IHRA World Finals Results

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10 World Champions Crowned at IHRA Summit World Finals at Memphis International Raceway

Millington, TN (October 15, 2012) Memphis International Raceway hosted the premier sportsman drag racing event – The Summit Racing Equipment World Finals. The event featured the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular open to all racers as a last chance qualifier for the championship tournament followed by the invitation – only Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL and the Summit Racing Equipment Super Series presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering World Championship. Over $200,000 in cash and prizes was awarded at the biggest and most exciting event in sportsman drag racing today.

“We are honored to host The Summit Racing Equipment World Finals and all these talented racers at Memphis International Raceway,” said Pam Kendrick Vice President and General Manager of Memphis International Raceway. “We saw some of the finest racing in the sport this weekend at MIR. We are particularly proud of our local racers who participated including Robert Irby from Collierville, TN who was the runner up in the Top Sportsman Class and Danny Nelson from Batesville, AR who was the #1 qualifier in the Super Rod Class of the Summit Sportsman Spectacular,” said Kendrick.

The competition was extreme as nearly 200 of the finest racers traveled to West Tennessee from 20 different states and 4 Canadian provinces to participate in the Summit World Finals. All racers had to earn their way into the tournament and once there, had to compete on the track to decide the champions in each of the 10 classes.

A total of 10 world champions were crowned on Saturday at Memphis International Raceway led by Top Sportsman Tournament of Champions winner Mike Thompson from Naples, FL; Top Dragster winner Wesley Washington Jr. from King George, NC; Super Stock winner Michael Beard from Seagrove, NC; Stock winner Brent Darroch from Monaca, PA; Quick Rod winner Corey Manuel from Winston Salem, NC; Super Rod winner Mike Ruff from Orlando, FL; and Hot Rod winner Patrick Forster from Pittsburgh, PA.   The Summit Super Series’ Top winners were Tim Butler from Sarasota, FL; Mod winner Shane Kay from Ragland, AL; and Junior Dragster winner Austin Johnson from Pearisburg, VA.

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The following are Saturday's final results from the IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by Amsoil:

Mike Thompson Sr., Naples, Fla., '03 Cavalier, 7.438, 180.26 def. Donny Urban, Pittsboro, N.C., '06 Cobalt, 7.156, 190.06.

Wesley Washington Jr., King George, Va., dragster, 7.544, 177.28 def. Greg Slack, Albemarle, N.C., dragster, foul.

Michael Beard, Seagrove, N.C., '80 Volare, 10.781, 122.39 def. Emily Volkman, Moon, Pa., '69 Camaro, 10.234, 125.33.

Brent Darroch, Monaca, Pa., '94 Camaro, 10.608, 118.18 def. B.J. Bianchi, Bradenton, Fla., '89 Mustang, 11.325, 111.33.

Corey Manuel, Winston-Salem, N.C., dragster, 12.653, 65.94 def. Patrick Forster, Pittsburgh, Pa., dragster, foul.

Mike Ruff, Orlando, Fla., '67 Camaro, 9.890, 147.39 def. Joe Collier, Hamlin, Texas, '00 Monte Carlo, 9.884, 151.10.

Patrick Forster, Pittsburg, Pa., '78 Monza, 10.912, 140.28 def. Donald Webb, Four Oaks, N.C., '70 Nova, 10.874, 125.25.


The Summit Super Series was also determined on Saturday at Memphis International Raceway. The excitement behind the Summit Super Series program is that any racer anywhere has a chance to win.

The finest racers from the United States, Canada and a few additional nations have the opportunity to race for a track championship.   Those racers with a little luck and a lot of skill, made it from their local tracks to the big stage at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway to compete for a world championship. Tim Butler, Shane Kay and Austin Johnson did exactly that.

All three drivers won at their local tracks, advanced further at the Team Finals level and eventually found themselves at Memphis International Raceway along with 48 other drivers competing for a championship title. Racers from as far away as Alaska came to compete this weekend, at the end of the day those three drivers were left standing as the 2012 class of the IHRA Summit Super Series presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering as Butler from Sarasota, FL took the title in Top ET, Kay from Ragland, AL claimed the Mod ET championship and Johnson from Pearisburg, VA won the very first Junior Dragster world championship.

The following are Saturday's final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Super Series presented by AMSOIL & Moser Engineering World Championship:

Tim Butler, Sarasota, Fla., dragster, 7.766, 169.76 def. Jonathan Robin, Luling, La., '94 Camaro, 7.641, 171.62.

Shane Kay, Ragland, Ala., '69 Camaro, 9.520, 142.07 def. Jay Robinson, Santa Fe, Texas, '73 Nova, 11.409, 117.35.

Austin Johnson, Pearisburg, Va., dragster, 7.941, 82.32 def. Cory Tankersley, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 7.866, 84.34.

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