Whitehurst earns much needed win at Northeast Dragway
By Carla Winslow
Working through the week to know that Saturday is a race day brings a smile to a drag racers face. This was true for Eric Whitehurst of Edenton, NC. Whitehurst a veteran of the sport also comes from a large family of drag racers. Pop’s Boyz Racing includes his father, a bother, and even his little sister not to mention several cousins. On Saturday night Whitehurst went all rounds earning him much needed points towards the 2014 Championship. In the finals Whitehurst took his 1967 Camaro to the staging lanes where he met his opponent Nathan Lilley of Camden, NC. Lilley doubled entered his 1978 Monza in both TOP ET and Modified Classes. But when both cars pulled up into the staging beams Lilley car would begin to push water out of the overflow which caused him to have to back out of the beams and give Whitehurst the race. All Whitehurst had to do then was to break the beams for the win. Whitehurst who normally runs a Dragster in the TOP ET class decided to run only in the modified class. “I needed this win to gain some ground on the others in the point series. It’s been a very productive day.”
In TOP ET 20 year old Carey Curlings of Chesapeake, Va took his 1972 Plymouth Duster to the finals against Doris Davis of New Kent, Va. Curlings a former Jr Dragster Champion and 5.90 Index Champion was on fire as he went all rounds, with a .0082 reaction time Curling got the jump off the line and Davis was not far behind but lost to Curlings when she broke out by .0001.
In ProBikes young Luke Boykin IV of Kill Devil Hill, NC had to beat his dad, a veteran Pro Bike racer not once but twice before advancing. On his KZ100 Kawasaki Boykin would earn his first win of the 2014 season against Delton Dove of Suffolk, Va. “One day I hope that dad and I can meet in the finals. That would be a really cool race”, Boykin said with a grin.
Madison Tuck of Williamsburg, VA earned her 2nd Jr Dragster win for the 2014 season against Sierra Eure of Suffolk, VA. Tuck had mechanical issues during the 2nd round of time runs, but with the help of her father she was able to keep racing.
The Street class heated up when Darnell Tillett’s better reaction time gave him the advantage he needed to beat Todd Jackson of Chesapeake, Va.
Next week Northeast Dragway will hold another points race in all five classes. Gates will open at 11 am with time runs from 1-3pm. Racing to start shortly after. Gates are open at 7pm every Friday night for test and tune. Runs are from 8-11pm. For more information on upcoming events log on to www.northeastdragway.net