Memphis' Best of the Best - Four to Compete in IHRA Summit World Finals

Monday, October 17, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (October 17, 2016) - As the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit World Finals arrive at Memphis International Raceway, we have a few racers to highlight that have qualified. These racers made the journey through the season long points race to become Summit SuperSeries Champions during the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams or took the victory in the main event at the IHRA Summit Team Finals held a few weeks back.

What does it take to be eligible to compete at the IHRA World Finals in the Summit SuperSeries? The easy answer is a Summit SuperSeries license, dedication to the season, and hard work. All these racers possessed all those things.


Jesse Bobo

Jess Bobo

Our first qualifier is Jesse Bobo of Walnut, MS. Jesse is a proud husband to his wife, Samantha Jo, and father to Austin. Jesse races alongside his dad week in and week out making his racing a true family affair. Before Jesse was born his dad, Jeff, and Grandpa John were doing it, so racing was a natural fit, he just fell into it. Jesse, in his 14th year of racing, had no thoughts of pursuing or taking a track championship until this year, as it was right in front of him. He had the points lead and the opportunity to compete and the rest is history. Winning the points at Memphis is a great accomplishment with so many competitive and talented racers in the field week in and week out. His dad Jeff has several track championships and it was nice to claim his own. Jesse has held the points lead since race two at Memphis. He had some highs and lows along the way, but he managed to hold it until the end. Jesse took home the Memphis Track Championship in the Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro class along with the IHRA Summit SuperSeries Top spot.

When thinking about the IHRA Summit World Finals, Jesse commented, "As far as the world finals, it's a great opportunity to be more than a track champion. It's racing some of the toughest competition there is. To win that or even being a part of it is just a blessing. I'm just proud I can be a part of it and share that with my family and friends."

Jesse will compete in the Top Class at the IHRA Summit World Finals and represent Memphis.

David Elam

David Elam

Moving on to the Mod Class, better known as No Box at Memphis International Raceway, David Elam of Covington, TN, will represent Memphis at the IHRA Summit World Finals. Elam gained his birth as the Summit SuperSeries Champion for the 2016 racing season in the Foster's Towing and Salvage No Box class. David is no stranger to the winner's circle as his season consisted of four visits earning him second in overall points in this class along with three appearances in the RT Turbines DOT/Street class. David is also a previous track champion and competes in these two classes on a regular basis. David has always had a passion for cars. He started racing at the local tracks 25 years ago.

"Racing isn't something David does, it's who he is," said his wife, Christie. "This opportunity is like a once in a lifetime chance. If you can't drive for John Force this is the next best thing."

David will compete in the Mod Class at the IHRA Summit World Finals and represent Memphis.

Drew Mann Tracey

Drew "Mann" Tracey

Wrapping up the final spot for Memphis from the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams is Drew "Mann" Tracey. Drew, or better known as the Mann, as he has won everything from golf cart races to R.T. Turbines Junior Dragster classes and an IHRA Ironman will represent Memphis in the Junior class. Although many believe Mann to be Drew's nickname, and it is in many respects, Mann is Drew's given middle name. Drew is from a racing family with father, TJ; G-Paw, Tom; and even sister, Layna racing over the years by his side. Being a third generation racer gives Drew the knowledge and help he needs to be successful. Drew started racing at the age of 10 and is from Millington, TN. Drew finished the season points in second overall and took the Summit SuperSeries Championship by 17 points. His main agenda for the entire season was to be a part of the IHRA Summit World Finals and when he learned that his goal had been accomplished, he was ecstatic.

When asked what it would mean to win the IHRA Summit World Finals Drew said, "Winning the IHRA World Finals would give us a second race car and put my sister, Layna, back in a race car and that means a lot to me."

All siblings have their minor differences, but at the end of the day, Drew wants to see his sister racing by his side once again.

Jesse Rogers

Jesse Rogers

Is there another way to compete? Yes, win the Main Event at the IHRA Summit Team Finals. This event hosted 11 tracks from IHRA Division 2 West, you had to out race, out wit and out run 109 of the best racers in the IHRA Division 2 West "Heat Wave" division in the TOP Category. Memphis' Jesse Rogers did just that. Jesse Rogers from Lebanon, TN will represent Memphis in the Top class at the IHRA Summit World Finals.

Rogers has been racing on and off for over 40 years getting into racing to satisfy the need for speed, he says he just wanted to go fast. Rogers finished the season points at Memphis in 11th in the Rick's Powder Coating Super Pro Class making the show at the IHRA Summit Team Finals to give himself this chance. Memphis International Raceway takes the top 13 in points to the IHRA Summit Team Finals in the Top class.

When talking to Rogers he said, "It's impressive to win with the tough competition I was facing at the age of 65."

Rogers feels that it is a nice self accomplishment to be able to represent himself and Memphis in the IHRA Summit World Finals. Rogers gives much thanks to his crew member, Tracy Carpino, who keeps him straight on dial in, checking the tires and makes sure the car is ready to go down the track. It's a team effort in his camp and they do this together making it all the more special.

Hundreds of drivers from around the United States and Canada will gather at Memphis International Raceway October 20 - 22 to compete in the Summit Tournament of Champions and the Summit SuperSeries at the IHRA Summit World Finals. A total of 11 champions will be crowned during the weekend.

For more information visit the IHRA website or the IHRA Summit World Finals page at RaceMIR.com

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