Danny Avery Jr. didn’t let a little thing like a broken transmission in his race car slow him down on Sunday during the DER Bracket Series race at Bristol Dragway.
With his green Camaro in need of repair, Kentucky racer Tyler Deskins let Avery borrow his blue Nova to stay near the top of the Pro class standings. Avery won the playoffs to maintain his high ranking in points.
It was a great start to the season for the Elizabethton runner, who also won the season opener DER race on May 15.
âWe worked a lot on our car during the winter. We changed the rear, the drivetrain, the two converters, the wheels, the tires and it paid off, âsaid Avery. âWe drove three different cars, including a yellow T-body. But the car we won in, we went to Rogersville last week and broke the transmission. “
Avery, a former Science Hill basketball star who played with the school’s all-time top scorer Omar Wattad, and others like Christopher Smith and Josh Odem, now operates a successful cleaning business.
Drag racing is a passion for Avery, who said most nights he and his team leave work, they go straight to the racing store. He expressed his great gratitude to Deskins for allowing him to drive the blue Nova as his car was due for repair on Monday.
âIt’s a nice car and Tyler was man enough to let me drive it for the day,â Avery said. “It takes a real man to have a $ 40,000 car like that and let somebody jump in and drive it.”
Clinton Snead of North Carolina and Tyler Newman of Rogersville claimed wins in the Super Pro and Pro categories to highlight Sunday’s DER action.
Snead paired a 0.030 reaction time with a 5.323 second elapsed time at 128.47 mph to beat Kingsport’s Josh Dykes in the final round of the Super Pro.
Newman took his 1987 Ford Mustang to the track in 6.088 seconds at 112.69 mph for a winning race in the Pro class. Chris Colley of Bristol was the runner-up in his 1972 Golden Chevrolet Vega.
His brother, Erik Colley, won the Sportsman race driving a 1995 Pontiac Firebird. Erik won the hole with a reaction time of 0.009 and a run of 13.788 seconds at 98.28 mph. Another Bristol driver, John Isom, won the other final appearance.
Tyler Arrington of North Carolina drove his 1994 Camaro to victory in the Trophy category with Butler’s Mark Crowe taking second place. Richard Ellison of Elizabethton was the No. 1 qualifier in his Chevy S-10 pickup.
Russell Justis of Whitesburg took the motorcycle victory despite a better start from Caleb Johnson of Elizabethton. Luke Hutchinson of Hampton won the Junior Dragster, Division 1 title, while Autumn Wright of Blountville was second.
The other Junior Dragster winners were Kyler Davis (Division 2) of Parottsville and Tucker Brown (Division 3) of Blountville.
MUDDY CREEK RACE TRACK
Carson Eads qualified for the Loretta Lynn Nationals once again after finishing sixth on a Honda in the 12-17 schoolboy class in last weekend’s Southeast Region qualifying at Muddy Creek Raceway.
The Kingsport driver finished sixth, sixth and seventh in his three races to secure the final qualifying spot.
Several other local runners tried to qualify for the national championships. Cory Thornsberry of Bluff City and Will Andrews of Hampton both took three positions with ninth places in their respective categories.
Kingsport Speedway and Volunteer Speedway both suffered rain last Friday night, but racing is expected to resume both this weekend.
Kingsport Speedway has its NASCAR Advance Auto Weekly Series schedule scheduled for Friday night when the grandstands open at 5 p.m., followed by the race at 8 p.m.
Volunteer Speedway will host the American Pro Late Model All-Star series, including a feature to be won $ 2,500. Sportsman Late Model, Street Stock, Classic, Front Wheel Drive and Mini Late Model functions are also available.
The Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series moves to 221 MX Park in Rutherfordton, NC this weekend.
Contact Jeff Birchfield by email at jbirchfield