2017 GATORNATIONALS SPORTSMAN WINNERS
It pleases me to say that it is finally the best time of the year again, and, as usual, it has kicked off in sunny Gainesville, Florida at the 48th Annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Racers from all divisions come out to this event which makes it that much more interesting and competitive. Check out this week’s sportsman winners below. Although it was brisk in the morning, with temps in the mid 40’s. By mid day it was in the 70’s and the stands were packed with eager race fans.
Factory Stock Showdown:
David Barton and Chuck Watson go at it in the Factory Stock Showdown opener. Barton is last years Factory Stock Showdown National Champion, and won this race last year. Its a Cobra Jet vs COPO battle and Barton gets the win with the quickest ET of eliminations. Barton goes 8.131 at 168.47 to Chuck’s 8.227 at 167.76.
David Rampy racked up his 93rd national event win against Wes Leopold. Leopold was too quick on the tree with a -.040 while Rampy cut a solid .010.
Fred Allen took home the win after a double red light against Michael Volkman. Volkman had the handicap but unfortunately red lit first by -.019. This is Allen’s fourth final round win.
Richard Mace and Terry Nagel battled for the win in the seventh round of Stock Eliminator. Nagel claimed the win running an 11.067 on an 11.05 dial and Mace ran an 11.989 on an 11.92. Although Mace had the starting line advantage (.057 to .076), he couldn’t seem to run the number, thus, handing the win over to Nagel.
Jacob Elrod won his third national event win and his second win in Super Comp this weekend against Troy Williams, Jr. Although Williams had the slight starting line advantage with a .007, he was not able to run close enough to the 8.90 index, so Elrod was able to take the stripe by a mere two inches.
Sherman Adcock found his way to the winner’s circle after an incredibly close race against David Tatum. Adcock ran a 9.908 and Tatum ran a 9.900, both on the 9.90 index. However, Adcock had the slight starting line advantage and took the stripe with a MOV of .0066 seconds.
Jeffrey Barker claimed the win in a double breakout match-up against Casey Spradlin. Although Spradlin had the starting line advantage, he took a bit too much stripe and broke out, giving the win to Barker.
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