Rockin' Radial Series presented by FAST Recap

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018 (Millington, TN) - The Memphis Rockin' Radial Series presented by FAST wrapped up its first weekend of racing and it was Rockin’ here at Memphis International Raceway! We saw some exciting finishes and beautiful weather paired with fantastic track conditions!

The Memphis Rockin' Radial Series presented by FAST featured X275, LDR, Mean Street, PTC 6.0, and Rick’s Powder Coating 7.0 index classes.


Drivers were racing to take home the signature trophy of the Rockin' Radial Series presented by FAST – the coveted, beautiful, handcrafted, wooden, two-tone guitar that is the signature of the series. A huge thank you to Rick’s Powder Coating, the award sponsor of the series!

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In the X275 class, Matthew Lunsford, out of Bowling Green KY, took the win with a .180 reaction time, running a 5.225 at 135.08 MPH in his beautiful 96 Mustang. Another top contender, Shane Fisher, hurt his engine and couldn’t finish, but he was on his way to a 4.30 pass, according to early numbers. Keep your eyes on both drivers as the series continues in May.

Mean Street saw Josh Ames, from Dongola IL, in his 93 Mustang running up against Billy Kruck, from Benton AR, driving his 92 Camaro. Josh took Billy off the tree, with a .053 reaction time to Billy’s .073. Billy made up some ground up top, but it wasn’t enough to catch Josh, who won with a 5.197 ET at 128.02 MPH.

The Limited Drag Radial class was another Ford vs. Chevy nail biter. Ray Parsons, from Ratcliff AR, took the win in his 00 Camaro, running a 4.238 ET at 184.52 MPH. Clay Selig, from Stuhgart AR, finished in the runner-up spot in his 04 Mustang with a 4.438 at 169.13 MPH. Ray was running blisteringly fast all day, and came very close to taking down the LDR record of 4.12, with a smoking 4.16 ET on one of this test runs. You’ll want to keep an eye on Ray during the remainder of the series as he works to set a new LDR record!

Moving into the index classes, first up with PTC 6.0.  Corey Glidewell, from Corinth MS, would be the number one qualifier and he took it to the finals against Daryl Cooper, who came down from Cape Girardeau, MO to race.  Daryl took Cory off the tree, with a .020 reaction, but it wasn’t enough to win. Cory chased him down, winning the class with a 6.013 ET at 125.19 MPH. Daryl was only .02 seconds behind, finishing runner up with a 6.032 ET.

PTC 6.0 Points Standing after Race 1:

1)     00 – Corey Glidewell – 62

2)     322 – Daryl Cooper – 51

3)     2X21 Corey Glidewell – 40

4)     36 – Monte Burris – 40

5)     538 – Gary Barnhill – 30

6)     10 – Barney Lopez – 30

7)     1X72 – Tim Combs – 30

8)     114 – Brad Jones – 30

9)     414D – Roger Tagavilla – 20

10)  391 – Dwight Johns – 20

Rounding out the racing for the day was the Rick’s Powder Coating 7.0 class. The finals saw Phillip Tong, a local racer from Germantown TN, pitted against Mike Rogers, who came up from Clarendon AR in his 66 Chevy II. Both racers on a breakouts finish, but it was Phillip in his 81 Camaro who took the win up top with a 6.974 at 108.26 MPH. This was a close race, with Mike Rogers making up a significant amount of ground after being behind Phillip off the tree. Mike was runner up, with a 6.886 at 103.27 MPH.

Rick’s Powder Coating 7.0 Point Standing after Race 1: 

1)     400A – Phillip Tong – 62

2)     R66 – Mike Rogers – 51

3)     MX25 – Cliff Hubbard – 40

4)     2551 – Woody Privett – 40

5)     4625 – David Smith – 30

6)     57 – Donald White – 30

7)     M357 – Lynn Henson – 30

8)     5579 – Eddie Scott – 30

9)     CX03 – Cody Graham – 20

10)  1972 – Trey Williams – 20

11)  MX68 – Ron Minton – 20

12)  1013 – Mike Huckaby – 20 

Get those hot rods ready for the second race of the Rockin’ Radial series presented by FAST on Saturday, May 19th. Thank you to all the racers, sponsors and fans that made the Memphis Rockin’ Radial Series presented by FAT Rockin’!

Up next on the schedule is more racing excitement this weekend, with Triple Nickels coming to Memphis International Raceway on March 9th, 10th and 11th.

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