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Wilkins claims Top Sportsman title at Lucas Oil finale

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Sandy Wilkins won his fourth straight Southeast Division championship Sunday at Rockingham Dragway. Sandy Wilkins won his fourth straight Southeast Division championship Sunday at Rockingham Dragway. Rockingham Dragway

ROCKINGHAM — Sandy Wilkins won his fourth straight Southeast Division championship Sunday, applying an exclamation point by driving his 1969 Chevy Camaro past the ’66 Chevy II of Jackie Robison of Greer, S.C., in a final round showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifiers at Rockingham Dragway.

Other winners in the sixth and final Lucas Oil Series event in the six-state region that includes the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama, were Rick Bell of Merrimack, N.H., in Top Dragster; former Southeast Division champion Jim Kimbrough of Pace, Fla., in Competition Eliminator; multiple-time national event winner Bryan Worner of Duncannon, Pa., in Super Stock; and Allison Doll of Douglas, Mass., who made an almost perfect run to beat Ken Friedman of Independence, Ky., in Stock Eliminator.

Stokesdale’s Corey Manuel won Super Comp, Raymond Miller of Spring City, Tenn., prevailed in Super Gas and Phillip Smida of Canfield, Ohio, made the most of his visit by driving his 1988 Chevy Cavalier to victory in Super Street. It was Miller’s division best sixth win of the season but only his second in Super Gas.

Despite weather issues that postponed eliminations for an entire day, the event attracted drivers and teams from 20 states and Puerto Rico.

Defending Super Stock champion Hillary Sloan of Broadway made it as far as round four on Sunday before losing to Clinton’s Joel Warren but her husband, Tim, advanced all the way to the final round in his 1998 Grand Am Pontiac before losing to Worner on a breakout foul.

For Wilkins, who has finished as high as No. 2 in national championship points, it was great way to end the season. The Mt. Ulla resident opened the campaign with a win at Orlando, Fla., but had been shut out since. 

In the Jr. Dragster category, it was an all-Madison final for the 13-and-up title as Madison Robertson of Ravenel, S.C., was guilty of a foul start against winner Madison Wilson of Laurens, S.C. Brody Callahan of Fay won the 6-9 year-old division and Alayna Corden of Monticello, Ga., prevailed in the 10-12 age group.

Results from the final Southeast Division event in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series contested at Rockingham Dragway.  Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated.  Results include reaction time, target time and finish line speed:

TOP DRAGSTER

Qualifying – 1. Darian Boesch, Kenner, La., 6.109, 231.56 mph; 2.  Joe Fisher, Brookville, Ohio, 6.109, 226.43 mph; 3. Patty Fisher, Brookville, Ohio, 6.126, 228.23 mph; 4. Larry Roberts, Laurens, S.C., 6.131, 225.26 mph; 5. Robert Houston, Spruce Pine, 6.148, 223.06 mph; 6. Mario Boesch, Kenner, La., 6.169, 231.60 mph; 7. Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., 6.228, 215.34 mph; 8. Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., 6.332, 220.01 mph.

Round 3 – Rick Bell, Merrimack, N.H., bye; Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., .004, 6.742 on a 6.730, 202.79 mph, def. Nick Meloni, Hampton, N.H., foul (-.001); Robert Houston, Newland, .021, 7.258 on a 7.250, 177.32 mph, def. Clint Riley, Greenville, Fla., .023, 6.985 breakout on a 7.000, 181.25 mph; Brian Khoury, North Salem, N.H., .016, 6.561 on a 6.580, 200.71 mph, def. Carmen Mollichella, West Chester, Pa., foul (-.005).

Semifinals – Bell, .015, 6.934 on a 6.910, 184.95 mph, def. Houston, .021, 7.266 on a 7.240, 179.52 mph; Spradlin, .000, 6.750 on a 6.740, 202.30 mph, def. Khoury, .031, 6.571 on a 6.560, 199.97 mph.

FINAL – Rick Bell, Merrimack, N.H., .045, 7.645 on a 6.900, 121.99 mph, def. Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN

Qualifying – 1. Sandy Wilkins, Mt. Ulla, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 6.451, 213.94 mph; 2. Jackie Robison, Greer, S.C., 1966 Chevy II, 6.634, 208.78 mph; 3. Ronald Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Cobra, 6.644, 207.24 mph; 4. Chadrick Morrison, Statesville, 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 6.555, 207.15 mph; 5. Darian Boesch, Kenner, La., 2018 Chevy Camaro, 6.680, 217.35 mph; 6. Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., 1951 Henry J, 6.719, 218.27 mph; 7. Bruce Duncan, Crawsfordville, Fla., 1995 Chevy Camaro, 6.737, 205.10 mph; 8. Nicholas Meloni, Hampton, N.H., 1969 Chevy  Camaro, 7.014, 197.08 mph.

Round 3 – Jackie Robison, Greer, S.C., 1966 Chevy II, .028, 6.666 on a 6.670, 207.05 mph, def. John Taylor, Naples, Fla., 1999 Dodge Dakota, foul (-.004); Sandy Wilkins, Mt. Ulla, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .038, 6.714 on a 6.720, 202.88 mph, def. Nicholas Meloni,  Hampton, N.H., 1969 Chevy Camaro, .040, 7.093 breakout on a 7.100, 195.11 mph; Ronald Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Cobra, bye.

Semifinals – Robison, .020, 6.680 on a 6.660, 207.59 mph, def. Proctor, foul; Wilkins, bye.

FINAL – Sandy Wilkins, Mt. Ulla, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .017, 6.727 on a 6.700, 203.92 mph, def. Jackie Robison, Greer, S.C., 1966 Chevy II, .031, 6.680 on a 6.660, 207.56 mph.

COMPETITION

Qualifying – 1. Lee Zane, Elmer, N.J., dragster, 7.956 on an 8.740; 2. Jim Kimbrough, Pace, Fla., 7.197 on a 7.920; 3. Joel Warren, Clinton, 2008 Pontiac,  8.539 on a 9.220; 4. Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, 7.889 on an 8.530; 5. Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, 2007 Pontiac, 8.415 on a 9.050; 6. Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, 8.357 on an 8.950; 7. Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, 7.924 on an 8.500; 8. Mark Moreland,  Edenton, 1998 Pontiac, 9.015 on a 9.540.

Round 1 – Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., 2005 Chevy Cavalier, .033, 8.170  on an 8.530, 149.56 mph, def. Kevin Houghtaling, Henrico, Va., 2002 Pontiac, .037, 8.392 on an 8.640, 139.63 mph; Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, 2007 Pontiac, .081, 8.601 on a 9.050, 135.41 mph, def. John Frech, Cortland, Ohio, dragster, foul (-.001); Joel Warren, Clintoin, 2008 Pontiac, .077, 8.752 on a 9.220, 146.57 mph, def. Mark Moreland,  Edenton, 1998 Pontiac, .141,  9.017 on a 9.540, 144.30 mph; Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, .006, 8.963 on an 8.950, 114,76 mph, def. Jim Primozic, Highland Heights, Ohio, dragster, .024, 9.685 on a 7.400, 109.29 mph; Jim Kimbrough, Pace, Fla., dragster, .123, 8.052 on a 7.920, 115.22 mph, def. Jenny Treadwell, Mount Plymouth, Fla., dragster, no time; Lee Zane, Elmer, N.J., dragster, bye.

Round 2 – Kimbrough, .002, 8.719 on a 7.920, 97.08 mph, def. Daniels, foul  (-.002); Warren, .409, 9.858 on a 9.220, 99.16 mph, def. Treadwell, foul; Zane, .041, 8.270 on an 8.740, 145.81 mph, def. Puckett, .113, 8.031 on an 8.530, 152.14 mph.

Semifinals – Zane, .034, 8.134 on an 8.740, 148.77 mph, def. Warren, .071, 8.598 on a 9.220, 148.46 mph; Kimbrough, bye.

FINAL – Jim Kimbrough, Pace, Fla., dragster, .184, 9.377 on a 7.920, 86.06 mph, def. Lee Zane, Elmer, N.J., foul (-.003).

SUPER STOCK

Qualifying – 1. John Fogle, Norway, S.C., 2005 Chevy, 9.160 on a 10.400; 2. Marion Stephenson, Williamsport, Ind., 2006 Chevy, 9.460 on a 10.650; 3. Keith Lynch, New Madison, Ohio, 2010 Dodge, 9.421 on a 10.550; 4. Thomas Cashwell, Raeford, 1970 Chevy Camaro, 9.892 on an 11.000; 5. Richard Bierie, Acworth, Ga., 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, 8.128 on a 9.200; 6. Taylor  Dunahoo, Roanoke, Va., 1993 Ford Mustang, 10.725 on an 11.750; 7. Ernie Neal, Columbus, Ind., 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, 9.181 on a 10.200; 8. Jim Schaechter, Cumming, Ga., 2003 Chevrolet, 9.196 on a 10.200.

Round 4 – Tim Sloan, Broadway, 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, .046, 9.543 on a 9.540, 136.58 mph, def. Tyler Caheely, Rock Spring, Ga., 2000 Chevy, .001, 9.286 on a 9.230, 136.58 mph; Chet Fincke, Ashburn, Va., 1996 Chevy, .016, 9.998 on a 9.980, 132.50 mph, def. Robert Draughon, Cumberland, 1992 Chevy Corvette, .018, 8.741 on an 8.690, 146.46 mph; Sterling Simmons, Chesterfield, Va., 2005 Chevy Cavalier, .028, 9.508 on a 9.490, 135.27 mph, def. Gregory Foster, Suffolk, Va., 1987 Oldsmobile  Cutlass, .030,  10.201 on a 10.160, 128.68 mph; Bryan Worner,Duncannon, Pa., 1990 Chevy, .010, 10.136 on a 10.150, 132.99  mph, def.  Marion Stephenson, Williamsport, Ind., 2006 Chevy Cobalt, .058, 9.615 breakout on a 9.640, 133.80 mph; Joel Warren, Clinton, 1998 Pontiac Formula Firebird, .094, 9.867 on an 9.870, 124.44 mph, def. Hillary Sloan, Broadway, 1971 Plymouth, .053, 10.101 breakout on a 10.120, 128.25 mph.

Round 5 – Worner, .017, 10.383 on a 10.140, 103.40 mph, def. Simmons, .073, 16.358 on a 9.500, 73.09 mph; Sloan, .024, 9.535 on a 9.540, 140.14 mph, def. Fincke, .015, 9.980 breakout on a 9.990, 130.61 mph; Warren, bye.

Semifinals – Worner, .020, 10.161 on a 10.160, 127.04 mph, def. Warren, .041, 9.829 on a 9.820, 134.42 mph; Sloan, bye.

FINAL – Bryan Worner, Duncannon, Pa., 1990 Chevy, .022, 10.155 on a 10.150, 128.73 mph, def. Tim Sloan, Broadway, 1998 Pontiac Grand Am, .104, 9.497 breakout on a 9.550, 139.78 mph.

STOCK

Qualifying – 1. Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 9.230 on a 10.300; 2. Rich South, Pataskala, Ohio, 1996 Chevy Corvette, 10.198 on an 11.250; 3. Jerry MacNeish, Eldersburg, Md., 1967 Chevy Camaro,, 10.311 on an 11.350; 4. Mike Farrell, Menards, N.Y., 1971 Dodge Challenger, 10.670 on an 11.700; 5.  Timothy Stickles, Dover, N.H., 1980 Chevrolet, 11.834 on a 12.850; 6. Gary Russell, East Sparta, Ohio, 1967 Chevy Camaro, 9.954 on a 10.950; 7. Reggie Winkles, St. Augustine, Fla., 1984 Chevy Camaro, 11.555 on a 12.550; 8. Barry Parker, Southhampton, Mass., 1970 Chevy Camaro, 10.012 on an 11.000.

Round 4 – Eddie Longhany, Godwin, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .034, 10.347 on a 10.240, 116.89 mph, def. Joe Collins, Castalia, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .137, 11.640 on an 11.620, 113.41 mph; Ken Friedman, Independence, Ky., 1980 Chevy Malibu wagon, .001, 12.460 on a 12.460,  96.53 mph, def. Terry Taylor, Lumberton, 1970 Chevy, .023, 11.116 on an 11.080, 106.68 mph; Gale Pinkston, Shelbyville, Tenn., 1967 Chevy Camaro, .021, 11.140 on an 11.160, 117.05 mph, def. Raymond Skipper, Richmond, Va., 1993 Chevy Camaro, foul; Gene Jordan, Reidsville, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .042, 10.258 on a 10.300, 128.30 mph, def. Peter Noriega, Miami, Fla., 1980 Chevy Malibu, foul; Garry Glazener, Jackson,  S.C., 1972 Ford Mustang, .021, 10.859 on a 10.850, 117.81 mph, def. Marion Stephenson, Williamsport, Ind., 2015 Chevy Camaro, 1.948, 30.991 on a 10.830, no recorded speed; John Meinelt, Deland, Fla., 1967 Chevy Camaro, .039, 11.572 on an 11.580, 111.69 mph, def. Jerry MacNeish, Eldersburg, Md., 1967 Chevy Camaro, .119, 10.517 breakout on a 10.540, 125.26 mph; Allison Doll, Douglas, Mass., 1999 Pontiac Firebird, bye.

Round 5 – Doll, .021, 10.444 on a 10.450, 129.69 mph, def. Longhany, .037, 10.222 breakout on a 10.230, 127.87 mph; Friedman, .019, 12.415 on a 12.400, 101.69 mph, def. Jordan, .026, 10.208 breakout on a 10.240, 124.52 mph; Glazener,  .074, 10.864 on a 10.820, 115.78 mph, def. Meinelt, .053, 11.659 on an 11.560, 112.11 mph; Pinkston, bye.

Semifinals – Friedman, .024, 12.419 on a 12.390, 104.95 mph, def. Pinkston, foul (-.003); Doll, .012, 10.483 on a 10.440, 124.32 mph, def. Glazener, .071, 10.839 on a 10.810, 120.47 mph.

FINAL – Allison Doll, Douglas, Mass., 1998 Pontiac Firebird, .000, 10.458 on a 10.450, 124.42 mph, def. Ken Friedman, Independence, Ky., 1980 Chevy Malibu wagon, .057, 12.388 breakout on a 12.390, 103.41 mph.

SUPER COMP (8.90 target)

Round 4 – Tony Helms, Ringgold, Ga., .040, 8.914, 169.87 mph, def. Frank Altilio, Apopka, Fla., .037, 8.925, 170.99 mph; Corey Manuel, Stokesdale, .011, 8.901, 184.62 mph, def. Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., .005, 8.959, 161.57 mph; Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., .008, 8.918, 162.18 mph, def. Michelle Furr, Galax, Va., .014, 8.890 breakout, 170.26 mph.

Semifinals – Manuel .004, 8.902, 182.62 mph, def. Helms, .024, 8.886 breakout, 178.10 mph; Cook, bye.

FINAL – Corey Manuel, Stokesdale, .008, 8.927, 179.09 mph, def. Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., .015, 8.940, 168.03 mph.

SUPER GAS (9.90 target)

Round 4 – Jeremy Mason, Richmond, Ky., 1966 Chevy, .013, 9.915, 150.31 mph, def. Craig Porter, Silver Spring, Md., 2004 Ford Mustang, .018, 9.936, 164.39 mph; Greg Slack, Albemarle, 1970 Ford Maverick, .019, 9.995, 135.69 mph, def. Bruce Johnson, Loris, S.C., 1999 Chevy Camaro, foul; Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., 1968 Chevy Camaro, .012, 9.884, 171.95 mph, def.  Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., foul (-,004).

Semifinals – Miller, .006, 9.914, 164.32 mph, def. Slack, .017, 9.893 breakout, 147.79 mph; Mason, bye.

FINAL – Raymond Miller, Spring City, Tenn., 1968 Chevy Camaro, .006, 9.914, 164.31 mph, def. Jeremy Mason, Richmond, Ky., 1966 Chevy, .012, 9.920, 154.74 mph.

SUPER STREET (10.90 target)

Round 3 – Michael Harris, Norwood, 1980 Chevy Camaro, .037, 10.941, 134.90 mph, def. Jonathan Anderson, Williamson, Ga., 2005 Pontiac, .012, 10.986, 114.46 mph; Phillip Smida, Canfield, Ohio, 1988 Chevy Cavalier, .009, 10.937, 145.52 mph, def. Ed Pauley, Shelby, 1968 Chevy Camaro, .018, 10.944,  132.13 mph; Ronald Strayhorn, Alpharetta, Ga., 1974 Chevy Vega, .019, 10.932, 131.15 mph, def. Brian Funderburk, Tallassee, Ala., 1975 Chevy Vega, .206, 10.934, 136.77 mph; Kevin MacNicol, North  Port, Fla., 1969 Pontiac Firebird, .004, 10.914, 133.45 mph, def. Timothy Irwin, Portland, Ind., 1970 Chevy Nova, foul.

Semifinals – Smida, .018, 10.932, 138.00 mph, def. Harris, .014, 10.939, 129.45 mph; Strayhorn, .019, 10.924, 133.62 mph, def. MaNicol, .015, 10.952, 128.32 mph.

FINAL – Phillip Smida, Canfield, Ohio, 1988 Chevy Cavalier, .029, 10.914, 147.94 mph, def. Ronald Strayhorn, Alpharetta, Ga., 1974 Chevy Vega, .020, 10.898 breakout, 133.91 mph.       

JR. DRAGSTER 13-UP AGE GROUP

Round 1 – Madison Wilson, Laurens, S.C., .067, 7.977 on a 7.990, 81.94 mph, def. Alexis Whitaker, Telford, Tenn., .042, 7.926 breakout on a 7.980, 80.67 mph; Monica Roberts, Detroit, Mich., .049, 7.982 on a 7.960, 78.14 mph, def. Ashlee Dunahoo, Roanoke, Va., .132, 7.960 breakout on an 8.010, 81.98 mph; Madison Robertson, Ravenel, S.C., .043, 8.033 on a 7.990, 77.40 mph, def. Baylee Mize,  Harriman, Tenn., .131, 8.009 on an 7.970, 82.05 mph.

Semifinals – Wilson, .009, 8.006 on a 7.990, 81.36 mph, def. Roberts, .022, 7.958 breakout on a 7.970, 79.26 mph; Robertson, bye.

FINAL – Madison Wilson, Laurens, S.C., .056, 8.099 on a 7.990, 77.10 mph, def. Madison Robertson, Ravenel, S.C., foul.

JR. DRAGSTER 10-12 AGE GROUP

Round 2 – Logan Westmoreland, Greenwood, S.C., .081, 9.039 on an 8.930, 68.34 mph, def. Ava Badgett, Mount Airy, .118, 8.898 breakout on an 8.900, 71.72 mph; Alayna Corden, Monticello, Ga., .080, 8.965 on an 8.900, 69.65 mph, def. Dylan MacNicol, North Port, Fla., .108, 9.161 on an 8.970, 64.04 mph; Maddison Douglas, Wolfeboro, N.H., bye.

Semifinals – Douglas, .012, 9.090 on a 9.050, 70.72 mph, def. Westmoreland, .068, 9.040 on an 8.980, 68.60 mph; Corden, bye.

FINAL – Alayna Corden, Monticello, Ga., .109, 8.946 on an 8.900, 73.31 mplh, def. Maddison Douglas, Wolfeboro, N.H., foul.

JR. DRAGSTER 6-9 AGE GROUP

Round 2 – Ava Ward, Anderson, S.C., .056, 12.256 on an 11.950, 50.76 mph, def. Aaron Kennedy, Braselton, Ga., foul; Beau Sims, Honea Path, S.C., .175, 12.525 on an 11.900, 40.41 mph, def. Brady Walker, Loganville, Ga., .507, 12.725 on a 12.000, 47.98 mph; Brody Callahan, Fay, bye.

Semifinals – Callahan, .067, 12.071 on an 11.960, 54.39 mph, def. Sims, .085, 12.186 on an 11.900, 52.47 mph; Ward, bye.

FINAL – Brody Callahan, Fay, .104, 12.097 on a 12.050, 54.25 mph, def. Ava Ward, Anderson, S.C., .176, 12.189 on a 12.090, 51.30 mph.