AMRA: Vancil Powers Past Carolinas’ Best at World Finals

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Vancil Powers Past Carolinas’ Best at World Finals

Broken Transmission Ousts Turner; White, Vreeland Also Win Big at Rockingham

New Mexico-based touring pro Doug Vancil, making his first appearance at Rockingham Dragway in almost 20 years, beat the man to whom he lost the 2018 NHRA Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Championship Sunday en route to an impressive victory in the Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge portion of the 27th annual Jim McClure Memorial All-Harley Nitro World Finals.

Rockingham Dragway

Riding a new bike built for Doug Horne and tuned by Mike Romine, the man he beat to win the IHRA Autumn Nationals at Rockingham in 2000, Vancil took out defending event champion Armon Furr of Orangeburg, S.C., in the opening round before stopping newly-crowned NHRA champ Tii Tharpe of East Bend in the semifinals and Ashville’s Tracy Kile in the final.

It was the first Rockingham win for the two-time IHRA Nitro Harley World Champion since he prevailed in the 2001 Autumn Nationals. Although he qualified only third, Vancil posted the quickest time in each round of eliminations – 6.226 in the first, a best-of-the-race 6.216 against Tharpe in the semis and 6.251 to cover Kile in the money round.

While he didn’t advance beyond the second round, Julian’s Jay “Bulldog” Turner debuted his new supercharged nitro Harley in spectacular fashion by qualifying No. 1 at 6.407 seconds but a broken transmission proved to be unrepairable before second round which gave Kile a bye to the final.

Other winners included Sam White of Chapin, S.C., in Pro Fuel, Rich Vreeland of Bloomsburg, Pa., in Nitro Funny Bike, Shane Pendergrast of Murfreesboro, Tenn., in Pro Mod, Stephane Crete of Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada in Outlaw Street and Greg Frost of Omaha, Nev., in Pro Gas.

White missed the Pro Fuel national record by a scant .001 of a second after pushing his Johnny Vickers-tuned bike to 7.197 seconds in a first round win over David Larson of Topeka, Kan. The South Carolina rider ultimately beat Walnut Cove’s Tyler Wilson in the final round to give Vickers his fourth straight Pro Fuel win in the World Finals.

In addition to his Pro Fuel victory, White took a Nitro Funny Bike to the semifinals before losing to No. 1 qualifier Ryan Perry of Milford, Ohio.

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by Sandra Alberti


Results from the 27th annual AMRA Jim McClure All-Harley World Finals featuring the Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge at Rockingham Dragway. Hometowns are North Carolina unless otherwise indicated. Results include reaction time, track time, target time where applicable and finish line speed:

RAY PRICE TOP FUEL CHALLENGE
Qualifying – 1. Jay Turner, Julian, 6.407, 204.63 mph; 2. Chris Smith, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 6.414, 217.32 mph; 3. Doug Vancil, Cedar Crest, N.M., 6.433, 216.83 mph; 4. Tracy Kile, Ashville, 6.624, 216.55 mph; 5. Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honey Brook, Pa., 6.778, 212.66 mph; 6. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 6.826, 169.64 mph; 7. Tii Tharpe, East Bend, 6.901, 188.52 mph; 8. Jim Doyle, Chicopee, Mass., 9.804, 125.02 mph

Round 1 – Tracy Kile, Ashville, .053, 6.674, 217.56 mph, def. Bill “Billy Jack” Jackson, Honey Brook, Pa., .036, 24.567, 28.60 mph; Tii Tharpe, East Bend, .044, 6.446, 210.41 mph, def. Chris Smith, Murfreesboro, Tenn., .055, 6.526, 22008 mph; Doug Vancil, Cedar Crest, N.M., .011, 6.226, 228.69 mph, def. Armon Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., .022, 11.711, 76.27 mph; Jay Turner, Julian, .140, 6.356, 223.10 mph, def. Jim Doyle, Chicopee, Mass., .119, 13.417, 62.40 mph.

Semifinals – Kile, .491, 6.523, 209.79 mph, def. Turner, no time; Vancil, .021, 6.216, 230.41 mph, def. Tharpe, .036, 6.562, 218.02 mph.

FINAL – Doug Vancil, Cedar Crest, N.M., .034, 6.251, 225.48 mph, def. Tracy Kile, Ashville, .051, 6.614, 201.04 mph.

PRO FUEL
Qualifying – 1. Sam White, Chapin, S.C., 7.242, 174.19 mph; 2. Jim Martin, Palestine, Ill., 7.349, 171.38 mph; 3. Janette Thornley, Statesville, 7.352, 170.00 mph; 4. Gary Stroud, Valparaiso, Ind., 7.426, 169.02 mph; 5. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, 7.434, 172.30 mph; 6. Kirby Apathy, Deland, Fla., 7.535, 175.27 mph; 7. Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, 7.589, 166.83 mph; 8. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.696, 166.95 mph

Round 1 – Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, .113, 7.642, 167.53 mph, def. Kirby
Apathy, Deland, Fla., .195, 21.844, no speed; Jim Martin, Palestine, Ill., .213, 7.565, 166.79 mph, def. Waalter Halonski, High Springs, Fla., .121, 7.884, 170.49 mph; Janette Thornley, Statesville, .154, 7.519, 166.50 mph, def. John McConnell, Darlington, Md., .131, 7.749, 146.11 mph; Gary Stroud, Valparaiso, Ind., .221, 7.256, 173.16 mph, def. Dennis Waldron, .200, 7.603, 167.26 mph; Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, .122, 7.481, 171.60 mph, def. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., .144, 7.608, 167.16 mph; Sam White, Chapin, S.C., .054, 7.197, 174.91 mph, def. David Larson, Topeka, Kan., no time.

Round 2 – Wilson, .126, 7.392, 173.41 mph, def. Martin, .191, 7.782, 162.20 mph; Stroud, .201, 7.346, 172.28 mph, def. Thornley, .478, 12.427, 67.89 mph; White, .111, 7.228, 174.62 mph, def. Beasley, .102, 7.580, 168.09 mph

Semifinals – Wilson, .102, 7.409, 174.10 mph, def. Stroud, .153, 7.367, 172.74 mph; White, bye.

FINAL – Sam White, Chapin, S.C., .075, 7.226, 174.14 mph, def. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, .065, 8.342, 112.04 mph.

NITRO FUNNY BIKE
Qualifying – 1. Ryan Perry, Milford, Ohio, 6.688, 208.88 mph; 2. Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., 6.946, 201.19 mph; 3. Jim Doyle, Chicopee, Mass., 7.066, 205.01 mph; 4. Sam White, Chapin, S.C., 7.328, 188.62 mph; 5. Keith Browne, Semora, 7.375, 185.97 mph; 6. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., 7.443, 180.09 mph; 7. Jake Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, 17.462, 34.25 mph; 8. Russ Sowers, Mercer, Pa., 30.098, no registered speed

Round 1 – Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., .572, 13.416, 139.66 mph, def. Jake Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, no time; Sam White, Chapin, S.C., .112, 7.040, 185.43 mph, def. Keith Browne, Semora, no time; Ryan Perry, Milford, Ohio, .164, 10.158, 95.67 mph, def. Russ Sowers, Mercer, Pa., no time; Jim Doyle, Chicopee, Mass, .139, 7.035, 208.39 mph, def. Rocky Jackson, Youngsville, La., .084, 7.153, 187.89 mph.

Semifinals – Vreeland, .106, 6.722, 193.90 mph, def. Doyle, .061, 7i.081, 190.78 mph; Perry, .257, 6.666, 200.77 mph, def. White, .058, 7.024, 187.91 mph

FINAL – Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., .093, 6.836, 196.19 mph, def. Ryan Perry, Milford, Ohio, .184, 8.657, 117.10 mph.

PRO MOD
Round 1 – John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., .023, 8.466, 155.90 mph, def. Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va., .013, 8.587, 154.40 mph; Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., .070, 8.586, 152.49 mph, def. Richard Boone, Mint Hill, .359, 8.881, 148.87 mph; Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., bye.

Semifinals – Doherty, .035, 8.457, 155.15 mph, def. Price, .090, 8.498, 155.06 mph; Pendergrast, bye.

FINAL – Shane Pendergrast, Murfreesboro, Tenn., .099, 8.398, 157.34 mph, def. Billy Doherty, Lake Charles, La., no time.

OUTLAW STREET – Stephane Crete, Victoriaville, Quebec, .065, 8.160, 166.91 mph, def. Dan Dennis, Barron, Wis., .213, 8.667, 162.59 mph.

PRO GAS – Greg Frost, Omaha, Neb., .084, 8.646, 156.10 mph, def. Don Ratliff, Syracuse, Ind., .052, 8.831, 148.79 mph.

HOT STREET – Dave “Paco” Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., .125, 9.055, 147.83 mph, def. John Toth, Twilight, Pa., foul.

MODIFIED – Gary Douglass, Staunton, Va., .287, 9.088, 146.23 mph, def. Troy Young, Writz, Va., .032, 9.430, 139.69 mph.

SUPER STREET – Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., .061, 9.423, 138.53 mph, def. Troy Young, Writz, Va., .148, 9.351, 139.79 mph.

DRESSERS – Paul Vicory, New Carlisle, Ohio, .146, 9.580, 142.22 mph, def. David Dennick, Eighty-Four, Pa., .116, 10.123, 140.24 mph

ELIMINATOR – Joe Peterson, Wilmington, .045, 9.826 on a 9.900, 131.19 mph, def. Ryan Thibant, foul

SUPER COMP (8.90 target) – Don Ratliff, Syracuse, Ind., .083, 8.844, 142.64 mph, def. Freddy Frazier, Sanford, foul.

9.30 – Ken Strauss, Thompson, Ohio, .025, 9.368, 141.98 mph, def. David Doremus, Loveland, Ohio, .082, 9.288 breakout, 137.85 mph.

SUPER GAS (9.90 target) – Chris Hoppe, Pennington, N.J., .035, 9.920, 110.09 mph, def. Bob Maier, Windermere, Fla., .085, 9.916, 133.99 mph.1030 – Nate Carnahan, Powhatan, Va., .043, 10.529, 119.84 mph, def. Butch Lowe, Rutledge, Ga., .195, 10.413, 127.05 mph

1090 – Rick Miller, Pensacola, Fla., .090, 10.904, 116.85 mph, def. Brian Conley, Country Club Hills, Ill., .128, 10.893 breakout, 118.01 mph.1150 – Donnie Huffman, Lakeland, Fla., .005, 11.589, 106.97 mph, def. Darrell Smith, Indianapolis, Ind., .232, 11.315 breakout, 100.28 mph.


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