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Daniels, Neat, Finchum and Paynter Take IHRA Ironman Trophies at London Dragway

Thursday, 22 June 2023

LONDON, Ky. — London Dragway had a huge turnout for its IHRA Ironman Classic last Saturday as part of the three-day Charlie Short Memorial.

Former IHRA World Champion Toby Daniels was amongst the big winners against a talented, quality field of racers. He took home another prestigious IHRA Ironman trophy on Saturday for the Sportsman class and followed up with another win on Sunday.

Daniels had a little better reaction time and then posted a winning run of 8.342 seconds at 78.88 mph to win Saturday’s race over Fred Mitchell. He again was a little quicker at the tree and then went down the track again in 8.342 seconds, this time at 82.13 mph to win Sunday over Woody Deaton.

Toby Daniels

Scotty Neat topped the Top (Box) field by being right on his 5.01 dial-in time with a 5.013-second pass. He also had a .010 reaction time to score the win over Don Tipton in the final round.

Scotty Neat

Rodney Finchum was dead-on with his dial-in time to capture the Mod (No Box) trophy. He posted a 7.53-second run in addition to an incredible .002 reaction time. It negated an otherwise fine effort by runner-up Shawn Brock, who ran 6.442 seconds on a 6.44 dial-in.

Rodney Finchum

Brenden Paynter took the Junior Dragster final by a just .003 margin over victory over runner-up Lucie Feltner. Paynter posted a 7.98-second elapsed time at 80.33 mph.

Brenden Paynter

Next up was the 64-car, $6,000-to-win Ohio Crankcase Shootout. Robert Gregory raced to the win with a 6.079-second run on a 6.07 dial-in, along with a .013 reaction time. Doug Burkes came up just short despite a 5.988-second pass on a 5.98 dial-in.

Robert Gregory

Sunday featured more great racing with Chuck Miner getting the best of Gregory in the Top final. Miner won the holeshot with a .002 reaction time and then went down the track in 5.412 seconds at 121.33 mph.

Chuck Miner

Travis Snowden won on a holeshot in the Mod (No Box) final. He posted a .026 reaction time and finished with a run of 6.444 seconds at 101.76 mph against a 6.39 dial-in to beat JJ Smith in the championship round.

Travis Snowdenc

Caylei Gipson completed the list of weekend winners with her Junior Dragster victory. She was better at the start and then had a solid run of 7.852 seconds at 82.55 mph for the win against Ian Chesnut.

Caylie Gipson

It was certainly great competition throughout the weekend as Snowden also captured the Friday night Gamblers’ race. He was spot-on with a 6.405-second elapsed time at 102.09 mph and a 6.40 dial-in.

London Dragway has more exciting racing action coming up the next few weeks. Click here to check out the track’s Facebook page for great events on the schedule.