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Maryland International Raceway Wins the IHRA Division 1 Summit Team Finals Championship

Monday, 03 October 2016

Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) claimed the championship during the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 1 Summit Team Finals over the weekend. The host track took the top spot by eight points over Sumerduck Dragway, followed by Capitol Raceway, Motor Mile Dragway and US 131 Dragway.

The event weekend schedule was condensed due to rain showers in the area and consisted of testing, golf cart races, main eliminations and “best of” awards. Eight tracks were represented at the IHRA Summit Team Finals and included: Maryland International Raceway, Sumerduck Dragway, Capitol Raceway, Motor Mile Dragway, US 13 Dragway, Richmond Dragway, New London Dragstrip and Northeast Dragway.


Richard Jelich from Capitol Raceway was the overall winner in Top. He went up against Robbie Parlett from MDIR in the final round of competition. Jelich posted a .019 reaction time, with a 4.69 on a 4.68 dial-in at 142.81 mph. Runner-up Parlett posted a near perfect 4.686 on a 4.68 dial-in but had a slower reaction time of .0260 at 142.40 mph.


Alan Thatcher and Jay Woodward, both from Sumerduck Dragway, advanced to the finals in Mod. Thatcher was proclaimed the winner when Woodward fouled at the line. He ran a perfect ET time of 7.39 at 91.55 mph with a .019 reaction time.

Junior Dragster

Capitol Raceway garnered their second win of the day when Jacob Nahory took home the IHRA Ironman in Junior Dragster. He ran an 8.0180 on a 7.97 dial-in at 78.59 mph; .042 reaction time against Hope Clark from US 13 Dragway. Clark displayed an 8.673 on an 8.65 dial-in at 72.78 mph with a .07 reaction time.

Special Awards

  • Best Appearing Open Bodied Car – Derrek Thomson, Motor Mile Dragway
  • Best Engineered Open Bodied Car – Christian Walston, US 13 Dragway
  • Best Appearing Full Bodied Car – Chris Moren, Richmond Dragway
  • Best Engineered Full Bodied Car – Beau Bettus, Sumerduck Dragway
  • Best Appearing Junior Dragster – Michaela Mattox, New London Dragstrip
  • Best Engineered Junior Dragster – Michael Hankinson, Capitol Raceway
  • Best Team Spirit – Sumerduck Dragway
  • Best Appearing Sponsor Banner – Motor Mile Dragway
  • Best Appearing Team – Capitol Raceway
  • Best Appearing Grandstands – Northeast Dragway

Division 1 IHRA Summit Team Finals Point Standings

  1. Maryland International Raceway            58
  2. Sumerduck Dragway                                50
  3. Capitol Raceway                                       46
  4. Motor Mile Dragway                                 31
  5. US 13 Dragway                                         30
  6. Richmond Dragway                                  24
  7. New London Dragstrip                            16
  8. Northeast Dragway                                  11
Last modified on Wednesday, 05 October 2016

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