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Event Preview: Memphis hosts Summit Pro-Am Wild Card weekend June 14-16

Monday, 10 June 2013

The 2013 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL season continues June 14-16 at Memphis International Raceway in Tennessee for an IHRA Wild Card weekend with points on the line for all drivers in all divisions. This incredible facility will host two 1/4 mile races with a test and tune on Friday and qualifying and racing on Saturday and Sunday. All drivers regardless of division can claim an in-division claim at the event meaning major championship implications – and Tournament of Champions seeding – is on the line.

EVENT: 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL

DIVISION: Division 4 Renegades | IHRA Wild Card

WHERE: Memphis International Raceway | 5500 Victory Lane, Millington, TN 38053

WHEN: June 14-16

CONTACT: (901) 969-7223 | www.racemir.com


WHAT TO EXPECT: The third of four Division 4 double race weekends and IHRA Wild Card weekend will be held at Memphis International Raceway June 14-16. The track will open on Thursday for their weekly test and tune event at 3 p.m. with testing from 6-11 p.m. for $20. IHRA staff will not be on-site for this event. On Friday gates will be open from Noon-11 p.m. for parking and tech will be open from 3-9 p.m. There will be a test and tune from 5-10 p.m. for $40 for those interested in participating.

On Saturday gates will open at 7 p.m. and tech will be open at 8 a.m. and will remain open until after the second time trial. Two time trials/qualifying sessions will get underway at 10 a.m. with eliminations immediately following. On Sunday gates will open at 8 a.m. with God Speed chapel service at 8:30 a.m. and one time trial/qualifying session beginning at 9 a.m. followed by the second Pro-Am of the weekend.

Run order for the event will be Hot Rod, Stock, Quick Rod, Top Sportsman, Super Rod, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Junior Beginner, Junior Advance and Junior Master.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: “We are thrilled to welcome the best of the best in IHRA sportsman drag racing today to our track this weekend for an exciting few days of door-to-door action,” said Pam Kendrick, Vice President and General Manager of Memphis International Raceway. “The Summit Pro-Am series is the heart of IHRA sportsman drag racing and this weekend we expect to see the best of the best battling for an Ironman and an opportunity to return to Memphis in October for the Summit World Finals.”

FAST FACTS: The Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour made its debut at Memphis International Raceway in 2012. Only one driver – Junior Dragster Beginner racer Aaron Jordan – managed to double-up on the weekend…The Memphis Pro-Am, along with Immokalee earlier this year, presents a unique opportunity for IHRA sportsman racers with its Wild Card format. All drivers, regardless of division, can claim an in-division claim at this weekend’s event creating an exciting assortment of racers from several IHRA divisions…The top three in the Summit Pro-Am standings in each division will return to Memphis in October to compete for the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals giving some drivers a chance to see the Tournament of Champions track a few months early. Of the five winners from last year’s Pro-Am to also advance to the Tournament of Champions, three made it into the top seven. The highest finisher at the World Finals to win at Memphis was Max McGlothin who went on to finish third in the world.

ROAD TO THE TOC: In 2013 the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL is now the only road to the year-end Summit Racing Tournament of Champions showdown in Memphis. Only the top three in each class within each division on the Summit Pro-Am Tour will advance to the championship tournament in October to runoff for the 2013 Summit World Championships and $10,000!

Top Sportsman – Scooter Hampton & Bob Gulitti
Top Dragster – Todd Robinson & Edmond Richardson
Super Stock – Mike Crutchfield & Ricky Pennington
Stock – Wes Neely & Jimmy Hidalgo Jr.
Quick Rod – Vernon Rowland & Dale Scates
Super Rod – Caffey Broadus & Danny Nelson
Hot Rod – Derek Denney & Max McGlothin
Junior Master – Tara Elliser & Tyler Poindexter
Junior Advanced – Mallory Bontrager & Darian Boesch
Junior Beginner – Aaron Jordan & Aaron Jordan

Top Sportsman – Kamron Wright (Odessa, TX)
Top Dragster – Larry Eidson (Mineral Wells, TX)
Super Stock – Jeffrey Miller (Pasadena, TX)
Stock – Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. (Donaldsonville, LA)
Quick Rod – Dale Scates (Center, TX)
Super Rod – Joe Collier (Hamlin, TX)
Hot Rod – Bart Nelson (Laporte, TX)
Junior Master – Kyle Williams (Rockdale, TX)
Junior Advanced – Ethan Marr (Forney, TX)
Junior Beginner – Trace Casey (Van Vleck, TX)

March 8-10 | State Capitol Raceway
April 5-7 | San Antonio Raceway
June 14-16 | Memphis International Raceway
July 12-14 | Dallas Raceway