Thursday, September 01, 2011

Richest weekend in IHRA sportsman history highlights Summit Racing World Finals October 14-16

NORWALK, Ohio (September 1, 2011) – One weekend, three races, over $200,000 in cash and prizes.

It is safe to say that the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals presented by weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park October 14-16 will be the biggest and richest sportsman weekend in the history of the International Hot Rod Association.

Featuring three huge races, the World Finals weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park will include the $5,000 to win, open to all racers Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular followed by the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries World Championship all in one incredible weekend of racing.

“Never have I been more excited for a single weekend of racing than I am for this event,” said Aaron Polburn, President of the International Hot Rod Association. “The Summit World Finals weekend will be like Woodstock for sportsman racers. There has never been this much money and championships for sportsman racers on the line anywhere else. The weekend includes three huge races and the biggest purse for one weekend of racing in IHRA history. We will see champions crowned, big payouts and hundreds of the world’s greatest sportsman drivers all in one place for one incredible weekend.

“And none of this would be possible without our friends at Summit Racing Equipment. Summit has made it possible for us to put on an event like this and through their efforts hundreds of racers will benefit at one of the biggest and most exciting sportsman races in the country.”

The second-ever Summit Racing Sportsman Spectacular will kick off the weekend festivities on Friday, October 14 with the last chance to qualify for the Tournament of Champions plus $5,000 to win in each IHRA touring class.

Racing will be contested in Top Sportsman, Top Dragsters, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod with each winner moving on to the TOC later that weekend and pocketing their share of the huge payout. The Sportsman Spectacular is open to all racers carrying either an IHRA or NHRA license, however only IHRA members can qualify for the TOC.

Entry is only $200 with a guaranteed $5,000 to win plus national event contingency, a special edition Ironman and more going to the winners.

The Summit Racing Sportsman Spectacular will get underway with time trials and the first round of eliminations beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

On Saturday, October 15 the Summit Sportsman Spectacular will conclude with the final rounds of eliminations as the huge weekend purse of over $200,000 begins to get divvied up for the first time. Immediately following the Sportsman Spectacular finals the Summit Tournament of Champions will get underway with two time runs.

The Summit Racing Tournament of Champions is an invitation-only field consisting of drivers that have either won an IHRA national event, won a special TOC qualifier or finished in the top three in their respective Summit Pro-Am division.

All year drivers have worked toward this weekend with a chance to be crowned a world champion and take home $10,000 and a special championship Ironman and that hard work will finally pay off in Virginia.

Wrapping up the weekend will be the Summit SuperSeries as 32 of the best grassroots racers in the country come together to compete for the Top and Mod World Championship and over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Consisting of the best racers from IHRA member tracks around the world, the top 16 drivers in each class will travel to Virginia Motorsports Park to battle it out for two of the most exciting championships in IHRA racing today.

The Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries will conclude the weekend on Sunday, October 16 with the biggest championship Sunday in IHRA history as the champions in all seven IHRA classes plus the Summit SuperSeries Top and Mod classes will be crowned.

“This weekend will be a chance for our sportsman racers to truly shine and have the stage all to themselves,” Polburn said. “The World Finals weekend will be three full days of nonstop sportsman racing bringing together the best racers in the world all in one place during one incredible weekend.”

For more information on the huge weekend of racing at Virginia Motorsports Park the weekend of October 14-16 visit for complete details.