Whited, Johnson Earn Victories During DER Bracket Competition
Todd Whited and Chris Johnson claimed Super Pro victories during the final weekend of DER Bracket Racing competition prior to the June 15-17 Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Whited, of Richlands, Va., drove to the win over Trevor Denton from Bristol, Va on Saturday. In what was an extremely close match, Whited’s winning run used a .018 reaction time, coupled with a 5.482 elapsed time (5.48 dial-in) at 125.69 mph. Denton came up just inches short, combining a .016 R.T. and a 4.885 E.T. (4.88 dial-in) at 140.37 mph.
Maryville’s Johnson claimed Sunday’s victory when his competition, Church Hill’s Allen Byrd, turned on the red light in the final round. Johnson left the line with a .029 R.T., then sailed through the lights with a 4.815 E.T. (4.82 dial-in) at 143.34 mph. Byrd had a 4.821 E.T. (4.81 dial-in) at 137.44 mph.
Bluff City’s Gary Blevins earned Saturday’s Pro division win over Tim Griffith of Cedar Bluff, Va. Blevins had a .039 R.T. compared to Griffith’s .032 R.T., but ran close to his dial-in, 6.395 E.T. on a 6.39 dial, to secure the win. Griffith had a 7.444 E.T. with a 7.39 dial-in.
Sunday’s Pro category win went to C.J. Hodges of Boone, N.C., while Kevin Wideman of Mooresville ended up on the losing end of the battle. Hodges left the line with a much quicker .037 R.T. and cruised through the finish in 6.755 sec. (6.74 dial-in) at 99.68 mph. Wideman ran closer to his dial-in, 6.368 E.T. on a 6.36 dial-in), but his .089 R.T. precluded him from the Winner’s Circle.
Cody Spears from Mt. Carmel defeated Bristol’s John Isom in a double break-out affair in Saturday’s Sportsman category action. Spears’ winning run used a .051 R.T. and a 13.941 E.T. (13.95 dial-in) at 97.34 mph, compared to Isom’s losing .057 R.T. and 9.844 E.T. (9.86 dial-in) at 129.31 mph.
On Sunday, Isom had his turn in the spotlight, ousting Don Evans from Abingdon, Va. Isom raced to the win with a .012 R.T. and a 9.901 E.T. (9.86 dial-in) at 124.00 mph. Evans turned in a stellar .006, but ran further from his dial, 12.559 E.T. on a 12.48 dial-in) at 104.61 to come up on the losing end of the equation.
Katie Street of Cedar Bluff, Va. won Sunday’s Trophy division class over Tanya Elliott, also from Cedar Bluff. Street’s winning pass consisted of a .117 R.T. and a 17.291 E.T. (17.20 dial-in) at 76.34 mph.
Two names continuously end up on top of the DER Motorcycle class, and last weekend was no exception. On Saturday, Dustin Lee of Mohawk defeated Bluff City’s Jerry Turner in the final round. On Sunday, Turner had his day, winning the category when Lee turned on the red light on the starting line.
Saturday’s Junior Dragster Division I action saw Garrett Freeman from Roan Mountain deliver the win over Corryton’s Devin Kiser. For onlookers, Sunday’s final round probably looked like déjà vu. Freeman and Kiser faced off again with Freeman once again taking home the trophy.
Ben Denton from Bristol, Va. upset Elizabethton’s Taylor Gill in the final round of Jr. Dragster Div. II on Saturday, while Corryton’s Dylan Howard defeated Taylor Dunahoo of Roanoke, Va. on Sunday.
The DER Bracket Racing Series takes a break as the stars of the NHRA come to Bristol Dragway for the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals on Father’s Day weekend. Tickets begin at just $20 for final round eliminations on Father’s Day. Two free Sunday kids tickets (12 and under) will be given to anyone who purchases a Sunday adult admission ticket prior to Thursday, June 14 at 5 p.m.
For more information about the Thunder Valley Nationals, please call (423) BRISTOL or visit www.thundervalleytix.com.