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IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser and FuelTech Scheduled for Saturday at Dragway 42

Tuesday, 16 May 2023

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Racers in Ohio and neighboring states, it’s your turn to join in the fun at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and FuelTech on Saturday at Dragway 42.

Thanks to the support of those great companies and sponsors at the West Salem, Ohio drag strip, racers can compete for big checks, prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies and a chance to qualify for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals.

We’ve seen tremendous turnouts for the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and Fuel Tech so far this season. There were over 600 entries for races in Texas and Kentucky three weeks ago on April 29.

Now, it’s a chance to compete on both a historic, but modern track. Opened in 1957, “Northern Ohio’s Place to Race” underwent a ground-up renovation in 2017. The facility features a quarter-mile drag strip with one of the flattest surfaces around, Musco lighting and plenty of staging lanes. There is a large amount of room for parking and camping.

It’s not too late to become an IHRA member and try to earn entry to the 2023 World Finals. The membership date requirement has been extended from its original date of May 1 to July 1. Adding to the excitement, the overall World Finals prize package is now worth more than $275,000.


There are also great purses offered at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular at Dragway 42 as well. With a 100-car minimum, the Top (Box) winner will receive a $5,000 check and the runner-up gets $1,000 thanks to sponsorship from Mickey Thompson Tires. 

The Mod (No Box) winner’s purse is $2,000 thanks to the support of 501 Performance Torque Converters and Powertrain. It will be $1,500 if there are less than 80 cars in the first round. The Sportsman winner is scheduled to take home $400 based on 20 cars in the first round with Trick-Flow Specialties serving as the sponsor.

For the Motorcycle event winner, it’s a $375 purse thanks to Ligouri Drag Racing. If 18 or more bikes are entered, another $125 is added to the win. There are three classes of Junior Dragsters (7.90, 8.90 an 11.90) with a run-off between the winners to determine a World Finals qualifier.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. with time trials at 9 a.m. and eliminations to follow. There’s a $20 entry for spectators and crew, and $5 for kids 6-12.

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Here are important facts regarding the event:

• Event winners, who are IHRA members, now earn entry into the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals in conjunction with entering at least two other IHRA races (IHRA-member track Summit SuperSeries team race or other IHRA Sportsman Spectacular races). Current IHRA membership is required.

• Get an early jump on becoming an IHRA member by clicking here for the IHRA membership center or by calling Heather at (85) JOIN-IHRA. 

• Event entry will take place at the track

• IHRA license renewal / chassis certification will be available on site

• IHRA IronMan trophies awarded to the winners of Saturday’s events

For more information about Dragway 42, visit dragway42.com.

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 May 2023
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