TROPICAL STORM TAMMY POSTPONES WORLD FINALS FOR THREE WEEKS ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy interrupted the start of the 10th annual IHRA World Finals Friday at Rockingham Dragway, forcing a three-week postponement of ...
TROPICAL STORM TAMMY POSTPONES WORLD FINALS FOR THREE WEEKS
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The remnants of Tropical Storm Tammy interrupted the start of the 10th annual IHRA World Finals Friday at Rockingham Dragway, forcing a three-week postponement of the concluding event in the 12-race 2005 IHRA Hooters Drag Racing Series.
"It's very frustrating to have 486 race teams on the grounds and then have to postpone the event," said track owner Steve Earwood. "According to all the forecasts, the weather wasn't likely to clear until Monday, at the earliest. So we felt, for the benefit of the racers, fans and sponsors, it would be best to go ahead and postpone now rather than to wait around in the rain all weekend for what likely would be the same result.
"The best option was to come back the weekend of Oct. 28-30, Halloween weekend," IHRA President Aaron Polburn said. "It's unfortunate because we had some momentum building for this race especially with (IHRA Top Fuel champion) Clay Millican going for his ninth straight win here at The Rock. No one, in any class, in any sanctioning body, anywhere, has ever won that many consecutive races on one track.
"So, we'll build on that when we return. We may even pick up a few more pro drivers who were committed elsewhere this week and, for our local racers, we're adding Top Eliminator and Footbrake brackets."
Also still to be crowned is a 2005 IHRA Funny Car Champion. That title was the only one not decided prior to the Finals. Two-time reigning champion Rob Atchison of London, Ontario, Canada leads Jim Sickles of Macedonia, N.Y., winner of the last three races in the series, by just six points.
When those drivers and 400 others return on Oct. 27, the race will be contested as if Tammy had never existed, beginning with a Night of Fire qualifying session on Friday night, a second "Richmond County Rocks" Night of Fire, presented by the Richmond County Tourism Authority, on Saturday and single elimination finals in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Modified, Pro Stock and seven sportsman categories on Sunday.
Tickets purchased in advance will be good for the corresponding days on the new race weekend. For new tickets, contact Rockingham Dragway at 910-582-3400 or on the worldwide web at www.rockinghamdragway.com.