Richardson, Martin Headline List of IHRA Ironman Winners at Gleason Raceway Park

Richardson, Martin Headline List of IHRA Ironman Winners at Gleason Raceway Park

GLEASON, Tenn. — Blake Richardson and Jordan Martin took home big $5,000 checks and prestigious International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Ironman trophies as part of the IHRA Ironman Classic at Gleason Raceway Park. The IHRA Ironman Classic was held as part of the track’s Halloween Havoc celebration.

Richardson was the Top Bulb winner as the result of a holeshot. He had a nearly perfect .001 start and combined it with a run of 6.187 seconds at 103.02 mph against a 6.19 dial-in. Runner-up Kyle Rumley had a good start with a .025 reaction time, but fell short with a 6.582-second run at 99.73 mph against a 6.60 dial-in.

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Martin was the Bottom Bulb winner with his own .025 reaction time and going 6.287 seconds at 106.43 mph against a 6.29 dial-in. Runner-up Lucas Walker was close at the start with a .027 reaction time, but wasn’t as close to the 6.06 dial-in, going down the strip in 6.051 seconds at 110.67 mph.

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In the Sportsman race, Mitch Reed took the win with a 7.628-second run at 93.67 mph against a 7.62 dial-in. He had a little better start .076 to .086 over Marty Goldsmith. The 2021 IHRA Division 2 champion Goldsmith posted a 7.642 elapsed time at 85.15 mph with a 7.66 dial-in.

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Tanner Melton won on a holeshot in the Junior Dragster final. He left the tree in .016 to .110 for runner-up Gary Bogacki. Melton’s winning package included a 7.992-second pass at 76.65 mph against a 7.90 dial-in. Bogacki went down the track in 11.810 seconds at 56.20 mph with an 11.77 dial-in.

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The IHRA Ironman Classic program is offered to all member tracks. Prior to this program, a sportsman racer could only win an Ironman if they traveled to a divisional or IHRA national event. This program gives local tracks a chance to create extra excitement in their bracket program and offer competitors a chance to win the prestigious Ironman.

Congratulations to all the winners and to Gleason Raceway Park on their successful IHRA Ironman Classic races.