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Mon, 20 Feb 2017, 10:16 AM
IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship at Palm Beach International Raceway
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
After a fantastic season debut Feb. 4-5 in Immokalee, Fla., the International Hot Rod Association
(IHRA) Summit Sportsman National Championship moved 119 miles across the northern Florida
everglades to Palm Beach International Raceway(PBIR) for the second of 15 weekends of racing that
will comprise the inaugural IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship.
More than 200 cars entered the weekend events in the following classes: Top Sportsman, Top
Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster. Congratulations
to Troy Williams, Jr. - with his two Top Dragster runner-up finishes at Immokalee Regional Raceway
and his win at Palm Beach International Raceway, his season is off to a nearly perfect start. Full
results are available here; a weekend recap is below:
SSNC PBIR SATURDAY
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017:
Troy Williams Jr - Top Dragster
Former world champion Troy Williams, Jr. of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Tracy
Cochran of Flintstone, Calif. faced off in the final round of Top Dragster competition. Williams,
Jr., would trip the win light on a 4.680 at 137.51 mph with a .006 reaction time and a 4.61
dial-in. Cochran ran a 4.389 at 156.70 mph with a .116 reaction time and a 4.38 dial-in.
John Taylor - Top Sportsman
John Taylor and Carl Birney, both of Naples, Fla., made up the final round
of Top Sportsman competition, but both drivers left the starting line before the green light.
Taylor, a regular at PBIR, took the win with a 4.754-second run at 146.91 mph, a -.006 reaction
time and 4.74 dial-in. Birney posted a 4.906-second pass at 141.02 mph with a -.002 reaction time
and a 4.94 dial-in.
Corey Manuel - Super Rod and Quick Rod
Corey Manuel of Winston Salem, N.C., a former world champion, would take the
hole-shot win in Saturday's race over Frank Altilio of Apopua, Fla. Manuel made it through the
eighth mile in 5.735 seconds at 127.03 mph with a .009 reaction time. Altilio posted a 5.727-second
pass at 136.73 mph with a .021 reaction time.
Super Rod: Manuel pulled double duty and doubled-up with another hole-shot win in Super
Rod over David Marcus, Jr., of Sarasota, Fla. The Tar Heel driver tripped the win light with a
6.437-second run at 112.93 mph and a .006 reaction time through the eighth mile. Marcus posted a
6.417-second effort at 126.06 mph and a .047 reaction time in a losing effort.
James McPherson - Hot Rod
James McPherson, from Chalmette, La., took a hole-shot win in Hot Rod over PBIR
regular Scott Phillips of West Palm Beach, Fla. McPherson made it down the strip in 7.042 seconds
at 109.08 mph with a .004 reaction time. Phillips posted a quicker 7.017-second pass at 111.50 mph,
but his .068 reaction time gave the slower McPherson the win.
Chet Finke - Super Stock
Drivers from Kentucky and Virginia did battle in the Super Stock final. Chet
Fincke of Ashburn, Va., took home the hardware with a win over runner-up Tyler Bohannon of
Louisville, Ky., when Bohannon left the starting line before the green light. Fincke's
7.124-second pass at 94.05 mph with a.002 reaction time and a 7.15 dial-in was good enough to get
the win over Bohannon's 6.411-second effort at 87.45 mph with a reaction time of .010 seconds and a
Myron Piatek - Stock
The Stock competition came down to Myron Piatek of Holly Hill, Fla., and Gary Russell
of East Sparta, Ohio. Piatek, a former world champion, took the win with a 7.215-second pass at
85.34 mph, a .044 reaction time and a 7.14 dial-in. Russell posted a quicker 7.053-second run at
82.30 mph with a -.024 reaction time and 6.72 dial-in. Russell's red-light start gave the win to
Morgan Carroll - Jr Dragster
Future stars of drag racing Morgan Carroll of Olar, S.C. and Gage Burch of
Palmetto, Fla., made their mark in the final round of Junior Dragster competition. Carroll came out
on top with an 8.110-second run at 79.58 mph with a .037 reaction time and an 8.09 dial-in. Burch
posted a 7.936-second pass at 74.27 mph, a .081 reaction and a 7.90 dial-in.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017:
More than 200 teams were competing in the fourth race of the 2017 IHRA Summit Sportsman National
Championship in perfect south Florida weather when the "Christmas Tree" suffered a major
malfunction during the afternoon. Despite multiple attempts, the tree could not be repaired, and
the IHRA was forced to cancel the race. Racer entry fees were refunded, and officials are
currently exploring multiple options to determine what can be done with the event that would be in
the best interests of the competitors. Additional information will be provided when available.
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