BRISTOL, Tenn. - In the final results from Bristol Dragway Doug Horne regained the Top Fuel points lead in the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series and Anthony Bertozzi won in Top Dragster while just missing the double-up in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Horne, Aberdeen, Md., has been trading the points lead with Tommy Grimes all season and beat Grimes in the final of Top Fuel Harley this weekend to take a 43-point lead going into the final event of their ten race season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nov. Horne went 6.277 seconds at 228.15 mph to Grimes, Winston Salem, N.C., who slowed to an 8.231 at 107.55.
Bertozzi advanced to the final round in two classes giving him the opportunity to score the rare double-up. He first met up with James Noel, Westminster, S.C., in the division's Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragster class. Bertozzi won a close one (about three feet) running 7.394 at 176.97 to Noel's 7.421, 175.02. The Ashland, Va., racer then faced off with Gary Coccaro in Super Stock but left early with a red-light foul start by just .002 seconds giving Coccaro, Panama City, Fla., the win in his '05 Sunfire clocking in at 9.694 seconds.
Piedmont, Ala., resident David Rampy added another win to his collection knocking out Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., in Comp Eliminator. Rampy went 7.397, 162.68 in his '32 roadster to Puckett's 8.467, 159.51.
Craig Cain, Kodak, Tenn., won for the home state in the Davis Golf Cart Top Sportsman Series covering the quarter mile in 7.310, 187.34 in his '63 Corvette against Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., and Larry Hill won in Stock Eliminator. Hill, Hickory, Ky., drove his '70 Barracuda past Raymond Skipper, Richmond, Va., in 10.537 seconds at 122.97 mph.
Rounding out the Lucas Oil winners were Raymond Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., over James Stahl, Boone, N.C., in Super Comp; Steve Theodor, Columbus, Ohio, beat Steve Hoyt, Ft. Wayne, Ind., in Super Gas; and Robbie Shaw, Bowden, Ga., held off Donald Webb, Four Oaks, N.C., on a double breakout in Super Street. Shaw went 10.888 to Webb's 10.887.
Charley Douglas and Bruce Croneberger III both had shots at the double win in the Harley-Davidson Series as they faced off with each other in both the Street Pro and the Hot Street classes. Charley took the win in Street Pro on his '92 Harley but Croneberger took the win in Hot Street on his '92 Sportster.
Other winners in the Harley-Davidson series were Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., who rode his '10 Harley to the win in Pro Dragster Harley defeating Richard Vreeland; Frank Capone beat Jay Wagner in Pro Gas; and Dead Bear Mashini won in Draggin Bagger.
Southeast Division racers head to zMAX Dragway to meet up with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series next weekend, Sept. 13-15 before heading to Silver Dollar Raceway for their season finale, Oct. 11-13.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series at Bristol Dragway:
TOP FUEL HARLEY
PRO DRAGSTER HARLEY
PRO GAS HARLEY
STREET PRO HARLEY
HOT STREET HARLEY
DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY