MILLINGTON, Tenn. --
Sun, 13 Oct 2013, 23:50 PM
Clay Millican, Ron Hope Sweep Summit World Finals
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Gallen, Stordeur Take Wins Saturday at Memphis
While afternoon rains put a damper on the Summit Racing Equipment sportsman championships, action in
the Nitro Jam ranks was as hot as ever as Tennessee's own Clay Millican and Ron Hope swept the action
in IHRA's professional categories at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis
Clay Millican bested Bruce Litton all four rounds
IHRA Summit World Finals
Millican won for the second night in a row in the world's most exciting racing class of Top Fuel,
joining Ron Hope in Fuel Altered as the only two drivers to take home two Ironman trophies. Joining
the duo in the winner's circle was Peter Gallen in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car and Jake
Stordeur in Nitro Harley.
The biggest races of the weekend, the Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries
competitions, were rained out on Saturday and will be run to their conclusion on Sunday.
Saturday was all about the boys of the Volunteer State.
Millican, from right down the road in Drummonds, Tenn., bested longtime friend and rival Bruce Litton
four out of four passes during the weekend. Both drivers struggled to find traction Saturday night as
the tricky conditions got the best of them, but it was Millican getting enough of a push to come away
with round wins culminating with a final pass of 5.361 seconds at 183.32 miles per hour in the
Ron Hope swept the Fuel Altered category
with another win over
Kyle Hough on Saturday
Equally as exciting were the extreme runs of Nostalgia Fuel Altered as Ron Hope and Kyle Hough took
up every inch of their own lanes and, occasionally, the other lane as well. Hope drove "Rat Trap" to
both round wins on Saturday as Hough both times found himself crossing the finish line in the
Hope's final, race clinching lap was a 6.363, 215.27 with Hough following right behind in the same
Peter Gallen defeated Mike Halstead in the final.
In AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car Peter Gallen made up for all kinds of issues on Saturday to pick
up his first IHRA Nitro Jam win in several months behind the wheel of the "Poverty Stricken" Monza.
After dispatching of Mike Minick in round one with an incredible 5.842, 248.48 pass, Gallen went back
to work in defeating Mike Halstead and the "Candies & Hughes" team with a 6.012, 241.11 winning pass.
Halstead had a 7.121, 159.74 in the runner-up effort.
Greg Jacobsmeyer won the consolation round when Minick broke.
Jake Stordeur found himself in the winner's circle
night with a win in Nitro Harley
Finally Jake Stordeur closed out the evening with a win over Chris Smith in Nitro Harley as both
bikes peddled off of the line, with Stordeur getting the ship righted just enough to cross the line
with a 7.084, 201.70.
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