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PHOTOS: AHDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway

Tii Tharpe pulls ahead during qualifying at Rockingham Dragway for the AHDRA Spring Nationals on April 29. See more photos below the story. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM —The sound of Harley-Davidson motorcycles echoed down the track at Rockingham Dragway this weekend for the AHDRA Spring Nationals.

The track saw both qualifying and competition on Saturday due to forecasted severe weather for Sunday.

Several bikes screamed down the straightaway at speeds in excess of 200 mph.

Tim Kerrigan, a racing veteran with three decades behind the handlebars, took home the Top Fuel trophy and Tii Tharpe bested Ryan Peery in the Nitro Funny Bike class.

Other event winners include:

  • John Price – Pro Mod
  • Kimberly Desheilds – Super Modified
  • Keith Carper – Modified
  • Sam White – Pro Fuel

Prior to the competitive rounds, local vocalist Nikki Fletcher performed the national anthem.

The AHDRA returns to the Rock Oct. 27-29 for the annual Jim McClure Memorial Race.

This coming weekend, the Dragway hosts the 17th annual Apple Chill Festival, followed by the Modern Street Hemi Shootout (11-13), ManCup Motorcycle Drag Racing Series (19-21), and the Big John Memorial Weekend Bracket Championship (26-29).


The Rugged Maniac obstacle course comes back to the Rock on June 3. The following weekend, the N.C. Speed Lab Civil Wars returns with trophies in 14 classes, fireworks and a concert by Richmond County native Erik Hawks and two country music tribute bands.

See photos from Saturday’s AHDRA qualifying below.

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Managing Editor William R. Toler is an award-winning writer and photographer with experience in print, television and online media.