Capitol Raceway has been one of the top drag strips in the country with many legendary names racing down the track such as Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, Ronnie Sox, and more. The track was famous for its “King of Kings” Funny Car events. Funny Cars teams throughout the country would attend the race for a winner take all purse.
Cited for growth of the IHRA Summit Superseries and the willingness to listen to the racers is what makes Capitol Raceway the Division 1 Track of the Year.
Track owner Jim “Big Money” Bradshaw is always willing to try new approaches in the racing programs. Through that effort there has been considerable growth of participation in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries with racers at the track.
MECHANICSVILLE, MD — Maryland International Raceway claimed the championship at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 1 (Patriots) Summit Team Finals held over the weekend at Maryland International Raceway.
Maryland International Raceway captured the team title 63-37 over US 13 Dragway which finished the weekend in the runner-up spot.
Other tracks who participated were: Capitol Raceway, Richmond Dragway, Sumerduck Dragway, and Motor Mile Dragway.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in a Gambler’s, Bogey, Golf Cart, and Big Wheels races and “best of” awards.
John Myers (Capitol Raceway) defeated Mickey Nelson (Maryland International Raceway) .001 reaction time with a 6.23 elapsed time at 109.85 mph on a 6.21 dial-in on a 109.85 mph run. Nelson had a .010 reaction time and went down the track with a 4.80-second pass at 140.69 mph.
Opened in 1957, Dragway 42 underwent a complete ground up restoration and reopening in spring 2017. The Matchum and Harper families provide a multi-purpose facility that hosts Drag Racing, Autocross Racing, Truck & Tractor Pulling, and Concerts/ Music Festivals throughout the year. Part of the renovation includes Musco Lighting throughout the grounds and bleacher seats that were used at the Daytona International Speedway.
Offering excellent point programs and value driven weekend events are what makes Dragway 42 the Division 3 Track of the Year.
“The Matchum and Harper families strive daily as owners and operators, respectively, to provide a great place to experience IHRA Summit SuperSeries drag racing,” IHRA Division 1, 3, and 5 Director Jon O’Neal said. “They have been a huge proponent for the Summit SuperSeries and have regained the status among racers that historic facility has held for generations.”
Dragway 42 captured the team title 78-52 over Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway which finished the weekend in the runner-up spot.
Other tracks who participated were: Quaker City Motorsports Park, Keystone Raceway Park, Empire Dragway, Thompson Raceway Park, Beaver Springs Dragway, I-64 Motorplex, and SkyView Drags.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in a Gambler’s race, Race of Champions race and “best of” awards.
Since 1956, Bunker Hill Dragstrip is celebrating 62-years of motorsports entertainment in 2018. Track owner Adam Confer grew up watching his dad race down the track and even racing himself in 2002 at tracks in Michigan. In 2016, Confer and his wife, Stacey, purchased Indiana’s oldest continuously running dragstrip thus saving it from being closed forever after former owners Steve and Darlene Daniels put the 23-acre property on the market.
Being a relatively new owner, Confer has spent numerous investments in the facility which new attracts racers each week.
“Adam Confer has literally put his heart and soul into the facility after moving back to Indiana and purchasing the track,” IHRA Division 1, 3, and 5 Director Jon O’Neal said. “He spent years racing at IHRA facilities in weekly IHRA programs and Summit Team Finals events which allows to make the facility a first-class destination for racers and fans.”
US 131 captured the team title 51-38 over Muncie Dragway which finished runner-up for a second straight year. The competition included some of the most iconic tracks in the Midwest and Canada.
Other tracks who participated were: Bunker Hill Dragstrip, Central Illinois Dragway, Cordova International Raceway, Eddyville Raceway Park, Grand Bend Motorplex, Great Lakes Dragaway, Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Onawa Racing and Events Complex, Osecola Dragway, St. Thomas Raceway Park, Ubly Dragstrip, US 41 Motorplex and Wisconsin International Raceway
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler’s races and “best of” awards.
Little River No. 4 edged Little River No. 2 by just a one-point (16-15) margin. Pine Valley Raceway No. 1 finished third with 14 points.
Hayden Trumble from Pasadena, Texas (Pine Valley 1) was the Main Event Masters winner. Other main event winners were: Cameron Nelson from Pearland, Texas (Little River 4) in Advanced and Garvin Lade from Frankston, Texas (Little River 1) in Beginner.
Races took place throughout the weekend, and special awards were also given out.
Bracket 330 — Ty Casey (Pine Valley 2) 4.939 on a 4.94 dial-in, .017 reaction time defeated LJ Grissom (Little River 2) 4.963 on a 4.97 dial-in, .022 reaction time.