Scotty Stillings is a five-time IHRA World Champion.
He won his first championships as a kid in the late 90s. His third and fourth titles came in the mid-2000s as he grew into a regular in the ranks of Super Stock. But it is his fifth title, won earlier this year at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway, that stands as the most unique of his championship collection.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little motivation.
For more than a year, Jimmie Hutto’s beautiful AA/SA 1967 Camaro sat hidden away in a corner, waiting for just the right moment to be resurrected and returned to the dragstrip. But with each passing race weekend, that time seem to come and go until one day, Hutto found the drive to restore his ride and return to the racetrack. And the motivation? None other than his son, Justin Hutto.
Jeremy Mason has dreamt of being a champion ever since he was a little kid.
From the very first time he made a pass down a racetrack in Junior Dragster, to his move up through the ranks to a much faster dragster in Quick Rod, Mason knew he wanted to be an IHRA World Champion and put his name alongside the all-time greats that have raced before him.
Only three drivers in the history of the IHRA have ever won the prestigious Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions more than once.
Michael Beard did it in 2009 and 2012 in two different classes. Mike Koontz won it in 2009 and again this season in Top Sportsman. And then there is Michael Ruff. Calm, cool, collected – and simply one of the best darn racers in the game today – Ruff has won the IHRA’s championship tournament two of the past three years in Super Rod, setting up a bit of a dynasty for himself in the comfy confines of his home state of Florida.
In June, Tony Jones celebrated his very first Ironman trophy in IHRA competition by winning a Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour event at Memphis International Raceway in a thriller over Greg Fowler. Almost four months later to the day, Jones was back in the winner’s circle at the very same track with a win over the very same person.
Only this time, there was much, much more at stake.