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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
				
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Description: NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS (Div. 2) - Mark Padgett and his trusty '06 Mullis dragster were not to be denied; the veteran racer came out with guns blazing as he paired a .008 light with a 4.68 (4.67 dial) in the opening round, and he kept it going for eight rounds to score the biggest win of his 30-year career. The retired machinist from Dublin, Ga., was solid on the Tree all day, although he did benefit from a redlight start during the one instance in which he wasn't.
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