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Hagar Sweeps, Others Win Big at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

Hagar Sweeps, Others Win Big at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

21/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27543318
Hagar Sweeps, Others Win Big at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

MARTIN, Mich. — Donnie Hagar from Clear Lake, Mich., was clearly at the top of his game this weekend at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at US 131 Motorsports Park.

With the largest turnout of racers this season, Hagar swept Mod division races at the event and posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the Street division, unique to this event. As part of the fun, he even won Friday night's Scrubblade Golf Cart Race.

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Other big winners over the weekend included Jason Hemerline and Mark Hammond in the Top division. Alex Kish highlighted the efforts of the Junior Dragster racers with a win and a runner-up finish.

 

Not counting contingency bonuses, both the Mod and Top winners pocketed $5,000 for winning their respective races and runner-up finishers in each division won $1,000. Scrubblade Sunday winners earned $2,500 and runner-up finishers earned $1,000.

 

In Saturday’s Mod final, Hagar from Clark Lake, Mich., posted a winning run of 6.415 seconds at 107.14 mph against a 6.42 dial-in with a .067 reaction time. Runner-up Justin Rose from Taylor, Mich., red-lighted by just .003 before going down the track in 6.210 seconds at 111.19 mph.

 

Hemerline from Unionville, Mich., was quicker on the tree to win the Top Final over Rick Schneider from Westland, Mich. Hemerline’s package included a .023 reaction time paired with a 5.861-second run at 115.86 mph against a 5.84 dial-in. Schneider was .052 at the start before running a 4.922 at 135.38 mph against a 4.91 dial-in. Hemerline also received a specially designed helmet from Jerron Settles of Imagine That Customs.

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This event also featured the Street division for cars 12 seconds and slower with Ron Hagar of Clark Lake, Mich., getting the best of his son Donnie Hagar in the final. Ron Hagar won the $500 race with a 8.691-second pass at 78.95 mph and a .018 reaction time. Donnie Hagar added $250 to his earnings with a run of 8.931 seconds at 75.06 mph and a .024 reaction time.

 

The Junior Dragsters were split into three classes with Alex Kish from Kalamazoo, Mich., Even Muchler from Grass Lake, Mich., and Jordin Heiman from Niles, Mich., race winners.

 

Kish was closer to his dial-in than runner-up Samuel Peterson from Richland, Mich., in the Masters 12-17 final. Kish went 8.104 at 77.60 mph against an 8.08 dial-in with a .042 reaction time. Peterson had the better start at .023, but finished with a run of 8.051 seconds at 75.78 mph against a 7.92 dial-in.

 

Muchler was the Advanced 9-12 winner with a .018 reaction time. He matched that with a 9.115 elapsed time at 67.47 mph against a 9.04 dial-in. Kassie Wanamaker from Martin, Mich. finished in 9.022 seconds at 71.80 mph against an 8.98 dial-in, along with a .080 reaction time.

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Heiman won the Beginner 7-9 race when final-round opponent Aliyah Pitsch from Dorr, Mich., fouled. Heiman’s final numbers were 11.978 seconds at 53.44 mph and a .038 reaction time. Pitsch made a run down the track in 12.103 seconds at 54.14 mph.

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On Scrubblade Sunday, Donnie Hagar continued his winning ways besting Jimmy Francisco from Shelby Township, Mich., in the Mod final. Hagar posted a 6.421 run at 103.81 mph against a 6.41 dial-in, paired with a .025 reaction time. Francisco had the better launch at .018, but barely missed down the track at 5.953 at 113.52 against a 5.96 dial-in.

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Hammond from Romulus, Mich., had a quick reaction time to top the Top division. His start of .002 paired with a 6.159 elapsed time at 101.95 mph against a 6.09 dial-in best the efforts of Steve Mesik of Plainwell, Mich., who had a .025 reaction tie and then finished with an 8.362 run at 81.65 mph against an 8.19 dial-in.

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Kyle Wanamaker from Martin, Mich., had a strong effort with a .008 reaction time and matching his dial-in with a run of 9.241 at 72.06 in the Street final.  Hagar had a .021 start and then finished with an 8.888 elapsed time at 74.17 mph.

 

Tobyn Will from Belding, Mich., ended Kish’s hopes for a weekend sweep in the Master Jr. Dragster final, which both drivers red-lighted. Will had a 8.243-second pass at 73.21 mph, while Kish broke out with a 7.985 against a 8.00 dial-in.

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Elizabeth Teter from Benton Harbor, Mich., edged Lydia Kish from Kalamazoo, Mich., in the Advanced Jr. Dragster final. Her solid reaction time of .042 was paired with a 8.983 run at 73.40 mph against an 8.95 dial-in. Kish matched her 8.97 dial-in with a 72.72 mph speed, but lost with a .127 reaction time.

 

Nick Peters from Howell, Mich., completed the list of weekend winners in Beginner Jr. Dragster. He went down the track in 11.944 seconds at 53.43 mph after both final-round drivers had a .086 reaction time. Runner-up Karlie Denbleyker from Zeeland, Mich., had a 12-second run at 53.71 mph.

 

The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular moves to Maryland International Raceway on Aug. 24-26. Click here to pre-enter future events to get two races for the price of one.



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Round Prizes Handed Out at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

Round Prizes Handed Out at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

20/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27539444
Round Prizes Handed Out at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

MARTIN, Mich. — Several racers at US 131 Motorsports Park were treated to round prizes at the International Hot Rod Association Summit Sportsman Spectacular event thanks to the IHRA’s great partners.

Drivers with the best losing packages in the first three rounds on Saturday and Sunday earned round prizes.

Saturday first-round prizes winners included Lane Ledford (Box) with a Summit Racing Equipment 10 x 20 tent, Scott Overkamp (No Box) with a Sunoco $100 fuel certificate and Makayla Hemerline (Junior Dragster) with a Summit 10 x 10 Tent.

 

Steve Vandersloot (Box) was handed an American Race Cars $250 gift certificate after the second round. Allen Bruischart in the No Box division picked up an Abruzzi Transmissions $400 certificate towards an 8 or 9-inch converter. Trey Goodson got a Summit car cover for his Junior Dragster.

 

The third round, known as the “Moser Money Round,” featured Alan Connors (Box) getting a $300 Moser certificate and a Jones Transmission Cooling Systems $200 certificate. Dan Gorby in No Box also received a “Moser Money Round” $300 certificate, while  Junior Dragster driver Conner Jensen came back with a Moser $150 certificate.

 

A new Summit Racing Equipment 5 jacket for Box racer Jim Thurston Sr. led off the Sunday first-round prizes. Scott Overkamp in No Box won a Summit single-layer jacket, while Madison Miodowski won the Junior Dragster re-entry certificate.

 

In round two, Keith Shafer in the Box class was presented an American Race Cars $250 gift certificate. Kevin Groeneveld in Box received a Sunoco $100 fuel certificate and Junior Dragster racer Jake Foster was given a Summit single-layer jacket.

 

Jeff Green picked up a certificate from Abruzzi Transmissions for 10 percent off the purchase of a new transmission, and a Jones Transmission Cooling Systems $200 certificate. Jeff Ledford is the new owner of a Summit Racing Equipment 10 x 20 tent, while Jordin Heiman has a new Summit cockpit cover for his Junior Dragster.

 

More racers will have a chance to compete for big money and take home round prizes at Maryland International Raceway and other IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular events by clicking here.



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Hagar, Hemerline score Saturday wins at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular in Michigan

Hagar, Hemerline score Saturday wins at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular in Michigan

19/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27536429
Hagar, Hemerline score Saturday wins at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular in Michigan

MARTIN, Mich. — Donnie Hagar and Jason Hemerline each came away with big prizes Saturday at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular race at US 131 Motorsports Park.

With the biggest turnout of racers this season, both drivers pocketed $5,000 by winning their respective classes during Moser Engineering Saturday. Hagar, who also won the Scrubblade golf cart race, was the Mod division winner and Hemerline topped the Top division. Runner-up drivers in each division won $1,000.

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In the Mod final, Hagar from Clark Lake, Mich., posted a winning run of 6.415 seconds at 107.14 mph against a 6.42 dial-in with a .067 reaction time. Runner-up Justin Rose from Taylor, Mich., red-lighted by just .003 before going down the track in 6.210 seconds at 111.19 mph.

 

Hemerline from Unionville, Mich., was quicker on the tree to win the Top Final over Rick Schneider from Westland, Mich. Hemerline’s package included a .023 reaction time paired with a 5.861-second run at 115.86 mph against a 5.84 dial-in. Schneider was .052 at the start before running a 4.922 at 135.38 mph against a 4.91 dial-in.

 

This event also featured the Street division for cars 12 seconds and slower with Ron Hagar of Clark Lake, Mich., getting the best of his son Donnie Hagar in the final. Ron Hagar won the $500 race with a 8.691-second pass at 78.95 mph and a .018 reaction time. Donnie Hagar added $250 to his earnings with a run of 8.931 seconds at 75.06 mph and a .024 reaction time.

 

The Junior Dragsters were split into three classes with Alex Kish from Kalamazoo, Mich., Even Muchler from Grass Lake, Mich., and Jordin Heiman from Niles, Mich., race winners.

 

Kish was closer to his dial-in than runner-up Samuel Peterson from Richland, Mich., in the Masters 12-17 final. Kish went 8.104 at 77.60 mph against an 8.08 dial-in with a .042 reaction time. Peterson had the better start at .023, but finished with a run of 8.051 seconds at 75.78 mph against a 7.92 dial-in.

 

Muchler was the Advanced 9-12 winner with a .018 reaction time. He matched that with a 9.115 elapsed time at 67.47 mph against a 9.04 dial-in. Kassie Wanamaker from Martin, Mich. finished in 9.022 seconds at 71.80 mph against an 8.98 dial-in, along with a .080 reaction time.

 

Heiman won the Beginner 7-9 race when final-round opponent Aliyah Pitsch from Dorr, Mich., fouled. Heiman’s final numbers were 11.978 seconds at 53.44 mph and a .038 reaction time. Pitsch made a run down the track in 12.103 seconds at 54.14 mph.

 

Action continues at US 131 Motorsports Park with Scrubblade Sunday.



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BILLY TORRENCE RECORDS FIRST CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFIER IN BRAINERD

BILLY TORRENCE RECORDS FIRST CAREER NO. 1 QUALIFIER IN BRAINERD

19/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27536385


BROWN, HIGHT, ENDERS AND SMITH PACE BRAINERD QUALIFYING

BROWN, HIGHT, ENDERS AND SMITH PACE BRAINERD QUALIFYING

19/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27530718


2018 – 2019 Race Dates

2018 – 2019 Race Dates

17/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27521456
2018 WORLD SERIES OF PRO MODIFIED - EVENT RECAP

2018 WORLD SERIES OF PRO MODIFIED - EVENT RECAP

16/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27517324


Central Illinois Dragway Continues to Get Better

Central Illinois Dragway Continues to Get Better

16/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27519978
Central Illinois Dragway Continues to Get Better
Central Illinois Dragway was voted the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit SuperSeries Track of the Year in 2015. The Havana, Illinois facility has gotten even better since then.
Over the last few years, the track has been repaved and made 800 feet longer. Indoor plumbing has been installed and 400 more seats have been added.
 
Opened in 1969, the 1/8-mile, IHRA-sanctioned drag strip has operated under the names of Mason County Dragway and Midstate Dragway. Frank Hutto purchased the track in 2011 and made improvements to the facility a top priority, and he brought in Jeff Lasecke as track manager in 2013. Among the projects, they’ve added lighting, improved the staging lanes, installed a track cooling system, and upgraded concessions and facilities including showers.
 
“Our attention has been on a family facility, a fun place for the family to have something to do,” Lasecke said. “We’ve also brought in different kinds of cars and have mixed it up a little bit. It’s a nice place for the family to spend the day.”
 
While the core business is the grassroots, sportsman racer through the IHRA Summit SuperSeries, the track recently hosted a special Funny Car Chaos event. It attracted 19 Funny Cars and several records were shattered over 1/8-mile runs. 
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That event, which was supported by the track’s regular competitors running their IHRA Summit SuperSeries race, will be a centerpiece of a 50th anniversary celebration next year.
 
There is also a new class for heads-up racing for door cars with a random start, where it could either be a pro or full tree.
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The track is helping youth on and off the track. They have made changes to the Junior Dragster program to give the young drivers more runs down the drag strip and they’ve been proactive in hiring high school kids at the facility to get them more work experience. 
 
The IHRA Summit SuperSeries works perfectly with the track’s vision for taking care of the sportsman racer,  while a Quick 16 race or other races are often added for the spectators.
 
“It gives the guys an organized platform to race for the track championship and the chance to go to Memphis and race in the IHRA World Finals,” Lasecke said the IHRA Summit SuperSeries. “They also have a chance to race in the division final. We like how we send the best of our guys to the division final and it gives them another possibility to compete in the World Finals.”
 
For more information about Central Illinois Dragway, click here for the track’s website or visit the track’s Facebook page.
 
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Fastest Track in Michigan Boasts Legendary History

Fastest Track in Michigan Boasts Legendary History

15/08/2018, Australia, Motorsport - Drag Racing, Australian Drag Racing, Article # 27511516
Fastest Track in Michigan Boasts Legendary History
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-  International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) member track US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, Mich., is known as “The Fastest Track in Michigan”, and for good reason as the facility has seen some of the most prominent drivers in drag racing take passes down the quarter-mile. 
Opened in 1962, by John Grivins off the new US 131 roadway. Grivins felts the land wasn’t suited for farming and saw the potential in building a dragstrip. Originally called Martin Dragway, Grivins was the youngest track operator in country and ran the facility with his father, mother and brother taking on a variety of roles.
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As the track grew, John started booking touring pros such as the Ramchargers, the Golden Commandos, Doug Nash, Jay Howell and many others. 
 
Under new ownership, the track underwent a $14 million-dollar renovation and reopened in 2002 offering first class accommodations to all visitors.
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However, the most well-known fact amongst competitors and fans is that US 131 Motorsports Park is “The Fastest Track in Michigan”. This was evident in 2017 when the Lagana brothers posted a 4.485 second, 338.35 mph run during the Funny Car Nationals.
 
US 131 Motorsports Park plays host to many big events throughout the year such as the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular and numerous special events such as US 131 Northern Nationals, 3rd annual Midwest Jr. Drasgter Super Series and more.
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“US 131 Motorsports Park is a world class facility,” IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal said. “The fact that the management team treats everyone as if they were family makes it a great place to be affiliated with.”
 
Scott Taylor (Top), Kevin Groenveld (Mod) and Ally Muchler (Jr. Dragster) were US 131 Motorsports Park’s representatives for the IHRA Summit World Finals last season.
 
“The track has one of the largest Summit SuperSeries programs in the country with over 200 registered Summit SuperSeries competitors trying to become the track champion and advance to the Summit World Finals,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “That breeds a highly competitive atmosphere that has resulted in US 131 being six time and defending Division 5 Summit Team Finals Team Champions.  If you can win there, you can win anywhere.” 
 
Fans can attend the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular at US 131 Motorsports Park. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12 for the weekend.
For more information about the Summit Sportsman Spectacular click here.
 
For more information about US 131 Motorsports Park click here.
 


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