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Three Drivers with Perfect Days take the Win during the Summit Bracket Racing Series at Memphis International Raceway

Monday, May 2, 2016
Despite a threat of weather, the sun broke through at the fourth Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams race of the year this past Saturday and three drivers dominated the day. The race produced a mixture of new winners and some familiar faces at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) with Buddy Ferrell, Drew Tracey, and Kyle Rumley taking center stage.

The R. T. Turbines Junior Dragster class saw Millington, Tennessee native Drew “Mann” Tracey face off against Collierville, Tennessee native Devon Johnson. Tracey would have a flawless day with consistent runs round after round. The finals would be a rematch of round one with Tracey taking the win at the tree with a .070 reaction time running an 8.543 on an 8.38 dial-in to Johnson’s .214 reaction time running an 8.88 on an 8.85 dial-in. The win moved Tracey into the top spot in points with a 31 point advantage over Taylor who didn’t make the race. Johnson and Rose also made their way into the top five.

Current Points Standings:

1

Drew Tracey

101X



173

2

Tara Taylor

197X



142

3

Maddie Malone

133X



102

4

Devon Johnson

907X



71

5

Wade Rose

745X

  60

With seat time so important to the young racers, R. T. Turbines Junior Dragster 2nd Chance race saw Covington, Tennessee native Devan Lowe taking on Ripley, Tennessee’s Wade Rose. Rose was a little quick at the line, turning on the red, and Lowe took the win with a .238 reaction time running an 8.566 on an 8.55 dial-in.

Rick’s Powder Coating Super Pro class saw another flawless performance on the day with, Brighton, Tennessee’s Buddy Ferrell going from round one to the final round, taking win light round after round. Bobo was on the same path after a second round buy back until meeting up with Ferrell in the semi-final round. The round would go to Ferrell with a better light paving the way for Ferrell and Ashmore to shake it out. Ferrell would stay consistent and again take the win at the tree with a .014 reaction time running a 5.02 with a 5 on a 5.02 dial-in to Ashmore’s .017 reaction time with a break out run of an 8.362 on an 8.37 dial-in.  

The Rick’s Powder Coating Super Pro/Box class was setup for a shakeup in the points but current leader Jesse Bobo of Walnut, Mississippi would have none of that. Bobo protected the top spot and extended his lead over second with Ferrell moving into the top five as well. Stout missed the race and fell out of the top five.

Current Point Standings:

1

Jesse Bobo

4X9J



283

2

Mark Parsons

1x23



202

3

Ron Minton

MX68



192

4

Buddy Ferrell

4X24



182

5

Jesse Rogers

3X89



170

Foster’s Towing and Salvage Pro/No Box class saw the race winner go from round one to the finals without missing a beat. Kyle Rumley was on a tear after a little hard luck on the way to the track and was poised to make a statement. The finals would see Jackson, Tennessee racer Greg Rushing paired against Huntingdon, Tennessee’s Kyle Rumley. With an unbeatable package, Rumley had a .034 reaction time and ran a 7.39 with a zero on a 7.39 dial-in to Rushing’s .048 reaction time and a break out run of 6.904 on a 6.92 dial-in.  

With Rumley’s second win of the year he moved solely into the points lead with a 32 point advantage over Johnson and, Elam and Rushing trading spots.

Current Point Standings:

1

Kyle Rumley

PX69



264

2

Greg Johnson

BB82



232

3

Caffey Broadus

4X22



221

4

Greg Rushing

0X07



213

5

David Elam

EX72



211

R. T. Turbines DOT/ Street class would see the battle of the counties – Shelby County vs Tipton County. 2015 track champion of Brighton, Tennessee, Billy Foster, Sr. would pair up against Millington, Tennessee’s Tommy Jackson, II. The win went to Foster at the tree with a .007 reaction time running a 14.298 on a 14.27 dial-in to Jackson’s .043 reaction time and running a 13.483 on a 13.47 dial-in.

The points would tighten up with Hubbard holding on to a 12 point lead over Chris Foster. Billy Foster, Sr. would make a move into the top five in pursuit of repeating as track champion.

Current Point Standings:

1

Cliff Hubbard

007



212

2

Chris Foster

1979



200

3

Billy Foster, Sr.

1982



172

4

Randy Franks

1990



172

5

Bradley Sanders

33



162

The night also saw 6.0 and 7.0 classes contested. In the 6.0 class, Caffey Broadus of Olive Branch, Mississippi taking the win over Brighton, Tennessee’s Roger Tagavilla’s break out run. Broadus had it covered at the tree with a .008 reaction time to .101 by Tagavilla. The 7.0 class saw an all Smith final round both from Batesville, Arkansas. Jimmy Smith took the win over David’s breakout run. Jimmy had it covered on the tree as well with a .021 reaction time to David’s .041 reaction time.

“It was questionable if we would get to run Saturday, but when the sun comes out and you see an opportunity to race, we raced, “said Dominic Blasco, director of operations at MIR.   Blasco continued, “I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special thank you to all the racers who helped us tonight, not only by supporting the program, but also with the many challenges we faced with weather.”

The next Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams will be Saturday, May 7, 2016 with gates opening at 4 p.m., time trials at 5 p.m., and a driver’s meeting at 6:45 p.m. MIR will add 2nd Hand Power Stock/Super Stock to the card as their race in Holly Springs is cancelled for next weekend. For complete event details, visit www.racemir.com

For the complete results,click here. 
For the complete points report, click here.

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