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Summit Sportsman National Championship: 2 Weekends Of Fun In Florida

Monday, 23 January 2017

The IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship series will open the season at Ralph Hester’s Immokalee Regional Raceway on the first weekend of February.  The Summit Sportsman National Championship series gets underway in sunny Florida Feb. 3-5.  For the past 15 years, the Immokalee event has been the traditional kick-off for the new IHRA season. 

The track is located southeast of Ft. Myers and has historically enjoyed great weather during the month of February.  Ralph, Thomas and crew always do a great job hosting this event and go above and beyond to make racers feel welcome regardless of where they call home.  It is not uncommon for competitors to think they came to a party, and a race broke out.  Ralph and Thomas can be seen cooking at the racer’s appreciation BBQ or driving through the pits with their small block Chevy powered ice cream machine handing out ice cream.

The Summit Sportsman National Championship season opener will feature two races in one weekend with Saturday and Sunday elimination rounds being broadcast live on a soon to be announced major sports content provider.  Live Stream links will be on the ihra.com homepage for easy access to the broadcast for the double weekend Summit Sportsman National Championship events this season.

The gates will open at 10 a.m. Friday for parking, tech will open at 2 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.  A Saturday test and tune session is set for 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.  The gates and tech open at 8 a.m. Saturday with qualifying starting at 9 a.m., and eliminations will begin after the completion of the second qualifying session. After the completion of the event Saturday night, Ralph will once again host a racer party for all participants.   

The gates and tech open at 8 a.m. Sunday; the God Speed Chapel service begins at 8:15 a.m. The Sunday qualifying session starts at 9 a.m. with eliminations beginning immediately after qualifying.  A complete schedule of events for the Summit Sportsman National Championship at Immokalee is HERE.  

The following weekend, Feb. 10-12, the tour moves just up the road to Palm Beach International Raceway for the second weekend of double-race weekends.  PBIR will be open for parking for those competitors that need a place to call home between weekends; activities for racers and their families are being planned for those who will be on site at PBIR between events.  A complete schedule of events for PBIR can be found HERE.

Summit Sportsman National Championship Information including points structure and event details can be found HERE.

Immokalee Regional Raceway | February 3-5

ADDRESS: 205 Airpark Blvd, Immokalee, FL

PHONE: (800) 826-1947
DISTANCE: 1/8 Mile


2016 Event Champions:

RACE 1 Champions:

Top Dragster: Pete Maduri

Top Sportsman: Mark Sanders

Quick Rod: john Brannon

Super Rod: Michael Ruff

Hot Rod: Lawrence Hinkle

Stock: Jim Wahl

Super Stock: Mark Nowicki

Junior Beginner: Dylan Macnicol

Junior Advanced: Brooke DeBonis 

Junior Master: Zach Pennington

RACE 2 Champions:

Top Dragster: Alan Elliot

Top Sportsman: Mark Claypool

Quick Rod: Steve Muller 

Super Rod: Paul Brown

Hot Rod: Mike Desio

Stock: Jim Wahl

Super Stock: Steve Comella

Junior Beginner: Dylan Macnicol

Junior Advanced: Brooke DeBonis

Junior Advanced: Camryn Fredrickson

Palm Beach International Raceway | Februaury 10-12

ADDRESS: 17133 Beeline Hwy, Jupiter, FL 33478
PHONE: (561) 622-1400

DISTANCE: 1/8 Mile


CLICK HERE for Printable Event Information


PBIR Racer Appreciation Banquet is Open to SSNC Competitors

A racer appreciation banquet will be held to honor those 30 top-five finishers in points and to show appreciation for our racers that call PBIR their home track.

Racers from PBIR’s bracket points team will be invited, as well as, racers from Immokalee Regional Raceway who will be running in the Summit Sportsman National Championship Series race to be held on February 10-12. Anyone who attends may park their race trailer in their preferred spot that Tuesday night, and leave it, under the watch of security, throughout the week leading up to the race. “It’s important to us that our bracket members feel like their home track is really a home and we look forward to building a stronger relationship with them throughout the season and into the future,” Said Darren Thompson, President of PBIR. “We also want to welcome other racers from close-by Immokalee Regional Raceway so that their weekend is easier when they race at the Summit Sportsman National Championship on February 10-12.”

All catering will be prepared by PBIR’s Executive Sous Chef, Andrew Galbreath, who prepares dinner for weekly Palm Beach Driving Club track nights and all top tier road course events. There will be adult beverages and other festivities included.

Admission to the banquet will be free of charge for all racers and those who wish to attend must RSVP via email sent to jstout@racepbir.com by 5 PM Thursday, February 2, 2017. Limited seating is available. Those who attend must be IHRA members and if anyone not currently a member would like to attend, Bobby Carville, Membership Coordinator for the IHRA, will be available on site for anyone who would like to sign up.


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