The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Series is proud to announce that the traveling Pro Mod series will be heading to one of the most historic drag racing facility in the South Eastern United States.
Piedmont Dragway has so much history said Rick Moore Competition Director for the EOPM. I grew up at Piedmont, racing with my dad and Fred Turner, with our 55 Chevy Gasser named “Mama’s Mink”, along side the likes of Jr Thompson, K.S. Pittman, Stone, Woods & Cook & OHIO George Montgomery. When the EOPM got the call from Galot Motorsports Park that their track would not be opening in 2014 the EOPM started searching for a top notch facility to have the two races scheduled at Galot. The first track we contacted was Gilmer Hinshaw, Joe Robertson, & Kevin Shipmon at Piedmont Dragway, and after a couple of very productive meetings they welcomed us with open arms. The EOPM has looked forward to having their series compete at Piedmont Dragway for several years, and was always the dream of EOPM series founder Stuart Williams to have an EOPM event at Piedmont because of the racing history that has surrounded the track for the past 50 plus years.
The first date will be Thursday night “Under the Lights”, August 7th where the EOPM & Big Dog Pro Mod stars will compete together for the first time in history at the Famed “BIG DOG Shootout”. The second date will be October 18th & 19th, where the BIG DOG & EOPM Pro Mod’s, Top Sportsman, & Jr Dragster stars will all compete for a two day event. The CV Qualifying Challenge will be contested on Saturday where the top 8 in qualifying points for the year will compete for a winner take all $3,000.00 purse. Elimination for all classes will be on Sunday along with special feature “The Southeast Gassers Association”. There will be other “BIG” announcements surrounding the EOPM and Piedmont Dragway in the future, so stay tuned. “The EOPM just a great place to race” and as always “Big Daddy is always on the scene”!
Story by: EOPM Staff Writer
The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Series presented by Precision Turbo & Engines headed into Atlanta Dragway for what was anticipated to be one of the largest EOPM Night of Fire events of the year sponsored by Ross Racing Pistons, & Jerry Bickel Race Cars. Many of the EOPM Pro Mod stars made their way down 85 South to the famed Atlanta Dragway, Georgia’s House of Speed to compete for the Night of Fire Crown.
Qualifying was lead by series new comer and VMP winner Chris Patrick on the pole with a 3.84 @ 196.53, followed by Mockville, NC based Todd Howard posting a 3.91 @ 193.77, In the number 3 spot was defending EOPM Champion Randy “Smooth” Weatherford running 3.95 @ 192.33, rounding out the top 5 were Tony Johnson from Conyers GA, in his beautiful supercharged Mustang, & Chris Cline brining out the renowned Dave Heitz, “Christine” 58 Plymouth Fury for the first time in 2014.
After round one of qualifying the rain set in for nearly a 4 hour delay, once the rain stopped the Mike Savage and the Atlanta Dragway track crew went to work drying the racing surface. Once drying was completed the Pro Mod show went into round two of qualifying. First round eliminations saw an EOPM series and fan favorite Carol Long experience a horrendous top end crash. Carol made a perfect pass, right down the center and at the 660ft mark the car took a hard left and backed into the wall and barrel rolled several times before coming to rest on it’s roof. Carol’s husband Kenny, the EOPM staff and Atlanta Dragway staff helped in getting Carol out of the car safely, she walked with just a few Bruises. Thanks to the Jerry Bickel built race car and Carol’s attention to safety she is doing well and we look forward to having her back with the EOPM.
The race was not able to be completed due to time restraint and deterating conditions. The 6 cars left in competition will finish the rounds for points to be awarded at a future EOPM event to be decided. The EOPM just a great place to race, and as always “Big Daddy is always on the scene”