IHRA Summit Super Series at Academy, Texas

IHRA Summit Super Series at Academy, Texas

Well it was close, but Little River Dragway was able to squeeze in its IHRA Summit Super Series points opener on Saturday, April 4. A huge field of cars signed in for Electronics (Box), Foot Brake (No Box), Street and Jr. Dragster classes on the eighth-mile drag strip.

The day started with a mixture of sun and clouds dotting the skies that kept the track temperature ideal for racing. During the evening, the rush began to get the full event in as showers were closing in. A brief shower halted action for only a short period and Kirk Wolf and his crew had in right back in action.

In the interest of time and getting the show finished, the Electronics (Box) Quick 16 was canceled. Good thing, since as soon as the last finals pair went down the track the showers started again.

San Antonio's Carlos Carasco Sr. made the long haul pay off taking home the payday against local driver, Jason Ramm in the finals. Carasco, in his Pontiac-powered ‘69 Firebird, had a slight advantage on the tree then held off Ramm in the dragster at the stripe. Carasco Sr. 6.5436 (6.53) at 108.83 mph def. Ramm 4.6824 (4.67) 147.16 mph.

Chuck VanBuren (Windcrest) got an early Easter gift courtesy of Todd Zampese (Schertz) in the Footbrake finals. Zampese, who ran dead on his number in his newly purchased Landshark-style short wheelbase dragster, went .009 red giving VanBuren the victory. Lucky break as VanBuren in his ‘82 Ford Mustang broke out on the big end, but still took home the payout. VanBuren 7.3794 (7.47), 93.19 def. Zampese 5.4342 (5.43), 124.52 (red).