Grothus Takes Pro Mod, Super Comp Victories During Inaugural Thunder Valley Dragbike Shootout
Brunson Grothus came up the big winner during last weekend’s inaugural Thunder Valley Dragbike Shootout at Bristol Dragway, earning the FBR Shop Pro Mod and MTC Engineering Super Comp victories at the successful new event.
The Davenport, Iowa native rode his 2001 Suzuki to victory over Keith Lynn from Wabash, Ind. in the FBR Shop Pro Mod final. Grothus combined a .006 reaction time with a 4.293 elapsed time at 172.76 mph to snare the win. Lynn had a .043 R.T. and a 4.304 E.T. at 174.53 mph in his runner-up effort.
In MTC Engineering Super Comp (5.70 index), Grothus had a .024 R.T. and ran dead-on with a 5.700 sec. effort at 119.67 mph. His opponent, Schubby Claytor of Salem, Va. had a .030 R.T. and a 5.760 E.T. at 119.74 mph.
Lavar Delee from Dorchester, S.C. took the Mountain Motorsports Pro Street win over Ryan Schnitz of Decatur, Ind. Delee used a .055 R.T. and a 4.844 E.T. at 163.79 mph to pick up the trophy. Schnitz ended his run in 5.006 sec. at 159.17 mph after a .120 R.T.
Jeremy Teasley from Orient, Ohio and his Nitrous Express Real Street bike claimed that category over Danny Cox Sr. of Yorktown, Va. Teasley won the round with a .018 R.T. and 5.455 E.T. at 126.71 mph. Cox raced down the track with a 5.411 E.T. at 147.88 mph.
Matt Smith of Cordova took the Fast By Gast Top Gas win (5.20 index) over Jerry Hurley from Marysville, Ohio. Smith had a .036 R.T. and a 5.207 E.T. at 127.98 mph, while Hurley reacted with a .035 R.T. and finished in 5.219 sec. at 136.29 mph.
One day before winning the Top Gas title, Smith also came out on top in Saturday’s MPS Pro ET class. His .015 R.T. matched that of his opponent, Michale Mathews of LaGrange, Texas, but he ran much closer to his dial. Smith raced through the line in 9.060 sec. (8.91 dial-in), while Mathews finished in 9.956 sec. (9.48 dial-in).
Brandon Teasley of Asheville, Ohio earned the Trac King Clutches Street Fighter (6.10 index) win over Brandon Pellichino from Hammond, La. Teasley’s .092 R.T. and 6.105 E.T. at 111.24 mph were good enough to oust Pellichino’s .016 R.T. and 6.193 E.T. at 109.93 mph.
Bradley Shellhaas earned the MPS Pro ET category win on Sunday over Doug Fisher from Coloma, Mich. The Springfield, Ohio resident came off the line with a .014 R.T. and took his Kawasaki to a 5.727 E.T. (5.70 dial-in) at 121.85 mph. Fisher’s effort included a .059 R.T. and 5.655 E.T. (5.63 dial-in) at 114.67 mph.
Sunday’s Shinko Tires Street E.T. victory went to Jerry Turner of Bluff City, as he defeated Wes Brown of Crossville in the final round. Turner had a .027 R.T. and ran near his dial (6.085 E.T. on a 6.08 dial-in), while Brown broke out with a 6.220 E.T. on a 6.23 dial.
Robert Benge Jr. from Mt. Airy, N.C. won Saturday’s Street E.T. crown over Clark Proctor of Hendersonville. Benge left the line with a .024 R.T. and finished his run in 9.985 sec. (9.90 dial-in) at 141.33 mph. Proctor handed the win to Benge, breaking out with a 9.255 E.T. on a 9.27 dial-in.
Bristol Dragway returns to action Thursday, June 30 with Tennessee National Guard night at Fas Mart Street Fights. Randy Moore will attempt to break a world speed record for monster trucks during the event. Moore hopes his Aaron’s Outdoor monster truck will race down the track at more than 100 mph Thursday evening.
The attempt will be filmed by the Aaron’s Outdoor TV crew for use on a future episode of the show. Aaron’s Outdoor airs weekly on Fox Sports South and VERSUS.
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