Loose Rocker brings the Summit Super Doorcar $40K Challenge back to Piedmont Dragway where over $60,000 in top prizes were claimed.
JULIAN, NC – The second annual Summit Super Doorcar $40K Challenge was contested over the weekend at Piedmont Dragway. Loose Rocker co-promoters, Michael Beard and Anthony Walton, continue to impress with their well-executed events that pay large purses without any sort of pre-entry.
This event was all about the top bulb door cars with two $10,000 checks (Friday/Sunday) and a $40,000 prize up for grabs on Saturday. The schedule also included two $3,000 to win gamblers races and the event was live streamed on MotorManiaTV.
Summit Racing Equipment Friday – Main Event
Friday’s $10,000 to win final round was an all Chevrolet match up between Larry Chapman in the Nova and Travis Harvey in the S-10. Harvey is .011 and two above for the loss as Chapman is .028 total to pick up his second Loose Rocker event win.
Friday’s Gamblers Race
Friday’s gamblers race final round was a battle between South Carolina’s Joe Gary and North Carolina’s Tommy Plott. Both drivers have accumulated their fair share of big wins and were set up tight for the final.
Plott leaves .008 but is .011 behind at the finish line beside Gary’s .004 and one above pass. Joe Gary picks up $3,000 in the ’68 Camaro.
ATI Performance Products Saturday $40,000 Main Event
Drizzling rain showers off and on Saturday canceled the gamblers race and prolonged the main event into Sunday morning. Friday’s gambler race winner, Joe Gary, had two entries still left in the round of eight- but only moves one into the semifinals. The four remaining drivers who still had an opportunity for the $40K prize were Joe Gary, Jon Corbin, Ernie Humes, and Randall Blinson.
The first pair in the semifinal is Joe Gary and Jon Corbin where Gary picks up the win during the double breakout run. Ernie Humes and Randall Blinson have identical .003 reaction times but Blinson breaks out while Humes lays down .007 total- earning his spot in the final round.
Gary is looking to add a second big check to his already winning weekend, while Humes works to add another Loose Rocker $40K win to his racing resume. Gary is in control with his .011 light but breaks out .008 beside Humes’ .001 breakout run.
Ernie Humes picks up $40,000 in his 72 Dodge Demon – showing he’s capable of claiming top and bottom bulb big money bracket race victories.
Abruzzi Sunday $10,000 Main Event
The last check up for grabs during the Summit Super Doorcar $40K Challenge is Sunday’s $10,000 top prize. Joe Hartsell stages his 71 Dodge Dart next to Scott Macy’s 68 Camaro for the final run of the weekend.
This was going to be a great final as Macy is no stranger to the winner’s circle and Hartsell was demolishing his competition all day. Hartsell laid down a .003 package first round, and as if that wasn’t good enough, came back in round two with a .001 pack.
In Sunday’s final, only three thou separated the reaction times and both drivers ran under their dial ins. Macy breaks out .005 while Hartsell only breaks out .002 to claim the win and $10K.
A Word From Loose Rocker Promotions
Michael Beard took a moment out of his busy schedule to talk to DragChamp about the Super Doorcar $40K Challenge. He told us, “It was certainly a challenging [no pun intended] weekend with a variable and not very favorable forecast. Saturday’s intermittent bands of misty sprinkles tried the patience of the racers and staff alike, but once we got rolling, the frustrations were left in the rearview. What we were left with was some absolutely incredible racing and legendary performances, with four races completed in three days.”
Beard also said, “We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the tenacious Piedmont Dragway staff for constantly staying on top of the weather and bringing the track back to A+ time after time, to the racers for their patience, support, and the amazing show they put on, and to all of our great sponsors who support them.”
Loose Rocker Promotions will return to Piedmont Dragway in November for back to back weekends of big money bracket racing. The top bulb drivers will compete first during the American Doorslammer Nationals Nov. 20-22. The following weekend racers will battle off the bottom bulb during the Fall Footbrake Frenzy Nov. 27-29.
Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her soon-to-be husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.