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Monday, April 15, 2024

Holiday Junior Jam Delivers Christmas Bonus on Thanksgiving Weekend

Emmett, Dunn, Deal, Reed, and Paone pick up big checks during the Holiday Junior Jam at Rockingham Dragway.

The following press release as posted by the Rockingham Dragway website.

ROCKINGHAM, NC – Carson “Big Check” Emmett, one of the nation’s most accomplished Junior Dragster racers, walked away with the biggest prize during the third annual Holiday Junior Jam championship contested Thanksgiving weekend at Rockingham Dragway.

The Cedar Bluff, Ala., racer got a free ride to the winners’ circle and the $5,000 top prize in Saturday’s Main Event when final round foe Myah Gross of Fairmont, West Va., was guilty of a foul start.

A two-time winner of the NHRA Jr. Dragster League’s Eastern Finals (2015 and 2018) and a two-time winner at the 2018 Midwestern Super Series event at The Rock, Emmett beat Cohen Layton of Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the transfer round before topping Kole Paone of Galloway, N.J., Maicy Stewart, also of Fairmont, and Gross.

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Carson Emmett is all smiles after winning $5K at the Holiday Junior Jam

Mayah Gross, runner-up in a major event at The Rock for a second time (she was a 7.90 Index finalist at the same Midwestern Super Series race in which Emmett was dominant in 2018), began her march to the final with a transfer win over 2020 Big John Memorial Bracket Championship winner Michael Hypes of Blacksburg, Va.

She then beat Zach Parlett of Charlotte Hall, Md., last year’s 8.90 Index winner, and Jorden Denny of Manassas, Va., the 10-13 age group winner a year ago, to earn a berth opposite Emmett. She earned $1,000 as the runner-up.

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Myah Gross is runner up in the $5K Main Event
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Paone, the only 6-9-year-old among the final seven, earned that spot by beating Rebekah Peterson of Martin, Mich., younger sister of inaugural Holiday Jr. Jam champion Samuel Peterson.

A Slight Weather Delay

Weather once again was an issue, halting competition for three and a half hours on Saturday and therefore postponing the completion of the Pro Tree events until Sunday when Vaughn Dunn of Jackson, N.J., Braydon Deal of Canfield, Ohio, Cory Reed of Winder Ga., and Paone prevailed in the 7.90, 8.90, 11.90 and 13.90 classes, respectively.

The runner up drivers were Jake Harvanek (7.90), Kahlia Lewis (8.90), Bryant Crawford (11.90), and Mathias Brayboy (13.90).

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Vaughn Dunn wins the 7.90 Shootout
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Braydon Deal wins the 8.90 Shootout
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Kahlia Lews is the 8.90 Shootout runner up
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Cory Reed is the 11.90 Shootout winner
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Kole Paone is the 13.90 Shootout winner
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Friday Gamblers Race Results

Friday’s Gamblers Race winners were Santana McMillian of Virginia Beach, Va., Dexter Gomez of Amherst, Ohio and Bryant Crawford of Donalds, S.C., who won the 6-9 class by beating Run for the Money winner Jason Johnson Jr. of McDonough, Ga., in the finale. Elizabeth Finamore of Charlotte Hall, Md., and James Paylor of North East, Md., were the 10-13 and 14-18 Run for the Money winners, respectively.

Friday’s 10-13 year old Gamblers Race runner up was Charlie Branton. Blaine Bazell was runner up in the 14-18 year old Gamblers Race.

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Santana McMillian wins the 14-18 year old Gamblers Race
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Dexter Gomez picks up a Gamblers Race win in the 10-13 year olds
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Bryant Crawford wins the 6-9 Gamblers Race
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Blaine Bazell was runner up in the 14-18 year old Gamblers Race
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Charlie Branton was the 10-13 Gamblers Race runner up
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Jason Johnson Jr was runner up in Friday’s 6-9 Gamblers Race
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Golf Cart Race Results

Will Willard of Crockett, Va., won the $500 top prize in Friday’s golf cart race. He also reached the semifinals in Sunday’s 7.90 Pro Tree competition, but lost to eventual runner-up Jake Harvanek of Cheswick, Pa.

1320 Race Promotions

Tony Saraceni’s 1320 Race Promotions 2021 schedule is coming soon. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates and more information. You can visit the Rockingham Dragway website to stay up to date on what’s happening at the North Carolina facility.

Thanks to Terry Clark Photo for providing the winner’s circle pictures for DragChamp to use.


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