E-town drivers get job done in Bristol opener

from staff reports

   Two Elizabethton racers were among the big winners as the 2003 bracket season at Bristol Dragway kicked off Saturday with nearly 300 racers vying for the first points win of the year.
   Larry Price of Elizabethton captured the Super Pro title and the $2,000 in prize money when he knocked off Kingsport's Allen Byrd in the finals. Price, driving a 1965 Falcon, posted a .534 reaction time with a 7.321 elapsed time with a speed of 90.19 to get the best of Byrd who drew a redlight in the finals.
   The Pro Bike victory went to defending track champion Mike Gill of Elizabethton. Gill's 1992 Suzuki cut a .582 light with a 6.038 elapsed time at 113.41 mph to beat out Jonesboro's Tommy Lane. Lane, riding a 1976 Kawasaki, had a .579 reaction time with a 5.934 ET at 110.92 mph.
   In the Pro class the win went to Roy Waller of Rural Retreat, Va., who picked up $1,000 when he defeated Terry Coleman of Newland, N.C. Waller came off the line with a .545 reaction time with an ET of 7.655 at 89.00 mph to oust Coleman who had a .545 reaction time with a 8.582 elapsed time at 78.42 mph.
   Danny Guinn of Blountville was the class of the Sportsman division where he drove his 1973 Camaro past Tim Vinson of Dante, Va., and his 1982 Mustang. Guinn came through with a .557 reaction time with an elapsed time of 12.029 at 110.96 mph while Vinson had a .542 reaction time with an ET of 13.055 at 102.31 mph. Guinn earned $100 for his efforts.
   The Junior Dragster winners were Chad Cathell (Division 1) and Lauren Freer (Division 2). Cathell, of Kingsport, topped Dwaine Hodges of Boone, N.C., in the finals while Freer, of Lewsville, N.C., stopped C.J. Hodges of Boone, N.C., in her final.
   Bracket racing will continue on May 3-4 at Bristol Dragway with a doublheader scheduled.