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Parrish Celebrates IHRA Ironman Victory, Wedding Anniversary at Music City Raceway

Thursday, 07 September 2023

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Tucker Parrish celebrated nearly 60 years of drag racing and his 53rd wedding anniversary with a victory in last Saturday’s IHRA Labor Day Ironman Classic at Music City Raceway.

In the Super Pro (Box) final, Parrish had a .012 reaction time, which was needed as final-round opponent John Lee Jr. was dead-on with his 5.69 dial-in. Parrish wasn’t far off with a 6.405-second run at 105.92 mph on a 6.39 dial-in. He collected the big $5,000 and celebrated in victory lane with his wife Judy. It was a close margin of victory with a .031 start for Lee coupled with his great run.

Tucker Parrish

Jordan Echols doubled up by winning both the Pro (No Box) and Sportsman classes. Echols has been on a roll this season, also winning the Sportsman title at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Moser Engineering and FuelTech back in April. He won Saturday’s No Box title over runner-up Ethan Dowlen, who is in his first year in a big car after being one of the best Junior Dragster racers in the region.

Echols posted a 7.042-second pass at 94.33 mph against a 7.03 dial-in to win the Sportsman final. He had a little better reaction time .037 to .045 over final-round opponent Kitty Martin, whose time was 13.516 seconds against a 13.47 dial-in. 

Jordan Echols

John Markham rode his Suzuki to the Motorcycle win with a 6.124-second pass at 115.04 mph and a .017 reaction time. Runner-up Brandon Frame was .029 at the tree and then finished in 6.195 seconds at 109.78 mph.

John Markham

Hope Capley completed the list of winners by matching her 7.96 dial-in in the Junior Dragster Advanced class. She went 83.15 mph after an outstanding .009 reaction time to earn her first-ever Ironman and clinch the track’s IHRA Summit SuperSeries points championship. Runner-up Hunter Adams fouled with a -.042 too quick start. He made it down the track in 9.08 seconds against an 8.58 dial-in.

Hope Capley

More great racing is scheduled for Music City Raceway this Saturday. Click here to check out the track’s Facebook page