COMMERCE, Ga. -- Track champions from sixteen member tracks in the categories of Super Pro, Pro, Street, Pro Bike/Motorcycle, and High School participated in the NHRA Southeast Division Race of Champions. Claiming victories for their respective tracks were Rob Nelson of Bristol Dragway in Super Pro, Randy Larson of Moroso Motorsports Park in Pro, Rick Zorn of Savannah Dragway in Street, Geoff Godfrey of Sumerduck in Pro Bike/Motorcycle, and Andy Mitchell of Savannah Dragway in High School.
In the Super Pro category, Nelson drove to victory in his '71 Duster with a 1/8th-mile elapsed time of 6.788 seconds at 99.12 mph against a dial-in of 6.78 seconds. The Pro category saw Larson out-run Brian Radley of Gainesville Raceway, 6.897 (6.86 dial-in) seconds to a losing 7.903 (7.91 dial-in) seconds.
Saturday's action will feature the much anticipated individual championships in Super Pro, Pro, Street and Pro Bike/Motorcycle. The four winners of this event will then qualify for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Finals, to be held in conjunction with the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, November 8-11 in Pomona, Calif. There they will compete for a winner-take-all purse of $5,000 and the title of 2001 Summit Racing Series National Champion. Also to be decided Saturday is the team title will be decided with all tracks gunning for last year's champion, Moroso Motorsports Park.
In other racing action, the Best Appearing Car award went to Claude Hall of Bristol Dragway and his 1966 Chevy Nova. Meanwhile, the Best Appearing Bike award was earned by Sumerduck Dragway's own Chuck White for his '66 Suzuki GSXR. Finally, taking home the Best Engineered honors were Jimmy Montgomery of Gainesville Raceway and Tony Girardi of Moroso Motorsports Park for car and bike respectively.
Gates will open at 7:00 a.m. with first round of elimination's set to begin at 9:00 a.m. The run order for the Summit Racing Series Divisional Finals is Pro, Super Pro, Pro Bike, and Street. For more information call the Atlanta Dragway, (706) 335-2301.
The following are the results from the Southeast Division Race of Champions:
Super Pro Finals Rob Nelson, Bristol Dragway, '71 Duster, .527 reaction time, 6.78 dial-in, 6.788 e.t. def. Buddy Baggett, Montgomery Motorsports Park, '67 Nova, .520, 6.20, 6.303 Pro Finals Randy Larson, Moroso Motorsports Park, '69 Camaro, .583 reaction time, 6.86 dial-in, 6.897 e.t. def. Brian Radley, Gainesville Raceway, '79 Malibu, .544, 7.91, 7.903 Sportsman/Street Finals Rick Zorn, Savannah Dragway, '68 Camaro, .572 reaction time, 8.09 dial-in, 8.145 e.t. def. Jon Siegel, Orlando Speed World Dragway, '75 Camaro, .557, 8.20, 8.277 Super Pro Bike/Motorcycle Finals Geoff Godfrey, Sumerduck Dragway, '96 Suzuki, .503 reaction time, 6.66 dial-in, 6.661 e.t. def. Robert Meeks, U.S. 19 Dragway, '89 Kawasaki, .555, 6.49, 6.533 High School Finals Andy Mitchell, Savannah Dragway, '96 Cavalier, .437 reaction time, 10.50 dial-in, 10.504 e.t. def. Robert Neeld, Gainesville Raceway, Foul
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