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  1. IHRA Releases 2019 Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) released the 2019 IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule which will feature an exciting 16-race schedule over eight double--race weekends. The best value in bracket racing will get even better in 2019 as competitors will now earn local track championship points at each IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular event. Box, No Box / Footbrake and Junior Dragsters will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman at each event as well as the coveted oversized championship checks. Class runners-up will receive the limited-edition Summit Sportsman Spectacular silver medals in addition to their winnings. The weekend program includes a test & tune, racer appreciation cookout and a Scrubblade golf cart race. The double-race weekend also features first, second and third-round prizes. The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will kick off the 2019 season Feb. 1-3 at State Capitol Raceway, Baton Rouge, La. For more information on the 2019 IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular visit ihra.com. 2019 IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Provisional Schedule February 1-3, State Capitol Raceway, Baton Rouge, La. March 22-24, Farmington Dragway, Farmington, N.C. May 17-19, Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio May 24-26, Darlington Dragway, Hartsville, S.C. June 7-9, Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria, Pa. July 12-14, US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich. TBD August 23-25, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md.
  2. IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule Announced Wilkesboro (NC) Dragway added to the series' schedule WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced today the complete 20-race schedule for the new IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular. The historic Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C., has been added to the schedule. The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that is affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week. The opening weekend of races is March 9-11, 2018 at Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas and Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win race on Sunday. There is a national contingency program available to all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day. As part of its contingency program, Summit Racing Equipment will now pay for the win, runner-up and semifinal positions. In addition, there are cash bonuses for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event. "We are pleased to finalize the great venues and schedule which will bring grassroots bracket racers their shot to win two races for only a $150 pre-entry," IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. "This new program provides big money races without the big money entry fees. With all the extra features packed into this weekend, especially for IHRA members, these events present a tremendous value." On-site entry fees for the season-opening races are $150 for Saturday with a $10,000-to-win payout, $2,000 for the runner-up, $1,000 for the semifinals, and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. For Sunday, entry fees are $100 (for anyone not pre-entered) with a $5,000-to-win payout, $1,000 for the runner-up, $500 for the semifinals and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. The biggest value comes for racers who pre-enter for the event. All pre-entered competitors will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday's race, you will get a free entry for Sunday's race. Pre-entries are available until Feb. 26, 2018 for the first two events of the season. Pre-registration will close for all events two weeks prior to each event date. Click here for online registration. 2018 Schedule: March 9-11 - Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas March 9-11 - Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C. April 20-22 - State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen, La. May 18-20 - Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria, Pa. May 25-27 - Darlington Dragway, Darlington, S.C. June 8-10 - Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio June 28-July 1 - Wilkesboro Dragway, Wilkesboro, N.C. Aug. 17-19 - US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich. Aug. 24-26 - Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md. Sept. 28-30 - Memphis International Raceway, Millington, Tenn.
  3. IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Opener Set WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - The new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular will make its debut at a brand-new facility in the Lone Star State. The opening weekend of races will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the state-of-the-art Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win on Sunday. The event flyer and all racing information can be found here. The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week. The biggest value comes for anyone who pre-enters for the event online. All pre-entered racers will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday's race, you will get a free entry for Sunday's race. Online pre-entries are available online through Feb. 26, 2018. Click here for online registration. On-site entry fees are $150 for Saturday with a $10,000-to-win payout, $2,000 for the runner-up, $1,000 for the semifinals, and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. For Sunday, entry fees are $100 (for anyone not pre-entered) with a $5,000-to-win payout, $1,000 for the runner-up, $500 for the semifinals and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. "We are very excited to be able to bring grassroots bracket racers their shot at $15,000 to win over two races for only $150 pre-entry," IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. "Our goal with this new program was to have a big money race without the big money entry fees. With all the extra features packed into this weekend, especially for IHRA members, we think these events are one of the overall best values out there." In addition to having the opportunity to get two races for the price of one, the Summit Sportsman Spectacular events feature a set of unique bonus opportunities for all current IHRA Summit SuperSeries racers. There are cash bonuses for the Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event. There is also a contingency program that is available for all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day. The weekend program includes a test & tune, racer appreciation cookout and a golf cart race. The race weekend also features several rounds of prizes awarded to the best losing package of 1st through 3rd rounds. IHRA Ironman trophies and large championship checks for event winners will be presented Saturday and Sunday. IHRA partner Imagine That Customswill also award a custom painted one-of-a-kind trophy helmet to one competitor at each of the 10 weekends. All valid competition licenses and chassis certifications will be honored at the Summit Sportsman Spectacular events regardless of sanction. All drivers running 0-6.39 in the 1/8-mile must have an IHRA, NHRA or accepted competition license. A valid chassis certification is required for vehicles running 6.00 or quicker. Chassis certifications and license renewals will be available on site. Competitors obtaining an IHRA license for the first time are encouraged to complete the licensing process through the IHRA membership department prior to the event to ensure all documents are acceptable. Other announced sites and dates include: Darlington Dragway (May 25-27), Dragway 42 (Jun. 8-10) and Maryland International Raceway (Aug. 24-26). The rest of the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule will be released at a later date. # # #
  4. IHRA Launches Summit Sportsman Spectacular Series in 2018 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - With a focus on grassroots Sportsman racing, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has partnered with industry leader Summit Racing Equipment to produce 20 Summit Sportsman Spectacular races over 10 double-race weekends in 2018. The Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to provide a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week. "There are plenty of big-money races currently available for competitors willing to travel and spend $300 to $1,000 per weekend on entry fees," IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. "That is not the bracket-racing program we are producing. The Summit Sportsman Spectacular events are designed with the majority of drag racers in mind. Most are looking for a fun and value-oriented event with affordable entry fees and solid payouts." IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment have continually developed Sportsman programs like the successful Summit SuperSeries that create opportunity for the masses. The new program builds on that foundation. "These new events continue that tradition and concentrate on the weekly racers who support their local tracks," Peaco said. "We will have an entry-fee price point that is extremely affordable and offers two events during the weekend." The biggest value comes for anyone who pre-enters for the event online at ihra.com. All pre-entered racers will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday's race, you will get a free entry for Sunday's race. Each IHRA partner track is working on what Saturday's purse will be for their specific event, but all the Sunday events will be at least $5,000-to-win races. In addition to having the opportunity to get two races for the price of one, the Summit Sportsman Spectacular events feature a set of unique bonus opportunities for all current IHRA Summit SuperSeries racers. There is also an event winner, runner-up and semi-finals contingency program that is available for all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day. The weekend program includes a test & tune, racer appreciation cookout and a golf cart race. The race weekend features several rounds of prizes from some of the top name manufacturers. IHRA Ironman trophies and large championship checks for event winners will be presented Saturday and Sunday. IHRA partner Imagine That Customs will also award a custom painted one-of-a-kind trophy helmet to one competitor at each of the 10 weekends. The races will be run as one-eighth mile events and will feature a Box class and a Junior Class. No Box cars are welcome to run and will be run separately down to one remaining No Box car before joining the Box class. The final No Box car will receive a $1,000 bonus. Door Cars and Dragsters will also be run separately in Box for the first four rounds. 11.90 and slower Junior Dragsters will be run separately down to one remaining vehicle before joining the rest of the Junior category. The Summit Sportsman Spectacular is also unique in that there will be no double entries. "If a competitor has two different vehicles they are welcome to enter them both but our events won't allow racers to enter the same car multiple times" Peaco said. "Allowing multiple entries caters to a select few to create an unfair advantage and that is not what this series is about." "We understand the financial gain that other events receive from allowing this but our program is about creating value and opportunity for bracket racers in different geographical regions who otherwise don't have the chance to participate. That is one reason why we will accept any valid competition license, including NHRA licenses. There are a lot of built-in benefits and bonuses for IHRA members within these races. We encourage racers to become an IHRA members, but you don't have to be an IHRA member to participate." The Summit Sportsman Spectacular events will be organized and administered by IHRA Division Directors Jon O'Neal, Frank Kohutek and Josh Peake while Senior Director of Racing Operations Mike Baker continues to manage technical aspects and tech administration for the new program. The IHRA divisional staff will be on hand at each of the 10 event weekends to handle IHRA membership registration and renewals, tech and race operations in conjunction with the host facility staff. The list of host tracks, event dates, rules and online pre-entry registration will be finalized by November 30th. To become an IHRA member or renew your IHRA membership visit ihra.com.
  5. Summit SuperSeries World Champions Crowned at IHRA Summit World Finals MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Hundreds of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries track champions, along with Summit Team Finals divisional champions from around the United States and Canada, gathered at Memphis International Raceway on Oct. 19-21 for the IHRA Summit World Finals. Representing nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks, drivers traveled from all over North America, coming from as far north as Alaska and as far south as Florida, to the largest and most prestigious bracket racing championship in drag racing. The IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions were crowned Saturday in Top (Box), Mod (No Box) and Junior Dragster. The $200,000 program is the championship competition for IHRA member Sportsman racers and more than 8,000 racers compete in the program annually. Tom Gall from Beresford, S.D., won the Top World Championship. Chris Black from Butler, Pa., captured the Mod World Championship. Luke Schwemler from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada won the Junior Dragster crown. Gall, representing Thunder Valley Dragways, defeated Jerry Cotton from St. John, Ind., in the Top finals by just .0012 of a second. His final package was a 5.059-second run at 134.55 mph against a 5.04 dial-in. His championship bounty included $20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a seven-night/eight-day vacation for two on the island of Aruba, a world championship diamond ring, and a world championship Ironman Trophy. "It's the biggest opportunity. Summit does something that's just unheard of," said Gall, whose margin of victory was just .0012 of a second. "To race every weekend and then, you get a chance to do something like this, it just blows your mind. At the World Championship, to be that close, it's how the final should be." Black, representing Quaker City Motorsports Park, had a 6.431-second pass at 100.73 mph against a 6.30 dial-in to claim the Mod World Championship. The final was closely contested as runner-up Travis Loy from Harriman, Tenn., had a slightly quicker, .026 to .028, reaction time. Black also won $20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a seven-night/eight-day vacation for two on the island of Aruba, a world championship diamond ring, and of course, a world championship Ironman Trophy. "It's incredible, a day I never thought would happen, even driving down here," Black said. "It's humbling and unreal. You've got the best of the best here. I love all the prizes, but I'm most proud of that Ironman trophy." Schwemler, who earned his spot by winning the Division 5 Team Finals, beat No. 1 qualifier, Nick Ferraro from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the Junior Dragster title. Schwemler went down the track in 7.931 seconds at 82.41 mph against a 7.90 dial-in. He was worried that Ferraro, was quicker at the tree with a .060 to .075 reaction time, had beaten him. With the World Championship, the 17-year-old driver won a custom-built JR Race Car Junior Dragster featuring a custom paint scheme from Imagine That Customs, $3,000 from Summit Racing Equipment as well as the world championship Ironman Trophy and diamond ring. "It was a long drive down here, but it was definitely worth it. To win a new race car, that's an awesome prize," said Schwemler, whose home track is the Grand Bend Motorplex. "That last race, I knew I cut a bad light and I was worrying all the way down the track. When I saw that win light, I was cheering in the car." Timmy Rowe from Paris, Ky., representing Mountain Park Dragway, won a 9,000-pound, two-post, car lift from Rad Auto Lifts at the Trick Flow Specialties Racer's Party on Friday night. Summit SuperSeries Final Eliminations Results - 1/8 mile: Summit SuperSeries Top (Box): Tom Gall, Beresford, S.D., '06 M&M, 5.059 secs. at 134.55 mph (.035 rt) - defeated Jerry Cotton, St. John, Ind., '05 S&W 4.897 secs. at 137.33 mph (.018 rt) Summit SuperSeries Modified (No Box): Chris Black, Butler, Pa., '88 Chevy S-10, 6.431 secs. at 100.73 mph (.088 rt) - defeated Travis Loy, Harriman, Tenn., '67 Chevelle, 6.834 secs. at 100.05 mph (.026 rt) Summit SuperSeries Junior Dragster: Luke Schwemler, Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, 7.931 secs. at 82.41 mph (.075 rt) - defeated Nick Ferraro, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 8.019 secs at 79.64 mph (.060 rt) Champions of the Summit SuperSeries Awards: Top (Box) and Mod (No Box) Champion Awards: $20,000 from Summit Racing Equipment Aruba Vacation for Two: Seven-night/eight-day trip for two people; includes airfare, car rental, island tour, hotel and dinner/lunch packages courtesy of Around Aruba Tours, El Gaucho Restaurant, Tropicana Resorts, More 4 Less car rentals and the crew of Don Flip Racing Team. IHRA Gold Card World Champion Ironman Trophy World Champion Diamond Ring Junior Dragster Champion Awards: Custom-built JR Race Car Junior Dragster featuring custom paint scheme from Imagine That Customs $3,000 from Summit Racing Equipment IHRA Gold Card World Champion Ironman Trophy World Champion Diamond Ring # # #
  6. Eight Drivers Capture IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship Titles WEST SALEM, Ohio - Rob Harvischak from Warren, Ohio won Sunday's International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman National Championship race at Dragway 42 to become IHRA Top Sportsman World Champion. Harvischak's victory allowed him to overtake Marlon Goates, the Troy, Texas driver who came into the weekend as the class leader. Troy Williams Jr. from Daytona Beach, Fla., captured the Top Dragster championship. Williams captured victories at Palm Beach and Carolina and reached the final-round both days at the season-opening event in Immokalee. Pete D'Agnolo from Rochester, N.Y., is the new Super Stock champion. D'Agnolo was a three-time winner on the season with a sweep of Darlington races and as a Sunday winner at Empire. Myron Piatek is the second IHRA champion this season from the Sunshine State. The Holly Hill, Fla., driver won the Stock championship; he won early in the season at Palm Beach and then swept Piedmont events. Danny Waters Jr. from LaGrange, Ga., wrapped up the Quick Rod title and finished the season with four victories. Waters won the Palm Beach makeup at Darlington, and captured the Sunday Darlington race. Later in the season, he swept the Farmington weekend. Vernon Rowland from Blanchard, Okla., finished runner-up in Super Rod on Saturday and parlayed that into a championship over Dave Marcus Jr. from Sarasota, Fla., who came into the weekend as points leader. Rowland had three wins this season at three different tracks. He won at San Antonio in March, picked up a second win in June at US 131 in Michigan and added the third victory at Memphis in August. Christopher Webb from Four Oaks, N.C., is the new Hot Rod champion. Webb took advantage of a triple-race weekend in Darlington, with a final-round appearance in the Palm Beach make-up race and a win in the Sunday finale. He added another win at Farmington and another runner-up finish at Carolina. Paige Montgomery from Alden, N.Y., had four wins and five final-round appearances over a six-race stretch to capture the JR Race Car Junior Dragster title. She swept races at Maryland and Empire, and reached the finals and semifinals in races at Keystone.
  7. This Weekend at Carolina Dragway! I International Hot Rod Association™ Office: 561.337.3001 www.IHRA.com STAY CONNECTED International Hot Rod Association, 1555 Palm Beach Lake Blvd., Suite 1105, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 SafeUnsubscribe™ rebelracewriter@hotmail.com Forward this email | Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by info@ihra.com in collaboration with Try it free today
  8. State Capitol IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship Event Rescheduled for August The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and State Capitol Raceway will move their rescheduled IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship event from Sept. 7-10, 2017 to August 3-6, 2017, the sanctioning body announced today Due to torrential rains and widespread flooding during the month of May, IHRA and State Capitol Raceway postponed the June 1-4 event until September in order to provide the best racing experience possible for competitors. It was the best-available weekend, but it was just two weeks before the season-ending event at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio leaving little flexibility should weather again become an issue. The sanctioning body and race track identified the first weekend in August, which at the time of the postponement was not a viable option, as the best time for the rescheduled IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship event so it is now scheduled for Aug. 3-6, 2017. The weekend will begin with a test & tune session on Thursday, Aug. 3 with three separate IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship events following on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "The Summit Sportsman National Championship is in the middle of its first year, and we have some tight points battles," IHRA division director Frank Kohutek said. "We always want to do what's best for the racers, and squeezing that event into the window right before the last race of the season could have made things hard on the competitors - especially if we had another weather problem. This August date gives us more flexibility for whatever might come up. We appreciate State Capitol Raceway for working with us to find the best-possible weekend for this event." This weekend's IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship schedule includes events in Michigan and North Carolina; races are underway at Farmington Dragway in Mocksville, N.C., and US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
  9. What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Race Track: Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md. Address: 27861 Budds Creek Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Event Date: Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7, 2017 Television: ESPN3 Broadcasts: 1 p.m. EST Saturday, May 6 & Noon EST Sunday, May 7 Announcers: Fabian Brown and IHRA president Mike Dunn www.raceMDIR.com
  10. IHRA ACHIEVES MILESTONE IN AUSTRALIA http://ow.ly/iRA130aa3uP WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The numbers are trending upward in the land Down Under. IRG Sports + Entertainment announces that the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Australia has achieved a milestone of issuing more than 2,000 competitor licenses in just seven months. As a proud partner and sanctioning body of the 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing Series and the 400 Thunder Australian Sportsman Championship Series, IHRA Australia has experienced tremendous growth over the past several months. "By every measure of how you achieve success in business, our movement into IHRA Australia has been an outstanding success under the guidance of IHRA President Mike Dunn and Maurice Allen, Managing Director for IHRA Australia," said Chris Lencheski, vice chairman and CEO of IRGSE, parent company of IHRA Australia. "If you're achieving more than 2,000 memberships in less than seven months, you're doing something right." Maurice Allen, Managing Director for IHRA Australia, added, "It's a terrific milestone in such a short period of time. It demonstrates a common-sense approach to the licensing structure which was required. What is most pleasing are the 2-3 year licenses with the competitors which shows their support for IHRA Australia and a fresh, new start. It's also a chance to thank our stewards and tech experts in their support of the racers." IHRA Australia races at multiple sports venues including Willowbank Raceway, which hosts the City of Ipswich Winternationals, the second largest drag racing event in the world. Other venues include Springmount Raceway and Wide Bay Motor Complex in Queensland, and Sydney Dragway in New South Wales. "To have that kind of membership and that kind of support, it's huge for IHRA moving forward," Dunn said. "Since it is the International Hot Rod Association, we have a strong international presence and Australia is key to those plans." About IHRA: The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, a TPG Specialty Lending company. The IHRA promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. The IHRA sanctions nearly 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bahama's and welcomes 80,000 racers annually to their IHRA-sanctioned facilities. The IHRA oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Sportsman National Championship and the Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, or connect with us on Facebook IHRAMotorsports, Twitter @IHRA and Instagram @IHRADRS. # # #
  11. Indiana's Iconic Bunker Hill Dragstrip Joins IHRA WEST PALM BEACH (Fla.) - The International Hot Rod Association announces that the historic Bunker Hill Dragstrip has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement. Bunker Hill becomes an IHRA member track. Founded in 1956 and located in Bunker Hill, Indiana, it is the oldest continuously running drag strip in the Hoosier State. The 23-acre property, owned and operated by Adam and Stacey Confer, features a full-service restaurant and an eighth-of-a-mile asphalt drag strip. "The history that surrounds Bunker Hill is immense," said IHRA Division Director Jon O'Neal. "The Confer family has a strong business background and a life's worth of racing experience. We are pleased that they decided to join the IHRA family of great drag strips across the country." Adam Confer is a racer at heart. He worked as a crew member on his father's 1966 Chevelle and later competed as a driver in his own 1967 Camaro. It gives him an appreciation for the IHRA's commitment to the grassroots, Sportsman racers. "I am excited about what IHRA brings to the Sportsman racer and look forward to being a part of that. IHRA, with what they do, their actions speak volumes," Confer said. "Their new partnership with ESPN is an example of that. IHRA does an amazing job with the grassroots racers." It's an exciting new era for Bunker Hill with its ongoing facility and equipment improvements. They include improvements to the timing system, track prep equipment and safety equipment. Racers and spectators can expect to see ongoing improvements at this historic facility. There is a full schedule of events in 2017 featuring 12 races for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries. The Bunker Hill Dragstrip season begins Saturday, March 25 with a Test and Tune. For more information, please go to www.bunkerhillrace.com. The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, a TPG Specialty Lending company. The IHRA promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. The IHRA sanctions nearly 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bahama's and welcomes 80,000 racers annually to their IHRA-sanctioned facilities. The IHRA oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Sportsman National Championship and the Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, or connect with us on Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports, Twitter @IHRA or Instagram @IHRADRS. # # #
  12. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 4, 2017 64th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING RETURNS TO CORDOVA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The World Series of Drag Racing is returning to Cordova International Raceway in Cordova, Ill., after a one-year stay in Memphis, Tenn., IRG Sports + Entertainment announced today. The 2017 World Series of Drag Racing is set for Aug. 25-27, 2017; ticket information will be available in March. The World Series of Drag Racing has a storied history with its inaugural event taking place in Lawrenceville, Ill., in 1953 and later transitioning to IRGSE-owned Cordova International Raceway. Since its inception, the event has featured many of the world's best drag racers in a family-friendly environment. The event comprises activities for the whole family including the kids zone, an array of food options, driver meet-and-greets with autograph sessions and fireworks shows. "We heard you Cordova and the entire greater Quad Cities - you wanted your race back, and we are glad to make it happen," vice chairman and CEO of IRGSE, the parent company of Cordova International Raceway, Chris Lencheski said. "As they say, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder,' and the out crying for the return was palatable. "Memphis (Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn.) was a tremendous host providing terrific corporate support, but candidly, the jewel in their eye is NASCAR. We have now delivered for Memphis as well with the return of a NASCAR event on June 3. "With great respect for everyone in Memphis and the clearest understanding that Cordova/Quad Cities wanted the WSOD back, we are proud to bring the race back and expect that, with our increased purse, this year's edition of the WSOD will be a true homecoming!" The World Series of Drag Racing attracts sportsman and professional racers from around the country to compete. The top names in drag racing participate in exhibition runs, match racing and competitive elimination action in front of capacity crowds. Notable participants in previous World Series of Drag Racing events include: IHRA president Mike Dunn, Clay Millican, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Del Worsham, T.J. Zizzo, Cruz Pedregon, Tony Pedregon, Tim Wilkerson, Bruce Litton, Chris "The Greek" Karamesines, Warren Johnson, Larry Morgan, Dom Lagana and many more. "Drag racing at Cordova International Raceway has been a mainstay of the summer scene in the Quad Cities for more than 60 years," Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO Joe Taylor said. "Motorsports fans, not just locally but from across the nation, are thrilled that major drag racing will return this summer to its traditional August dates at its traditional home, Cordova International Raceway." "When rumors of the return of the World Series of Drag Racing began to circulate, lots of emotion and excitement began to stir," Cordova International Raceway president and general manager Rod Wolter said. "As the rumors gained traction, the track phone never quit - everyone wanted to know if it was true. Guess what? IT IS!" About IRG Sports + Entertainment: IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a TPG Specialty Lending company, is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States, Canada, Bahama's, New Zealand and Australia. The Company owns and operates four motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL). IRGSE properties promote more than 1,150 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and within its series. For more information, please visit www.irgse.com, follow @IRGSports on Twitter and LinkedIn. # # #
  13. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 30, 2017 IHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO ESPN; IHRA and ESPN Partnership Begins With 2017 Season http://bit.ly/2kKw8KH IHRA Drag Racing returns to the ESPN family of networks Feb. 4 on ESPN3 ESPN3 to show more than 200 hours of IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship ESPN Presents a nine-month schedule of live-streamed IHRA Drag Racing ESPN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After a nearly two-decade hiatus, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and ESPN have signed a multi-year agreement for the worldwide leader in sports to resume its partnership with the IHRA. The agreement is effective immediately; broadcasts begin when the 2017 IHRA Drag Racing season opens Feb. 3-5 at Immokalee Regional Raceway in Immokalee, Fla. ESPN will broadcast more than 200 hours of the 2017 IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship via ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network. ESPN3 will stream as much as eight continuous hours of each event's eliminations from 13 race weekends. Broadcasts will include on-track action, interviews, reports from the pits, features and more starting with this weekend's event near Fort Myers, Fla. IHRA Drag Racing last appeared on one of the ESPN networks in 1999. "This is a landmark opportunity for the IHRA to further advance its plans for all stakeholders in the Sportsman Racing Division," said Chris Lencheski, vice chairman and CEO of IRGSE, the parent company of the IHRA. "This agreement highlights our sportsman racers and positions us to move into 2018 with a tremendous partner for our professional racing series with significant momentum behind the IHRA, its teams, tracks and sponsors." "We're always looking for ways to serve sports fans and are very pleased to be able to offer IHRA racing to our viewers through streaming on ESPN3," said Dan Ochs, ESPN Director Content Strategy & Acquisitions. "IHRA and ESPN have a history dating back to the 90's, and it's great to bring them back." This unprecedented agreement to cover sportsman racing in 2017 is a harbinger of things to come. When IHRA Drag Racing's professional series resumes in 2018, the agreement will cover the professional IHRA national events in addition to the IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship. "This announcement is really excellent news for the IHRA, our competitors and our sponsors," IHRA president Mike Dunn said. "We've been working on this agreement for a long, long time, and it's great to be able to make the announcement today - it's a game changer. With ESPN's help, we're able to spotlight our sportsman racers like never before, and next year, we'll add the professional component into the mix when our professional national events return. On a personal note, it's gratifying for me to resume my 14-year relationship with ESPN." ESPN3 is a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks. "Drag racing belongs on ESPN which is the industry leader in television sports and has enormous reach and promotion power across all its distribution platforms," Pilson Communications founder and president Neal Pilson said. "IHRA fans will be the main beneficiaries of the ESPN/IHRA partnership." The IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship is a new national championship format for sportsman-class racers that will be determined using points claims from the best seven of the first 10 events in which a driver competes. Racers will accrue points based on a national points system and may race at whatever events they choose regardless of regional boundaries. The Summit Sportsman National Championship is comprised of 30 races, two per weekend at each venue, on 15 weekends from February through September. On weekends with two venues on the schedule, only one will be available on ESPN3. Telecast times and additional details will be announced later. The 2017 IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship schedule on ESPN3 is below: Date Race Location Feb. 4-5 Immokalee (Fla.) Regional Raceway Feb. 11-12 Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway March 4-5 State Capitol Raceway, Baton Rouge, La. March 18-19 San Antonio Raceway, Marion, Texas March 25-26 Darlington (S.C.) Dragway May 6-7 Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md. June 3-4 State Capitol Raceway, Baton Rouge, La. June 10-11 US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich. June 24-25 Piedmont Dragway, Julian, N.C. July 8-9 Keystone Raceway Park, New Alexandria, Pa. Aug. 19-20 Memphis International Raceway Sept. 2-3 Carolina Dragway, Aiken, S.C. Sept. 23-24 Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio ESPN, Inc. is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Last year, ESPN produced more than 51,000 hours of live event/studio programming across platforms. Their major sports coverage includes: NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports, golf, tennis and auto racing from around the globe. The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, a TPG Specialty Lending company. The IHRA promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. The IHRA sanctions nearly 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bahama's and welcomes 80,000 racers annually to their IHRA-sanctioned facilities. The IHRA oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Sportsman National Championship and the Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, or connect with us on Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports, Twitter @IHRA or Instagram @IHRADRS. # # #
  14. Team Bray Racing Returns to the Australian Drag Racing Scene in 2017 SYDNEY, Australia (December 23, 2016) - Team Bray Racing is back on track with a full blown assault on the Australian drag racing scene for 2017, having struck a multi-year sponsorship deal with well-known Australian oil company Gulf Western Oil. The iconic team consists of drag racing legend and six-time Pro Slammer Champion Victor Bray and his son Ben Bray, also a fierce competitor and lightning fast driver. Managing directors (and brothers) of Gulf Western Oil, Ben and Andrew Vicary said, "As long time drag racing and Team Bray fans, we are thrilled about this new venture. In anything we set out to do we always aim to be number one and Team Bray Racing shares the very same philosophy. We look forward to an exciting and successful partnership on the race track." The Team Bray Racing assault consists of five cars in total - two Top Door Slammers, Two Burnout Cars and a violently fast turbocharged six cylinder powered Toyota to be run in the Factory Xtreme class by Ben Bray. Victor Bray said, "I'm back in black and feeling stronger than ever. We don't plan to finish second either." "This is a great announcement for Australian Drag Racing," stated Maurice Allen, IHRA Australia managing director seen here placing the 400 Thunder Series decals and IHRA decals on the beautiful looking new livery on the Bray Machines. "To see these cars ready to go with Pro Slammer on them should signal a warning to the rest of the field that these guys are going to be hitting the track with a vengeance and we are really excited to see the potential now with such a great iconic Australian company on board," Allen continued. "What really excites me," says Victor, "Is to be working with the Vicary brothers and their highly skilled team at Gulf Western Oil. It's an Australian owned company with state-of-the-art technology that can take on, if not surpass, any oil company in the world." Drag racing fans, stay tuned for this one in 2017, it's going to be an amazing spectacle for all to see. The Brays will be on track for the Willowbank race on January 7 for 400 Thunder. For more information, head to www.400thunder.com.au The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, a TPG Specialty Lending company. The IHRA promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. The IHRA sanctions nearly 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bahama's and welcomes 80,000 racers annually to their IHRA-sanctioned facilities. The IHRA oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Sportsman National Championship and the Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, or connect with us on Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports, Twitter @IHRA or Instagram @IHRADRS.
  15. IHRA Announces 2017 Summit Sportsman Programs - Summit SuperSeries and Summit Sportsman National Championship highlight the schedule; points funds increased WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (December 6, 2016) - The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), the world's second-largest drag racing sanctioning body, is gearing up for 2017 with two National sportsman programs highlighting the season. The bracket racing based Summit SuperSeries will make its return to IHRA-sanctioned member tracks for the 16th season and the newly formed Summit Sportsman National Championship, which takes the place of the Summit Pro-Am Tour regional format, will make its debut for class racing competitors. The points funds for both sportsman programs will be greater than and pay more places than any other class racing series in existence. The 2017 edition of the IHRA $200,000 Summit SuperSeries will be contested at nearly 100 IHRA member tracks. The program will feature the same format and structure as what was introduced in 2016 but with an increased and expanded national championship purse. IHRA Summit SuperSeries participating tracks will crown a Summit SuperSeries track champion and those champions are invited to compete in the Summit World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee at the end of the season. The increased points fund is as follows: the championship prize package in Top and Mod is $20,000 to win and $7,000 to the runner-up, sixth round $2,000, fifth round $1,000, fourth round $700, third round $600, second round $400 and first round $300. The Junior Dragster championship payout is a brand new turn-key JR Race Car junior dragster plus $3,000 to win, $2,000 runner-up, sixth round $1,000, fifth round $800, fourth round $500, third round $400, second round $400 and first round $100. The complete set of program guidelines and rules for the Summit SuperSeries can be found at - http://www.ihra.com/superseries-home "Summit Racing Equipment is dedicated to supporting competitors at all levels and through a variety of different platforms" said Motorsports and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf. "It takes the entire family of IHRA racers, member tracks, sanctioning body staff and Summit Racing Equipment working together to move the sportsman racing component of IHRA Drag Racing to the incredible level of support and enthusiasm we have today. We are thrilled to have just completed the 15th season of the Summit SuperSeries and we are looking forward to seeing how the new format of the Summit Sportsman National Championship is received by the class racers," Greenleaf continued. The Summit Sportsman National Championship will launch in 2017 and aims to move IHRA class racing away from a regional structure and focus on a national structure. The Summit Sportsman National Championship is designed to provide a more enjoyable and competitive program through an industry leading points fund, flexibility of schedule and claims structure. The new National Championship for class racers will be determined using points claims from the best seven of the first ten events the racer attends. Competitors will be scored against each other using a national points system and may race at whatever event they choose without having limitations based upon regional boundaries. The industry leading Summit Sportsman National Championship points fund will be greater than and pay more places than any other class racing series in existence. The Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod & Hot Rod National Champion will be awarded $15,000, runner-up $5,000 and third-place $3,000. Junior Dragster will be comprised of one class with a $2,000 grand prize to the Champion, $1,500 runner-up and third-place $1,000. The IHRA was the first organization to live stream the entire series of class racing events and in 2017 will build upon that platform by announcing a new media partnership with a major network provider. The new partnership will provide unprecedented live stream coverage of each Summit Sportsman National Championship event in its entirety with an industry leading provider of sports content. This partnership will be announced shortly and will further demonstrate IHRA's dominate role in providing national exposure to sportsman competitors. The 2017 Summit Sportsman National Championship schedule includes: Feb. 3 - 5 Immokalee Regional Raceway Immokalee, FL 1/8-mile Feb. 10 - 12 Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, FL 1/8-mile March 3 - 5 State Capitol Raceway Baton Rouge, LA 1/4-mile March 17 - 19 San Antonio Raceway Marion, TX 1/4-mile March 24 - 26 Darlington Dragway Darlington, SC 1/8-mile May 5 - 7 Maryland Int'l Raceway Budds Creek, MD 1/4-mile TBA TBA TBA 1/4-mile June 9 - 11 US 131 Motorsports Park Martin, MI 1/4-mile June 9 - 11 Farmington Dragway Mocksville, NC 1/8-mile June 23 - 25 Piedmont Dragway Julian, NC 1/8-mile July 7 - 9 Keystone Raceway Park New Alexandria, PA 1/4-mile Aug. 18 - 20 Empire Dragway Leicester, NY 1/8-mile Aug. 18 - 20 Memphis Int'l Raceway Millington, TN 1/4-mile Sept. 1 - 3 Carolina Dragway Aiken, SC 1/8-mile Sept. 22 - 24 Dragway 42 West Salem, OH 1/4-mile The complete information package for the new Summit Sportsman National Championship can be found at - http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-home "IHRA continues to build, value and showcase sportsman racing programs at every level and the Summit programs are the foundation on which the IHRA thrives" said IHRA vice president Skooter Peaco. "No matter what changes a new racing season may bring our way, our member tracks and sportsman racing programs consistently remain at the top of our priority list. 2017 will be another great season of racing within the IHRA member track family and I'm looking forward to seeing the hard work that our team puts into these programs come to life in less than 60 days from now". The IHRA is owned and operated by IRG Sports + Entertainment™, a TPG Specialty Lending company, and promotes professional and sportsman racing for drivers of all levels. The IHRA sanctions nearly 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bahama's and welcomes 80,000 racers annually to their IHRA-sanctioned facilities. The IHRA oversees multiple sportsman racing programs including the Summit Sportsman National Championship, Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries, and Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions. For more information about the IHRA and to become a member, please visit www.IHRA.com, or follow
  16. IHRA and Summit Racing Equipment Continue their Long-Standing Partnership, Announce the new Summit National Championship in 2017 WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (November 30, 2016) - The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is pleased to announce that Summit Racing Equipment will continue their long-standing relationship with the IHRA by renewing their commitment to IHRA's sportsman racers through class racing and bracket racing programs. The renewal of the partnership with Summit Racing Equipment also includes some updates to the existing sportsman programs. The Summit Pro-Am Tour will be replaced and move from a divisional based system to a national based points system in 2017. The change in structure will eliminate "divisions" and return to utilizing a national points based system that will improve a competitor's ability to pick and choose the races he or she wants to attend without having geographical constraints. Additionally, the Summit SuperSeries will feature an increased and expanded Summit World Finals purse. "The sportsman racer, at every level, has been and will continue to be one of the most important components of the Summit Racing Equipment family," said Summit Motorsports and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf. "We are proud to support the men, women and kids who gather at their local IHRA track to participate in the Summit SuperSeries or travel throughout their region chasing a class racing championship. It is a great feeling for us to see Summit SuperSeries champions from all over North America show up at Memphis for the Summit World Finals to race for a World Championship. It takes the entire family of IHRA racers, member tracks, sanctioning body staff and Summit Racing Equipment working together to move the sportsman racing component of IHRA Drag Racing to the incredible level of support and enthusiasm we have today and we are proud to continue our efforts in these programs," Greenleaf continued. The new national class racing program will be called the Summit Sportsman National Championship and it will feature the same line-up of classes including: Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and a class for Juniors. The Summit Sportsman National Championship will kick off in Immokalee, Florida (Immokalee Regional Raceway) in early February and conclude in West Salem, Ohio (Dragway 42) in late September. Complete details and dates for the new Summit Sportsman National Championship will be released soon. In addition, the Summit Sportsman National Championship will boast a championship point fund that pays more than anything currently in the marketplace with $15,000 to win the national championship, $5,000 for second and $3,000 for third place in each of the seven primary classes. The Junior champion will win $2,000, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for the third place finisher in the national points chase. The event purses have also been improved to ensure the IHRA is extremely competitive in the market while still having an entry fee that is less than any other event of its type. IHRA was the first organization to live stream the entire series of class racing events and in 2017 will build upon that platform by announcing a new media partnership with a major network provider. The new partnership will provide unprecedented live stream coverage of each Summit Sportsman National Championship event in its entirety with an industry leading provider of sports content. This partnership will be announced shortly and will further demonstrate IHRA's dominate role in providing national exposure to sportsman competitors. "Summit Racing Equipment is a mainstay of the IHRA family and we're excited to have them back and continue to support our sportsman racing programs," said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco. "Our sportsman racers are the backbone of our company and Summit helps us to grow those programs every year. In fact, we just finished our 15th season of the Summit SuperSeries and we are very proud of the fact that we have been able to grow that program into the largest of its kind in the sport. The IHRA just hosted the largest gathering of track champions in the history of drag racing during the Summit World Finals as 95% of all IHRA Summit SuperSeries tracks had their champions represented at Memphis International Raceway for the Summit SuperSeries World Championship. It was incredible to see almost every champion from every track we have racing against each other. It definitely reinforced the fact that the Summit SuperSeries is on target with our member tracks and our bracket racing members." For additional information about the IHRA or Summit Racing Equipment, please visit www.IHRA.com and www.summitracing.com
  17. Sydney Dragway Confirms IHRA Australia as Preferred Sanctioning Body IHRA continues with additional international growth; future announcements to be made in the coming weeks WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (October 13, 2016) - Sydney Dragway recently announced that the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Australia is now the preferred sanctioning body for the world class venue located at Eastern Creek in the Sydney Metropolitan area. Sydney Dragway Vice Chairman Rick Gauci today confirmed, "This is a momentous day for our racetrack. It gives us stability and continuity heading into the future and allows us to plan with confidence the schedule of racing events at our venue for the years ahead." "This is another example of the nexus of our decision to move heavily into Australia and into new markets," stated Chris Lencheski, IRG Sports + Entertainment vice chairman & CEO. "We're very happy with the progress and momentum coming from our IHRA team in Australia, along with Mike Dunn and Maurice Allen. Sydney is the largest market in Australia and by them confirming their relationship with the IHRA it secures our position as an international series." The announcement comes on the heels of the IHRA announcing the additional of Wide Bay Motor Complex to the IHRA Australia portfolio of member tracks. The IHRA currently sanctions Australia's professional drag racing series, 400 Thunder as well as four Australia drag racing venues - Sydney Dragway, Willowbank Raceway, Springmount Raceway and Wide Bay Motor Complex. The world's second-largest drag racing sanctioning body started the international movement into Australia in 2015 and continues to focus on taking drag racing to non-traditional and mainstream audiences around the globe. "The commit to expand our international presence into Australia continues and we couldn't be more excited about Sydney Dragway's continued relationship with the IHRA," stated Mike Dunn, IHRA president. "Sydney Dragway is an incredible multi-use facility in the heart of Australia and to be able to secure our future there is key to our expansion." Sydney Dragway has already run sanctioned events under IHRA Australia, including the regular Race for Real off street event, Grudge Kings, The 400 Thunder Series and regular Test and Tunes to name a few. The remaining rounds of the 2016 ATURA Championship Series will be run under the IHRA Australia sanction. To accommodate racers who hold ANDRA licenses, a day license will be available for these two events (October 22 and November 19, 2016). For licensing inquiries, please contact the Sydney Dragway Office on (02) 9421 0700. Please call well in advance of the event you wish to race at to ensure a smooth race day process. ###
  18. San Antonio Raceway will host the Division 4 “Renegades" International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Team Finals September 29 – October 2, 2016. All Division 4 teams are eligible to participate and compete in several performance-based categories which include: Top ET, Modified ET, and Junior Dragster in hopes of advancing to the Summit World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee October 20 – 22. The event will also feature a pit party, two Gambler's races and "Best of" awards in the following categories: Best Appearing Full Bodied Car, Best Engineered Full Bodied Car, Best Appearing Open Bodied Car, Best Engineered Open Bodied Car, Best Engineered Junior Dragster, Best Appearing Junior Dragster, Best Team Spirit (judged all weekend), Best Appearing Team (Sunday), Best Sponsor Banner and Best Decorated Grandstands. For additional information about this weekend’s Summit Team Finals at San Antonio Raceway, please click here - http://ihra.com/images/jevents/2016_STF_Division_4_web_1.pdf
  19. For Immediate Release Records Broken, Veteran Champions and a First-Time Winner at the Season Finale MARTIN, Michigan (August 13, 2016) - The Northern Nationals was not short on suspense and unexpected twists and turns throughout the day and night. The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) season-ending professional finale came down to the final runs and teams having to overcome some challenging weather conditions at US 131 Motorsports Park. Mother Nature once again came into play in Martin, Michigan and prevented teams from starting on schedule. Once the rain showers moved through the area, the track temperature changed drastically and things heated up. The professional classes made one late afternoon qualifying run and moved into eliminations an hour and a half later. The results for the remainder of the day were nothing less than spectacular. In the Pro Stock class, Cary Goforth redeemed himself after failing to make a qualifying run Friday evening. The veteran driver qualified his Chevrolet Camaro in the third position for eliminations and his momentum continued for the remainder of the day. He paired up with Trevor Eman in the semi-finals and the two faced off to determine the World Championship title. Goforth narrowly beat Eman with a 6.319 at 221.57 mph against a 6.342 at 220.91 mph to claim his third consecutive championship title. Goforth finished off the night with a Northern Nationals win against JR Carr when he posted a 6.315 at 221.35 mph. Jason Rupert took home his third consecutive IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car World Championship and his second win of the 2016 season this weekend. In addition, Rupert shattered the elapsed time World Record when he ran a 5.522 at 262.54 mph in the final round. He and Mike McIntire Jr. found themselves in familiar territory as the two paired up in the final round of eliminations. McIntire Jr. needed to break an IHRA record in order to secure the championship by one point but fell short and finished in the runner-up position in the point standings for the third year in a row. The Pro Modified class bounced back-and-forth between breaking world records over the course of the Northern Nationals. Billy Glidden wound up victorious with the top speed world record of 250.98 mph and the Northern Nationals win at US 131 Motorsports Park. Rickie Smith went up against Billy Glidden in the semi-finals and lost to Glidden but claimed the elapsed time world record in the process with a 5.831 second pass. Glidden and Jason Hamstra advanced to the final round at the end of the evening. Hamstra faltered after launching at the tree allowing Glidden to secure the win. Billy Harper claimed the 2016 IHRA Pro Modified World Championship Friday night after he secured the third spot in qualifying for the Northern Nationals. The IHRA Nitro Motorcycle class had some unexpected twists and turns after points leader Jay Turner failed to qualify for the Northern Nationals. The 2015 World Champion had bike issues on both qualifying runs and never made it to the tree for a pass. Bob Malloy sat second in the point standings heading into US 131 Motorsports Park but was knocked out of contention in the first round of eliminations, giving Turner back-to-back IHRA Nitro Motorcycle World Championships. Frank Capone landed in the winner's circle after he defeated Tii Tharpe in the final round. Capone ran a 6.459 at 220.26 mph to Tharpe's 6.503 at 200.80 mph and garnered his first IHRA Ironman. The 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series has come to a close but the Summit sportsman racers still have plenty of racing left to do. The Summit Pro-Am Tour continues at US 131 Motorsports Park tomorrow for a doubleheader. Tickets are available at the gate. Click here for the complete Northern Nationals results. ###
  20. Records Fall at the IHRA Northern Nationals Final Round of Qualifying MARTIN, Michigan (August 13, 2016) - Records were shattered in the final round of qualifying at the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan this afternoon. AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car driver Jason Rupert and Pro Modified driver Rickie Smith solidified their spots in the International Hot Rod Association Record (IHRA) record books. 2015 IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car World Champion Jason Rupert broke the elapsed time record with a 5.57 second pass at 259.22 mph and qualified in the top spot. The record run also gives Rupert 20 bonus points in the championship battle. Mike McIntire Jr. produced a 5.61 second pass at 256.85 mph for the second qualifying spot. Shawn Bowen, Marc White and John Hale round out the top-five in qualifying. In a surprise upset, Mark Sanders smoked the tires and did not qualify for the Northern Nationals. Rickie Smith has been dominating the Pro Modified class at US 131 Motorsports Park. The number one qualifier broke two world records - a new speed record of 247.25 mph and a new ET record of 5.831. Billy Glidden qualified in the second spot with a 5.89 at 250.98 mph and 2016 IHRA Pro Modified World Champion Billy Harper landed in the third spot; 5.89 at 241.68 mph. JR Carr took over the top spot from Trevor Eman in Pro Stock in the final round of qualifying. Carr made a 6.36 second pass at 218.66 mph against Eman's Friday night run of 6.38 at 219.19 mph. 2015 IHRA Pro Stock World Champion solidified his spot after a failed qualifing attempt last night and positioned his Chevrolet Camaro in third. Dean Goforth and Larry O'Brien round out the top-five qualifiers. In another surprise twist, 2015 IHRA Nitro Motorcycle World Champion and current points leader, Jay Turner did not qualify for the Northern Nationals. Turner experienced problems with his motorcycle on both qualifying runs and did not make a pass. Bob Malloy took the number one spot with a 6.40 second, 219.08 mph pass. Tracy Kile qualified second with a 6.41 at 219.08 mph. Rickey House, Frank Capone and Jake Stordeur finish up the top-five. The Northern Nationals professional eliminations take place tonight starting at approximately 6:15 ET . Rain has pushed the timing back on all activity at US 131 Motorsports today. The IHRA World Champions will be crowned this evening in front of the US 131 Motorsports Park fans. For more information, please visit IHRADRS.com, US131MSP.com or Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports Click here for the complete Northern Nationals qualifying results. ###
  21. For Immediate Release IHRA Northern Nationals Round One Qualifying Results Billy Harper Clinches the IHRA Pro Modified World Championship MARTIN, Michigan (August 12, 2016) - The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) battled Mother Nature today and as a result only one qualifying session took place for the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park. Summit Pro-Am Tour activity was cancelled and will resume tomorrow morning with qualifying at 9 a.m. ET. Four professional classes took center stage for one round of professional qualifying - AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Motorcycle, Pro Stock and Pro Modified. With his entry into the Northern Nationals and a qualifying pass, Billy Harper clinched the IHRA Pro Modified World Championship for his first-ever IHRA championship. Harper qualified in the third position during qualifying with a 5.831 at 247.25 mph. Ricky Smith took the top spot running a 5.831 at 247.25 mph. Billy Glidden, Jason Hamstra and Harold Martin finished out the top-five spots. The top story lines leaving round one of the Northern Nationals qualifying is in the Nitro Motorcycle class. Number one and two in the point standings, Jay Turner and Bob Malloy, did not make qualifying passes due to problems with their motorcycles. Tracy Kile is the number one qualifier with a 6.412 second pass at 219.08 mph and Rickey House placed second with a 6.571 at 219.73 mph pass. Trevor Eman took the top spot in Pro Stock with a 6.383 second pass at 219.19 mph. Dean Goforth claimed second, running a 6.395 second, 217.50 mph qualifying pass. JR Carr, Matt Bertsch and Dwayne Rice rounded out the top-five. AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car points leader Jason Rupert dominated again at US 131 Motorsports Park. The defending race winner ran a 5.578 at 259.22 mph and has a potential elapsed time world record if he can back it up tomorrow during the second round of qualifying. Mike McIntire Jr, Shawn Bowen, Marc White and John Hale finished out the top-five in Northern Nationals qualifying. Racing action continues tomorrow with Summit Pro-Am Tour action and a final round of professional qualifying and eliminations. The final round of professional qualifying starts at 2 p.m. ET and eliminations begin at 5 p.m. ET. For more information, please visit IHRADRS.com, US131MSP.com or Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports Click here for the complete Northern Nationals Qualifying Results. ###
  22. For Immediate Release Complete Guide to the IHRA Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 10, 2016) -The countdown is on as the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan is only a few days away. The track was awarded the championship finale last month when Dragway 42 was eliminated from the schedule due to construction delays. Fans will witness champions being determined in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Motorcycle, Pro Stock and Pro Modified August 12 - 13, 2016. The action kicks off Friday, August 12 with Summit Pro-Am Tour race number one of the weekend and two professional qualifying sessions. The pre-race ceremonies begin at 6:50 p.m. ET with round one of qualifying at 7 p.m. On Saturday, August 13, champions will be crowned following one more round of qualifying and three elimination rounds. Pre-race ceremony is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. with round one of eliminations at 5 p.m.The Summit Pro-Am Tour will continue on Saturday in conjunction with the pro's and will be a stand-alone event on Sunday, August 14. Did you know?: The 2015 winners of the Northern Nationals include: AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car - Jason Rupert Nitro Motorcycle - Jay Turner Pro Modified - Bill Lutz Pro Stock - Matt Bertsch The 2015 IHRA World Champions include: AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car - Jason Rupert Nitro Motorcycle - Jay Turner Pro Stock - Cary Goforth Pro Modified - Dina Parise The Northern Nationals marks the last IHRA Drag Racing Series event on the 2016 schedule. The Summit sportsman programs will continue until the World Finals in Memphis, Tennessee October 21 - 23, 2016. Each ticket includes free access to the pit area. Fans have an opportunity to see their favorite driver and team in-person for autographs and to watch them work on their vehicles. Tickets are available at US131MSP.com AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Quote Board: Jason Rupert (first-place in the points), "We feel pretty good about this weekend at the Northern Nationals. Our new car is responding well. Unfortunately we don't have the amount of runs on this one compared to the old one so we're still learning. With everyone bunched up in points this should be pretty exciting." Shawn Bowen (second-place in the points), "The season so far has been great. We have won two races and one runner-up finish. We have ran our best speed at 264 mph and we've had a blast racing the IHRA series this year. If we do pull off the championship it would be the highlight of my career. I've won divisional championships in Top Alcohol Dragster and three championships in the DRO series in funny car but this would be outstanding to win a world championship." Mike McIntire Jr. (third-place in the points), "This season has been the tightest battle ever. We have been just trying to stay consistent and go rounds all year. Martin is going to be an all out war in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car class. It's going to be a high stress, high stakes weekend for all! Winning the championship would mean the world to us. Our team has worked so hard that finishing in front of the best cars in the country would be the ultimate reward. We are really looking forward to Martin!" Mark Sanders (fourth-place in the points), "A short battle this year but a battle to the very end. Looking back on the season, every time these AMSOIL Nitro Funny Cars started the weekend it was huge for points. You had to be on your "A game" and do the best you can. We dropped the ball a few times this season (broken rod, red light, smoked the tires) and going into the last race of the season at Martin, Michigan sitting number four will be the wildest one yet. Winning the points championship would be huge for our entire team." Pro Stock Quote Board: Trevor Eman (second-place in the points), "We can't wait to get to Michigan. Being a contender in a points chase is certainly exciting.Our year started somewhat troublesome in Orlando but after that we were able to make three finals in a row and that was very motivating. We are carrying that motivation and determination right into the Northern Nationals and will be giving it everything we have. We'll be doing our best to make everybody proud, especially everyone back home in Aruba and our partners, Aruba Tourism Authority and Aruba Airport Authority. We want to show everybody that the small island of Aruba, out of the Caribbean, can do this!" Pro Modified Quote Board: Billy Harper (first-place in the points), "Wow, What a year! It's exciting to be back racing a full schedule and with the IHRA. We've had a couple of challenges this year but thanks to Crew Chief, Dennis Radford and a hard working crew, consisting of Andy Keeling, Jim "Skid" Rowe, Ryan Bendick, Judy Radford and Mary Harper, we overcame to win a few races and set some records in the process. I don't think that anyone could have asked for a better year. We are excited that the IHRA is rebuilding and we want to be a part of their program. Pro Mod is a great professional class and the IHRA has given us the respect that the class deserves." Nitro Motorcycle Quote Board: Jay Turner (first-place in the points), "2016 has been a great year so far! The competition has been the toughest yet and we have been fortunate enough to be leading in the points going into the last race of the season. There has been 19 teams to take part in this years IHRA Nitro Motorcycle class and we haven't taken it easy on each other, the level of competition has definitely been raised this season. Take the President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway for example, 11 bikes competing for eight positions where the No. 1 qualifier (Tracy Kile) runs a 6.253 and the No. 8 qualifier (Jason Pridemore) runs a 6.508 and a 6.372 pass puts you in the middle of the field...we are a tight knit group but that weekend, once we rolled into the water...it was on! We are going to do our best to hold off the rest of the field and hopefully leave the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan with the Championship." Northern Nationals Entry List: AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Jason Rupert Mike McIntire Jr. Mark Sanders Steve Nichols Bruce Litton Jim Maroney - Candies & Hughes car Shawn Bowen Richard Hartman Fred Farndon Greg Jacobsmeyer Marc White John Hale Nitro Motorcycle Jay Turner Randal Andras Frank Capone Rickey House Tracy Kile Bob Malloy Jake Stordeur Tii Tharpe Jason Pridemore Pro Stock Cary Goforth Dean Goforth Trevor Eman JR Carr John Deflorian Larry O'Brien John Konigshofer Matt Bertsch Brad Waddle Dwayne Rice Pro Modified Billy Harper Ruben Tetshovili Billy Glidden Jason Hamstra Harold Martin Von Smith Dan Stevenson Don Klooster ###
  23. For Immediate Release IHRA World Championships on the Line NORWALK, Ohio (August 3, 2016) - The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Drag Racing Series will wrap up the 2016 season with four championship titles yet to be determined in the final event of the year at the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan on August 12 - 13, 2016. The Pro Modified class and Nitro Motorcycle class champions will be determined during qualifying rounds on Friday, August 12. Billy Harper has a comfortable 178-point lead over second-place driver Ruben Tetsoshvili in Pro Modified. If Harper, enters the event he will automatically clinch his first-ever IHRA World Championship title. The Paducah, Kentucky resident made his return to full-time racing this year after taking some time off since his 2008 ADRL Pro Nitrous championship. Harper has driven his '00 Dodge Viper to two wins this season at the Good Vibrations Texas Nationals and the Mopar Canadian Nationals. 2015 IHRA Nitro Motorcycle World Champion Jay Turner is looking to defend his title against Bob Malloy. The Julian, North Carolina native currently has a 114-point lead over Malloy as they head into the Northern Nationals. Turner needs to advance into eliminations in order to secure IHRA Nitro Motorcycle back-to-back championships. The title would mark Turner's fifth professional drag racing championship. He has tallied three wins during the 2016 season - Good Vibrations Texas Nationals, Mopar Canadian Nationals and Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals. The Pro Stock class will be a battle between veteran driver and back-to-back IHRA World Champion Cary Goforth and driver Trevor Eman. Goforth has a narrow three-point lead over Eman going into the season finale in Martin, Michigan. Goforth has two wins with his AMSOIL, Deans Casing and Black Diamond Motorsport team at the AMSOIL Nitro Nationals and the President's Cup Nationals. Trevor Eman landed in the IHRA winner's circle for the very first time at the Mopar Canadian Nationals with his 2011 Ford Mustang. Prior to the win, Eman and Team Aruba had back-to-back runner-up finishes. The championship in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car will come down to the final round of eliminations on Saturday, August 13. The AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car class is in the midst of a four-way battle for the top spot. Former champion Jason Rupert currently has an 18-point lead over second-place driver Shawn Bowen. The Yorba Linda, California native is looking to add three consecutive championships to his portfolio. Rupert garnered one win so far this season at the Good Vibrations Texas Nationals. Second-place Shawn Bowen heads into the Northern Nationals with a "home field" advantage as he resides in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Bowen clinched consecutive DRO Nitro Funny Car Series championships in 2013 and 2014 and is currently seeking his first IHRA World Championship. He claimed IHRA wins at the AMSOIL Nitro Nationals and Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals this season. Mike McIntire Jr. sits third in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car point standings and finds himself in familiar territory as the Mentor, Ohio driver has been in the top-three at the season finale every year since his Funny Car career started in 2014. McIntire Jr. has finished in the runner-up position in 2014 and 2015 and is looking for his first championship title. He has posted two runner-up finishes in 2016. Mark "Mr. Explosive" Sanders is only 49 points behind Jason Rupert in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car point standings in the fourth position. Sanders, from Maple Valley, Washington, has become a major player on the nostalgia scene over the past few years, piloting the extremely memorable "Mr. Explosive" machine. He is in the hunt for his first IHRA World Championship at US 131 Motorsports Park next week. Sanders has one win in 2016 which came from the Mopar Canadian Nationals. In addition to incredible, side-by-side competition that each professional class is known for, the Summit SuperSeries and Summit Pro-Am Tours remain in full swing with the World Finals scheduled to take place at Memphis International Raceway October 21 - 23, 2016. The professional championship finale takes place at the Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park on August 12 - 13. Tickets are available online at www.US131MSP.com or for more information on the IHRA, visit www.IHRA.com, www.Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports or follow @IHRA on Twitter. ###
  24. For Immediate Release IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals Presented by Good Vibrations Pro Results Jay Turner Wins Second-Straight Race, Takes Commanding Points Lead EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 17, 2016) - Jay Turner raced to his third victory of the season at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations while Shawn Bowen captured the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car title at Castrol Raceway; due to a five-and-a-half-hour rain delay, the Pro Mod and Pro 695 category races will be completed later in the year at Castrol Raceway. Turner raced to his second-straight win taking the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals title in Parts Canada Nitro Motorcycle. He defeated Frank Capone, Nate Gagnon and Tracy Kile on the way to the winner's circle. Turner entered the race with a 70-point lead over Jake Stordeur in the Nitro Motorcycle point standings; Stordeur was eliminated in the first round. With Turner's No. 1 qualifier, his victory and just one race remaining in the season, the four-time IHRA Nitro Motorcycle Champion's points lead could now be insurmountable. "We started out slow; I underestimated the track significantly based on previous times here," Turner said. "This weekend, the track was phenomenal; the grip was awesome. Hats off to the IHRA crew for giving us a great racing surface here in Edmonton. I think (the win) probably wrapped it (IHRA Nitro Motorcycle World Championship) up as long as the truck doesn't break down going to Michigan." Bowen raced to his second win of the season; he defeated Tim Boychuk, Mike McIntire and No. 1 qualifier Jason Rupert on his way to the winner's circle. The top-five drivers in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car point standings, Rupert, McIntire, Mark Sanders, Bowen and Boychuk, entered the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations separated by just 60 points. After Boychuk went out in the first round, the top-four drivers did battle in the semifinals with Rupert and Bowen advancing to the final round. Rupert retained the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car points lead, but with his win, Bowen jumped from fourth to second in the standings with one race remaining. McIntire is now third while Sanders is fourth. "We moved up to second in points, and it all comes down to Martin (Mich.)," Bowen said. "It's gonna be a battle between us, Rupert, McIntire and Sanders. It's anybody's game now. Whoever doesn't make a mistake is gonna win the deal. I live two and a half hours from Martin so I like racing there." Bruce Litton ran a 5.111-second lap at 238.98 mph to take top honors in the IHRA Top Fuel exhibition. The Pro 6.95 class completed two rounds at the Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations, but the remaining four drivers, Darrell Webb, Mark Venance, Troy Sitko and Joey Steckler, will complete their race at a previously-scheduled event Aug. 13-14 at Castrol Raceway. Due to the significant race day rain delays, the entire Pro Mod competition was moved to a previously scheduled Castrol Raceway event in September. To view complete results, please click here. The 2016 IHRA Drag Racing Series season continues August 12-13 with the final points event of the 2016 season: the IHRA Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. Season championships will be determined in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Mod and Nitro Motorcycle. Summit Pro-Am Sportsman racing will also be featured. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit IHRADRS.com. For more information, please visit IHRADRS.com, CastrolRaceway.com or call (780) 461-5801 ###
  25. For Immediate Release IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals Presented by Good Vibrations Pro Qualifying Results; Eliminations Set For Sunday Afternoon EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 16, 2016) - With just two points races remaining in the 2016 IHRA Drag Racing season, Jason Rupert increased his points lead with his third-consecutive No. 1 qualifier at this weekend's International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations at Castrol Raceway. Jay Turner (Parts Canada Nitro Motorcycle), Gary Urlacher (Pro Mod) and Allen Weich (6.95 Funny Car) will also start eliminations atop their respective classes. Rupert was the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car No. 1 qualifier at both the IHRA Presidents Cup Nationals fueled by Sonoco and the IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Williams Racing. In Edmonton, although qualifying was reduced to three sessions due to persistent Friday rains, Rupert resumed his qualifying proficiency. He set the mark in the Friday night session with a 5.553-second effort at 269.30 mph. He posted a 5.68-second pass in the Saturday afternoon session and felt comfortable enough with his time to skip the final qualifying attempt. Mike McIntire posted the quickest pass of the final session, a 5.662-second effort, but remained third, and Rupert took top-qualifier honors for the fourth time this season. Turner set the track record for both elapsed time and speed in Parts Canada Nitro Motorcycle. In the third and final qualifying session Saturday night, Turner needed just 6.308 seconds to cover the quarter mile and reach the finish line at 217.81 mph and claim the No. 1 qualifier. Defending race winner Kevin Boyer did not qualify for eliminations. Urlacher, who entered the final round of qualifying with the lead, held onto the No. 1 spot in Pro Mod on the strength of his 6.003-second effort at 235.48 mph. Bruce Litton remains low in the IHRA Top Fuel exhibition. In Pro 6.90 Funny Car, a class in which the goal is to run as close as possible to a 6.95-second pass without going quicker, Weich made a 6.958-second run at 204.82 mph to claim the No. 1 qualifier and will lead the 16-car field into eliminations. Racing action continues Sunday with IHRA Drag Racing Series professional eliminations and additional Summit Pro-Am Tour Sportsman action. For more information, please visit IHRADRS.com, CastrolRaceway.com or call (780) 461-5801. Final Qualifying Results: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. - - Final qualifying results from the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations are below; for round-by-round qualifying results, please visit http://www.ihradrs.com/results-stats/2016-results/. AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car: 1. Jason Rupert, 5.553 secs., 269.30 mph; 2. Tim Boychuk, 5.623 secs., 251.54 mph; 3. Mike McIntire, Jr., 5.662 secs., 255.97 mph; 4. Mark Sanders, 5.749 secs., 246.71 mph; 5. Ryan Hodgson, 5.810 secs., 250.70 mph; 6. Nathan Sitko, 5.863 secs., 249.58 mph; 7. Shawn Bowen, 5.945 secs., 200.27 mph; 8. Jason Bussey, 6.023 secs., 234.50 mph. Did not qualify: 9. Clint Thompson, 6.092 secs., 234.86 mph; 10. Jay Mageau, 7.182 secs., 165.50 mph. Parts Canada Nitro Motorcycle: 1. Jay Turner, 6.308 secs., 217.81 mph. 2. Bob Malloy, 6.319 secs., 215.11 mph; 3. Tracy Kile, 6.607 secs., 246.98 mph; 4. Andy Beauchemin, 6.608 secs., 208.53 mph; 5. Nate Gagnon, 6.652 secs., 215.72 mph; 6. Jake Stordeur, 6.664 secs., 213.47 mph; 7. Mike Scott, 6.699 secs., 228.77 mph; 8. Frank Capone, 6.810 secs., 214.90 mph. Did not qualify: 9. Kevin Boyer, 7.213 secs., 156.47 mph; 10. Lyle Newton, 8.170 secs., 152.54 mph. Pro Modified:1. Gary Urlacher, 6.003 secs., 235.48 mph; 2. Paul Glandon, 6.049 secs., 241.16 mph; 3. Joe Delehay, 6.116 secs., 239.87 mph; 4. Garrett Richards, 6.166 secs., 218.55 mph; 5. Dale Pedersen, 6.204 secs., 230.41 mph; 6. Glen Kerunsky, 6.207 secs., 232.20 mph; 7. Jeff Doyle, 6.227 secs., 243.37 mph; 8. Dan Vogt, 6.405 secs., 227.73 mph; 9. David Kowalski, 6.424 secs., 214.90 mph; 10. Wade Sjostrom, 6.489 secs., 220.48 mph; 11. Mike Gondziola, 6.665 secs., 163.58 mph. Top Fuel Exhibition: 1. Bruce Litton, 5.236 secs., 232.32 mph; 2. David Fedorowich, 5.773 secs., 177.73 mph. Pro 6.90 Funny Car: 1. Allan Weich, 6.958 secs., 204.82 mph; 2. Cory Kincaid, 6.970 secs., 201.07 mph. 3. Cal Tebb, 6.972 secs., 200.18 mph; 4. Cody Anstead, 6.9824 secs., 196.25 mph; 5. Mark Venance, 6.9825 secs., 196.08 mph; 6. Troy Stiko, 6.985 secs., 199.65 mph; 7. Joey Steckler, 6.992 secs., 208.53 mph; 8. Jim Fersch, 7.004 secs., 199.56 mph; 9. Darrell Webb, 7.011 secs., 199.65 mph; 10. Ron Stennes 7.068 secs., 193.47 mph; 11. Scott Bourdin, 7.070 secs., 194.89 mph; 12. David Brant, 7.072 secs., 189.55 mph; 13. Shane Reykdal, 7.172 secs., 190.60 mph; 14. Darrell Pelrine, 7.174 secs., 193.55 mph; 15. Norm Kolwich, 7.218 secs., 191.16 mph; 16. Courtney Mageau, 7.909 secs., 134.33 mph. Did not qualify: 17. Reg Deforest, 8.882 secs., 154.22 mph. ###
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