Part carnival, part competition, part payback, part buyback, the Yuengling Brewery Carolina Powerfest quickly has become a destination event for east coast bracket racers who, for the fifth year, will descend on Rockingham Dragway this week (Aug. 25-27) for a shot at big money, big bonuses and big prizes.
In addition to $5,000 daily winners’ checks in Top ET, $2,000 daily winners’ money in Bottom Bulb and an 80 percent payback in Jr. Dragster, the three-day event will feature free T-shirts with the purchase of a tech card, a free racer appreciation barbecue and Yuengling beer fest, big trailer checks, trophies and plaques, special Best Appearing and Most Unique awards, tire changing contests, mini bike races and, of course, the return of the exceedingly popular “Blue Light Special.”
Throughout the event, whether it’s time trials or eliminations and whether it’s Top ET, Bottom Bulb or Jr. Dragster, whenever the blue light is illuminated on the dial-in board, the racers in the water box at that time will win prizes that include cash, tools, gift cards, T-shirts and other surprises, more than 200 in all.
“It’s something we put together last year and the racers really responded to it,” track owner Steve Earwood said of the “blue light special” program. “Working with Tony Saraceni, our whole goal with the Powerfest is to make it not just another drag race but a unique experience for the whole family.”
It was with that goal in mind that a free “Festival of Fun” was added to the Saturday program featuring practice tree races, games and other challenges for members of the entire family, Earwood said.
Adult spectator and crew member admission is $35 with the purchase of a three-day ticket, $25 Saturday and Sunday or $15 for a single day. The purchase of three-day tech cards in Top ET and Bottom Bulb represents a savings of up to $100 over single day purchases.
Last year’s biggest money winners were William Brewer of St. Pauls, Terry Goff of Kinston, Richard Alford of Raleigh and Brian Thompson of Sneads Ferry, each with at least $5,000 in earnings