Summit Super Series @ San Antonio Raceway 3/16/13
Brandon Mitchan (right), Virginia Buehl (center) and Ruben Gallegos(right) after deciding to split the purse
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March 18, 2013
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Marion, TX.,(March 16th, 2013) San Antonio Raceway hosted round number two of their IHRA Summit Super Series points season Saturday under sunny, but windy skies. A strong cross wind prompted track officials to run only on the 1/8 mile instead of the full 14 mile, due to safety concerns.
As the first session of time trials, track temperatures had already gone over the century mark, showing 110 on the starting line. Action was slowed several times during time trials when Alvin Baldwin’s Mustang began a bad trend, dumping fluid and parts on the track. This kept track crews busy throughout the day.
Baldwin retreated to his nearby shop, dropped off his Mustang, loaded his back up Chevy Nova, and returned without missing the second time trial session. Joe Rodriguez wasn’t as lucky after leaving bottom end parts scattered across the track.
O’Bryant Celebrates Takin’ o’ the Green
San Antonio’s Leroy O’Bryant celebrated St. Patrick’s Day early taking home the larger share of the Electronics purse. O’Bryant’s Wild West, Wheeler Racing Products, O’Bryant Automotive, Chevy Monza squared off against former track and national champ, Scott Ball trying to double up in his dragster. In a rematch from round 1, Ball pulled a .005 light, but after having been consistent, missed his dial while O’Bryant pegged his 7.20 with a 7.203.
Leroy O’Bryant, 7.203 @ 96.13 defeats Scott Ball, 4.874 @ 136.86
O’Bryant got taken out by Ball in round one, bought back in then got past Kevin Picha, David Johns, Preston Pennington and Russell Fields. After taking out O’Bryant, Ball took down Johns and Brent Ritter in “Quick 8” rounds, then Aaron Cole and Ritter again in the semis.
Ball Best In “Quick 8”
Ball faced off with Ritter in the finals of “Quick 8” and used a .007 light to take the hole shot victory while Ritter ran closer to his dial-in number.
Scott Ball, 4.906 @ 135.09 defeats Brent Ritter, 5.040 @ 135.95
Mitchan Takes Motorcycle Showdown
Brandon Mitchan(Schertz) and Ruben Gallegos(Schertz) paired up in the finals of No-box on identical 2008 Suzuki Hayabusas. The two opted to split the combined money, but run for points and bragging rights. R. Gallegos gave away the race when he went red giving the victory to Mitchan’s HTP Performance, Extreme Power Sports, VP racing Fuels, Brocks Performance,Bates Leathers sponsored bike.
Brandon Mitchan, 5.586 @ 125.10 defeats Ruben Gallegos, 5.985 @ 117.00
Mitchan rebought after losing to Humberto Gallegos inround 1, then bested Dave Patton, Bobby Floyd, Nelson Friedeck and G. Herbold. R. Gallegos, who also lost in the first round, got past D. Dear, Anthony Montoya, Cole Herbold and his brother H. Gallegos to meet up with Mitchan in the finals.
Philpot Posts Jr. Dragster Payday
Boerne’s Aaron Philpot got an early gift in the Jr. Dragster finals when Emily Ball(San Antonio) went red. A. Philpot would have been tough to beat as he tripped a .003 light then ran an 8.020 on an 8.00 dial in.
Aaron Philpot, 8.020 @ 81.88 defeats Emily Ball, 9.139 @ 70.54
Tuning up for next weekend’s big Jr. Dragster Nationals,A. Philpot knocked out Matthew Keylich, got a bye, then beat Kenneth Hillin and Gianni Carrola. Ball took down Caden Meuth, Mia Carrola, Matthew Keylich and got a bye in the semi-finals.
Next weekend San Antonio Raceway hosts the Alamo City Jr. Nationals with young drivers from across the south converging on the track for a big three-day event.(March 22-24)
Coming up the first weekend of April, IHRA Nitro Jam returns to San Antonio Raceway featuring Top Fuel Dragsters, Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Fuel Altereds and Nitro Harleys in action Friday and Saturday.(April 5-6) The IHRA Sportsman Pro-Am Series runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.(April 5-7)
For more info, or Nitro Jam tickets visit the track website, www.sanantonioraceway.com or call 210-698-2310 or 830-914-4646