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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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IHRA, RJS Racing Equipment Announce Multi-Year Partnership

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and RJS Racing Equipment announce a multi-year partnership that will see RJS Racing Equipment become the official safety equipment of the IHRA.

Located in Jupiter, Fla., RJS Racing Equipment is a manufacturer and seller of safety equipment for all types of motor racing. RJS Racing Equipment is dedicated to bringing high-quality items to customers at an economical cost with the personal service and care of a small business.

“RJS Racing Equipment manufacturers some of the best safety equipment on the market today and we are proud to have them be a partner of the IHRA,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “Some of the best racers at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular, Summit Team Finals and Summit World Finals event all wear RJS Racing Equipment Products.”

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Marion County Raceway Ready for Next 50 Years

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Marion County Raceway is in its 50th year of operation in 2019. The goal for new track owners Katie Lotsberg and Kevin Jewer is to keep the La Rue, Ohio facility going strong for the next half-century.

The new owners took a major step recently signing a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and becoming a part of the IHRA Summit SuperSeries program, the largest and most prestigious national championship in bracket racing.

“We love IHRA. My fiancée, Kevin, and I have been drag racing for over 20 years,” Lotsberg said. “Many of the tracks we’ve raced at are IHRA and we wanted this track sanctioned by IHRA.”

They appreciate the history of the 39-acre property that first opened as a motocross facility in 1969 by brothers Bill and Tom Guthery.

The first drag race was held in 1971 and over the next several years, Marion County attracted many of the big names of the sport including “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and “The First Lady of Drag Racing” Shirley Muldowney.

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IHRA, Moser Engineering Announce Partnership Extension

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Moser Engineering announce a partnership extension that will see Moser Engineering support the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular, IHRA Summit Team Finals and IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals events.

As part of the partnership, Moser Engineering will continue their sponsorship of one of the two days at each Summit Sportsman Spectacular event.  Moser will be the title sponsor of the Saturday night gamblers races at each of the Summit Team Finals.

Additionally, Moser becomes the sponsor of the Friday night gamblers races at the Summit SuperSereies World Finals.  During each Moser sponsored event, sportsman racers will have the opportunity to win bonus prizes and awards during the “Moser Money Round.”

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IHRA, Racing Electronics Announce Renewal

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Racing Electronics announce a renewal that sees Racing Electronics provide the IHRA with radio communications during IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular, Summit Team Finals, and Summit World Finals events.

Located in Concord, N.C., Racing Electronics provides headsets to track workers, officials, and fans at tracks across America.  As part of the renewal, Racing Electronics continues as the official and exclusive two-way radio provider of the IHRA.

“Racing Electronics and the IHRA have enjoyed a great partnership for years, and we look forward to continuing the serve the competitors and officials of the IHRA,” Racing Electronics President of Motorsports, Chad Willis said.

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Roxboro Motorsports Park Joins IHRA Family

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Roxboro Motorsports Park is a place fit for a King as well as top sportsman racers.  The 42-acre Timberlake, N.C., facility, which recently entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the IHRA, features  an 1/8-mile drag strip and a rich history dating back 60 years. Some of the biggest names in the Carolinas have drag raced here including seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty.

First opened in 1959 as Person County Dragway, it was renamed Roxboro Dragway in 1970. Another name change took place in 2006 when it became Roxboro Motorsports Park. In 2014, the track got a major upgrade which included grinding and polishing the track, new electronic timing and sensors and renovated restrooms.

In his second year as track owner, Jody Williams has continued to make upgrades to the facility while respecting its longtime tradition. Racers from the Carolinas and from nearby border in Virginia compete at Roxboro as well as the occasional visitors as far north as Vermont, Connecticut and New Jersey.

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