In keeping with the IHRA tradition of highlighting sportsman racers, the 2017 version of the IHRA Rulebook features Summit Super Series Champions Mickey Nelson (Top; Maryland International Raceway), Vic Ellinger (Mod; Thompson Raceway Park) and Allison Lloyd (Junior; Richmond Dragway) on the cover.
The new rulebook is in the mail and will be delivered to IHRA members in the next few days.
Summit Sportsman National Championship Contingency Update:
The latest contingency postings for the Summit Sportsman National Championship can be found HERE. Contingency contracts are being returned on a daily basis and will continue to be added up to the beginning of the Immokalee event.
IHRA officials have placed the final Summit Sportsman National Championship double race weekend at State Capitol Raceway, filling the previous TBA on the 2017 schedule. The second State Capitol event will be held June 2-4.
“A big thanks to Lanny, Val and Gary at State Capitol Raceway for hosting a second event” said IHRA Division Director Frank Kohutek. “State Capitol is well known for awesome Southern hospitality and great racing. This has always been a facility that rolls out the red carpet for our racers and we are looking forward to the upcoming third stop of the Summit Sportsman National Championship Series here on March 3-5.”
The Summit Sportsman National Championship makes its debut at Immokalee Regional Raceway February 3-5 in what will be a historic beginning of a new National Championship program for IHRA class racers. Awaiting participants of the Summit Sportsman National Championship at the end of the 15 double race event weekends is an industry leading points fund. The Summit Sportsman National Championship will award $15,000 to the national champion, $5,000 to the runner-up and $3,000 to third place finisher in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Stock, Super Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod. Junior Dragsters will compete as one class and feature a national points fund of $2,000 to win, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.
Championships can be once-in-a-lifetime experiences rewarding a generation of effort. Or, as is the case with three-time IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car World Champion Jason Rupert, they can be a harbinger of things to come.
After the first of his six-consecutive Nitro Funny Car titles in 2011, Rupert had no way of knowing that continued hard work and a team-wide pursuit of excellence would bring six-straight championships culminating with three consecutive IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car titles.