Summit Sportsman Programs Set To Kick Off 2017 Season
International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), the world's
second-largest drag racing sanctioning body, is gearing
up for 2017 with two National sportsman programs highlighting
the season. The bracket racing based Summit SuperSeries
will make its return to IHRA-sanctioned member tracks for
the 16th season and the newly formed Summit Sportsman
National Championship, which takes the place of
the Summit Pro-Am Tour regional format, will make its debut
for class racing competitors. The points funds for both
sportsman programs will be greater than and pay more places
than any other class racing series in existence.
2017 edition of the IHRA $200,000 Summit SuperSeries will
be contested at nearly 100 IHRA member tracks. The
program will feature the same format and structure as what
was introduced in 2016 but with an increased and expanded
national championship purse. IHRA Summit SuperSeries participating
tracks will crown a Summit SuperSeries track champion and
those champions are invited to compete in the Summit World
Finals in Memphis, Tennessee at the end of the season.
increased points fund is as follows: the championship
prize package in Top and Mod is $20,000 to win and $7,000
to the runner-up, sixth round $2,000, fifth round $1,000,
fourth round $700, third round $600, second round $400
and first round $300. The Junior Dragster championship
payout is a brand new turn-key JR Race Car junior dragster
plus $3,000 to win, $2,000 runner-up, sixth round $1,000,
fifth round $800, fourth round $500, third round $400,
second round $400 and first round $100.The
complete set of program guidelines and rules for the Summit
SuperSeries can be found at www.ihra.com/superseries-home.
Racing Equipment is dedicated to supporting competitors
at all levels and through a variety of different platforms"
said Motorsports and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf. "It
takes the entire family of IHRA racers, member tracks,
sanctioning body staff and Summit Racing Equipment working
together to move the sportsman racing component of IHRA
Drag Racing to the incredible level of support and enthusiasm
we have today. We are thrilled to have just completed
the 15th season of the Summit SuperSeries and we are looking
forward to seeing how the new format of the Summit Sportsman
National Championship is received by the class racers,"
Summit Sportsman National Championship will launch in
2017 and aims to move IHRA class racing away
from a regional structure and focus on a national structure.
The Summit Sportsman National Championship is designed
to provide a more enjoyable and competitive program through
an industry leading points fund, flexibility of schedule
and claims structure.
new National Championship for class racers will be determined
using points claims from the best seven of the first ten
events the racer attends. Competitors will be scored against
each other using a national points system and may race
at whatever event they choose without having limitations
based upon regional boundaries.
industry leading Summit Sportsman National Championship
points fund will be greater than and pay more places than
any other class racing series in existence. The Top Sportsman,
Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod
& Hot Rod National Champion will be awarded $15,000,
runner-up $5,000 and third-place $3,000. Junior Dragster
will be comprised of one class with a $2,000 grand prize
to the Champion, $1,500 runner-up and third-place $1,000.
IHRA was the first organization to live stream the entire
series of class racing events and in 2017 will build upon
that platform by announcing a new media partnership with
a major network provider. The new partnership will provide
unprecedented live stream coverage of each Summit Sportsman
National Championship event in its entirety with an industry
leading provider of sports content. This partnership will
be announced shortly and will further demonstrate IHRA's
dominate role in providing national exposure to sportsman
2017 Summit Sportsman National Championship schedule includes:
Feb. 3 - 5 Immokalee Regional Raceway Immokalee, FL 1/8-mile
Feb. 10 - 12 Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, FL 1/8-mile
March 3 - 5 State Capitol Raceway Baton Rouge, LA 1/4-mile
March 17 - 19 San Antonio Raceway Marion, TX 1/4-mile
March 24 - 26 Darlington Dragway Darlington, SC 1/8-mile
May 5 - 7 Maryland Int'l Raceway Budds Creek, MD 1/4-mile
TBA TBA TBA 1/4-mile
June 9 - 11 US 131 Motorsports Park Martin, MI 1/4-mile
June 9 - 11 Farmington Dragway Mocksville, NC 1/8-mile
June 23 - 25 Piedmont Dragway Julian, NC 1/8-mile
July 7 - 9 Keystone Raceway Park New Alexandria, PA 1/4-mile
Aug. 18 - 20 Empire Dragway Leicester, NY 1/8-mile
Aug. 18 - 20 Memphis Int'l Raceway Millington, TN 1/4-mile
Sept. 1 - 3 Carolina Dragway Aiken, SC 1/8-mile
Sept. 22 - 24 Dragway 42 West Salem, OH 1/4-mile
The complete information package for the new Summit Sportsman
National Championship can be found at www.ihra.com/sportsman-national-championship-tour-home.
continues to build, value and showcase sportsman racing
programs at every level and the Summit programs are the
foundation on which the IHRA thrives" said IHRA vice
president Skooter Peaco. "No matter what changes
a new racing season may bring our way, our member tracks
and sportsman racing programs consistently remain at the
top of our priority list. 2017 will be another great season
of racing within the IHRA member track family and I'm
looking forward to seeing the hard work that our team
puts into these programs come to life in less than 60
days from now".
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