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Weekend Recap, IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship at Dragway 42

Sunday, 24 September 2017

WEST SALEM, Ohio —The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman National Championship made the final stop in the 14-stop racing series on Sept. 23-24 at Dragway 42.

Jake Foster swept Junior Dragster races and Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. made the final round both days in Stock competition. Vernon Rowland was a finalist in both Quick Rod and Super Rod on Saturday. It was a family affair in Quick Rod on Sunday with Kristopher Fields and Steve Fields meeting in the final.

Competitors entered the weekend events in the following classes: Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Super Stock, Stock and Junior Dragster. Full results are available here:http://dragstory.com/forum/index.php?board=324.0; a weekend recap of Dragway 42 action is below.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

Winner Circle Images HERE

Top Dragster:Will Crawford from Westland, Mich., won the Top Dragster final on a holeshot over Marco Abruzzi of Warren, Ohio as both drivers matched their 4.69 dial-in times. Crawford had a .004 reaction time to go along with his 145.21 mph pass. Abruzzi had a .019 start and sped down the track at 147.35 mph.

Top Sportsman:Marlon Goates from Troy, Texas matched his 4.68 dial-in going 150.55 mph to top the Top Sportsman field. Goates had a slightly quicker reaction time .009 to .011 over runner-up Nathan Vanbeek from Selma, N.C.  Vanbeek had a 4.91-second pass at 142.54 mph on a 4.90 dial-in.


Quick Rod:It was holeshot win for Vernon Rowland from Blanchard, Okla., in Quick Rod. He left the tree at .002 to .019 for runner-up Jason Hartig of Lancastle, Ohio. Rowland’s pass was 5.719 seconds and 130.47 mph to a 5.709 and 135.18 for Hartig.

Super Rod:Justin Phillips from Nove, Ohio kept Oklahoma driver Rowland from doubling up by taking the Super Rod victory. Phillips paired a 6.422-second pass at 110.27 mph with a .007 reaction time. Rowland sped down the track in 6.428 seconds and 123.42 mph with a .019 reaction time.

Hot Rod:Brittany Devore from Blanchard, Okla., captured the victory in Hot Rod when final round opponent Nick Karas of Northfield Center, Ohio red-lighted. Devore had a final-round effort of 7.008 seconds and 101.49 mph with a .155 reaction time.

Super Stock:Joe Buchanon from Fremont, Ohio matched his 6.43 dial-in at 104.65 mph to win the Stock final over Jimmy Hildago Jr., of Donaldsville, La.  Hildago had the quicker reaction time .048 to .054, but came up a little short with a 6.307-second pass at 106.31 mph against a 6.24 dial-in.

Stock:A couple of drivers from the Buckeye State faced off with Bryan Merkle from Johnstown, Ohio taking the Stock win over Rick Rondy of Galloway, Ohio. Merkle won on a holeshot with a .030 start to .204 for Rondy. Merkle went down the track in 6.843 seconds at 84.95 mph, while Rondy finished in 6.428 seconds at 104.94 mph.

Junior Dragster:Jake Foster defeated Alex Kish in a battle of Michigan racers in the Junior Dragster final. Foster from White Cloud had a .022 reaction time and then coasted down the track in 11.295 seconds at 34.67 mph, after Kish red-lighted. Kish went ahead and made an 8.037-second pass at 81.26 mph against an 8.06 dial-in.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Winner Circle Images HERE

Top Dragster: Jacob Elrod from Harrod, Ohio had a perfect light to beat Jimbob Davies of Warren, Ohio in the Top Dragster final. Elrod had a 4.681-second pass at 144.83 mph on a 4.64 dial-in to go along with the start. Davies, who left with a .022 reaction time finished with a 4.725-second run at 146.91 mph against a 4.70 dial-in. 

Top Sportsman: Rob Harvischak, also from Warren, Ohio, won on a holeshot in Top Sportsman. He had a .015 reaction time to .093 for runner-up John Hoschstedler of Niles, Mich. Harvischak went down the track in 4.899 seconds at 135.09 mph against a 4.88 dial-in. Hoschstedler posted a 4.804 at 142.36 against a 4.80 dial-in.

Quick Rod: It was a day of celebration for the Fields of Carleton, Michigan. Kristopher Fields had a .194 reaction time and went 5.70 seconds at 128.83 mph. His father, Steve Fields, had a .190 reaction time and streamed down the track in 5.685 seconds at 135.46 mph.

Super Rod: Steve Thedor from Columbus, Ohio captured the Super Rod win when his final-round opponent red-lighted. Thedor was quick at the tree with a .006 reaction time and a pass at 6.424 seconds at 126.19 mph. Paul Foiler from Willard, Ohio ran 7.269 seconds at 84.49 after fouling out.

Hot Rod: Another .006 reaction time was posted by Hot Rod winner Dale Kindl from Independence, Ohio. He then made a 7.076-second run at 97.61 mph. Runner-up Rod Ferris from Dover, Ohio had a .009 reaction time and then went 6.995 seconds at 101.51 mph.

Super Stock: The tree was a determining factor also in Super Stock with Andy Kroenbitter from Millersport, Ohio winning the reaction time battle .025 to .078 over runner-up Jeff Niceswanger from Zanesville, Ohio. Kronenbitter then ran 5.793 seconds at 110.11 mph against a 5.95 dial-in. Niceswanger finished 6.342 seconds and 106.21 against a 6.33 dial-in.

Stock: For the second straight day, Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. from Donaldsville, La., made the Stock final. This time, he posted a winning effort of a 6.638-second pass at 99.16 mph against a 6.65 dial-in, combined with a .048 reaction time. Runner-up Anthony Platania of Rochester, N.Y., ran 6.616 seconds at 100.54 mph against a 6.65 dial-in, paired with a .078 reaction time.

Junior Dragster: Jake Foster from White Cloud, Mich., scored the weekend sweep in Junior Dragster with 8.009 second-run at 79.48 against a 7.96 dial-in. Zachary Vitez from Elma, N.Y., posted a 7.992 and 81.12 mph against a 7.95 dial-in. Foster was quicker at the start with a .023 reaction time to .070 for Vitez.

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