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Alabama International Dragway Earns IHRA Division 8 Summit Team Finals Title

Monday, 02 October 2023

STEELE, Ala. — Alabama International Dragway had two individual champions and two more racers reach the final round of the IHRA Division 8 (South) Summit Team Finals presented by ProMaxx Performance to earn the team championship Sunday.

Besides being a great host, Alabama International Dragway edged out Brainerd Motorsports Park in the team standings. Knoxville Dragway, Brainerd No. 2, Baileyton “Good Time” Dragstrip, Holiday Raceway, I-22 Motorsports Park and Alabama No. 2 rounded out the team results.

 Summit Team Finals D8 TEAM WINNER Alabama International Dragway

Alabama International Dragway racers Tucker Kay and Kenny Middlebrooks met in the Top (Box) final. Kay eased down the track to the victory as Middlebrooks fouled at the start.

Summit Team Finals D8 top WINNER Tucker Kay

Summit Team Finals D8 top RUNNER UP Kenny Middlebrooks

Brian Hagler, representing Knoxville Dragway, posted the strong run of 5.913 seconds at 114.85 mph, along with a .008 reaction time to win the Mod (No Box) final. Dean Staples from Alabama posted a 6.305-second effort at 108.06 mph with a .013 start.

Summit Team Finals D8 MOD winner Brian Hagler

Summit Team Finals D8 MOD runner up Dean Staples

Two of Brainerd’s finest met in the Sportsman final. Rich Arbitelle won with a 9.075-second pass at 79.58 mph over Marty Goldsmith, who fouled at the start. Goldsmith, the 2021 Division 2 champion and also a winner in a Thursday Gamblers race, finished his run in 7.708 seconds at 87.51 mph.

Summit Team Finals D8 SPORTSMAN winner Rich Abritelle

Summit Team Finals D8 SPORTSMAN RUNNER UP Marty Goldsmith

Grace Varner, who won a Gamblers race against her brother earlier in the weekend, captured the Junior Dragster title. Also representing Alabama International Dragway, she went down the drag strip in 7.666 seconds at 77.98 mph for her second Division 2 title. Logan Grayson from Brainerd’s team 2, who won the Gamblers race at the 2022 IHRA Summit World Finals, broke out in the final. 

Summit Team Finals D8 JR.DRAGSTER WINNER Grace Varner

Summit Team Finals D8 JR. DRAGSTER RUNNER UP Logan Grayson

Rick Perry won over Corey Lee in a battle of Knoxville racers in the Motorcycle final. Perry raced down the track in 5.490 seconds at 121.04 mph. Lee was better at the tree, but broke out on his run and finished in 5.942 seconds at 115.04 mph.

Summit Team Finals D8 MOTORCYCLE WINNER Rick Perry

Summit Team Finals D8 MOTORCYCLE Runner Up Corey Lee

Congratulations to the team from Alabama International Dragway, those who qualified for this week’s IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals and all the other weekend winners. Every track scored round wins, added to the overall experience and fellowship of a terrific IHRA Division 8 (South) Summit Team Finals.

Last modified on Monday, 02 October 2023

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