WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Competition is a word closely associated with London Dragway. The Southeastern Kentucky facility, which features an 1/8-mile drag strip and several amenities like plenty of paved areas and great lighting, recently agreed to a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
It’s the intense weekly competition the IHRA Division 2 (Heat Wave) track is best known for. IHRA championship racing is held every weekend during the season with Outlaws, Outlaw Pro Mods and Pro Street Cars the second weekend of every month.
IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions for 2018 were Ian Woods (Top), Toby Daniels (Mod) and Trey Hensley (Junior). Daniels went on to become IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Champion at Memphis in October, but credited his home track for getting him ready for the championship race.
“There are some pretty tough ones, quite a few good racers, at London,” Daniels said. “I’ve been racing at London since ’98 and am there about every weekend. It’s a great crew of tough racers, but they’re also like family.”
PORT ALLEN, LA – Officials with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and State Capitol Raceway have postponed the Feb. 1-3 IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular event due to the unfavorable forecast of rain for the weekend the sanctioning body announced today.
The new date of the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will be March 29-31.
“Gary Carter and his team always provide a great facility to host an event. When talking with Gary this week, we decided that it was best to postpone the event based on the projected forecast,” IHRA Division 4, 6 and 7 Director Frank Kohutek said. “Gary and his staff at State Capitol Raceway always keep the racers best interest in mind when hosting events.”
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular season opener will now kickoff with double-event weekends, March 22-24 at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas and Farmington Dragway in Mocksville, N.C.
The Paris, Wisconsin track with a Union Grove post office address is the oldest purpose-built drag strip in America. Track co-founder Marge Bennett first called it the “Dragaway” as a place her friends could drag away.
Steeped in drag racing history, first opening in 1955, it has hosted the biggest names in the sport such as 17-time world champion “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen.Legendary promoter “Broadway Bob” Metzler, the first promoter ever inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, brought in concerts, parades, the circus and even motorcycle daredevil “Evel” Knievel.
Current track owners Randy Henning and Marcel Kuper have continued to build upon that glorious past and have made improvements to the facility highlighted by a quarter-mile drag strip. Henning is an accomplished racer, first going down the track as a 16-year-old in a 1952 Chevrolet. He has since piloted a variety of cars including an Alcohol Funny Car and a jet dragster.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Darlington Dragway has over four-decades of history with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). The legendary South Carolina track at one of America’s great motorsports destinations has extended its IHRA partnership through a multi-year sanctioning agreement.
The 1/4-mile drag strip was constructed by Harold Brasington, who built Darlington Raceway in 1950, and Woodrow Hall under the guidance of IHRA founder Larry Carrier. It opened in 1976 and has been a mainstay on the IHRA event schedule ever since.
In 2015 new owners Russell and Dee Dee Miller took over the facility with the intention of transforming it into one of the premiere facilities in the country. The Miller family are true racers and their children, Tylor and Brooke, share the passion for the sport. Racing for the Pee Dee Fleet Motorsports Team, Tylor is one of the top Pro Mod drivers in the Carolinas, and Brooke is highly successful in the Junior Dragster ranks. She was runner-up in the track’s IHRA Summit SuperSeries point standings for 2018, and won the Gambler’s Race at the 2017 IHRA Division 2 Summit Team Finals.
“Darlington Dragway is truly one of America’s great drag racing facilities,” IHRA Division Director Josh Peake said. “Not only does it boast such a rich history, but track owners Russell and Dee Miller and track manager Rhett Gardner have taken it to the next level. It continues to be a showplace for marquee events and truly lives up to its name as a legendary track.”
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.”
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.
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.