IHRA Pro-Am at Darlington, SC

IHRA Pro-Am at Darlington, SC

Miles continues strong season in Division 2

Welcome back to the IHRA, Mark Miles. After a few years off from IHRA competition, Flintstone, Georgia’s Miles has returned in a big way in 2013, winning four times in five finals including his second win in a row at the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL doubleheader at Darlington Dragway.

Miles, who won Quick Rod at Carolina Dragway one week prior, repeated a trip to the winner’s circle on Sept. 8 with a win over Danny Waters Jr. for his fourth win of the season. Miles leads both the Quick Rod and Super Rod standings in Division 2.

Jeff Longhany also had a strong showing at the South Carolina track, winning Stock and finishing runner-up in Super Stock. Other winners during the Division 2 doubleheader were Jim Cairnes and Stacy Hall (Top Sportsman), Mandy Teets-Seal and Steve Hester (Top Dragster), Brian Seate and Michael Crumpler (Super Stock), B.J. Bianchi and Longhany (Stock), Miles and John Dustin (Quick Rod), Chris Lewis and Ernie Knight (Super Rod) and Russell Penny and Nick Womack (Hot Rod).

Junior Dragster winners were Brittney Dial and Taylor Bouldrey (Master), Dylan Blanton and Mia Schultz (Advanced) and Tyler Duff and Wallace Wilson (Beginner).

Miles continued his incredible 2013 season with a win and a semifinal finish in Quick Rod at Darlington, taking the win over Waters during Race 1. Miles went five rounds during Saturday’s competition, culminating with a close double-breakout victory. Miles had a .013 light and ran a 5.697 in the 5.70 index class at 138.80 miles per hour, while Waters had a .020 light and ran a 5.689 at 132.31 – a difference of a few tenths at the line. Miles also made the semis on Sunday, losing to Dale Harrison.

Wade, North Carolina’s Jeff Longhany produced the only pair of finals during the Darlington doubleheader, recording a win over Missy Phillips and Stock and finishing runner-up to Brian Seate in Super Stock. In one of the biggest classes of the weekend, Longhany’s victory over Phillips was a memorable as Longhany’s .011 package trumped Phillips’ .024 package to take the win.