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Summit Racing Equipment Renews Commitment to IHRA Summit SuperSeries in 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association and Summit Racing Equipment will continue the longest series partnership in drag racing with the IHRA Summit Super Series and IHRA Summit Team Finals programs in 2020.

The IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the largest and most prestigious bracket racing program in drag racing, will return for a 19th consecutive year in 2020. The $200,000 program is the World Championship for over 12,000 IHRA member-track racers each season and held at nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned member tracks.

IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions from 28 states and international competitors from Canada, and Aruba are represented in Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman and Junior divisions, at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals at Memphis International Raceway. In addition, qualifying Summit Team Final champions from seven IHRA regions are also competing at Memphis, making it the most illustrious championship event in bracket drag racing.

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Capitol Raceway edges Maryland at IHRA Division 1 Summit Team Finals

MECHANICSVILLE, MD — Capitol Raceway scored a close win over home track Maryland International Raceway at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 1 (Patriots) Summit Team Finals completed Monday.

Capitol Raceway ended with 55-51 points to keep Maryland International Raceway from repeating as Division 1 champions.

Leading up to the main event, racers participated in a Gambler’s race, Bogey, Golf Cart, and Big Wheels race and “best of” awards.

Main Event:

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Frank Lecates (US 13 Dragway) had a winning effort with a .005 reaction time combined with a 4.787 elapsed time at 142.57 mph on a 4.78 dial-in. Runner-up Bobby Spence (Capitol Raceway) had a .015 reaction time and made a 4.307-second pass at 158.39 mph against a 4.30 dial-in.

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Beacon Dragway Chosen as IHRA Division 2 Track of the Year

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Beacon Dragway has been selected as the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 2 (Heat Wave) Track of the Year.

The 1/8-mile track in Paduach, Kentucky provides some of the most competitive heads-up and bracket racing in Western Kentucky. It’s also the host to autocross and rallycross events with a 2019 schedule that extends into December.

It first opened as a quarter-mile facility in 1968 before being shut down and converted to an airport nearly a decade later. In 2012, racer Keith Murt bought the property. He renovated the drag strip and reopened it the following year.

The former airplane hangers were used to house race cars, while other conveniences included parts sold on site.

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London Dragway Emerges With Win at IHRA Division 2 Summit Team Finals

MILLINGTON, TN — London Dragway emerged from the pack to take the win at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 2 (Heatwave) Summit Team Finals at Memphis International Raceway.

The Kentucky-based team finished with 44 points to edge Holly Springs Motorsports with 39 points and the home MIR team with 38 points.

Other tracks who participated were: Beacon Dragway, Brainerd Optimist, State Capitol Raceway, Prescott Raceway and Knoxville Dragway.

Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler’s races and “best of” awards.

Main Event:

Top — Jeremy Bargo (London) combined a 6.523-second pass at 90.32 mph with a .045 reaction time to defeat Justin Bowers (Prescott) with a 10.667-second run at 41.60 mph and a .021 reaction time.

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Xtreme Raceway Park Named IHRA Division 4 Track of the Year

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) member track Xtreme Raceway Park has been named IHRA Division 4 (Renegades) Track of the Year.

The facility part of the Dallas- Fort Worth Metroplex is conveniently located off Interstate 45. Track owners Clyde and Amanda Scott along with track operators Gaylen and Celeste Smith took suggestions from fans and racers as they built the facility in 2017.  The list included, good food, reasonable priced concessions, a good racing surface and a family-friendly environment.

One of the highlight features of the facility are the “Bull Pens” which were built on raised platforms behind the starting line that feature a 40’ x40’ covered pavilion with picnic tables and commercial fans to keep fans cool during the blistering hot Texas days and night.

Other features at Xtreme Raceway Park  include showers and  several 82” televisions throughout the facility in the “Bull Pen” areas, concessions and pavilion area.

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IHRA Division 4 Summit Team Final Results

LUFKIN, TX — Pine Valley Raceway was victorious at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 4 (Renegades) Summit Team Finals over the weekend.

Serving as hosts for the racing event, Pine Valley Raceway Team No. 1 won by a 61-45 margin over runner-up Penwell Knights Dragway. Xtreme Raceway Park No. 1 finished third with 36 points. Little River Dragway, Evadale Raceway and 2018 champion Amarillo Dragway also participated.

Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler’s races and “best of” awards.

Main Event:

Top — Hunter Patton (Penwell Knights) got off to a quick start with a .003 reaction time and powered down the track in 4.571 seconds against a 4.54 dial-in to best Dale Scates (Pine Valley) who finished in 4.727 seconds on a 4.69 dial-in with a .022 reaction time.

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Beaver Springs Selected as Division 3 IHRA Track of the Year

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — International Hot Rod Association member track Beaver Springs Dragway has been named the IHRA Division 3 (North Stars) Track of the Year.

The facility, which features a quarter-mile drag strip, opened in 1971 and is nestled among the rolling hills in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. They use the motto, “Nobody Does It Better!”

That was certainly the case in 2019, a challenging year with one of the wettest spring and summer on record. The weather issues caused other problems, but the staff led by track owner Mike McCracken and the group of racers at Beaver Springs persevered to finish the season on a high note.

“After a season full of weather, scheduling turmoil and equipment breakage, Mike McCracken and the team at Beaver Springs can look back with pride and a never-say-die attitude,” IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal said. “The Beaver Springs team finished out the season with the same excitement that they started with. That’s a big testament to the Beaver Springs ownership and management.”

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