April 18, 2008
Adel -- The smell of burning rubber and thunder of endless horsepower is filling the air in South Georgia this weekend, as the South Georgia Motorsports Park hosts the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Over 400 drag racers in eight different categories are on the track in Adel, with the Top Alcohol Dragsters topping out at over 270 miles-per-hour.
The NHRA racing at SGMP keeps getting bigger every year, with drivers coming from as far away as California.
23-year-old Super Comp racer Lindsey Woods made the trip up from Florida, and says the racing facilities keep bringing her back every year.
"The track is really nice," says Woods. "This is one of the nicest ones in our division. We usually don't get to go to places like this."
SGMP General Manager Tim Flemming says, "We just got to keep doing what we're doing now. Just keep getting cars down the racetrack. Make it a nice place to come to, and they'll come back."
Flemming says the growing race is great for South Georgia.
"It means a lot," says Flemming. "It's good for the community too. It brings a lot of people around here, and its good exposure for us. It's a huge event for this community."
Lee Sharp was the best qualifier in two classes on Friday.
The Marysville, Tenn., racer drove his '07 Cobalt to the top spot in Comp Eliminator and wheeled his '05 Cavalier to the top of the Super Stock field.
In other qualifying classes, John Duzac, Covington, La., set the pace in Stock Eliminator in his '67 Camaro.
Ben Donhoff, Melbourne, Fla., heads the Top Sportsman field behind the wheel of his '93 Daytona and Ramona, Calif., resident Chip Rumis is No. 1 in Top Dragster.
Rumis is also qualified in the fifth spot in Top Sportsman.
Final qualifying and time trials begin Saturday at 10 am, with eliminations starting at 9 o'clock Sunday morning.