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San Antonio Raceway Grand Opening, 6/27/15

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San Antonio Raceway Grand Opening, 6/27/15

By JM Hallas


Marion, Tx.,(June, 27th 2015) It's official!


The IHRA Summit Super Series kicked off the tracks official grand opening celebration Saturday with about 150 cars(130 bracket, 20 exhibition) signed in. In competition on the 1/8 mile drag strip just outside San Antonio were the Electronics(Box), Foot Brake(No-box), Jr. Dragster, plus a Street and Bike Trophy class.


Besides a pit full of cars in competition there were plenty of vendors in the midway, the Tantrum Monster Truck giving rides and some exhibition cars from the Southwest Superchargers.


If that wasn't enough, after the conclusion of the Summit Series bracket races, it blended into test-n-tune/grudge racing with 300+ street cars making runs, plus the Busted Knuckle Motorcycle stunt riders.


It was a hot, muggy day with sun and clouds taking turns in the sky. Track temperatures at the start of round one in eliminations was 127, but the track was good all day. A small shower passed quickly in the evening only slowing activities briefly.


The biggest incident of the day came early in time trials when Rick O'Donnell in his newly finished Roadster got crossed up and nosed into the wall just past the finish line. The driver was uninjured, the car will need to be front-halved according to Ryan McDonnell.


Meuth Muscles Electronics Win

Boerne's Greg Meuth grabbed the Electronics $1,500 payday over Cole Herbold(Seguin). Meuth had a slight edge at the start in his Quality Care Automotive, TNT Chassis and ran within 5/1,000 of his index to get the win over Herbold, in his Undercover Dragster.


On his way to the finals, Meuth had to beat Darrell Hendricks, C. Murray, B.Wenske, David Cain, Chris Keylich with a round five bye. Herbold bettered Austin Philpot, Brandon Bass, J. Wenske, R. Ramirez, Todd Robinson and got the round six bye.


Greg Meuth takes green light in eliminations


Greg Meuth(4.97), 4.975 @ 139.45 defeats Cole Herbold(5.00) 5.016 @ 136.94



Zampese Zaps Gaspard for Foot Brake win

Former San Antonio Raceway promoter Todd Zampese(Universal City) and Josh Gaspard(New Braunfels) both over shot their index in a double break out final that gave the win to Zampese. Zampese in his Landshark Style Dragster was 5/100th better on the tree and chased down Gaspard's, G&G Performance, 73 Dodge Challenger at the line with both going too quick.


T. Zampese put Jimmy Koranek, Carlos Carrasco jr., Tom Posey and defending track champ, Ryan McDonnell on the trailer. Gaspard got around Anthony Montoya, Rhett Floyd, Struxness, D. Alvarez, Art Morales and had a round three bye.


Todd Zampese(dragster) chases down Josh Gaspard(Challenger) in Foot Brake finals


Todd Zampese(5.57), 5.569 @ 120.26 defeats Josh Gaspard(6.87) 6.855 @ 98.99



Keylich Captures Jr. Dragster Cash

In one of the closest races numbers-wise on paper it was Matthew Keylich in his Keylich Electric, Royal Purple, Keylich Motorsports, RPC Chassis taking the win ahead of Emily Ball's, Half-Scale Chassis. The two San Antonio youngsters had nearly identical reaction times, coupled with the same dial index and both ran 8.12's.


M. Keylich also took out Ball in round one, Caden Meuth, K. Davis and got a bye. After losing to M. Keylich, Ball rebought and took down defending track champ, Ashley Hubbell, A. Wenske and Gianni Carrola.


Matthew Keylich(8.10), 8.125 @ 77.51 defeats Emily Ball(8.10) 8.129 @ 79.13



Mitchan Motorcycle Master

It was the defending Motorcycle class champ, Brandon Mitchan(San Antonio) going up against San Antonio's Gene Hudel in the Motorcycle finals. Mitchan used a .062 holeshot on his Suzuki Hayabusa to beat Hudel on his Kawasaki Ninja, who ran closer to his index.


Mitchan had to rebuy after a round one loss to rival, Ruben Gallegos, then had a round two bye. Hudel had the round one bye, then beat Gallegos in round two.


Brandon Mitchan(5.63), 5.7174 @ 115.27 defeats Gene Hudel(6.09) 6.1634 @ 116.07



Guerra Grabs Street Trophy

It was old school versus new school as two Ford Mustangs paired off in the Trophy Street finals. Rick Guerra(San Antonio) in the 2014 Mustang 5.0 got the best of Travis Waggoner(Lubbock) in his 68 Mustang Fastback. The race was won on the starting line with Guerra tripping the tree with a .057 to .262 for Waggoner.


Guerra took out Silvia Zemgals in round one with a round two bye. T. Waggoner bested Cody Waggoner and Rhett Floyd.


Rick Guerra(8.76), 8.8414 @ 76.31 defeats Travis Waggoner(7.20) 7.29 @ 97.05


Next weekend San Antonio Raceway presents the Texas Truck Shootout on Friday July 3rd followed by Midnight Madness on Saturday July 4th.


Now the news everyone has been asking about..It's official. IHRA Nitro Jam returns to the track September 25/26th. Be sure to get your tickets early as this event always draws a full house of spectators.

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