ACE Summer Slam shows continued success in Ohio

ACE Ohio Events presents the Summit Summer Slam where 400 entries raced for their chance at three $20,000 paydays, an array of bonus prizes, and a few delicious meals.

WEST SALEM, OH – Marco Abruzzi, Travis Colangelo, and Jacob Elrod are the brains behind ACE Ohio Events, LLC. After successful events in previous years, they returned to Dragway 42 for the Summit Racing Equipment Summer Slam June 4-7, 2020.

Thursday: $5,000 Gamblers Race

Following test-and-tune, Thursday’s action began with a $5K gamblers race sponsored by Brodix Cylinder Heads. The event moved to Saturday after four rounds of racing were completed, due to an earlier rain delay.

A pair of Taylors with .018 reaction times squared off in a double breakout final round for $5K. Scott Taylor’s Camaro roadster ran .001 under the dial which gave him the win over Steve Taylor’s .017 breakout.

Scott Taylor ACE summer slam thursday 5k winner
Photo credit: BME Photography

Friday: TRM Manufacturing/GEM Attachments $20,000 Main Event

At approximately 4am on Saturday, the first $20,000 check went home with Johnny “John Boat” Brannen when he was dead on his 4.57 dial in and .016 on the tree. This was reportedly Johnny’s first time driving the Folk family’s dragster. Chris Bear took the runner up spot with his .003 reaction time and .0042 breakout.

Johnny Brannen ACE summer slam friday 20k winner
Photo credit: BME Photography
Chris Bear – Friday’s 20k Runner Up

Saturday: Vintage Trailers Ltd. Sponsors $20,000 Main Event and $7,500 Gamblers Race

Two familiar names in the big money bracket racing world dueled in Saturday’s main event final round. Kenny Underwood added another big check to his collection over Will Holloman.

Only four thousandths separated their reaction times, with Holloman having the advantage, but Underwood ran closer to the dial during the double breakout run to claim $20K.

Photo credit: BME Photography
Will Holloman, Carolina, and Megan Lemen for Saturday’s 20k Runner Up

Following a packed day of racing action, Saturday’s $7,500 gamblers race purse was split among the remaining 49 competitors.

Sunday: Bazell Race Fuels $20,000 Main Event and 48 Car Re-Entry Runoff Sponsored by Jones Transmission Cooling Systems

Sunoco Sunday’s main event was an all door-car final and just an all around great drag race. Matt Dadas, who has already made a habit of final round appearances this year, staged beside A.J. Buchanan for the final $20,000 payday.

Both drivers were dead on their dial-ins with .012 reaction times resulting in a .002 margin of victory and win light in Buchanan’s lane.

AJ Buchanan ACE summer slam sunday 20k winner
Photo credit: BME Photography
Matt Dadas ACE summer slam sunday 20k runner up
Photo credit: BME Photography

The 16 best losing reaction times from each main event’s re-entry round were entered into a 48 car shootout on Sunday. Hunter “Hunny Wayne” Patton took home the top prize. He earned an entry into the 25th Annual Million Dollar Race main event in Montgomery, AL.

Ricky Adkins earned a weekend entry into the Million’s Triple 50K’s with his runner up finish. The lone semifinalist, Zach Fisher, picked up a weekend entry into ACE Ohio Events Summit Fall Fest.

Thanks again to BME Photography for all the winner’s circle photos. Check out their Facebook page for more racing images.

ACE Ohio Events will be coming back to Dragway 42 for the Summit Racing Equipment Fall Fest Aug. 13-16.

A weekend full of racing includes the Triple $20,000 main events and the Blind Squirrel Shootout. Thursday also features the return of a free bonus race open to American Race Car drivers. The prize is a new American Race Car dragster painted by R&R Auto Body (estimated $25,000 value).

The entry list is capped at 400 and you don’t want to miss it! Pre-entries are available now, so click here to claim your spot!


Jessica was born into a family of drag racers and fell in love with the sport at a young age. She began competing at 13 and has been hooked ever since! She even met her husband at the World Footbrake Challenge VII. Jessica works full time as an Ultrasound Technologist but spends almost every weekend chasing win lights at IHRA and NHRA bracket races.

You can contact her at Jessica@dragchamp.com or on her Facebook page.

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