Six more drivers earn way back to Memphis at D2 West Summit Team Finals
By IHRA Media
Oct 8, 2012
Memphis International Raceway won the team competition at the D2 West Team Finals
For some drivers, winning at the IHRA Summit Team Finals means earning a ticket to the World Finals and, sometimes, packing up for a long road trip. For others, well, that necessarily isn’t the case.
For the six drivers from this past weekend’s Division 2 West Summit Team Finals presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering at Memphis International Raceway that earned their way to the World Finals via the Summit SuperSeries, the trip isn’t going to be all that bad. That is because this past weekend’s Summit Team Finals took place at the same location as the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals this coming weekend and for most drivers that means leaving the rigs in one place for the week in preparation for this weekend’s big race.
In all six more drivers earned their way to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering World Championship and Memphis International Raceway, home to this year’s season finale, took the team crown over Jackson Dragway as both teams finished the weekend with 44 points. Alabama International Dragway finished third in the team competition, followed by London Dragway and Knoxville Dragway rounding out the top five of the more than a dozen tracks on hand.
Top ET winner Jonathan Robin (pictured) and Ken LaBoe will compete in the Summit SuperSeries
In the Summit SuperSeries Jonathan Robin of State Capitol Raceway and Ken LaBoe of Middle Tennessee Dragway advanced in Top ET, Shane Kay of Alabama International Dragway and Jay Landry of State Capitol Raceway advanced in Mod ET and Wesley Mayfield of Montgomery Motorsports Park and Dylan Kiser of London Dragway advanced in Junior Dragster.
Both the winner and runner-up from the Division 2 West Summit SuperSeries runoff advanced.
In the Top ET final both Jonathan Robin and Ken LaBoe were deadly on the tree throughout the day, but both ran into trouble on the final run and it all came down to a battle of battered cars. Robin ran closest to the numbers with a 5.979 on a 4.82 dial, while LaBoe crossed the line with a 7.968 on a 5.58.
In Mod ET Shane Kay moved into the favorites category for this weekend’s Summit SuperSeries by having a tremendous day at the same track he will race on again for the world title. Kay capped his big day with a .005 reaction time and a 6.272, 104.52 on a 6.26 to dispatch of Jay Landry who ran a 6.347 on a 6.35.
Mod winner Shane Kay (pictured) and Jay Landry advanced to the Summit SuperSeries finals
Finally Wesley Mayfield showed up all of his big car peers with a deadly .003 reaction time in the Junior Dragster final and ran a 7.957, 76.67 on a 7.92 dial to defeat Dylan Kiser who ran a tad too quick with a 7.897 on a 7.90.
Despite the runner-up finish in Junior Dragster Kiser still advanced to the IHRA World Finals and seemingly dominated the remainder of the weekend.
In other competition Cody Graham (Memphis Int’l), Greg Rushing (Jackson Dragway) and Kiser (London) won the Main Event in Top, Mod and Junior Dragster respectively giving them the biggest individual victories of the weekend.
Other winners from the Memphis weekend included gamblers victors Cynthia Farrow and John Labbous in Top ET, Ricky Pennington and Josh Epperson in Mod ET and Dylan Kiser and Tyler Poindexter in Junior Dragster.
Wesley Mayfield (pictured) and Dylan Kiser advanced in Junior Dragster