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Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 13:55 PM
Ten Drivers Earn Event Wins at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Opener at Farmington Dragway
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Ten different drivers ended up as event winners at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA)
Summit Sportsman Spectacular season-opener at Farmington (N.C.) Dragway. It was the largest IHRA
Summit Sportsman Spectacular to date with over 300 entries each day.
Michael Paschal from Greensboro, N.C., won the Moser Engineering Saturday $5,000-to-win top prize
for the Top division and Roger Robertson from Blowing Rock, N.C., took the Top division's $5,000
top prize for Battle Born Batteries Sunday.
Paschal went down the track in 4.696 seconds at 147.01 mph against a 4.70 dial-in paired with a
..019 reaction time to beat Chris Mancini of Allison Park, Pa., in the final round. Mancini had a
..014 reaction time and then posted a 6.297 elapsed time at 108.28 mph against a 6.31 dial-in. Both
drivers won additional prize money as part of IHRA member bonuses.
Corey Hawks from Winston-Salem, N.C., captured the $2,500-to-win Footbrake title when opponent
Brandon White from Hillsville, Va., red-lighted in the final round. With the race in hand, Hawks
eased down the track in 10.747 seconds against a 6.30 dial-in. White was just -.007 too quick at
the starting line.
In the Junior Dragster class, Phillip Radford from Radford, Va., had a solid run of 9.056 seconds
at 67.38 mph against a 9.03 dial-in after a .071 start. Runner-up Ben Gibson posted numbers of
8.013 seconds at 80.72 mph against a 7.97 dial-in. Gibson had a .059 reaction time.
Two other races at Farmington included the Street and Teen divisions.
Brad Carpenter from Galax, Va., won on a holeshot in Street .065 to .123 for runner-up Darrell
Hobbs from Lexington, N.C. Carpenter's final package included a 7.584-second run at 87.65 mph
against a 7.56 dial-in. Hobbs finished in 8.07 seconds at 84.81 mph against an 8.05 dial-in.
In a teen final of North Carolina racers, Nick Smith from Lenoir was the victor with his .086
reaction time faster than the .188 start by Bryce Childress from Mocksville. Smith made it down the
track in 11.034 seconds at 60.54 mph, while Childress made an 11.508-second pass at 61.97 mph.
More big money was on the line Sunday and Robertson claimed another $5,000-to-win top prize in the
Top division. He was quick off the starting tree with a .023 reaction time and then motored down
the track in 5.816 seconds at 115.98 mph against a 5.78 dial-in. Anthony Briggs from Lexington,
N.C., finished in 5.995 seconds at 114.53 mph against 5.95 dial-in and claimed the runner-up spot.
Jamie Houston from Wytheville, Va., captured the $2,500-to-win Footbrake victory. He had a .029
reaction time and then ran 6.382 seconds at 103.26 against a 6.37 dial-in. Nick Lucas from Seymour,
Tenn., finished runner-up with a 6.851-second run at 107.17 mph against a 6.59 dial-in, along with
a .033 reaction time.
Ozell Brown from Renick, W. Va., denied Radford's bid to sweep Junior Dragster victories. His quick
..038 reaction time and an 8.216 elapsed time at 71.35 mph against an 8.15 dial-in outweighed
Radford's final run of 9.225 seconds at 67.38 mph against a 9.06 dial-in with a .073 reaction time.
In the Street division, Chris Gibson from Lexington, N.C., took the win over Bob Goss from Advance,
N.C., who red-lighted in the final. With a .053 reaction time, Gibson cruised down the track at
11.798 seconds against an 11.86 dial-in. Goss came painstakingly close to a perfect start, going
-.005 too quick at the tree. He was spot-on down the track, posting an 8.082-second run against an
The Teen final featured a rematch with this time Childress coming out on top with an 11.553-second
run at 62 mph against an 11.50 dial-in. He had a .042 reaction time, while Smith fouled -.009 at
the start. Smith's final run was 11.050 seconds at 63.25 mph against a 10.94-second dial-in.
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular moves to State Capitol Raceway, Port Allen, La., on March
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