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Pearson, Underwood, Tharp, Poole and Miller take IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser and FuelTech Wins at Quaker City

Wednesday, 26 July 2023

SALEM, Ohio — Former IHRA Sportsman World Champion Joe Tharp Jr. was among the five winners at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented Moser Engineering and FuelTech last Saturday at Quaker City Motorsports Park.

Rick Pearson topped the field in the Top (Box) eliminations after he and final-round opponent Nick Scheckelhoff decided to split the winner’s purse with each driver collecting $1,700. On the track, Pearson went down the track in 6.643 seconds at 100.67 mph along with a .058 reaction time as Scheckelhoff fouled at the start.

Rick Pearson

Michael Underwood won the No Box final on a holeshot with a .013 start. He paired it with a 6.703 second run at 100.09 mph to take home the $2,000 winner’s prize. Runner-up Marcus Puru was right on his dial-in with a 7.17-second run at 94.26 mph after a .048 reaction time.  

Michael Underwood

Tharp raced to the Street victory with a 7.556-second elapsed time at 85.02 mph after a .040 start. Ben VanFossan gave a solid effort with a 7.616-second pass at 88.92, but was -.007 too quick at the tree.

Joe Tharp Jrjpg

The Motorcycle final featured a father-son battle with Austin Poole getting the upper hand against his father Rick. Austin Poole posted numbers of 5.845 seconds at 113.69 with a .050 reaction time. Rick Poole finished in 6.001 seconds at 98.17 mph with a .054 start.

Poole Austin Rick

Liam Miller used a .016 reaction time to win over Greg Hootman on a holeshot. Miller made a winning pass of 8.167 seconds at 73.82 mph. Hootman was closer to his dial-in with a 12.278-second run.

Liam Miller

More great action at Quaker City Motorsports Park is coming up including IHRA Summit SuperSeries points races on Saturday. Click here to check out the track’s Facebook page.