Turner Wins Ahdra Nitro Spring Nationals Top Fuel Title

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Turner Wins Ahdra Nitro Spring Nationals Top Fuel Title

Tharpe DNQs, White Claims Pro Drag Title at Rockingham Dragway

With talented teammate and two-time reigning NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion Tii Tharpe relegated to spectator status because of mechanical issues, veteran Jay “Bulldog” Turner saved his best for last Sunday and won the featured event at the Nitro Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway in the long-awaited return of the All-Harley Drag Racing Association series.

Jay Turner - 2020 AHDRA Rockingham





The Carolina native, himself a two-time IHRA (1999, 2000) and NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion (2015, 2016) as well as an accomplished designer, builder and team manager, qualified only third behind Ryan Peery’s stellar 6.651 and had covered the quarter mile in no fewer than 7.115 seconds when he rolled to the starting line alongside the Milford, Ohio rider for the final round.

The result was classic Bulldog. Peery, who had posted the event’s four quickest times going into the final, delivered another solid 6.639 at 206.45 miles per hour only to be trumped by Turner’s 6.614 at 201.10 mph.

Ryan Perry - 2020 AHDRA Rockingham

Turner shared the race day spotlight with Sam White of Chapin, S.C., who claimed the Pro Drag title in wire-to-wire fashion, beating veteran Preston Bartlett of Palatica, Fla., in the final round.

Sam White - 2020 AHDRA Rockingham

Tharpe, who has dominated the NHRA series over the last three seasons, claiming nine race wins, suffered a rare DNQ when his 240 mile-an-hour Harley suffered a mechanical failure during the warmup and could not answer the call.

Other Sunday winners included John Price of Emmitsburg, Md., in Pro Mod, Troy Young of Wirtz, Va., in Hot Street, Jeff Workman of Scottsville, Ky., in Modified, Keith Browne of Semora in X-Gas, Scott Schenkel of Palmerton, Pa., in the 9.70 Index class, Bill Anderson of Liberty, Tenn., in 10.30, Kevin Winters of Richmond, Ill,, in 10.50 and Keith Carper of Laurel, Md., in 11.90.

Goldsboro’s Chris Wood won Draggin Bagger, Fountain’s Greg Quinn claimed the X-Bagger hardware, Dale Houston of Liberty, Texas, prevailed in Eliminator and Fountain’s Greg Quinn won the Trophy class.

 

TOP FUEL

Qualifying
1. Ryan Peery, Milford, Ohio, 6.651, 206.73 mph
2. Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., 7.048, 183.42 mph
3. Jay Turner, Julian, 7.168, 146.50 mph
4. Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, 7.372, 142.93 mph.

Round 1
Ryan Peery, Milford, Ohio, .213, 6.612, 201.97 mph, def. Larry Stanley, Laurinburg, no time
Jay Turner, Julian, .098, 7.922, 121.49 mph, def. Tim Kertigan, Novato, Calif., .069, 8.926, 101.73 mph
Tyler Wilson, Walnut Cove, .041, 9.291, 113.80 mph, def. Don Becker, Palm Coast, Fla., .292, 13.043, 61.62 mph
Rich Vreeland, Bloomsburg, Pa., .398, 13.621, 81.34 mph, def. Robert Stewart, Gloucester, Va., no time

Semifinals
Turner, .095, 7.115, 146.45 mph, def. Vreeland, .140, 15.295, 65.55 mph
Peery, .223, 6.633, 210.31 mph, def. Wilson, .070, 7.102, 173.94 mph

FINAL
Jay Turner, Julian, .099, 6.614, 201.10 mph, def. Ryan Peery, Milford, Ohio, .129, 6.639, 206.45 mph.

 

PRO DRAG

Qualifying
1. Sam White, Chapin, S.C., 7.482, 170.79 mph
2. Preston Bartlett, Palatica, Fla., 7.508, 169.93 mph
3. Kirby Apathy, Deland, Fla., 7.633, 175.59 mph
4. Jay Beasley, Winston Salem, 7.752, 161.83 mph.

Round 1
Jay Beasley, Winston-Salem, .138. 7.854, 163.47 mph, def. Kirby Apathy, Deland, Fla., .370, 7.937, 172.61 mph
Preston Bartlett, Palatica, Fla., .170, 7.478, 169.76 mph, def. John McConnell, Darlington, S.C., .203, 7.870, 147.84 mph
Sam White, Chapin, S.C., bye.

Semifinals
Bartlett, .152, 7.521, 170.216 mph, def. Beasley, .119, 7.764, 162.63 mph; White, bye.

FINAL
Sam White, Chapin, S.C., .175, 7.426, 160.75 mph, def. Preston Bartlett, Palatica, Fla., .143, 7.517, 169.44 mph.

PRO MOD

Semifinals
Keith Carper, Laurel, Md., .059, 9.097, 144.30 mph, def. Loreto Pesce, Newark, Del., .122, 9.509, 146.96 mph
John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., .122, 9.130, 149.48 mph, def. Richard Boone, Mint Hill, foul.

FINAL
John Price, Emmitsburg, Md., .162, 8.634, 151.66 mph, def. Keith Carper, Laurel, Md., foul.

HOT STREET
FINAL – Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., .213, 10.055, 130.92 mph, def. Scott Schenkel, Palmerton, Pa., .122, 10.919, 122.28 mph.

STREET PRO
FINAL – Ryland Mason, was unopposed.

MODIFIED
Semifinals – Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., .138, 10.162, 129.48 mph, def. Don Leslie, Pinsow, Tenn., .134, 11.279, 111.82 mph; Jeff Workman, Scottsville, Ky., bye.

FINAL – Jeff Workman, Scottsville, Ky., .186, 9.626, 135.22 mph, def. Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., foul.

X GAS
FINAL – Keith Browne, Semora, was unopposed.

9.70 INDEX
Round 1 – Scott Schenkel, Palmerton, Pa., 1.054, 17.305, 66.75 mph, def. Keith Carper, Laurel, Md., no time; Bob Maier, Windermere, Fla., .067, 9.859, 136.06 mph, def. Jason Crisp, Winchester, Va., .125, 9.950, 130.33 mph; Crosby Blair, Georgetown, Tenn., .164, 10.017, 122.91 mph, def. Brad Reiss Jr., Bethlehem, Pa., .086, 10.297, 129.64 mph; John Shotts, Galesburg, Ill., .351, 10.383, 108.47 mph, def. David Minton, Trinity, .146, 12.276, 96.09 mph.

Semifinals – Maier, .059, 9.795, 136.21 mph, def. Shotts, .046, 9.922, 132.58 mph; Schenkel, .057, 9.735, 122.97 mph, def. Blair, .078, 9.810, 135.12 mph.

FINAL – Scott Schenkel, Palmerton, Pa., .055, 9.732, 118.19 mph, def. Bob Maier, Windermere, Fla., .046, 9.849, 136.30 mph.

10.30 INDEX

Round 2 – Bob Maier, Windermere, Fla., bye; Brad Reiss Jr., Bethlehem, Pa., .113, 11.107, 93.80 mph, def. Rick Medford, Cherokee, .052, 11.517, 122.74 mph; Bill Anderson, Liberty, Tenn., .233, 10.523, 114.02 mph, def. Chris Wood, Goldboro, .179, 10.664, 131.00 mph.

Semifinals – Maier, .076, 10.200, 127.05 mph, def. Reiss, .117, 10.167 breakout foul, 122.14 mph; Anderson, bye.

FINAL — Bill Anderson, Liberty, Tenn., .053, 10.296, 126.15 mph, def. Bob Maier, Windermere, Fla., .056, 10.229 breakout foul, 124.53 mph.

11.50 INDEX

Round 1 – Brian Peterson, Archdale, .173, 11.937, 112.02 mph, def. Dead Bear Mashini, Stuart, Fla., .777, 12.416, 112.52 mph; Jeremiah Cullen, Ayden, .243, 11.839, 111.92 mph, def. John Shotts, Galesburg, Ill., .489, 11.369 breakout foul, 115.32 mph; Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., bye; Charlie Nalker, Brandon, Mich., .371, 11.640, 107.19 mph, bye.

Semifinals – Nalker, .259, 11.597, 101.51 mph, def. Peterson, .180, 11.783, 113.67 mph; Winters, .178, 11.509, 92.52 mph, def. Cullen, .130, 11.873, 112.35 mph.

FINAL – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., .078, 11.514, 98.46 mph, def. Charlie Nalker, Brandon, Mich., .078, 11.589, 108.84 mph.

10.90 INDEX

Round 2 – Brad Reiss Jr., Bethlehem, Pa., bye; Rick Medford, Cherokee, .625, 11.095, 99.62 mph, def. Paul Watson, Greensboro, no time; Keith Carper, Laurel, Md., .040, 11.144, 98.95 mph, def. Mark Crockett, Moneta, Va., .097, 11.132, 118.37 mph; Stony Westbrookk, St. Augustine, Fla., .095, 10.964, 114.41 mph, def. Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., .004, 11.064, 114.78 mph.

Semifinals – Reiss, .045, 11.061, 98.35 mph, def. Medford, .334, 10.909, 115.53 mph; Carper, .030, 11.441, 87.21 mph, def. Westbrook, .243, 11.415, 117.90 mph.

FINAL – Keith Carper, Laurel, Md., .029, 10.859, 115.61 mph, def. Brad Reiss Jr., Bethlehem, Pa., .159, 10.761 breakout foul, 119.97 mph.

DRAGGIN BAGGER
Round 1 – Branon White, Winston-Salem, .228, 9.757, 138.66 mph, def. Joe Gladdin, Gastonia, Pa., .455, 12.140, 108.08 mph; Chris Wood, Goldsboro, .147, 10.168, 133.67 mph, def. Dave Miller, Bath, Pa., .588, 10.421, 134.00 mph; Greg Quinn, Fountain, .161, 10.336, 131.74 mph, def. Travis Groff, Hopkins, S.C., .237, 10.470, 128.15 mph; Unknown #11, bye.

Semifinals – Wood, .146, 10.223, 131.55 mph, def. Groff, .224, 10.663, 123.43 mph; Unknown #11, .237, 11.432, 113.51 mph, def. White, .282, 11.748, 123.05 mph.

FINAL – Chris Wood, Goldsboro, .125, 10.690, 115.28 mph, def. Unknown #11, .092, 11.440, 112.78 mph.

ELIMINATOR

Round 2 – Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., .018, 10.988 on an 11.000, 115.62 mph, def. Jeremiah Cullen, Ayden, .081, 11.732 breakout foul on an 11.800, 112.23 mph; Stony Westbrook, St. Augustine, Fla., .623, 11.076 on a 10.840, 113.69 mph, def. Wes Handy, Wilmington, foul; Dale Houston, Liberty, Texas, .175, 11.217 on an 11.000, 107.08 mph, def. Tyler Sherin, Roanoke Rapids, .374, 12.571 on a 12.390, 103.87 mph.

Semifinals – Winters, .071, 11.054 on an 11.000, 109.25 mph, def. Westbrook, .000, 11.181 on a 10.840, 118.56 mph; Houston, bye.

FINAL – Dale Houston, Liberty, Texas, .031, 11.104 on an 11.000, 119.19 mph, def. Kevin Winters, Richmond, Ill., .053, 11.113 on an 11.000, 115.08 mph.

X BAGGER

Semifinals – Mike Beland, Maiden, bye; Greg Quinn, Fountain, .306, 11.694, 133.08 mph, def. Chris Wood, Goldsboro, foul.

FINAL – Greg Quinn, Fountain, .222, 12.950, 67.08 mph, def. Mike Beland, Maiden, foul.

TROPHY STREET

Semifinals – Tyler Sherin, Roanoke Rapids, .083, 12.396 on a 12.390, 105.83 mph, def. Jeremiah Cullen, Ayden, .1099, 11.806 breakout foul on an 11.820, 111.26 mph; Vic Allen, Southern Pines, bye.

FINAL – Vic Allen, Southern Pines, .422, 12.675 on a 12.000, 105.21 mph, def. Tyler Shearin, Roanoke Rapids, foul.


2020 AHDRA schedule

May 15-17 – Cancelled Covid-19
Rockingham Dragway presented by Cox Double Eagle Harley-Davidson / Rockingham, NC

May 30-31 – Cancelled Covid-19
Numidia Dragway presented by Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson / Numidia, PA

July 3-5  / Cordova International Raceway / Cordova, IL

August 10-11 / Sturgis Dragway / Sturgis, SD

August 29-30 / Napierville Dragway / Napierville, Quebec, Canada
Nitro by invitation

October 2-4 / Atlanta Dragway / Commerce, GA

October 15-17 / Orlando Speed World presented by MTC Engineering / Bithlo, FL

November 6-8 / World Finals Gainesville Raceway / Gainesville, FL


Current classes and sponsors

  • Top Fuel
  • Pro Fuel
  • Pro Dragster
  • Extreme Gas by GMS Racing Engines
  • Extreme Bagger by A-1 Cycles
  • Extreme V-Rod
  • Pro Mod by T-Man Performance
  • Modified by Zippers Performance
  • Street Pro 9.70 by Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson
  • 10.30
  • 10.90
  • 11.50 by Crete’s Performance
  • ET
  • Trophy

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