Three North Carolina drag racers - all of whom compete at tracks in the Cape Fear region - won IHRA championships Sunday at Memphis International Raceway.
Lillington's Nick Womack captured the Top Dragster championship, aided by red lights from his final two opponents. Womack's Chevy-powered ride covered the quarter-mile as quickly as 7.25 seconds during the four rounds of eliminations.
Selma's Donny Urban won the title in another very fast division, Top Sportsman. Jeff Parrish of Clayton, who was a track champion at Fayetteville Motor Sports Park this season, won the Top Eliminator category. (Parrish won the track title in Box, Jonathan Wiggins was the champion in No Box, and Connor Caulder was the Junior Dragster king.)
The 24th Jim McClure Nitro Nationals motorcycle race is on deck this weekend at Rockingham Dragway, and headed by the Top Fuel class.
The competitors in the class include Clemmons' Tommy Grimes, who has been the No. 1 qualifier for the event the past four years. Grimes, riding for Raleigh Harley dealer Ray Price, holds the AMRA quarter-mile national records at 6.197 seconds, 227.27 mph, both of which were set at Rockingham.
AMRA Top Fuel points leader Jake Stordeur of Ohio is among the entrants, as are Joey Sternotti and newly crowned IHRA Nitro Harley title Jay Turner of Julian.
“I love the adrenaline,” Turner said of his passion for racing motorcycles. “When you’re at the quarter-mile (the finish line) and the front tire is 2 feet off the ground, that’s what it’s all about.”
Turner set the IHRA records last weekend in Memphis at 6.261, 228.61. He's a four-time winner of the Rockingham event. Turner owns IHRA titles from 1999, 2000, 2012 and '15, two All Harley Drag Racing Association crowns, and two AMRA belts. This year, Turner won IHRA races from coast-to-coast (Tucson, Palm Beach, Martin, Budds Creek and Memphis).
Saturday qualifying begins at 10 a.m., and eliminations are set to kick off at 11 o'clock Sunday morning. Adult tickets for the Saturday-Sunday show are $35, or $20 each day at the gate. Children 6 and under are admitted at no charge.
Piedmont Dragway near Greensboro will host the Lucas Oil Pro Mod Shootout on Saturday. The 16-car field will be filled by the top four in the track's Big Dog Shootout series, the top four from the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod circuit, and eight cars from open qualifying.
What's the big deal? It pays a whopping $15,000 to win. GALOT Racing drivers Todd Tutterow and Kevin Rivenbark will be among the entrants vying for one of the eight open positions.
Qualifying gets underway at 11 a.m.
There's no racing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway this Saturday, but the Cash Money 100 - the $10,000-to-win, 100-lap battle for Late Models - is scheduled for Oct. 23-24.
Dublin Motor Speedway's Ultimate race last Saturday was rained out and can't be rescheduled. The track is open this Saturday, headlined by a $2,000-to-win Open Wheel Modified show.
Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway's 12th annual Fall Spectacular 400 is set for Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Action kicks off at 3:30 p.m. each day.
On that Saturday, there'll be practice, qualifying and racing in the Super Truck, USAC Midget, and LLM non-2015 winner invitational.
The following day, it's MASS Street Stock, 4-Cylinder, Chargers and Mini-Cup Stock, with the headliner being a $2,500-to-win, 100-lap Limited Late Model showdown.
For more than 30 years, Ray Price Harley-Davidson has served as the center of motorcycle culture in Raleigh, N.C., and among the Southeast’s top motorcycle dealerships. Home to Hall-of-Fame racing legend Ray Price, dealership staff have centuries of combined Harley riding experience to provide award-winning customer service and education programs for beginners-to-expert riders. Ray Price was again named a 2014 Dealernews Top 100 business, as well as a Powersports Business Power 50 Dealer. The team actively supports area charities through a wide range of philanthropy projects. Ray Price Racing won the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Top Fuel Harley Championship in 2014 and 2015.