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Ellis I57 Dragstrip to Host IHRA Ironman Classic

Thursday, 20 July 2023

BENTON, Ill. — Drivers in Southern Illinois and surrounding areas have the opportunity to race for both IHRA Summit SuperSeries points and prestigious IHRA Ironman trophies at the IHRA Ironman Classic on Saturday at Ellis I57 Dragstrip.

Racers will compete for the IHRA Ironman trophies in three classes — Super Pro (Top), Pro (Mod) and Sportsman. There are races in other classes — Motorcycles, Footbrake, Trophy and Junior Dragster — as well.

For the Super Pro class, they will be racing for $1,200 winner’s purse and the Pro class has a $1,000 top prize with a minimum of 32 cars. It’s a $60 entry fee for Super Pro and $50 for Pro entry.


The IHRA Ironman Classic program is offered to all IHRA member tracks. Prior to this program, a Sportsman racer could only win an Ironman if they traveled to an IHRA Summit Team Finals, Sportsman Spectacular or World Finals. This program gives local tracks a chance to create extra excitement in their bracket program and offer competitors a chance to win the prestigious Ironman.

The weekend starts with a Friday night test-and-tune. Gates open at 5 p.m. with on-track action from 6-10 p.m. Saturday sees gates open at 2 p.m. and time runs at 4 p.m. with eliminations to follow. Spectator admission is $5 Friday and $10 Saturday. Kids 12-under are admitted free.

For more information about this and other great events at the Illinois facility, click here to check out the Ellis I57 Dragstrip Facebook page.

Last modified on Thursday, 20 July 2023