The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event which went into overtime when rain rolled in on its last scheduled day also featured jet engine-powered vehicles and fireworks.
Top Alcohol Dragster driver JP Gutierrez led qualifying with a 5.42 and 261 mph hit from his MGM Grand Detroit/Children’s Center of Detroit car and won with a 5.52 at 259 mph over Brandon Greco’s 6.17 at 128 mph. The top qualified position and the win are firsts for the Michigan-based driver who’s been working his way up in the category he’s been in for five years.
NORWALK, OH – Mia Tedesco became the first woman in the 61-year history of NHRA drag racing to win a world championship in the cutthroat Super Gas category last season, making her one of the biggest stars competing at this weekend’s Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Summit Motorsports Park in Northeast Ohio.
Tedesco, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa., will be racing both her title-winning CARS Vehicle Service Contracts /VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier and her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster at the event, giving her two great chances to score another victory or two.
“We’re excited about this race,” Tedesco said. “Both of my cars have been running great this year. We’d like to have a little more to show for it, but we’ve definitely learned over the years that you just have to keep working hard every weekend and the wins will come. Maybe this weekend will be the breakthrough race we’ve been waiting for.
He circled NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races on his calendar, but when the building of the powerplant for his American Race Cars-built dragster was delayed, friend and fellow racer Rob Moser invited him to pilot his American Race Cars-built dragster. It was a match, as Hessling earned his first Wally trophy in Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ Super Comp.
But when his own dragster was fit to fight in Top Dragster soon after that, he began laying down 6.30s via an Advanced Product Design-built big-block Chevy complemented with a ProCharger F-1X-12 and RaceDrive, and achieved a runner-up finish at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in 2015 and a win at the 10th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser in 2016, both at Summit Motorsports Park.
Share of $11,600 Earmarked for Top Alcohol Funny Car & Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifiers at Cavalcade of Stars
Summit Motorsports Park has sweetened the pot for drivers in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster at the 11th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 19-21, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park.
A total of $11,600 is now up for grabs among drivers who qualify in the first through twelfth spots in those categories, with $5,800 going to Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifiers and $5,800 going to Top Alcohol Dragster qualifiers. Guaranteed qualifying money for each class will be distributed as follows:
#1 qualifier: $1,000.00
#2 qualifier: $900.00
#3 qualifier: $800.00
#4 qualifier: $700.00
#5 qualifier: $600.00
#6 qualifier: $500.00
#7 qualifier: $400.00
#8 qualifier: $300.00
#s 9-12 qualifiers: $150.00 each
While Larry Dixon drove to three NHRA championships in a Top Fuel dragster, he’s readying to rumble in a Top Alcohol Funny Car at the 11th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 19-21, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park.
The Hussey Performance-sponsored car is owned by Tony and Michael Bartone and packs a lot of punch with its blown and injected Brad Anderson bullet.
“When I saw the car at McKinney Corp, I asked the chassis builder about it and he said it’s a really good car but that Tony, who drives it, was having back trouble and was looking for a driver because he loves the sport and wants to be involved in it,” said Dixon, who has known the Bartones for 20 years. “I gave Tony a call, and he said they were planning to run the Charlotte NHRA race in late April with Sean Bellemeur driving, and that they would stay a day later so that I could get in the car, make some laps, try to get a license and see how it goes.”
With that mission accomplished, Bartone invited definite fan-favorite Dixon to drive his car in Top Alcohol Funny Car, which features 270 mph-plus vehicles, at the 11th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Summit Motorsports Park. The event is poised to welcome the largest audience on the annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division tour.
The exciting event which traditionally welcomes the largest audience on the annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Division tour boasts captivating categories, including Top Alcohol Dragster and its 285 mph-plus vehicles, Top Alcohol Funny Car and its 270 mph-plus vehicles, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. Pro Stock Snowmobile also is scheduled to be in the spotlight.
“The Cavalcade of Stars is without question one of my favorite events of the year,” said Bill Bader, Jr., Summit Motorsport Park president. “Great racing, great fans and the official kickoff of summer!”
The event specially designed for Ford fans is July 7-9, 2017, and the Titus Performance Cleveland Shootout, open to competitors in all categories who run a Cleveland engine built around a Cleveland block, will take place during time-trials on July 8.
The driver with the quickest elapsed-time will receive $300 and a trophy from Titus Performance, while the second place finisher will receive $200 and a trophy and the third place finisher will receive $100 and a trophy.