With a possible world record as an incentive, Tim Lynch sends his twin-turbo Corvette after the $3,500 Outlaw 10.5 winner’s bonus this week when Outlaw drag racing’s biggest names return to Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway for the 17th annual Holcomb Motorsports Fall Civil Wars.
Lynch, who for the last several years has been the undisputed king of Outlaw 10.5 racing, is determined to defend that title on the eighth-mile course he has negotiated in as few as 4.14 seconds at 197 miles per hour.
The resident of Woodstock, Ga., recently has been challenged by Jason Enos, who coaxed his Ford Mustang to a time of 4.11 at 191 mph, and Richard Sexton, who dipped to an incredible 4.071 seconds at 188.49 mph in a controlled test of the high-powered Pontiac GTO he drives for Gil Mobley.
Although he missed the spring version of the Civil Wars, Lynch won that race in 2011. He was denied a victory in the fall race last year when weather intervened. Now, he and crew chief Steve Petty hope to take advantage of Rockingham Dragway’s high traction surface to re-establish their dominance of the category.
In addition to the competition in the Bullseye Power Turbochargers Outlaw 10.5 class, champions also will be crowned Sunday in Baer Brake Systems X275 Drag Radial, Ultimate Converter Concepts Real Street 275 Drag Radial, Holcomb Motorsports King of the Street SR 275 and Hot Shot Performance Wheels 6.0 and 7.0 Index classes.
There also will be racing on both Saturday and Sunday in the Dynamic Pro Tree Doorslammer, Holcomb Grass Roots Racing Footbrake and Performance Automotive Open Comp classes.
Racing begins Friday with a special 10 a.m.-to-10 p.m. Outlaw test session run in conjunction with The Rock’s weekly grudge racing and open testing program beginning at 6 p.m. Pro qualifying is scheduled for 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday with eliminations beginning at 12 noon Sunday.
In addition to the on-track action, the event will include a two-day swap meet, a vendor midway and a Show-N-Shine car show that will designate 20 category winners plus a Best of Show winner on Saturday.
Adult admission is $20 for one day, $30 for two days or $40 for an all-inclusive three-day ticket. Active military personnel get a $10 discount.
In addition to Lynch, the Outlaw 10.5 field is expected to include “Wild Bill” Devine of Muskegon, Mich., in the Bullseye Mustang, and Keith Jackson of Bennettsville, S.C., in his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
Eric McMillion of Axton, Va., sends the Vader Mustang after the $5,000 top prize in the X275 Drag Radial category but he’ll have to handle Eric Kenward’s “Bad Little Malibu) Chevy wagon out of Vero Beach, Fla., David Pearson’s Deep Gap-based Mustang if he is to do so.
Nick Yarber of Abingdon, Va., is one of the early favorites for the SR275 title won last spring by Lincolnton’s Bill Kother.
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