Griffith, Kiser Earn Second Consecutive DER Series Championships
Tim Griffith and Dylan Kiser wrapped up back-to-back season championships in the DER Bracket Racing Series at Bristol Dragway last weekend.
Griffith earned the Pro category championship for the second year in-a-row, with Kiser claming the Junior Dragster Division II title once more. Trevor Denton (Super Pro), John Isom (Sportsman), Jerry Turner (Motorcycle), Bill Roberts (Trophy) and Garrett Freeman (Jr. Dragster Div. I) also earned 2012 championships in Thunder Valley.
Denton, Griffith, Isom and Turner competed in a King of the Track competition on Sunday afternoon among each series champion, with Denton earning the win and the bragging rights that accompany it.
Rogersville’s Buddy Fleenor claimed Saturday’s Super Pro win over Keith Kyker of Telford. Fleenor left the line with an impressive .007 reaction time and paired an equally impressive 4.971 elapsed time (4.97 dial-in) at 141.22 mph with it to earn the win. Kyker left the line with a .010 R.T. and a 4.976 E.T. (4.98 dial-in) at 136.40 mph to earn the victory.
Sunday’s Super Pro trophy went to Seth Street of Cedar Bluff, Va. Street ousted Todd Whited of Richlands, Va. who went red by a big margin in the final. Street’s winning run consisted of a .038 R.T. and a 5.890 E.T. (5.88 dial-in) at 117.63 mph. Whited went red by .352 and clicked off early on the run.
Bluff City’s Turner celebrated his track championship in style, sweeping the weekend in the Motorcycle division. On Saturday, Turner’s competition could not return for the final round. Turner raced to victory against Paul Acuff of Knoxville on Sunday. Turner came off the line with a .012 R.T. and had a 5.897 E.T. (5.87 dial-in) at 117.08 mph in the final round.
C.J. Hodges of Boone, N.C. defeated Piney Flats’ Matthew Buckles in the final round of Saturday’s Pro category action. Both drivers broke out, with Hodges running closer to his dial. Hodges had an .031 R.T. and a 6.711 E.T. (6.72 dial-in) at 99.12 mph to earn the victory.
Buckles avenged the loss on Sunday, however, by defeating Pro division champion Griffith in the final. The race was over at the line, as Griffith turned on the red, handing the win to Buckles. Buckles had a .025 R.T. and a 7.843 E.T. (7.85 dial-in) at 85.38 mph in the final round.
Brian Dunnigan from Mooresburg claimed Saturday’s Sportsman win over Justin Pierce of Elizabethton. Dunnigan had a notable final round with a .007 R.T. and a 10.850 E.T. (10.85 dial-in) at 119.56 mph to take the win. Cody Spears earned Sunday’s Sportsman win over Matt Hicks of Abingdon, Va. Spears had a .045 R.T. and a 13.417 E.T. (13.38 dial-in) at 89.47 mph in his final round victory.
Adam Green of Bristol, Va. (Saturday) and Dustin Price of Bristol, Tenn. (Sunday) earned the Trophy category wins during the weekend.
Devin Kiser of Corryton defeated Joseph Denton of Bristol, Va. in Saturday’s Jr. Dragster Div. I final, with Denton coming back to win on Sunday against Elizabethton’s Caleb Johnson.
Rogersville’s Gabe Ellison took Jr. Dragster Div. II on Saturday against Allison Eads from Bristol, Va. Dylan Kiser celebrated his championship by defeating Landon Stahl from Boone, N.C. to earn Sunday’s Jr. Dragster Div. II win.
Bristol Dragway returns to action with one of Super Chevy Show’s biggest events each season. Thunder Valley hosts the region’s best bracket racing and offers the ultimate playground for fans of the Chevrolet Bowtie. Saturday evening, Thunder Valley Mayhem brings an exhilarating evening of extreme machines to the stage for this incredible thrill show.
Thunder Valley Mayhem is just one highlight of an extremely busy weekend. Bracket racers flock to Thunder Valley to take part in racing action in Bracket 1 (Super Pro), Bracket 2 (Pro), DOT True Street and Sportsman. Saturday also features a bonus race for Super Chevy Show competitors. All bracket racing takes place on the 1/8th mile.
For more information about Bristol Dragway events, please call (423) 764-DRAG or visit www.bristoldragway.com.