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Hagar Sweeps, Others Win Big at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular Michigan Race

Monday, 20 August 2018

MARTIN, Mich. — Donnie Hagar from Clear Lake, Mich., was clearly at the top of his game this weekend at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at US 131 Motorsports Park.

With the largest turnout of racers this season, Hagar swept Mod division races at the event and posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the Street division, unique to this event. As part of the fun, he even won Friday night's Scrubblade Golf Cart Race.

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Other big winners over the weekend included Jason Hemerline and Mark Hammond in the Top division. Alex Kish highlighted the efforts of the Junior Dragster racers with a win and a runner-up finish.


Not counting contingency bonuses, both the Mod and Top winners pocketed $5,000 for winning their respective races and runner-up finishers in each division won $1,000. Scrubblade Sunday winners earned $2,500 and runner-up finishers earned $1,000.


In Saturday’s Mod final, Hagar from Clark Lake, Mich., posted a winning run of 6.415 seconds at 107.14 mph against a 6.42 dial-in with a .067 reaction time. Runner-up Justin Rose from Taylor, Mich., red-lighted by just .003 before going down the track in 6.210 seconds at 111.19 mph.


Hemerline from Unionville, Mich., was quicker on the tree to win the Top Final over Rick Schneider from Westland, Mich. Hemerline’s package included a .023 reaction time paired with a 5.861-second run at 115.86 mph against a 5.84 dial-in. Schneider was .052 at the start before running a 4.922 at 135.38 mph against a 4.91 dial-in. Hemerline also received a specially designed helmet from Jerron Settles of Imagine That Customs.

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This event also featured the Street division for cars 12 seconds and slower with Ron Hagar of Clark Lake, Mich., getting the best of his son Donnie Hagar in the final. Ron Hagar won the $500 race with a 8.691-second pass at 78.95 mph and a .018 reaction time. Donnie Hagar added $250 to his earnings with a run of 8.931 seconds at 75.06 mph and a .024 reaction time.


The Junior Dragsters were split into three classes with Alex Kish from Kalamazoo, Mich., Even Muchler from Grass Lake, Mich., and Jordin Heiman from Niles, Mich., race winners.


Kish was closer to his dial-in than runner-up Samuel Peterson from Richland, Mich., in the Masters 12-17 final. Kish went 8.104 at 77.60 mph against an 8.08 dial-in with a .042 reaction time. Peterson had the better start at .023, but finished with a run of 8.051 seconds at 75.78 mph against a 7.92 dial-in.


Muchler was the Advanced 9-12 winner with a .018 reaction time. He matched that with a 9.115 elapsed time at 67.47 mph against a 9.04 dial-in. Kassie Wanamaker from Martin, Mich. finished in 9.022 seconds at 71.80 mph against an 8.98 dial-in, along with a .080 reaction time.

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Heiman won the Beginner 7-9 race when final-round opponent Aliyah Pitsch from Dorr, Mich., fouled. Heiman’s final numbers were 11.978 seconds at 53.44 mph and a .038 reaction time. Pitsch made a run down the track in 12.103 seconds at 54.14 mph.

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On Scrubblade Sunday, Donnie Hagar continued his winning ways besting Jimmy Francisco from Shelby Township, Mich., in the Mod final. Hagar posted a 6.421 run at 103.81 mph against a 6.41 dial-in, paired with a .025 reaction time. Francisco had the better launch at .018, but barely missed down the track at 5.953 at 113.52 against a 5.96 dial-in.

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Hammond from Romulus, Mich., had a quick reaction time to top the Top division. His start of .002 paired with a 6.159 elapsed time at 101.95 mph against a 6.09 dial-in to best the efforts of Steve Mesik of Plainwell, Mich., who had a .025 reaction time and then finished with an 8.362 run at 81.65 mph against an 8.19 dial-in.

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Kyle Wanamaker from Martin, Mich., had a strong effort with a .008 reaction time and matching his dial-in with a run of 9.241 at 72.06 in the Street final.  Hagar had a .021 start and then finished with an 8.888 elapsed time at 74.17 mph.


Tobyn Will from Belding, Mich., ended Kish’s hopes for a weekend sweep in the Master Jr. Dragster final, which both drivers red-lighted. Will had a 8.243-second pass at 73.21 mph, while Kish broke out with a 7.985 against a 8.00 dial-in.

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Elizabeth Teter from Benton Harbor, Mich., edged Lydia Kish from Kalamazoo, Mich., in the Advanced Jr. Dragster final. Her solid reaction time of .042 was paired with a 8.983 run at 73.40 mph against an 8.95 dial-in. Kish matched her 8.97 dial-in with a 72.72 mph speed, but lost with a .127 reaction time.


Nick Peters from Howell, Mich., completed the list of weekend winners in Beginner Jr. Dragster. He went down the track in 11.944 seconds at 53.43 mph after both final-round drivers had a .086 reaction time. Runner-up Karlie Denbleyker from Zeeland, Mich., had a 12-second run at 53.71 mph.


The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular moves to Maryland International Raceway on Aug. 24-26. Click here to pre-enter future events to get two races for the price of one.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018