O'FALLON, MO (March 2, 2012) – With a new, one-race super event, the American Drag Racing League's (ADRL) Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class will reach incredible new heights in 2012.
On Friday, the ADRL and class sponsor Summit Racing Equipment announced a special one-race event that will take place during the U.S. Drags V on June 22-23 at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) and will be one of the biggest single-race events in the history of Top Sportsman racing.
Entitled the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans," this 32-car qualifying field will offer a $10,000 prize for the winner and nearly a $30,000 total payout during the event for TS racers, which immediately makes it one of the most anticipated events on the 2012 ADRL Tour and in Top Sportsman history.
"The Top Sportsman racers have made it clear they want to race during the ADRL events, and with Summit Racing's title sponsorship of the class we wanted to put together one of the biggest Top Sportsman events in the country, "said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing's Motorsports and Events Manager.
"The Summit Racing Top Sportsman 'Clash of the Titans' promises to bring out the best of the best Top Sportsman racers competing for the $10,000 top prize and bragging rights. We are very excited to bring this event to a quality track like Virginia Motorsports Park."
The U.S. Drags V at VMP, which was the 2011 ADRL Track of the Year, is the fifth stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour.
The Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans" will feature a 32-car qualifying field, and will feature three rounds of qualifying and five rounds of eliminations.
All three qualifying rounds will take place during the Friday of the event as part of the ADRL's normal qualifying schedule. The first round of eliminations for the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans" will take place on Saturday morning as part of the U.S. Drags at VMP.
With the impressive payout and 32-car qualifying field, fans can expect remarkable side-by-side racing from the popular full-bodied car class.
In addition to the winner earning an incredible $10,000, the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans" runner-up will earn $5,000. Semifinalists will earn $1,000, quarterfinalists will win $750 and first-round winners will get $500. Qualifiers will earn $300, making it one of the largest single-event payouts in the history of Top Sportsman racing.
"The Summit Racing Equipment 'Clash of the Titans' is going to be such an unbelievable event and we are thrilled that Summit Racing Equipment has stepped up in such a tremendous manner to help put this together," ADRL President Tim McAmis said.
"This truly shows the incredible support they have for the ADRL and Top Sportsman racers. We are really looking forward to this event and the tremendous amount of excitement it will bring to this class and these drivers."
This impressive announcement continues the tremendous support that Summit Racing Equipment has shown for the ADRL.
In addition to being the official sponsor of the Top Sportsman class, Summit Racing Equipment, the worlds leading supplier of high performance automotive parts, will continue as the official high-performance source of the ADRL and a major contingency sponsor during the 2012 ADRL Tour.
The company's involvement with the ADRL also includes the sponsorship of the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI, which takes place Sept. 28-29 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Extreme Pro Stock driver Pete Berner, Pro Nitrous driver Rickie Jones, Pro Modified's Kenny Lang and Top Sportsman racer Marco Abruzzi.
Summit Racing Equipment also offers contingency payouts in every ADRL class.
Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans"
WHAT: A special single-event race for Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman racers. Will feature a 32-car qualifying field and a $10,000 payout to the winner.
WHEN: June 22-23
WHERE: Virginia Motorsports Park
FYI: There will be 3 qualifying rounds and 5 rounds of eliminations. The first elimination round will take place Saturday morning.
Runner Up: $5,000
Semi x 2: $1,000
Rd. 3 x 4: $750
Rd. 2 x 8: $500
Rd. 1 x 16: $300
Total Purse: $ 28,800