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IHRA Summit Super Series @ San Antonio Raceway 5/10/14

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Summit Super Series @ San Antonio Raceway, 5/10/14

By JM Hallas


Marion, TX.,(May 10th, 2014) San Antonio Raceway hosted its fourth round of points racing for the IHRA Summit Super Series. This year the series competes on the 1/8 mile, versus the full 1/4 mile, with two races giving drivers the chance to score double points and double purse money.


This years points race is already shaping to be a fight to the finish with veteran Leroy O'Bryant holding the top spot in the Electronics(Box) class with Jeff Rabedeau less than 20 points back in his return to racing this year, while perennial front runner, Brent Ritter is third.


In No-box(Footbrake) it's defending Motorcycle track champ Ruben Gallegos leading the way trailed by Nelson Friedeck and defending No-box champion, Brandon Mitchan in third on another bike, sandwiching Friedecks door slammer.


Past Jr. Dragster titlist, Ashley Hubbell has quickly built a comfortable points lead over Matthew Keylich and Caden Meuth. Hubbell has bagged 4 event wins in six tries already this season. Keylich's day almost ended early on a bye run when his motor kicked parts out of the block, but the Ball Motorsports Team stepped in with a spare motor for a loaner.


With heavy rain showers during the late part of the week track crews worked hard getting the surface ready for racing. Early conditions saw track temperatures around 110 but they quickly gave way to hot conditions under the sunshine raising the track to 125 by the time round 1 of eliminations hit the surface.


Cantwell Cashes in Dialing for Dollars

Shelli Cantwell(Buda) took home the jackpot in the 'Dialing for Dollars' runs taking her 65 Ford Mustang through only missing her dial in by .0026, in a Foot Brake car. Her number held up through the remainder of Foot Brake and Electronics to take home the cash.


Shelli Cantwell


Zampese Zaps Hendricks for Electronics(Box) race 1 Victory

Local hotshoe, Brett Zampese(San Antonio) in his Mullis Dragster went up against Darrell Hendricks(Luling) in his 92 Chevy Beretta for the finals in Electronics race 1. Zampese got .025 on Hendricks at the tree and needed every thousandth of it on the big end to eke out the win.


Brett Zampese heats up his tires on burnout


Brett Zampese, 4.814(4.78) @ 139.06 defeats Darrell Hendricks, 5.709(5.68) @ 123.29


On his way to the finals Zampese, who bought back after losing in round 1, took out Paul Schneider, Alex Trevino and Matt Esper, with a round 4 bye. Hendricks, who also rebought beat R. Fisher, Carlos Carrasco sr., and Kip Scharf, with a round 3 bye.


O'Bryant Outlast Field for Electronics(Box) race 2 Honors

Current points leader, Leroy O'Bryant(San Antonio) took the top prize in his O'Bryant Automotive, 79 Chevy El Camino over Greg Meuth(Boerne) in his Quality Auto Care, 2008 TNT Chassis. The wily veteran made it look easy cutting a .009 light, then running a 7.888 on a 7.88 dial in.


Leroy O'Bryant at work in his office


Leroy O'Bryant, 7.888 @ 139.06 defeats Greg Meuth, 5.084 @ 118.86


O'Bryant bested Brett Zampese, Matt Esper, Mike Pearson, Paul Schneider and caught a bye in the semi's. Meuth trailered Tina Hudel, Jay Fitzgerald, Kip Scharf and Brandon Bass.


Mitchan Masterful in Foot Brake Sweep

Foot Brake(No-box) race 1 saw San Antonio's Brandon Mitchan, on his 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa, paired up with Sylvia Zemgals, in her Bluebonnet Chrysler-Dodge, 70 Dodge Challenger. Zemgals got a huge advantage on the tree with a .001 light, but was a bit too quick on the top end(.025) handing the victory to Mitchan who was nearly right on his number.


Brandon Mitchan, 5.671(5.66) @ 122.78 defeats Sylvia Zemgals, 7.545(7.57) @ 90.71


Mitchan went red in round 1 then rebought and got wins over Nelson Friedeck, Anthony Montoya, Dennis Soefje and Aaron Tschoepe. Zemgals got past Brandon Spain,Ryan McDonnell, Gene Herbold and Humberto Gallegos.


In Foot Brake(No-box) race 2, Mitchan was head to head with RJ Doerr's(Marion) 65 Ford Mustang. Doerr had .032 in the bank off the line, but much like Zemgals before him, out ran his number giving a second break out win to Mitchan. Mitchan again was dead on his number making him nearly impossible to beat throughout the days events.


Brandon Mitchan ready to go against Jimmy Inman in race #2 semi's


Brandon Mitchan, 5.671(5.67) @ 125.49 defeats RJ Doerr, 6.815(6.82) @ 96.42


Mitchan's run to his second finals included victories over Mike Gossett, Roy Trevino, Harold Shimek, Josh Gaspard, Jimmy Inman with a round 5 bye. Doerr had wins over J. Benevides(twice), David Jones, S. Spain, Anthony Montoya and a semi final bye.


Sibling Rivalry Settled in Jr Dragster race 1

It was sister versus brother in the first Jr Dragster final with Mia and Gianni Carrola(Boerne) going head to head for the win in their TNT Jr Dragsters. Mia gave her brother the win early after she turned on the red. Had the race gone to the finish, Gianni would have lost on a break out on the top end.


The Carrola family, Gianni(left) and Mia(right) with Mom and Dad


Gianni Carrola, 7.925 @ 82.27 defeats Mia Carrola, 7.930 @ 81.55(red)


G. Carrola defeated Ashley Hubbell, Caden Meuth and Matthew Keylich. M. Carrola bought back in after a round 1 loss, then beat Emily Ball and Hailey Ball.



Hubbell Hasty but picks up Jr Dragster race 2 win

Former JR Dragster track champ and current points leader, Ashley Hubbell(San Antonio) got awarded the win as soon as Gianni Carrola hit the throttle and lit the red. Good thing for Hubbell, in the Aramendia Plumbing, Bexar Waste, VP Fuels, Express Lube, Screen Pro Graphics, Greg Hubbell Race Car, as she outran her dial in and would have broken out.


Ashley Hubbell(near lane) in finals against Gianni Carrola


Ashley Hubbell, 9.121 @ 69.91 defeats Gianni Carrola, 7.956 @ 82.04(red)


Hubbell outran Mia Carrola(twice) and got a round 2 bye. G. Carrola took out Emily Ball(twice) and Hailey Ball.

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