Drag Racers Win Big Money at 2nd Annual 5K Nationals
By Carla Winslow
Chris Cox Owner and Operator of Speed Oasis Automotive and Racing supplies held his second annual 5K race of the season at Northeast Dragway. With big name sponsors Cox was able to pay out top money prizes as well as trophies to the winners in the Modified and TOP ET classes. Drivers were not the only ones that collected prizes. Throughout the day Cox awarded spectators with winning tickets for various prizes, drivers also got in on the fun with awards going to the best package and reaction times. Greg Haynes had the best package first and second round for the Modified Class, Danny Bennett of Hampton, Va received Best Package first round in the TOP ET class. A car show was added too with trophies going to Les Stickeis of Suffolk, Va for best Hot rod and George Elridge of Belhaven with his beautiful 1941 Chevy Convertible. But the biggest of prizes went to Modified winner Jesse Casper of Edenton, NC and TOP ET driver Timothy Briley of Rocky Mount, NC. Casper went all rounds to face Jerry Grey of Zuni,Va in the finals. With a better reaction time, Casper took the advantage and took the win at the stripe. Twenty six year old Briley got his first win ever in his 1984 Camaro. Briley met Danny Barrow in the TOP ET finals, both drivers got a clean start but Barrow would breakout giving the win to Briley. Briley suffered a transmission problem in the first round and had to foot brake through that round and lost during the first round. “I had money to buy back in but didn’t think that it was worth the extra money. My family insisted, paid the money, and encouraged me to get back out there, so I patched up the car, put her back on the track without knowing what would happen. Next thing I knew I was in the winner’s circle.”
Later in the evening Ken Bunch and Brock Faircloth both of Edenton, NC put on a show with a few shake down passes. Late into the evening the two met again this time side by side for a chance to win big money prizes. The lights fell fast but anticipation got the best of Faircloth as he turned on the red light giving the win to Bunch.
In Pro-bike the father and son team of Luke Boykin the III and IV finally got their chance to take each other on. In their final round dad show his son that father is still king.
Thirteen year old Allie Weisner of South Mills, NC got her first win of the season beating Justin Blythe in the Jr Dragster Class.
“The day was prefect said Cox. I could not have done this without the sponsorship of COMP CAMS, Executive Collision, Race Quip, Suffolk Automotive, Beamon and Johnson, Pepsi, Albemarle Screening Printing and TM Auto Wholesalers. Their generous donations and support is what gave me the ability to put this race on, but more than anything the success came from the drivers and the fans. They have been so supportive this weekend. They had faith in me and they came out here and raced to prove their loyalty.”
Cox’s next event at Northeast Dragway will be held July 5th and 6th. For more information on Northeast Dragway and all its events log onto www.northeastdragway.net.