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Ohio’s Thunder Capital, IHRA Reach Sanctioning Agreement

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Thompson Raceway Park, nicknamed “Ohio’s Thunder Capital,” has renewed its sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

Located less than an hour east of Cleveland in Thompson, Ohio, it is the oldest drag strip in the Buckeye State, first opening in 1958 as Thompson Drag Raceway. It has undergone many upgrades over the last six decades and features a 1/4-mile drag strip with Sunoco Race Fuels offered on site.

The IHRA Division 3 (North Stars) track helped launch the career of such drag racing icons as “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and “TV” Tommy Ivo. For the last several years, it has featured such amenities as a pedestrian bridge and a paved pit area for the racers.

“There are only a handful of places left in the world where one can stand on top of two race cars as they leave the starting line,” IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal said. “There’s a character that emanates from a track such as Thompson. The history, the amazing layout of the facility and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes are what make it notable.”

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Xtreme Raceway Park Completes Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced today that a spring event at Xtreme Raceway Park, Ferris, Texas will complete the 16-race IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule for 2019.

The double-race weekend will take place March 22-24 with competitors earning local track championship points.

Box, No Box / Footbrake and Junior Dragsters will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman at each event as well as the coveted oversized championship checks.  Class runners-up will receive the limited-edition Summit Sportsman Spectacular silver medals in addition to their winnings.

The weekend program includes a test & tune session and features prizes for the best losing packages in the first, second and third-rounds.

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IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Season Opener Less Than One Month Away

WEST PALM BEACH, FL –  The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular season opener is less than one month away February 1-3, at State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen, La.

The double race weekend is tailored to State Capitol Raceway’s weekly racing program featuring Top, Mod and Junior Dragsters competing Saturday and Sunday.  Street, Quick 16 and Top Door Slammer classes will compete during Saturday’s program.

– Track championship points awarded each day.
– Winners in Top ET will take home $5,000 each day.
– Winners in Mod ET will take home $2,500 each day.
– All IHRA/NHRA credentials will be accepted at the event.
– Event entry will take place at the track.
– Double entry is permitted in Top ET and Mod ET.

The national contingency program is available for all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day.

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Iowa Track, IHRA Reach Multi-Year Agreement

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Eddyville Raceway Park, one of the great historic tracks of the Midwest, has reached a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

The track, located in Eddyville, Iowa, first opened in 1965. It has a glorious past with over a half-century of racing and presently features a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries program. In the near future, Eddyville is scheduled to host the inaugural IHRA Midwest Summit Team Finals on Sept. 5-8, 2019.

Located on 60-plus acres, ERP features a 1/8-mile drag strip along with several amenities for the racers including clean restrooms, showers, the best lighting in all of motorsports, camping and a kids playground.  Sunoco Race Fuels are offered on site.

“There are supporters of the Summit SuperSeries and then there are believers,” IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal said. “And then there’s Gerald Kramer and the Eddyville family. They have embraced the Summit SuperSeries to the point where they are hosting an independent team finals event for the sole reason of spreading the IHRA Philosophy. That’s dedication.”

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US 131 Motorsports Park Signs Multi-Year Renewal

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — US 131 Motorsports Park, “The Fastest Track in Michigan,” has entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

The Martin, Michigan, facility features racing on both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile and hosts multiple big events throughout the season. In 2018, those events included the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular, the IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals and one of the largest IHRA Summit SuperSeries programs in the country.

US 131 repeated as IHRA Division 5 (Thunder) champions in 2018, while IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions were: Rick Morley (Top), Mark Hammond (Mod) and Trey Goodson (Junior).

“The name US 131 Motorsports Park carries prestige across the country,” IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal said. “The small and highly dedicated staff, led by the Peterson family, have built incredibly strong racing programs by supporting the needs of their racers. We appreciate their continued commitment to a great partnership with the IHRA.”

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IHRA, Dart’s Carts Announce Multi-Year Partnership

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Dart’s Carts announce a multi-year partnership that will see Dart’s Carts become the official golf cart and side-by-side provider of the IHRA.

Located in Jackson, Tenn., Trad Longeway is the owner and operator proudly selling and serving all brands of golf carts for nearly 20 years. Dart’s Carts offers nationwide shipping and no sales tax outside of Tennessee.

In addition to the multi-year partnership as the official golf cart and side-by-side provider of the IHRA, Dart’s Carts will also award the Summit SuperSeries World Finals champions in Top (Box) and Mod (No Box)  at Memphis International Raceway with a one-of-a-kind custom golf cart.

IHRA members will also receive special discounts as part of their membership package.

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IHRA Releases 2019 Summit Sportsman Spectacular Schedule

WEST PALM BEACH, FL —  The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) released the 2019 IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule which will feature an exciting 16-race schedule over eight double–race weekends.

The best value in bracket racing will get even better in 2019 as competitors will now earn local track championship points at each IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular event.

Box, No Box / Footbrake and Junior Dragsters will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman at each event as well as the coveted oversized championship checks.  Class runners-up will receive the limited-edition Summit Sportsman Spectacular silver medals in addition to their winnings.

The weekend program includes a test & tune, racer appreciation cookout and a Scrubblade golf cart race. The double-race weekend also features first, second and third-round prizes.

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