The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Summit Racing Equipment have partnered with the goal of producing 20 Summit Sportsman Spectacular races over 10 double-race weekends in 2018. This series’ intent is to provide a fun double-race weekend with increased purses, affordable for grassroots bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks on a weekly basis.
“There are plenty of big-money races currently available for competitors willing to travel and spend $300 to $1,000 per weekend on entry fees,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “That is not the bracket-racing program we are producing. The Summit Sportsman Spectacular events are designed with the majority of drag racers in mind. Most are looking for a fun and value-oriented event with affordable entry fees and solid payouts.”
This isn’t the first time IHRA or Summit Racing Equipment has focused on the small picture in racing.
“These new events continue that tradition and concentrate on the weekly racers who support their local tracks,” Peaco said. “We will have an entry-fee price point that is extremely affordable and offers two events during the weekend.”
To receive the very best value, racers can pre-enter the event online at ihra.com. This nets them a buy one/get one free offer for race entries; with an entry for Saturday’s race, they get a free entry for Sunday’s race – and all the Sunday events will be at least $5,000-to-win races.
The Summit Sportsman Spectacular events also feature additional opportunities for current IHRA Summit SuperSeries racers. There is an event winner, runner-up and semi-finals contingency program available for all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day.
The weekend program includes a test & tune, racer appreciation cookout and golf cart race, as well as several rounds of prizes from top name manufacturers. IHRA Ironman trophies and large championship checks for will be presented to event winners Saturday and Sunday. Imagine That Customs, a partner of IHRA, will also award a one-of-a-kind custom painted trophy helmet to one competitor at each of the 10 weekends.
The races are one-eighth mile events with a Box class and a Junior Class. No Box cars are welcome to run, and will do so separately down to one remaining car before joining the Box class. The last No Box car standing will receive a $1,000 bonus. Door Cars and Dragsters will also be run separately in Box for the first four rounds. 11.90 and slower Junior Dragsters will be run separately down to one vehicle prior to joining the rest of the Junior category.
The Summit Sportsman Spectacular is unusual in that it will not allow double entries.
“If a competitor has two different vehicles they are welcome to enter them both, but our events won’t allow racers to enter the same car multiple times,” Peaco said. “Allowing multiple entries caters to a select few to create an unfair advantage, and that is not what this series is about.
“We understand the financial gain that other events receive from allowing this, but our program is about creating value and opportunity for bracket racers in different geographical regions who otherwise don’t have the chance to participate. That is one reason why we will accept any valid competition license, including NHRA licenses. There are a lot of built-in benefits and bonuses for IHRA members within these races. We encourage racers to become IHRA members, but you don’t have to be an IHRA member to participate.”
The list of host tracks, event dates, rules and online pre-entry registration for the Summit Sportsman Spectacular will be finalized by tomorrow, Nov. 30. To become an IHRA member or renew your IHRA membership, visit the membership center on ihra.com.