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Sun, 7 Oct 2001, 03:28 PM

Racers Set Sights on California
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

As Moroso Motorsports Park Claims Team Championship

COMMERCE, Ga.-- The NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Finals concluded at Atlanta Dragway on Saturday with champions being crowned in the Super Pro, Pro, Street/Sportsman, and Pro Bike/Motorcycle categories. These wins send four more racers to California to compete in the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, to be run in conjunction with the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, November 9-11, in Pomona, Calif.

Leading the way in Super Pro was Mike Dike Sr. from Montgomery Motorsports Park. Dike took the victory over Joey Steele of Music City Raceway.

The Pro category saw Southeastern International Dragway's own Bruce Wilson defeat Jacob Rutledge of Atlanta Dragway. Rutledge drove his '71 Nova to victory with a 1/8th-mile pass of 7.149 seconds at 96.98 mph.

In Sportsman/Street competition, Van Greer of Bristol Dragway earned the win with an impressive run of 10.022 seconds in his '73 Suburban.

Ed Ehrke of Moroso Motorsports Park in his' 73 Kawasaki won pro Bike/Motorcycle. Ehrke defeated Dennis Stewart of Montgomery Motorsports Park with a run of 5.460 seconds and 118.43 mph.

In the team competition, Moroso Motorsports Park took top honors for the second consecutive year with a total score of 44 points. Finishing tied for second were the teams from Huntsville Dragway and Music City Raceway with 41. Rounding out the top three are the teams representing U.S. 19 Dragway and Bristol Dragway with 40 points.

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

Super Pro
Michael Dike Dr., Montgomery Motorsports Park, '00 Dragster, 5.585 e.t., 122.62 mph
Joey Steele, Music City Raceway, '96 Suncoast, 23.553, 32.96

Bruce Wilson, Southeastern International Dragway, '71 Nova, 7.149 e.t., 96.98 mph
Jacob Rutledge, Atlanta Dragway, '79 Capri, 7.691, 85.07

Van Greer, Bristol Dragway, '73 Suburban, 10.022 e.t., 63.88 mph def.
Gene Penland Jr., U.S. 19 Dragway, '89 Camaro, 8.935, 76.92

Super Pro Bike/Motorcycle
Ed Ehrke, Moroso Motorsports Park, '73 Kawasaki, 5.460 e.t., 118.43 mph def.
Dennis Stewart, Montgomery Motorsports Park, '78 Kawasaki, 5.934, 113.07

Team Standings
Moroso Motorsports Park; West Palm, Florida- 44
Music City Raceway; Nashville, Tennessee- 41
Huntsville Dragway; Huntsville, Alabama- 41
U.S. 19 Dragway; Albany, Georgia- 40
Bristol Dragway; Bristol, Tennessee- 40
Gainesville Raceway; Gainesville, Florida- 38
Jax Raceways; Jacksonville, Florida- 37
Orlando Speed World Motorplex; Orlando, Florida- 34
Coastal Plains Dragway; Jacksonville, North Carolina- 32
Savannah Dragway; Savannah, Georgia- 30
Southeastern Int'l Dragway; Dallas, Georgia- 29
Montgomery Motorsports Park; Montgomery, Alabama- 29
Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia- 28
Silver Dollar Raceway; Reynolds, Georgia- 16
Sumerduck Dragway; Culpepper, Virginia- 16
Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park; Gleason, Tennessee- 15

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