IHRA Crowns SuperSeries Champions
With the win Lucas claims a $10,000 prize courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment, a brand new dragster built by Maddox Race Cars with a Trick Flow engine, a custom paint job by Imagine That Custom Paint and major components from Moser Engineering, Abruzzi Transmissions and Converters and many more, a championship trophy, diamond ring, a trip to Aruba and more.
In Mod ET Kevin Pollard survived a grueling day of competition against some of the best racers from across North America, culminating with a matchup with South Carolina native Jay Norris in the final. With more than $10,000 and the title of world champion on the line, Norris let up a tad too early to light the red bulb by -.029 allowing Pollard to take a leisurely Sunday drive and the Mod ET championship in the process.
Pollard also recorded wins over Greg Sauvage, Brad Hall and Andy Closkey to reach the final.
“The day didn’t start off like we would have liked, I missed the tree in qualifying which made me pretty nervous, but after that things started to calm down and it was pretty smooth sailing from there,” Pollard said. “I won two track championships this year, won three Summit SuperSeries championships, won some good money races, so it was a pretty good year, but none of that compares to what I am feeling here this weekend. I am really excited to win this thing.”
Pollard reached Memphis with a win at the Division 1 Summit Team Finals representing home track Motor Mile Dragway, while runner-up Jay Norris claimed a spot at the Division 2 East Summit Team Finals representing Union County Dragway.
The Mod ET winner receives $10,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a $2,500 gift certificate from Trick Flow Racing, a Gemini two-post Auto Lift and a Howell pit bike. The winner also receives an Aruba vacation, IHRA Gold and Silver Card, World Champion Ironman and more.
Finally, in Junior Dragster hometown boy Justin Poindexter from right in MIR’s backyard of Millington, Tennessee, took the championship over defending Junior champion Austin Johnson. With the experience of knowing his home track, Poindexter remained clam under pressure and put together a tremendous run, one that would mean very little as Johnson lit the red light by -.021. It was a heartbreaking loss for Johnson, who was going for his second world championship in a row.
Poindexter also had wins over Garrett Lloyd, Leroy Thomae and Rachael Whitney to reach the final.
“It was a pretty fun year. I have been doing it for six years and I really like it,” Poindexter said. “I am very excited about winning this dragster, I want to drive it tonight, but they won’t let me. It is so awesome and I want to thank everyone that helped make it and helps us race.”
Poindexter reached the big stage after finishing runner-up at the Division 2 West Summit Team Finals representing Memphis International Raceway. Johnson, once again representing Motor Mile Dragway as track champion, won the Division 1 Summit Team Finals.
The Junior program rewards its winner with $3,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a brand new Junior Dragster built by Vic Puglia with a custom paint job by Imagine That Customs, a family vacation package that includes passes to Cedar Point and Kalahari Resort, a family pack of tickets to any Feld Entertainment production, an IHRA Gold and Silver Card, World Champion Ironman and more.