CECIL, GA. Setting new speed records on the dragstrip at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) is not at all uncommon. Many Elapse Time (ET) and Mile per Hour (MPH) records at set every season and especially in the motorcycle ranks including Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s 248 MPH Top Fuel Motorcycle record. This past Saturday, August 18 was no exception during the South Eastern Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (SEMDRA) event.
Carlos Wilkerson of Broxton, Ga. took his Pro Mod bike into the record books with a record setting pass at 174.21 MPH in the 1/8 mile. His ET of 4.288 seconds was only .002 seconds off of the record for 1/8 mile ET. Wilkerson, who was the number one qualifier for the class, also won the final round elimination using a .005 reaction time and a 4.308 ET at 167.22 MPH over Charlie Prophit of West Monroe, La. with a .036 light and a 4.843 ET at 113.24 MPH.
Bam Burgess of Ashburn, Ga. took the Top Gas honors after doing tough battle all day to defeat John Falciglia of Davie, Fl. who fowled in the final. Rusty Pyron of Jackson, Ms. was Top Gas number one qualifier with a 5.101 ET at 132.65 MPH.
In Super Comp, Orange Park, Fl. used his near perfect .004 reaction time with a 5.647 ET at 123.79 MPH to take the win lights from John Markham of Bowling Green, Ky. in a very close finish. Kevin Windham of Butler, Ga. was top qualifier with a 5.609 ET in the 5.60 index class.
Roy Hagodorn of Venice, Fl. used his .008 light and a 6.281 ET at 111.63 MPH to defeat Lonny Rueckert of Sarasota, Fl. in the Super Gas final. Number one Super Gas qualifier was Calvin Mason of Chickasaw, Al by running within .004 of the 6.25 index.
Super Street competitor Thomas Whytas of Valrico, Fl. took the final win light over runner up Don Rogers of Crawfordville, Fl. in a very close contest. Best qualifying pass came from Willie Hill of Lizella, Ga. who also was within .004 of the 6.60 of the index for the class.
St. Petersburg Fl.’s Dennis Stewart with a .006 light was enough advantage to take Mike Mocny of Venice at the stripe in the Pro ET class. Jason Herron of Lexington SC was top qualifier.
Andy Lynch of West Columbia SC was one of many to participate in more than one class. However Lynch won both the final in Street ET and the faster Ultra Street class. Don Rogers who runnered up in Super Street and despite a better reaction time at the light, finished second in Street ET as well.
This weekend on Saturday, August 25 the McDonalds Super Series returns to the high speed banks of the speedway. The event will consist of an unprecedented number of features including a 40 lap feature for the Asphalt Late Models. Essentially the scheduled racing program of Dirt Clip Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Thunder and Lightning will be doubled. The scheduled Asphalt Late Model feature will be combined with the rained out feature into a single 40 lap race.
“The weather has not been our best friend as we have tried to get in the last two races. With this weekend’s forecast of only a slight rain chance, I feel we should good weekend for racing and give the fans one huge show of double everything.” stated Chris Mize, speedway manager.
Located one mile north of Cecil, Georgia on Highway 41, just off Interstate 75 at Exit 32 South Georgia Motorsports Park features one of the Premier 1/2 mile D-shaped, progressive banked asphalt oval track speedway in the southeast. In addition to one of only two all-concrete quarter-mile dragstrips in North America. SGMP was voted NHRA track of the Year for the last two years. Additional information and event schedules are available on the track’s official website, www.sgmpracing.com