Bridges, Collins, Justice win Top ET Challenge money

By: For the Daily Journal

ROCKINGHAM — Twenty-one years after winning the B&M Racers Appreciation Series championship, John Bridges (Shelby) was back in the winners’ circle at Rockingham Dragway after winning one of the big-money purses at the second annual ATI Top ET Challenge.

Bridges, who won on Saturday, shared the spotlight with Friday winner Shannon Justice (Fairmont), Sunday champion Brian “Bam Bam” Collins (Shannon) and Paul Warwick (Raeford) — who, while he didn’t win one of the $10,000 prizes, won Gamblers races on both Thursday and Friday.

On Sunday, Collins used a .013 reaction time to force final-round opponent Andrew Davis (Fayetteville) into a .007 of a second breakout foul that enabled him to snatch up the final $10,000 share.

To get his victory, Justice had to beat Michael Paschal (Pleasant Garden) not once, but twice. He claimed double-breakout victory in the semifinals after the two had identical .012 reaction times and got a gift in the final when Paschal had problems with his second car and didn’t get a time.

Bridges, whose son is a regular in The Rock’s active Jr. Dragster program, beat Trey Sasser (LaGrange) in the Saturday final with a .030 package that included a .017 reaction time.

Final-round results from the second annual ATI Top ET Challenge at Rockingham Dragway:

SUNDAY — Brian “Bam Bam” Collins (.013, 4.713 on a 4.720, 145.78 mph) def. Andrew Davis (.033, 6.313 breakout on a 6.320, 109.23 mph)

SATURDAY — John Bridges (.017, 4.813 on a 4.800, 142.06 mph) def. Trey Sasser (.038, 6.360 on a 6.340, 106.33 mph)

FRIDAY — Shannon Justice (.123, 4.854 on a 4.770, 123.14 mph) def. Michael Paschal (no time)

GAMBLERS RACE THURSDAY (16-car Shootout) — Paul Warwick def. Terrell J. Biddle.

FRIDAY (32-car Shootout) — Paul Warwick def. David Stensel Sr.



For the Daily Journal