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IHRA Division 1 Summit Team Finals Gamblers Races Provide Great Action

Tuesday, 26 September 2023

ELK CREEK, Va. — The IHRA Summit Team Finals always feature plenty of great racing action in addition to the main event.

It was certainly the case at the IHRA Division 1 (Patriots) Summit Team Finals at Elk Creek Dragway with Gamblers’ races on Thursday and Friday.

Justin Holston from Elk Creek topped the field in the Top (Box) class. He finished in 6.334 seconds at 106.32 mph against a 6.34 dial-in, paired with a .014 reaction time in the final round. Larry Coleman from Motor Mile Dragway went 6.288 seconds at 108.05 mph on a 6.31 dial after a .032 start.

Summit Team Finals D1 Gamblers Race Thursday top WINNER Justin Holston

Summit Team Finals D1 Gamblers Race Thursday top runner up Larry Coleman

Tyrone Merilic from Elk Creek scored the win in the Mod (No Box) as final-round opponent Demarion Harper from Roxboro Motorsports Park left the starting line early. Merilic  a 6.761-second pass at 86.89 mph against a 6.62 dial-in. Harper cruised down the track after triggering the red light.

Summit Team Finals D1 Gamblers Race Thursday MOD winner Tyrone Merilic

Summit Team Finals D1 Gamblers Race Thursday MOD runner up Demarion Harper

Elk Creek racer Landon Hash was the Junior Dragster winner as Ryan Bell Jr., also from Elk Creek, red-lighted by just -.001. Hash matched his 8.40 dial-in with a 75.80 mph run after a .049 reaction time. After his near perfect start, Bell went down the eighth-mile in 7.917 seconds at 82.30 mph.

Summit Team Finals D1 Gamblers Race Thursday Jr Dragster Winner Landon Hash

Summit Team Finals D1 Gamblers Race Thursday JR

Action continued Friday with Larry Coleman from Motor Mile driving his blue Chevy Malibu to the win over Jamie Moxley from Elk Creek in an orange Ford Mustang in the Top final.

Summit Team Finals D1 Friday Gamblers Race top WINNER Larry Coleman

Summit Team Finals D1 Friday Gamblers Race top Runner Up Jamie Moxley

Another pony was fired up in the Mod final. Nathan Sexton from Motor Mile raced his black Mustang to the win with AJ Perry from Elk Creek the runner-up in his Chevy Cavalier.

Summit Team Finals D1 Friday Gamblers Race MOD winner Nathan Sexton

Summit Team Finals D1 Friday Gamblers Race MOD runner up AJ Perry

Bell finished one spot better than the previous day with a win in the Junior Dragster final over Dalton Wilkinson from Roxboro Motorsports Park. 

Summit Team Finals D1 Friday Gamblers Race JR Dragster Winner Ryan Bell Jr

Summit Team Finals D1 Friday Gamblers RaceJR. DRAGSTER RUNNER UP Dalton Wilkinson

Lance Howdyshell, representing Motor Mile, won the team captain’s race with Steve Groseclose from Elk Creek finishing runner-up.

Summit Team Finals D1 Team Captain Winner Lance Howdyshell Motormile

Summit Team Finals D1 Team Captain runner up Steve Groseclose Elk Creek

The IHRA Summit Team Finals conclude this weekend with Division 8 (South) and Division 9 (Raiders) races before heading into the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.

Last modified on Wednesday, 27 September 2023

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