JULIAN, N.C. - The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman National Championship returned to action June 23-25 with the eighth-stop in the 15-stop series at Piedmont Dragway.
Myron Piatek scored the weekend sweep in the Stock division, while Mark Nowicki extended his Super Stock winning streak to three races on Saturday before Emory Pierpoint took top honors on Sunday. Saturday's Top Dragster final saw both racers match their dial-in times perfectly.
Competitors entered the weekend events in the following classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster. Full results are available here: a weekend recap of the Piedmont action is below:
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Top Dragster: T.G. Paschal from McLeansville, N.C., won on a holeshot against Chris Ferguson from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in a Top Dragster final which both drivers matched their dial-in times. Paschal matched his 4.77-second dial-in perfectly at 143.40 mph and combined it with a .005 reaction time. Ferguson matched his 4.53 perfectly at 152.33 mph and posted a .015 reaction time.
Top Sportsman: Racers from the Tar Heel State battled it out in the Top Sportsman final with Jut Crumpler from Elm City winning when Asheville driver Tim West red-lighted. Crumpler made a 5.097-second pass at 137.36 mph on a 5.10 dial-in, along with a .034 reaction time. West went 4.878 seconds against a 4.88 dial-in at 144.55 mph, but was .005 too quick at the start.
Quick Rod: Mitchell Harkey from China Grove, N.C., matched his dial-in time to edge IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship points leader Randal Langley from Naples, Fla., in the Quick Rod final. Harkey went down the track in 5.704 seconds against a 5.70 dial-in at 132.74 mph and had a ..027 reaction time. Langley finished with a 5.689-second elapsed time at 138.73 mph against a 5.70 dial-in, combined with a .053 reaction time.
Super Rod: Fastest qualifier Steve Furr from Harrisburg, N.C., won on a holeshot to deny Justen Moser from Portland, Ind., a chance to repeat his Super Rod win at US 131. Furr had a .009 reaction time and posted a 6.410-second pass at 128.66 mph against a 6.40 dial-in. Moser matched his dial-in with a 6.401-second run at 134.10, but was a little slower at the tree with a .028 reaction time.
Hot Rod: David Lincoln from Charleston, S.C., won a closely contested Hot Rod final against Glenn Ferguson Jr. from Greensboro, N.C. as both drivers tried to hit a seven-second dial-in. Lincoln came closer with a 6.985-second pass at 109.07 mph. Ferguson had a slightly quicker reaction time, ..010 to .013, but lost by a scant margin after his pass of 6.979 seconds at 105.88 mph.
Super Stock: Mark Nowicki from Holmes Beach, Fla., extended his Super Stock winning streak to three races after sweeping action at US 131 Motorsports Park two weeks ago. Nowicki posted a 6.127-second elapsed time at 110.61 mph against a 6.11 dial-in, along with a .044 reaction time. Brian Oakes from Taylorsville, N.C, red-lighted, but went on down the track in 6.343 seconds at 106.88 mph.
Stock: In another Florida versus North Carolina final, Myron Piatek from Holly Hill, Fla., won over local driver Kevin Locklear with a 7.218-second pass at 92.95 mph on a 7.18 dial-in. Locklear, from nearby Sanford, N.C., went down the track in 6.958 seconds at 93.41 mph against a 6.91 dial-in. Piatek also held a slight edge .023 to .030 in reaction time.
Junior Dragster: Trent Horton from Callahan, Fla., captured the Junior Dragster victory when final-round opponent, Blaine Parrish from Clayton, N.C., red-lighted. With a .075 reaction time, Horton hurried down the track in 8.925 seconds at 70.76 mph against an 8.94 dial-in. Parrish finished in 9.708 seconds at 49.88 mph with a 7.94 dial-in.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Top Dragster: In a battle of North Carolina drivers, Robert Volger III from Lewisville matched his dial-in time with a 4.999-second run at 150.93 mph to best Tony Meltvedt from Concord in the final. Volger was slightly quicker at the tree .020 to .022, while Meltvedt's final numbers bore out a 4.694-second effort on a 4.68 dial-in at 146.22 mph.
Top Sportsman: Stacy Hall from Chesnee, S.C., edged Jim Cairnes from Hendersonville, N.C., in a close race for Top Sportsman honors. Hall had a 4.552-second pass at 150.88 mph against a 4.53 dial-in and combined with a .038 reaction time. Cairnes was quicker at the line with a .020 start, but came up just shy overall with a 4.855 at 141.06 on a 4.86 dial-in.
Quick Rod: Frank Altilio from Apopka, Fla., followed up his nearly perfect No. 1 qualifying effort by blitzing through eliminations in Quick Rod. Altilio finished with a 5.673-second run at 144.69 on a 5.70 dial-in, following a .023 reaction time. His final round opponent, Corey Manuel from Winston-Salem, N.C., red-lighted at the start before going down the track at 5.724 seconds and 127.13 mph.
Super Rod: Paul Brown made the trek from Cass City, Mich., pay off with the Super Rod victory. Brown ended with a 6.412 elapsed time at 129.68 on a 6.40 dial-in, combined with a .024 reaction time. Steve Furr from Harrisburg, N.C., red-lighted at the start and then coasted down the track in 11.899 seconds.
Hot Rod: Another No. 1 qualifier took top honors in Hot Rod with Chris Dean from Sanford, N.C., winning on a holeshot. Dean had the almost perfect .001 start and ran 6.989 seconds at 111.09 mph against a seven-second dial-in. Runner-up David Owen from Callahan, Fla., had a .011 start and matched Dean's time at 6.989 seconds at 104.54, also against a seven-second dial-in..
Super Stock: Emory Pierpoint from Cartersville, Ga., captured the Super Stock title with a 6.714-second pass at 98.65 mph against a 6.70 dial-in. Pierpoint won the battle at the start as well, with a .071 reaction to .167 for runner-up Ed Longhany from Wade, N.C. Longhany scooted down the track in 6.654 seconds against a 6.61 dial-in at 101.01 mph.
Stock: Myron Piatek from Holly Hill, Fla., scored the weekend sweep in Stock against a strong 35-car field. Piatek ran 7.142 seconds at 94.41 mph against a 7.12 dial-in and posted a .032 reaction time. Fastest qualifier Clay Bullard of Camden, S.C., was runner-up after going 6.522 seconds at 102.43 mph against a 6.51 dial-in, along with a .078 start.
Junior Dragster: Top qualifier Nicole Zuccarelli from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was the quickest on land, winning the Junior Dragster final on a holeshot. Her .005 reaction time put her ahead of Morgan Carroll from Olar, S.C., who posted a .108 at the start. Zuccarelli posted a 7.928 elapsed time at 80.70 mph against a 7.90 dial-in. Carroll finished with an 8.098-second pass at 80.84 mph against an 8.10 dial-in.