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Soucek’s Big Day Highlights IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular at Dragway 42

WEST SALEM, OH — Joe Soucek Jr. doubled up on final-round appearances in the Top and Mod divisions at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular at Dragway 42.

During Moser Engineering Saturday, Soucek captured the $5,000-to-win prize for winning the Mod division and finished runner-up to Bob Lykins in the $5,000-to-win Top division. Rain forced the stoppage of Battle Born Batteries Sunday with the prize money split in the Top and Mod divisions.

Soucek, a Rittman, Ohio racer, had a winning package Saturday with a 6.609-second pass at 102.23 mph against a 6.60 dial-in and a .008 reaction time. Runner-up A.J. Buchanan from Vickery, Ohio finished with a 6.327 elapsed time at 107.99 against a 6.33 dial-in and a .0274 reaction time.

Lykins, from Fairborn, Ohio, scored the Top win when Soucek red-lighted by just -.003 of a second. Lykins’ final run included a 6.482 elapsed time at 102.69 against a 6.49 dial-in. Soucek’s foul cost him as he matched his 6.60 dial-in at 102.48 mph.

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Michigan Track Undergoes Renovation, Joins IHRA Family

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Lapeer International Dragway underwent a complete ground-up renovation in 2018 and the improvements keep coming.

Among those, the track has entered into a sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and will participate in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries program, the largest and most prestigious program in bracket racing.

Located in rural Northeastern Michigan, just 15 minutes outside the city of Lapeer, the 1/4-mile track is also relatively close to the major metropolitan areas of Flint and Detroit.

Track owner Bill Jennings, who bought the track prior to the 2018 season, spent over $2.5 million in renovations to the over half-century old track. It included tearing up the old racing surface and replacing it with concrete through the eighth-mile and asphalt for the other eighth-mile.

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Historic Delaware Track Gets Off to Another Strong Start

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — US 13 Dragway recently kicked off its season in a big way. After renewing its commitment to the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) with a new sanctioning agreement, the Delmar, Delaware track enjoyed a big crowd over a sunny weekend.

The historic facility, which opened in 1963, features a quarter-mile drag strip and a half-mile clay oval known as Delaware International Speedway.  For track owner Charlie Cathell, being a part of the IHRA and the Summit SuperSeries makes sense.

The 76-year-old Cathell was one of the earliest supporters of bracket racing. The IHRA Summit SuperSeries program with track champions qualifying for the IHRA Summit World Finals in Memphis is similar to a program ran decades ago at his dirt track.

“A bracket program was something we had initially in the 70s,” he said. “We were also affiliated with a dirt organization where they had a program if you qualified at your local dirt track, you went to their version of the world finals at Syracuse. It was something good to offer the local racers.

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Richmond Dragway Remains Strong Part of IHRA Family

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Richmond Dragway has one of the most impressive pedigrees of any race track in the country and has hosted drag racing events for 55 years.

The 130-acre International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioned facility in Sandston, Va., featuring a 1/4-mile drag strip, was founded by Dan Weis in 1964. It remains a family operation with the track owned by Weis’ nephew Johnny Davis and his wife Allison.

Beyond their blood relatives, Weis sees those who support the track as an extended family.

“We have a great group of racers and the message resonates like probably every IHRA track where our racers are like family,” Davis said. “We would be nothing without them, and we love having an extended family of racers. We take a lot of pride in we feel like a family track where it’s safe to bring your kids.”

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Fountain Takes Top Prize at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular at State Capitol

PORT ALLEN, LA — Heath Fountain was the weekend’s biggest winner at International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at State Capitol Raceway.

With the events tailored to each of the host tracks, Fountain won the $5,000-to-win Super Pro division during Battle Born Batteries Sunday. He also received a $500 certificate towards the purchase of Battle Born Batteries products.

It came one day after rain halted action in the Super Pro and Mod divisions during Moser Engineering Saturday and the prize money was split after round three.

Sunday offered a new day of racing and Fountain was quick at the starting line. The Deville, La., driver had a .007 reaction time and raced down the track in 4.921 seconds at 134.85 mph. Runner-up Wayne Henry from Central, La., was .020 at the start before a 4.829-second run at 139.34 mph.

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IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular in Texas Rescheduled for July 26-28

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas has been rescheduled for July 26-28, 2019.

The double-race weekend features sportsman-friendly entry fees with excellent payouts. It is tailored to Xtreme Raceway Park’s weekly racing program featuring Super Pro and Pro competing on Moser Engineering Saturday and Battle Born Batteries Sunday. Also, in action during the weekend will be Junior Dragsters, Street and Quick 16.

“We are grateful to Xtreme Raceway Park General Manager Gaylen Smith and his staff for working with us so the racers can have the best experience possible,” IHRA Division 4, 6 and 7 Director Frank Kohutek said. “We can’t wait to bring our racer-friendly program back to one of the finest facilities in all of drag racing.”


Ten Drivers Earn Event Wins at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Opener at Farmington Dragway

MOCKSVILLE, NC — Ten different drivers ended up as event winners at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular season-opener at Farmington (N.C.) Dragway. It was the largest IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular to date with over 300 entries each day.

Michael Paschal from Greensboro, N.C., won the Moser Engineering Saturday $5,000-to-win top prize for the Top division and Roger Robertson from Blowing Rock, N.C., took the Top division’s $5,000 top prize for Battle Born Batteries Sunday.

Paschal went down the track in 4.696 seconds at 147.01 mph against a 4.70 dial-in paired with a .019 reaction time to beat Chris Mancini of Allison Park, Pa., in the final round. Mancini had a .014 reaction time and then posted a 6.297 elapsed time at 108.28 mph against a 6.31 dial-in. Both drivers won additional prize money as part of IHRA member bonuses.

Corey Hawks from Winston-Salem, N.C., captured the $2,500-to-win Footbrake title when opponent Brandon White from Hillsville, Va., red-lighted in the final round. With the race in hand, Hawks eased down the track in 10.747 seconds against a 6.30 dial-in. White was just -.007 too quick at the starting line.

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