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San Antonio Raceway hosts Summit series
Chris Keylich stages his dragster and readies himself for a final run.
By J.M. Hallas
MARION -- San Antonio Raceway was able to dodge the weeklong deluge of rain and scattered showers for another round of the IHRA Summit Super Series on the quarter-mile June 15. As time trials began, the track temperature was up to 120, but was well-prepped, as the drivers made their first passes.
As the Summit Series nears the midway point, the points chases are already starting to take shape. In the Electronics (Box) class, it’s former track and National Champion Scott Ball leading the way ahead of David Johns of Floresville and Leroy O’Bryant.
In the No-Box (Footbrake) class, it’s motorcycles holding down three out of the top five spots. Brandon Mitchan has the lead over Ruben Gallegos, Todd Zampese, Jimmy Inman, and Albert Lee Jr.
The Jr. Dragsters have the young girls on top in points with Emily Ball pacing Kenneth Hillin, Ashley Hubbell, Caden Meuth, and Kristen Velasquez.
Dialing for Dollars
La Vernia’s Michael Keylich grabbed the “Dialing for Dollars” jackpot late in the going. Ruben Gallegos led the way early after No-Box runs only off his dial in by .0078. Late in the Electronics runs, David Johns came within .0009 of his number and thought the pot was his until Keylich came along in the second-to-last run and beat Johns by running .0005 off his index.
San Antonio’s Chris Keylich took home the win over Brandon Bass in the Electronics finals after Bass had trouble during his run. Bass tripped a .008 light and looked to be headed to the win, but slowed about mid-track allowing Chris Keylich to zip by for the victory.
Chris Keylich made his buy back off after a round 1 loss to Mike Atkinson. Chris Keylich then posted wins over Leroy O’Bryant, Candace Ritter, Todd Zampese, and brother, Michael Keylich. Bass also rebought after an early loss to Scott Ball, but rebounded with victories over Richard Schafer, Brett Zampese, Brett Ritter, and David Johns.
Johns quickest of Quick 8
David Johns took home the trophy and cash in the Quick 8 finals against defending track champ Michael Keylich. Johns, in the Johns Automotive, Wayne’s Paint & Body, Worthy Chassis, used a hole shot to eke out the win on Michael Keylich in a second Keylich Motorsports Dragster. Johns had a .011 advantage on the start and needed every inch of it, as he ran off his index by .0230. Michael Keylich missed his dial in by only .0195. So if my math is correct the margin of victory ended up .0075 at the finish line.
Johns got two “break out” wins against Brian Miller and Todd Zampese on his way to the final showdown, while Michael Keylich took out Candace Ritter and Brett Zampese in early pairings.
Morales motors to No-Box win
Devine’s Art Morales got the No-Box victory over Rick Hille after Hille broke out on the big end. Morales’ ’79 Camaro had a slight advantage off the line on Hille’s ’79 Firebird. On the top end, Hille missed his dial in by .0596 handing the win to Morales.
Morales made his way to finals with wins over J. Golla, R. Trevino, Humberto Gallegos, Ruben Gallegos, and Albert Lee Jr. Hille lost in round 1 on a red light, then bounced back to put away Walter Dyrenfurth, Jimmy Inman, Aaron Tschoepe, and Josh Gaspard.
Hubbell wins in Jr. Dragster
In a round 1 rematch, former Jr. Dragster track champ Ashley Hubbell grabbed the win in the all-girl finals ahead of Kristen Velasquez. Hubbell had a slight hole shot over Velasquez by .0049. Velasquez ran closer to her index by .002, making the margin of victory .0029 for Hubbell at the line.
Hubbell used hole shot victories over Velasquez in round 1, then points leader Emily Ball in round 2. Velasquez rebought after her loss to Hubbell and beat Caden Meuth in round 2.
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