CECIL, Ga. – It was largest event to date with standing room only this weekend as over 31,000 racing fans poured into South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) for the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Georgia Drags. Fans were delighted with the fastest door cars on the planet competed in full heads up competition at speeds near 200 mph in distance of two football fields. Trump that with live performances from local performers, Rhett Akins and The River. Then finish the night with a high speed dash from the world’s fastest police interceptor, and you have a show unlike no other.
“This is the best facility any where and that is why we have raced the most here at Cecil” stated Kenny Nowlan, president on the ADRL. “We love the track, the track personnel and most of all the fans who love our series.” “We are extremely pleased with the turn out of fans, and many first time fans to see what we have to offer here at SGMP” added Wade Rich, Dragstrip Manager.
Johnny Pilcher qualified No. 6 in a tight Pro Nitrous field. In first round elimination, Pilcher edged Rod Houck by .001-second, 4.120 to 4.111 and from that point only got quicker, running a 4.08 to beat four-time ADRL event winner Shannon Jenkins in the quarterfinals, improving to a 4.04 to oust 2006 ADRL world champion Keith Baker in the semi's, and capping the night off with his 4.029 - low e.t. of the event to win the final against Ricky Smith’s 4.045.
In Pro Extreme, Joe Baker ran a 3.981 best during qualifying to just miss reaching the top half of the field. He opened eliminations with holeshot wins to reach the semifinals, edging Ricky Smith (3.997 to 3.991) and No. 1 qualifier Jason Scruggs (3.977 to 3.974) in two heart-stopping races. Running a 3.96 to get past Tommy D'Aprile in the semi's, then capped off a career-defining outing with a 3.95 to 3.98 win over fellow first-time ADRL finalist Travis Swearingen.
The ADRL's second Extreme 10.5 event ended with an extremely consistent Hill scoring win over Todd Tutterow, 4.386 to 4.368. Hill's third straight 4.38 in the three eliminations rounds, which included consecutive 4.384s in his first- and second-round wins over Bill Jewett and Houston winner Rodney Rosenstiel, respectively. Hill's '63 Corvette was also bracket-like in terms of speed: his three mph marks in eliminations were 170.39, 170.02, and 170.49.
The ADRL's new Pro Extreme Motorcycle class finally completed its first event. Drake picked up an easier-than-expected win when final-round opponent Coodee Thomas went red, but his 4.37 at 165 mph would have been tough to beat under any circumstances.
Jason Scruggs set new ADRL records with the fastest e.t. and top speed for Pro Extreme with a stunning 3.804 at 198.67 mph. After Friday's lone qualifying run, Scruggs leads the Pro Extreme field by a full .15 second, an almost unheard of margin, especially for eighth-mile drag racing
Racing continues at SGMP this weekend with racing on both the Dragstrip and Speedway. On Friday and Saturday May 11th & 12th the rescheduled NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to the dragstrip. The high winds forced NHRA and SGMP officials to postpone the scheduled eliminations for the event in April. Qualifying has been completed and the fields are locked for all classes.
On Saturday May 12th the McDonald’s Super Series plus the National Vintage Racing Association (NVRA) are on the banks of the oval. Always a favorite the NVRA will feature older ‘vintage’ cars as well as the ‘skeeter’ cars make their first of several events of the year. An open testing on the speedway is also scheduled for Thursday May 10th.
Located one mile north of Cecil, Georgia on Highway 41, just off Interstate 75 at Exit 32 South Georgia Motorsports Park is a Premier race facility featuring one of only two all-concrete quarter-mile dragstrips in North America. In addition to one of the finest 1/2 mile D-shaped, progressive banked asphalt oval track speedway in the southeast. Additional information and event schedules are available on the track’s official website, www.sgmpracing.com