Greer Wins On Sunday, Dedicates Victory To Father
For Kingsport's Van Greer, Sunday's victory in the Pro Division at Bristol Dragway was the perfect way to honor the memory of his famous drag racing father.
Shirl Greer, who passed away in March, was the 1974 NHRA Funny Car World Champion. While his most famous race car was the "Chained Lightning" Mustang he used to win that championship, he raced a series of funny cars named "Tension" in his earlier days.
Before the 2010 DER Racing Series began in Thunder Valley, Van Greer placed a replica decal on the side of his car with the same "Tension" logo that his father had used years before.
With the memory of his father on his mind, Greer defeated James Lovett in Sunday's final round. Greer's winning run consisted of a .070 reaction time, with a 6.702 elapsed time (6.68 dial-in) at 102.08 mph.
The run capped an emotional month for the family who dedicated the win to the memory of Shirl Greer.
Frank Aldridge of Banner Elk, N.C. picked up Saturday's Super Pro win after his opponent, Bristol's Larry Snead, was slapped with a disqualification after turning on the red light for jumping the start. Aldridge left the line with a .033 R.T. and raced through the finish line in 5.301 seconds (5.29 dial-in) at 130.45 mph.
Sunday's Super Pro action went to Chris Johnson of Maryville after he nailed the tree with a perfect .000 R.T. After seeing Bobby McKinney turn on the red light in the other lane, Johnson knew the win was his. Johnson ran down the track with a 4.848 E.T. (4.85 dial-in) at 142.91 mph.
Steve Foley earned Saturday's Pro win over Elizabethton's Sammy Settle in a match of Plymouth Dusters. Foley from Barboursville, Ky. had a stellar .007 R.T. and finished his run with a 7.147 E.T. (7.13 dial-in) at 90.16 mph. Settle ran faster than his dial-in and was hit with the disqualification.
Bristol, Va.'s Mike Hicks claimed Saturday's Street division over Rodney Finchum of Newport. Hicks' Mustang ran close to the dial-in with a 9.815 E.T. on a 9.81 dial. Brandon Bailey from Glade Spring, Va. knocked off Don Evans of Abingdon, Va. to take the Street category on Sunday. Bailey had a .049 R.T. and ran through the top end in 14.677 seconds at 95.85 mph.
Junior Dragster Div. 1 wins went to Madilyn Furr of Galax, Va. on Saturday and Garrett Freeman of Roan Mountain on Sunday. Division 2 went to Sarah Major from Bean Station on Saturday and Denver Maltba of Newland, N.C. on Sunday.
Bristol's Ben Knight claimed the Trophy class on Saturday, while Jerod Haga from Bluff City took the win on Sunday.
Mike Conley of Jonesborough swept the Motorcycle division for the weekend.
The DER Racing Series returns to action with an event Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.
Gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Tech inspection is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with Time Trials beginning at noon. Tech is at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with Time Trials at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about the DER Bracket Series, visit www.derracingseries.com or call Red Whitmore at (423) 989-6952.