Benny Smith had a weekend that most drivers only dream about during the Mopar Canadian Nationals at Grand Bend Motorplex. Smith, from Lasalle Ontario, wheeled his American Race Cars machine to a triple victory capturing Good Vibrations Top Dragster honors both Saturday and Sunday as well as winning the Top ET class of the bracket program. Smith was a perfect 16-0 for the weekend.
The rescheduled Summit Pro-Am tour events from Darlington and Pidemont were ran to completion last weekeknd at Piedmont Dragway.
It was a very happy Father’s Day weekend for the IHRA Summit Pro-Am Division 4 series, as racers from three states rolled into Pine Valley (Texas) Raceway to compete in 11 different categories of drag racing. Fittingly, fathers and sons (and daughters) found themselves in the winner’s circle, as Matt and Jake Levatino (Top Dragster), and Vernon and Brittany Rowland (Hot Rod and Super Rod) all won Ironmen. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. outdueled his dad Jimmy Sr. for Stock and Super Stock wins, while Shannon Brinkley doubled in the weekend’s Quick Rod races. In all, 18 different drivers won Ironmen.
The 2016 Division 9 Summit Pro-Am Tour Event scheduled at Union County Dragway on July 8-10 will now be contested during the Carolina Dragway event in September.
Rolling Mix Concrete Raceway located within NITRO Motorsports Park in Prince George, British Columbia, has become the latest IHRA-sanctioned drag racing complex in Canada. The park, which opened in 1978 as North Central Motorsports Park, was recently purchased by the NITRO club (Northern Interior Timed Racing Organization), a group of racers located in and around Prince George. Brian Barby is a longtime driver and president of the club. He’s been involved with track operations for the last few years.