IHRA Summit Super Series at San Antonio Raceway

IHRA Summit Super Series at San Antonio Raceway

The IHRA Summit Super Series hit the track again for another round of racing at San Antonio Raceway. After a successful IHRA Pro-Am event that saw over 300 cars competing, the local classes were back in action on the 1/8 mile track just outside of San Antonio. With a later start time to beat the heat, the Electronics(Box), Foot Brake(No-box) and Jr. Dragster were all in search of track points.

Veteran Leroy O'Bryant continues his advantage over Brent Ritter and Chris Keylich in the Electronics(Box) class. Foot Brake(No-box) shows defending champ, Brandon Mitchan back on top holding a slim 4-point margin over motorcycle rival, Ruben Gallegos with Nelson Friedeck third. In Jr. Dragster, former track champ, Ashley Hubbell has a commanding 200-point edge over Matthew Keylich and Caden Meuth.

The later start time saw driver run time trials in the late afternoon, but partly cloudy skies helped keep the heat down with track temperatures around 120*. By the time the first rounds of eliminations began, the sun had started to set bringing out a full moon and cooler conditions for the later rounds. The track was good with enough bite to tear out the rear gears of Anthony Montoya and Paul Gaspard.

Gaspard Grabs Dialing for Dollars Dough

Josh Gaspard(New Braunfels) took home the 'Dialing for Dollars' jackpot coming the closest to his dial in. J. Gaspard, who dialed a 6.99, ran through the 1/8th mile at 6.9903 in his G&G Performance, 73 Dodge Challenger, only missing his number by .0003 or 3/10,000th. No one could knock down that number set by J. Gaspard early in Foot Brake runs.

Preston 'Peeps' Pennington on a burn out in early action

Electronics(Box)

"Peeps" Pockets Double Payday

Preston "Peeps" Pennington(Three Rivers) scored a big daily double taking wins in of the Electronics(Box) finals. In race #1 Pennington, in his Pennington Brothers Racing Dragster had a round 1 rematch against the current points leader, Leroy O'Bryant(San Antonio) driving the O'Bryant Automotive, 79 Chevy El Camino. Pennington had a 1/10 in the bank off the line and needed it as he chased down the earlier leaving O'Bryant.

Preston Pennington, 4.780(4.76) @ 136.78 defeats Leroy O'Bryant, 7.949(7.93) @ 93.94

Pennington, who rebought after the round 1 loss to O'Bryant, took out Chris Keylich, Kip Scharf, Jeff Rabedeau with a round 4 bye on his way to the finals. O'Bryant trailered P. Pennengton, Pete De Los Santos, Victo Hinojosa and Brett Zampese getting a bye in the semi's.

Electronics race #2 saw P. Pennington square off with Jeff Rabedeau(Canyon Lake) in a replay of the race #1 semi's, for the race #2 finals. Pennington laid a .006 light on Rabedeau and that was all she wrote as Pennington held on for the victory.

Preston Pennington, 4.789(4.76) @ 140.71 defeats Jeff Rabedeau, 4.691(4.68) @ 147.69

Pennington got by Chris Keylich, Kip Scharf, Victor Hinojosa, with a competition bye in round 4 against brother Philip Pennington(broke) and bye in the semi finals. Rabedeau got around Brett Zampese, Jon Hernandez and Rick Shafer after a round 1 loss, and rebuy, to Zampese plus a bye in round 3.

Josh Gaspard readies for semi finals with dad, Paul Gaspard looking on

Foot Brake(No-box)

Gaspard Grabs Gold Again

Josh Gaspard, who survived a scary ride in round 3 that turned the 660' into more like a 700' adventure after a test-n-tune oil down, scored a double win after taking the "Dialing for Dollars" cash earlier. Gaspard was paired off with Nelson Friedeck, in his Herb & Sons Tire, RnR Auto Glass, 62 Chevy Nova for the finals. Gaspard had a .006 light that perhaps caused Friedeck to out run his and break out on the big end giving the win to Gaspard.

Josh Gaspard, 7.020(6.98) @ 90.04 defeats Nelson Friedeck, 6.846(6.86) @ 99.67

Gaspard defeated Ryan McDonnell, Todd Zampese, Jimmy Inman, Debbie Schneider and Rhett Floyd. Friedeck got past M. Bachman, Mac Garcia, Brandon Mitchan, Ruben Gallegos and Walter Dyrenfurth