Al Ackerman raced to the win in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Silver Dollar Raceway over the weekend. With just a handful of events left to finish the season, the Lucas Oil National and Divisional Championship races have heated up.
In the final round of Comp Eliminator it was Ackerman, Saddle Brook N.J., who is coming off a win at the national event in Reading, Pa., versus Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., who sits atop the Southeast division point standings were even at the start, but Ackerman had the power to finish stronger for the win with a pass of 7.910 seconds at 160.77 miles per hour in his dragster. Puckett ran a pass of 8.512 seconds at 158.41 miles per hour for a runner-up finish. Ackerman is in fourth place for the Northeast division point standings.
Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., was better at the tree and ran a winning lap of 9.993 seconds at 126.33 mph in the Super Stock class to defeat Pat Clifford while Brad Ford, Gardendale, Ala., defeated Jeff Adkinson who was perfect at the light but Ford ran a .029 package to take the Stock eliminator win. In Super Comp, both drivers broke out but Nick Folk took the win by running closer to his index. Folk from Durand, Ill., defeated Gene Quinn by running an 8.887 second at 159.63 mph winning pass.
It was a close final round in Super Gas and Super Street. The title for Super Gas went to Steven Furr, out of Harrisburg, N.C., and his ’68 Camaro posting a lap of 9.925 seconds at 154.99 mph to defeat Ray Connolly of Elyria, Ohio, who went 9.950 seconds at 149.58 mph in his ’63 Corvette. Furr now has three divisional Wally’s this year. This win keeps Furr in the hunt for the Southeast division title against John Taylor. In Super Street Lamar Stevenson earned the win in his ’69 Camaro at 10.886 seconds at 119.04 miles per hour taking out Kenny Dickerson, Brunswick, Ga., in his ’73 Vega with a runner up lap of 10.882 seconds at 123.96 miles per hour.
In other racing, Alan O’Brien, Ronceverte, W.V., took out Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., in Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragster; and Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., in his ’02 Camaro defeated Mike Weaver, Griffin, Ga., in Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman
A highlight of the weekend was the NHRA Summit Junior Drag Racing League running with Wesley Syme, Atlanta, Ga., taking home the win for the 13-17 year old class; Bruce Thaxton, Butler, Ga., defeated Elizabeth Haralson of Hampton, Ga.in the 10-12 year old class; and it was Jace Bynum from Camilla, Ga., defeating Carson Emmett of Cedar Bluff, Ala.
The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Silver Dollar Raceway:
Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 7.910, 160.77 def. Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., '05 Cavalier, H/AA, 8.512, 158.41.
Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., '69 Camaro, SS/HA, 9.993, 126.33 def. Pat Clifford, Apopka, Fla., '85 Camaro, GT/DA, 10.027, 130.73.
Brad Ford, Gardendale, Ala., '67 Camaro, D/SA, 10.917, 119.47 def. Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.414, 113.93.
Nick Folk, Durand, Ill., '13 American, 8.887, 159.63 def. Gene Quinn, Gainesville, Fla., '01 Undercover, 8.849, 168.83.
Steven Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., '68 Camaro, 9.925, 154.99 def. Ray Connolly, Elyria, Ohio, '63 Corvette, 9.950, 149.58.
Lamar Stevenson, Montgomery, Ala., '69 Camaro, 10.886, 119.04 def. Kenny Dickerson, Brunswick, Ga., '73 Vega, 10.882, 123.96.
Scott Underwood, Madison, Ala., '02 Camaro, 7.337, 183.15 def. Mike Weaver, Griffin, Ga., '15 Camaro, 7.074, 196.13.
Alan O'Brien, Ronceverte, W.V., '11 Race Tech, 6.152, 220.40 def. Wayne Brooks, Monroe, Ga., '14 Miller, 6.867, 194.16.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 13-17
Wesley Syme, Atlanta, Ga., dragster, 7.894, 81.32 def. Colton Brannen, Dunedin, Fla., dragster, foul.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 10-12
Bruce Thaxton, Butler, Ga., dragster, 9.065, 68.08 def. Elizabeth Haralson, Hampton, Ga., dragster, 9.052, 70.40.
JUNIOR DRAGSTER 6-9
Jace Bynum, Camilla, Ga., dragster, 12.190, 51.49 def. . Carson Emmett, Cedar Bluff, Ala., dragster, 12.360, 46.15.