IHRA sportsman-only World Finals returns to Memphis next year



Jeff Parris, Clayton, NC, ’68 Nova, 5.668, 5.64 dial (.007 RT) def. Ben Parks, Salisbury, MD, ’09 S&W Dragster, 5.049, 5.03 dial (.071 RT) at this year’s Finals. Parrish is the 2015 Summit SuperSeries Top Champion. (IHRA photo)


The International Hot Rod Association Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries World Championship events will return to Memphis International Raceway next season. The track will host what is collectively known as the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals on October 14-16, 2016.

IHRA will award over $500,000 in cash and prizes during World Finals weekend to sportsman racers through the Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries. Racers travel from all of the country to compete for 11 sportsman championships and the updated event will focus solely on them.

“The IHRA is thrilled to be bringing the greatest sportsman World Championship races back to Memphis for a sportsman-only weekend in 2016,” said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco. “When we originally started running these events in Memphis, it was for sportsman racers only and I’m happy we are returning to that format.”

Debuting in 2009, the Summit Tournament of Champions has grown exponentially over the past few years and holds its place as the nation’s premier sportsman event. The rules are simple: finish in the top three in one of the six Summit Pro-Am divisions and qualify for the year-end championship tournament. Once there, all qualified drivers in their respective classes go head-to-head for the world championship in the following classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster.