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Weekend Wrap-up: IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour returns to Cordova Dragway Park

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

After more than a decade away, the IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL returned to Cordova Dragway Park over the weekend for a special Wild Card event.

With points on the line for racers in all divisions, the Summit Pro-Am Tour event at Cordova Dragway Park brought out a number of drivers from across the Midwest and beyond, including a number of new faces. The winner’s circle was filled with drivers new to the IHRA, plus a few regular stepping it up on the big stage.

Cordova’s biggest winners were Anthony Layne, Aaron Allison and Michael Freischel who made deep runs both days. Other winners from the event at Cordova Dragway were Curt Fredrich and Jeff Southerland (Top Sportsman), Layne and Brian Folk (Top Dragster), Dean Mesenbring and Marion Stephenson (Super Stock), Aaron Allison and Rob Turkal (Stock), Mike Eggleston and Jerry Hoss (Quick Rod), Brian Folk and Michael Freischel (Super Rod) and Marc Erickson and Josh Kanselaar (Hot Rod).

Layne survived the largest class on the property to the tune of a 7-1 round record in Top Dragster, collecting a win on Saturday in front of the large crowds gathered for the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, while also making a run to the semis on Sunday. Layne, of Coal Valley, Illinois, defeated Charlie Hamma in Saturday’s Top Dragster final, besting him on the tree with a .008 light while running a 7.580 on a 7.556 dial at over 170 mph. Hamma had a 7.458 on a 7.48 in the runner-up effort. On Sunday, Brad Baker eliminated Layne in the semis in a very close race.

Michael Freischel, from St. Paul, Minnesota, raced to a win in Super Rod on Sunday and a semifinal appearance on Saturday. After falling to Dave Johnson on Day 1, Freischel stormed back on the second day in his ’27 Ford to get his revenge on Johnson in the finals. Johnson bested Freischel on the tree with a .008 to a .014, but Johnson ran a bit under the 9.90 index with a 9.884, while Freischel put down a cool 9.965 at 149.60 mph. Johnson finished runner-up in Super Rod both days.

Aaron Allison rounded out the trio of big winners from Cordova, recording a win in Stock on Saturday and a runner-up finish in Super Stock on Sunday. Allison, an IHRA regular from East Palestine, Ohio, bested Jim Petersen on Saturday in a double-breakout with a 10.489 on a 10.49 to Petersen’s 13.156 on a 13.21. He followed that up with a loss to Marion Stephenson on Day 2 as Stephenson drove his ’90 Sunbird to a 9.996 on a 9.98 dial to take the win.

Below are the complete results from Summit Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL at Cordova Dragway Park.



Cordova, Ill. - Final results from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park

Good Vibrations Top Sportsman – Curt Fredrich, Burlington, Wis., ’68 Camaro, (.042) 6.822 on 6.80, 205.54 def. Lou Rausch, Traer, Iowa, ’95 Beretta, (-.004) foul

Good Vibrations Top Dragster – Anthony Layne, Coal Valley, Ill., dragster, (.008) 7.580 on 7.56, 170.82 def. Charlie Hamma, Davenport, Iowa, dragster, (.054) 7.458 on 7.48, 167.78

Super Stock – Dean Mesenbring, Rochester, Minn., ’92 Camaro, (.026) 10.967 on 10.85, 120.63 def. Jeff Bryson, Morton, Ill., ’02 Olds Alero, (.045) 10.915 on 10.81, 118.18

Stock – Aaron Allison, East Palestine, Ohio, ’76 Vega, (.019)10.489 on 10.49, 122.07 def. Jim Petersen, Davenport, Iowa, ’80 Dodge Pickup, (.101) 13.156 on 13.21, 97.81

Quick Rod – Mike Eggleston, Highland, Ill., dragster, (.035) 8.906 on 8.90, 173.23 def. Patrick Fitzpatrick, Peoria, Ill., dragster, (.012) 8.930 on 8.90, 145.30

Super Rod – Brian Folk, Durand, Ill., (.013) 9.911 on 9.90, 149.10 def. Dave Johnson, Edwards, Ill., (.051) 9.877 on 9.90, 144.69

Hot Rod – Marc Erickson, Rockford, Ill., ’01 S10, (.038) 10.912 on 10.90, 145.77 def. Russ Gibbel, Indianola, Iowa, ’78 Mustang, (.012) 10.898 on 10.90, 135.97


Cordova, Ill. - Final results from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park

Good Vibrations Top Sportsman – Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., ’98 Cutlass, (.013) 7.990 on 7.97, 161.13 def. Ken Langlois, Milan, Mich., ’63 Corvette, (.038) 7.356 on 7.33, 184.40

Good Vibrations Top Dragster – Brian Folk, Durant, Ill., dragster, (.023) 7.333 on 7.33, 173.52 def. Brad Baker, Stillman Valley, Ill., dragster, (.041) 7.187 on 7.20, 183.69

Super Stock – Marion Stephenson, Williamsport, Ind., ’90 Sunbird, (.056) 9.996 on 9.89, 132.46 def. Aaron Allison, East Palestine, Ohio, (.021) 9.205 on 9.15, 139.11

Stock – Rod Turkal, Rapids City, Ill., ’80 Camaro, (.031) 11.421 on 11.38, 109.35 def. Randy Eakins, Sikeston, Mo., ’10 Dodge, (.072) 10.667 on 10.68, 125.01

Quick Rod – Jerry Hoss, Prior Lake, Min., dragster, (.020) 8.924 on 8.90, 145.00 def. Rob Bush, Rio, Ill., dragster, (.023) 8.891 on 8.90, 146.89

Super Rod – Michael Freischel, St. Paul, Min., ’27 Ford, (.014) 9.965 on 9.90, 149.60 def. Dave Johnson, Edwards, Ill., ’42 Ford, (.008) 9.884 on 9.90, 140.23

Hot Rod – Josh Kanselaar, Mitchellville, Iowa, ’74 Vega, (.015) 10.966 on 10.90, 121.99 def. Ron Folk, Durand, Ill., ’05 Cobalt, (-.026) foul

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 July 2014