Williams Achieves Win in Close Race at Northeast Dragway
By Carla Winslow
The point’s series got back underway after a weekend off at Northeast Dragway on Saturday afternoon. With eleven points races scheduled in the 2014 season racers came to the dragway competing for points to earn the title of track champion. On Saturday the fifth point’s race began with several racers only a few rounds behind the leaders, a good day at the track could move racers from the bottom to the top.
Ricky Williams of Gates County, NC fought his way through some of his most difficult rounds this season to meet Leon Wiggins of Norfolk, VA in the finals. Both drivers dialed-in a 6.21 making it a heads up race to the finish. Wiggins left with a reaction time of .0123 and Williams with a .0102. Both drivers ran dead on their dial but William’s slight advantage off the line gave him the advantage that he needed to take the win. “Wow, what a finish, that's what you call great racing. I am so thankful to race at such a great track. I always get my best sixty foots and quickest passes at this track and all of that paid off for me today.”
2013 Modified track champion Jesse Casper of Edenton, NC put another win in the books, winning back to back races. A back and forth battle over the lead this year has made it a very interesting points season already. Casper went all rounds putting himself back into the points lead over the 2009 Modified points champion Jamie Durden of Suffolk, Va. Casper met veteran driver Eric Whitehurst in the finals. A coin toss determined lane choice for the drivers. With their dial-ins posted, both drivers staged their cars. It was a clean start off the line for each driver but Casper’s quicker reaction gave him what he needed to take the win from Whitehurst. Car owner Earl Watson could not have been more excited to see his driver in the winner’s circle again. “Dang this is good stuff. I have a lot of confidence in my driver. He hasn’t let me down yet. And with the help of LJ. Wood Affordable Transmissions and Gates County Auto Machine Shop I had the package we needed to get it done again tonight.”
Sharon “Bubble Gum” Smith found herself in the winner’s circle for the first time this season. Smith had been to two finals this season but fell short both times until Saturday afternoon when she took her 1987 Chevy Camaro to the winners circle. Smith faced one of the toughest street class drivers Tony Boone, a former Street Class Champion in the finals. Boone went -.0065 red and the win light went to Smith. “I’m so excited to get this win. I came close a few times this year. This is my third year running the street class and I do it on a budget. I have such a great time out here. The street class is a great way to get into the sport of drag racing without the higher cost it takes to run in the MOD and TOP ET classes. The street class is a lot of fun and it fits my budget too.”
Madison Tuck of Williamsburg, Va took her Jr Dragster to the winners circle for the third time this season. Tuck met Justin Blythe of Sedley, Va in the finals. Blythe had deadly lights all day with a .001 .003 and .009 but in the final round, Blythe pushed the tree a little too much and went -.0793 giving the win to Tuck.
On Saturday June 7th Northeast Dragway will open for a day of Grudge racing, as well as a gamblers race for TOP and MOD. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Weezy. Gates will open at 3pm with racing until 11:58 pm. Free admission for kids 12 and under. Points racing will resume again on June 14th. Test and Tunes are every Friday night with gates opening at 7pm and runs from 8-11pm, For more information log onto www.northeastdragway.net