VP POWERS GOFORTH TO MMPSA WIN AT ROCKINGHAM
ROCKINGHAM, NC (April 11, 2010) Cary Goforth started the 2010 MMPSA season off with a bang. Powered by VP's Q16 race fuel, Goforth, of Holdenville, OK, had an almost perfect weekend of racing as he grabbed the number one qualifying spot and almost set a new national record in doing so. During the Saturday night qualifying session, Cary laid down an earth shaking 6.258 at 220.84 mph-just .008 from eclipsing the record currently held by Frank Gugliotta at 6.251.
Although he received a bye run first round by virtue of being number one qualifier, he had his hands full with a host of tough competitors the remainder of the day. In round two he met up with J.R. Carr and the Agri-Pack backed Pontiac GXP. Carr laid down an impressive 6.43, but it wasn't enough for Goforth's 6.32.
In round three Cary met up with the 2009 IHRA World Champion John Montecalvo. Montecalvo landed in the number four qualifying spot by virtue of a great 6.286 pass at 221.38 mph. Cary left first and beat Montecalvo to the stripe with another 6.32 second pass to John's close 6.33, both drivers surpassing the 220 mile per hour mark.
Cary would then meet the 2009 IHRA fall Rockingham event winner Bob Bertsch for the final. Bertsch, the number six qualifier with a 6.312, made it to the final by getting past Ned Katuran of Philadelphia, PA in round one. He then stole the round two victory from the Summit Racing Equipment entry of Pete Berner on a hole shot. Berner was quicker, but Bertsch was carrying an .018 advantage off the starting line and that was just enough to squeak by at the stripe.
In the final round Bertsch was loaded for bear with another great reaction time. His .026 leave had Gorforth playing catch up the entire quarter mile. Cary narrowly went around Bertsch at the stripe and made history as the first MMPSA Champion, beating Bob's 6.36 with a 6.31 at over 220 miles per hour.
"This is just awesome" an elated Goforth said excitedly. "We are very proud to be the first team to do this. This has been a great event and we have had a lot of fun here." Cary went on to say, "I am very proud of what we as an association have accomplished. We all now have a great place to race."
The MMPSA next moves to US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI for the "Thunder Nationals" on May 7-8. For full event coverage of that and all MMPSA events check out the results page of MMPSA.org.