Bickford, Emmett, Summers double up at Rockingham Dragway

By: For the Daily Journal

ROCKINGHAM — Concord’s Marissa Bickford was among three drivers who left Rockingham Dragway with championship rings on two different fingers Saturday evening — after officials outraced the weather with 17 consecutive hours of Jr. Dragster racing.

Bickford, a regular at The Rock, was joined by Carson “Big Check” Emmett (Cedar Bluff, Ala.) and Jackson Summers (Franklin, Ky.) as double-up winners at the inaugural event in the 2018 Midwest Jr. Dragster Super Series presented by Lucas Oil.

That threesome, along with the other Saturday champions, went home not only with purse money and Lucas Oil products, but distinctive “Big Daddy” trophies and championship rings specially crafted by Hayes Jewelers and presented by Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School and Rockingham Dragway.

Bickford won both the Pro Sportsman A and 7.90 Index titles in her GUNK Engine Cleaner/ Special while Summers won the 6-9 age group and the 13.90 Index race. Emmett won the Pro Sportsman B and 10-12 age group races and just missed out on a third title when he was beaten by Blake Combs (Bluff City, Tenn.) in the 8.90 final.

Nathan Prose (Terre Haute, Ind.) walked away with all the hardware in the featured Quick 16 class, Alexis Tanner (Rensselaer, Ind.) won in Outlaw 330 and Landon Palmer (Scottsville, Va.) was the Sportsman winner. Blaine Todd won the 11.90 Index title and Sadie Wilks took home the trophy and ring in the 13-and-up age group.

The series next moves to Indianapolis for an event at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, May 11.

Television coverage of the Rockingham event, made possible through sponsorship by Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School, will air on MAVTV Motorsports at a date to be determined.

Final-round results from the first race in the 2018 Midwest Jr. Dragster Super Series presented by Lucas Oil Saturday at Rockingham Dragway:

QUICK 16 — Nathan Prose (.139, 4.316 on a 4.310) def. Caleb Burns (foul)

OUTLAW 330 — Alexis Tanner (.091, 4.229) def. Chris Ruzicka (.108, 4.285)

PRO SPORTSMAN A — Marissa Bickford (.028, 8.017 on a 7.980, 78.22 mph) def. Sadie Wicks (.040, 7.938 on a 7.900, 80.22 mph)

PRO SPORTSMAN B — Carson Emmett (.058, 8.950 on an 8.900, 73.37 mph) def. Blaine Todd (.085, 12.005 on an 11.970, 49.25 mph)

SPORTSMAN — Landon Palmer (.003, 7.942 on a 7.900, 81.11 mph) def. Chris Ruzicka (.029, 7.971 on a 7.930, 82.46 mph)

7.90 INDEX — Marissa Bickford (.013, 7.923, 79.11 mph) def. Myah Gross (.024, 7.894 breakout, 83.13 mph)

8.90 INDEX — Blake Combs (.082, 8.903, 72.29 mph) def. Carson “Big Check” Emmett (.025, 8.988, 70.45 mph)

11.90 INDEX — Blaine Todd (.121, 11.878, 49.27 mph) def. Ara Dutton (.238, 11.873 breakout, 55.23 mph)

13.90 INDEX — Jackson Summers (.140, 13.920, 36.65 mph) def. Nash Rachford (.370, 13.833 breakout, 44.40 mph)

13-AND-UP AGE GROUP — Sadie Wicks (7.884 on a 7.900, 82.97 mph) def. Madison Pennington (foul)

10-12 AGE GROUP — Carson “Big Check” Emmett (.092, 8.911 on an 8.900, 73.69 mph) def. Kamryn Love (.135, 8.911 breakout on an 8.920, 70.82 mph)

6-9 AGE GROUP — Jackson Summers (.268, 13.956 on a 13.900, 36.47 mph) def. Matthew Taylor (.133, 11.875 breakout on an 11.920, 52.56 mph)

For the Daily Journal