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SGMP welcomes back Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals
Thursday, September 30, 2010


South Georgia Motorsports Park takes team championship

CECIL, Ga. (October 2, 2010) – The South Georgia Motorsports Park Team piled up 42 points to take their first Team Championship for this weekend’s NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil Ga., while two Georgia racers added individual championships.

Following the South Georgia team were the teams from Sunshine Dragstrip and Bradenton Motorsports Park who are sister tracks from Florida.  Sunshine scored 39 points to finish second and Bradenton finished in a tie for 3rd with Atlanta Dragway with 34 points.

Phillip Owens led the individual winners taking home the trophy in the Super Pro class.  The Lithia Springs, Ga., racer blasted down the track in 4.725 seconds at 138.86 mph for the win against Gary Marshall, North Fort Myers, Fla.  Myers ran 4.841 at 141.33 for the runner up finish. 

Joining Owens was Leesburg, Ga., resident Jimmy Santos, running for Silver Dollar Raceway, who held off the quicker Steve Foley, Barbourville, Ky., for the win in the Sportsman class.  Santos went 8.387 seconds in his ’79 Camaro to Foley’s 8.213 in his ’74 Duster.  The win was Santos first win of the season and the biggest of his career.

In the Pro class, Gary Williams outlasted the rest of the field winning over David Scott, Jacksonville, Fla.  Williams, Bradenton, Fla., put his ’85 S-10 in the winner’s circle with a lap of 6.460 seconds at 101.04 mph to Scott’s 6.953 in his Camaro.  Williams also won on Friday in the 6.50 Index class knocking out Dennis Deal, Bonaire, Ga.

The win in Motorcycle went to Fleming Island, Fla., rider Mike Lakoskey and his ’95 Suzuki.  Lakoskey took the win with a lap of 5.290 seconds at 130.09 mph against Mike Voss of Maplewood, Minn., at 5.623, 114.93 mph.  These four winners will advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship in Pomona, Calif., in November where they will face off against the Summit Division Champions from NHRA’s six other divisions.

Also in action this weekend was the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League and both the Southeast Division Jr. Championships and the Division’s Race of Champions.  On Saturday with the Race of Champions with Florida racers making a clean sweep led by David Peterson, Nokomis, Fla., taking the win in the 13-17 year old class.  Peterson went 7.922 seconds at 82.63 mph to defeat Zachary Allen, Panama, Fla.  Daniel Young and Katrina Carpenter took wins in their respective classes as well.  Young, Palm Harbor, Fla., won in the 10-12 year old class downing Landon Stahl, Boone, N.C., and Carpenter, St. Pete, Fla., held off Abby Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., in an all female 8-9 year old final. 

On Sunday, the Jr. racers took to the track for the Southeast Division Championship with Bailey Denton leading the charge in the 13-17 year old class.  The McDonough, Ga., racer clicked off an 8.010 second lap at 71.95 mph in beating Darren Peterson, Nokomis, Fla.  A pair of Florida racers took home the other two NHRA trophies with Jennifer Craft, Melbourne, Fla., winning the 10-12 year old class and Abby Hostetter making her way to the winner’s circle in the 8-9 year old category.  Craft ran an 8.930 on an 8.90 index to win over Camryn Fredrickson, Palm Harbor, Fl., who fouled with a red light start.  Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., took a starting-line advantage and never looked back to win over Carson Brown, Bluntville, Tenn.  Hostetter clocked in at 13.111 at 54.83 mph to Brown’s 13.170 at 46.75.  The win was the first NHRA Wally trophy win for all three racers.

Other winners on Friday were Viktor Adams, Gainesville, Fla., in the 7.50 Index class and his ’89 Firebird over John Norris, Royston, Ga.; Robert Ward, Sanford, Fla., against Charlie McCulloch, Kennesaw, Ga., in the Open Comp Full Body class; and Jerry Norton, Bradenton, Fla., over Aaron Roberts, Bluff City, Tenn., in Open Comp Open Body.

The division’s High School Championship came down to Allen Long, Ballfround, Ga., and Trevor Estes, Tallahassee, Fla., with Long getting the best of Estes in his ’96 Chevy running 11.064 seconds at 59.24 mph for the win.

Drivers from the Southeast Division in the NHRA Summit Racing Series gathered at Gainesville Raceway in March 2011 for the annual Race of Champions event. Run in conjunction with the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, the 2010 top points earners from each track in the Southeast Division faced off to be crowned the winner of their class in the Race of Champions on Sunday. Sunshine Dragstrip, Clearwater, Fla., and sister track, Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Fla., swept the event this weekend by having drivers from their tracks win all four competing classes.

Mark Ciechowski, Clearwater, Fla., made it through the 12-car field and defeated Mark Mullen in the final to become the Super Pro Race of Champions winner. Driving his ’02 dragster with a Chevy 588 engine, he ran a final eighth-mile time of 4.978 seconds at 133.99 mph and brought home a win for his home track, Sunshine Dragstrip.

Bradenton Motorsports Park drivers dominated the rest of the event. In Pro, Chris Adams and Joe Tillman, Longwood, Fla., raced the strip in their 1970s vehicles in the final round. Adams, Bradenton, Fla., was victorious in his ’76 Vega, running 6.669 seconds at 95.82 mph.
In Sportsman, Kevin Roberts, St. Petersburg, Fla., and his ’02 Corvette faced off against Mike Jubinski, Crestview, Fla., and his ’71 Dodge Demon. Roberts ran his Corvette for 8.423 seconds at 85.89 mph to beat out Jubinski’s run of 9.661 seconds at 72.21 mph.

Bringing home the third and final trophy for Bradenton Motorsports Park in Motorcycle was the rider from Venice, Fla., Roy Hagadorn. Hagadorn, the 2008 Motorcycle Southeast Division champion in the Summit Racing Series made it back to the winner’s circle on Sunday after defeating Eddie Torres, Farjado, Puerto Rico. Racing with his ’81 Suzuki, Hagadorn ran for 5.628 seconds at 118.18 mph in the final round.

The following are final results from the NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park:

Team Championship Final Points Standings
South Georgia Motorsports Park 42
Sunshine Dragstrip 39
Bradenton Motorsports Park 34
Atlanta Dragway 34
Bristol Dragway 32
Silver Dollar Raceway 31
Orlando Speedworld Dragway 29
Music City Raceway 29
Gainesville Raceway 28
Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park 15
Emerald Coast Dragway 13
Puerto Rico Int’l Raceway 1

Super Pro
Phillip Owens, Lithia Springs, Ga., ’05 Dragster 4.725 seconds, 138.86 mph def.
Gary Marshall, Fort Myers, Fla., ’00 dragster 4.841, 141.33

Pro
Gary Williams, Bradenton, Fla., ’85 S-10, 6.460, 101.04 def.
David Scott, Jacksonville, Fla., Camaro, 6.953, 96.13

Sportsman
Jimmy Santos, Leesburg, Ga., ’79 Camaro, 8.387, 81.40 def.
Steve Foley, Barbourville, Ky., ’74 Duster, 8.213, 78.57

Motorcycle
Mike Lakoskey, Fleming Island, Fla., ’95 Suzuki, 5.290, 130.09 def.
Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., 5.623, 114.93.

Jr. Dragster 13-17 year old
Bailey Denton, McDonough, Ga., 8.010, 71.95 def.
Darren Peterson, Nokomis, Fla., 9.514, 50.88

Jr. Dragster 10-12 year old
Jennifer Craft, Melbourne, Fla., 8.930, 72.11 def.
Camryn Fredrickson, Palm Harbor, Fla., 8.904, 72.48

Jr. Dragster 8-9 year old
Abby Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fl., 13.111, 54.83 def
Carson Brown, Bluntville, Tenn., 13.170 47.75

Jr. Dragster 13-17 year old Race of Champions
David Peterson, Nokomis, Fla., 7.922, 82.63 def.
Zachary Allen, Panama, Fla., 8.198, 81.64

Jr. Dragster 10-12 year old Race of Champions
Daniel Young, Palm Harbor, Fla., 9.582, 60.78 def.
Landon Stahl, Boone, N.C., 8.890, 71.70

Jr. Dragster 8-9 year old Race of Champions
Katrina Carpenter, St Pete, Fla., 12.950, 48.61 def.
Abby Hostetter, Crawfordville, Fla., 12.948, 52.41

6.50 Index
Gary Williams, Bradenton, Fla., ‘85 S-10, 7.376, 57.50 def.
Dennis Deal, Bonaire, Ga., ’93 Chevy

7.50 Index
Viktor Adams, Gainesville, Fla., ’89 Firebird, 7.499, 84.43 def.
John Norris, Royston, Ga., ’86 Camaro, 7.476, 78.52

Open Comp Full Body
Robert Ward, Sanford, Fla., ’72 Maverick 8.472, 78.87 def.
Charlie McCulloch, Kennesaw, Ga., ’98 Cobra, 6.945,101.58

Open Comp Open Body
Jerry Norton, Bradenton, Fla., 5.070, 127.98 def.
Aaron Roberts, Bluff City, Tenn., 4.923, 137.53

High School
Allen Long, Ballfround, Ga., ’96 Chevy, 11.064, 59.24 def.
Trevor Estes, Tallahassee, Fla., ’71 Maverick, 8.520, 79.22

Super Pro Race of Champions
Mark Ciechowski, Clearwater, Fla., ’02 Miller, 4.978, 133.99 def.
Mark Mullen, ’66 Chevelle, 6.970, 97.76

Pro Race of Champions
Chris Adams, Bradenton, Fla., ’76 Vega, 6.669, 95.82 def.
Joe Tillman, Longwood, Fla., ’70 Duster, 6.424, 105.14

Sportsman Race of Champions
Kevin Roberts, St. Petersburg, Fla., ’02 Corvette, 8.423, 85.89 def.
Mike Jubinski, Crestview, Fla., ’71 Dodge Demon, 9.661, 72.21

Motorcycle Race of Champions
Roy Hagadorn, Venice, Fla., ’81 Suzuki, 5.628, 118.18 def.
Eddie Torres, Farjado, Puerto Rico, ’05 Suzuki, 5.885, 119.45



PREVIEW
The top bracket racers in NHRA’s Southeast Division will be at South Georgia Motorsports Park Sept. 30-Oct. 3 for the 2010 Southeast Division NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals and the division's Jr. Drag Racing League finals.  Racers in five categories from across the region will compete for individual and team honors and a share of the cash and contingency purse.  Racing classes are Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike, and High School. The Jr. Dragster Division Championships will be run in conjunction with the event as well as three heads-up classes.

Individual champions from the Summit Racing Series will advance to a national runoff at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona in November. They will compete against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for national titles and a winner-take-all $5,000 payday. Racers who run in Pomona will receive an additional $3,500.

The Jr. portion of the event will also include the Jr. Dragster Race of Champions, a race within a race in which top points-earning Jr. Dragster drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition.

Gates at South Georgia Motorsports Park will open at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. Time trials will start Thursday at 10 a.m. and continue Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eliminations will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. The Jr. Dragster Race of Champions will start at 6 p.m. Saturday. Jr. Dragster eliminations will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. following time run.

South Georgia Motorsports Park is 12 miles north of Valdosta, Ga. Take I-75 (from north or south) to Exit 32, Old Coffee Road. Take Old Coffee Road east to Highway 41. Go north to the track.

For more information, call the track, 229-896-7000, or log on to www.SGMP.com or www.NHRAdiv2.com.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS

WHAT: NHRA Summit Racing Series, in which top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the Southeast Division compete in five classes for individual and team honors. Competing classes are Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Pro Bike, and High School. Event winners from Saturday’s action in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will advance to a national runoff at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona. Also in competition will be three heads-up classes and the Jr. Dragster Division Championships.

WHERE: South Georgia Motorsports Park, Cecil, Ga., 12 miles north of Valdosta, Ga. Take I-75 (from north or south) to Exit 32, Old Coffee Road. Take Old Coffee Road east to Highway 41. Go north to the track.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Sept. 30 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Time trials begin at 10 a.m.
    
FRIDAY, Oct. 1 -- Gates open at 8 a.m. Final time trials are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

SATURDAY, Oct. 2 -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Jr. Dragster Race of Champions, a race within a race in which top points-earners from each track square off in head-to-head competition, will start at 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, Oct. 3 -- Jr. Dragster eliminations following one time run at 9 a.m.

PURSE: The Summit Racing Series competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike will compete for cash awards of $15,700. 

The winners in each category 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. They will each receive $3,500 for advancing to the Finals, and the winner in each class will receive an additional $5,000. 

Participants in the High School category compete for trophies.

2009 EVENT WINNERS: Sunshine Dragstrip, team champion; Allan Ackles Jr., Super Pro; Troy Williams Jr., Pro; Steve Stites, Sportsman; Roy Hagadorn, Pro Bike