Coalition titles in 2012 and 2016, finished just ahead of defending series champion Kelly Stevens of Bostic in the year-long series at Rockingham and three other area tracks – Piedmont Dragway, Mooresville Dragway and Farmington Dragway.

Series championships in Top Eliminator and Jr. Dragster were decided in runoffs with Joe Julsrud of Stony Point earning his first title in Top and Isaac Bridges of Shelby winning his second in the Junior class.

carolina coalition
Joe Julsrud

Julsrud and Steve Whisnant of Dallas finished the eight-race series tied at the top but, in the runoff, Whisnant was guilty of a foul start that handed the trophy to Julsrud. 

It wasn’t quite as easy for Bridges, who first won the Jr. Dragster title as a 14-year-old in 2016.  Gavin Whisnant, the son of the Top Eliminator runner-up, came up just short in the runoff when he was guilty of a breakout foul, missing his target by a miniscule .005 of a second. Had he won, he would have joined brother Cam, who won the Jr. title a year ago.

Whisnant came into the final weekend trailing Bridges by four points but moved into a tie with a pressure victory over Skyler Bustle of Sherrills Ford in the final round on Sunday.

Find more on the Carolina Coalition Finale here.

It was a big weekend for former and current Rockingham Dragway track champions as Clinton’s Eric Aman won Footbrake on Sunday, Fayetteville’s Lee Desist claimed the Top Eliminator title on Saturday and Allen Furr just missed out of a double in Footbrake, winning Saturday and reaching the final on Sunday.

carolina coalition

Aman, track champion in 2012 and 2015, used a .009 reaction time to best Furr in the Sunday final.  Even though he didn’t get the double, Furr earned enough points to clinch his second straight track championship.

Desist, who won track titles in 2014 and 2015, beat Mooresville’s Lauren Freer by .001 of a second in the Saturday Top Eliminator final.  He lost to Julsrud in the sixth round on Sunday, but it was Will Cauthen of Lancaster, S.C. who emerged with the trophy, beating Jacksonville’s Austin Brown in the final round.

Alyssa Rabon of Florence, S.C., won Saturday’s Jr. race and veteran T.G. Paschal of Lumberton, the outgoing Coalition champion in Top Eliminator, won Saturday’s Gamblers race.

Alyssa Rabon

ROCKINGHAM – Results from the final two races in the 2019 Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition Series Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham Dragway.  Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated.  Results include reaction time, track time, target time and finish line speed:

TOP ELIMINATOR RUNOFF – Joe Julsrud, Stony Point, .027, 6.137 on a 4.770, 78.51 mph, def. Steven Whisnant, Dallas, foul.

JR. DRAGSTER RUNOFF – Isaac Bridges, Shelby, .059, 8.416 on an 8.390, 77.16 mph, def. Gavin Whisnant, .074, 7.915 breakout on a 7.920, 80.98 mph. 

TOP ELIMINATOR SUNDAY

Round 5 – Randy Carmichael, Mullins, S.C., .010, 6.757 on a 6.740, 99.73 mph, def. Reggie Lytch, Southern Pines, .030,  6.267 on a 6.260, 106.52 mph; Austin Brown, Jacksonville, .009, 6.205 on a 6.200, 107.44 mph, def. Travis Varner,  Alexis, .014, 5.609 on a 5.600, 123.52 mph; Willie Lytch, Southern Pines, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .013, 6.401 on a 6.400, 107.17 mph, def. RV3, Lewisville, .012, 4.523 on a 4.510, 153.32 mph; Lee Desist, Fayetteville, .014, 6.092 on a 6.070, 111.02 mph, def.  Ron Phipps, Salisbury,  1968 Chevy Camaro, .038, 6.210  on a 6.190, 108.77 mph; Joe Julsrud, Stony Point, .020, 4.771 on a 4.770, 144.32 mph, def. Billy Varner III, Stanley, .006, 4.867 on a 4.850, 138.20 mph; Will Cauthen, Lancaster, S.C., .020, 4.613 on a 4.510, 153.33 mph, def. Billy Varner Jr., Stanley, .017,  5.576 on a 5.560, 120.58 mph; Mike Reanis, bye.

Round 6 – Brown, bye; Cauthen, NA, 4.523 on a 4.510, 153.46 mph, def. Willie Lytch, foul; Julsrud, .010, 4.770 on a 4.760, 137.68 mph, def. Desist, .016, 6.075 on a 6.060, 111.43 mph; Reanis, .011, 4.713 on a 4.720, 145.78 mph, def. Carmichael, foul.

Semifinals – Cauthen, .000, 4.556 on a 4.520, 147.42 mph, def. Julsrud, .029, 4.779 on a 4.760, 144.33 mph; Brown, .013, 6.187 on a 6.180, 105.18 mph, def. Reanis, .016, 4.716 on a 4.710, 145.22 mph.

FINAL – Will Cauthen, Lancaster, S.C., .007, 4.540 on a 4.530, 152.90 mph, def. Austin Brown, Jacksonville, foul.

Ernie Humes wins Carolina Coalition championship
Ernie Humes – 3-time Champ

FOOTBRAKE SUNDAY

Round 5 – Allen Furr, Richfield, Mustang, .048, 6.635 on a 6.610, 97.62 mph, def. Jonathan Surratt, Charlotte, .027, 6.433 breakout on a 6.440, 102.31 mph; Lauren Edwards, Maysville, 1965 Chevy II, .027, 6.382 on a 6.370, 105.84 mph, def. Mark Soles, Delco, .036, 5.756 breakout on a 5.770, 118.36 mph; Rickey Greer, Advance,  .018, 6.184 on a 6.140, 107.72 mph, def. Shane Thiele, Darlington, S.C., 2016 Chevy Camaro, .023, 6.205 on a 5.990, 112.26 mph; Kelly Stevens,  Bostic, .025, 6.701 on a 6.690, 93.22 mph, def. Allen Furr #2, Richfield, 1962 Chevy II, .057, 6.629 on a 6.610, 101.54 mph; Eric Aman, Clinton, bye.

Round 6 – Furr, .029, 6.649 on a 6.610, 99.19 mph, def. Edwards, foul; Ama, .012, 6.480 on a 6.450, 100.79 mph, def.Stevens, .025, 6.675 on a 6.670, 98.89 mph; Greer, bye.

Semifinals – Aman, .019, 6.430 on a 6.450, 105.12 mph, def. Greer, foul; Furr, bye.

FINAL – Eric Aman, Clinton, .009, 6.530 on a 6.450, 98.26 mph, def. Allen Furr, Richfield, 1962 Chevy II, .086, 6.665 on a 6.610, 104.17 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER SUNDAY 

Round 3 – Noah Luther, Mooresville, .183, 8.631 on an 8.560, 75.39 mph, def. Alyssa Rabon, Florence, S.C., .059, 8.956 breakout on an 8.960, 71.84 mph; Sayler Bustle, Sherrills Ford, .043, 7.912 on a 7.900, 82.36 mph, def. Budd Trammell II, Aynor, S.C., .086, 7.900 on a 7.900, 81.68 mph; Kenzie Whitley, Locust, .054, 7.956 on a 7.900, 81.13 mph, def. Hayden Dial, Lumberton, .100, 7.914 on a  7.900, 80.80 mph; Skyler Bustle, Sherrills Ford, .002, 7.940 on a 7.900, 81.42 mph, def. Cam Whisnant, Dallas, .057,  7.983 on a 7.960, 81.22 mph; Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .081, 7.960 on a 7.900, 81.80 mph, def. Lauren Hudson, Davidson, foul; Isaac Bridges, Shelby, .007, 8.442 on  an 8.380, 76.03 mph, def. Connor Caulder, St. Pauls, .051, 7.935 on a 7.900, 80.31 mph.

Round 4 – Sayler Bustle, .095, 7.896 on a 7.900, 82.54 mph, def. Whitley, .117, 7.848 breakout on a 7.900, 82.69 mph; Whisnant, .014, 7.954 on a 7.930, 76.39 mph,  def. Bridges, .076, 8.387 breakout on an 8.420, 77.76 mph; Skyler Bustle, .002, 8.120  on a 7.900, 75.71 mph, def. Luther, .176, 8.846 on an 8.600, 74.55 mph.

Semifinals – Whisnant, .035, 7.969 on a 7.900, 78.41 mph, def. Sayler Bustle, .059, 7.976 on a 7.900, 80.97 mph; Skyler Bustle, bye.

FINAL – Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .004, 7.929 on a 7.910, 81.39 mph, def. Skyler Bustle, Sherrills Ford, foul.

TOP ELIMINATOR SATURDAY

Round 6 – Reggie Lytch, Southern Pines, .014, 6.262 on a 6.260, 108.15 mph, def. Jeff Turner, Mooresville, .007, 6.839 breakout on a 6.840, 98.36 mph; Lauren Freer, Mooresville, .013, 4.560 on a 4.560, 151.83 mph, def. Mark Arthur, Sandy Level, Va., 1970 Ford Maverick, foul; Lee Desist, Fayetteville, .010, 6.084 on a 6.070, 109.17 mph, def. Dean Phillips, Burlington, .045, 5.995  breakout on a 6.020, 113.56 mph; Mark Soles, Delco, .010, 5.667 on a 5.660, 123.38 mph, def. Jermaine McCaskill, Elgin, S.C., 1975 Chevy Monza, .011, 5.552 breakout on a 5.560, 123.35 mph; Lauren Freer #2, Mooresville, .001, 4.616 on a 4.590, 145.77 mph, def. Leon Tynossr, .031, 5.204 on a 5.190, 132.13 mph.

Round 7 – Desist, .010, 6.075 on a 6.070, 110.38 mph, def. Lytch, .019, 6.247 breakout on a 6.260, 107.87 mph; Freer, .008, 4.565 on a 4.550, 148.74 mph, def. Soles, .021, 5.645 breakout on a 5.660, 123.45 mph; Freer #2, bye.

Semifinals – Desist, bye; Freer def. Freer.

FINAL – Lee Desist, Fayetteville, .012, 6.061 on a 6.050, 112.54 mph, def. Lauren Freer, Mooresville, .021, 4.554 on a 4.550, 149.83 mph.

FOOTBRAKE SATURDAY

Round 5 – Ernie Humes, Troutman, 1972 Dodge Demon, .030, 6.441 on a 6.440, 104.53 mph, def. K. Ray Alexander, Mocksville, 1969 Chevy Nova, .028, 5.928 on a 5.920, 108.32 mph; Ricky Edwards, Maysville, .041, 6.540 on a 6.540, 101.84 mph, def. Steve Alford, Angier, .007, 6.949 on a 6.890, 95.63 mph; Allen Furr, Richfield, 1962 Chevy II, .001, 6.618 on a 6.610, 102.63 mph, def. James Lockhart, Charlotte, .013, 7.847 on a 7.830, 87.52 mph; Mark Soles, Delco, .011, 5.711 on a 5.700, 122.91 mph, def. Bobby York, Pleasant Garden, 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, .017, 6.286 breakout on a 6.290, 109.85 mph; Willy Buie, St. Pauls, 1972 Chevy Nova, .115, 6.575 on a 6.550, 103.52 mph, def. William Walton, Jacksonville, foul (-003); Rickey Greer, Advance, .012, 6.150 on a 6.140, 111.64 mph, def. Joe Foley, Mooresville, foul (-.002); Robert Benge Jr., Mt. Airy, .024, 5.918 on a 5.920, 105.88 mph, def. Robert Maddox, Franklinville, .054, 6.885 breakout on a 6.890, 100.74 mph.

Round 6 – Greer, .036, 6.148 on a 6.140, 111.47 mph, def. Edwards, .039, 6.529 breakout on a 6.530, 103.66 mph; Humes, .022, 6.460 on a 6.450, 101.56 mph, def. Benge Jr., .056, 5.867 breakout on a 5.880,  111.67 mph; Furr, bye; Soles, .034, 5.722 on a 5.710,  116.65 mph, def. Buie, .105, 6.553 on a 6.550, 103.48 mph.

Semifinals – Furr, .038, 6.610 on a 6.610, 100.31 mph, def. Humes, .047, 6.462 on a 6.460, 101.58 mph; Soles, .032, 5.741 on a 5.710, 121.29 mph, def. Greer, .064, 6.142 on a 6.140, 111.22 mph.

FINAL – Allen Furr, Richfield, 1962 Chevy II, .039, 6.619 on a 6.610, 96.18 mph, def. Mark Soles, Delco, .058, 5.690 breakout on a 5.710, 123.16 mph.

JR. DRAGSTER SATURDAY

Round 3 – Alyssa Rabon, Florence, S.C., .016, 8.958  on an 8.950, 73.52 mph, def. Noah Luther, Mooresville, foul; David Tedder, Bishopville, S.C., .071, 8.116 on an 8.100, 78.38 mph, def. Sayler Bustle, Sherrills Ford, .065, 7.923 on a 7.900, 81.39 mph; Cadyn Smith, Winterville, .078, 7.995 on a 7.960, 82.26 mph, def. Cam Whisnant, Dallas, .052, 8.031 on a 7.970, 79.72 mph; Hayden Dial, Lumberton, .026, 7.922 on a 7.900, 80.17 mph,  def. Kristen Brady, Liberty, .054, 7.999  on a 7.980, 80.81 mph; Gavin Whisnant, Dallas, .013, 7.920 on a 7.930, 82.40 mph, def. Skyler Bustle, Sherrills Ford, foul; Kenzie Whitley, Locust, 7.852 on a 7.900, 83.16 mph, def. Isaac Bridges, foul.

Round 4 – Dial, .108, 7.869 on a 7.900, 82.70 mph, def. Tedder, foul; Whitley, .098, 7.892 on a 7.900, 82.62 mph, def. Whisnant, .060, 7.900 breakout on a 7.910, 80.07 mph; Rabon, .027, 8.960 on an 8.960, 73.27 mph, def. Smith, .086, 7.992 on a 7.980, 82.46 mph.

Semifinals – Dial, .059, 7.969 on a 7.900, 77.04 mph, def. Whitley, .109, 7.961 on a 7.900, 82.36 mph; Rabon, bye.

FINAL –Alyssa Rabon, Florence, S.C., .034, 9.002 on an 8.980, 72.26 mph, def. Hayden Dial, Lumbertoon, .108, 7.891 breakout on a 7.900, 80.06 mph. 

GAMBLERS RACE

Round 2 – T.G. Paschal, Lumberton, .002, 5.958 on a 5.950, 116.47 mph, def. Unknown #AX97, foul; Dean Phillips, Burlington, .005, 6.042 on a 5.990, 113.95 mph, def. Unknown #2X71, .014, 5.994 on a 5.950, 109.12 mph; Billy Varner Jr., Stanley, .020, 4.834 on a 4.790, 140.80 mph, def. Unknown #9X94, NA, 5.911 on a 4.650, 147.89 mph; Howard Westbury, Harleyville, S.C., Chevy Nova, .008, 5.088 on a 5.070, 132.33 mph, def. Unknown #5X90, .043, 5.594 on a 5.580, 120.44 mph.

Semifinals – Paschal, .017, 6.151 on a 5.950, 94.97 mph, def. Varner, foul; Phillips, .032, 6.000 on a 5.990, 113.78 mph, def. Westbury, foul (-.005)     

FINAL – T.G. Paschal, Lumberton, .019, 5.947 on a 5.940, 115.97 mph, def. Dean Phillips, Burlington, .037, 5.985 breakout on a 5.990, 113.95 mph.

www.rockinghamdragway.com

Leave a Reply