ENNIS, Texas -- In an event that could be considered the Super Bowl of E.T. bracket racing, the team from Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble, Oklahoma emerged victorious in the Summit Racing Series Finals. Team Thunder Valley topped 14 other teams from NHRA's South Central Division. The team from Paris, Texas finished second. The hometown driver representing Texas Motorplex ended the weekend fifth. The event, which awards individual honors as well as a team title, boasted a division record 617 competitors.
In class competition, Texas Motorplex racer Jason Roger battled through a field of more than 200 cars to earn the Super Pro class title by defeating Tommy Costales of Houston in the final. Former NHRA Super Gas Champion Jimmy Lewis, who was racing for Alamo Dragway, captured the Pro title, taking out Eli Lopez, representing Paris Drag Strip, in the final. Mark Scott, with Thunder Valley, defeated Idalou Motorsports Park's Mike Mathis in the No Electronics Street final. And, in the No Electronics Quick category, Jeromy Hefler, representing Paris Drag Strip, took the win over Freddie Gomez, who was with the team from International Dragway in Relampago, Texas.
The Summit Racing Finals also featured a high school class, motorcycle category, and a race of track champions. 2001 Texas Motorplex Champion Larry Eidson took top honors in the Race of Champions for Electronics cars. In the No Electronics Race of Champions Reggie Bishop, from West Monroe, Louisiana came out victorious. The high school champion was Chad Sandlin, from Burleson, Texas. Larry Eperjesi, from Lake Dallas, took the Motorcycle title.
The following are results from the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Finals at the Texas Motorplex:
SUPER PRO Jason Roger, Tyler TX (Texas Motorplex), 8.082, 162.54 mph def. Tommy Costales, Houston, TX, (Houston Raceway Park), 7.356, 172.18 mph PRO Jimmy Lewis, Forney, TX (Alamo Dragway), 11.422, 130.81 mph def. Eli Lopez, Irving, TX (Paris Dragstrip), 10.874, 120.09 NO ELECTRONICS STREET Mark Scott, Stillwater, OK (Thunder Valley Raceway Park), 13.098. 96.85 def. Mike Mathis, Lockney, TX (Idalou Motorsports Park), 14.162, 92.79 NO ELECTRONICS QUICK Jeromy Hefler, Kennedale, TX (Paris Dragstrip), 11.224, 115.69 def. Freddie Gomez, Relempago, TX (International Dragway), 11.332, 116.33 RACE OF CHAMPIONS - ELECTRONICS Larry Eidson, Mineral Wells, TX , 7.376, 178.07 def. Jimmy Smith, Batesville, MS, 10.918, 118.07 RACE OF CHAMPIONS - NO ELECTRONICS Reggie Bishop, West Monroe, LA, 15.220, 89.78 def. Brian Lozano, Lubbock, TX, 11.429, 112.47 MOTORCYCLE Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, TX, 8.250, 156.57 def. Mike Hullett, Maypearl, TX , 10.004, 128.88 HIGH SCHOOL Chad Sandlin, Burleson, TX, 13.756, 100.27 def. Mario Cantu, Mission, 16.365, 78.65 FINAL TEAM POINTS STANDINGS Thunder Valley Park, Noble, OK 117 Paris Dragstrip, Paris, TX 112 Houston Raceway Park, Houston, TX 111 Texas Raceway, Kennedale, TX 103 Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX 100 State Capitol Dragway, Baton Rouge, LA 98 Alamo Dragway, San Antonio, TX 98 Idalou Motorsports Park, Lubbock, TX 90 Hallsville Raceway, Hallsville, TX 88 Texhoma Raceway, Walters, OK 78 No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, LA 66 Twin City Dragway, Monroe, LA 48 International Raceway, Edinburg, TX 32 Amarillo Dragway, Amarillo, TX 17 Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis, TN 2
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