Division 2 Super Pro
Padgett scores biggest win of long career
Mark Padgett (inset) scored the biggest event win of his 30-year career. (Above) Padgett, far lane, got a small starting-
line advantage and ran within a thousandth of his dial to best Michael Rastall in the final, 4.64 (4.64 dial) to 4.68 (4.68).
NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS garnering a .036 to .039 advantage, and both ran
(Div. 2) — Mark Padgett and his trusty ’06 Mullis dead-on to the hundredth with Padgett taking the
dragster were not to be denied; the veteran racer victory, 4.641 (4.64) to 4.689 (4.68).
came out with guns blazing as he paired a .008 light “We both thought we tagged the Tree,” said
with a 4.68 (4.67 dial) Padgett. “It was that
in the opening round, time of day where the
and he kept it going sun was down, but it
for eight rounds to wasn’t dark, and I still
score the biggest win had my dark visor on. I
of his 30-year career. was .036 and he was Padgett, wife Nina, Carey “Crow” Locke, and the rest of the
The retired .039, and I went dead-on team celebrated Padgett’s triumph along with members of
machinist from with a one. I knew I South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Dublin, Ga., was solid caught him and that if I
on the Tree all day, didn’t break out it was
although he did going to be okay. It was
benefit from a red- Padgett cut a .017 light in the semifinals to help secure a win more of a relief than
light start during the against Michael Bruce, 4.68 (4.64) to 5.08 (5.05). anything.
one instance in which Padgett, who didn’t
he wasn’t. enter this event with lofty expectations, eyes his
“In the third round, I was .040-something on the chance to compete in Pomona as a one-shot deal. Quarterfinalists: Michael Rastall (’07 Mullis —
Tree, and the other guy [J.D. Reid] was two- “This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” said Montgomery); James Bunner Jr. (’81 Camaro —
thousandths red,” said Padgett. “I have two buttons Padgett. “I’ve never won the bracket finals in 30 Bradenton); Michael Bruce (’99 Worthy — Atlanta); Bubba
on my car: one is a three-step button, and one is a years of racing and probably won’t do it again, so Rich (’02 Firebird — Montgomery); Mark Padgett (’07
bump down. I knew I missed the Tree and went to I’m going to take advantage of it.” Mullis — South Georgia).
hit the bump down, but, instead, I hit the three-step Padgett thanked Nina, his supportive wife of 22
button. He ended up going red, so that was the lucky years, and his racing partner, Carey Locke, who is
round I needed.” known better as “Crow.” He also acknowledged the Quarters
Padgett won a pair of close ones after tha