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Quaker City Motorsports Park Repeats As IHRA Division 3 (North Stars) Summit Team Finals Champions

Monday, 11 September 2023

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Quaker City Motorsports Park captured the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 3 (North Stars) Summit Team Finals championship for a second straight year.

Muncie Dragway finished runner-up in the team standings just one point ahead of host track Dragway 42. Kuhnle Motorsports Park, Pacemakers Outlaw Motorsports Park and Kentucky Dragway were fourth through sixth.

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Team Winner Quaker City

Ricky Roe from Kentucky Dragway had the tremendous .002 reaction time and added a winning run of 5.474 seconds at 124.34 mph against a 5.46 dial-in. It was his second straight IHRA Summit Team Finals title for the longtime competitor who also a divisional winner back in the 1990s. Final-round opponent Mark Gwin from Quaker City went down the track in 5.191 seconds at 133.85 mph after a .044 reaction time.

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Top Winner Ricky Roe

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Top Runner Up Mark Gwin

In an all-Quaker City final, Mark Miller had double-O start with a .006 reaction time to go along with a 6.673-second pass at 101.90 mph to win the Mod (No Box) final. Michael Basinger was runner-up after fouling at the start. It disqualified his 6.866-second run at 91.61 mph.

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Mod Winner Mark Miller

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Mod Runner Up Michael Basinger

Gary Blankenship, representing Muncie Dragway, topped Mitch Williams from Dragway 42 in the Sportsman final. Williams had the better reaction time .007 to .033, but broke out with a 7.617-second pass at 86.76 mph against a 7.62 dial-in. Blankenship had a winning effort of 7.517 seconds at 90.23 mph.

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Sportsman Winner Gary Blankenship

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Sportsman Runner Up Mitch Williams

Kuhnle Motorsports Park racers faced off in the Motorcycle final with Mike Thompson won on a holeshot with a .032 start to .088 for runner-up Anthony Despenes. Thompson’s solid effort included a 6.427-second pass at 109.76 mph against a 6.42 dial-in. Despenes finished in 6.136 seconds at 114.33 mph.

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Motorcycle Winner Mike Thompson

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Motorcycle Runner Up Anthony Despenses

Tyler Cromer, another Kentucky Dragway racer, scored the Junior Dragster victory. He powered down the track in 7.887 seconds at 81.57 mph along with a .016 reaction time. Runner-up Ryan Roberts from Dragway 42 triggered the red light to DQ his 8.108-second run at 66.06 mph.

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Junior Dragster Winner Tyler Cromer

Summit Team Finals Division 3 Junior Dragster Runner Up Ryan Roberts

Congratulations to the Quaker City Motorsports Park team and all the individual division champions who qualified for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.

Last modified on Monday, 11 September 2023

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