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Pittsburgh Raceway Park wins Division 3 Team Finals; six drivers advance in Summit SuperSeries runoffs

Monday, 22 September 2014
Summit SuperSeries Mod ET runoff winner Greg Sauvage Summit SuperSeries Mod ET runoff winner Greg Sauvage

Pittsburgh Raceway Park was the site of this year’s Division 3 Summit Team Finals as the track hosted nine teams from four states throughout the weekend. And to kick off the weekend, six drivers advanced out of the Division 3 Team Finals and will head to Memphis International Raceway as representatives in the Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL World Championship.

In the team competition, Pittsburgh Raceway Park won the Division 3 Summit Team Finals over Elegant Builders Raceway Park in New York. The host track accumulated 59 points during the busy weekend, just ahead of Elegant Builder Raceway Park’s 51.5 points. Empire Dragway, which finished with 48 points, was third, followed by Thompson Raceway Park and Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park. The remaining teams were Beaver Springs Dragway, Quaker City Motorsports Park and Skyview Drags.

In the Summit SuperSeries runoffs, Mark Brewer, Greg Sauvage and Brandon Butler won their respective classes at the Division 3 Summit Team Finals and will join runner-up finishers Cody Bayus, Gordie Stevens and Paige Montgomery at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals next month for a shot at a world championship and over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

Mark Brewer, representing Pittsburgh Raceway Park, won the Top ET runoff Friday at Pittsburgh Raceway Park over Thompson Raceway Park’s Cody Bayus. Both drivers had tremendous lights, but it was Brewer who ran closest to the numbers, putting together an outstanding .016 package with a .012 light and a 7.204-second pass on a 7.20 dial-in at 94.44 mph. Bayus finished runner-up with a 4.885 on a 4.87 at 134.41 mph.

In Mod ET, Greg Sauvage won at Pittsburgh Raceway Park for the second year in a row racing out of Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park in West Virignia. Sauvage ran a 6.437 on a 6.42 at 103.95 mph to defeat Gordie Stevens of Thompson Raceway Park. Stevens had an 8.429 on an 8.43 at 78.03 mph in the runner-up effort.

Brandon Butler wrapped up Friday’s Summit SuperSeries runoff with a double-breakout win over Paige Montgomery. Representing host track Pittsburgh Raceway Park, Butler ran a 7.933 on a 7.95 dial at 80.21 mph, just edging Montgomery, representing Empire Dragway, who had an 8.224 on an 8.25 at 78.51 mph.

In the Summit Team Finals Main Event, Sheldon Gerlach defeated Robert Bauer III to win Top ET, Pete D’Agnolo beat Clay Ricketson in Mod ET, Josh Evans defeated Cory Capozzio in Junior Dragster, Joe Tharp Jr. won over Chris Tharp in Street and Lucas Salemi beat Dick Nearhoof in Motorcycle.

Below are the complete results from the Division 3 Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL at Pittsburgh Raceway Park.

Division 3 Summit Team Finals Team Standings

1. Pittsburgh Raceway Park – 59
2. Elegant Builders Raceway Park – 51.5
3. Empire Dragway – 48
4. Thompson Raceway Park – 43.5
5. Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park – 38
6. Beaver Springs Dragway – 34
7. Quaker City Motorsports Park – 32
8. Skyview Drags – 29


D3 Top ET

SUMMIT SUPERSERIES RUNOFF TOP ET – Mark Brewer, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.012) 7.204 on 7.20, 94.44 def. Cody Bayus, Thompson Raceway Park, (.011) 4.885 on 4.87, 134.41

D3 Mod ET

SUMMIT SUPERSERIES RUNOFF MOD ET – Greg Sauvage, Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park, (.028) 6.437 on 6.42, 103.95 def. Gordie Stevens, Thompson Raceway Park, (.031) 8.429 on 8.43, 78.03

D3 Junior Dragster

SUMMIT SUPERSERIES RUNOFF JUNIOR DRAGSTER – Brandon Butler, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.059) 7.933 on 7.95, 80.21 def. Paige Montgomery, Empire Dragway, (.072) 8.224 on 8.25, 78.51


Main Event Top ET – Sheldon Gerlach, Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park, (.008) 5.016 on 5.01, 134.61 def. Robert Bauer III, Elegant Builders Raceway Park, (.019) 5.014 on 5.02, 136.16

Main Event Mod ET – Pete D’Agnolo, Empire Dragway, (.000) 6.106 on 6.10, 105.41 def. Clay Ricketson, Empire Dragway, (.035) 7.774 on 7.73, 87.12

Main Event Juniors – Josh Evans, Thompson Raceway Park, (.023) 8.782 on 8.77, 73.67 def. Cory Capozzio, Thompson Raceway Park, (-.061) foul

Main Event Street – Joe Tharp Jr., Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.018) 8.514 on 8.52, 80.10 def. Chris Tharp, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (-.011) foul

Main Event Bike – Lucas Salemi, Elegant Builders Raceway Park, (.054) 6.708 on 6.70, 97.83 def. Dick Nearhoof, Elegant Builders Raceway Park, (.095) 6.068 on 6.06, 111.47


Team Captains Race – David Benedict, Thompson Raceway Park, (.041) 12.532 on 12.50, 55.66 def. Scotty Campball, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.071) 10.799 on 10.80, 69.28

Thursday Gamblers Race Top ET – Tom Scott, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.015) 5.181 on 5.18, 132.31 def. Jason Derr, Beaver Springs Dragway, (.000) 4.546 on 4.52, 148.96

Thursday Gamblers Race Mod ET – Greg Sauvage, Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park, (.037) 6.384 on 6.37, 104.36 def. Jerry Coblentz, Quaker City Motorsports Park, (.012) 7.615 on 7.62, 88.64

Thursday Gamblers Race Junior Dragster – Cayea Mackenzie, Empire Dragway, (.029) 7.961 on 7.96, 82.63 def. Brooke Adams, Empire Dragway, (-.052) foul

Thursday Gamblers Race Bike – Matt Powell, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.149) 6.504 on 6.45, 104.02 def. Sam Koonsman, Beaver Springs Dragway, (.059) 7.304 on 7.09, 94.12

Friday Gamblers Race Top ET – Chuck Sanders, Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park, (.010) 4.699 on 4.66, 141.46 def. Bob Brehm, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.028) 4.931 on 4.91, 138.59

Friday Gamblers Race Mod ET – Joe Tharp Jr., Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.028) 8.443 on 8.47, 80.75 def. Michael Scribani, Skyview Drags, (-.008) foul

Friday Gamblers Race Junior Dragster – Tyler Pennington, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.078) 10.089 on 10.10, 62.83 def. Josh Evans, Thompson Raceway Park, (-.085) foul

Friday Gamblers Race Bike – Andy Charcalla, Beaver Springs Dragway, (.125) 5.931 on 5.92, 120.39 def. Lucas Salemi, Elegant Builders Raceway Park, (.063) 6.620 on 6.65, 98.10

Saturday Gamblers Race Top ET – Josh Rietscha, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.027) 5.029 on 5.02, 136.03 def. Scott Tate, Beaver Springs Dragway, (.028) 6.077 on 6.08, 112.02

Saturday Gamblers Race Mod ET – A.J. Casper, Pittsburgh Raceway Park, (.030) 6.794 on 6.77, 97.47 def. Jason Weaver, Beaver Springs Dragway, (.035) 5.641 on 5.61, 115.92

Saturday Gamblers Race Junior Dragster – Dunham Hall, Skyview Drags, (.017) 7.946 on 7.94, 78.80 def. Lane Donnalley, Quaker City Motorsports Park, (.087) 7.894 on 7.90, 81.02


Best Appearing Open Bodied Car – Jacob Meinart (Pittsburgh Raceway Park)

Best Engineered Open Bodied Car – Carl Drake Sr. (Skyview Drags)

Best Appearing Full Bodied Car – Dave Fetterman (Skyview Drags)

Best Engineered Full Bodied Car – John Simbeck (Beaver Springs Dragway)

Best Appearing Junior Dragster – Brook Adams (Empire Dragway)

Best Engineered Junior Dragster – Alex Nardi (Thompson Raceway Park)

Best Appearing Motorcycle – Brian Babiak (Elegant Builders Raceway Park)

Best Engineered Motorcycle – Tom Ozinga (Thompson Raceway Park)

Best Team Spirit – Kanawha Valley Motorsports Park

Best Appearing Sponsor Banner – Skyview Drags

Best Appearing Team – Beaver Springs Dragway

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