HOLLY SPRINGS, Ms. — Homestanding Holly Springs Motorsports captured the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 2 (Heatwave) Summit Team Finals by just a single point over Beacon Dragway.
It was an extremely close finals with Holly Springs taking a 53-52 win over Beacon. London Dragway and Gulfport Dragway tied for third with 48 points, while Music City Raceway wasn’t far behind with 42 points.
Teams from: Centerville Dragway, Brainerd Motorsports Park, Memphis International Raceway, Gleason Raceway Park and Ozark Raceway Park also participated.
The main event was the highlight of a fun-filled weekend which included Gamblers’ races, special awards and a track operators’ race. In addition to the team competition, racers faced off in Box, No Box, Sportsman and Junior Dragster to earn a spot in the IHRA Summit SuperSeries World Finals, October 12-15, also at Holly Springs.
Allen Gately from Henderson, Tenn., defeated fellow Volunteer State driver Mike Harville in a closely contested Box final. Gately rocketed down the track in 4.645 seconds at 147.25 mph against a 4.63 dial-in. Harville, from Atoka, Tenn., finished in 4.621 seconds at 146.68 mph with a 4.60 dial-in. Harvick was a slightly quicker at the start with a .017 to .018 advantage on reaction times.
Charlie Lockhart rolled to the No Box victory win. The Mayfield, Ky., driver posted a 5.887-second elapsed time at 109.20 mph against a 5.87 dial-in, along with a .043 start. James Shotts from Hamliton, Ala., was also a little better at the tree with a .041 reaction time, but came up short with a 9.778-second pass at 68.45 mph.
The Sportsman final was settled on a holeshot as Jordan Johnson from Greenbriar, Tenn., left at .019 to defeat Rachael Haynes from North Little Rock, Ark., who had a .257 start. Johnson’s package included a pass of 9.732 seconds and 68.94 mph on a 9.55 dial-in. Haynes had a run of 8.762 seconds and 81.67 mph with an 8.28 dial-in.
Mississippi’s own Rylee Wells took the Junior Dragster title with a 7.922-second run at 79.29 mph against a 7.91 dial-in. John Varner from Temple, Ga., broke out with his run of 9.006 seconds a little faster than his 9.02 dial-in. Wells, from Brandon, Ms., also had a slight advantage .016 to .017 at the tree.
1. Holly Springs Motorsports 53
2. Beacon Dragway 52
3. Gulfport Dragway 48
4. London Dragway 48
5. Music City Raceway 42
6. Centerville Dragway 37
7. Brainerd Motorsports Park 32
8. Memphis Int’l Raceway 28
9. Gleason Raceway Park 21
10. Ozark Raceway Park 2