NHRA Story
North Star Dragway wins team title; Hefler scores again
Friday, October 05, 2012


DALLAS – The team from North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas, ran away with the team championship for the South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Motorplex, and Jeff Hefler won in the No Electronics class and will advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship for the third time.

North Star Dragway racked up 70 points to take the team championship, followed by Tulsa Raceway Park and Royal Purple Raceway, tied for second at 55.

Hefler scored his fourth South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing championship, winning in 2006 and then in two classes in 2010 when he went on to win the National Championship in Sportsman. The Fort Worth, Texas, racer beat Jesse Cervantes, of Ennis, Texas, on a double breakout with a big starting-line advantage. Hefler was .008 on the Tree, clocking in at 6.478 (6.48 dial) at 101.03 mph in his ’76 Vega.

Brad Bolton, of Paris, Texas, took home the trophy in Super Pro, and Jay Bunch, of Piedmont, Okla., won in Pro with his ’67 Nova. Bolton drove his ’98 dragster to a lap of 4.856 at 139.80 mph in beating Rusty Baxter, of Beckville, Texas, and his ’02 dragster at 145.22 mph. Bunch used a holeshot to take the early lead and held on for the win against Travis Salter, of Baytown, Texas, with a 6.544-second pass to Salter’s 6.511 at 122.43. The pair returned for a final runoff and a trip to Pomona for the National Championship, with Bolton taking the win.

Adam White and Curtis Spracklin rounded out the weekend’s winners. White won in the No Electronics Street class and Spracklin in the two-wheeled Motorcycle class. White powered his ’84 Chevelle to a lap of 7.622 seconds at 84 mph to defeat Robert Schoemer, of Abilene, Texas, in his ’69 LeMans, who broke out at 8.160 on the 8.17 dial. Omaha, Neb., resident Spracklin outran Chad Isley in a double-breakout final round at 5.409, 121.35 mph.

Hefler, Bolton, White, and Spracklin will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Final,s where they will face off with the winners from the six other NHRA divisions for a purse of more than $100,000.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
North Star Dragway 70
Tulsa Raceway Park 55
Royal Purple Raceway 55
Texas Raceway 46
Hobbs Motorsports Park 46
Paris Dragstrip 45
Thunder Valley Raceway Park 42
Texas Motorplex 33
Thunder Road Raceway Park 14
No Problem Raceway Park 7


The following are the final results from the South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Motorplex:

SUPER PRO
Brad Bolton, Paris, Texas, '98 dragster, 4.856, 139.80 def.
Rusty Baxter, Beckville, Texas, '02 dragster, 4.725, 145.22

PRO
Jay Bunch, Piedmont, Okla., '67 Nova, 6.544, 116.96 def.
Travis Salter, Baytown, Texas, '67 Camaro, 6.511, 122.43

NO ELECTRONICS QUICK
Jeff Hefler, Fort Worth, Texas, '76 Vega, 6.478, 101.03 def.
Jesse Cervantes, Ennis, Texas, '62 Nova, 6.387, 107.70

NO ELECTRONICS STREET
Adam White, Houston, '84 Chevelle, 7.622, 84.06 def.
Robert Schoemer, Abilene, Texas, '69 LeMans, 8.160, 81.82

MOTORCYCLE
Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ‘05 Kawasaki, 5.409, 121.35 def.
Chad Isley, Charleston, Ill., '08 Suzuki, 5.503, 119.63


Saturday

DALLAS – In the final results for the Race of Champions competition at Texas Motorplex and the South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, Jacob McNeal and Jody Carlson took home wins in the Electronics and No Electronics classes.

McNeal, of Gilmer, Texas, driving an ’05 dragster, beat Kevin Henery with a near-perfect 5.001-second pass on his 5.00 dial. Henery, of Prairieville, La., went 4.715 on a 4.70 dial in his losing effort in his ’08 dragster.

Carlson went 6.822 seconds at 102.49 mph in an ’87 Camaro to take the trophy home to Krum, Texas.  Carlson used a starting-line advantage to win over Gray Metcalf, of Lubbock, Texas, in his ’74 Duster, clocking in at 6.843, 98.84.

In the High School class, Watagua, Texas, racer Ryan Gleghorn defeated Zack Marinez out of Houston.  Gleghorn went 10.336 seconds in his ’05 Chevy truck to Martinez's quicker 8.548 in his ’65 Chevelle.

Kris Gassaway, of Norman, Okla., joined in with a win in the Gambler No Electronics race. Gassaway’s ’92 Mustang clocked in at 6.374, 108.73 to beat Chad Sandlin, of Burleson, Texas.

RACE OF CHAMPIONS
ELECTRONICS
Jacob McNeal, Gilmer, Texas, '05  dragster, 5.001, 135.52 def.
Kevin Henery, Prairieville, La, '08  dragster, 4.715, 145.45
 
NO ELECTRONICS
Jody Carlson, Krum, Texas, '87 Camaro, 6.822, 102.49 def.
Gary Metcalf, Lubbock, Texas, ‘74 Duster,  6.843, 98.84

HIGH SCHOOL
Ryan Gleghorn, Watagua, Texas, ‘05 Chev P/U, 10.336, 69.05 def.
Zack Martinez, Houston, '65 Chevelle, 8.548, 79.78

GAMBLER NO ELECTRONICS
Kris Gassaway, Norman, Okla., ‘92 Mustang, 6.374, 108.73 def.
Chad Sandlin, Burleson, Texas, ‘85 Chevy, 6.809, 100.61


Preview

DALLAS – Texas Motorplex will host the 2012 South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals Oct. 5-7. Top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the South Central Division will compete in six classes for individual and team honors. Individual champions in No Electronics Quick, No Electronics Street, Motorcycle, and Super Pro (or Pro) will advance to a runoff against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November. (The winners in Super Pro and Pro have a runoff to determine who will compete in Pomona.)

Participants in the top classes will compete for cash awards of more than $25,000. Drivers who advance to Pomona will each receive $3,500, and the champions in each class will earn $5,000. Competitors in the High School class will earn trophies.

The team from Thunder Valley Raceway Park, in Lexington, Okla., won the team championship last year at Texas Motorplex. Individual winners were Randell Reid in Super Pro, Brian Hughes in Pro, Alvie Merrill in No Electronics Quick, Jeromy Hefler in No Electronics Street, and Thomas Klemme in Motorcycle. Klemme was the 2011 Summit Racing Series Motorcycle national champion in Pomona last year.

Time trials at Texas Motorplex are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points-earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition, will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, and all classes will run the first round of eliminations afterward. Final eliminations begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday. 

For more information, call Texas Motorplex, 972-878-2641, or log on to TexasMotorplex.com.

SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS: Fact Sheet

WHAT: South Central Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, where top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the South Central Division compete in six classes for individual and team honors.  Competing classes include Super Pro, Pro, No Electronics Quick, No Electronics Street, and Motorcycle. The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earners from each participating track run head to head for individual honors, will run on Saturday. Event winners from Sunday’s action will advance to a national runoff at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. A High School class will also compete on Saturday.

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas, on Highway 287, two miles west of Ennis between interstates 35 and 45. From Dallas, take I-45 to Highway 287 west to the track, or take I-35E to Highway 287 east to the track. From Fort Worth, take Highway 287 east to Waxahachie toward the track.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, 2012

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, Oct. 5 -- Time trials begin at 9 a.m.
 
SATURDAY, Oct. 6 -- Final time trials begin at 9 a.m. Race of Champions and High School are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. followed by the first round of eliminations.

SUNDAY, Oct. 7 -- Eliminations continue at 9 a.m.

PURSE: The NHRA Summit Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, No Electronics Quick, No Electronics Street, and Motorcycle will compete for cash awards of more than $25,000. Sunday’s winners will advance to compete against winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November.  (There will be a runoff between the winners in Super Pro and Pro to determine who will go to Pomona.) They will each receive $3,500 for competing in Pomona, and the winner in each class in Pomona will receive $5,000.

Participants in the High School category compete for trophies.

2011 EVENT WINNERS: Thunder Valley Raceway Park, team champion; Randell Reid, Super Pro; Brian Hughes, Pro; Alvie Merrill, No Electronics Quick; Jeromy Hefler, No Electronics Street; Thomas Klemme, Motorcycle national and divisional; Taryn Greene, High School.

FEATURES: More than 500 drivers in six racing categories racing on a quarter-mile track: Super Pro, Pro, No Electronics Quick, No Electronics Street, Motorcycle, and High School. Saturday, the Race of Champions, a special race within a race, will feature top points-earning drivers from each participating racetrack in head-to-head competition.