Thunder Valley Raceway Park raced to the NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division Team championship at Texas Motorplex while four scored individual championships and are heading to the Summit National Championship in Pomona, Calif., next month.
Thunder Valley racked up 70 points in the team competition, led by Kyle White and Alvie Merrill who took home the trophies in Super Pro and No Electronics Quick, respectively. The host team from Texas Motorplex held on for second place with 57 points with Royal Purple Raceway finishing in third with 56 points.
White defeated Ken Mullen in the Super Pro final then went on to beat the Pro champion Max McGlothin in the runoff to determine who will represent the South Central Division in Pomona. White’s 4.940 second pass at 140.34 was enough to hold off the quicker Mullen, 4.654, 147.89. McGlothin drove his ’71 Camaro to the win in Pro at 6.693, 77.69 over Joey Cram and his ’72 Nova, 8.959, 54.12 mph.
Merrillran down Austin Williams in No Electronics Quick running 6.323, 106.12 in his ’94 Camaro with Williams clocking in at 6.777, 100.34 in his ’08 dragster.
Jeff Hefler will make his fourth trip to Pomona and the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship after taking the win in No Electronics Street. The Fort Worth, Texas, racer defeated Jeremy Falkenbach, representing Texas Motorplex. Hefler went 7.648, 83.40 in his ’65 Impala to Falkenbach’s 7.556, 89.16 in his ’81 El Camino. Hefler won the national championship in 2010 having advanced to the national finals in 2006, 2010, 2012 and now in 2013. Both Hefler’s brother, Jeromy, and father Jerry have also won division championships and raced for the national title in Pomona, Calif.
John Fitzpatrick rode his ’95 Suzuki to the win in the Motorcycle class and will join White, Merrill, and Hefler in Pomona to face off with the champions from the six other NHRA Divisions. Fitzpatrick went 5.489 at 122.51 to defeat Thomas Klemme, posting a time of 5.583, 122.48.
Jeff Riedel, David Olinde, and Hunter Patton took wins in the division’s Summit Race of Champions event held Saturday i. The Race of Champions pits the top points earners from each track against each other in head to head competition.
Patton was pulling double duty competing in both the Electronics and the High School ROC competition taking the win in High School over Dillon Warren in 8.539 seconds in his ’79 Mustang to Warren’s 9.470 in his ’87 Mustang.
Dillon faced off with Riedel in the Electronics class for the double-up but Riedel would have nothing to do with it, taking out Patton with a run of 6.446 seconds at just under 100 mph in his ’77 Camaro.
Olinde won in No Electronics when Robin Phelps left early with a red-light foul start in a final that saw two Novas match up against each other. Olinde ran it out to a 7.469, 91.45 mph lap for the win.
In the Track Managers Race it was Cody Pollage scoring back to back wins out of No Problem Raceway defeating Garry Crowley.
The following are the final results from the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex:
1. Thunder Valley Raceway Park 70
2. Texas Motorplex 57
3. Royal Purple Raceway 56
4. Tulsa Raceway Park 51
5. Texas Raceway 49
6. Paris Dragstrip 32
7. No Problem Raceway 14
SUMMIT SUPER PRO
Kyle White, Moore, Okla., '07 American, 4.940, 140.34 def.
Ken Mullen, Oklahoma City, '07 dragster, 4.654, 147.89.
Max McGlothin, Carrolton, Texas, '71 Camaro, 6.693, 77.69 def.
Joey Cram, Texas City, Texas, '72 Nova, 8.959, 54.12.
NO ELECTRONICS QUICK
Alvie Merrill, Edmond, Okla., '94 Camaro, 6.323, 106.12 def.
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, '08 TNT, 6.777, 100.34.
NO ELECTRONICS STREET
Jeff Hefler, Fort Worth, Texas, '65 Impala, 7.648, 83.40 def.
Jeremy Falkenbach, Ennis, Texas, '81 El Camino, 7.556, 89.16.
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., '95 Suzuki, 5.489, 122.51 def.
Thomas Klemme, Davenport, Iowa, '87 Kawasaki, 5.583, 122.48.
The following are Saturday's final results from the 2013 NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division Race of Champions:
Jeff Riedel, North Richland Hills, Texas, '77 Camaro, 6.446, 99.44 def.
Hunter Patton, Highlands, Texas, '79 Mustang, 4.773, 139.93.
David Olinde, Lakeland, La., '72 Nova, 7.469, 91.45 def.
Robin Phelps, Owasso, Okla., '69 Nova, foul.
Hunter Patton, Highlands, Texas, '79 Mustang, 8.539, 73.89 def.
Dillon Warren, Noble, Okla., '87 Mustang, 9.470, 75.28.
Cody Pollage, Plaquemine, La., '87 Monte Carlo, 9.838, 62.75 def.
Garry Gilland, Crowley, Texas, Chevy P/U, 10.101, 67.70.
DALLAS – Texas Motorplex will host the 2013 South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals Oct.18-20. Top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the South Central Division will compete in six classes for individual and team honors. Individual champions in No-Electronic Quick, No-Electronic Street, Motorcycle, and Super Pro (or Pro) will advance to a runoff against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November. (The winners in Super Pro and Pro have a runoff to determine who will compete in Pomona.)
Participants in the top classes will compete for cash awards of more than $20,000. Drivers who advance to Pomona will each receive $3,500, and the champions in each class will earn $5,000. Competitors in the High School class will earn trophies.
Individual winners from last year were Brad Bolton in Super Pro, Jay Bunch in Pro, Jeff Hefler in No-Electronic Quick, Adam White in No-Electronic Street, and Curtis Spracklin in Motorcycle. Bolton went on to win the Summit Racing Series National Championship in Super Pro last year.
Time trials at Texas Motorplex are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points-earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition, will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, and all classes will run the first round of eliminations afterward. Final eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Sunday.
For more information, call the Texas Motorplex, 972-878-2641, or log on to TexasMotorplex.com.
SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS: Fact Sheet
WHAT: South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the South Central Division compete in six classes for individual and team honors. Competing classes are Super Pro, Pro, No-Electronic Quick, No-Electronic Street, and Motorcycle. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earners from each participating track run head to head for individual honors, will run Saturday. Event winners from Sunday’s action will advance to a national runoff at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. A High School class will also compete Saturday.
WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas, on Highway 287, two miles west of Ennis between Interstates 35 and 45. From Dallas, take I-45 to Highway 287 west to the track or I-35E to Highway 287 east to the track. From Fort Worth, take Highway 287 east to Waxahachie toward the track.
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20
FRIDAY, Oct. 18 -- Time trials begin at 9 a.m.
SATURDAY, Oct. 19 -- Final time trials begin at 9 a.m. Race of Champions and High School are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., followed by the first round of eliminations for the Division Finals
SUNDAY, Oct. 20 -- Eliminations continue at 9 a.m.
PURSE: The NHRA Summit Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, No-Electronic Quick, No-Electronic Street, and Motorcycle will compete for cash awards of more than $20,000. Sunday’s winners will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November. (There will be a runoff between the winners in Super Pro and Pro to determine who will go to Pomona.) They will each receive $3,500 for competing in Pomona, and the winner in each class in Pomona will receive $5,000. Participants in the High School category compete for trophies.
2012 EVENT WINNERS: Northstar Dragway, team champion; Brad Bolton, Super Pro; Jay Bunch, Pro; Jeff Hefler, No-Electronic Quick; Adam White, No-Electronic Street; Curtis Spracklin, Motorcycle (national and divisional); Ryan Gleghorn, High School
FEATURES: More than 500 drivers in six racing categories: Super Pro, Pro, No-Electronic Quick, No-Electronic Street, Motorcycle, and High School. Saturday, the Race of Champions, a special race within a race, will feature top points-earning drivers from each participating racetrack in head-to-head competition.