Former champions to headline Spring Extreme Drags

By: For the Daily Journal
Contributed photo Shelby native Tommy Mauney, a member of the North Carolina Motorsports Hall of Fame, will return to Rockingham Dragway for the Spring Extreme Drags on Saturday. He will be behind the wheel of his 1969 Camaro.

ROCKINGHAM — A Pro Modified field that includes three former champions will share center stage with Danny O’Day’s record-shattering ’34 Ford wheelstander and a pair of jet cars when Rockingham Dragway presents its Spring Extreme Drags on Saturday.

Randy Weatherford (Danville, Va.), the EOPM Series winner the last time the series was contested at the track, and his nitrous-injected 1969 Camaro will be among the favorites this time, too. Jason Harris (Pittsboro), the 2014 PDRA Pro Nitrous champion, is expected to drive his “Party Time” 1969 Camaro.

Tommy Mauney (Shelby), the 1995 IHRA Pro Mod champion, will be behind the wheel of his own ‘69 Camaro. Mauney is a noted chassis builder, a member of the North Carolina Motorsports Hall of Fame and the No. 8 Pro Mod driver on CompetitionPlus.com’s list of the greatest drivers ever.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve had Pro Mods of this caliber at The Rock,” track owner Steve Earwood said. “Anybody that’s ever seen them knows they are the most challenging vehicles to get down a racetrack. You never know what to expect.”

Between pro rounds, drivers in Top Eliminator, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster will battle for NHRA Summit Series and Rockingham Dragway track points. Also, the MXA Motorsports Street Car Shootout will be contested for a $100 top prize and trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner-up.

Among the others vying for starting spots will be David Campbell (Oxford) and his “Thunderwolf” Camaro; female driver Carol Long (Moncks Corner, S.C.) and her supercharged 1963 Corvette; Chris Cline (Mooresville) in the “Christine” 1957 Plymouth Fury; Tony Wilson (Kannapolis) in the “Midnight Special” Camaro; Brian Shrader (Mooresville) in the Lethal X Corvette; Edward Wilson (Benson) in his fan favorite 1941 turbo Willys; Charles Terrell (Kernersville) in his supercharged Ford Mustang; James Litton (Goose Creek, S.C.) in his supercharged 1972 Plymouth Duster; and Chris Patrick (Stockbridge, Ga.) in his nitrous Camaro.

Terry Rosburg’s “American Thunder” jet dragster and the “Danger Zone” jet-powered Ford Mustang Funny Car are part of an exhibition program that will feature O’Day’s 8.40 second, 158 mile per hour wheelstander — BangShift.com’s No. 5 wheelstander of all time. It will be making its final Rockingham appearance as part of O’Day’s farewell tour.

The qualifiers at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. will set the field for first-round Pro Mod racing and exhibition runs at 7 p.m. Pro Mod semifinals are tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m., with the final round starting at 9 p.m.

Adult admission is $20 at the gate or $18 for tickets purchased in advance at www.rockinghamdragway.com. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.

Contributed photo Shelby native Tommy Mauney, a member of the North Carolina Motorsports Hall of Fame, will return to Rockingham Dragway for the Spring Extreme Drags on Saturday. He will be behind the wheel of his 1969 Camaro.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_mauney.jpgContributed photo Shelby native Tommy Mauney, a member of the North Carolina Motorsports Hall of Fame, will return to Rockingham Dragway for the Spring Extreme Drags on Saturday. He will be behind the wheel of his 1969 Camaro.
O’Day’s wheelstander making final Rockingham appearance

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