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AMRA : Andras Upsets Grimes in Top Fuel Harley Finals at the Rock

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ANDRAS UPSETS GRIMES IN TOP FUEL HARLEY FINAL AT ROCKINGHAM

AMRA points leader Randal Andras used a starting line advantage to upset defending champion, No. 1 qualifier and track record holder Tommy Grimes Sunday and win the featured Top Fuel title at the All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.









In a spectacular final with both riders crossing the finish line in 6.313 seconds. Unfortunately for Grimes, a 227.27 mile-an-hour finish line speed from the Ray Price Harley wasn’t good enough to overcome the .015-.067 starting line advantage forged by Andras.

Starting line skill also played a key role in crowning the Pro Fuel champion. Wilkesboro veteran Dale Nilles struggled in eliminations after setting a torrid pace in qualifying but he still managed to get to the winners’ circle, thanks to a .017-.092 reaction time advantage in his semifinal race with Canada’s Cole Varty.

Varty had a big performance edge, 7.294 to 7.359, but not big enough to counter Nilles’ starting line advantage.

Other pro winners included Top Fuel veteran Jake Stordeur of Lakeland, Ohio, who moved over in class to win the Nitro Funny Bike title in impressive fashion; Mike Pearce of Avondale, Ga., in who in Pro Gas; and Morry Strauble of Wyoming, Mich., who turned back MiRock Superbike Series veteran Joey Thomson of Hopewell, N.J. to win in Pro Modified.

Among the most interesting pairings was an international first round in Pro Fuel in which Gary McGuinness of Perth, Australia, beat Dan Rampage of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Unfortunately for McGuinness, he ran afoul of Nilles in round two.

Among the sportsman winners was Donnie Huffman of Lakeland, Fla., who prevailed not only in the 8.90 Super Comp class but also in the class simply called Eliminator. He was the weekend’s only double-up winner and just missed a triple when he lost in the final round of Top Eliminator to Dennis Waldron of Owings, Md., on a holeshot.

The AMRA’s hot rod Harleys return to The Rock this fall for the annual Jim McClure Carolina Nitro Nationals, Oct. 10-12.


TOP FUEL

Qualifying
1. Tommy Grimes, Clemmons, N.C., 6.332, 222.07 mph
2. Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., 6.440, 214.86 mph
3. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.451, 214.62 mph
4. Mark Cox, Wilkesboro, N.C., 6.537, 216.27 mph
5. Rick “Sharkey” House, Humble, Texas, 7.312, 147.39 mph
6. Larry Stanley, Norton, Ohio, 8.197, 155.42 mph
7. Lyle Newton, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, 8.327, 110.79 mph

Round 1
W. Tommy Grimes, Clemmons, N.C., 6.261, 219.40 mph
L. bye

W. Tii Tharpe, East Bend, N.C., 6.471, 211.43 mph
L. Lyle Newton, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, 7.163, 151.97 mph

W. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.979, 218.44 mph
L. Larry Stanley, Norton, Ohio,8.571, 146.13 mph

W. Mark Cox, Wilkesboro, N.C., 6.797, 189.34 mph
L.
Rick “Sharkey” House, Humble, Texas, 7.393, 198.99 mph

Semifinals
W. Andras, 7.202, 144.10 mph
L.
Tharpe, 10.800, 85.94 mph

W. Grimes, 6.328, 226.35 mph
L.
Cox, 10.683, 86.66 mph.

FINAL
W. Randal Andras, Amelia, La., 6.313, 218.51 mph
L. Tommy Grimes, Clemmons, N.C., 6.313, 227.27 mph

NITRO FUNNY BIKE

Qualifying
1. Rich Vreeland, Humble, Texas, 7.807, 161.40 mph
2. Alvin Kobernusz, Manly, Iowa, 8.061, 153.18 mph
3. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 8.292, 150.41 mph
4. Jim Doyle, Cicopie, Mass., 10.961, 100.08 mph
5. Ben Fukushima, Harrisonburg, Va., 10.975, 125.55 mph
6. Russ Sowers, Hermitage, Pa., 13.015, 63.56 mph
7. Jake Stordeur, Loveland, Ohio, 22.235, 52.60 mph

Round 1
W. Rich Vreeland, Humble, Texas, 9.594, 93.00 mph
L.
bye

W. Jake Stordeur, Loveland, Ohio, 6.619, 201.10 mph
L.
Alvin Kobernusz, Manly, Iowa, 6.846, 196.87 mph

W. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.716, 140.21 mph
L.
Russ Sowers, Hermitage, Pa., no time

W.
Jim Doyle, Cicopie, Mass., 6.614, 199.82 mph
L.
Ben Fukushima, Harrisonburg, Va., no time

Semifinals
W.
Vreeland, 10.283, 80.44 mph
L.
Doyle, 10.350, 104.13 mph

W.
Stordeur, 6.720, 201.19 mph
L.
Jackson, 7.900, 131.92 mph

FINAL
W. Jake Stordeur, Loveland, Ohio, 6.720, 201.19 mph
L.
Rich Vreeland, Humble, Texas, 10.283, 80.44 mph

PRO FUEL

Qualifying
1. Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.284, 172.59 mph
2. Janette, Thornley, Sacramento, Calif., 7.317, 167.32 mph
3. Pete Stimeling, Vinton, Va., 7.381, 167.74 mph
4. Cole Varty, Edson, Alberta, Canada, 7.398, 170.04 mph
5. Kevin Garrow, Philadelphia, Pa., 7.445, 167.84 mph
6. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.479, 170.49 mph
7. Gary McGuinness, Perth, Australia, 7.486, 167.86 mp
8. Dan Rampage, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, 7.538, 168.51 mph
9. Rebel Glover, Holly Hill, Fla., 7.557, 169.30 mph
10. Billy Jackson, Honeybrook, Pa., 7.626, 165.46 mph
11. Lloyd Stenerson, Allen, Texas, 7.970, 159.91 mph
12. Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, N.C., 9.446, 89.35 mph
13. Keith Kelley, Dickson, Tenn., 14.873, 54.77 mph.

Round 1
W.
Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.277, 172.10 mph
L.
bye

W. Keith Kelley, Dickson, Tenn., 7.397, 168.94 mph
L.
Janette, Thornley, Sacramento, Calif., 21.745, 33.52 mph

W. Pete Stimeling, Vinton, Va., 11.585, 69.59 mph
L.
Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, N.C., no time

W. Cole Varty, Edson, Alberta, Canada, 7.297, 169.78 mph
L.
Lloyd Stenerson, Allen, Texas, 7.962, 165.05 mph

W. Kevin Garrow, Philadelphia, Pa., 7.417, 168.22 mph
L.
Billy Jackson, Honeybrook, Pa., 7.549, 159.89 mph

W. Rebel Glover, Holly Hill, Fla., 7.453, 163.93 mph
L.
Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.722, 168.49 mph

W. Gary McGuinness, Perth, Australia, 7.365, 169.85 mph
L.
Dan Rampage, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, 7.627, 161.85 mph

Round 2

W. Nilles, 7.759, 170.67 mph
L.
McGuinness, 8.057, 155.51 mph

W. Varty, 7.231, 173.58 mph
L.
Garrow, 7.734, 159.36 mph

W. Stimeling, 7.402, 168.16 mph
L.
Glover, 7.504, 170.04 mph

W. Kelley, 7.441, 170.43
L.
bye

Semifinals
W.
Kelley, 7.372, 172.47 mph
L.
Stimeling, 7.489, 165.15 mph

W. Nilles, 7.359, 165.17 mph
L.
Varty, 7.294, 172.54 mph

FINAL
W.
Dale Nilles, Wilkesboro, N.C., 7.547, 174.35 mph
L.
Keith Kelley, Dickson, Tenn., 22.790, 31.09 mph

PRO GAS

Qualifying
1. Mike Pearce, Avondale, Ga., 8.224, 157.67 mph
2. Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 8.788, 146.59 mph
3. Keith Richner, Moore, S.C., 8.819, 147.33 mph
4. Jeter Cornett, Saint Paul, Va., 8.989, 143.05 mph
5. Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., 9.969, 125.39 mph

Round 1
W.
Mike Pearce, Avondale, Ga., 8.255, 147.54 mph
L.
bye

W. Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 8.729, 148.27 mph
L.
Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., no time

W. Keith Richner, Moore, S.C., 8.689, 147.23 mph
L.
Jeter Cornett, Saint Paul, Va., 9.538, 140.99 mph

Semifinals
W. Pendergrast, no time, bye; Pearce, 8.213, 158.30 mph
L.
Richner, 8.657, 148.85 mph.

FINAL
W.
Mike Pearce, Avondale, Ga., 8.156, 157.93 mph
L.
Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 8.824, 146.48 mph

PRO MOD

Qualifying
1. Morry Strauble, Wyoming, Mich., 8.390, 155.70 mph
2. Jason Adams, Gainesville, Ga., 8.392, 154.81 mph
3. Hank Stanton, East Rochester, N.Y., 8.497, 151.85 mph
4. Frank Capone, Wakefield, Mass., 8.598, 153.14 mph
5. Ryan Oehler, Bloomington, Ind., 8.609, 150.45 mph
6. Joey Thomson, Hopewell, N.J., 8.615, 152.78 mph
7. John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., 8.708, 149.00 mph

Round 1
W.
Morry Strauble, Wyoming, Mich., 8.308, 158.06 mph
L.
bye

W. Jason Adams, Gainesville, Ga., 8.480, 156.10 mph
L.
John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., 8.589, 148.89 mph

W. Joey Thomson, Hopewell, N.J., 8.399, 156.23 mph
L.
Hank Stanton, East Rochester, N.Y., 8.484, 148.54 mph

W. Ryan Oehler, Bloomington, Ind., 8.614, 151.90 mph
L.
Frank Capone, Wakefield, Mass., foul

Semifinals
W.
Thomson, 8.433, 154.10 mph
L.
Adams, 8.491, 156.95 mph

W. Strauble, 8.353, 157.19 mph
L.
Oehler, 8.466, 152.49 mph

FINAL
W.
Morry Strauble, Wyoming, Mich., 8.349, 157.01 mph
L.
Joey Thomson, Hopewell, N.J., 8.449, 154.65 mph

TOP ELIMINATOR – Dennis Waldron, Owings, Md., 9.256, 131.83 mph, def. Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., 9.243, 134.67 mph.

DRESSER – David Dennick, Eighty-Four, Pa., 10.401, 130.56 mph, def. Paul Vicory, New Carlisle, Ohio, 10.590, 125.17 mph.

HOT STREET – Stacey Bortz, Uniontown, Pa., 9.236, 148.60 mph, def. John Toth, Twilight, Pa., 9.294, 142.00 mph.

OUTLAW STREET – Nick Gonatas Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 8.648, 154.16 mph, def. Greg Dahl, Uniontown, Pa., no time.

V-MOD – Dennis Fisher, Dayton, Ohio, 8.631, 148.56 mph, def. Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., 9.081, 136.34 mph.

MODIFIED – Dickie Johnson, Raynor, S.C., 9.459, 135.43 mph, def. Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va., 9.510, 135.25 mph.

SUPER GAS – Chris Wood, Goldsboro, N.C., 9.908, 132.05 mph, def. Brad Croneberger, Valley View, Pa., 9.884, 130.43 mph.

SUPER COMP – Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., 9.235, 142.07 mph, def. Don Ratliff, Syracuse, Ind., foul.

ELIMINATOR – Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., 22.469 on an 11.000, 49.05 mph, def. Erik Harley, Rock Hill, S.C., foul.

STREET – Rick Medford, Cherokee, N.C., 11.456, 117.65 mph, def. James Garey, Hernando, Miss., foul.

PRO – Steve Legg, Oak Hill, West Va., 11.005, 103.02 mpph, def. Chip Sutinen Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich., 10.783, 121.49 mph.

SUPER PRO – David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio, 10.260, 114.44 mph, def. Brad Croenberger, Valley View, Pa., 10.212, 114.66 mph.

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