MECHANICSVILLE, Md. -
Mon, 26 Aug 2019, 15:09 PM
Mid-Atlantic Racers Win Big at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Season Finale
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Drivers from the Mid-Atlantic region came away with big prizes in the season finale for the
International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular at Maryland International
The event presented by ATI Performance Products featured $5,000-to-win races each day for the Top
division and $2,500-to-win races for the Mod division.
Willy Hess Sr. Saturday Top ET Champion
During Moser Engineering Saturday, Willie Hess Sr. from Hughesville, Md., captured the
$5,000-to-win prize for the Top division when final-round opponent Jaycee Largent, a hometown
driver from Mechanicsville, Md., red-lighted. Hess powered down the track in 4.635 seconds and
148.25 mph after a .031 reaction time. Largent was -.013 too quick at the start before a run of
5.041 seconds and 133.65 mph.
Seth Phillips Saturday Mod ET Champion
Seth Phillips from Montpelier, Va., took the Mod division race when Dicky Bodmer from Fredrick,
Md., fouled at the start. Phillips used a .044 reaction time along with a 7.162 elapsed time at
76.38 mph. Bodmer went 7.506 seconds at 67.52 after leaving -.014 early.
Nyck Shirkey Saturday Junior Champion
The Junior Dragster race saw Nick Shirkey from Ridgely, Md., put forth a winning combination of
7.952 seconds and 77.92 mph with a .090 reaction time. Runner-up Ashley Pumphrey from Waldorf, Md.,
went 7.910 seconds at 81.67 mph after a .163 start.
Michael Shoop Sunday Top ET Champion
Michael Shoop from Hagerstown, Md., highlighted the Sunday winners with a winning pass of 4.659
seconds and 142.28 mph along with a .007 reaction time in the Top division. Besides the $5,000
prize, he also received a $500 Battle Born Battery certificate. Robbie Parlett from Prince George,
Md., went 4.677 and 144.10 mph with a .020 start on his final-round run.
Johnny Mattera Sunday Mod ET Champion
John Mattera from Waldorf, Md., got a free pass in the Mod division when championship round
opponent Keith Burch red-lighted by a miniscule -.002 second. Mattera was .028 at the line and made
a 6.166 second run at 108.83 mph. Burch hurried down the track in 6.386 seconds at 105.08 mph.
Jordan Denny Sunday Junior Champion
Jordan Denny rounded out the Sunday winners. The Manassas, Va., driver took the Junior Dragster
title with a 10.019 elapsed time at 49.02 mph and a .116 reaction time. Austin Keys from Nanjemoy,
Md., was -.009 too quick at the start before a run of 8.346 seconds at 66.64 mph.
The weekend concluded a great season with the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular with increased
racer participation and great support from the IHRA's partners.
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