WEST SALEM, Ohio -
Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 16:08 PM
Mother Nature Wins IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular at Dragway 42
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Despite numerous attempts to race, persistent rain caused the
International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at Dragway 42 to be
called after just a few rounds of racing.
Only one full round of racing in the Moser Engineering $10,000 race was completed on Saturday
between storms. After massive track cleaning efforts continued on Sunday morning, the race resumed
Sunday afternoon but track time was limited before another storm hit forcing the cancellation.
Twenty-seven drivers including the final two No Box entries of split the main event purse while
four cars split the Junior dragster payout. The scheduled $5,000-to-win race for Sunday was
cancelled and all those who had paid entry fees were refunded.
"Unfortunately we were not able to overcome a horrible weekend forecast that turned out to be
exactly correct this time" said IHRA Division Director Jon O'Neal. "I want to thank all the
competitors for sticking it out and all the Dragway 42 staff for putting a huge effort into trying
to make this weekend happen. We did everything in our power to give the sportsman racers the best
possible experience this weekend."
"What was great to see was the caliber of competitors who showed up to support our new sportsman
program. We had multiple former IHRA National and Divisional class racing champions in the field
including Marco Abruzzi, Jacob Elrod, Michael Beard, Travis Colangelo and Junior champion Paige
Montgomery along with 2014 Summit SuperSeries Top World Champion Cody Bayus and defending Mod
Summit SuperSeries World Champion Chris "Bubba" Black. When you put those racers in the mix with
several of the track champions from the surrounding area who came to the event you've got a pretty
incredible field of competitors."
for the Summit
Sportsman Spectacular round prize winners.
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