NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pa. - Nick Bowman became the first No Box racer to win an International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular race on Saturday at Keystone Raceway Park.
His sixth-round opponent red-lighted and then he ran a 6.790 elapsed time on a 6.79 dial-in in the seventh round. In the final, Bowman was .03 slower than Andy Conrath from Pleasant Unity, Pa., at the tree, but Conrath broke out by .006 on his dial-in, while Bowman went 6.789 on a 6.78 dial-in.
Bowman had earlier taken the No Box win with a .012 reaction time and a 6.783 against a 6.79 dial-in. Runner-up Jeff Stewart of Fairmont, W.Va., was slightly slower .014 at the start and ran a 7.259 against a 7.27 dial-in.
In the Junior Dragster 7-11 category, Jake Harvanek from Cheswick, Pa., matched his 8.94 dial-in to overcome Nicholas Abruzzi from Warren, Ohio. Abruzzi had the better reaction time .052 to .153 for Harvanek.
Grace Rowe from Marengo, Ohio captured the Junior Dragster 12-17 victory with a .063 reaction time and a 7.915 elapsed time. Kyle Beno from LaGrange, Ohio finished with .079 reaction time and a 7.932 elapsed time.
Racing continues today with a $5,000-to-win top prize and several round prizes and contingency bonuses on the line.
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