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Sat, 29 Sep 2001, 03:13 PM

Summit Announces Formation of Sport Compact 200-mph Club



GLENDORA, Calif. - Summit Racing Equipment announced the formation of the Summit Sport Compact 200-mph Club, which guarantees $25,000 to the first driver that records a 200-mph pass at an NHRA Summit Import Drag Racing Series event. After the initial accomplishment, the next nine drivers to eclipse the speed barrier will receive $1,000 and exclusive membership into the select club.

Additionally, the 10 members of the Summit Sport Compact 200-mph Club will receive a custom leather jacket with the 200-mph Club logo on the back with the date, race track and speed of their historic run on the sleeve that displays their achievement to the racing community. Along with that, the 10 drivers will also receive a special 200-mph Club plate and special decals for their car and trailer. After the feat has been achieved by 10 different drivers, their names will be engraved onto a trophy that will be presented to and displayed in the NHRA Motorsports Museum.

"We're really striving to make this an exciting goal," said Blake Burgy, Summit Racing Equipment merchandising manager. "Surpassing 200-mph is the first major goal for import drag racers to achieve and we want to make that a significant accomplishment."

The Summit Sport Compact 200-mph Club is open to any competitors in the NHRA Summit Import Drag Racing Series' five Heads-up categories. To be awarded the prize, racers must submit a copy of their time-slip and a verification form, signed by an NHRA official and a track official before the run is accepted as valid. Racers also must display special Summit decals on both sides of their car at the time of the historic pass.

"I think this is great for the series and the sport," said import drag racing star Abel Ibarra. "I definitely see somebody running 200-mph at some point next year."

Summit Racing Equipment, the industry's largest direct marketer of performance automotive and truck equipment, is based in Tallmadge, Ohio, with warehouses in Tallmadge and Sparks, Nev. Founded in 1968, Summit Racing markets products through mail order catalogs and the Internet at http://www.summitracing.com.www.summitracing. com.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Import Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.



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