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Smiley Tops Top Field at IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering at Onawa Dragway

Monday, 11 July 2022

ONAWA, Iowa — Travis Smiley was right on his dial-in time to capture Saturday’s Top victory at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering at Onawa Dragway.

Smiley, an Emerson Iowa racer, was all smiles after his 5.552-second run at 121.36 mph against a 5.55 dial-in. Fellow Hawkeye State racer Kyle Kunze had a little better start in the Top (Box) final with a .022 to .036, but was a little short with a 5.609 at 120.61 mph against a 5.59 dial-in.

Travis Smiler Top Winner July 9 2022 sportsman spectacular  

Saturday’s winners came from four different states.

Kansas racer Brady Stallbaumer emerged with the Mod (No Box) win when his final-round opponent Tyler Heitman fouled at the start. Stallbaumer’s winning package was a 6.896 elapsed time at 98.49 mph along with a .024 reaction time. It was a disappointment for Nebraska racer Heitman, who was spot on with a 5.461 run against a 5.46 dial-in.

Brady Stallbaumer Mod winner Sportsmen Spectacular winner july 9 2022

Terry Vanderzanden, a Plattsmouth, Nebraska driver, won on a holeshot with his .019 reaction time. His run at 7.712 seconds and 91.06 mph against a 7.69 dial-in held up. Iowa racer Rick Pitzer was runner-up with a 7.600 elapsed time at 92.50 mph against a 7.59 dial-in, coupled with a .031 reaction time.

Terry Vanderzanden Sportman Winner July 9 Sportsman Spectaculer

The Junior Dragster final featured a pair of South Dakota racers. Jack Beutler from Watertown took the win with a 7.960-second pass at 80.80 mph against a 7.95 dial-in. Tyler Honomichi from Sioux Falls had a little better reaction time at .043 to .047, but wasn’t quite as close with an 8.107 elapsed time at 80.37 mph against an 8.07 dial-in.

Jack Beutler Winner Jr dragster july 9 sportsman spectacular

Collins Motorsports presented special bonuses of $700 (Top), $500 (Mod), $200 (Sportsman) and $100 (Junior) to the race winners.

Jerry McGraw, another Plattsmouth driver, captured Sunday’s Top (Box) victory. He posted a 4.482 elapsed time at 150.30 mph against a 4.48 dial-in. Minnesota racer Jason Charlton was runner-up with a 6.645-second run at 103.88 mph and a 6.63 dial-in. Charlton had a little better start with a .035 to .038 reaction time.

Jerry McGraw Sunday Top Winner July 10

Clark Doukas from Omaha was the Mod (No Box) winner after final-round opponent Matt Butler fouled at the start. Doukas cruised down the drag strip in 7.627 seconds at 58.18 mph. Butler posted a 7.203-second pass at 93.57 mph.

Clark Doukas

Joe McCarty was the best in the Sportsman class. The Rock Rapids, Iowa driver ran closer to 7.62 dial-in with a 7.612 elapsed time at 89.06 mph. Runner-up Kirk Brier from Bellevue, Nebraska was quicker at the start by .016 seconds, but came up a little slower on his run at 7.594 seconds and 89.59 mph also against a 7.59 dial-in.

Joe Mcarty Sportsman Winner Sunday July 10

There were two Junior Dragster races with Nolan Kunze from Persia, Iowa winning the Pro race on a holeshot. He left the line in .048 to .086 over runner-up Taylor Hansen from Anthon, Iowa. His package included an 8.049-second pass at 79.80 mph. Hansen was a little faster down the track in 7.929 seconds at 81.46 mph. Reece Kalasky from Council Bluffs, Iowa had a single run in the final round to win in Junior Trophy.

Nolan Kunze Jr Dragster Winner Sunday July 10

The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular returns July 29 at Empire Dragway, Leicester, New York. To become a member of the IHRA please call (561) 337-3446 or email membership@ihra.com. For more information about the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular click here.

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