International Hot Rod Association - All IHRA News http://www.ihra.com Tue, 18 Jun 2024 14:19:10 -0500 cyberspeed en-gb Membership Deadline to be Eligible for IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals is Fast Approaching http://www.ihra.com/superseries-news/item/3508-membership-deadline-to-be-eligible-for-ihra-summit-superseries-world-finals-is-fast-approaching http://www.ihra.com/superseries-news/item/3508-membership-deadline-to-be-eligible-for-ihra-summit-superseries-world-finals-is-fast-approaching Membership Deadline to be Eligible for IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals is Fast Approaching

HOUSE SPRINGS, MO — Racers, don’t get left at the starting tree. The deadline is July 1, less than two weeks away, to sign up for IHRA membership and compete for a spot in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering, the most prestigious championship in all of bracket racing. 

IHRA-member racers can qualify for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering in three ways. One way is to win the IHRA Summit SuperSeries championship at their home track. Another way is to win an individual title at one of the IHRA Summit Team Finals. 

You can still participate in the IHRA Summit Team Finals without being a member, but you won’t be eligible to qualify for the World Finals.

If you become a member after July 1, the third and only way to qualify for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals is becoming a winner at an IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and entering at least two other IHRA events.

IHRA World Champions will be crowned in five different classes — Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman, Motorcycle and Junior Dragster — at the 2024 IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. 

Here are some of the other benefits of becoming an IHRA member:

  • ·      $100,000 of excess insurance coverage. If it's a serious injury and forced to miss work, your IHRA coverage will pay you $200 for 26 weeks

    ·      Twelve percent discount at Drury Hotels nationwide. Call 1-800-DRURYINN and use the IHRA special corporate code 334916 and start saving today 

    ·      Discount coupon and Summit Pro-Shop membership from Summit Racing Equipment

    ·      Exclusive IHRA membership card and decals

    ·      A printed version of the most current IHRA rulebook and decals

    ·      Ability to compete for round prizes and bonuses exclusive for IHRA members at Sportsman Spectacular events

    ·      Discounts on IHRA merchandise purchased on ihra.com/shop.

    ·      Able to compete from round prizes and bonuses exclusive for IHRA members at Sportsman Spectacular, Summit Team Finals and Hot Rod Classic events

It has never been easier to become an IHRA member. You can click here to visit our membership center or call 85.JOIN.IHRA (855-646-4472) where our friendly staff including IHRA membership coordinator Heather Roth and IHRA director of racer relations Staci Kettles can take you through the process of getting you on track.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit SuperSeries News Tue, 18 Jun 2024 10:16:11 -0500
Big Winners and Good Crowd of Rabid Fans Highlight No Prep Warz at Kil-Kare Raceway http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3507-big-winners-and-good-crowd-of-rabid-fans-highlight-no-prep-warz-at-kil-kare-raceway http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3507-big-winners-and-good-crowd-of-rabid-fans-highlight-no-prep-warz-at-kil-kare-raceway Big Winners and Good Crowd of Rabid Fans Highlight No Prep Warz at Kil-Kare Raceway

XENIA, OH — Great cash prizes and a good spectator turnout provided a winning combination for No Prep Warz at Kil-Kare Raceway over the weekend.

Drivers raced in front of rabid fans under picture-perfect weather conditions and those fortunate enough to win went home with the big checks on Saturday night.

The IHRA officials, who worked the event, want to wholeheartedly thank the entire Kil-Kare staff for a terrific working environment and for the flawless job they did over the entire weekend. The races also wouldn’t have been possible if not for the loyal partners — Darana Hybird, TMF Metal Solutions, Don Baskin Truck Sales LLC and Hoosier Tire.

Speaking of tires, there was the exciting final to the Big Tire All-Stars with a pair of hungry racers going after the $20,000 winner’s prize. Kallee Mills from Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Kallee Mills Racing took home the big check. She drove her 1968 Camaro named Golden Kong to the win over Shane Robinson from Cincinnati representing 601 Mafia in the 1978 Chevy Malibu named Big Maliu. Mills had a Bullet Racing Engine / BAE Hemi, while Robinson had a twin-turbo big block.

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(Big Tire All-Stars Winner — Kallee Mills)

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(Big Tire All-Stars Runner-Up — Shane Robinson)

Jason Terrell from Covington, KY raced one of the most famous small-tire cars of all-time, a 4-door Malibu named Charlie Brown, to the win in that class. Terrell captured the $10,000 winner’s purse, while Scott Lowery from St. Louis was runner-up in the 1980’s third-generation Camaro named Mr. Hyde. It was a reversal of the Friday Night Shootout when Mr. Hyde won over Charlie Brown.

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(Small Tire Winner — Jason Terrell)

Scott Lowery

(Small Tire Runner-up — Scott Lowery)

A long trip was worth it for Brandon “FKN” James from Modesto, California. He drove a 1969 screw-charged Camaro named Jezebel to the $3,000 victory in the Outlaw Big Tire class. Tony McKinney from nearby Lewisburg, Ohio was runner-up in Novacaine, a 1966 screw-charged Nova.

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(Outlaw Big Tire Winner — Brandon James)

Tony McKinney

(Outlaw Big Tire Runner-Up — Tony McKinney)

The 7.0 Index class winner was Joe Hoskins from Fairborn, Ohio. Hoskins is no stranger to the Kil-Kare winner’s circle. He drove his blue Chevy S-10 pickup to the Friday Gamblers race and also was the winner in the Super Pro (Box) class at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering back on May 18. Pat McFadden finished in the runner-up spot.

Joe Hoskins

(7.0 Index Winner — Joe Hoskins)

Pat McFadden

(7.0 Index Runner-Up — Pat McFadden)

Logan Back also doubled up in his white S-10 pickup as he took both the Friday Gamblers and Saturday main event in the 6.50 Index class. Camron Kardules from Newark, Ohio was his final-round opponent in a gold Pontiac Firebird.

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(6.50 Index Winner — Logan Back)

Camron Kardules

(6.50 Index Runner-Up — Camron Kardules)

Doug Hopkins completed the list as the 6.0 Index class winner in his second-generation Camaro. Benjamin Browder from Fairborn, Ohio drove a 1956 Ford Thunderbird to runner-up honors. All the Index class winners earned $2,000 winner’s checks.

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(6.0 Index Winner — Doug Hopkins)

The final category was Daily Driver where David Ballard pedaled a 1970s Nova to the $500 win over George McFadden’s Camaro.

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(Daily Driver Winner — David Ballard)

George McFadden

(Daily Driver Runner-Up — George McFadden)

More excitement with the series is coming soon. Ozark Raceway Park in Missouri will host the No Prep Warz on July 19-20. No Prep Warz returns to Ohio at Dragway 42 on Aug. 16-17.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Track News Mon, 17 Jun 2024 21:40:37 -0500
Doubleheader Weekend Coming Up for IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-news/item/3506-doubleheader-weekend-coming-up-for-ihra-sportsman-spectacular-presented-by-moser-engineering http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-news/item/3506-doubleheader-weekend-coming-up-for-ihra-sportsman-spectacular-presented-by-moser-engineering Doubleheader Weekend Coming Up for IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering will be taking place both in the Southwest and Midwest on Saturday, June 22.

Albuquerque Dragway will feature Super Pro (Box), Pro (No Box), Sportsman, Motorcycle and Junior Dragster classes. Muncie Dragway hosts the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular as part of the three-day Big Bucks Shootout weekend. Each event is tailored to the host track’s racing programs.

Racers will compete for prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies and the very popular oversized championship checks. IHRA members will also be in the running for limited-edition Sportsman Spectacular commemorative medals.

There are exciting opportunities for racers who can gain entry to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering by winning the main event in the Box, No Box, Sportsman, Motorcycle and Junior Dragster classes in conjunction with entering at least two other IHRA races (an IHRA-member track Summit SuperSeries team race or Sportsman Spectacular) before the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. Current IHRA membership is required. 

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Albuquerque Dragway features a $2,500-to-win top prize and $125 entry fee in the Super Pro (Box) class. The Pro (No Box) class features $2,500 to the winner and a $100 entry. It’s $1,000 for the Sportsman winner with a $50 entry fee. Motorcycle pays $500 to the winner and $65 to enter. The  Junior Dragster winner will get $500 with a $50 entry fee. 

Gates open at 2 p.m. with time trials to start at 4 p.m. Spectator tickets are $20 each with kids 10-under admitted free. Friday night features a High Roller Gambler with a $500 entry and winner takes all. Click here for the Albuquerque Dragway Facebook page for this and other big events.

Muncie

Muncie Dragway has a $5,000-to-win race for the Box class and No Box racers are competing for a $2,000 winner’s purse both the Saturday of the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular and on Sunday, June 23. There’s a $100 single-day entry fee for the Box class and $190 for the weekend package or $350 for the double weekend. It’s $80 one day in No Box, $160 for the weekend or $275 for the double-weekend package.

On Saturday, racers in Box, No Box, Sportsman and Junior Dragster classes will compete for prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies and the very popular oversized championship checks

Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday with a test-and-tune from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and racing to follow. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday with time runs at 10 a.m. and then racing. Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday with new entry and Junior test-and-tune at 10 a.m. followed by racing. Click here for the Muncie Dragway Facebook page for the latest news. 

For the racers, be sure you’re eligible to compete for a spot in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. You can go here to visit our membership center or call 85.JOIN.IHRA where IHRA membership coordinator Heather Roth or director of racer relations Staci Kettles will help make the process simple and easy.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) IHRA Sportsman Spectacular News Sun, 16 Jun 2024 14:45:24 -0500
IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Gunnar Fasano http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3505-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-gunnar-fasano http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3505-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-gunnar-fasano IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Gunnar Fasano

HOUSE SPRINGS, MO — Gunnar Fasano is following in his big sister’s tire tracks at Great Lakes Dragaway.

His sister, Quinn, was recently highlighted by the International Hot Rod Association. Now, Gunnar is the subject of the latest Junior Dragster racer profile.

The eight-year-old from Salem, Wisconsin is in his first year driving a 2006 Halfscale SuperLite race car. Gunner’s racing hero is the legendary 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force.

Gunnar 2024 runnerup May5

He echoes his older sister in some ways as math is favorite school subject and driving fast is his favorite part of racing. He plans to be in the sport a long time and wants to race big cars once he graduates from the Junior Dragsters.

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More Junior Dragster racers from across America will be highlighted on IHRA.com and our social media pages in the coming weeks. Thanks to all those who support these young racers and ensure the future of our great sport.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit Junior SuperSeries News Sun, 16 Jun 2024 09:16:04 -0500
IHRA Division 9 Summit Team Finals Moved to Piedmont Dragway http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/team-finals-news/item/3504-ihra-division-9-summit-team-finals-moved-to-piedmont-dragway http://www.ihra.com/ihra-news/team-finals-news/item/3504-ihra-division-9-summit-team-finals-moved-to-piedmont-dragway IHRA Division 9 Summit Team Finals Moved to Piedmont Dragway

HOUSE SPRINGS, MO — The IHRA Division 9 (Raiders) Summit Team Finals set for Sept. 26-28 have been moved from Darlington Dragway to Piedmont Dragway due to a scheduling conflict.

IHRA President Mel Roth issued a personal apology to the Darlington Dragway staff, racers and especially track president Jeff Miles who were looking forward to having the IHRA Summit Team Finals at their home track. This change falls 100 percent on IHRA. 

If the race needs to be postponed at Piedmont Dragway due to weather, the races will return to Darlington the following weekend.

“IHRA appreciates both member tracks working with us, including a big shout out to Rick Moore and the other folks at Piedmont Dragway for stepping up to host this event,” Roth said. “The goal is always to take care of the Division 9 racers and member tracks.”

Also of note, a team from South Carolina Motorplex will be eligible to compete in the Division 9 Team Finals. 

Keep checking on IHRA.com and our social media pages for further updates on these and other great IHRA events.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit Team Finals News Fri, 14 Jun 2024 18:04:29 -0500
Muncie Dragway Getting Ready for Two Huge Racing Weekends http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-news/item/3503-muncie-dragway-getting-ready-for-two-huge-racing-weekends http://www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-news/item/3503-muncie-dragway-getting-ready-for-two-huge-racing-weekends Muncie Dragway Getting Ready for Two Huge Racing Weekends

MUNCIE, IN — Muncie Dragway is hosting the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser as part of the three-day Big Bucks Shootout on June 21-23. The track will host an IHRA Ironman Classic the following Saturday, June 29.

The Big Bucks Shootout starts Friday night with Gamblers races that pay $1,000 to the Box winner and $800 to the No Box winner. There is a $50 entry fee for Box and a $40 entry fee for No Box.

There’s even bigger money on Saturday and Sunday. The Box class has a $5,000-to-win race on each day and No Box racers are competing for $2,000 winner’s purses. There’s a $100 single-day entry fee for the Box class and $190 for the weekend package or $350 for the double weekend. It’s $80 one day in No Box, $160 for the weekend or $275 for the double-weekend package.

Friday’s Gamblers races are free with the purchase of a weekend package. There’s also a $1,400-to-win Second Chance race Saturday following the main event with a $65 entry. Junior Dragsters will also compete Saturday and Sunday.

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In addition to all that, racers in Box, No Box, Sportsman and Junior Dragster classes will compete for prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies and the very popular oversized championship checks on Saturday. IHRA members will also be in the running for limited-edition Sportsman Spectacular commemorative medals.

Exciting opportunities await as racers can gain entry to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals presented by Strange Engineering by winning Saturday’s main event in conjunction with entering at least two other IHRA races (an IHRA-member track Summit SuperSeries team race or Sportsman Spectacular) before the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. Current IHRA membership is required. 

Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday with a test-and-tune from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and racing to follow. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday with time runs at 10 a.m. and then racing. Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday with new entry and Junior test-and-tune at 10 a.m. followed by racing.

Make sure you’re eligible to take advantage of the great opportunity to compete for a spot in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals. Click here to visit our membership center or call 85.JOIN.IHRA where IHRA membership coordinator Heather Roth or director of racer relations Staci Kettles will help get you on track.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) IHRA Sportsman Spectacular News Fri, 14 Jun 2024 11:28:33 -0500
Ozark Raceway Park Goes Above and Beyond with Track Improvements http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3502-ozark-raceway-park-goes-above-and-beyond-with-track-improvements http://www.ihra.com/ihra-tracks/track-news/item/3502-ozark-raceway-park-goes-above-and-beyond-with-track-improvements Ozark Raceway Park Goes Above and Beyond with Track Improvements

ROGERSVILLE, MO — Ozark Raceway Park won Mass Traction and Rocket Track Glue’s contest for a 150-feet rebuild in December at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show.

Track operator Craven Moore made sure his racers at the Rogersville, Missouri venue were winners too. He requested that 320 feet of concrete was scraped and ground. The transition between concrete and asphalt was also fixed at the IHRA-sanctioned facility.

In fact, the work started at the water box and improvements were made throughout the entire facility. 

Mass Traction removed all the mill marks and match lines at the starting line. They laid down a new surface and restriped all the way to the finish line, bringing it up to a Mass Traction standard.

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Once finished with a new concrete surface and rocket track glue applied, Mass Traction owner Brandon Mass called it, “One of my nicest surfaces of 2024.”

Multiple years of paint were removed all the way down to the Winston red off the starting line. 

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The entire facility was repainted, which included the walls going down the drag strip. Lighting was also adjusted for better vision on the track.

The final results were amazing, adding to a beautiful facility often called “the little track in the woods” for its forested setting.

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Click here to check out the Ozark Raceway Park Facebook page to see some of the before and after photos, as well some of the great events held at the Missouri track.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Track News Wed, 12 Jun 2024 21:53:47 -0500
Multiple Tracks to host IHRA Ironman Classic Races over the Next Month http://www.ihra.com/superseries-news/item/3500-multiple-tracks-to-host-ihra-ironman-classic-races-over-the-next-month http://www.ihra.com/superseries-news/item/3500-multiple-tracks-to-host-ihra-ironman-classic-races-over-the-next-month Multiple Tracks to host IHRA Ironman Classic Races over the Next Month

HOUSE SPRINGS, MO — Drivers from the Midwest to the South to the big island of Hawaii will have the chance to compete in IHRA Ironman Classic races over the next months.

It starts next weekend with Bunker Hill Dragstrip in Indiana hosting an Ironman race on Saturday, June 15 and the nation’s oldest continually operating drag strip, Great Lakes Dragaway in Wisconsin, holding an Ironman Classic on Sunday, June 16.

Another Indiana track, Muncie Dragway, is home to the Ironman Classic on Saturday, June 22. Action then shifts to South Dakota where Thunder Valley Dragways has an Ironman race on Sunday, June 23.

Dragway 42 in Ohio is the site of an Ironman Classic on Saturday, June 28, while Hilo Drag Strip in Hawaii brings the excitement to the islands on Sunday, July 7. Paris Dragway in Texas also participates with an Ironman Classic scheduled for July 6-7.

One of the newest IHRA-member tracks, River Road Raceway in Tennessee, is the site of an Ironman on Saturday, July 27. Wisconsin International Raceway brings the Ironman Classic on August 3 with Ethridge Motorsports Park to be home of the Ironman on August 9-10.

The IHRA Ironman Classic program is offered to all IHRA member tracks. Prior to this program, a Sportsman racer could only win an Ironman if they traveled to an IHRA Summit Team Finals, Sportsman Spectacular or World Finals. This program gives local tracks a chance to create extra excitement in their bracket program and offer competitors a chance to win the prestigious Ironman.

Be sure to not miss out on the full benefits of being an IHRA member and competing for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Championship, the most prestigious championship in all of bracket racing. 

Click here to visit our membership center. You may also call 85.JOIN.IHRA where our friendly staff including IHRA membership coordinator Heather Roth and IHRA director of racer relations Staci Kettles can take you through the process of getting you on track.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit SuperSeries News Sat, 08 Jun 2024 12:10:17 -0500
IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Quinn Fasano http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3499-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-quinn-fasano http://www.ihra.com/junior-superseries-news/item/3499-ihra-junior-dragster-profile-quinn-fasano IHRA Junior Dragster Profile: Quinn Fasano

HOUSE SPRINGS, MO — The International Hot Rod Association has highlighted the Junior Dragster racers who are drag racing’s future over the past year.

Quinn Fasano, a 10-year-old from Salem, Wisconsin, is the latest Junior Dragster driver to be in the spotlight. She has been racing a 2005 Halfscale SuperLite car the last two years at the iconic Great Lakes Dragaway.

Fasano counts two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force as her racing hero. She has picked the right sport as she loves going fast and counts math as her favorite subject in school. Her plans after graduating from Junior Dragsters are to drive a big car.

Quinn 2024 runnerup May4

More Junior Dragster profiles will be coming soon. Keep checking IHRA.com and the IHRA social media channels as they young racers continue to be highlighted.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit Junior SuperSeries News Fri, 07 Jun 2024 12:53:01 -0500
IHRA Ironman Classic Coming to Great Lakes Dragaway in One Week http://www.ihra.com/superseries-news/item/3498-ihra-ironman-classic-coming-to-great-lakes-dragaway-in-one-week http://www.ihra.com/superseries-news/item/3498-ihra-ironman-classic-coming-to-great-lakes-dragaway-in-one-week IHRA Ironman Classic Coming to Great Lakes Dragaway in One Week

UNION GROVE, WI — Great Lakes Dragaway has hosted a multitude of great events over the track’s unmatched history. 

There will be another special event next Sunday, June 16 when the iconic facility nicknamed “The Biggest Little Track in the World” hosts the IHRA Ironman Classic.

This will serve as a points race for the track’s IHRA Summit SuperSeries program and additionally, racers will compete for the prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies. Four drivers — Dion Degnitz (Top), Bob Moeller (Mod), Don Debaere (Street) and Ryder Vehring (Junior) took home IHRA Ironman trophies at Great Lakes Dragaway in 2023.

The IHRA Ironman Classic program is offered to all IHRA member tracks. Prior to this program, a Sportsman racer could only win an Ironman if they traveled to an IHRA Summit Team Finals, Sportsman Spectacular or World Finals. This program gives local tracks a chance to create extra excitement in their bracket program and offer competitors a chance to win the prestigious Ironman.

The track, the oldest continually operating purpose-built drag strip in the country, maintains one of the busiest schedules of any track around. Track owners Randy Henning and Marcel Kuper have done a fantastic job over the years constantly improving the track, including major renovations in 2022.

More details about the race will be coming soon. Click here to check out the Great Lakes Dragaway Facebook page and keep up with all the latest happenings.

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jbirchfield@irgse.com (Jeff Birchfield) Summit SuperSeries News Thu, 06 Jun 2024 15:48:22 -0500