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Summit SuperSeries


2021 IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals 


       October 14-16 at Memphis International Raceway  

2020 Summit Super Series World Champions 

2020 champs group                                                                                                                                                                        

Top - Gary Shearer

Mod - Mason Hatton

Sportsman - Joe Tharp Jr.

Junior Dragster - Madison Fisher


2021 Summit SuperSeries National Top 10 List  

2021 updated ss front 1-8-21 




The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Summit Racing Equipment have agreed to expand the Summit SuperSeries by adding electric vehicles (EV) to North America’s premier sportsman bracket racing program this year.  Through Summit Racing’s support of the EV program, each IHRA member track will have the opportunity to crown one EV Summit SuperSeries track champion and send that competitor to the Summit World Finals in October to compete for the IHRA World Championship.  All IHRA member track’s Summit SuperSeries EV champion’s will receive an invitation to the Summit World Finals where they will compete within the Sportsman category (if 7.50 or slower) or in Mod (if quicker than 7.50) and follow the same race structure and rules for their class.  EV competitors will run each other as much as possible during each round of Sportsman (or Mod) eliminations.  If there is an odd number of EV in any round the last EV will run a Sportsman (or Mod) competitor in that round.  There are no separate bye runs for any single EV competitor running within Sportsman (or Mod).  The EV category is for all electric powered vehicles (no hybrids).

If 32 or more EV competitors show up to compete at the Summit World Finals, they will run as their own independent class in an all run format and follow the same class rules as Sportsman (door cars only and no electronics) with the exception of there will be no min or max dial restrictions.  The separate EV class at a 32 car field or more will have a purse of $300 1st rd; $400 2nd rd; $500 3rd rd; $600 4th rd; $800 5th rd; $3,000 R/U; $5,000 Win


EV rules can be found on page 26 and 27 of the IHRA supplemental rulebook HERE


2021 UPDATE 7/10/21:  Any vehicle entered in competition may only be driven by one driver and may only go down the track once per round regardless of class.


Summit SuperSeries  


This $200,000 program is the World Championship for grass roots drag racers at IHRA member tracks. Summit Racing Equipment, the Official Mail Order Company of IHRA, presents this revolutionary program for IHRA's thousands of grassroots racers. The Summit SuperSeries World Finals will take place October 14-16, 2021 at Memphis International Raceway.


This program will crown a true Top (Box), Mod (No Box), Sportsman and Junior Dragster World Champion.  There are two ways to gain entry into the Summit SuperSeries World Finals event.  A racer can qualify by either winning a Summit Super Series track championship at a participating IHRA member track OR by winning a Summit Team Finals main event class.

1)  WIN THE SUMMIT SUPERSERIES AT YOUR PARTICIPATING IHRA TRACK.  Each participating track will crown Summit SuperSeries track champions who will then move on to race at the IHRA Summit World Finals for the Summit SuperSeries World Championship.

 Summit SuperSeries Step #1

Be a Summit SuperSeries member of the IHRA, including membership benefits, a license and a Summit SuperSeries number (X-Number). The second digit of the number will be the letter “X” or the last digit on Junior Dragsters.  Competitors with permanent numbers already on their vehicle and are joining the Summit SuperSeries for the first time may request to have the X as the last digit of their car number regardless of class.  

If a racer runs in multiple classes, they must have a different X-Number registration for each class.   A competitor may only compete with one X-Number per class at any given facility.

Summit SuperSeries Step #2

* Sign up for points at a participating IHRA Summit SuperSeries track.

Summit SuperSeries Step #3

* Race at an IHRA track while running Summit SuperSeries X-Number. Summit SuperSeries eligibility does not begin until a valid X-Number with the IHRA is obtained, used as the car number and on the track’s points list. Failure to run the X-Number or failure of that number to appear on the track’s points may make a racer ineligible for the Summit SuperSeries even if a registered X-Number is on file with IHRA. Failure to maintain a current membership will result in a deduction in points for the events the membership was expired.  “Gifted Rounds” are not permitted. Racers receiving “dives” as determined solely by IHRA may be disqualified.

Summit SuperSeries Step #4

* Become the Summit SuperSeries Champion as determined by a participating track. (see your local IHRA track for details)


Any Summit SuperSeries competitor that has a valid IHRA membership and X-Number from at least May 1, 2021 through the respective division’s 2021 Summit Team Finals event and can win the Team Finals Main Event will become eligible for the Summit SuperSeries World Finals Championship race.

To be considered eligible after winning the Summit Team Finals main event, a competitor will be verified by IHRA as having met Step #1 through Step #3 above, no different than the Summit SuperSeries track champion.  A 14-day renewal grace period will be granted for X-Number registrations that expire between May 1st and the Summit Team Finals event.  If a registration is not renewed within a 14-day period from the expiration date the racer will not be eligible. There are no exceptions.

 To take advantage of the Summit SuperSeries program, please see the track manager of a local IHRA track for complete membership and registration details.


1) Summit SuperSeries points will not count until racer is registered with both IHRA and track and running valid X-Number on vehicle with it appearing in track points.

2) Racers in all classes are eligible (based on participating track's discretion).

3) A racer may compete for the Summit SuperSeries track championship at more than one track and in more than one class. Should one racer win the SSS championship at multiple tracks or multiple classes at the same track, they will declare the track or class they will represent prior to the Summit Team Finals. Once the racer selects the track or class they will represent, the racer will forfeit the SSS track eligibility at the second track or the second class.

4)  A racer may only race in one class and represent one track at the SSS World Finals.

5) There will be no double entry for a competitor that wins the SSS track championship and a Summit Team Finals event. In the event a competitor wins both, regardless of class, the track championship will take precedent.

6)  There are no substitutions for a Summit SuperSeries track champion or for a Summit Team Finals champion if that competitor chooses not to attend the Summit World Finals.  Tracks that have a racer that forfeits eligibility for winning at two tracks or in two classes at the same track may submit the next highest valid SSS participant for eligibility consideration.

7)  IHRA Motorsports employees, team members, staff and IHRA track owners/operators/managers are not eligible.


  • All Classes – Stutter boxes, timed down track throttle stops, on-board computers, and wheel pickup sensing devices are prohibited.
  • TOP (0-9.00): Delay boxes, trans brakes, two steps, playback tachometers and nitrous are permitted. Air throttles, used as launch control devices, are permitted. Factory (OEM) installed computers will be permitted, but lap top computers are not allowed while in competition.
  • MODIFIED (All Run): Delay boxes, air throttles and starting line enhancers are prohibited. Trans brakes, two steps, automated shifters and nitrous are permitted. Delay boxes are not allowed to remain in the vehicle. 
  • SPORTSMAN (7.50 & Slower, Door Cars Only): Delay boxes, air throttles, starting line enhancers, trans brakes, two steps, buttons on the steering wheel and nitrous are prohibited. Slicks, headers and line locks in the burnout process only permitted.   Throttle must be manually operated by the driver’s foot. Electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics or any other device may in no way affect the throttle operation. A fixed stop under carburetor or gas pedal is permitted.  Automated shifter prohibited unless OEM.
  • JUNIORS (All Run):  Dial ins must be on vehicle.  No holding up dial in boards.  Tire covers must be removed by IHRA appointed ready line.  All IHRA junior rules apply per the competitors license level and as written in the IHRA rulebook.


  1. The Summit World Finals will be run on an 1/8 mile format.
  2. Bikes or sleds will run against cars.
  3. The competitors will be run on a random pull system throughout eliminations.  Lane preference will be determined by the staging lane racers pull into. If there is only one lane of cars left card draw will determine lane choice. The bye has lane choice if paired.
  4. First round bye determined by best reaction time from qualifying, ties broken by first to accomplish. Further rounds are reaction time in previous round, ties broken by package, then first to accomplish. Bye runs do not carry over but may be re-earned.
  5. Courtesy staging is mandatory in all classes. Deep stagers will courtesy stage by lighting both pre-stage and stage bulbs if “DEEP” is clearly marked on all sides of the vehicle. Deep staging is the sole responsibility of the driver.
  6. Dial-ins can not be changed past the designated ready line.  








Summit Team Finals

At the end of the season, each track selects a team of racers from among its top points finalists. These drivers earn the right to represent their home track at the Summit Team Finals. Drivers compete in several performance-based categories, which may include: Top, Modified, Super, Motorcycle, Junior Dragster or other sportsman classes. Racers will eliminate down until a Summit Team Finals Team Champion and individual class champions are crowned. Class winners will receive an IHRA Ironman trophy and an IHRA Gold Card.