Chuck Barnes beat Frank Kimmel II to the line by a bumper to win the Polar Bear 150 at Rockingham Speedway.
Photo by Yvonne Leonard
The Frank Kimmel Street Stocks took to the high banks of Rockingham Speedway Saturday and, after 150 laps of competition, it came down to .016 seconds at the finish line. Frank Kimmel II slipped up slightly coming out of turn four and Chuck Barnes Sr. took advantage, diving to the low side and winning the drag race to the checkered flag. Cliff Gaumond shook off some gremlins that hampered his qualifying run to come home in third place. Clint Watkins was the fourth car across the finish line, just ahead of Tony Conway who made a late race charge to round out the top five.
Barnes started the race from the pole position after posting a 28.695 second lap during the European style qualifying session. Ironically Kimmel started next to Barnes after posting a 28.711 second lap, .016 seconds slower than the eventual race winner. The Kimmel Street Stocks star...