Rockingham: Quick Eight report

ROCKINGHAM, NC. - The LIZZARD Racing Engines Top Sportsman Quick Eight couldn't have provided a more traditional conclusion. In the final round of eliminations a battle between the two warring factions in doorslammer racing, nitrous and ...

ROCKINGHAM, NC. - The LIZZARD Racing Engines Top Sportsman Quick Eight couldn't have provided a more traditional conclusion. In the final round of eliminations a battle between the two warring factions in doorslammer racing, nitrous and supercharged, decided the champion. In a part of the country where nitrous is the most prevalent combination, it was only fitting that a nitrous racer took home the marbles. In the end, it was the classic Chevy Nova of Tim DeCoff that won it all.

DeCoff, the supermarket owner from New Haven, Vermont, qualified in the second spot and went on to defeat Joe Buckley's supercharged Beretta in the final round.

This marked DeCoff's first victory on the tour in 2001.

Eliminations opened with the third qualifier Buckley knocking out Jerry Albert. Albert, with his slick street-looking Camaro, was the quicker of the two on the starting line, but it only prolonged the inevitable as Buckley's blown monster stormed by for the victory with a 7.125, 197.10. Albert absorbed the loss with a 7.329, 186.41.

DeCoff won on both ends of the track against Jim Kolbrick to open eliminations. Decoff raised to standard as he nailed the tree with a .496 light and pulled away for the victory with a 6.808, 199.61. Kolbrick trailed through the lights with a 7.041, 193.63.

The next pair provided a similar level of performance as both Doug Mills and Troy Cagle reacted in close proximity. With steady flames coming out of both combatants' headers, the nitrous-injected Thunderbird of Doug Mills came out on top over Cagle's Chevy truck. Mill's scored the win with a 6.846, 203.52. Cagle gave it a valiant effort with a 7.051, 194.44.

The final pair provided an easy victory for Mike Allen, Jr. as Brian Tiffe first rolled in deep and then tripped the red light. Allen went through the motions with a 7.121, 190.27.

The semi-finals opened with DeCoff providing the Chevy fans with the ultimate reason to smile. He outreacted the Ford of Mills and led him to the stripe in extremely tight race with a 6.824, 200.56 winning lap. Mills lost with a 6.838, 203.83.

Buckley soloed for the final remaining berth as Allen was unable to make the semi-final call. He eased down the track with an 18.249, 59.65.

The final round whittled down to a supercharged and nitrous-injected entry. DeCoff held up the bottle rocket banner proudly as he blasted out of the gate first and scored the victory with a 6.794, 200.35. Buckley made it a race, but fell short in the end with a 6.901, 200.86.

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Series Drag
Drivers Doug Mills , Mike Allen