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Holmes Headlines Champions at 2nd Annual American Doorslammer Nationals

by Michael Beard
photos by Michael Beard and MK High

The Loose Rocker Promotions team of Anthony Walton and Michael Beard returned to Fayetteville Motorsports Park in Fayetteville, N.C. for the 2nd Annual American Doorslammer Nationals on November 2-4, 2013.  The event featured big money bracket racing dedicated to solely to delay box door cars, with two $5,000-to-win events, a special $4,000-to-win 64-car BRODIX Legendary 64 Shootout, and a $20,000-to-win main event, along with $8,000 in prizes awarded throughout the weekend.

            $20K Main Event
            Ray Holmes, from Richmond, Va., scored the biggest payday of his young career behind the wheel of his family’s super clean ’63 Corvette.  Holmes’ father races, and his brother won the IHRA Div. 9 Team Finals Junior Dragster title in 2011.
“I grew up around racing,” said the 22-year-old Holmes.  “It’s been in our family.  We got the Corvette when I was 16.  The car came out of New York.  It’s got a 454 that dad built the motor for.  It’s pretty much a stock suspension, leaf spring car.”
Dipping into the 6.20’s, that’s one good working split-window!
“I ran the doorslammer race at Piedmont two years ago, and I just made it a yearly event.  I had a good time, and it was run really well.  It keeps you focused when things are run in an orderly fashion,” said Holmes.
As even the Pros will tell you, the winner of any major race typically has one lucky round.  Holmes tallied his in the semifinals when former IHRA Bracket Finals Champ Randy Sessoms blinked the red-eye with a -.006 foul, giving up a 6.271 (6.28 dial-in) effort.  Holmes left with a conservative .044 reaction time, but posted an uncontested 6.283 (6.29) to advance to the finals.  In a battle of the Fox-bodied Mustangs, William Brewer used a stout .012-backed dead-on 6.189 to oust former $20K champ William Roberts, who was left nowhere to go .027 initiated 5.886 (5.89).
The situation was reversed in the finals, where Holmes packaged up Brewer with a solid .015 light coupled with a 6.283 (6.27).  Brewer broke out behind him with an .047 light and a 6.185 (6.19).  Holmes enjoyed the winner’s circle with a huge $20,000 Big Check and an Iron Tree trophy.
“It didn’t set in until Sunday,” Holmes admitted.  “I was focused on running the $5K Saturday night.  It was so surreal – I finally got a $20K check. My first thanks goes to God.  I’d also like to thank my dad, JW Holmes Hauling and Auto Repair, my mom and brother, and all the friends that were there to support me.”

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$20K MAIN EVENT WIN – Ray Holmes .015 6.283 (6.27) R/U – William Brewer .047 6.185 (6.19)

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            $5K Warmup
            On the surface, it looked like an unlikely scenario all the way around: You have a young skinny guy nicknamed Bubba who is normally a bottom-bulb racer, competing at a delay box doorslammer race.  Anyone that really knows Fenelton, Pa.’s Chris Black, however, wouldn’t discount him for a second.  At the end of a late night of running two races in one day, the name on the $5K Warmup Big Check said Bubba Black.
“I started racing at Thompson (Ohio) when I was 16,” said Black.  “We got the truck when I was 18.  I do mostly No-Box stuff with the transbrake.”
Black branched out into IHRA Hot Rod this year, learning his way around delay boxes and throttle stops well enough to earn a runner-up at Grand Bend.
“The delay box gives you a false sense of security.  You may be better on the tree, but so is everyone else,” he noted. “I found out that you could make a good bracket car into a piece of junk with a throttle stop!”
While Black is primarily a No-Box guy, he’s top-bulbed with the delay box a handful of times each year, and he’s also gone to the opposite extreme, footbraking his S-10 at Loose Rocker’s Fall Footbrake Frenzy last year.
“I really like their style of racing,” said Black. “When they put on a race, you feel like everyone’s got a fair shot.  Matt Obertanec and I talked about doubling in the truck to save on fuel.  It was built to do that.  It doesn’t get hot.”
Black and “Obe” did just that, coming right back to the lanes for a splash n’ go and a Chinese fire drill.  They were still doubled at 12 cars.
In the semifinals, Howard Brewer rocked out of the beams to trip the red light and send William Brewer to his second final round of the night with an .030 light and a 6.115. Black was able to take a stab at the tree on his earned bye run with a -.003 start to set up for the finals.
Drama ensued when Brewer was unable to get his Mustang started.  Black displayed great sportsmanship and calmly waited for his opponent, whose starter and flywheel continued to chatter.  A starter bolt had stripped out, and some brave soul reached under the car to hold the starter in place long enough for the starter to engage.  The race was won on the race track as it should be, but Brewer had to settle for his second runner-up of the night with an .034-initiated breakout 6.105 (6.11).  Black’s .015-backed dead-on 6.282 sealed the deal for the big win.
“It’s the first race I’ve won with a box, the first race I’ve won bigger than $2K, and my first Big Check.  My dad was there to see it, and that was the best part.  I love that track!  I noticed there were more spectators than I’ve ever seen at a big money race, too.  It’s the best day of racing I’ve ever had.  I’d like to thank Abruzzi Racing Transmissions, Matt Obe and his girlfriend Amanda Hoover, and definitely my mom and dad.”

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$5K WARMUP (SAT) WIN – Bubba Black .015 6.282 (6.28) R/U – William Brewer .034 6.106 (6.11)

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            BRODIX Legendary 64 Shootout
            Sometimes too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing.  Derrik Sholar’s ’68 Camaro was wheelstanding so high that he couldn’t be sure where it was going to go.             “We’ve only had the Camaro about a year now.  We spent a lot of time and money getting it right.  Andy Beal did the motor and rewired the whole car, “said Sholar  “This weekend, the car was going to the back bumper.  We tested all day on Thursday at Dunn-Benson, but we went into the $20K totally blind.  In the Saturday night $5K we were still making changes.  We even made a change in the staging lanes.  After that, we had plenty of confidence.  We knew we made the right change.”
Sholar proved that point by running dead-on four times in the six round BRODIX Legendary 64 Shootout, which featured elite competition among 64 drivers with no buybacks and no double entries.
“I actually like that.  That’s why I run the IHRA Pro-Am races.  When you lose, you’re done,” he said.
In the semifinals, Sholar’s .010 light and dead-on 6.353 packaged up David Clark’s late and under .044, 5.785 (5.80).  Jarrett Creech survived a double redlight situation with his Redline Speed Shop Camaro against Lyn Baldwin, who left first with a -.004 red, giving Creech  free reign to move to the finals with an -.015 early leave, coupled with a 5.872 (5.86).
Creech bounced back from his nearly costly mistake, nailing an .013 light in the finals, and running a dead-on 5.866.  Sholar would not be stopped, however, as he duplicated his semifinal performance with another .010 bulb and dead-on 6.351 to capture the $4,000 Big Check plus the $1,000 BRODIX Gift Certificate.
“I think they done an outstanding job with the race.  Everything was smooth,” said Sholar.  “That’s how a race should be run.  I really enjoyed it.  I’d like to thank Holly Ridge Tire Service, Beal Racing Engines, Jeff Dobbins, JEGS.com, and a special thanks to my mom and dad.”

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BRODIX LEGENDARY 64 SHOOTOUT WIN – Derrik Sholar .010 6.351 (6.35) R/U – Jarrett Creech .013 5.866 (5.86)

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            $5K Finale
            Don’t let Frank Mark’s easy smile and carefree attitude make you ease up on the race track.  While the Tomkin’s Cove, N.Y. driver let go of any pressure worries many years ago, it’s made him more competitive, not less.
“Every round is a clean slate.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a final, the semis, the quarters, or first round.  You can’t get all wrapped around the axle.  Just race,” he advised.
Mark is more widely known for his accomplishments on the big money bracket racing scene in his dragster, at the end of last year he hooked up with long-time friend John Davis to campaign his 350-powered ’68 Camaro at select events.
“I’ve known John for 35 years, and he’s had the car for 40.  It started out with, ‘Why don’t we take this car to Canada?’, and we cleaned house.  I’d never been to a door car-only race before, and we said ‘Let’s roll’.  We really had a good time.”
With Chad Duke still doubled at six cars, Mark knocked out one of his entries and his .009 light earned him an important bye run into the finals.  Duke kept his ’68 Camaro alive on one entry, and advanced to the finals with a .004-backed 5.930 (5.92) when Tom Coonly fouled away a 6.128 (6.11) effort with an -.016 red light.  Mark tested his theory about the lanes with his semifinal bye run, turning it -.003 red before clicking it off at half track.
“I knew the left lane was .01 tight.  When it turned red, it was exactly what I thought it would be,” said Mark.  “In the final, I was back in the other lane.  I set up .005, and was .004.”
Duke turned it -.011 red to put an early end to the drama.  With the win light already in hand, Mark dropped at half track, came to a stop just past the finish, pulled on the Camaro’s hazard lights, and backed up the track all the way to the winner’s circle.             Mark thanked John Davis, along with George Rupert for the deadly 390 cfm alky carburetor.
“The payouts were great, and we had a fun weekend.  We’ll definitely be back!” he concluded.

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$5K FINALE (SUN) WIN – Frank Mark .004 8.944 (7.30) R/U – Chad Duke -.011 5.920 (5.93)

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SPECIAL AWARDS AND PRIZES

GOLF CART RACE
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WIN – Chip Johnson    R/U – Jamie VanCleef

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Cliff Agar – Grand Am
BEST ENGINEERED

presented by
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Arnie Agar – Bel Air
BEST APPEARING
presented by
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BYE RUN AWARD – $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE

SATURDAY $20K
1. Shawn Carpenter (’12 SUN Winner)
2. William Roberts .000
3. Reggie Norris .000
4. TG Paschal .001
5. Randy Sessoms .000
6. William Brewer .000
7. William Roberts .013
SATURDAY $5K
1. Ray Holmes ($20K Winner)
2. Tesz Powell .000
3. Kenneth McArthur .000
4. Mike Hutchens .001
5. Mike Hutchens .005
6. Chris Black .002
7. Chris Black .008
SUNDAY $5K
1. Chris Black (SAT $5K Winner)
2. Jarrett Creech .000
3. Eric Aman .000
4. Derrik Sholar .002
5. Richard Alford, Jr. .001
6. Jarrett Creech .009
7. Frank Mark .009

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DASH FOR CASH
($10 Entry – Best Package)

1st – Richard Alford, Jr.  .004 pkg
$300 + $200 Summit Gift Card!
2nd – Casey Sims  .007 pkg
$200 + $200 Summit Gift Card!
3rd – EJ Sellers  .012 pkg

$100!

BEST LOSING PACKAGE ROUND PRIZES!

SATURDAY $20K SATURDAY $5K SUNDAY $5K
FREE RE-ENTRY! (and Bye if there is one) James Revels  –  .018 pkg
FREE RE-ENTRY! (and Bye if there is one)
Mark O’Neil, Jr  –  .021 pkg
FREE RE-ENTRY! (and Bye if there is one)
TG Paschal  –  .017 pkg
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1 Year Subscription! John West  –  .030 pkg
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3 Month Subscription! Michael Coward  – .020 pkg
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3 Month Subscription! William Roberts  –  .037 pkg
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FREE 8″ TORQUE CONVERTER!
Chris Webb  –  .015 pkg
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$400 Gift Certificate! Chad Brewer  –  .015 pkg
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$400 Gift Certificate! Charles Davis  –  .025 pkg
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$500 M/T GIFT CARD!
Kevin Riner  –  .015 pkg
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$250 M/T GIFT CARD!
Jamie Van Cleef  –  .022 pkg
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$250 M/T GIFT CARD! Donald Norris  –  .015 pkg
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$200 SUMMIT GIFT CARD!
Tom Pistole  –  .017 pkg
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$200 SUMMIT GIFT CARD!
Kenneth McArthur  –  .024 pkg
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$200 SUMMIT GIFT CARD!
John Lassiter  –  .022 pkg
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$500 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Chad Duke  –  .048 pkg
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$250 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Tom Pistole  –  .033 pkg
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$250 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Richard Alford, Jr  –  .015 pkg
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$100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Mike Adams –  .020 pkg
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$100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Mike Hutchens  –  4.356 pkg
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$100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Jarrett Creech  –  .035 pkg
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WIN – $150 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Ray Holmes – WINNER
R/U – $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
William Brewer – R/U
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WIN – $150 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Bubba Black – WINNER
R/U – $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
William Brewer – R/U
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WIN – $150 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Frank Mark – WINNER
R/U – $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Chad Duke – R/U

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