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Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 13:07 PM

Muncie Ends US 131 Winning Streak at IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals
Courtesy of IHRA Communications

MARTIN, Mich. - Muncie Dragway edged home track and defending champions US 131 Motorsports Park to win the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 5 (Thunder) Summit Team Finals over the weekend.

Muncie, which had finished runner-up to US 131 the previous two years, took an 80-76 win over the Division 5 hosts. The event featured entries from a dozen of the top tracks in the Midwest and Canada.

Other tracks who participated were: Bunker Hill Dragstrip, Grand Bend Motorplex, Great Lakes Dragaway, Marion County International Raceway, Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Osecola Dragway, St. Thomas Raceway Park, Ubly Dragstrip, US 41 Motorplex and Wisconsin International Raceway.

Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Gambler's races and "best of" awards.

Main Event:

Wes May

Wes May (Muncie) won on a foul when final-round opponent Steve Riggins (Muncie) red-lighted. May had a .032 reaction time coupled with a 7.923 elapsed time at 59.82 mph. Riggins had a -.500 start before going down the track in 7.590 seconds at 59.00 mph.

Jim Sebright

Jim Sebright (US 131) had the winning package of 5.801 at 113.78 mph against a 5.80 dial-in, along with a .020 reaction time. Mark Howard (US 131) finished with a 6.148-second run at 114.30 mph against a 6.16 dial-in and a .037 reaction time.

Ken Hanson

Ken Hansen (Mid Michigan) had an 8.716 elapsed time at 73.25 mph against an 8.70 dial-in for the win. Brad Talbot (Grand Bend) was quicker at the start .026 to .040, but wasn't as close to the dial-in with a 7.77 second-run at 85 mph against a 7.72 dial-in.

Connor Jensen Junior

Junior Dragster
Connor Jensen (US 131) ran 7.963 seconds at 80.34 mph against a 7.93 dial-in with a .093 reaction time. Arnold Fox (Grand Bend) finished runner-up with an 8.085-second run at 78.25 mph against an 8.04 dial-in along with a .110 reaction time.

Other Results
Team Captains Race
Steve Keys (US 41) had the winning effort with an 9.04-second run against an 9.03 dial-in, paired with a .191 reaction time. Ashley Finney (Osceola) made a 10.648-second pass against a 10.59 dial-in with a .129 reaction time.

Special Awards
 Best Appearing Open Bodied Car - Joe Bauman, Mid-Michigan Motorplex
 Best Engineered Open Bodied Car - Chad Six, US 131 Motorsports Park
 Best Appearing Full Bodied Car - Jason Preston, Mid-Michigan Motorplex
 Best Engineered Full Bodied Car - Dan Klein, Wisconsin International Raceway
 Best Appearing Junior Dragster - Max Van Hooydonk, Grand Bend Motorplex
 Best Engineered Junior Dragster - Brody Brown, Grand Bend Motorplex
 Best Team Spirit - Muncie Dragway
 Best Decorated Grandstands - Osecola Dragway
 Best Appearing Team - Mid-Michigan Motorplex
 SSS Track of the Year - Great Lakes Dragaway

Team Muncie Dragway

Team Standings 1. Muncie Dragway 80 2. US 131 Motorsports Park 76 3. Mid-Michigan Motorplex 46 4. Grand Bend Motorplex 46 5. Osceola Dragway 38 6. US 41 Motorplex 35 7. Bunker Hill Dragstrip 27 8. St. Thomas Raceway Park 19 9. Ubly Dragstrip 17 10. Marion County Int'l Raceway 16 11. Wisconsin Int'l Raceway 14 12. Great Lakes Dragaway 13

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