ROCKINGHAM — Charles Terrell (Kernersville) took out defending champion Vick Helms (Catawba, S.C.) in the quarterfinals, but couldn’t get past Joe Hartsell (Oakboro) in the combined Pro ET/Footbrake final round.
Hartsell parlayed a .016 reaction time with a track time of 5.453 seconds (against a 5.400 target) to get his 1971 Dodge Dart into the winners’ circle during Saturday’s 27th annual Griffin Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep MOPARs at the Rock all-Chrysler event at Rockingham Dragway.
“Chrysler started the original muscle car movement with the introduction of the hemi engine in the 1960s,” track owner Steve Earwood said a couple of weeks ago. “Here we are, this many years later, and the hemi mystique is still with us in the new Dodge Chargers and Dodge Challengers.”
Other winners included Fairmont’s Rick Cline, who won the Challenger Shootout; Charlotte’s Greg Do, winner of the Charger Shootout; Leon Hudson of Rustburg, Va., who claimed the featured Bullitt Motorsports Small Tire Shoot title; and Jason Wirth of West Columbia, S.C., who prevailed in the Trophy class.
In the “Bullet Bob” Reed Memorial Hemi Challenge, Chuck Hilton overcame an enormous reaction time disadvantage to run down the Barracuda of Jason Sisk in the final round.
In the Griffin Motors MOPAR car show, Randy DeBruhl won the Editor’s Choice award in his 1970 Hemi Cuda. The prestigious award, judged by renown editor Cliff Gromer of MOPAR Action Magazine, was presented to DeBruhl for his original 1970 car that has all-late model running gear — including disk brakes.
Best of Show Awards went to Mike Gemza in his 1965 Dodge for the Classic Award and Scott Clayton (Charleston, S.C.) won the Modern Award in his 2010 Challenger. MOPARS of Fayetteville won the Best Club Participation with 17 car show entries and Nat Wolfe won Best Truck Award in his 1979 Jeep.
Final-round results from Saturday’s 27th annual MOPARs at the Rock all-Chrysler drag race and car show at Rockingham Dragway:
‘BULLET BOB’ REED MEMORIAL HEMI SHOOTOUT — Chuck Hilton (.452, 9.405 on a 9.340, 143.14 mph) def. Jason Sisk (.199, 9.888 on a 9.550, 138.98 mph).
CHALLENGER SHOOTOUT — Rick Cline (.062, 14.103 on a 13.850, 97.57 mph) def. Jon Sipple (.312, 9.887 breakout on a 9.900, 137.55 mph).
CHARGER SHOOTOUT — Greg Do (.058, 12.087 on a 12.000, 111.68 mph) def. Mike England (.383, 11.309 on a 10.950, 128.11 mph).
SMALL TIRE SHOOTOUT — Leon Hudson (5.477, 128.10 mph) def. Scott Cheek (.208, 5.404, 130.02 mph).
SUPER PRO/FOOTBRAKE — Joe Hartsell (.016, 5.453 on a 5.400, 117.50 mph) def. Charles Terrell (.041, 5.936 on a 5.860, 116.67 mph).
TROPHY ELIMINATOR — Jason Wirth (.186, 12.994 on a 12.950, 107.81 mph) def. Thurman Warren (.050, 14.289 breakout on a 14.300, 90.90 mph).