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All-Chrysler drag race at Rockingham, NC


Words by Dave Densmore

Photos courtesy Rockingham Dragway

Charles Terrell of Kernersville, NC, took out defending champion Vick Helms of Catawba, SC, in the quarterfinals but couldn’t get past Oakboro’s Joe Hartsell (shown) in the combined Pro ET/Footbrake final round of the 27th annual Griffin Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep MOPARs at the Rock all-Chrysler event Saturday, March 31, at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC.


Hartsell parlayed a .016 reaction time with a track time of 5.453 seconds (against a 5.400 dial-in) to get his 1971 Dodge Dart into the winners’ circle.


Leon Hudson of Rustburg, VA, claimed the featured Small Tire Shoot title, sponsored by Lenny Melton in memory of “Bullet Bob” Reed.

In the “Bullet Bob” Reed Memorial Hemi Challenge, Chuck Hylton overcame an enormous reaction time disadvantage to run down the Barracuda of Jason Sisk in the final round. Chuck Hylton, .452, 9.405 on a 9.340, 143.14 mph, def. Jason Sisk, .199, 9.888 on a 9.550, 138.98 mph

CHALLENGER SHOOTOUT: Rick Cline, Fairmont, .062, 14.103 on a 13.850, 97.57 mph, def. Jon Sipple, Mooresville, 2016 Hellcat, .312, 9.887 breakout on a 9.900, 137.55 mph.

CHARGER SHOOTOUT: Greg Do, Charlotte, .058, 12.087 on a 12.000, 111.68 mph, def. Mike England, Morganton, .383, 11.309 on a 10.950, 128.11 mph.

SMALL TIRE SHOOTOUT: Leon Hudson, Rustburg, VA, 1965 Plymouth Barracuda, 5.477, 128.10 mph, def. Scott Cheek, Greensboro, 1968 Dodge Dart, .208, 5.404, 130.02 mph.


SUPER PRO/FOOTBRAKE: Joe Hartsell, Oakboro, 1971 Dodge Dart, .016, 5.453 on a 5.400, 117.50 mph, def. Charles Terrell, Kernersville, .041, 5.936 on a 5.860, 116.67 mph.

TROPHY ELIMINATOR: Jason Wirth, West Columbia, SC, 2006 Dodge Charger, .186, 12.994 on a 12.950, 107.81 mph, def. Thurman Warren, Dunn, 2014 Dodge Ram truck, .050, 14.289 breakout on a 14.300, 90.90 mph.

There were over 150 cars and trucks entered in the awards show with judging in 26 classes.

Mike Gemza’s’65 Dodge was Best of Show Classic



(All cities are in North Carolina unless otherwise stated.)


Editors Choice – Randy DeBruhl, 70 Hemi Cuda;

Best Club Participation – MOPARS of Fayetteville

Long Distance Award – Trey Stanford, New Albany, OH

Best of Show Classic – Mike Gemza, Denver

Best of Show Modern, Scott Clayton, Dallas, GA, 2010 Challenger

Best of Show Truck – Nat Wolfe, Sherrills Ford, 1979 Jeep



E-Body.Modified – Barbara Richardson, Aberdeen, 1970 Cuda

LC Stock – Joe Wilson, Raleigh, 2010 Challenger

LC Modified –Steve Phillips, Sanford, 2012 Challenger

LA Body Stock – Shannan Meredith, Pinehurst, 2017 Challenger

LA Body Stock – Scott Hedman, Charlotte, 2016 Challenger

LA Body Modified – Tiffany Bramlett, Clayton, 20198 Charger

B Body Stock – John Davidson, Fayetteville, 19868 Charger

B Body Modified – Ron Hinson, Greensboro, 1966 Dodge

E Body Stock – Clifton Keith, Ruby, South Carolina, 1970 Cuda

LX Body Stock – Matthew Adkins, Stanley, 2018 Dodge

LX Body Modified – Partrick Ammont, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2014 Dodge

A Body Stock – Bruce Anliker, Garham, 1968 Plymouth

A Body Stock – Wayne Johnson, Sanford, 1972 Dodge

A Body Modified – Landon McGee, Monroe, 1976 Duster

Dakota/Durango Stock – Ariel Lewis, Fayetteville, 1996 Dakota

Special Interest Modified – Tom Lauber, Asheboro, 1969 A-100

Antique Stock – Andy Woodruff, Sanford, 1949 Plymouth

Truck Stock – Mark Ray, Yanceyville, 1979 Dodge



E Body Modified – Bobby Baker, Ridgeway, SC, 2013 Challenger

LC Body Stock – Kenny Rush, West End, 2010

LC Body Modified – Everett Jackson, Columbia, SC, 2010 Challenger

LA Body Stock – John Whitley, Clear Grove, 2016 Challenger

LA Body Modified – Mike Judge, West End, 2015 Challenger

A Body Stock – Nicholas Perrini, New Bern, 1965 Plymouth

A Body Stock – Wayne Johnson, Sanford, 1972 Dodge

B Body Stock – Barry Ward, Denver, 1962 Plymouth

B Body Modified – David Robinson, Castle Hayne, 1964 Dodge

E Body Stock – Lehman Barfield, Charlotte, 1972 Cuda

LX Body Stock – Michael Disiling, Wake Forest, 2018 Dode

LX Body Modified – Les Labrosh, Troutman, 2017 Dodge

A Body Modified – Randy Gervasio, Wake Forest, 1968 Plymouth

Antique Modified – David Shumaker, Cameron, 1922 Dodge

Antique Stock – Spencer Shafer, Wilson, 1949 Plymouth

Special Interest Stock – Mike Jackson, Wilmington, 2009 Challenger

Special Interest Modified – Mike Daugherty, Sanford, 1937 Plymouth

Dakota/Durango Stock – Eric Ginder, Boone, 2000 Dakota

P/T Cruiser Modified – Larry Shambley, Burlington, 2002 Cruiser

Viper – Alan Crews, Danville, Virginia, 1997 Viper

Special Interest Stock – Mike Jackson, Wilmington, 2009 Challenger

Jeep Modified – Michael Week, Sanford, 1997 Jeep CJ

Jeep Stock – Art LaSelle, Fayetteville, 2018 Jeep

RAM Modern – Troy Garrabrant, Laurinburg, 2016 RAM

RAM Modern Modified – Doug Trom, Eden, 2003 RAM

Truck Stock – Samuel Spivey, Lexington, 1978 Dodge

Truck Modified – Gary Parson, Danville, VA, 1965 Dodge  



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