IHRA Summit Super Series at San Antonio, Texas
Back in the Business of Racing
It's official! The IHRA Summit Super Series kicked off the track's official grand opening celebration Saturday, June 27, with about 150 cars (130 bracket, 20 exhibition) signed in. In competition on the eighth-mile drag strip just outside San Antonio were the Electronics (Box), Foot Brake (No-box), Jr. Dragster, plus a Street and Bike Trophy class.
Besides a pit full of cars in competition there were plenty of vendors in the midway, the Tantrum Monster Truck giving rides, and some exhibition cars from the Southwest Superchargers.
If that wasn't enough, after the conclusion of the Summit Series bracket races, it blended into test-n-tune/grudge racing with 300+ street cars making runs plus the Busted Knuckle Motorcycle stunt riders.
It was a hot, muggy day with sun and clouds taking turns in the sky. Track temperatures at the start of round one in eliminations was 127, but the track was good all day. A small shower passed quickly in the evening, only slowing activities briefly.
The biggest incident of the day came early in time trials when Rick O'Donnell in his newly finished Roadster got crossed up and nosed into the wall just past the finish line. The driver was uninjured, but the car will need to be front-halved according to Ryan McDonnell.
Boerne's Greg Meuth (lead photo) grabbed the Electronics $1,500 payday over Cole Herbold (Seguin). Meuth had a slight edge at the start in his Quality Care Automotive, TNT Chassis and ran within 5/1,000ths of his index to get the win over Herbold, in his Undercover Dragster.
On his way to the finals, Meuth had to beat Darrell Hendricks, C. Murray, B. Wenske, David Cain, Chris Keylich with a round five bye. Herbold bettered Austin Philpot, Brandon Bass, J. Wenske, R. Ramirez, Todd Robinson and got the round six bye.
Greg Meuth (4.97), 4.975 at 139.45 mph defeats Cole Herbold (5.00) 5.016 at 136.94
Former San Antonio Raceway promoter Todd Zampese (Universal City) and Josh Gaspard (New Braunfels) both over shot their index in a double breakout final that gave the win to Zampese. Zampese in his Landshark Style Dragster was 5/100th better on the tree and chased down Gaspard's, G&G Performance, '73 Dodge Challenger at the line with both going too quick.
T. Zampese put Jimmy Koranek, Carlos Carrasco jr., Tom Posey and defending track champ, Ryan McDonnell on the trailer. Gaspard got around Anthony Montoya, Rhett Floyd, Struxness, D. Alvarez, Art Morales and had a round three bye.