The NHRA Summit Racing Series crowned its four national champions at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Brandon Schmall took home the trophy and the championship in the Pro class. He drove his ’70 Challenger to a 9.918-second lap in the final to defeat Paul Comeau and his ’39 Chevy. A starting-line advantage of six-hundredths proved to be the difference as Schmall left first and never looked back.
Mark Horton worked through three rounds of eliminations in Super Pro and faced off with Steven Shearer in the final round. Shearer left too soon with a foul start, handing the win to Horton, who went on to a near-perfect run of 8.107 seconds on an 8.10 dial with a reaction time of .006 seconds for a combined package of .013-second. Horton’s dragster that runs on E85 ethanol fuel ran consistent all day with passes of 8.09 and 8.10 (8.09 dial) in rounds one and two.
In the Sportsman class, a pair of NHRA regulars battled in the final as Edmond Richardson faced off against Mark Faul. Richardson took the win on a double breakout, running 12.14 (12.17 dial) in his ’66 Nova to Faul, who ran 12.71 (12.75) in his ’51 Chevy.
In the Motorcycle class, Tom Klemme returned to his winning ways, taking his second NHRA Summit Racing Series national championship, having previously won the trophy in 2008. Klemme rode his ’76 Kawasaki to a winning lap of 8.84 seconds with a .008 reaction time in downing David Primrose.
Twenty-eight Summit Racing Series competitors made the trip to California for the National Championship after earning divisional NHRA Summit Racing Series championships. Summit Racing Equipment and NHRA kicked off the weekend of racing with a dinner banquet for all of the competitors at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California.