Summit Pro-am Touring Series at San Antonio Raceway March 31
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Sportsman Summit Pro-am Touring Series
As part of the Nitro Jam weekend two separate races for the Sportsman classes were held as drivers took their shot to qualify for the Tournament of Champions race in Tennessee at the end of the season. Saturday was race number one of the series, with a second session to be competed on Sunday. Damp, heavy air plagued the Top Sportsman class, who couldn’t keep their windshields clear. In the interest of safety, completion of the class was delayed until Sunday. ET Box and No-Box ran one round with buy backs, with the complete bracket to finished on Sunday as well.
In a race that took over 24 hours to complete, that may have seemed cursed, it was only fitting that it ended on yet another strange note. After being postponed Saturday night due to windshields fogging up, the finals were finally set for the Top Sportsman Ironman, in the final race of the weekend.
Glen Wright(Odessa, Tx.) in his new Bickel Chassis, Camaro, went up against Mark Ellis and his Chevy Cobalt. Ellis got off the line by a mere hundredth and when Wright got out of the groove, headed towards the wall and shut off, looked to be easy winner, right? Not so fast. Ellis drove it out the back door and broke out by .016. This left Wright to coast across the finish line at a whopping 43mph.
Glen Wright 15.90 @ 43.07 defeats Mark Ellis 7.86 @ 175.85
Joseph Tinsley(Melvin, Tx.) didn’t qualify that well coming from 39th spot to the final against fifth qualifier, Larry Edison(Mineral Wells, Tx.). Tinsley’s T-N-T, Chevy powered Dragster outran Edison with a clean 7.704 pass for the win in the wee hours of the morning.
Joseph Tinsley 7.704 @ 157.40 defeats Larry Edison 7.467 @ 155.49
Michael Pennington(Three Rivers, Tx.) took out Justin Allen(Waco) for the Quick Rod title. Pennington, in his Chevy powered, Miller Chassis used a .017 light and 8.935 run to grab the victory.
Michael Pennington 8.935 @ 170.78 defeats Justin Allen 8.936 @ 167.35
Clayton Nance may be kicking himself all the way back to Anson, Tx. Nance gave the win away to Joe Collier(Hamlin, Tx.) after working his way through the field Nance’s ’63 Corvette went .0003(3/10,000) red handing the Ironman to Collier in his ’00 Monte Carlo who coasted down track.
Joe Collier 20.328 @ 45.29 defeats Clayton Nance 18.104 @ 43.20
Hometown hero, David Bills(Marion) scored the victory in the Hot Rod finals over Clint Parker(Gilmer). Parker, in his ’67 Camaro threw away a .006 light giving it up on the big end to Bill’s ’84 Mustang in a close finish.
David Bills 10.903 @ 139.10 defeats Clint Parker 10.918 @ 143.91
Bowie Texas’ Pete Perry ran his ’91 Olds Calais out of the number one qualifying spot against Jeffery Millers ’67 Camaro in the finals. Perry ran a 9.882 on a 9.90 dial to outdistance Miller(Pasadena, Tx.).
Pete Perry 9.882 @ 124.17 defeats Jeffery Miller 10.081 @ 126.37
Jimmy Hidalgo jr.(Donaldsonville, La.) took on Jacob Pitt(Mansfield) in the Stock Eliminator finals. In the battle between the second and third qualifiers, Hidalgo jr. ran .025 off his index to narrowly defeat Pitt for the victory.
Jimmy Hidalgo jr. 10.545 @ 117.43 defeats Jacob Pitt 11.263 @ 117.00
Chris Pearson(San Antonio, Tx.) picked up the big win over Rockdale, Texas’ Kyle Williams in the Jr. Dragsters, Masters Division. Pearson ran .015 off his dial in, while Williams broke out by .020.
Chris Pearson 7.915 @ 81.67 defeats Kyle Williams 8.010 @ 80.16
Liberty Texas’ JD Legg went home with the victory in the Advanced Division of Jr. Dragsters over Kenneth Hillin(San Antonio). Legg ran a near perfect 8.943 on an 8.94 dial to get the win over Hillin who went under his dial by .030.
JD Legg 8.943 @ 72.03 defeats Kenneth Hillin 9.130 @ 73.93
Aaron Jordan(Fort Worth, Tx.) took out Bryant Huesers(Rayne, La.) in the Beginners Division of Jr, Dragsters. Jordan posted a 12.918 on a 12.90 dial while Huesers went too quick on his number.
Aaron Jordan 12.918 @ 52.40 defeats Bryant Huesers 12.998 @ 49.96