Seven local racers picked up wins on Saturday in round one of the NOS Energy Mayhem @ the MAX series presented by Kooks Custom Headrs, JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Parts at zMAX Dragway. Six classes competed in the inaugural event, including Super Pro, Pro Street, Top Eliminator, Sportsman, Motorcycle and two divisions of Junior Dragster. Top Eliminator, Sportsman and Junior Dragster compete on the eighth-mile.

Dan Van Order, of China Grove, N.C., took home the victory in the Super Pro class with an elapsed time of 11.91 seconds at 109.05 mph in his 1984 Ford Mustang. Aimee Najarian, of Troutman, N.C., triumphed in the Pro Street class in her 1973 Chevrolet Camaro with a run of 9.97 seconds at 130.94 mph. Scottie Keller, of Mooresville, N.C., was the fastest on two wheels, picking up the win on his 1990 Kawasaki motorcycle with a run of 9.52 seconds at 131.87 mph.

On the eighth-mile, in the Top Eliminator class, Kurt Flanagan, of Huntersville, N.C., ran an elapsed time of 6.68 seconds at 101 mph in his 1970 Chevrolet Camaro to take home the trophy and Paul Weeks, of Concord, N.C., came out on top in the Sportsman class with a great reaction time of .005 seconds and an elapsed time of 6.91 seconds at 97.04 mph in his 1979 Chevrolet Camaro.

In Junior Dragster competition, 12-year-old Madilyn Furr, of Galax, Va., won in Junior Dragster A. Her elapsed time was 8.96 seconds at 70.69 mph. Joe Foley, age 14, won in Junior Dragster B with an elapsed time of 8.65 seconds at 74. 93 mph. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League allows kids from ages 8 to 17 to race half-scale dragsters to the eighth-mile in a controlled environment. The downsized dragsters can reach speeds of about 85 mph.

Each class has separate eligibility requirements and entry fees. Points will be tallied after each event and champions in each category will be crowned. There is still time to register for the track championships as one event can be thrown out at the end of the season. Each competitor must sign up to run for points. Further information can be found at Season winners will be eligible for the NHRA bracket finals.

NOS Energy Mayhem @ the MAX, which is also presented by Kooks Custom Headers and Roush Yates Performance Parts, continues next Saturday, May 5. Gates open at 9 a.m. The first time-trial will be at 11 a.m. followed by eliminations. Competitors will register at the gate. Registration and tech will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Admission for crew members is $10. Only two crew members are allowed per car, which includes access to the staging lanes and starting line. Tickets are just $5 for spectators and children 13 and under are admitted for free with a paying adult. Spectator gates open at 9 a.m.

In addition to Mayhem @ the MAX, NOS Energy Test-N-Tune will return to zMAX Dragway on Friday, May 4. Participants can bring their personal rides from dragsters, souped-up street bikes, classic cars and luxury cars  to mini-vans to race on the world's only four-lane, all-concrete drag strip.

Tickets and registration will be available on the event day at zMAX Dragway. NOS Energy Test-N-Tunes are open to all street vehicles and race cars, but each vehicle must pass tech inspection.

Car-and-driver registration for the NOS Energy Test-N-Tune is only $20 per vehicle and tickets for spectators can be purchased at the gate for just $5. Kids 13 and under are free with a paying adult.

Gates and registration for Test-N-Tune open Friday at 4 p.m., with racing action from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More information on both events can be found at

Tickets for all 2012 events at zMAX Dragway are available by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Interest-free payment plans are available.

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