Local winners drag their way to victory at zMax | Events
CONCORD - Round three of Mayhem @ the MAX showcased wins by first-time racers, as well as zMAX Dragway regulars and featured top-notch racing and family fun.
The third round of Mayhem @ the MAX presented by Kooks Custom Headers, JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Parts took place on Saturday, June 9. There were seven competing classes including Top Eliminator, Super Pro, Motorcycles, Pro Street, Sportsman and two divisions of Junior Dragsters.
Allen Furr, of Richfield, N.C., was the winner of the Pro Street class in his 1962 Chevy II with an elapsed time of 11.332 seconds at 111.28 mph. Having grown up in the area, Furr was excited to win at zMAX Dragway with his entire family in attendance.
“It’s a dream come true with all my family being here,” Furr said about winning at a dragway in his hometown. “That means more to me than about anything because this is the first time in 10 years that they’ve all been at the race track at the same time.”
Doug Foley Jr., of Statesville, N.C., claimed victory for the second time this season in the Super Pro class with a total elapsed time of 8.508 seconds at 144.78 mph in his S&W dragster. The win put Foley atop the point standings halfway through the six-race series.
In the eighth-mile competitions, Ed Pauley, of Shelby, N.C., won the Top Eliminator class in his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro with an elapsed time of 6.327 seconds at 106.44 mph and Kevin Wideman, of Mooresville, N.C., won the Sportsman class with a time of 6.433 seconds at 94.12 mph in his 1996 Pontiac Trans AM.
“[My kids] go everywhere that I go,” Pauley said about bringing his family with him to his races. “They chose being here over the pool.”
“This is how you kick off a summer!” Dawson Pauley, Ed Pauley’s son who races Junior Dragsters, exclaimed when his father was finished.
Eleven-year-old Lauren Arledge, of Chesapeake, Va., and 14-year-old Jeremy Barbee, of Stanfield, N.C., won their respective divisions of the Junior Dragster class during their first visits to zMAX Dragway. Barbee won the Junior Dragster B class with an elapsed time of 7.931 seconds at 83.31 mph. Arledge, racing in an all-female final, edged out her competitor Madilyn Furr in the Junior Dragster A class with a time of 8.965 seconds at 73.18 mph in her 2007 halfscale dragster.
“I like that girls are racing now, too. It shows that girls aren’t afraid of anything,” Arledge said after winning her division, that consisted mostly of female competitors.
Joe Silva, of Huntersville, N.C., was the winner in the Motorcycle class. Having raced at the dragway since it opened, Silva was excited about his first win that he earned with an elapsed time of 9.828 seconds at 145.17 mph on his 2007 Suzuki GSX-R-1000 motorcycle.
Each class has separate eligibility requirements and entry fees. Points will be tallied after each event and champions in each category will be crowned. Further information can be found at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dragway/schedule/mayhem/. Season winners will be eligible for the NHRA bracket finals. The Top Eliminator and Sportsman classes will have guaranteed purses.
NOS Energy Mayhem @ the MAX continues Saturday, June 30. Gates open at 9 a.m. The first time-trial will be at 11 a.m. followed by eliminations. Competitors will register at the gate. Registration and tech will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission for crew members is $10. Only two crew members are allowed per car, which includes access to the staging lanes and starting line. Tickets are just $5 for spectators and children 13 and under are admitted for free with a paying adult. Spectator gates open at 9 a.m.
In addition to Mayhem @ the MAX, NOS Energy Test-N-Tune will return to zMAX Dragway on Friday, June 29. Participants can bring their personal rides from dragsters, souped-up street bikes, classic cars and luxury cars to mini-vans to race on the world's only four-lane, all-concrete drag strip.
Tickets and registration will be available on the event day at zMAX Dragway. NOS Energy Test-N-Tunes are open to all street vehicles and race cars, but each vehicle must pass tech inspection.
Car-and-driver registration for the NOS Energy Test-N-Tune is only $20 per vehicle and tickets for spectators can be purchased at the gate for just $5. Kids 13 and under are free with a paying adult.
Gates and registration for Test-N-Tune open Fridays at 4 p.m., with racing action from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More information on both events can be found at www.zmaxdragway.com.
Tickets for all 2012 events at zMAX Dragway are available by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Interest-free payment plans are available.
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