HUTCHESON AND MARTIN WIN GOLD AT SILVER DOLLAR
Four races into the Verge Motorsports 4.70 Quick Outlaws series, and there has yet to be a repeat finalist. The trend continued in the latest event held at Silver Dollar Dragway in Reynolds, GA.
With the heat index above 100 degrees, you would think that it would slow the cars down; instead, exactly half of the field ran in the 4.60 range during the first round of qualifying. When it was over, Brian Thomas secured the GPS Race Cars #1 qualifier position, and the points lead with his semi-final finish. His 4.701 led the field of 26 cars.
In the semi-finals, eventual $10,000 winner Jason Hutcheson defeated a red-lighting Thomas with a 4.722 and multi-time NHRA Champ David Tatum defeated Phenix City AL’s, Randy Griswold. Both drivers recorded 4.709 elapsed times, but Tatum’s .009 reaction time gave him the hole-shot win over Griswold’s .038.
Hutcheson turned the tables on Tatum in the finals and put down a .002 initiated 4.734 in his Beretta to bounce Tatum’s .038 and 4.710 in his Fireade sponsored Chevy S10.
Thomas, from Pikeville, KY, collected the World Wide Express long-distance award and one of the Coolshirt Systems bounty by defeating previous event winner Chris Vanover in round one. Mark Miles also collected $150 Coolshirt bounty money by defeating past champion Joseph Blackwell.
Despite a short field of 4.50 dragsters, the full purse was paid, and Dustin Martin was more than happy to collect his $7,500 winner’s share in his Outlaw Trailer’s sponsored entry. The Loudon TN native defeated local racer Casey Prince in the final, 4.539 to 4.547 in the final.
Prince used a bye run to reach the finals, and Martin defeated Joseph Bagwell with a .002 light and 4.515 hole-shot win over Bagwell’s .029 reaction and 4.507 ET.
The next Vergemotorsports.com 4.70/4.50 event will be held at historic Huntsville (AL) Dragway, Sat Aug 7, along with a $5K to win 64 car bracket race and 1k for Jr dragsters.