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2016 Memphis International Raceway road to the championship kicks off this weekend

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The 2016 Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams season kicks off this Sunday, February 28 at Memphis International Raceway (MIR). The season-opener will feature all day drag racing on the ¼-mile drag strip with returning sponsors as well as a new sponsor blanketing the event.

Summit Racing Equipment and COMP Cams partnered with the sportsman series from the day MIR put the event on the schedule. Their support allows MIR to provide guaranteed purses and the best program in the Mid-South for the sportsman racers. In addition to the title sponsorship, individual companies have witnessed the value in participating in the local program. Each MIR Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams is sponsored heading into the 2016 season.

"We couldn't be more thrilled, from the series to the classes, the sponsorship support is amazing," stated Pam Kendrick, VP & GM of Memphis International Raceway. "Sportsman racing is a strong part of drag racing today and our goal is to provide a top notch program for these competitors to participate in. Having great partners allows us to do that and we are thankful for their support," Kendrick continued.

Sportsman Class Specifics:

R. T. Turbines Junior Dragster- The R. T. Turbines Junior Dragster class is continuing to build and with the support of R. T. Turbines it allows the class to keep thriving. This class is the future of drag racing and participation at this level is imminent for drag racing's success. R. T. Turbines, Rex and Glenda, have supported this class for the last several years and 2016 will be no different. The class will feature $150 to win; $75 for runner-up and $25 in the semi's. Also featured will be a 2nd chance race that will allow these racers to have more seat time. The winner of the 2nd chance race will take home $50. The top four finishes in the class will advance to the IHRA Team Finals in October as well as make an appearance on the stage at the annual MIR awards banquet. 

2015 Defending Champion: Tyler Poindexter. Runner-up: Justin Poindexter

Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro- Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro / Box came back on board in 2016 as the class sponsor for the season as well as the Winner's Circle sponsor for the Fortune Hunters Big Bucks Bracket Series. The Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro / Box class will feature $1,500 to win; $600 for runner-up with semi's receiving $150 and quarters $50. As a special bonus, if the car count for the class is 50 or more, payouts go back to the 1/8ths. Purse payout is guaranteed on all Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro / Box events. The top 13 finishers in the points will advance to the IHRA Team Finals in October as well as make an appearance on the stage at the annual MIR awards banquet.

Defending Champion: Shane Stout. Runner-up: Michael Hall

Foster's Towing & Salvage Pro / No Box- Foster's Towing & Salvage is new to class sponsorship and will sponsor the Pro / No Box class in 2016. Foster's has supported the MIR bracket program over the years and wanted to take the next step in helping with support for other racers. The Foster's Towing & Salvage Pro / No Box class will feature $1,000 to win; $500 for runner-up with semi's receiving $100 and quarters $50. As a special bonus, if the car count for the class is 50 or more, payouts go back to the 1/8ths. Purse payout is guaranteed on all Foster's Towing & Salvage Pro / No Box events. The top 13 finishers in the points will advance to the IHRA Team Finals in October as well as make an appearance on the stage at the annual MIR awards banquet.

Defending Champion: Caffey Broadus. Runner-up: Johnny Castellaw

R. T. Turbines DOT/Street- R.T. Turbines DOT/Street is the only ¼-mile class run at the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams. This class has the heart of sponsor's Rex and Glenda Thompson at R.T. Turbines. Over the years, MIR has seen surprise purses, special incentives and other game changing additions during the season. 2016 will be no different - get those cars and trucks ready, you won't want to miss what's in store for you in 2016. When it is all said and done, the top 10 will make an appearance on stage at the annual MIR awards banquet.

Defending Champion: Billy Foster. Runner-up: Cliff Hubbard

In addition to the classes contested at the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams events, 2nd Hand Power Stock/Super Stock and 6.0 and 7.0 participate at special events during the season.

2nd Hand Power Stock/Super Stock will kick the year off at the inaugural Fortune Hunter's Big Buck Bracket Series on March 12-13. The class will feature $750 to win, paying back through the semi's based on 25 cars. The series events will be held: March 12-13; April 16; June 25; August 20; September 10-11; and November 12-13. This year's point's leader will take home an extra $500. The class champion will make an appearance on the stage at the annual MIR awards banquet to pick up the winnings.

6.0 and 7.0 will be featured at five events in 2016 at MIR on April 30, May 21, June 25, July 16 and September 25.   The class will feature $1,000 to win when racers make their appearance based on a 25 minimum car count.

The conquest for the 2016 championship starts this Sunday, February 28 with the first Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams event at MIR. The season-long point's series is open to all IHRA members. For more information about the sportsman program or to become an IHRA member, please visit RaceMIR.com or IHRA.com.

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