NHRA Summit National Championship
LAS VEGAS – The team from Auto Club Raceway at Auto Club Dragway combined for 74 points to capture the Team Championship at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Pacific Division Finals in Las Vegas and Bobby Dye, Sacha Hoefer, Garrett Hoefer, Rick Newport and Zach Meziere took individual titles and now advance to the NHRA Summit National Championship.
Auto Club Dragway racers topped the list of 19 teams as they out scored the teams from Sonoma Raceway in Northern Calif., and Rocky Mountain Raceway out of West Valley City, Utah, who took second and third respectively with 65 and 55 points each.
Dye, Ontario, Calif., grabbed the holeshot lead on Jeremy Rapp then laid down a lap of 7.507 on the 7.50 dial to take the win in Super Pro running 177.32 mph. Rapp, Las Vegas, was right behind with a nice 7.365 second pass at 181.74.
REYNOLDS, GA – Jeremy Hancock, Matt Ward, Earl Talley and John Markham each raced to victory at this weekend’s NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals and punched their ticket to the NHRA Summit National Championship in California next month. The Team from Bristol Dragway swept the Team Championships winning the team title in both the Summit Series Finals and the Summit Jr. Drag Racing League Division Championships.
Hancock won on a holeshot over Michael Brown in Super Pro as did Ward over Derek Putnam in Pro. Hancock went .011 seconds on the tree then clocked in at 4.496 seconds at 151.12 mph for the win over Brown at 4.813, 143.64. Ward went 6.417, 105.98 to hold off Putnam who closed the gab with a 6.050, 112.40 but could not catch Ward.
Talley had a great .003 second reaction time then ran dead-on his dial at 7.730 on the 7.73 to knock out Tracy Sikes for the Sportsman trophy.
LAS VEGAS – The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the 2018 NHRA Pacific Division Summit Racing Series Finals, October 4-7. Top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Pacific Division will compete in five classes for individual and team honors. Classes include Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle and High School.
The event will also feature the Summit Showdown, a race within a race where the top points earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition. Summit Showdown winners in the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle categories will advance to the Summit Series National Championship against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November.
More than 500 participants are expected to compete for cash awards of more than $30,000. Competitors in the High School class will earn a trophy, jacket and gold card. Drivers who advance to the Summit Series National Championship in Pomona will race for a purse of more than $100,000.
REYNOLDS, GA – The top racers in NHRA’s Southeast division will be on hand at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park, October 5-8, for the 2018 NHRA Summit Racing Series Southeast Division Finals. Racers in five categories from across the region will compete for individual and team honors and a share of the cash and contingency purse. Racing classes include Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Motorcycle and High School.
Individual champions from the Summit Racing Series will advance to the Summit National Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November. They will compete against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for national championships and a winner-take-all $5,000 payday. All racers who run in Pomona will receive an additional $3,000.
ATCO, NJ – Shayne Beck, Matt Ricchezza, Faith Warner and Don Hookway each grabbed big wins at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals and will now head to Pomona, Calif., and the Summit National Championship. Racers from host track Atco Dragway racked up 60 points to take the Team Championship
Jim Larro, Vineland, N.J., had a near perfect .002 second reaction time on Beck out of Narvon, Pa., and Maple Grove Raceway but Beck was better at the top end in the Super Pro final to take the win in his ’99 dragster. Beck clocked in at 7.937 seconds, 157.23 mph to Larro’s 7.966 at 170.64.
In Pro ET it was Ricchezza out of the gate first with the holeshot on Chris Cassidy as Ricchezza crossed the strip ahead of Cassidy in his ’93 Mustang. Ricchezza’s 10.031, 130.76 took out Cassidy’s 10.091, 132.10 and his ‘86 Monte Carlo.
ATCO, NJ – NHRA’s top drag racers from tracks across the Northeast division will be at Atco Dragway to square off in head-to-head competition at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals, September 20-22. Top points earning drivers in five classes will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors. Racers in Super Pro, Pro, Street, Bike/Sled and High School will compete in the event.
Friday’s action will feature the Race of Champions where top point earners from each track will face off in a best of the best battle in Super Pro, Pro, Street and Bike/Sled. Event eliminations kick off on Saturday with more than 500 racers competing for top honors and a chance to compete for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship in California at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November. Saturday’s winners in Super Pro, Pro, Street, Bike/Sled will advance to Pomona, along with the winner in the Pro Race of Champions via a wild card drawing earlier this year.
INDIANAPOLIS – Lucas Oil Raceway took the Team Championship on a tie-breaker over National Trail Raceway at the NHRA Summit Racing Series North Central Division Finals. Michael Sturgill, Dustin Loynes, Brian Hendrickson and Jeremy Hicks grabbed individual wins and now advance to the NHRA Summit National Championship in November in California at the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and National Trail Raceway both scored 52 points for the team championship with Lucas Oil Raceway taking the trophy on a tie-breaker being which team had the most racers advance to the semifinals. Milan Dragway, Kil-Kare Dragway and Route 66 Raceway rounded out the top five.
Sturgill, out of Beavercreek, Ohio, turned the win light on eight times in route to the Super Pro championship over Nathan Jones. Sturgill posted a .018 package running 4.916 on the 4.91 dial at 137.81 for the win. This was Sturgill’s second trophy of the weekend having also won the Race of Champions earlier in the weekend.