Durden Makes Come Back At Northeast Dragway

Carla Winslow


After a nearly two hour delay for a track clean up Jamie Durden of Suffolk, VA proclaimed that she vowed to make this her comeback year. The 22 year old Durden has been in the seat of a race car since the age of 13. Starting out in the Jr Dragster division, Durden won multiple events. On her 16th birthday Durden felt the need to step into the big leagues. Durden’s father James built a 1974 Nova for his daughter; she entered into the Modified Class and got her car out on the track. A new young face to the more older and experienced drivers, Durden showed them what she was made of when she went all rounds and won her very first race the first time competing in this class. In 2009 and as the youngest female driver in the Modified class, Durden won her first Points Track Championship in just her second year of competition.

For the first time in a year, Durden was able to get back behind the wheel of her race car. On Saturday night Durden came to the line round after round, knocking out some of the best in her class to meet Adam Vanderslice in the finals. As each driver inched their way into the beams and the lights on the tree came down, Durden nailed the tree and beat Vanderslice at the stripe. In the winner’s circle Durden was excited to express her thankfulness to God “without Him nothing is possible. This is the first time I can remember that I’ve come out to race my car and my Dad couldn’t be with me. I wish he could hold the trophy with me, but today I couldn’t have made it without the help of my “Superior Crew”. It feels so good to get back into the winner’s circle. It’s been way too long.” Durden later posted on her Facebook page, “I’m back.”

Other winners on Saturday night included TOP ET Winner Brian Edwards of Windsor, VA in his 1968 Camaro over Milton Thomas. In PRO-Bikes Barry Pryer took first place over Kristoph Kaar. D.W. Light of Wanchese found himself in the winner circle again after he beat Ms. Austin Nutwell of Chesapeake, VA in the final of the Jr Dragster class. Kenneth Blanchard of Hobbsville took the stripe for the win against Tony Boone in the Street Class.

On Saturday April 12th Northeast Dragway will open the gates at 11:00 am with a bigger field of cars as the 5.90 / 6.90 Index Class will compete as well as all of the other five classes. Test and Tunes are scheduled for every Friday night with gates opening at 7:00p.m. For more information log on to www.northeastdragway.net