Posted: Wednesday, May 28th 2014 at 8:00am
Chad Brewer doubles up with Atlanta Dragway victories
By Tim Glover
Chad Brewer launches off the line in competition Saturday at the Atlanta Dragway. Brewer scored wins in both the Pro and Open Comp classes. / Photo: Wanda Glover
COMMERCE, GA - Chad Brewer made the day at the races at Atlanta Dragway Saturday one to remember, as he won all the rounds and took all the points available in both Pro class and Open Comp class.
Brewer, of Canton, GA first scored the win in the Open Comp class. Brewer entered his ’73 Nova into the show, and found himself facing “Fireman Joe” Rampley’s ’85 Gainesville, GA based Oldsmobile in the final. Brewer reacted first with a better 0.009 second time (Rampley’s reaction time was 0.017) and posted a 0.01 second over 6.874 at 97.12 mph (6.86 dial) for the win. Rampley crossed the finish line stripe 0.02 seconds later with a 5.800 at 110.69 on a 5.77 dial. Bobby McNair (’82 Mustang – West Union, SC) and Jeff Wagner (’71 Duster – Braselton, GA) were the semi-finalist pair.
Later in the day, Brewer found himself facing Tim Polnaszek in the Pro final. Both racers had been on their game all day, and were almost identical at the starting line (Brewer’s react was 0.025 and Polnaszek was 0.026 seconds). At the top end stripe, Polnaszek was actually first by 0.018 seconds, but broke out with a 6.763 at 100.08 mph on a 6.78 dial. Brewer carded a dead-on 6.882 at 99.48 mph for the win. Rickey Morris (’98 Trans Am – Ellenwood, GA) and Woody Bryant (’68 Camaro – Bowman, GA) ended their day with the semi-finalist portion of the purse.
Mike Brown from Covington, GA has not done worse than the Super Pro quarterfinals in 2014 Summit ET Series action, finishing at three cars and then five cars during the April 24 event, and topping it off with a win this time against Jeff Sanford from Campobello, SC. Brown’s car turned in a lot of 5.27 passes Saturday, and for the final his ’96 Horton dragster posted the winning time of 5.273 at 131.74 mph (5.27 dial). Sanford, hot off of a 0.003 second package in the semi-finals, clipped the starting line beams 0.003 seconds before the clock started for the final, making the dreaded cherry colored bulb glow in his lane. Sanford then chose to lift off the throttle and stopped the clocks with a 9.86 at 58.27mph (5.94 dial). Joe Rampley (’85 Olds – Gainesville, GA) was the lone semi-finalist.
Long time racer Randy Franklin from Loganville worked his way through the Sportsman field with his trusty white ’79 Chevy pickup, using his skill and benefitting from some luck along the way to make the final round against Austin Smith’s Baldwin, GA based ’70 Nova. Although this class is completely no-electronics, both racers bolted off the line with amazing 0.005 second reaction times. Unfortunately for Smith, the throttle cable chose the moment after launch to quit working, and Smith coasted to a stop at the half track mark. Franklin was watching, and trimmed some speed off his vehicle, breaking the top end beams with a 16.95 at 49.43 mph (15.84 dial). Smith’s dial in time was 12.74. Austin Richardson (’96 Monte Carlo – Ballground, GA) made it to the semi-final round.
Street ET Motorcycle found a new winner visiting the winner’s circle, Jimmy Mullinax from Cartersville, GA. Mullinax’s ’12 Ninja took the win stripe first with a 10.66 at 124.57 mph (10.57 target). Team mate Allen Hitt, also from Cartersville, was second on his ’99 Kawasaki with a 10.82 at 122.62 mph (10.70 dial). Dave Hamilton (’06 Suzuki – Braselton, GA) became the semi-final finisher
Just like “big car” racers did on April 24, Junior Dragster racers enjoyed running a double event today.
Fourteen year old Katie Wilhelm from Commerce, GA was the first winner in 13-17 Jr Dragster action. Wilhelm faced multi time track champion Austin Carden (15 – McDonough, GA) in the final, and got the automatic win as soon as Carden left the starting line with the red light glowing in his lane. His elapsed time was 7.93 at 83.31 mph on a 7.90 target. Knowing the win was hers, Wilhelm chose to run it on out through the finish line, posting an 8.03 at 80.89mph (8.06 dial). Bailey Dunn (14 – Flowery Branch, GA) and Chris Bowden (17 – Homer, GA) were the semi-finalist pair for the first race of the day.
The first 8-12 Junior Dragster winner of the day was 10 year old Wallace Wilson from Taylors, SC, who also won the April 24 event. Wilson parlayed a better reaction time and a 0.05 over 8.96 at 73.83mph (8.91 dial) into the win. Second year racer Cannon Stiles (9 – Winder, GA) won his first ever round today, and continued that streak up to the final. Austin Bowden (12 – Homer, GA) was the semi-final finisher.
Daniel Bruce (14 – Covington, GA), 13-17 Junior Dragster #2 race winner, made it to the finals on April 24, and then turned on the final round win light Saturday against Austin Carden (15 – McDonough, GA), who was in his second final of the day. Just like earlier in the day, Carden went red, handing the automatic win to Bruce. Bruce tripped the top end timers with a 7.97 at 81.45mph (7.94 dial). Carden’s mount posted a 7.95 at 83.29mph (7.93 dial). For the second time in the day, Bailey Dunn (14 – Flowery Branch, GA) earned a position in the semi-finals, along with Rachel Flowers (13 – Loganville, GA).
Nate “Hot Rod” Halsey returned to the 8-12 Junior Dragster #2 winner’s circle, courtesy of a final round victory against “Wilson Gang” racer Jacob Wilson (11 – Tallapoosa, GA). Wilson made it easy for Halsey when he lit up the dreaded tomato colored bulb, handing the automatic win to Halsey. Halsey then posted an all-out 9.00 at 71.78mph (9.05 dial) and Wilson’s time was 9.10 at 71.04mph (9.02 dial). Macey Ludolph ended her day with the semi-final position.
Atlanta Dragway - Commerce, GA
Race Results - May 24, 2014
SUPER PRO CAR HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Mike Brown ’96 Horton Covington, GA 5.273 131.74(5.27)
R/U: Jeff Sanford ’87 Spitzer roadster Campobello, SC(foul)9.86 58.27 (5.94)
Semi: Joe Rampley ’85 Oldsmobile Gainesville, GA
PRO CAR HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Chad Brewer ’73 Nova Canton, GA 6.882 99.48 (6.88)
R/U: Tim Polnaszek ’84 Mustang Nicholson, GA 6.76 100.08(6.78)
Semi: Rickey Morris ’98 Trans Am Ellenwood, GA
Semi: Woody Bryant ’68 Camaro Bowman, GA
SPORTSMAN CAR HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Randy Franklin ’79 Chevy pickup Loganville, GA 16.95 49.43 (15.84)
R/U: Austin Smith ’70 Nova Baldwin, GA broke (12.74)
Semi: Austin Richardson ’96 Monte Carlo Ballground, GA
OPEN COMP CAR HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Chad Brewer ’73 Nova Canton, GA 6.87 97.12 (6.86)
R/U: Joe Rampley ’85 Olds Gainesville, GA 5.80 110.69(5.77)
Semi: Jeff Wagner ’71 Duster Braselton, GA
Semi: Bobby McNair ’82 Mustang West Union, SC
SUPER PRO BIKE BIKE HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Don Chavous ’06 Suzuki Lawrenceville, GA 8.86 156.43(8.80)
R/U: David Fletcher ’84 Kawasaki Lawrenceville, GA(foul) 9.28 137.29(9.25)
Semi: Zach Hulsey ’82 Suzuki Clermont, GA
STREET ET BIKE BIKE HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Jimmy Mullinax ’12 Ninja Cartersville, GA 10.66 124.57(10.57)
R/U: Allen Hitt ’99 Kawasaki Cartersville, GA 10.82 122.62(10.70)
Semi: Dave Hamilton ’06 Suzuki Braselton, GA
8-12 JR DRAGSTER #1 AGE HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Wallace Wilson 10 Taylors, SC 8.96 73.83 (8.91)
R/U: Cannon Stiles 9 Winder, GA 12.11 52.00 (12.06)
Semi: Austin Bowden 12 Homer, GA
13-17 JR DRAGSTER #1 AGE HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Katie Wilhelm 14 Commerce, GA 8.03 80.89 (8.06)
R/U: Austin Carden 14 McDonough, GA(foul)7.88 82.26 (7.90)
Semi: Bailey Dunn 14 Flowery Branch, GA
Semi: Chris Bowden 17 Homer, GA
8-12 JR DRAGSTER #2 AGE HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Nate“Hot Rod” Halsey11 Gainesville, GA 9.00 71.78 (9.05)
R/U: Jacob Wilson 11 Tallapoosa, GA (foul) 9.10 71.04 (9.02)
Semi: Macey Ludolph 12 Snellville, GA
13-17 JR DRAGSTER #2 AGE HOMETOWN ET MPH DIAL-IN
Win: Daniel Bruce 14 Covington, GA 7.97 81.45 (7.94)
R/U: Austin Carden 15 McDonough, GA(foul)7.95 83.29 (7.93)
Semi: Bailey Dunn 14 Flowery Branch, GA
Semi: Rachel Flowers 13 Loganville, GA
Link: Atlanta Dragway
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