By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (6/29/12) – A flash thunderstorm sent everyone scrambling for cover Friday night at the U.S. 13 Dragway but not before the final rounds had been run. Ricky Payne of Salisbury, Md. picked up his first win of the season in Super Pro and extended the streak of different winners in the division to ten in ten events. Jesse Long of Preston, Md. piloted his ’70 Mustang to his first win of the year in Pro and Charles Nock of Greenwood, Del. rode to his second consecutive win in Pro Bike. Other winners on the night included: Roger Collins of Georgetown, Del. in Street; Harvey Powell of Salisbury, Md. in Bike Trophy; Anthony Pavone of Seaford, Del. in Jr. Dragster 1 and Brad Keyton of Severn, Md. in Jr. Dragster 2.
It was a pair of rear engine dragsters in the Super Pro final with Ricky Payne driving Allen Bradford’s dragster taking on Phillip Truitt of Parsonsburg, Md. The margin of victory was just .009 seconds as Payne took the win with a .017 reaction and a run of 8.064/165.25 on an 8.06 dial. Truitt had a .020 reaction and ran an 8.049/166.69 on an 8.04 dial. Semi-finalists were Jamie Russell of Dover, Del. who lost to Bradford and Mike Jones of Salisbury who lost to Truitt.
Jesse Long drove into the Pro final against point leader, Glenn Groton of Salisbury. Long had a perfect .000 reaction light and took the win with an 11.014/115.10 on a 10.99 dial. Groton had a .051 light and ran a 10.652/125.40 on a 10.64 dial. Semi-finalists were Mike Keyton of Pasadena, Md. who lost to Groton and Steve Long who lost to his son Jesse.
Charles Nock rode up against David Manuel of Pittsville, Md. in the Pro Bike final. Manuel left early and fouled and Nock rode to the win with a 9.104/154.45 on an 8.98 dial. Sem-finalists were Eddie Savage, Jr. of Wallops Island, Va. who lost to Manuel and Peter Mahoney of Parsonsburg, Md. who lost to Nock.
Roger Collins picked up his first win of the season in the Street final by defeating Billy Brown of Selbyville, Del. It was a very close run with Collins taking the win with a .022 margin of victory with a 12.111/108.60 on a 12.08 dial. Brown had an 11.518/108.29 on an 11.46 dial. Harvey Powell rode his Kawasaki Quad to his sixth win of the season in Bike Trophy over Shawn Riddle of Bridgeville, Del. Powell ran a 15.851/73.71 on a 15.83 dial while Riddle had an 11.172/122.63 on an 11.05 dial.
Anthony Pavone was paired against Tyler Powell of Delmar, Md. in the Jr. Dragster 1 final. Pavone’s better reaction made the difference as he ran to his second win of the season with a 9.055/71.15 on a 9.02 dial. Powell had a solid 8.935/73.09 on an 8.92 dial. It was Brad Keyton matched against Katelyn Muir of Delmar, Md. in the Jr. Dragster 2 final. The pair were even at the start but Keyton was almost dead-on his dial with an 8.004/80.55 on an 8.80 dial for the win. Muir ran a 7.963/81.56 on a 7.93 dial.
This Friday night will be the 4th Bad 8 of the season plus Summit E.T. Racing Series action. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and eliminations at approximately 8 p.m.