Morton, Potts win big money in Carolina Coalition opener

Girls sweep Junior Dragster titles at Rockingham Dragway

ROCKINGHAM — Jacksonville’s Preston Morton and Greg Potts of Roan Mountain, Tenn., were the Top Eliminator winners at Rockingham Dragway in the first race in the 2015 Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition Bracket Series.

Photo courtesy Raceworks Greg Moss

Photo courtesy Raceworks
Greg Moss

Potts claimed the first $5,000 share of the purse by turning back Randall Blinson on Saturday.  Morton matched him on Sunday by stopping Chad Duke of Wilmington in the final round.

In addition to Carolina Coalition points, drivers also earned points toward Rockingham track championships in Top Eliminator, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster.  The Carolina Coalition next moves to Farmington Dragway on April 18-19, then to Piedmont Dragway on June 20-21and, finally, to Galot Motorsports Park (formerly Dunn-Benson) for the finale on Aug. 29-30.

Dunn’s Justen West and Aaron “Hot Rod” Brock of Pageland, S.C., were the series’ initial Footbrake winners while Jr. Dragster was the domain of the girls with reigning Hoosier Carolina Coalition Series champion Ashleigh Stafford of Kernersville sharing the podium with Kimberly Dawn Messer of Four Oaks.

Brock showed off his starting line skills to win Footbrake on Sunday.  First, he used a .006-.028 reaction time advantage to upend Hudson’s Kelly Stevens in the semifinals and then a .015-.046 margin to get past McLeanville’s Derek Harris in the final.

Photo courtesy Raceworks Kimberly Dawn Messer

Photo courtesy Raceworks
Kimberly Dawn Messer

Both Stevens and Harris probably deserved better.  The former threw a .037 package at Brock only to lose to his better .028.  Meanwhile, Harris missed his target number by a mere .001 of a second (6.471 on a 6.470) but just couldn’t overcome the starting line deficit and dropped the final by .015.

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Results from the season-opening race in the 2015 Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition bracket Series contested Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham Dragway:

Saturday

TOP ELIMINATOR

Round 5 – Josh Hodson, Graniteville, S.C., 1986 Ford Mustang, 5.733 on a 5.690, 119.76 mph, def. Tim Thomas, Lumberton, 5.877 on a 5.860, 115.83 mph; Gary Ingold #1, Raleigh, 4.659 on a 4.650, 146.78 mph, def. Allen Walters, Southern Pines, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 6.809 on a 6.760, 100.34 mph; Greg Potts, Roan Mountain, Tenn., 1972 Chevy Chevelle, 5.519 on a 5.420, 116.49 mph, def. Marty Dabney, Troy, Va., 5.703 on a 5.460, 112.89 mph; David Lowe, Raeford, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 6.272 on a 6.240, 107.98 mph, def. Jake Woodrins, Lenoir, 6.131 on a 6.100, 112.85 mph; Randall Blinson, NA, 6.407 on a 6.350, 98.37 mph, def. Shawn Davis, Lumberton, 6.279 on a 6.250, 107.03 mph; Gary Ingold #2, Raleigh, 4.643 on a 4.640, 146.69 mph, def. Jerry Brewer, Lumberton, 4.731 on a 4.710, 144.08 mph; Ken Batchelor, Leland, 4.569 on a 4.580, 146.78 mph, def. Nick Womack, Lillington, 6.223 breakout on a 6.240, 106.39 mph.

 

Photo courtesy Raceworks Preston Morton

Photo courtesy Raceworks
Preston Morton

Round 6 – Ingold #1, 4.655 on a 4.650, 146.91 mph, def. Lowe, 6.242 on a 6.240, 106.36 mph; Blinson, 6.326 on a 6.340, 106.39 mph, def. Hodson, foul; Potts, bye; Ingold #2, 4.658 on a 4.650, 145.75 mph, def. Batchelor, 4.620 on a 4.580, 147.46 mph.

Semifinals – Potts, 5.426 on a 5.410, 126.19 mph, def. Ingold #1, 4.636 on a 4.620, 148.64 mph; Blinson, 6.353 on a 6.350, 104.11 mph, def. Ingold #2, 4.623 breakout on a 4.630, 148.53 mph.

FINAL – Greg Potts, Roan Mountain, Tenn., 1972 Chevy Chevelle, 5.423 on a 5.410, 127.23 mph, def. Randall Blinson, NA, 6.364 on a 6.340, 103.65 mph.

 

FOOTBRAKE

Round 5 – Ross Freeman #1, Westerville, S.C., 1979 Chevy Camaro, 8.121 on an 8.070, 81.35 mph, def. Jeff Flood, Mocksville, 6.445 on a 6.420, 109.60 mph; Justen West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.708 on a 7.700, 85.09 mph, def. Mark Soles, Riegelwood, 1988 Ford Mustang, 5.593 on a 5.570, 115.67 mph; Edward Freeman, Kershaw, S.C., 1968 Chevy Chevelle, 6.606 on a 6.600, 103.01 mph, def. Eric Aman, Clinton, 7.827 on a 7.800, 85.89 mph; Chris Plott, Winston-Salem, 5.599 on a 5.590, 120.12 mph, def. Kelly Stevens, Hudson, 6.681 on a 6.650, 99.46 mph; Cody Phillips, Lumberton, 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass, bye; Ross Freeman #2, Westerville, S.C., 8.114 on a 8.100, 80.89 mph, def. Jeff Flood, Mocksville, 6.415 breakout on a 6.430, 107.72 mph.

Round 6 – Plott, 5.529 on a 5.590, 124.34 mph, def. Edward Freeman, foul; Phillips, 6.416 on a 6.340, 100.27 mph, def. Ross Freeman #1, 8.162 on an 8.100, 81.65 mph; West, 7.724 on a 7.700, 81.87 mph, def. Ross Freeman #2, 8.128 on an 8.100, 81.19 mph.

Semifinals – West 7.723 on a 7.730, 85.08 mph, def. Phillips, 6.351 breakout on a 6.420, 98.04 mph; Plott, bye.

FINAL – Justin West, Dunn, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 7.746 on a 7.720, 84.75 mph, def. Chris Plott, Winston-Salem, 5.623 on a 5.570, 106.66 mph.

  1. DRAGSTER 

Semifinals – Noah Johnson, Fayetteville, 7.984 on a 7.900, 81.88 mph, def. Isaac Bridges, Shelby, foul; Kimberly Dawn Messer, Four Oaks, bye.

FINAL – Kimberly Dawn Messer, Four Oaks, 7923 on a 7.900, 84.15 mph, def. Noah Johnson, Fayetteville, foul.

 

 

SUNDAY

TOP ELIMINATOR

Round 5 – Dana Goins, Red Springs, 1972 Chevy Nova, 6.121 on a 6.110, 108.45 mph, def. Tommy Plott #1, Winston-Salem, 4.643 on a 4.620, 148.82 mph; Lee Desist #1, Fayetteville, 6.210 on a 6.170, 105.81 mph, def. David Lowe, Raeford, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 6.285 on a 6.250, 104.36 mph; Preston Morton, Jacksonville, 1970 Chevy Nova, 7.053 on a 7.020, 94.03 mph, def. Chad Duke #1, Wilmington, 5.173 on a 5.150, 132.15 mph; Chuck Bowman, Stony Point, 4.615 on a 4.610, 147.21 mph, def. Kevin Crawford, Jefferson, S.C., 6.100 on a 6.080, 109.36 mph; Jerry Brewer, Lumberton, 4.741 on a 4.720, 145.69 mph, def. Charles Doss, Statesville, 4.857 breakout on a 4.860, 136.44  mph; Tommy Plott #2, 4.625 on a 4.620, def. Lee Desist #2, 6.167 breakout on a 6.180, 109.20 mph; Chad Duke #2, Wilmington, 5.178 on a 5.170, 131.48 mph, def. Joseph Harstell, Stanfield, 1971 Dodge Dart, 5.442 on a 5.430, 124.21 mph.

Round 6 – Duke #2, 5.184 on a 5.170, 130.97 mph, def. Brewer, 4.736 on a 4.730, 145.99 mph; Bowman, 4.624 on a 4.610, 148.14 mph, def. Plott #2, 4.632 on a 4.630, 146.93; Desist #2, 6.184 on a 6.170, 108.95 mph, def. Goins, 6.093 breakout on a 6.110, 109.90 mph; Morton, bye.

Semifinals – Duke #2, 5.196 on a 5.170, 131.36 mph, def. Bowman, 4.654 on a 4.610, 148.04 mph; Morton, 7.021 on a 7.010, 96.14 mph, def. Desist #2, 6.192 on a 6.170, 106.58 mph.

FINAL – Preston Morton, Jacksonville, 1970 Chevy Nova, 7.033 on a 7.010, 95.00 mph, def. Chad Duke, Wilmington, foul.

 

FOOTBRAKE

Round 5 – Aaron “Hot Rod” Brock, Pageland, S.C., 7.084 on a 7.070, 85.52 mph, def. Eric Aman #1, Clinton, 7.914 on a 7.890, 83.13 mph; Hannah Blevins, Jefferson, 7.154 on a 7.180, 95.57 mph, def. Tommy Greer, foul; Kelly Stevens #1, Hudson, 6.682 on a 6.690, 101.01 mph, def. Tim Cowick, Mooresville, 2000 Ford Mustang, 6.271 breakout on a 6.300, 106.65 mph; Donald Daniels, Godwin, 1981 Olds, 7.096 on a 7.070, 97.03 mph, def. Chris Plott, Winston-Salem, foul; Steve Alford, Angier, 6.796 on a 6.780, 93.28 mph, def. Ross Freeman, Westville, S.C., 1979 Chevy Camaro, 8.078 breakout on an 8.080, 92.92 mph; Derek Harris, McLeansville, 6.519 on a 6.480, 92.02 mph, def. Eric Aman #2, Clinton, 7.916 on a 7.890, 85.25 mph; Kelly Stevens #2, Hudson, bye.

Round 6 – Stevens #1, 6.684 on a 6.690, 101.52 mph, def. Stevens #2; Blevins, 7.257 on a 7.180, 81.17 mph, def. Daniels, 7.093 on a 7.080, 96.81 mph; Brock, 7.076 on a 7.070, 85.54 mph, def. Alford, 6.761 breakout on a 6.780, 92.96 mph; Harris, bye.

Semifinals – Brock, 7.092 on a 7.070, 87.00 mph, def. Stevens, 6.689 on a 6.680, 100.23 mph; Harris, 6.471 on a 6.470, 99.96 mph, def. Blevins, 7.146 breakout on a 7.180, 91.84 mph.

FINAL – Aaron “Hot Rod” Brock, Pageland, S.C., 7.087 on a 7.070, 92.53 mph, def. Derek Harris, McLeansville, 6.471 on a 6.470, 97.15 mph.

 

  1. DRAGSTER

Semifinals – Jacob Baker, Yorktown, Va., 7.962 on a 7.900, 76.22 mph, def. Noah Johnson, Fayetteville, 7.891 breakout on a 7.900, 80.71 mph; Ashleigh Stafford, Kernersville, 7.931 on a 7.900, 80.73 mph, def. Kaylee Love, Youngsville, foul.

FINAL – Ashleigh Stafford, Kernersville, 7.918 on a 7.900, 80.33 mph, def. Jacob Baker, Yorktown, Va., 7.949 on a 7.900, 78.84 mph.

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