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Beacon Dragway Captures IHRA Division 2 Championship

MILLINGTON, TN — Beacon Dragway captured the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 2 (Heat Wave) Summit Team Finals held at Memphis International Raceway over the weekend.

Beacon Dragway took a 51-43 win over defending champions London Dragway. Other tracks who participated were: Memphis International Raceway, Holly Springs Motorsports, Brainerd Motorsports Park, Buffalo Valley Dragway, Knoxville, Dragway, Gulfport Dragway, Prescott Raceway, I-64 Dragway and Ozark Raceway.

Leading up to the main event, racers participated in Friday Gambler’s races, Saturday Gambler’s races and best of awards. 

Main Event

Top

Cody Graham (Holly Springs Motorsports) put together a winning package with 5.006 elapsed time at 107.59 mph against a 4.65 dial-in, along with a .002 reaction time. Runner-up Jason Ferrell (Holly Spring Motorsports) raced down the track in 7.695 seconds at 107.59 mph against a 6.23 dial-in.

Beacon Dragway

Mod

Wes Lockart (Beacon Dragway) defeated final-round opponent Ronnie Overstreet (Beacon Dragway). Lockart had a 5.653-second run at 121.69 mph with a .060 reaction time. Overstreet posted a 7.082 elapsed time at 97.32 mph but red lighted with a -.008 reaction time. 

Beacon Dragway

Sportsman

David Bigham (Brainerd Motorsports Park) captured the win with a 7.531 elapsed time at 90.88 mph coupled with a .031 reaction time. Brad Davis (Holly Springs Motorsports) posted a 7.971 second run at 83.87 mph with a .049 reaction time. 

Beacon Dragway

Junior

 Gage Rachford (Buffalo Valley Dragway) had a .066 reaction time and then raced down the 1/8-mile at 8.032 seconds and 73.81 mph. Aubrey Loy (Knoxville Dragstrip) finished runner-up with an 9.180 elapsed time at 71.64 mph with a .182 reaction time. 

Division 2 Team Finals

Friday Gambler’s Race

Top — Top-5 winners split purse. 

Mod — David Hammons (Gulfport Dragway) 6.85 on a 6.81 dial-in, .024 reaction time defeated Toby Daniels (London Dragway) 6.94 on a 6.93 dial-in, .067 reaction time.

Sportsman — Brad Davis (Holly Springs Motorsports) 8.06 on a 8.05 dial-in, .019 reaction time defeated Jimmy Harmon (Brainerd Motorsports Park) 7.64 on a 7.62 dial-in, -.018 reaction time.

Junior — Rylee Wells (Gulfport Dragway) 8.01 on a 7.98 dial-in, .019 reaction time defeated Joshua Varner (Brainerd Motorsports Park) 9.09 on a 9.03 dial-in, .028 reaction time.

Saturday Gambler’s Race

Top — Keith Thomas (Knoxville Dragstrip) 4.92 on a 4.92 dial-in, .010 reaction time defeated Sean Scott (Holly Springs Motorsports) 5.74 on a 5.70 dial-in, .006 reaction time.

Mod — Lucas Walker and Jamie Martin split the purse prior to the final round

Sportsman – Laine Blackburn (I-64 Motorplex) 7.59 on a 7.54 dial-in, .029 reaction time defeated Marty Goldsmith (Brainerd Motorsports Park) 7.79 on 7.67 dial in, .085 reaction time.

Junior — Gage Rachford (Buffalo Valley Dragway) 7.92 on an 7.92 dial-in, .058 reaction time defeated Rylee Wells (Gulfport Dragway) 8.01 on a 7.98 dial-in, .028 reaction time.

Special Awards

  • Best Appearing Open Bodied Car — Ashley Bargo, London Dragway
  • Best Engineered Open Bodied Car — Jody Jent, London Dragway 2
  • Best Appearing Full Bodied Car — Mike Payne, Gulfport Dragway
  • Best Engineered Full Bodied Car — Casey Geeslin, Holly Springs Motorsports 2
  • Best Appearing Junior Dragster — Juliet Mashburn, Brainerd Motorsports Park 2
  • Best Engineered Junior Dragster — Noah Jent, London Dragway 2
  • Best Team Spirit — Knoxville Dragstrip
  • Best Appearing Grandstands — London Dragway
  • Best Appearing Team — Beacon Dragway

Team Standings

  1. Beacon Dragway 51
  2. London Dragway 43
  3. Holly Springs Motorsports 37
  4. Brainerd Motorsports Park 35
  5. Brainerd Motorsports Park 2 33
  6. Holly Springs Motorsports 2 32
  7. Buffalo Valley Dragway 30
  8. Memphis International Raceway 30
  9. Knoxville Dragstrip 29
  10. Knoxville Dragstrip 2 25
  11. London Dragway 2 21
  12. Gulfport Dragway 19
  13. Gulfport Dragway 2 16
  14. Prescott Raceway 16
  15. Beacon Dragway 2 16
  16. I-64 Motorplex 11
  17. Ozark Raceway 9
  18. Memphis International Raceway 2 5
  19. I-64 Motorplex 2 1

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