ROCKINGHAM — Promoter Tony Saraceni reunites with Rockingham Dragway this week for the second annual Spring Showdown, a Friday-through-Sunday event in which Pro ET racers will compete for three $10,000 winners’ checks and a host of other awards including Best Appearing, Best Engineered and Most Unique.
In addition to cash payouts, trophies and special awards, participants also will race each day for points that can be applied to Rockingham Dragway track championships in the Pro ET, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster classes.
Although each day’s competition will be independent of the others, there is an incentive for those who compete all three days. In Pro ET, a three-day tech card is $350, which represents a $100 savings over the per-day price. In Footbrake, a three-day tech card is only $100, a savings of $50 over the three days.
“Tony always comes up with little things that sets his races apart,” said Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood. “The promise of a big cash payout obviously is what gets everyone to the races, but I think the racers also like things like gas cards and trophies for the top three long-haul racers and the big trailer checks and trophies that go to the daily winners and runners-up.”
While Pro ET racers go after a trio of five-figure payouts, Footbrakers will compete each day for a $2,000 top prize. Winning Junior racers on Saturday and Sunday will take home $500.
Furthermore, as a special added bonus, there’ll be a free Dash for Cash after time trials on Friday and Saturday paying $150 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.
Daily spectator admission is $15, although there are discounts for two-day tickets ($25) and three-day tickets ($35). Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Rockingham residents competing include Staton Nichols, Will McKay, Ronnie Blake and Trey Sikes, all racing in the Footbrake category.