Summit SuperSeries Celebrates 20th Anniversary in 2021
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Summit Racing Equipment will continue the longest series partnership in drag racing with the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, Summit Team Finals and IHRA Summit World Finals in 2021.
The 2021 season marks the 20th Anniversary of the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the most prestigious drag racing series that began in 2002.
The $200,000 program is the World Championship for over 12,000 IHRA member-track racers each season and held at nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned member tracks.
IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions from 28 states and international competitors from Canada, and Aruba are represented in Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman and Junior divisions, at the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals at Memphis International Raceway October 14-16, 2021. In addition, qualifying Summit Team Final champions from seven IHRA regions are also competing at Memphis, making it the most illustrious championship event in bracket drag racing.
“The Summit SuperSeries, Summit Team Finals and Summit World Finals continue to be successful programs that have withstood the test of time,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “We are extremely proud of the success the Summit SupersSeries has seen in the last 19 years thanks to our great IHRA member tracks that care for and administer this program during the season and the team at Summit Racing Equipment who have championed our Sportsman racers for so long.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Bunker Hill Dragstrip, the oldest continuously running dragway in the Hoosier State, has renewed its commitment to the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) through a new multi-year sanctioning agreement.
Located in Bunker Hill, Indiana, there is a rich history dating back to 1956. The facility features an 1/8-mile drag strip. In 2018, Bunker Hill was named the IHRA Division 5 (Thunder) Track of the Year.
Under the new ownership of Mark Cregier the track has plans for improvements to the facility over the course of the off-season. Improvements includes the timing system, track prep equipment, guardrails and safety equipment.
“The enthusiasm that Mark has shown in the last few months of the 2020 season has shown that he’s putting his heart into this place,” said IHRA Division 1,3, and 5 Director Jon O’Neal. “From driving to Memphis for the IHRA Summit World Finals to learn about the Summit SuperSeries to installing new guardrail in the clutches of Indiana winter, Mark is not pulling any punches.”
Central Illinois Dragway is in rural Havana Illinois. The 1/8-mile dragway is situated on 64 acres among rolling farmland and the Illinois river opening on August 17, 1969. New Central Illinois Dragway promoters Gary Landgrebe and Don Scott secured a 3-year lease to run the track as well as an option to purchase it after the lease expires.
Planned improvements heading into the 2021 season include updating the timing equipment, increasing the flow of participants into the facility and several upgrades to track cleanup and preparation equipment.
“In a time when more dragstrips are closing than opening, it’s refreshing to see someone step up to the plate at a track like Central Illinois Dragway,” said IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal. “There’s a core group of dedicated racers and a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries presence due to the hard work of the previous owner and management team. Don and Gary bring a strong reputation and business acumen to the table along with a persevering spirit. We look forward to working through the new endeavor with them.”
Central Illinois Dragway plans to have around 23 events in 2021 with the anticipated schedule coming out in less than a month.
IHRA Introduces Virtual Hall of Fame
As part of the plans to celebrate this significant milestone, beginning in March, the IHRA will introduce an inductee to the inaugural to the IHRA Hall of Fame each month. Five legendary professional drivers (Pro Class), five Sportsman drivers and two legends that have greatly contributed to the sanctioning body will be inducted virtually into the newly formed IHRA Hall of Fame housed at IHRA.com.
“Celebrating 50 years is a major accomplishment and one that we at the IHRA are proud of,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “Many great people have been involved and contributed to the IHRA from Pro to Sportsman drivers and Legends of the sport. Creating the Hall of Fame allows us the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments made over the course of our 50 years.”
The IHRA will announce additional 50th anniversary program details in the coming weeks.
Sitting 20 minutes outside of Greensboro, N.C, in Julian, N.C., Piedmont Dragway has been in operation since 1957 and is home of epic 1/8-mile drag racing owned by Senecal family. Daily operations of the track are handled by general manager Amanda Senecal.
“We made the decision to come back to the IHRA as we felt the IHRA really cared about the smaller tracks and Sportsman racers,” Piedmont Dragway General Manager Amanda Senecal said. “We also wanted to get back to the nostalgia of IHRA Team Finals where it felt like we were a big family and could cheer our racers on who made the IHRA Team Finals. We are looking forward to a making new memories in the IHRA family.”
The mutli-purpose facility will host nearly 90 events in 2021 ranging from drag racing, tractor-pulling, demolition derbys, drifting and more.
“I’m very happy to have Piedmont Dragway return to the IHRA,” IHRA Division 2 & 9 Director Josh Peake said. “It’s always been a staple facility with all of the IHRA programs. I look forward to working with Amanda and Jessie for many more years to come.”
MILLINGTON, TN- Hundreds of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries track champions, along with Summit Team Finals divisional champions from around the United States and Canada gathered at Memphis International Raceway Oct. 15-17 for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.
With nearly 100 IHRA-sanctioned tracks represented, drivers traveled hundreds of miles for the most prestigious bracket racing championship in drag racing.
The IHRA Summit SuperSeries champions were crowned Saturday in Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman and Junior Dragster. The $200,000 program is the championship competition for IHRA member Sportsman racers, and more than 8,000 racers who compete in the program annually.
Gary Shearer from Eddyville, Iowa representing the IHRA Midwest Team Finals won the Top World Championship. Mason Hatton from Jeffersonville, Ky., representing I-64 Motorplex captured the Mod World Championship. Joe Tharp Jr., from Waynesburg, Pa., representing Keystone Raceway Park captured Sportsman World Championship. Madison Fisher from Loxahatchee, Fla., representing Immokalee Regional Raceway won the Junior Dragster crown.
MILLINGTON, TN — Drivers from London Dragway, Holly Springs Motorsports, Greer Dragway and Cordova International Raceway were the Gambler’s Race winners Friday at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries World Finals at Memphis International Raceway.
Winners in the Top, Mod, Sportsman and Junior Dragster classes each earned a $1,000 payout.
Terry Brannon from Boiling Spring, S.C., representing Greer Dragway took home the Moser Engineering Top (Box) Gambler’s Race. Brannon went down the track with 4.46-second pass with a .004 reaction time at 147.58 mph on a 4.44 dial-in. Kevin Knight from Corunna, Ontario, Canada representing Grand Bend Motorplex had a .018 reaction time. He posted a 4.62-second run at 146.32 mph on a 4.623 dial-in.
In the Hagerty Mod (No Box) final, Tony Brock from Barbourville, Ky., representing London Dragway defeated Brad Davis from Fulton, Miss., representing Holly Springs Motorsports. Brock went down the track with a 6.48-second pass coupled with a .038 reaction time at 102.97 mph. Davis had a 8.35-second pass with a .039 reaction time at 82.59 mph.
Beacon Dragway took a 51-43 win over defending champions London Dragway. Other tracks who participated were: Memphis International Raceway, Holly Springs Motorsports, Brainerd Motorsports Park, Buffalo Valley Dragway, Knoxville, Dragway, Gulfport Dragway, Prescott Raceway,I-64 Dragway and Ozark Raceway.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Friday Gambler’s races, Saturday Gambler’s races and best of awards.
Cody Graham (Holly Springs Motorsports) put together a winning package with 5.006 elapsed time at 107.59 mph against a 4.65 dial-in, along with a .002 reaction time. Runner-up Jason Ferrell (Holly Spring Motorsports) raced down the track in 7.695 seconds at 107.59 mph against a 6.23 dial-in.
Serving as hosts for the racing event, Eddyville Raceway Park A narrowly defeated Onawa Dragway A 42-41. Onawa Dragway B finished third with 29 points. Little River Dragway, Evadale Raceway and 2018 champion Amarillo Dragway also participated. Magic City International Dragway, Thunder Valley Dragways, Great Lakes Dragaway .Mo-Kan Dragway, Ozark Raceway Park, Central Illinois Dragway, Wisconsin International Raceway and Cordova International Raceway also competed
Top — Gary Shearer (Eddyville Raceway Park) got off to a quick start with a .003 reaction time and powered down the track in 4.557 seconds against a 4.54 dial-in to best Steve Keller(Wisconsin International Raceway) who finished in 5.290 seconds on a 5.24 dial-in with a .006 reaction time.
Mod — Zach Livingston (Eddyville Raceway Park) was victorious with a 5.525-second run on a 5.51 dial-in with a .016 reaction time to runner-up Josh Bixler (Great Lakes Dragaway) who ran 5.662 on a 5.64 dial-in with a .028 reaction time.
Quaker City Motorsports Park took a 66.5- 62.5 win over defending champions Dragway 42. Other tracks who participated were:, Beaver Springs Dragway, Lancaster Dragway, Thompson Raceway Park and Empire Dragway.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Early Bird Gambler’s races, Race of Champions race and “best of” awards.
Billy Leasure (Dragway 42) put together a winning package with a 4.892 elapsed time at 136.49 mph against a 4.88 dial-in, along with a .028 reaction time. Runner-up Mark Brewer (Keystone Raceway Park) raced down the track in 6.282 seconds at 108.28 mph against a 6.24 dial-in with a .028 reaction time.