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Jason Parker and Robert Jones Cash In at
$5K Double Header


June 20, 2012


Press Release courtesy of:  Robert Parlett


June in Budds Creek normally means 90+ degree temperatures and very high humidity. But racers were greeted with nearly perfect racing weather to kick off the 1/8th mile Speed Unlimited Points Series at MIR with the Top ET $5K Double Header. A good crowd of over 100 Top ET racers made their way to the lanes for first round trying to get a head start in the 10 race 1/8th mile points series. As the first race started to wind down, the door car racers were holding their own. In 6th round, 7 cars remained. Jaycee Largent in his ’75 Pontiac Astre put together a .019 package to get past a red-lighting Matt Smith. Steve Witherow took down Michael Harbaugh when Harbaugh had problems after staging. Jeffrey Jones knocked off a dragster in his ’83 Dodge by putting together a .005 package to take down the always tough Scotty Bodmer. Jason Parker took the bye run in his ’63 Chevy II. Down to 4 cars, only one dragster remained. Steve Witherow made it to the finals in his dragster when Jeffrey Jones broke out by .003 after a .005 light. In the finals Witherow would match up with Jason Parker who got past Jaycee Largent. Largent was way red on the tree with some sort of malfunction, but Parker was .002 on the tree and would have been tough to beat. In the final, Parker got the jump with his .011 light to Witherow’s .022 and was able to hold off the hard charging dragster by .007 at the stripe to take the win and the $5,000 check that comes with it.

While the first Top ET race was finishing up, the rest of the Speed Unlimited ET Series was working their way though competition. In Mod ET, Saturday was the first race of their 1/8th mile points series as well. In the quarter-finals, Rich Harger overcame a significant holeshot by Nicole Talbert, when Talbert broke out against Harger’s dead-on run. Bart Spicer put together a .014 package to take down Daryl Beaucamp. The next pair featured a matchup of the quickest car in the class against one of the slowest. Steve Witherow showed off some of his footbraking skills as he was .012 on the tree and ran 5.127 on his 5.12 dial, taking just .003 stripe against Frank Thompson Jr. who broke out on his 7.68 dial, trying to stay out front. Rufus Hill ran dead-on in his bye run. In the semi-final matchup between Harger and Spicer, both drivers turned it red, but Harger had the quicker car in his ’87 Thunderbird and therefore got the automatic round win. Rufus Hill then matched up with Witherow. In a tight race, Hill ran dead-on with a 1 to take the win by just .008 seconds overcoming Witherow’s starting line advantage. In the final, Rich Harger got the big holeshot with his .017 light to Rufus Hill’s .078. Harger ran 3 over his dial but that was enough to hold off Hill’s dead on run. This win was Rich Harger’s first at MIR.

Brad Keyton extended his current hot streak on Saturday picking up another win. Keyton doubled up earlier this month at Richmond Dragway during the Autofab Raider ET Series and has showed no signs of slowing his momentum. In the quarter-finals, AJ Jenkins turned it -.006 red to Robert Estevez. Estevez would have been tough to beat with .007 light. Keyton took down Ashley Pumphrey when the young lady broke out taking the stripe. Michael Hankinson then took down Cory Maloney in a tough double breakout race where Maloney broke out just .001 more than Hankinson. In the semi-finals, Keyton showed off some of his finish line skills. Michael Hankinson was dialed exactly 1 second slower than Keyton, but Keyton was able to take the stripe by a mere .002 to take the round win and move to the finals where he would match up with Robert Estevez who had the semi-final bye. The final round was over quickly when Robert Estevez turned it red handing the automatic win over to Keyton. Keyton finds himself atop the season points standings by 5 rounds over Christopher Mattera. Robert Estevez sits third with Cory Maloney and Josh Phelps rounding out the top 5.

Motorcycle ET will race all season on the mile. Jermaine Proctor who has enjoyed the points lead nearly all season has seen the gap between himself and second place slowly shrinking for the last few races. Jermaine once again made an early exit in round 2, leaving the door open for some other riders to keep closing in on the points lead. In the quarter-finals, Chris Clontz faced off with Wardell Pinkney. Pinkney enjoyed a nice holeshot over Clontz, but was unable to run the number and Clontz was able to get past him in the lights. Darrell Mahoney then faced off with Jimmie Miller. Both riders were close on the tree with Miller getting the holeshot by .006, but Mahoney was able to run .013 closer to his dial in putting him in front at the stripe by .007, moving him on to the semi-finals. Jesse Marks then got past Anthony Proctor’s .002 light when Proctor took way too much stripe and broke out handing the automatic win to Marks. In the semi-finals, Clontz and Marks faced off, after Mahoney was drawn for the bye. Clontz got the holeshot and was able to run closer to his dial picking up the relatively easy round win. The final paired up a couple of former track champs. While neither rider was stellar on the tree, Mahoney got the holeshot and was able to take the stripe by .028, picking up the race win in a tough double breakout race. With the win, Mahoney moved into 5th place in points. Jermaine Proctor still sits atop the points, but his lead is just 11 points over Jeff Sweeney. Jimmie Miller and Devin McLain sit third and fourth in points, not far back.

The day was rounded out with the second Top ET $5K race. Unlike in race 1, only one door car remained heading into the quarter-finals. Jeffrey Jones was enjoying his second deep run into the rounds in his ’83 Dodge. In the quarter-finals of race 2, Jeffrey faced off with Tommy Lago. Jones got the jump with his .006 light, and was able to hold off Lago’s dead-on with a 0 run to move on to the semi’s yet again. Jeff Brady was enjoying some success in his latest ride, a ’08 American chassis dragster. In the quarter’s he had one of the tightest races of the day against Dennis King. Brady was .006 on the tree to King’s .013 and was able to take the stripe by just .003, running 4.952 on his 4.95 dial. Robert Jones moved to the semi’s with a dead on run against a red-lighting Tarrell Sinkler. In the semi-finals, the Jones’s faced off after Brady was drawn for the bye. The race was over quickly when Jeffrey turned it red by just -.002, but Jones was right there with a .016 light and a dead-on 5.010 on his 5.01 dial. In the finals, the 2011 Speed Unlimited Top ET champ picked up the win in a very tough double breakout race. Jones had the advantage on the tree by just .002. Brady then did a good job of tightening up the stripe, taking just .009, but broke out .013 while Jones only broke out .002 beside him. Even though Jeffrey Jones didn’t win the big money, two semi-final showings put him on top of the points standings. Robert Jones sits second, 9 points back, with Steve Witherow in third, Jason Parker in fourth and Jeff Brady in 5th, all bunched together tightly.

Next up for the ET racers is a mile series race this weekend June 23 featuring the Team Challenge. Then in mid-July, the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular comes to town featuring $5,000 to win in all the standard IHRA sportsman classes as well as a $5,000 Top ET race, a $2,000 Mod ET race and $500 to win Junior Dragster race.




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