Robbie Draughon put his 5-speed equipped ’66 Corvette in the winners circle after winning the Super Stock title at the Carolina Nationals.
CHARLOTTE – Super Stock competitor Robbie Draughon won his first NHRA national event title on Sunday at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Driving his super cool stick-shifted SS/AM ’66 Covette, Draughon defeated HEMI Challenge ace Jimmy Daniels in the final.
While Draughon was average at best at the starting line he more than made up for it with a consistent hot rod. Draughon ran within .008-second of his dial in four of the six rounds including back-to-back dead-on seven laps to open eliminations.
To capture his first title, Draughon raced past a who’s who of Super Stock racers. These racers included Kevin Riner, Wendy Caliendo, Byron Worner, Steve Comella, and David Chiles.
After using dead-on laps to move past Riner and Caliendo in the first two rounds, Draughon won a close double-breakout race against Worner in round three. Robbie was .040 take .001 to go -.008 under his dial while Worner was .047 and -.014 under in the loss.
Draughon used a .024 to .070 holeshot to defeat Comella in round four and advance to the semifinals. There he defeated a red-lighting David Chiles who left -.001 too soon.
Final round opponent Jimmy Daniels had never been to a national event final until Sunday. He made the most of his weekend by finding his way to the finals of both Stock and Super Stock. After winning the Stock final, he came back around to face off with Draughon.
Both drivers posted their worst reactions of the event in the final. Daniels left first with a .056 while Draughon followed closely behind with a .065 reaction. At the stripe, Draughon inched his way past Daniels running dead-on his dial once again. His dead-on 8.796 lap got him to the finish line first by .0037 after Daniels posted a .018 over 10.278.
Congratulations to Robbie Draughon and his crew on their first NHRA national event victory!
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