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IHRA opens season to fanfare of largest opening weekend in series history

Monday, 03 February 2014

The International Hot Rod Association opened its 2014 racing season at Immokalee Regional Raceway over the weekend to the fanfare of the largest opening weekend car count in the history of the series’ heralded Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL.

Competitors from multiple states traveled to southern Florida over the weekend for the season-opening race on the Summit Pro-Am Tour to take advantage of the warm weather, open-claim format and live online coverage of the entire event.

With such a large contingent of racers, several new faces made their way into the winner’s circle mixed with a number of series veterans making for one of the most exciting races at the historical season-opener at Immokalee Regional Raceway in some time.

Winners during the two-day Summit Pro-Am Tour opener were Tom VanBeek and Jeff Southerland (Top Sportsman), Bradley Snowball and Troy Williams Jr. (Top Dragster), Merrill Schrimscher and Mark Nowicki (Super Stock), McNeal Freeman and Phil Combs (Stock), Ed Bousman and Otis Henry (Quick Rod), David Owens and Michael Ruff (Super Rod), Tim Andersen and Joe Tillman (Hot Rod), Johnny Tolisano and Jordan Arnold (Junior Master), Michael Carpenter and Johnny Brannen (Junior Advanced) and Cody Krohn and Katie Craft (Junior Beginner).

Complete results can be found below. Photos and in-depth coverage coming later this week.

Day 1 Results

The following are the final results from Day 1 of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Heat Wave Division 2 event at Immokalee Regional Raceway:

GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP SPORTSMAN – Tom VanBeek, Fernandina Beach, Fla., .242 RT, 4.738, 146.01 def. Rick McDonough, Southwest Ranches, Fla., -.500 RT, FOUL.

GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP DRAGSTER – Bradley Snowball, Loxahatchee, Fla., .016 RT, 4.655, 143.36 def. Jeremy West, North Port, Fla., .053 RT, 4.733, 145.16.

SUPER STOCK – Merrill Schrimscher, Lakemary, Fla., .001 RT, 7.010, 73.24 def. Randy Folk, Bradenton, Fla., -.033 RT, 5.854, 118.08.

STOCK – McNeal Freeman, Conyers, Ga., .043 RT, 9.543, 61.41 def. Myron Piatek, Holly Hill, Fla., .038 RT, 7.106, 93.73.

QUICK ROD – Ed Bousman, Camanche, Iowa, .030 RT, 5.748, 124.21 def. James Hinkle, Danville, Ky., .020 RT, 5.695, 121.69.

SUPER ROD – David Owens, Laurens, S.C., .012 RT, 6.406, 123.32 def. Mike Sooley, Naples, Fla., .009 RT, 6.420, 123.25.

HOT ROD – Tim Andersen, Cape Coral, Fla., .010 RT, 7.038, 112.90 def. Dakota Lowery, Cantonment, Fla., .048, 7.066, 107.94.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTER – Johnny Tolisano, Jupiter, Fla., .004 RT, 7.902, 77.43 def. Gage Burch, Palmetto, Fla., .024 RT, 7.882, 80.66.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Michael Carpenter, St. Pete, Fla., .031 RT, 9.775, 48.49 def. Troy Carpenter, Ft. Myers, Fla., .023 RT, 10.410, 69.78.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Cody Krohn, Rotonda West, Fla., .089 RT, 12.017, 52.54 def. Katie Craft, Melbourne, Fla., .445 RT, 13.281, 47.38.

Day 2 Results

The following are the final results from Day 2 of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL, Heat Wave Division 2 event at Immokalee Regional Raceway:

GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP SPORTSMAN – Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., .019 RT, 5.133, 135.38 def. Bill Powell, Stuart, Fla., -.013 RT, FOUL.

GOOD VIBRATIONS TOP DRAGSTER – Troy Williams Jr., Bradenton, Fla., .027 RT, 4.847, 136.94 def. Bill Ierna, Seminole, Fla., .022 RT, 4.812, 143.04.

SUPER STOCK – Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., .092 RT, 6.035, 111.58 def. Jeff Adkinson, Damascus, Ga., -.037 RT, FOUL.

STOCK – Phil Combs, Demossville, Ky., .033 RT, 7.194, 89.91 def. B.J. Bianchi, Bradenton, Fla., -.010 RT, FOUL.

QUICK ROD – Otis Henry, Deerfield Beach, Fla., .012 RT, 5.724, 134.97 def. David Hansen, Largo, Fla., .033 RT, 5.711, 126.37.

SUPER ROD – Michael Ruff, Orlando, Fla., .001 RT, 6.430, 119.21 def. Wayne Bogle, Cocoa, Fla., .000 RT, 6.440, 122.28.

HOT ROD – Joe Tillman, Longwood, Fla., .004 RT, 7.238, 77.33 def. Dakota Lowery, Cantonment, Fla., -.001 RT, FOUL.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER MASTER – Jordan Arnold, St. Johns, Fla., .007 RT, 7.932, 81.26 def. Jared Koontz, Parrish, Fla., .024 RT, 8.044, 79.63.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER ADVANCED – Johnny Brannen, Dunedin, Fla., .082 RT, 8.985, 71.78 def. Nicholas Ferraro, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., .084 RT, 8.899, 74.21.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER BEGINNER – Katie Craft, Melbourne, Fla., .130 RT, 13.097, 48.13 def. Cody Krohn, Rotonda West, Fla., .050 RT, 11.897, 53.16.

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