NASCAR & Auto Racing

Rockingham run pays tribute to Randy McCorkle. 'a guy that loved drag racing so much'

Fulfilling a request by the late drag racer Randy McCorkle, 2006 IHRA champion Quain Stott scattered half of McCorkle’s ashes into the wind at the end of a 6.09-second, 234-mph qualifying run during the IHRA World Finals last week at Rockingham, N.C., Dragway.

The ashes were packed in the parachutes used to slow Stott’s Pro Modified Corvette and were scattered when they deployed at the end of the quarter-mile run.

“I wanted to give Randy one more ride down the quarter mile,” Stott said. “It’s really a fitting tribute to a guy that loved drag racing so much.”

McCorkle, a prominent drag racer in factory-backed American Motors Corp. cars in the 1960s and ’70s, died in March of lung cancer. The other half of his ashes were spread at Greer, S.C., Dragway in April, and Stott completed the task last Saturday.