NORWALK, Ohio --
After a memorable season of racing within the six divisions of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, several big-name drivers and a few new faces have emerged as division champions making up the final spots in this year's edition of the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL.
The Tournament of Champions, which determines the world championships in each of IHRA's seven touring classes, is made up of national event winners, winners of special TOC qualifying races held throughout the year and the top three in each class within each division of the Summit Pro-Am Tour. All of the qualified drivers will travel to Memphis International Raceway in October to compete in the preeminent sportsman event to determine the world champion in each class.
To add to the prestige of capturing a divisional championship, drivers that finish first in their respective class on the Summit Pro-Am Tour will also earn a first-round bye in the Tournament of Champions in addition to a cash bonus for winning the division.
Another driver who enjoyed a great deal of success in 2012 is Donny Urban from Pittsboro, N.C. Urban won five Pro-Am races this season, won the big money Summit Sportsman Spectacular presented by AMSOIL at Maryland International Raceway in July and captured the Top Sportsman divisional championship in the Heat Wave division.
Steve Dweck from Hollywood, Fla. also won two divisional championships in Top Dragster and Hot Rod in the Heat Wave division on the strength of three Pro-Am wins. Mark Faul, the Division 6 Stock champion, and Bart Nelson, the Division 4 Hot Rod champion, also had big seasons with four Pro-Am wins apiece, while Division 2 Super Stock champion Michael Beard visited six finals in two classes spanning multiple divisions, winning twice.
All told the 2012 edition of the Summit Tournament of Champions features 162 different drivers from 20 states and four Canadian provinces. The field also includes 17 former IHRA World Champions - a record for this event - and features six drivers that will go for gold in more than one class. Those drivers are Jacob Elrod, Steve Dweck, Brett Nesbitt, Michael Beard, Mark Faul and Patrick Forster.
Division 1 Patriots
Division 2 Heat Wave
Division 3 North Stars
Division 4 Renegades
Division 6 Border Bandits
Division 9 Raiders
For more information on the Summit World Finals weekend and a complete breakdown of this year's Summit Tournament of Champions field, check back with www.ihra.com.
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