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Gear Jammer class returns to Elk Creek Dragway

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By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

ELK CREEK –– More than 170 race cars, a near-capacity crowd and the Gear Jammer class highlighted the action last Saturday at Elk Creek Dragway, with Rodney Price of New Castle taking the event win.

Price’s early-model Camaro posted a 6.04 e.t. at 100 mph to take the final over Lones Combs of Fancy Gap, who recorded a 6.91 e.t. at 93 mph. Combs was behind the wheel of his 1957 Chevy two-door hardtop, which has been featured in numerous motorsports publications over the past decade.

Frank Aldridge of Banner Elk, N.C. outran a field of more than four dozen entries to win the Super Pro Eliminator class. Aldridge, in his Camaro Roadster, ran a 5.16 e.t. at 124 mph. In the runner-up spot was a young second-generation driver, Derrek Thomasson, of White Sulpher Springs, W.Va. Thomasson steered his Chevy-powered dragster to a final-round 4.82 e.t. at 132 mph.

Woody Pack drove his Chevy Monza to the class win in the Footbrake Eliminator class with a final round 6.08 e.t. at 103 mph. Phillip Jones of Wytheville was the runner-up in his Pontiac.

In the D.O.T. class, Steve Harris of Willis was the winner, driving his Ford Mustang to a 6.88 e.t. at 86 mph. Kenny Jones of Max Meadows was the runner-up in a Pontiac Firebird.

In the Motorcycle class, Jimmie Marshall was the winner with a final-round 5.64 e.t. at 110 mph. The runner-up was Randy Cornett of Mouth of Wilson with a run of 100 mph.

Lockee Bales was the winner in the Bracket 1 Junior Dragster class, with Dylan Branscome in the runner-up spot.

The Bracket 2 Junior Dragster class came down to a final between a pair of multi-time winners at Elk Creek. Hillsville’s Dane Shinault posted a 7.92 e.t. to edge runner-up Josh Smith’s 7.94.

The weekend got started with the long-anticipated return of the Gambler Race. A pair of Chevrolet S-10 pickups reached the finals, with James Basham taking the win over Matt Crigger. Wayne Horton recorded the low e.t. and top speed for the night as his dragster rocketed to a 5.09 at 123 mph.