West Salem, OH
Despite numerous attempts to race, persistent rain caused the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at Dragway 42 to be called after just a few rounds of racing.
Only one full round of racing in the Moser Engineering $10,000 race was completed on Saturday between storms. After massive track cleaning efforts continued on Sunday morning, the race resumed Sunday afternoon but track time was limited before another storm hit forcing the cancellation. Twenty-seven drivers including the final two No Box entries of split the main event purse while four cars split the Junior dragster payout. The scheduled $5,000-to-win race for Sunday was cancelled and all those who had paid entry fees were refunded.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to overcome a horrible weekend forecast that turned out to be exactly correct this time” said IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal. “I want to thank all the competitors for sticking it out and all the Dragway 42 staff for putting a huge effort into trying to make this weekend happen. We did everything in our power to give the sportsman racers the best possible experience this weekend.”
“What was great to see was the caliber of competitors who showed up to support our new sportsman program. We had multiple former IHRA National and Divisional class racing champions in the field including Marco Abruzzi, Jacob Elrod, Michael Beard, Travis Colangelo and Junior champion Paige Montgomery along with 2014 Summit SuperSeries Top World Champion Cody Bayus and defending Mod Summit SuperSeries World Champion Chris “Bubba” Black. When you put those racers in the mix with several of the track champions from the surrounding area who came to the event you’ve got a pretty incredible field of competitors.”
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular returns to action June 22-24 at Keystone Raceway Park in New Alexandria, Pa.