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Emerald Coast Dragway - Sport Compact Summer Nationals

Paul Castillo
Sep 10, 2009

The heat was on at the Sport Compact Summer Nationals located at Emerald Coast Dragway (ECD) in Holt, Northwest Florida, a.k.a. LA (lower Alabama). This is the first time this event has been held and thee are already plans for the next one which is scheduled for September 20th, so mark your calendars now. At this venue there was a car show and 1/8 mile drag racing for your viewing pleasure and entertainment. Although there were brief showers early in the show, it did not stop people from showing up and showing off. This event was originally held in April but due to bad weather it was rescheduled for July 19th.

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The winners for the car show are as follows:

Club Participation Award: Dream Ryders out of Hope Hill, Alabama
Best of Show: Joey Millfelt and his Toyota King Cab pickup

The following are the 1st place winners for their respected classes

Domestic Mini:Blakey Sides with an ’01 Ford Ranger
Full Size: Keith Houston and his ’00 Chevrolet pickup Mini SUV award went to Scott Gust sporting a ’05 Trail Blazer SS
Full Size SUV award was handed to Roderick Escott in a ’94 Suburban
Darrell Redding took home the Domestic Ford trophy for his ’06 Mustang
Chad Hines won the Best Nissan with his ’03 Sentra SER Spec V
Best Toyota Car trophy was awarded to Jason Goodick in his ’04 Celica
The top Honda award went to Lakelyus Phillips in a ’90 Accord
A ’05 Viper piloted by Eric Guinn received the best Dodge award
Alfonso Reeves won the Under Construction Award with his ’00 Neon

As the weather cleared up after the brief shower, the track competition began to take center stage as drivers gave it their all to go home winners. Although not a ¼ mile track, this 1/8 mile track is the only drag way in the area which draws spectators and competitors from far and near. On any given night or day, when they are open, you can find a potpourri of vehicles from daily drivers to full blown race cars, imports and well as a plethora of domestics tearing up the track and laying down the rubber and lightning times. After several rounds of flying down the track, the winners from the Sport Compact Summer Nationals are as follows:

Joey Branhof (the local hero) ’91 CRX LS VTEC tuned by Disco Dave & Adam’s Automotive tuning
R/U: Chris Sherwood “95 Del Sol built by Joey Branhof

All Motor:
Jon Brown ’92 Civic with an Adam’s Automotive tuned K Motor
R/U: Blake Barr ’98 Prelude

Street Tire Class:
Vin Mutuc ’03 Evo Lancer

Bracket Class:
Joey Branhof, this time in a ’90 CRX, also tuned by Adam’s Automotive
R/U: Larry Meacham ’05 Kia Sedona sporting a Super Cooler air intake cooler

Although not the typical drag car, there was one vehicle out there that drew plenty of attention; you guessed it, the runner up from the Bracket Class, a Kia Sedona, every soccer mom’s wet dream ride. Although not full of kids screaming in the back of this minivan, this Sedona gave it all it could to go for 1st place, but Joey Branhof, the local hero, defended his title and did not give up first place. Plans for the next show, labeled Sport Compact Fall Nationals will also include a bikini contest. Either way, we plan on attending, rain or shine to get some more racing action as well as viewing some of the area’s nicest cars. On their website,, you find a full list of events as well as payouts for each event. No need to pack a lunch or bring your cooler with drinks because this dragway has a kitchen that sells food and beverages onsite. The hospitality is second to none as well as the friendly atmosphere, thanks to the owner Richard Stephens, who is also the new manager of ECD. Thanks for the invite and we look forward to seeing you again, MM

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