Engine explosion slows, but doesn’t stop DragStock XI qualifying

ROCKINGHAM – Veteran Jason Scruggs of Saltillo, Miss., drove his 1963 Corvette through the eighth mile timers in 3.570 seconds at 215.13 miles per hour Friday and took the provisional No. 1 position in advance of Sunday’s Dragstock XI PDRA Pro Modified race at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway.

It was a late night for Scruggs who, along with everyone else, had to wait for a track clean-up following an engine explosion and fire involving the 1969 Chevy Camaro replica of David Campbell of Oxford, Miss.

Photo by Gary Rowe | RaceWorks.com

Photo by Gary Rowe | RaceWorks.com

Campbell was uninjured in the incident in which a valve hung open precipitating a nitrous explosion that blew the hood scoop 30 feet in the air. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of Campbell’s troubles.

What started as a small fire erupted into an inferno about 300 feet down the eighth mile course. It took track personnel almost an hour to complete the cleanup and track repair operation.

Qualifying resumes Saturday with two final sessions in each of eight primary PDRA classes.

Other first day leaders were Tommy Franklin of Fredericksburg, Va., in Pro Nitrous; Steven Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colo., in Pro Boost; Dean Goforth of Holdenville, Okla., in Extreme Pro Stock; Ashley Owens of Decatur, Ala., in Extreme Pro Stock Motorcycle; Jody Stroud of Chesterfield, S.C., in Top Dragster; Bruce Thrift of Waycross, Ga., in Top Sportsman; and Ziff Hudson of Concord, N.C., in the new Pro 275 class.

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DragstockROCKINGHAM, N.C. – First day qualifying results from Dragstock XI at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway:

NAS Racing PRO EXTREME – 1. Jason Scruggs, Saltillo, Miss., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 3.570, 215.13 mph; 2. Brandon Snider, Atmore, Ala., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 3.607, 210.73 mph; 3. Michael Recchia, Roselle, Ill., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.639, 210.67 mph; 4. Badir Ahli, Dubai, UAE, 1969/1994 Chevy Camaro, 3.649, 208.65 mph; 5. Tommy D’Aprile, Port Charlotte, Fla., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 3.668, 205.13 mph; 6. Eric Dillard, Ball Ground,Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.675, 216.03 mph; 7. Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 3.677, 208.71 mph; 8. Wesley Jones, Vicksburg, Miss., 1941 Willys, 3.684, 205.54 mph; 9. Chuck Ulsch, Clarksville, Md., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 3.691, 194.72 mph; 10. Mustafa Buhumaid, Dubai, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.791, 210.18 mph; 11. Turky alAzfari, Ball Ground, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.809, 212.46 mph; 12. Gene Hector, Big Spring, Texas, 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.938, 190.75 mph; 13. John Stanley, Hagerstown, Md., 2014 Cadillac CTS, 4.842, 121.38 mph; 14. Bubba Stanton, Potts Camp, Miss., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 5.167, 93.49 mph; 15. Randell Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, 2007 Chevy Corvette, 5.657, 118.34 mph; 16. Carl Stevens Jr., North Haledon, N.J., 2014 Chevy Camaro, 8.205, 54.24 mph.

Switzer Dynamics PRO NITROUS – 1. Tommy Franklin, Fredericksburg, Va., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.809, 197.57 mph; 2. Jason Harris, Pittsboro, N.C., 1968 Pontiac, 3.836, 194.77 mph; 3. Lizzy Musi, Mooresville, N.C., 2006 Dodge Stratus, 3,837, 197.05 mph; 4. Stan Allen, Terry Miss., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 3.841, 197.16 mph; 5. John DeCerbo, Canfield, Ohio, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 3.845, 193.07 mph; 6. John Hall, Coral Gables, Fla., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.847, 197.31 mph; 7. Khalid Mohammed, Bahrain, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.852, 197.59 mph; 8. Pat Stoken, Eureka, Mont., 2014 Chevy Camaro, 3.855, 196.93 mph; 9. Steve Jackson, Evans, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.862, 193.18 mph; 10. David Janes, Kirksville, Mo., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.871, 195.87 mph; 11. Jay Cox, Smithfield, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.881, 192.58 mph; 12. George Williams III, Mastic, N.Y., 1967 Chevy Camaro, 3.888, 189.95 mph; 13. Travis Harvey, Elon, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.888, 188.70 mph; 14. Chris Rini, Carmel, N.Y., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.916, 193.57 mph; 15. Randy Weatherford, Danville, Va., 1994 Chevy Camaro, 3.964, 192.82 mph;
16. Lee Adkins, Linden, Tenn., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 3.971, 183.74 mph.

Precision PRO BOOST – 1. Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.854, 193.65 mph; 2. Jim Bell, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 3.902, 204.51 mph; 3. Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville, N.C., 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.919, 190.16 mph; 4. Tommy D’Aprile, Port Charlotte, Fla., 1962 Chevy Bel Air, 3.929, 189.63 mph; 5. Mike Stawicki, Medina, N.Y., 2005 Chevy Corvette, 3.934, 191.46 mph; 6. Anthony DiSomma, Kuwait City, Kuwait, 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.936, 204.20 mph; 7. Kevin Rivenbark, Wallace, N.C., 1967 Ford Mustang, 3.938, 172.74 mph; 8. Larry Higginbottham, Mineral Ridge, Ohio, 1957 Chevy Bel Air, 3.944, 184.37 mph.

Aruba EXTREME PRO STOCK – 1. Dean Goforth, Holdenville, Okla., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 4.075, 176.97 mph; 2. John Montecalvo, Center Moriches, N.Y., 2014 Chevy Camaro, 4.087, 177.44 mph; 3. Doug Kirk, Lenoir, West Va., 2013 Ford Mustang, 4.102, 175.89 mph; 4. John Pluchino, Commack, N.Y., 2006 Ford Escort, 4.114, 175.92 mph; 5. Brian Gahm, Lucasville, Ohio, 2013 Ford Mustang, 4.117, 171.16 mph; 6. Trevor Eman, Pos Chiquito, Aruba, 2011 Ford Mustang, 4.126, 175.64 mph; 7. Lester Cooper, Laurinburg, N.C., 2009 Ford Mustang, 4.189, 172.65 mph;
8. Dwayne Rice, Grove City, Ohio, 2014 Chevy Camaro, 4.673, 122.08 mph.

PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE – 1. Ashley Owens, Decatur, Ala., Suzuki, 4.055, 174.84 mph; 2. Eric McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, Suzuki, 4.060, 175.96 mph; 3. Paul Gast, Grand Island, N.Y., Suzuki, 4.061, 175.82 mph; 4. Jay Fisher, Calhoun, Ga., Suzuki, 4.123, 172.76 mph; 5. Terry Schweigert, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, Suzuki, 4.142, 170.90 mph; 6. Travis Davis, Douglas, Ga., Suzuki, 4.163, 168.39 mph; 7. Kim Morrell, Loxahatchee, Fla., Suzuki, 4.173, 166.21 mph; 8. Billy Vose, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki, 4.194, 170.34 mph; 9. Chris Garner, Harvest, Ala., Suzuki, 4.215, 160.82 mph; 10. David Norris, Bryans Road, Md., Suzuki, 4.251, 174.84 mph; 11. Ricardo Knights, Beech Island, S.C., Suzuki, 4.254, 166.37 mph; 12. John Collins, Rocky Mount, N.C., Suzuki, 4.291, 160.50 mph; 13. Mashal alSaber, Kuwait City, Kuwait, Suzuki, 4.403, 159.02 mph; 14. Terry Wynn, Jacksonville, Fla., Suzuki, 4.417, 152.80 mph; 15. David Rudd, Clinton, Md., Suzuki, 4.498, 151.04 mph; 16. Casey Stemper, Upper Marlboro, Md., Suzuki, 4.658, 110.94 mph.

TOP DRAGSTER – 1 Jody Stroud, Chesterfield, S.C., 3.825, 194.94 mph; 2. Richard Edwards, Terre Haute, Ind., 3.827, 191.95 mph; 3. Eddie Careccia, Mars Hill, N.C., 3.907, 188.49 mph; 4. Bubba Turner, Burlington, N.C., 3.935, 180.52 mph; 5. Latchman Hansraj, Brandywine, N.C., 3.978, 186.85 mph; 6. Kyle Dvorak, McHenry, Ill., 3.990, 179.14 mph; 7. Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., 4.002, 178.19 mph; 8. Danny Payne, McDonough, Ga., 4.063, 172.87 mph; 9. Burwell Kendrick, Indian Trail, N.C., 4.082, 184.77 mph; 10. Ryan Snell, Summerville, S.C., 4.158, 169.89 mph; 11. Chris Powers, Carlisle, Pa., 4.174, 171.31 mph; 12. Ken Batchelor, Leland, N.C., 4.180, 168.28 mph; 13. Derrick Sholar, Holly Ridge, N.C., 4.200, 167.80 mph; 14. Chris Dollar, Wichita Falls, Texas, 4.206, 171.47 mph; 15. Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., 4.231, 169.02 mph; 16. Travis Harvey, Elon, N.C., 4.272, 165.60 mph.

TOP SPORTSMAN – 1. Bruce Thrift, Waycross, Ga., 2007 Pontiac GTO, 4.069, 178.57 mph; 2. Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.073, 180.09 mph; 3. Don Klooster, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 4.089, 179.49 mph; 4. Barry Daniluk, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.093, 175.52 mph; 5. Jerry Cline, Mooresville, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 4.110, 175.21 mph; 6. Dan Ferguson, Harrisburg, N.C., 2002 Pontiac Firebird, 4.139, 175.78 mph; 7. John Lassiter, Graham, N.C., 2006 Pontiac GTO, 4.145, 177.88 mph; 8. Cheyenne Stanley, Cynthiana, Ky., 2007 Ford Mustang, 4.180, 170.62 mph; 9. Wayne Woodard, Stafford, Va., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.211, 173.27 mph; 10. Tim Lawrence, Princeton, West Va., 2013 Chevy Camaro, 4.219, 171.51 mph; 11. Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, West Va., 2009 Ford Mustang, 4.223, 169.96 mph; 12. Dylan Stott, Columbus, N.C., 1967 Ford Mustang, 4.224, 169.96 mph; 13. William Brown III, Chesapeake, Va., 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, 4.242, 170.90 mph; 14. Danny Angel, Southern Milles, N.C., 2003 Chevy Cavalier, 4.267, 169.19 mph; 15. Brian Owens, Patterson, Ga., 2009 Pontiac GXP, 4.310, 164.33 mph; 16. Dane Wood, Chesapeake, Va., 2006 Ford Escort, 4.380, 161.65 mph.

MAC-FAB PRO 275 – 1. Ziff Hudson, Concord, N.C., 1988 Mercury Zephyr, 4.565, 172.43 mph; 2. Jason Richards, Gastonia, N.C., 1968 Chevy Camaro, 4.640, 162.10 mph; 3. Scott Owenby, Marion, N.C., 1986 Ford Mustang, 4.712, 161.94 mph; 4. Chris Tuten, Pelton, S.C., 1987 Ford Mustang, 4.826, 162.80 mph; 5. Josh Gross, Sanford, N.C., 2000 Chevy Camaro, 4.993, 149.20 mph; 6. Jamie Thompson, Bolton, N.C., 1994 Chevy Camaro, 5.085, 147.49 mph; 7. Lyle Barnett, Robbins, N.C., 1972 Chevy Camaro, 5.381, 146.94 mph; 8. Jeff Plemmons, Old Fort, N.C., 1969 Chevy Nova, 5.443, 142.72 mph; 9. Jason Tyson, New Bern, N.C., 1984 Ford Mustang, 5.446, 102.30 mph; 10. Travis Jacobs, Bolton, N.C., 1972 Chevy Nova, 5.609, 143.35 mph; 11. Trey Phillips, Goose Creek, S.C., 1995 Ford Mustang, 5.851, 121.84 mph; 12. Barry Mitchell, Hamptonville, N.C., 1992 Ford Mustang, 5.895, 130.96 mph; 13. Kenny Kneece, Trenton, S.C., 1995 Ford Mustang, 6.346, 123.02 mph; 14. Mike Modeste, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1991 Ford Mustang, 7.472, 65.89 mph; 15. Mike Mayhew, NA, 7.912, 73.57 mph; 16. Jimmy McDowell, Raleigh, N.C., 1993 Ford Mustang, 8.957, 57.97 mph.

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