For two of the last three years and three of the last six years, an IHRA World Champion has called the Marion, South Dakota facility his home track.
Tom Gall from Thunder Valley won last season’s IHRA Summit SuperSeries Top (Box) world title. In 2015, Cory Heckenlible won the Summit SuperSeries Mod (No Box) championship. Thunder Valley owner Glen Rapp isn’t surprised to see his track’s racers have success against the best drivers from across North America.
“We’re very fortunate and we’re very proud of our racers,” Rapp said. “We have very good competitive racers, quality people with quality equipment. It’s like a big family group. If someone breaks a part, someone will help him out even if he’s racing against him. Our group of racers are second to none and we’re proud of their efforts.”
The two ways to qualify for the annual IHRA Summit World Finals held in October at Memphis International Raceway are to win the Summit SuperSeries track championship at one of the participating member tracks or by winning the IHRA Summit Team Finals in your division.
Many tracks held banquets to recognize 2017 IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions including those featured here from Memphis International Raceway.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Beacon Dragway has undergone extensive remodeling the past few years. But, general manager Tim Cunningham believes it’s the home feel that makes the 1/8-mile International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) member track in Paduach, Kentucky most stand out.
“It’s like being at home,” Cunningham said. “We do our best to make sure every racer, every spectator who comes in the gate are friends. We don’t discriminate against anyone in any class. Our Junior Dragster kids, we want them to feel comfortable and make sure they learn what they need to become good competitors.
“The guys who have been at it 40-50 years, we want to make sure they feel appreciated. And with our employees, we want to make sure they get what they need to put on a good show. We try to make it a family atmosphere.”
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Thanks to the support of multiple partners, every round from the first round to the championship round has value in the new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular.
Multiple partners have stepped up as sponsors of early-round action. The best-losing package of first three early rounds in each class: Box, No Box and Junior Dragster will be rewarded with a variety of prizes.
American Race Cars and Abruzzi Transmissions and Converters are the two latest companies to show their support for the IHRA’s new bracket-racing series at all 20 Summit Sportsman Spectacular races.
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular set to open just one week away at Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, N.C., and American Race Cars will be giving away $250 gift doe both Saturday and Sunday races.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — South Carolina Motorplex has a number of big events on its 2018 schedule, but the former Orangeburg Dragway remains firmly committed to the grassroots, sportsman racer through a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
Racers at the Orangeburg, S.C., facility will still have the chance to participate in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the largest and most prestigious bracket racing program in drag racing. The $200,000 program is the World Championship for over 8,000 Sportsman racers at nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks each season.
New owner Jeff Biegun purchased the track last November and immediately announced plans for a series of upgrades. There is a new tower in place and plenty of work has been done to the track surface. Other upgrades either finished or in the works include a new timing system and scoreboards, 2,000 feet of concrete walls and several new coats of paint.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL —The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has named Scrubblade as its Official Wiper Blade. SCRUBBLADE, innovator of the fresh, never-before-seen, most effective windshield wiper design, is rising in popularity as the top-rated wiper blade among off-road enthusiasts, professional truck drivers and everyday commuters. In a debris removal test performed by AKRON Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. (ARDL), SCRUBBLADE went head-to-head against the largest wiper blade companies and proved to be 6 – 12 times more effective than its competitors at removing debris effectively.
The windshield wiper hasn’t been this challenged since 1903. No other company has ever designed a blade that actually scrubs away bugs, dirt and debris like SCRUBBLADE.
Beyond it being a great product to assist IHRA drag racers in hauling their race cars and other equipment to the track, each purchase of Scrubblade wipers helps support the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Scrubblade Founder and CEO Billy Westbrook loves seeing IHRA drag racers and others pursue their passions.
Summit Sportsman Spectacular Texas Event Rescheduled for June 1-3
West Palm Beach, FL – The International Hot Rod Association and Xtreme Raceway Park have postponed the March 9-11 Summit Sportsman Spectacular race until June 1-3 due to weather-related construction delays at the new Ferris, Texas track.
Unseasonably cold weather at the first of the year and heavy rains last week have pushed back construction projects where the facility simply isn’t going to be ready at that time to host such a large-scale event.
“The weather has caused several delays in construction. Although the facility is close to being finished, it is important we run some test-n-tunes first to make sure that everything is working properly before hosting such a large event,” Xtreme Raceway Park General Manager Gaylen Smith said. “We are committed to providing a great experience for the racers and we look forward to welcoming them to our track in June.”