June 24-26 (Friday - Sunday)
IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour

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Ronnie Gardner Big Dog Winner / Bubba Turner Runner up
Ken Myrick 7.49 Winner / Runner up Jeff Faucette
Mike Sigmon 6.0 Winner / Bobby McMasters
Herb Bailey Outlaw Doorslammers Winner
David Rice Outlaw Doorslammers Runner-Up


After a rainout last week, the June edition of the “Longest Running Single Track Event” in the country, Piedmont Dragway’s legendary Big Dog Shootout, returned on Thursday night with eight quality cars on the property and fans treated to great competition. Although some cars were in Michigan for the PDRA event, the field was packed with great cars and drivers. After qualifying, to no one’s surprise, Brett Nesbitt was on the pole with a 4.08 ET serving notice that the Pontiac bodied machine was ready to start another run at a points title, only this time, as a possible BIG DOG champion. Second was Charles Richards’ Corvette at a 4.12, Brian Schrader at 4.19, and Bubba Turner at a 4.22. Eventual winner, Ronnie Gardner, was fifth with John Lassiter, still battling gremlins in sixth. April winner, Larry Pearce was seventh and Cam Clark was eighth.

Eliminations started with Bubba Turner putting a holeshot on Brian Scrader with a 4.12 defeating a 4.18. Ronnie Gardner used a 4.16 to defeat Lassiter, even though John lost power at the hit of the throttle. Charles Richards ran a 4.19 to get by Larry Pearce, and Cam Clark ran a 4.32 to defeat pole setter, Brett Nesbitt, who overpowered the track. The semi finals set the winner as Gardner used a 4.14 holeshot to defeat Charles Richards quicker, but losing, 4.12. Then Bubba Turner ran a career best 4.14 ET to defeat Cam Clark but lost a head gasket in the lights making his Camaro unable to return for the final. In true champions’ fashion, Ronnie Gardner ran a 4.18 single to prove his win was no fluke.

Finally, Nesbitt power won the event, but not in Brett’s car. Ronnie Gardner showed why he has been a Big Dog champ many times before. Bubba Turner had his best chance to win a Big Dog event, save a head gasket. The great event that Bubba’s mom and dad started has come through many changes but is still one of the greatest events in drag racing.

The July Big Dog event will be the 20th anniversary celebration of the BIG DOG Shootout. Therefore, if you have participated in the Big Dog Shootout, won a Big Dog, and/or a past champion, please contact Kevin Shipmon or myself and plan to attend on July 2nd. We welcome original cars, trophies, drivers, and crew chiefs, and, of course, ALL the wonderful stories that happened during this 20 year run.

Other winners for the evening were Herb Bailey defeating David Rice in Outlaw DoorSlammer. Mike Sigmon won the 6.00 eliminator over Bobby McMasters and Ken Myrick won the 7.49 Rico’s Real Street Eliminator over Jeff Faucette.
Hope to see all of you on July 2 at the “DoorSlammer Capital of the World”.

- April 14, 2016

BIG DOG RESULTS - Qualifying Results - Elimination Results

6.00 Raiders: Winner: Robert Richardson / R-up: Ray Anderson
Outlaw Doorslammers: Winner: Jeff Stutts / R-up: David Smith Jr.
7.49 Real Street: Winner: Willie Morgan / R-up: Greg Scott

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