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Event Preview: Raiders finally hit the track at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip April 5-7

Thursday, 28 March 2013
The 2013 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL Division 9 season officially kicks off April 5-7 at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip in North Carolina after the previously scheduled season opener at Piedmont Dragway was rained out. Always one of the toughest divisions in the country, the 1/8 mile showdown will feature a full racing weekend with a test and tune on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday.
EVENT: 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL
DIVISION: Division 9 Raiders
WHERE: Dunn-Benson Dragstrip | 555 Dragstrip Road, Benson, NC 27504
WHEN: April 5-7, 2013
CONTACT: (919) 894-4870 | www.dunnbensondragstripinc.com
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WHAT TO EXPECT: With weather postponing Piedmont, Dunn-Benson will be the first race of the year for Division 9. Huge crowds of racers are expected and track owner Roger Williams and track manager Crystal Jackson look forward to seeing all the great racers of the Raiders Division.
Friday gates will be open from noon until midnight with tech open from 1-9 p.m. and a track hosted test and tune from 3-9 p.m. Saturday gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and tech will be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Two rounds of time trials/qualifying will begin at 9 a.m. with Junior Dragster eliminations to follow. A track hosted bracket race and Stock/Super Stock combo will start at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday gates will open at 9 a.m. with tech open from 9-11 a.m. followed by God Speed church service at 10 a.m. and final eliminations beginning at noon.
Saturday Bracket Race: $50 entry, buyback first or second round – $2,000 win, $500 runner-up
Saturday STK/SS Combo Race: $50 entry, $30 buyback (first round only) – $1,000 win, $200 runner-up
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: “With the first race being rained out this is an important race for the competitors of Division 9,” said Satch Gragg, Division 9 Director. “Our racers are itching to get on the track after the first attempt was washed out and I expect a great race with a great turnout. I also look forward to returning to Dunn-Benson, a track that is an important member of our track family.”
FAST FACTS: Division 9 has regularly held races at Dunn-Benson Dragstrip since 2010…Chris Dean has dominated the track, visiting four finals in the past three season with three wins, two in Hot Rod in 2012 and 2011 and one in Super Rod in 2011…Other multi-time finalists at Dunn-Benson over the past three seasons include Donny Urban with a win and runner-up in 2012 in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, Donald Webb and a pair of Junior Dragster competitors in Jason Craft with an Advanced win in 2012 and Dylan Blanton with an Advanced win in 2011…Division champions Jeff Estep, Chris Dean and Kaylee Creech were finalists at the 2012 Dunn-Benson meet.
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 – Donny Urban
Top Dragster – James Albertson
Super Stock – Marvin Dunahoo
Stock – Greg Rowe
Quick Rod – Darrell Collins
Super Rod – Donald Brown
Hot Rod – Chris Dean
Junior Master – Tucker Creech
Junior Advanced – Jason Craft
Junior Beginner – Kaylee Creech
Top Sportsman – Tim West (Asheville, NC)
Top Dragster – Greg Slack (Albemarle, NC)
Super Stock – Gil Carty Jr. (Wytheville, VA)
Stock – Tim Sloan (Sanford, NC)
Quick Rod – Carey Long (Timberlake, NC)
Super Rod – Jeff Estep (Iron Station, NC)
Hot Rod – Chris Dean (Sanford, NC)
Junior Master – Jason McCandless (Burlington, NC)
Junior Advanced – Blake Hickman (Laurinburg, NC)
Junior Beginner – Kaylee Creech (Clayton, NC)
April 5-7 | Dunn-Benson Dragstrip
May 3-5 | Rockingham Dragway
May 31-June 2 | Mooresville Dragway
June 28-30 | Piedmont Dragway
August 9-11 | Farmington Dragway (double)
Last modified on Wednesday, 24 April 2013