GAINESVILLE TAKES TEAM TITLE; FIVE HEADING TO SUMMIT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

ROCKINGHAM, NC – Gainesville Raceway won the NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Team Championship over Bristol Dragway and Atlanta Dragway, while Brendan George led the list of individual winners at the Southeast Division Summit Finals at Rockingham Dragway.

The team from Gainesville racked up 41 points to hold off Bristol Dragway, with 36 points, and Atlanta Dragway, who scored 30 points.  Rockingham Dragway and Music City Raceway rounded out the top five finishing fourth and fifth with 26 and 22 respectively.

Joining George with individual trophies and advancing on to the NHRA Summit National Championship were Tim Griffith, Van Greer and Dennis Stewart who each won their eliminator. Via a special wild card drawing held early this year, Troy Stafford will also move on to the nationals in Pomona, Calif., by winning the division’s Summit Race of Champions event in Pro ET.

George, Gainesville, Fla., drove his ’09 dragster to the win in Super Pro, capping it off with a 4.758 second lap at 140.75 mph to defeat Chip Johnson, Fayetteville, N.C.  In the Pro ET class, Griffith, Cedar Bluff, Va., raced to victory in his ’77 Vega with a 6.648 second run at 108.45 mph against Steve Foley.

Greer, Kingsport, Tenn., took home the trophy in Sportsman again this year defending his 2016 title.  He took the win against Thomas Kleppin, White House Tenn., in 7.535 seconds at 85.94 mph.  In Super Pro Motorcycle, Stewart, St. Pete, Fla., won over Scott Delong, Boynton Beach, Fla., who fouled.

Donald Webb, Gage Burch and Jerry Turner joined Stafford in the Summit Race of Champions winner circle. Webb, Four Oaks, N.C., won in Super Pro with a time of 4.708 seconds at 143.26 mph against Barry Nall, Eagle Springs, N.C.  In Sportsman, Burch, Palmetto, Fla., took the win for the second year in a row with a lap of 7.509 seconds at 88.85 mph in his ’80 Malibu against Kenneth Anderson, Lake Worth, Fla. Turner, Bluff City, Tenn., took the win in Super Pro Motorcycle over Rick Eaton, Venice, Fla., with a lap of 5.746, 121.44.

Stafford beat out Steve Foley in the Pro E.T. Race of Champions for the NHRA Summit National Championship wild card entry.  Stafford, Orlando, Fla., went 7.083, 94.52 in his ’73 Dart.

The following are the final results from the 2017 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Finals:

Team Championship

Gainesville Raceway                           41

Bristol Dragway                                  36

Atlanta Dragway                                30

Rockingham Dragway                        26

Music City Raceway                           22

Orlando Speed World Dragway         19

Galot Motorsports Park                      16

Silver Dollar Motorsports Park           15

Gainesville Raceway (2)                     15

US 19 Dragway                                  10

Bradenton Motorsports Park              10

Bristol Dragway (2)                            9

Atlanta Dragway (2)                            8

Lakeland Drag Strip                            4

Rockingham Dragway (2)                    4

Montgomery Motorsports Park           1

SUPER PRO

Brendan George, Gainesville, Fla., ’09 Mullis, 4.758, 140.75 def. Chip Johnson, Fayetteville, N.C., ’80 Malibu, 6.461, 105.10.

PRO ET

Tim Griffith, Cedar Bluff, Va., ’77 Vega, 6.648, 108.45 def. Steve Foley, Barbourville, Ky., ’74 Duster, 6.854, 98.23.

SPORTSMAN

Van Greer, Kingsport, Tenn., ’65 Dodge, 7.535, 85.94 def. Thomas Kleppin, White House, Tenn., ’84 Camaro, 8.158, 83.23.

SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE

Dennis Stewart, St Pete, Fla., ’78 KAW, 5.757, 119.44 def. Scott Delong, Boynton Beach, Fla., ’06 KAW, foul.

The following are the final results from the 2017 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Race of Champions:

SUPER PRO

Donald Webb, Four Oaks, N.C., ’13 Maddox, 4.708, 143.26 def. Barry Nall, Eagle Springs, N.C., ’68 Barracuda, 5.800, 120.01.

PRO ET

Troy Stafford, Orlando, Fla., ’73 Dart, 7.083, 94.52 def. Steve Foley, Barbourville, Ky., ’74 Duster, 6.876, 95.23.

SPORTSMAN

Gage Burch, Palmetto, Fla., ’80 Malibu SW, 7.509, 88.85 def. Kenneth Anderson, Lake Worth, Fla.,

’93 Camaro, 7.885, 83.62.

SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE

Jerry Turner, Bluff City, Tenn., ’06 KAW, 5.746, 121.44 def. Rick Eaton, Venice, Fla., ’84 SUZ, 5.645, 120.95.

HIGH SCHOOL

Hunter Edmundson, Pekanello, N.C., ’15 Toyota, 9.748, 76.98 def. Gage Burch, Palmetto, Fla., ’80 Malibu SW, 8.274, 81.04.

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