Michael Paschal Beats Himself and Still Wins
10/24/2017
Rockinham, NC
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Taking advantage of the event’s double-entry option, the Pleasant Garden bracket racer was both winner and runner-up on the final day of The Rock’s Triple Fives Championship and for his perfection he took home both the $5,000 top prize and the $1,500 runner-up money.  Other $5.000 winners were Dan Birt of Barnwell, S.C., who won on Friday, and Sanford’s Chris Dean who directed his 1969 Chevy Camaro to the winners’ circle on Saturday.

            “That doesn’t happen very often,” Rockingham track owner Steve Earwood said of Paschal’s feat, “and especially not when the field is as good as this one was. 

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Michael Paschal

            Paschal waded through eight rounds of racing to find himself paired in the final round with, well, himself.  He beat 18-year-old sensation Ross Freeman of Westville, S.C., in one semifinal and then dispatched third generation racer Chris Ferguson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., son of former IHRA World Champion Glenn Ferguson, in the other.  While he didn’t reach the finals on either of the three days, Freeman, a high school student in Westville, went to the semifinals two times during the weekend, winning seven rounds on Friday and seven more on Sunday in his Footbrake Nova.

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Ross Freeman

            The event ran separate Footbrake and Top Eliminator brackets until the late rounds when the two ran together.  Surprisingly, Paschal’s was the only dragster to win.  The first two days belonged to the full body cars with Birt winning in an ’81 Camaro and Dean in a ’69 model.

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Dan Birt

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Chris Dean

            The event also determined the Rockingham Dragway’s 2017 track championship in the Jr. Dragster category.  Kimberly Messer of Four Oaks and Kaylee Creech of Clayton tied for the title and, as a result, will reign as co-champions. 

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Results from the Triple Fives big money bracket race at Rockingham Dragway.  All hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated. Results include reaction time, track time in relation to target time and finish line speed:

 

SUNDAY

            Round 5 – Chris Ferguson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., .023, 4.530 on a 4.520, 151.99 mph, def. Ross Freeman, Westville, S.C., .003, 7.492 breakout on a 7.500, 88.52 mph; Michael Paschal, Pleasant Garden, .009, 4.671 on a 4.650, 141.40 mph, def. Dan Birt, Barnwell, S.C., 1981 Chevy Camaro, .019, 6.748 on a 6.730, 100.28 mph; Brandon Hutchens, Yadkinville, .020, 6.454 on a 6.440, 106.01 mph, def. Michelle Pelo, Jacksonville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .029, 6.417 on a 6.410, 105.79 mph; Glenn Ferguson, Greensboro, .015, 4.511 on a 4.480, 150.61 mph, def. Randy Etheridge, Engelhard, 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo, .073, 6.417 on a 6.410, 113.10 mph; John Bridges, Shelby, .014, 4.773 on a 4.770, 145.74 mph, def. Eric Aman, Clinton, .009, 5.724 on a 5.710, 116.49 mph; Troy Brewer, Shannon, .025, 6.947 on a 6.930, 90.88 mph, def. Shawn Carpenter, Elm City, .022, 5.959 on a 5.930, 104.74 mph; John Myers, NA, .006, 6.190 on a 6.180, 104.48 mph, def. Clay Mitchum, Bonneau, S.C., 1977 Chevy Vega, .010, 5.672 on a 5.640, 124.35 mph; Ernie Knight, St. George, S.C., 1962 Chevy II, .016, 5.927 on a 5.920, 114.49 mph, def. Joel Hubbard II, Lancaster, S.C., .018, 4.646 on a 4.640, 148.69 mph; William Brewer,  St. Pauls, 1980 Ford Mustang, .025, 6.169 on a 6.160, 109.04 mph, def. Rick Whaley, Reidsville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .039, 5.477 on a 5.390, 129.19 mph; Wesley Roberts, Benson, .009, 5.545 on a  5.530, 122.22 mph, def. Buddy Holton,  Moncks Corner, S.C., 1990 Chevy S-10 truck, .011, 5.431 on a 5.390, 126.30 mph; Jason DeWitt, Bloomingdale, Ga., .006, 4.669 on a 4.640, 140.78  mph, def. Brandon White, Hillsville, Va., 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass, .021, 6.299 on a 6.270, 105.60 mph; Michael Paschal #2, Pleasant Garden, .015, 4.671 on  a 4.650, 142.42 mph, def. Mark Davis, Liberty, S.C., Chevy Beretta, .030,  5.408 on a 5.380, 126.13 mph; Creed Coontz, Clayton, 1963 Ford Falcon, .006, 6.011 on a 5.960, 115.84 mph, def. Richard Alford, Raleigh, .040, 6.211 breakout on a 6.220, 102.37 mph; Ross Freeman #2, Westville, S.C., bye.

            Round 6 – Paschal #1, .000, 4.645 on a 4.650, 147.29 mph, def. Knight, .006, 5.910 breakout on a 5.920, 115.46 mph; C. Ferguson, .027, 4.541 on a 4.520, 152.11 mph, def. T. Brewer, .001, 6.904 breakout on a 6.910, 97.45 mph; G. Ferguson, .006, 4.497 on a 4.490, 153.95 mph, def. Bridges, foul; Hutchens, .023, 6.442 on a 6.440, 107.00 mph, def. Roberts, .042, 5.512 breakout on a 5.520, 124.06 mph; W. Brewer, .015, 6.173 on a 6.150, 110.11 mph, def. DeWitt, .020, 4.633 breakout on a 4.640, 145.83 mph; Freeman, .036, 7.508 on a 7.500, 89.31 mph,  def. Coontz, foul; Paschal #2 .018, 4.637 on a 4.640, 147.79 mph, def. Myers, foul.

            Round 7 – Paschal #1, bye; Paschal #2, .012, 4.649 on a 4.640, 146.83 mph, def. Hutchens, .017, 6.434 breakout on a 6.440, 105.46 mph; Freeman, .005, 7.502 on a 7.480, 89.57 mph, def. G. Ferguson, .016, 4.507 on a 4.490, 152.14 mph; C. Ferguson, .009, 4.519 on a 4.530, 142.59 mph, def. W. Brewer, foul.

            Semifinals – Paschal #1, .018, 4.663 on a 4.640, 144.44 mph, def. Freeman, .042, 7.518 on a 7.500, 89.07 mph; Paschal #, .020, 4.647 on a 4.640, 147.92 mph, def. C. Ferguson, .012, 4.551 on a 4.530, 151.97 mph.

            FINAL – Michael Paschal #2, Pleasant Garden, conceded to Michael Paschal #1, Pleasant Garden, no time.

 

SATURDAY

            Round 6 – Tim Phillips, Kenansville, 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo, .000, 5.127 on a 5.120, 136.04 mph, def. Brandon Hutchens, Yadkinville, .008, 6.466 on a 6.450, 103.89 mph; Michelle Pelo, Jacksonville, 1967 Chevy Camaro, .007, 6.403 on a 6.390, 105.64 mph, def. Tucker Creech, Clayton, .071, 5.985 breakout on a 6.000, 114.23 mph; Chris Dean, Sanford, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .012, 5.537 on a 5.520, 122.85 mph, def. Michael Morton, Jacksonville, 1970 Chevy Nova, .049, 6.485 on a 6.480, 104.07 mph; Phillip Bullock, Nashville, 1966 Chevy wagon, .032, 6.007 on a 6.000, 113.33 mph, def. Shawn Carpenter, Elm City, .024, 5.917 breakout on a 5.920, 111.82 mph; Richard Creech, Clayton, .009, 7.339 on a 7.310, 91.37 mph, def. Nicholas Rabon, Florence, S.C., 2008 Pontiac GTO, .010, 5.119 on a 4.830, 134.95 mph; Quinton Jones Jr., Summerville, S.C., .007, 4.528 on a 4.500, 148.51 mph, def. Don Dulaney, Covington, Va., .038, 5.540 on a 5.530, 122.50 mph; Billy Carr, NA, 1989 Ford Mustang, .003, 6.479 on a 6.450, 105.46 mph, def. Terry Hutchens, Booneville, .218, 5.331 breakout on a 5.350, 129.90 mph; Joel Hubbard II, Lancaster, S.C., .027, 4.629 on a 4.620, 147.13 mph, def. Tim Phillips #2, Kenansville, 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, .029, 5.149 on a 5.120, 136.77 mph; Ernie Knight. St. George, S.C., 1962 Chevy II, bye.

            Round 7 – Bullock, .048, 5.996 on a 6.000, 113.62 mph, def. Carr, foul; Dean, .018, 5.525 on a 5.520, 123.20 mph, def. Creech, .022, 7.309 breakout on a 7.310, 93.16 mph; Jones, .020, 4.866 on a 4.500, 121.25 mph, def. Pelo, .011, 8.266 on a 6.380, 73.50 mph; Knight, .026, 5.924 on a 5.920, 115.06 mph, def. Hubbard, .036, 4.626 on a 4.610, 146.42 mph; Phillips, bye.

            Round 8 – Bullock, .023, 6.009 on a 6.000, 113.51 mph, def. Knight, .004, 5.961 on a 5.920, 108.36 mph; Jones, .015, 4.528 on a 4.500, 152.76 mph, def. Phillips, .029, 5.168 on a 5.130, 135.74 mph; Dean, bye.

            Semifinals – Dean, .015, 5.523 on a 5.520, 122.38 mph, def. Bullock, .028, 5.993 breakout on a 6.000, 113.13 mph; Jones, bye.

            FINAL – Chris Dean, Sanford, 1969 Chevy Camaro, .028, 5.514 on a 5.510, 124.58 mph, def. Quinton Jones Jr., Summerville, S.C., .013, 4.519 breakout on a 4.530, 152.64 mph.

 

FRIDAY

            Round 5 – Ron Phipps, Salisbury,  .024, 6.197 on a 6.130, 105.14 mph, def. John Myers, NA, .054, 6.230  on a 6.160, 109.99 mph; Frankie Britt, Wilmington, .012, 6.090 on a 6.080, 112.91 mph, def. Sammy Hollingsworth, Greenwood, S.C., .019, 4.707 on a 4.700, 143.35 mph; Buddy Dial, Rowland, .033, 4.740 on a 4.740, 145.09 mph, def. Mark Davis, Liberty, S.C., .033, 5.435 on a 5.400, 125.73 mph; Paul Warwick, Lumberton, .001, 6.530 on a 6.510, 104.07 mph, def. Chris Ferguson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., .016, 4.513 on a 4.480, 151.97 mph; Dan Birt, Barnwell, S.C., 1981 Chevy Camaro,  NA, 6.735 on a 6.750, 100.58 mph,  def. Tanner Gray, Hope Mills, 1974 Chevy Camaro, foul; John Bridges, Shelby, .018, 4.806 on 4.780, 143.41 mph, def. Kale Hoffman, Richlands, .040, 5.122 on a 5.100, 130.82 mph; E.J. Womack, Lillington, 6.188 on a 6.180, 108.59 mph, def. Wesley Roberts, Benson,  .030, 5.556 ono a 5.550, 120.39 mph; Nick Womack, Lillington, .009, 4.577 on a 4.560, 148.66 mph, def. Johnny Taylor, Lumberton, 1973 Chevy Vega, .073, 5.830 on a 5.820, 116.93 mph; Ricky Bullock, Sanford, 1971 Chevy Nova, .176, 6.464 on a 6.200, 108.38 mph, def. Robert Cooper, Summerville, S.C., foul; Jamie Freeman, Westville, S.C., bye; Shayne Jones, Summerville, S.C., .023, 4.706 on a 4.720, 146.88 mph, def. E.J. Womack #2, Lillington, foul.

            Round 6 – E.J. Womack, .022, 6.187 on a 6.170, 108.35 mph, def.  Phillips, .041, 6.131 on a 6.130, 109.00 mph; Birt, .011, 6.732 on a 6.730, 100.79 mph, def. J. Freeman, .019, 5.630 on a 5.620, 121.73 mph; Jones, .010, 4.712 on a 4.700, 146.93 mph, def. Britt, .006, 6.059 breakout on a 6.080, 112.83 mph; N. Womack, .031, 4.548 on a 4.560, 151.73 mph, def. Dial, foul; Warwick, .032, 6.524 on a 6.510, 103.93 mph, def. Bridges, .011, 4.7888 breakout on a 4.790, 135.97 mph; R. Freeman, .005, 7.551 on a 7.530, 87.74 mph, def. Bullock, .055, 6.206 on a 6.200, 110.15 mph.

            Round 7 – Freeman, .041, 7.545 on a 7.5330, 88.18 mph, def. Warwick, .056, 6.533 on a 6.510, 102.02 mph; Birt, .051, 6.732 on a 6.720, 100.43 mph, def. E.J. Womack, .032, 6.202 on a 6.170, 106.61 mph; N. Womack, .023, 4.574 on a 4.550, 150.75 mph, def. Jones, foul.

            Semifinals – Birt, .008, 6.701on a 6.720, 100.83 mph, def Freeman, .039, 7.508 breakout on a 7.530, 89.21 mph; N. Womack, bye.

            FINAL – Dan Birt, Barnwell, S.C., 1981 Chevy Camaro, .005, 6.697 on a 6.690, 101.00 mph, def. Nick Womack, Lillington, .020, 4.630 on a 4.540, 149.13 mph.

 

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