Trahan Achieves First Win in 2014 Race Season

By Carla Winslow

 

The hottest day of the race season gave racers an early sample of the hotter temps that will soon be felt in the coming months. But TOP ET driver Randy Trahan of Chesapeake, VA didn’t seem to mind the heat. His 1972 Vega was dead on all day. Trahan had already won the race earlier but to his surprise the announcer announced that all the TOP ET drivers that had ran the semifinal round would have to run that round again due to a malfunction in the tree. Once again Trahan took the round win. In the final round Trahan lined up against Liz Pittman of Rocky Mount, NC. Although Pittman had a better reaction time, Trahan ran dead on his dial and took the win, once again. “This was a huge win for me, Trahan said. I needed the points in order to gain some ground on some of the others. It’s been a great day, but most of all it’s been a safe and fun day.”

In the Modified Class, last week’s runner-up Nathan Lilley of Camden, NC in his 1978 Monza found himself in the finals again but this time it would be competing against his best friend Shaun Smithdeal of Virginia. Smithdeal took over the seat of the 1988 Blazer for his dad Jeff and car owner Jesse Lockhart last weekend. Smithdeal ran dead on his dial of 6.60 but the advantage went to Lilley with his .0086 reaction light. A couple of whomps on the gas and the win board lit up for Lilley.

In the Jr Dragster Class, the 2013 Jr Dragster Track Champion was out to prove why she is a Champion. Julie Ainsley of Chesapeake, Va., with a better reaction time Ainsley took the much needed win from Noah Siebert of Norfolk, Va. “I knew I would have to push myself and stay focused today. I needed to win lots of rounds to take over the points lead.” An honor student and senior at Deep High School, Ainsley plans to attend Virginia Wesleyan in the fall of 2014 to pursue a journalism career. “

 I won my first Father’s Day weekend race last year, so I’m very excited that I won on Mother’s Day weekend, this one is for my mom.”

In Street Darnell Tillett took first place honors over Tony Boone.

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