US 131 Motorsports Park takes IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals win
The IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL continued its championship tour over weekend with the team championship and Summit SuperSeries runoffs at the Division 5 Summit Team Finals at US 131 Motorsports Park.
US 131 Motorsports Park took the team crown for the third year in a row, this year over Grand Bend Motorplex. Wisconsin International Raceway, the last team other than US 131 to win the team championship back in 2011, was third, followed by Osceola Dragway and Cordova Dragway Park. The remaining teams in competition were Marion County International Raceway, Eddyville Raceway Park, Ubly Dragway, Cedar Falls Raceway, and Central Illinois Dragway.
In the Summit SuperSeries runoff, Gary Smiley, Mark Pressey and Allison Muchler won their respective classes during the second weekend of Summit Team Finals action in Martin, Michigan. With the win, the trio of drivers advance to the Summit SuperSeries World Championship as part of the Summit World Finals weekend October 10-11 at Memphis International Raceway.
Smiley, representing Eddyville Raceway Park, won the Top ET championship at the Division 5 Team Finals in a thriller over Kyle Smith. Smiley had a solid .015 reaction time and paired that with a 7.586 second pass on a 7.58 dial at 175.70 mph to take the win. Smith, from Marion County Raceway, had a 7.721 on a 7.71 at 169.15.
In the Mod ET runoff Mark Pressey, from nearby Ubly Dragstrip, defeated Jeff Green with a little help in the form of a red-light start for Green. Green lit the red bulb by just -.001, negating an otherwise solid weekend for the driver out of US 131 Motorsports Park. With the win in hand, Pressey ran out his final pass of the weekend in tremendous fashion, weaving together a .026 package with a 10.118 on a 10.11 dial at 127.20 mph.INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Main Event Top ET: Brad Smiley, Eddyville Raceway Park, (.025) 8.162 on 8.16, 163.03 def. Ken Hebert, Grand Bend Motorplex, (.039) 8.565 on 8.55, 159.57
Main Event Mod ET: Rob Livingston, Eddyville Raceway Park, (.004) 9.929 on 9.92, 136.10 def. Steve Decker, Cedar Falls Raceway, (.004) 10.004 on 10.02, 133.61
Main Event Street: Mike Lapp, Osceola Dragway, (.009) 13.147 on 13.17, 107.39 def. Mitchell Smith, US 131 Motorsports Park, (.093) 12.035 on 12.10, 110.41
Main Event Juniors: Schuyler Turner, Marion County International Raceway, (.045) 7.941 on 7.90, 77.73 def. Bryce Londerville, Wisconsin International Raceway, (.209) 7.855 on 7.90, 81.66