Santa Ana CA – The NMCA’s finest did not disappoint at the 16th Annual SDPC Raceshop NMCA World Street Finals, Sept. 21-24 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, as they provided plenty of powerful performances, holeshot wins, and championship-deciding drama.
In VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, fourteen of sixteen drivers motored to 3-second elapsed-times in qualifying, and while Jason Hamstra led the field with a 3.83 in his Camaro, his loss in the second round paved the way to the final that featured Steve Summers and his Camaro and Mark Luton and his Mustang. There, Summers secured the win with a 3.80 to Luton’s 3.92, and took a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.
Sam LoVetro Automotive presents points chase season finale!
Presented by Sam LoVetro Automotive, the event was originally set for earlier this month but got rained out. This week looks to bring some of the toughest sportsman drag racers together to crown the 2017 TNTSS Champion.
Leading the championship points is Tom Coonly. He has a 55 point lead against second place Steve McCarrick. Another 18 points back is Chris VanBaalen and then only 6 more back is the team of Jim Thomson/Ryan Boniferro followed by Rookie contender Jarrod Kolne only another 2 points back in fifth place. With over 130 points available on any given raceday including qualifying points, this championship chase is far from over.
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – Cody Cumpton raced to this second win of the weekend and was joined by Utah racer Shawn Hart in the winner’s circle for the second half of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Double Header at Rocky Mountain Raceways.
Cumpton, Vancouver, Wash., marched through the Sportsman Motorcycle class again today taking home anther NHRA Wally trophy. Cumpton covered the quarter mile in 9.080 seconds at 135.25 mph for the win over West Jordan, Utah, racer Jeff Durfey who crossed the line in 9.720, 128.93. Cumpton beat out Eric Jaquith on Friday for this first win of the event.
Hart, Layton, Utah, snagged a win for the local contingent as he downed William Carnell, Murray, Utah, in Top Dragster. Hart qualified No. 1 then went 7.478, 177.13 for the final round win.
ENNIS, TX – The team from Wichita Falls Raceway took home the Team Championship and Jake Howard defended his win from last year at Texas Motorplex for the NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division finals.
Wichita Falls racked up 74 points led by Howard and Eric Sandlin who took home wins in Sportsman and Super Pro respectively. Thunder Valley Raceway Park followed in second at 71 and Royal Purple Raceway in third at 61. Racers from 12 tracks in the South Central Division competed at the event.
Defending Sportsman champion Howard, from Lavon, Texas, took the win again this year with a holeshot advantage in his ’70 GTO and a time of 7.577 seconds at 86.81 mph against Amanda Wolter from Mustang, Okla., running 8.367, 83.28
Veale of Stoney Creek, Ont., started strong off the line and held off Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., for the holeshot win in the Top Alcohol Dragster final round. Veale raced to victory clocking in at 5.402 seconds, 274.27 mph., Fricke followed up at 5.384 seconds, 269.89 mph. This was the first time these two drivers matched up in eliminations.
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car final round, Phil Burkart, Yorkville, N.Y., took a strong lead over Bellemeur of Placentia, Calif. However, Bellemeur did not quit and passed Burkart in the last 300 feet of the drag strip to pull off the victory at 5.542 seconds, 265.69 mph. Burkart runner upped at 5.586 seconds, 264.34 mph.
WEST SALEM, OH – 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.
Mohnton, PA – Mopar HEMI® power claimed its 13th NHRA Funny Car win of 2017 on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, as Ron Capps drove his Dodge Charger R/T from Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) to the winner’s circle at the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Capps bested Courtney Force in the final round at the Reading-area track to pick up his seventh victory of the season and the 18th for HEMI power from DSR in both Nitro categories overall.
The win in the Dodge-branded event also put Capps, the defending NHRA Funny Car champion, back in the points lead after the second of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.