NORWALK, Ohio -- Memphis
In the Carolinas six drivers advanced to the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals in Memphis next month as Carolina Dragway hosted the Division 2 East Summit Team Finals and Piedmont Dragway hosted the Division 9 Summit Team Finals, while a few hours north Pittsburgh Raceway Park hosted the Division 3 Summit Team Finals that same weekend.
In team competition host tracks Pittsburgh Raceway Park and Carolina Dragway both easily swept their Summit Team Finals presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering competitions, with Pittsburgh taking a six point win over Beaver Springs Dragway and Carolina Dragway running away from Immokalee Regional Raceway to take the win. In Division 9 Greer Dragway is the only track to break through and record a team victory at an opposing track, taking the Raiders championship by four points over Fayetteville Motorsports Park.
Both the winner and runner-up at each Summit Team Finals over the weekend advanced, making up the 16-car field in each of the three classes.
In the Heat Wave Division Tim Butler, representing Bradenton Motorsports Park, defeated Sammy Hollingsworth from Union County Dragway that saw two solid lights - a .003 to a .006 in favor of Butler - and a close race as Butler ran a 4.968, 138.46 on a 4.95 dial to Hollingsworth's 4.967 on a 4.95. Chris Adams, from Immokalee Regional Raceway, and Aaron Brock, from Pageland Dragway, put on an equally impressive show as the two competitors brokeout by a narrow margin with Adams taking the win, hitting a .004 light with a 7.467, 87.92 on a 7.47 while Brock was over by two hundredths. In Junior Dragster competition Carolina Dragway's Toni Salsgiver ran a solid 7.953, 70.43 on a 7.90 dial while Jennifer Craft from Central Florida broke out by two tenths.
In the North Stars Division it was Pittsburgh Raceway Park's Rich Zemrose taking the Top ET title over Sheldon Gerlach from West Virginia's Kanawha Valle Motorsports Park, running a 5.050, 136.07 on a 5.06 dial while Gerlach went red by .015. In the Mod ET final Randy Biddle Jr. from Quaker City Motorsports Park also benefitted from a bad tree by his opponent as he landed a .013 bulb to John Janu's .068 and ran a 6.991, 93.69 on a 6.97 dial to Janu's 6.845 on a 6.84. In Junior Dragster Randi Teed from Skyview Drags edged Lewie Wrotman from Pittsburgh Raceway Park with a 7.997, 80.00 on a 7.98 dial to Wrotman's 7.947 on a 7.93.
In team competition Pittsburgh Raceway Park finished six points ahead of Beaver Springs Dragway with 61 points, while Quaker City Motorsports Park finished third followed by Dragway 42 and Skyview Drags.
Greer Dragway led the team competition with a narrow four point win over Fayetteville Motorsports Park, while Dunn Benson Dragstrip, Farmington Dragway and Elk Creek Dragway rounded out the top five.
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