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Sun, 02 Mar 2014, 13:17 PM

First Race of the 2014 Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams
Courtesy of Pam Kendrick





MILLINGTON, Tenn. --

The sound of engines filled the air on the opening day of the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams with over 100 entries on the day among four classes and not to mention test cars adding to the full day of racing. The skies were blue and the sun was shining, making great condition for the kick-off to the 14-race series. The cool temperatures allowed for great results as all the racers were eager to get their race cars out of the garage and down the track.

Paul Cartwright, Director of Race & Facility Operations said, "It was great to see all the racers back at the facility after what seemed to be such a long winter, it's been just over three months since we've run a race, it felt good today." Cartwright went on to say, "We couldn't have asked for a better start to what will be a great 14-race series for 2014."

Race Results:

R. T. Turbines Junior Dragster:
With a full field of R. T. Turbines Junior Dragsters on hand for the opening event, the competition was close and the outcome was exciting. The first round saw defending 2013 Track Champion, Justin Poindexter, paired against older brother, Tyler Poindexter, and you could tell, Tyler wasn't having any of Justin taking the win light in the first pairing of the season. As the day went on these two brothers would find their way back to one another and in the final, the results would stay the same.

Tyler Poindexter takes the win with a .046 reaction time, 8.013 ET at 78.08 mph off his 8.00 dial-in over younger brother and defending 2013 Track Champion, Justin Poindexter who had a .138 reaction time, 8.028 ET at 79.33 mph breaking out with his 8.07 dial-in, with Clay Combs from Bells, TN rounding out the top 3 on the day.

B & B Towing Footbrake:
The B & B Towing Footbrake class saw many drivers doing double duty on the day - running a combination of B & B Towing Footbrake and R. T. Turbines D.O.T. Street as well as Rick's Powder Coating SuperPro. The day capped off with Richard Sanders of Henning, TN with a.065 reaction time, 7.609 ET at 89.03 mph off his 7.63 dial-in taking the win over Tim Pace of Booneville, MS with a ..020 reaction time, 10.584 ET at 64.75 mph off his 10.62 dial-in with a double breakout victory. Tim was going for the daily double after taking the win in R. T. Turbines D.O.T. Street, but came up a little short. Semi-Finalists in the class were Michael Crass of Murray, KY and Morgaen Crass of Murray, KY. Rounding out the money earners with the quarter-finalists were David Ciarloni, Greg Rushing and John Castellaw III.

Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro:
Give the first win of the 2014 Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by: COMP Cams in the Rick's Powder Coating SuperPro class to Cody Graham with Steady Stackin' Motorsports of Millington, TN over Bryan Robinson of Iuka, MS who was not able to make the call after a broken control arm sidelined him following the semi-final round. Cody was flawless all day taking it one round at a time in the Rick's Powder Coating SuperPro class, while also doing double duty running his Chevy S10 in the B & B Towing Footbrake class going red with a .003 reaction time in the fourth round. Semi-Finalists in Rick's Powder Coating SuperPro Class today was Leigh Hubbard of Millington, TN and Michael Crass of Murray, KY, rounding out the quarter-finalists were Russell Snyder, Donald Bowers, Tyler Roach and Randy Seale.

R. T. Turbines D.O.T. Street:
Who would prevail from what was a very tight field in the R. T. Turbines D.O.T. Street class - with the 2014 Track Championship the final prize - what would unfold? As the day came to a close, Tim Pace of Booneville, MS took the win in the R.T. Turbines D.O.T. Street Class with .030 reaction time, 16.819 ET at 77.51 mph off his 16.76 dial-in over Jimmy Ray of Atoka, TN with a .134 reaction time, 10.509 ET at 125.47 mph going under his 10.51 dial-in with Cliff Hubbard, 2013 Track Champion, and Jeremy Foree finishing their day in the semi-final round.

"Congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to all the racers, spectators and crew, for coming out today and supporting this great facility and program," said Tyler Crossnoe, Drag Strip Manager. Crossnoe continued, "The support we received today is a great indication of what the future holds."

The season has just begun so make your plans now to come out and feel the excitement building at Memphis International Raceway. The next MIR points meet for the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by: COMP Cams is scheduled for a doubleheader weekend: Saturday, March 1, 2014 and Sunday, March 2, 2014. On Saturday, March 1, 2014, the gates are scheduled to open at 4:00 and time trials will be underway at 5:00 p.m.; on Sunday, March 2, 2014, the gates will open at 9:00 a.m., followed by Church Service at 9:30 a.m. and time trials beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Don't miss a minute of action at Memphis International Raceway in 2014! To stay up to date with all the racing excitement be sure and check out our website at www.racemir.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaceMIR, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RaceMIR.

The entire MIR team looks forward to seeing you at the track in 2014!





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