Wilkesboro Raceway, Wilkesboro, NC (June 1) - The weather was hot with
only a few clouds as eight of the Southeast's finest gas coupes, sedans,
and pickup trucks invaded Wilkesboro Raceway. Four A/Gas and four B/Gas
cars of the Draglist.com Southeastern Gasser Tour were on hand for some
old-time fun. After two rounds of qualifying, the results were set:
#1 6.03 Rodger McConnell
#2 6.21 Heath Daniel
#3 6.22 Gerald Baker
#4 6.27 Jerry Curtis
#1 6.99 Jim Guillen
#2 7.27 Danny Austin
#3 7.58 Ted Stiles
#4 11.68 Rickie Bowie
The first round in B/Gas saw Jim Guillen take on Danny Austin. Austin
got the win with a 7.27 to a 7.00 as Jim Guillen turned on the red light.
Next up, Ted Stiles took a free ride as Rickie Bowie could not show.
The run for the money in B/Gas was at 9:30pm. At the green, Austin took
the win as Stiles looked at the red bulb. Austin ran a 7.19 to defeat
Stiles' 7.31. Danny Austin was the B/Gas winner at Wilkesboro.
The A/Gas class looked to be a great race. McConnell was the fastest
car in both qualifying rounds. The first run of A/Gas was Jerry Curtis and
Heath Daniel, driving Mac Pressley's car. At the light, Curtis left too
quick, giving Daniel the win, his 8.21 defeating the red lighting 6.27.
Next up was the number one man talking on the number three man. At the
green, McConnell chopped the tree with an outstanding .002 light. He never
looked back and took the win over Gerald Baker, 6.03 to a 6.22.
Round two saw a match between the two first round losers. It was Gerald
Baker going against Jerry Curtis. Baker made a great run at 6.17, even
after Curtis red lighted. This put him into the final against the winner
of the first round winner's bracket.
In round two, Daniel and McConnell, both winning their first rounds,
came to the line. At the green, McConnell showed the way, cutting another
great light at .001. He then took a very close race with a 6.02 to a 6.20.
The final in A/Gas was not very pretty. McConnell and Baker both did
great burnouts, staged, and left at the green. McConnell did another tree
job with a .001 light. Baker was just a few hundredths behind. At about
half-track, however, Baker's engine let go. He got in his own oil and
skated all over the track, trying to keep it off the guardrails. Mike
couldn't avoid them, however, tagging the guardrails on the big end. The
damage included some fiberglass on one side, an a-arm, and the front
wheel, but Baker was OK. McConnell ran it on through with a winning 6.01
to claim the A/Gas title.
Rickie Bowie/Bill Pratt