Mr. Horsepower Kent Rose passes away


Drag racing legend leaves behind great legacy

By Steve LeMaster - slemaster@civitasmedia.com



Arm Drop Guy Kent Rose talked with his son, Donta, during a break from racing action.


Kent Rose dropped his arms during a night race at Combs Airport.


Mr. Horsepower Kent Rose was all smiles during one of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags.


PRESTONSBURG – Drag racing legend Kent Rose, known as “Mr. Horsepower” and “The Arm Drop Guy” to racers and fans throughout the world, passed away Sunday morning following a battle with cancer. He was 50.

At the time of his passing, Rose was surrounded by family and friends.

Rose helped to start the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, which grew into one of the top drag racing events in the Southeastern United States. It was Rose’s dream to start the event locally. An experienced racer, Rose led events at Combs Airport in Hagerhill.

Rose, who thrived as a drag racer prior to leading the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, promoted tourism in Prestonsburg, Paintsville and throughout Eastern Kentucky. He was also a fan favorite among children. During the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags, which featured Appalachian Wireless as a title sponsor, Rose would hold Big Wheel races for children. He’d also give out Big Wheels and Hot Wheels to the children who were in attendance. Over 19,000 attended Hillbilly Arm Drop Drag events held at Comes Airport on multiple occasions.

Rose documented his battle with cancer on Facebook, uploading videos and posting updates. He posted his last video on Wednesday

Per Rose’s wishes, no visitation or services were held.

An event to honor Rose was held at Pop’s Chevrolet, Buick & Cadillac in Prestonsburg on Monday. Thousands turned out for the event to commemorate the legendary Eastern Kentuckian.

Arm Drop Guy Kent Rose talked with his son, Donta, during a break from racing action.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kent-1.jpgArm Drop Guy Kent Rose talked with his son, Donta, during a break from racing action.

Kent Rose dropped his arms during a night race at Combs Airport.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kent-2.jpgKent Rose dropped his arms during a night race at Combs Airport.

Mr. Horsepower Kent Rose was all smiles during one of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kent-3.jpgMr. Horsepower Kent Rose was all smiles during one of the Hillbilly Arm Drop Drags.
Drag racing legend leaves behind great legacy

By Steve LeMaster

slemaster@civitasmedia.com

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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