IHRA Summit SuperSeries final at Memphis
Drivers in Top, Mod, Jr. Dragster claim world championships
The real excitement behind the Summit SuperSeries program is that anyone, anywhere can win it.
Drivers from the contiguous United States, Canada and even as far away as Aruba, Alaska and Hawaii have the opportunity to race for a track championship and, with a little luck and a lot of skill, make it all the way from their local track to the big stage at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway to compete for a world championship.
And that is exactly the tale told by Tim Lucas, Kevin Pollard and Justin Poindexter.
All three drivers won at their local tracks, advanced further at the Team Finals level and eventually found themselves walking in Memphis along with 48 other drivers going after a championship. With drivers from all across North America on hand to compete in Memphis, at the end of the day, those three drivers were left standing as the 2013 class of the IHRA Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL as Lucas (Lillington, N.C.) took the title in Top ET, Pollard (Fincastle, Va.) claimed the Mod ET championship and Poindexter (Millington, Tenn.) won the Junior Dragster world championship.
“I told everyone that it would be a dream come true to come here and win this thing and to actually be standing here today, holding this trophy, I am at a loss for words,” Lucas said. “There are a lot of bracket guys out there that would probably love to run the circuit, but the IHRA and Summit give those guys an awesome place to race. Summit has made a dream come true for a guy like me and I just want to thank them, IHRA and everyone that is involved with this program. It is unbelievable, it really is.”
After tearing up his primary car one week ago, Lucas traveled to Memphis in a car familiar to most that follow the IHRA circuit – Donald Webb’s gorgeous Camaro. In that borrowed ride, Lucas went four huge rounds on Sunday culminating with a victory over another longtime bracket racer, Irving, Texas’ Don Boulware. In a final with decades of experience between the two, it was actually Boulware who had the advantage on the tree with a perfect .000 reaction time to Lucas’ .016, but Lucas battled back on the top end with a 10.132 on a 10.12 dial at 128.27 miles per hour while Boulware, in a very quick dragster, ran a 7.442 on a 7.41 dial at 175.82 mph in the runner-up effort.
Lucas also had wins over Chris Butcher, Eric Boyd and Brad Perkins to reach the finals.
“I was a lot more calm than I thought I would be going into the final,” Lucas said. “I knew there was a lot on the line, but I tried to put that behind me and just focus on running my race which really helped me turn on that win light.”
Representing Fayetteville Motorsports Park, Lucas reached the Summit SuperSeries championships via a win at the Division 9 Summit Team Finals, while Boulware used a runner-up finish in Division 4 representing Dallas Raceway to reach the big show.
With the win Lucas claims a $10,000 prize courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment, a brand new dragster built by Maddox Race Cars with a Trick Flow engine, a custom paint job by Imagine That Custom Paint and major components from Moser Engineering, Abruzzi Transmissions and Converters and many more, a championship trophy, diamond ring, a trip to Aruba and more.
In Mod ET Kevin Pollard survived a grueling day of competition against some of the best racers from across North America, culminating with a matchup with South Carolina native Jay Norris in the final. With more than $10,000 and the title of world champion on the line, Norris let up a tad too early to light the red bulb by -.029 allowing Pollard to take a leisurely Sunday drive and the Mod ET championship in the process.