RACE 8 : November 15-16, 2008

MIROCK Lee's Performance Center Finals
Rockingham Dragway


Winner : Dave Norris
Final Qualifying Order

Round-by-Round Eliminations

Winner : Vince Demito
Final Qualifying Order

Round-by-Round Eliminations

Winner : Keith Thompson
Final Qualifying Order

Round-by-Round Eliminations

Winner : Christopher Harris
Final Qualifying Order

Round-by-Round Eliminations

PROCOPIO HOLDS ON FOR TITLE AS NORRIS, DEMITO, THOMPSON SWEEP 

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Dave Norris won the battles, but Wake Forest’s Ronnie Procopio held on Sunday to win the war in a double-up finale to the 2008 MiRock Mickey Thompson Performance Tires Superbike Series season at Rockingham Dragway.

 Norris, who came in trailing Procopio by 86 points in the featured Schnitz Outlaw Pro Street division, did all he could do to overcome the deficit, winning both the re-run of last summer’s Schnitz Summer Sizzler and the season-ending Lee’s Performance Fall Bike Nationals.

 Despite those heroics, which included a final round victory over Procopio in the Summer Sizzler finale, the Bryans Road, Md., rider came up just short.

 The other major championships never were in question as the leaders coming into the Rockingham double – Vincent Demito of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., in Orient Express Pro Sport Bike,  and Keith Thompson of Upper Marlboro, Md., in HTP Performance True Street – followed Norris’ lead and swept both races.

 Demito, who repeated in Pro Sport Bike, qualified second behind former champion Anthony Navarro of Royersford, Pa., at both races but managed to reverse the order when the two met in both final rounds.

 Thompson, who has dominated in True Street, a new category this season, never was seriously challenged and, on Sunday unloaded a spectacular 8.019 second, 172.28 mile per hour run that turned back invading Marcelo Galligani of Berlin, N.J., in the final.  That was .204 under his No. 1 qualifying effort and quicker than his existing True Street world record of 8.111 seconds.

 The MiRock Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels Superbike Series, one of the nation’s most popular independent motorcycle series, is a joint venture between Rockingham Dragway, which hosts half the races, and Maryland International Raceway, which host the other half.

 ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from Saturday’s completion of the rain-postpone Schnitz Summer Sizzler at Rockingham Dragway:

OUTLAW PRO STREET
 Qualifying – 1. Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., 6.983, 194.18 mph; 2. Ronnie Procopio, Wake Forest, N.C., 6.995, 196.39 mph; 3. Brian Owens, Baltimore, Md., 7.148, 189.44 mph; 4. Rob Hunnicutt, Youngsville, N.C., 7.152, 193.02 mph.
 Round 1 – Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., bye; Rob Hunnicutt, Youngsville, N.C., 9.269, 91.89 mph, def. Brian Owens, Baltimore, no time; Ronnie Procopio, Wake Forest, N.C., no time, def. Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Md., broke.
 Semifinals – Norris, 7.003, 184.19 mph, def. Hunnicutt, foul; Procopio, bye.
 FINAL – Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., 7.062, 183.74 mph, def. Ronnie Procopio, Wake Forest, N.C., 10.624, 89.14 mph.

PRO SPORT BIKE
 Qualifying – 1. Anthony Navarro, Royersford, Pa., 7.634, 190.46 mph; 2. Vincent Demito, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 7.673, 190.43 mph; 3. John Kulcycki, Phoenixville, Pa., 7.804, 181.52 mph; 4. Nicholas Mazeika, Woodbury, N.J., 7.851, 185.77 mph. Round 2 – Vincent Demito, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 7.712, 188.20 mph, def. Rodney Williford, Rougemont, N.C., 8.636, 132.58 mph; Sean Walsh, Patchogue, N.Y., 7.936, 185.56 mph, def. Ricky Wood, Sims, N.C., 8.256, 180.28 mph; Anthony Navarro, bye; Nicholas Mazeika, Woodbury, N.J., 8.232, 184.07 mph, def. Dimey Eddinger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 8.584, 178.14 mph.
 Semifinals – Demito, 7.716, 187.63 mph, def. Mazeika, 8.046, 188.31 mph; Navarro, 7.824, 186.74 mph, def. Walsh, 8.011, 181.13 mph.
 FINAL – Vincent Demito, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 7.699, 189.79 mph, def. Anthony Navarro, Royersford, Pa., 7.923, 166.66 mph.

TRUE STREET
 Qualifying – 1. Keith Thompson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.177, 171.29 mph; 2. Norman Jackson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.223, 166.25 mph; 3. Rickey Grayson, Stafford, Va., 8.279, 167.12 mph; 4. Scott Pearce, Zebulon, N.C., 8.291, 172.89 mph.
 Round 2 – Keith Thompson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.254, 171.10 mph, def. Anibal Merced, Stratford, N.C., 8.637, 153.07 mph; Norman Jackson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.507, 172.78 mph, def. Cat Davis, Fredericksburg, Va., 9.051, 126.20 mph; Rickey Grayson, Stafford, Va., 8.535, 139.40 mph, def. Brian Johnson, Pageland, S.C., no time; Scott Pearce, Zebulon, N.C., 9.280, 170.99 mph, def. Darion Payne, Ft. Washington, Md., 9.559, 160.25 mph.
 Semifinals – Grayson, 8.764, 132.24 mph, def. Jackson, no time; Thompson, 8.224, 171.66 mph, def. Pearce, 8.258, 171.42 mph.
 FINAL – Keith Thompson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.148, 171.69 mph, def. Rickey Grayson, Stafford, Va., 8.386, 156.99 mph. 

5.60 PRO COMP
 Round 2 – Jim Shifflett, Waynesboro, Va., 5.762, 92.58 mph, def. JeWanne Crawford, Atton, Va., 4.824, 110.72 mph; Jeff Shifflett, Rhoadesville, Va., 5.968, 96.71 mph, def. Walter Houghtaling, Mystic, Conn., 6.321, 118.72 mph; Michael Rankin, Staunton, Va., 5.807, 119.26 mph, def. Robin Procopio, Wake Forest, N.C., 5.818, 108.26 mph;
 Semifinals – Jeff Shifflett, 5.749, 112.28 mph, def. Jim Shifflett, 5.593, 107.26 mph; Rankin, bye.
 FINAL – Jeff Shifflett, Rhoadesville, Va., 5.751, 114.01 mph, def. Michael Rankin, Staunton, Va., 5.522, 115.40 mph.

STREET ET
 Round 5 – Stanley Russell, Gray, Ga., 10.144 on a 10.150, 121.23 mph, def. Wade Beavers, Trinity, N.C., 9.822 on a 9.850, 140.15 mph; Michael Rankin, Staunton, Va., 8.550 on an 8.650, 151.39 mph, def. Juwarn Payne, Winston-Salem, broke; Michael Herman, Fredericksburg, Va., 9.453 on a 9.390, 130.71 mph, def. Trey Robinson, Locust Grove, Va., 10.538 at 10.500, 128.51 mph; Barry L. Purnell, Henderson, N.C., 11.253 on an 11.150, 102.95 mph, def. Lamond Payne, Winston-Salem, N.C., 9.488 on a 9.250, 143.75 mph.
 Semifinals – Herman, 9.432 on a 9.400, 140.40 mph, def. Rankin, foul; Russell, 10.216 on a 10.120, 126.93 mph, def. Purnell, 11.199 on a 11.150, 110.51 mph.
 FINAL – Michael F. Herman, Fredericksburg, Va., 9.476 on a 9.410, 138.57 mph, def. Stanley Russell, Gray, Ga., 10.098 on a 10.120, 129.42 mph.

 ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Results from Sunday’s Lee’s Performance Fall Bike Nationals at Rockingham Dragway, final race in the 2008 Mickey Thompson Performance Tires MiRock Superbike Series:

OUTLAW PRO STREET
 Qualifying – 1. Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., 7.003, 194.80 mph; 2. Brian Owens, Baltimore, Md., 7.147, 186.23 mph; 3. Rob Hunnicutt, Youngsville, N.C., 7.279, 179.09 mph; 4. Willie Hebert, Luling, La., 7.437, 167.49 mph.
 Round 1 – Steve Brindle, Mandaville, La., no time, def. Willie Hebert, Luling, La., broke; Brian Owens, Baltimore, Md., 7.645, 168.68 mph, def. Costello Shedrick, Daytona Beach, Fla., no time; Ronnie Procopio, Wake Forest, N.C., 7.406, 175.75 mph, def. Lee Shierts, Charlotte, N.C., 8.016, 177.39 mph; Rob Hunnicut, Youngsville, N.C., bye; Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., bye.
 Round 2 – Norris, 6.942, 194.80 mph, def. Procopio, 7.352, 74.15 mph; Hunnicutt, 19.167, 33.82 mph, def. Brindle, broke; Owens, bye.
 Semifinals – Norris, 6.973, 194.80 mph, def. Owens, 7.239, 85.42 mph; Hunnicutt, bye.
 FINAL – Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., 6.985, 191.38 mpoh, def. Rob Hunnicutt, Youngsville, N.C., 7.213, 96.42 mph.

PRO SPORT BIKE
 Qualifying – 1. Anthony Navarro, Royersford, Pa., 7.691, 193.49 mph; 2. Vincent Demito, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 7.712, 192.11 mph; 3. Donnie Taylor, Bena, Va., 7.762, 185.10 mph; 4. John Kulcycki, Phoenixville, Pa., 7.804, 190.38 mph.
 Round 1 – Vincent Demito, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 7.690, 191.48 mph, def. Steve Jester, Salisbury, Md., 11.182, 67.95 mph; Sean Walsh, Patchogue, N.Y., 8.148, 182.33 mph, def. Rodney Williford, Roughemont, N.C., foul; Anthony Navarro, Royersford, Pa., 7.708,192.38 mph, def. John O’Connor, Pottstown, Pa., 8.306, 170.30 mph; Donnie Taylor, Bena, Va., 7.652, 185.10 mph, def. Ricky Wood, Sims, N.C., 8.530, 138.06 mph; Nicholas Mazeika, Woodbury, N.J., 8.135, 186.12 mph, def. Dimey Eddinger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 16.215, 43.73 mph; John Kulcycki, Phoenixville, Pa., 7.744, 190.38 mph, def. Joe Franco, Thornwood, N.Y., no time.
 Round 2 – Demito, 7.631, 192.00 mph, def. Walsh, 7.901, 118.48 mph; Taylor, 7.790, 180.33 mph, def. Kulcycki, 8.211, 70.16 mph; Navarro, 7.672, 193.49 mph, def. Mazeika, 7.973, 86.38 mph.
 Semifinals – Demito, 7.639, 192.11 mph, def, Taylor, 13.583, 23.22 mph; Navarro, bye.
 FINAL – Vincent Demito, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 7.688, 192.06 mph, def. Anthony Navarro, Royersford, Pa., 7.791, 111.02 mph.

TRUE STREET
 Qualifying – 1. Keith Thompson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.227, 170.39 mph; 2. Marcelo Galligani, Berlin, N.J., 8.239, 170.92 mph; 3. John Kulcycki, Phoenixville, Pa., 8.291, 172.80 mph; 4. Darion Payne, Ft. Washington, Md., 8.345, 167.45 mph.
 Round 2 – John Kulcycki, Phoenixville, Pa., 8.195, 168.53 mph, def. Dave Stewart, Mooresville, N.C., 8.756, 54.63 mph; Marcelo Galligani, Berlin, N.M., 8.269, 164.73 mph, def. Norman Jackson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.618, 66.05 mph; Keith Thompson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.205, 171.79 mph, def. Traci Lewis, Waldorf, Md., 9.123, 38.89 mph; Rickey Grayson, Stafford, Va., 8.455, 158.76 mph, def. Darion Payne, Ft. Washington, Md., 8.795, 65.51 mph.
 Semifinals – Galligani, 9.008, 141.55 mph, def. Kulcycki, no time; Thompson, 8.116, 172.83 mph, def. Grayson, 8.370, 89.80 mph.
 FINAL – Keith Thompson, Upper Marlboro, Md., 8.019, 172.28 mph, def. Marcelo Galligani, Berlin, N.J., 8.442, 68.21 mph.

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 Round 3 – Jim Walker, Hazen, Ga., 8.631 on an 8.540, 127.87 mph, def. Whitney Grant, Montpelier, Va., 9.118 on an 8.950, 76.26 mph; Walter Houghtaling, Mystic, Conn., 9.867 on a 9.850, 91.74 mph, def. Gary Clontz, Wake Forest, N.C., foul; Christopher Harris, Wilson, N.C., 9.108 on a 9.180, 141.21 mph, def. Mike Herman Jr., Woodbridge, Va., foul; Robert Johnson, Sandston, Va., 8.880 on an 8.900, 143.43 mph, def. Ashon Wilkerson, Newark, N.J., 8.863 on an 8.900, 120.22 mph.
 Semifinals – Harris, 9.141 on a 9.090, 77.58 mph, def. Walker, 8.537 on an 8.540, 140.43 mph;J ohnson, 8.830 on an 8.880, 86.14 mph, def. Houghtaling, 9.600 on a 9.850, 132.91 mph.
 FINAL – Christopher Harris, Wilson, N.C., 9.134 on a 9.110, 130.33 mph, def. Robert Johnson, Sandston, Va., 9.903 on an 8.880, 33.54 mph.

STREET ET
 Round 5 – Russell Fair, Lexington, S.C., 9.314 on a 9.290, 78.38 mph, def. Michael Herman, Fredericksbug, Va., 9.567 on a 9.630, 134.60 mph; Sherell Blaker, Delmar, Md., 9.190 on a 9.120, 139.21 mph, def. John Jones, Jacksonville, N.C., 9.053 on a 9.000, 101.97 mph; Andy Lynch, West Columbia, S.C., 9.961 on a 9.890, 128.97 mph, def. Shayne Proctor, Indian Head, Md., 9.636 on a 9.480, 93.45 mph; Ashon Dickerson, Newark, N.J., 9.047 on a 8.890, 126.22 mph, def. Crystal Dickerson, Newark, N.J., 9.230 on a 8.980, 82.95 mph;
 Semifinals – Blake, 9.174 on a 9.130, 140.94 mph, def. Fair, 9.222 on a 9.300, 143.02 mph; Lynch, 9.876 on a 9.890, 120.54 mph, def. Dickerson, 8.872 on an 8.890, 127.14 mph.
 FINAL – Andy Lynch, West Columbia, S.C., 9.891 on a 9.890, 126.16 mph, def. Sherell Blake, Delmar, Md., 9.36 on a 9.120, 67.41 mph.