Mopar Thunder Dominated By Walker, Farmer; Hargis Sweeps Slant 6
Sunday turned out to be a great day for anyone named Allen who also happened to be behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered machine during last weekend’s Mopar Thunder at Bristol Dragway.
Allen Walker of Reidsville, N.C. drove his 1965 Plymouth Satellite to the win in Super Pro action, defeating C.G. Buchanan of Marietta, S.C. in the process. It was a double break out affair, with Walker running closer to his dial-in to receive the victory. Walker had a .027 reaction time and a 6.105 elapsed time (6.11 dial-in) at 112.44 mph. Buchanan left the line with a stellar .009 R.T. and finished his run in 7.484 seconds (7.50 dial-in) at 89.17 mph.
On the Pro ladder, Allen Farmer of Madison, N.C. took this 1969 Dodge Dart to the win, sending Steve Foley back to Barbourville, Ky. as the runner-up. Farmer had a .007 R.T. and a 6.540 E.T. (6.41 dial-in) at 103.71 mph. Foley used a .058 R.T. and a 7.721 E.T. (7.64 dial-in) )at 85.36 mph in his effort.
Eddie Weaver of Bristol won the Sportsman division on Sunday when his opponent, Jimmy McClellan of Piney Flats, turned on the red light in the final round. Weaver’s run combined a .012 R.T. with a 12.410 E.T. (12.49 dial-in) at 102.92 mph.
A red-light start decided Sunday’s Slant 6 final as well, when Larry Chesney of Maynardville jumped the start, giving Wartburg’s Rodney Hargis the victory. After seeing Chesney’s disqualification, Hargis took a stab at a perfect reaction time and got it, earning a .000 R.T. at the start. He drove through the lights in 13.523 seconds (13.48 dial-in) at 96.90 mph.
A similar situation played out for Hargis in Saturday’s Slant 6 final round when Meril Bruner, also of Maynardville, turned on the red, giving Hargis the win before he left the line. His winning pass on Saturday had a .048 R.T. and a 13.562 E.T. (13.58 dial-in) at 96.48 mph.
Rick Ellison of Fayetteville, N.C. defeated Ron Skorupa from Lebanon, Va for Saturday’s Late Model Hemi Shootout. Ellison won the race at the line with a .012 R.T. compared to Skorupa’s .221 R.T. Ellison powered through Thunder Valley with a 10.340 E.T. (10.18 dial-in) at 120.52 mph.
Billy Varner III of Stanley, N.C. earned Saturday’s bonus race which combined both Pro and Super Pro fields. Varner’s competition Dustin Lumpkins broke, allowing Varner to easily drive to the win. Varner still left with a .020 R.T. and had a 5.276 E.T. (5.22 dial-in) at 118.94 mph on his pass.
Bristol Dragway returns to action Thursday with the Fas Mart Street Fights Series, where one lucky person will win a laptop courtesy of King College’s S.L.A.C.K. program.
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