Sportsman Take Center Stage in Rockingham ACCEL Survivor Series crowns seven champions at World Finals ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (October 23, 2006) -- With $80,500 up for grabs and 56 of the best sportsman racers in the country competing for their ...
Sportsman Take Center Stage in Rockingham
ACCEL Survivor Series crowns seven champions at World Finals
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (October 23, 2006) -- With $80,500 up for grabs and 56 of the best sportsman racers in the country competing for their share of the pot, the ACCEL Survivor Series took center stage Saturday night at the Universal Technical Institute World Finals held at Rockingham Dragway.
The field consisted of the top eight racers in the seven different Mr. Gasket Pro-Am classes who registered for the program and ran the acceptable Mr. Gasket products in their race cars. Points accumulate all season with eligibility being determined following the President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md.
With $5,000 going to each class winner for just three rounds of racing, as well as the big payday, the Survivor Series is one of the most prestigious and anticipated sportsman programs of the racing season. Michael Harris (Hurst Hot Rod), Troy Williams Jr. (ACCEL Quick Rod), Todd Comer (Lakewood Super Rod), Steve Furr (Mallory Top Dragster), Bob Harris (Erson Cams Top Sportsman), Anthony Bertozzi (Hays Stock) and Slate Cummings (ACCEL DFI Super Stock) each drove through the strongest sportsman field assembled this season to the Winner's Circle at Rockingham Dragway.
"Once again the ACCEL Survivor Series has exceeded our expectations," Mr. Gasket racing services directory Ollie Volpe said. "We had so many more people vying for the championships this year and there were several racers who just missed it by a little bit. They vowed to come back next year stronger than ever. This was the hardest working group of racers I have ever seen."
Bob Harris claimed the Erson Cams Top Sportsman championship by knocking off Ronnie Proctor in the final. Harris was the #5 seed heading into the Survivor Series and had to deal with top seeded Ricky Adkins in the first round. He was able to get past Adkins before knocking out Chris Nyerges in the semifinals. This put him into the final round against Proctor, who defeated Dewayne Silance and Jeff Solyan in the first two rounds.
In the final, Harris was able to put his '03 Cavalier into the Winner's Circle by running a 6.935 on a 6.93 dial-in. Proctor broke out in the other lane, posting a 6.873 on a 6.88 dial. Harris was able to get the win despite mechanical problems on the starting line.
"I had a burnt piston before the run and it looked like a diesel truck going down the track," Harris said. "Someone above was looking after me because the car ran dead-on with a five. It was a thrill coming back down the return road all the fans were hollering and screaming. It makes you feel real special."