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Southern Pines’ Lytch wins Rock NHRA National Open

Willie Lytch of Southern Pines
Rockingham Dragway

ROCKINGHAM — Rain brought a premature end to racing in Sunday’s NHRA National Open at Rockingham Dragway, but not before Southern Pines’ Willie Lytch used a .010 package to get his 1967 Chevy Camaro to the finish line ahead of 2021 Southeast Division champion Ed Pauley’s ’68 model in the final round of Super Street.

Super Street, Top Sportsman and three Jr. Dragster classes were the only ones in which champions were crowned before the weather intervened. The program will be completed in conjunction with a future Southeast Division event yet to be determined.

Lytch, a Rockingham Dragway regular, beat Kenneth Farrell of Rock Hill, S.C., in round one, stopped Michael Whitaker of Telford, Tenn., in the second and reached the semifinals with a double breakout victory over 2020 division champ Kevin MacNicol of North Port, Fla., that included a .009 reaction time.

In the semis, Lytch got a gift when Andrew Turner of Boynton Beach, Fla., was guilty of a foul start. That set up a showdown with Pauley that included a dead-even .009-.009 start. Lytch got the decision with a stellar 6.901 second run against the 6.90 target while Pauley was guilty of a breakout foul at 6.887.

In Top Sportsman, division point leader Calvin Snow of Lyman, S.C., used a .019 of a second startling line edge to get his 1970 Chevy Nova to the finish just ahead of the ’57 Chevy Bel Air of Statesville’s Chad Morrison, which was a bridesmaid for the second time during the weekend after losing the Lucas Oil Series final to Florida’s Jacky Bennett on Saturday. 

In Jr. Dragster racing, Mallory Logan of North Chesterfield, Va., who won the Advanced class on the quarter mile during Saturday’s Lucas Series competition, did the same thing Sunday at the eighth mile distance while the brother-and-sister duo of Tanner and Kylie Mocny of Venice, Fla., won in Intermediate and Novice, respectively.

Results from Sunday’s NHRA National Open contested on the eighth mile course at Rockingham Dragway. Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated.  Results include reaction time, track time, target time (when applicable) and finish line speed:

TOP SPORTSMAN

Semifinals – Calvin Snow, Lyman, S.C., 1970 Chevy Nova, .371, 5.144 on a 5.040, 120.53 mph, def. Paul “Jackie” Robison, Greer, S.C., 1963 Chevy Corvette, foul; Chad Morrison, Statesville, 1957 Chevy Bel Air., .013, 4.319 on a 4.310, 163.41 mph, def. Chris Lewis, .017, 4.945 on a 4.930, 141.43 mph.

FINAL – Calvin Snow, Lyman, S.C., 1970 Chevy Nova, .016, 5.082 on a 5.040, 138.10 mph, def. Chad Morrison, Statesville, 1957 Chevy Bel Air, .035, 4.343 on a 4.310, 161.92 mph.

SUPER STREET (6.90 target)

Semifinals – Willie Lytch, Southern Pines, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .014, 6.900, 106.47 mph, def. Andrew Turner, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1970 Chevy Chevelle, foul; Ed Pauley, Shelby, 1968 Chevy Camaro, bye.

FINAL – Willie Lytch, Southern Pines, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .009, 6.901, 104.23 mph, def. Ed Pauley, Shelby, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .009, 6.887 breakout foul.

ADVANCED JR. DRAGSTER

FINAL – Mallory Logan, North Chesterfield, Va., .113, 8.207 on an 8.160, 77.51 mph, def. Danika Miles, no time.

INTERMEDIATE JR. DRAGSTER

FINAL – Tanner Mocny, Venice, Fla., .012, 8.902 on an 8.900, 74.05 mph, def. Carter Jackson, .083, 8.959 on an 8.900, 69.81 mph.

NOVICE JR. DRAGSTER

FINAL – Kylie Mocny, Venice, Fla., .188, 12.075 on an 11.950, 52.33 mph, def. Giovanni Oliver, foul.

 

TOP DRAGSTER

Semifinals – Vance Houston, Newland, bye; Vaugn Cauffield, Lake Placid, Fla. .020, 4.329 on a 4.320, 160.27 mph, def. Alexis Whitaker, Telford, Tenn., .044, 4.735 on a 4.730, 145.09 mph.

FINAL – To be contested and a site and date yet to be determined.

SUPER STOCK

Semifinals – Michael Truell, Lexington, 2099 Chevy Cobalt, .043, 6.380 on a 6.380, 105.51 mph, def. Cody Phillips, Lumberton, 1994 Pontiac Grand Am, .049, 6.028 breakout on a 6.030, 109.00 mph; Monty Bogan, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1992 Chevy Camaro, no time, def. Josh Barczy, Walnut Cove, 1967 Chevy Nova, foul.

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FINAL – To be contested and a site and date yet to be determined.

STOCK

Quarterfinals – Rich Davis, Concord, 1966 Chevy II, .057, 7.552 on a 7.550, 89.09 mph, def. Monty Bogan, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1967 Chevy Camaro, foul; Greg Rowe, Bridgeton, 1997 Pontiac Trans Am, .059, 6.777 on an 6.800, 98.69 mph, def. Eddie Longhany Jr., Godwin, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .046, 6.645 breakout on a 6.670, 97.64 mph; Jack Zimmerman, Clemmons, 1971 Dodge Challenger, .092, 6.683 on a 6.680, 100.28 mph, def. Dennis Pope, Kinston, 1985 Chevy Camaro, foul.

Semifinals and FINAL – To be contested and a site and date yet to be determined.

SUPER COMP (5.70 target)

Semifinals – Chuck Harris, New London, .016, 5.698, 134.69 mph, def. Jason Bator, Boynton Beach, Fla., .019, 5.682 breakout, 138.96 mph; Robert Houston, Newland, bye.

FINAL – To be contested and a site and date yet to be determined.

SUPER GAS (6.30 target)

Semifinals – Gene Brown, Knoxville, Tenn., 1962 Chevy II, .008, 6.292, 128.87 mph, def. James Sessoms, Suffolk, Va., 1981 Chevy Monza, .000, 6.286 breakout, 120.12 mph; Scott Lawton, Sanford, 1957 Chevy Corvette, bye.

 FINAL – To be contested and a site and date yet to be determined.

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