POMONA, Calif. -- For the first time in two decades, NHRA will determine national champions in E.T. racing, with four champions scheduled to be crowned following three-round eliminators at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 9-12 in Pomona. Summit Racing Series national champions will be decided in the Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Super Pro Motorcycle classes.
Event sponsor Summit Racing Equipment is an industry leader in the distribution of racing parts and equipment through catalogs and the Internet. The company also sponsors the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, is the presenting sponsor of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, and sponsors several Pro and Sportsman drag racers, including Pro Stock driver Mark Pawuk, Pro Stock Truck racer John Lingenfelter, and Super Stock ace - and National DRAGSTER columnist - Dan Fletcher.
This year, bracket racers competed for points and cash awards during qualifying events at the 142 NHRA member tracks throughout North America. Each region's top drivers then moved on to compete for individual and team honors at the Summit Racing NHRA Finals, which were held in each of NHRA's seven geographical divisions.
Twenty-eight champions - seven each from Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Super Pro Motorcycle - were determined and will compete for national titles in Pomona. The last and only time NHRA crowned national champions in E.T. racing was in 1980.
Each of the 2000 winners will receive $5,000, an NHRA Gold Card, a champion's trophy, and a jacket. All qualifiers who attend the Pomona race are guaranteed a minimum of $3,500.
Indexes for the classes are as follows: Super Pro (7.00-11.99 seconds), Pro (10.00-13.99 seconds), Sportsman (13.00-19.99 seconds), and Super Pro Motorcycle (7.50-15.99 seconds).
Competitors in Super Pro and Super Pro Motorcycle are permitted to use delay boxes; those in the Pro class are limited to a two-step ignition and a front-wheel line lock. Competitors in Sportsman are not permitted to use any electronics and must employ mufflers. All racing is done on a five-tenths full Tree, which is shaded.
Drivers scheduled to compete in the Summit Racing NHRA National Finals, Nov. 9-12 in Pomona:
SUPER PRO Division 1 Alan Glatt, Capitol Raceway Baltimore, Md. ('23-T Ford) Division 2 Mike Ruff, Orlando Speed World Dragway Winter Park, Fla. ('92 Camaro) Division 3 Kirby McClennan, Milan Int'l Dragway Toledo, Ohio (dragster) Division 4 Steve Echols, Texas Motorplex Fort Worth, Texas (dragster) Division 5 Larry Piper, Kansas City Int'l Raceway Wamego, Kan. (dragster) Division 6 Damian Giddens, Mission Raceway Surrey, B.C. ('70 Nova) Division 7 Ted Seipel, Sears Point Raceway Team San Leandro, Calif. ('71 Ferrari) PRO Division 1 Anthony Fetch, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Belleville, N.J. ('84 Camaro) Division 2 Jay Woodward, Sumerduck Dragway Culpeper, Va. ('68 Barracuda) Division 3 Jim Adams, Milan Int'l Dragway Fruitport, Mich. ('68 Camaro) Division 4 Jeremy Wilson, Thunder Valley Raceway Park Douglass, Kan. ('80 Corvette) Division 5 Mitch Baker, Bandimere Speedway Parker, Colo. ('76 Camaro) Division 6 Derrick Jackson, Woodburn Dragstrip McMinnville, Ore. ('67 Barracuda) Division 7 Gary Ratcliffe, L.A. County Raceway Long Beach, Calif. ('68 Chevelle) SPORTSMAN Division 1 Matt Rosen, Atco Raceway Erial, N.J. ('70 Duster) Division 2 Tim Griffith, Bristol Dragway Richland, Va. ('98 Jeep) Division 3 Larry Copher, Bluegrass Raceway Park Owingsville, Ky. ('94 S-10) Division 4 Terry Emmons, Houston Raceway Park Pasadena, Calif. ('69 Camaro) Division 5 Bob Lash, Heartland Park Topeka Manhattan, Kan. ('72 Nova) Division 6 Chris Brandt, Mission Raceway Custer, Wash. ('65 Chevelle) Division 7 Linda Bailey, L.A. County Raceway Laguna Nigel, Calif. ('98 Camaro) MOTORCYCLE Division 1 Butch Zelinsky, Numidia Raceway Ringtown, Pa. ('95 Kawasaki) Division 2 Tom Gardner, Moroso Motorsports Park Boynton Beach, Fla. ('90 Kawasaki) Division 3 Rusty Dobbs, Indianapolis Raceway Park Indianapolis, Ind. ('98 Kawasaki) Division 4 Alan Jordan Killeen, Texas ('86 Suzuki) Division 5 Jeff Lanoue, Rock Falls Raceway Anoka, Minn. ('00 Kawasaki) Division 6 A.J. Boykin, Mission Raceway Ferndale, Wash. ('90 Suzuki) Division 7 John Widmann, Samoa Dragstrip Garberville, Calif. ('91 Kawasaki)
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