ONAWA, Iowa — Joe Soucek Jr. made sure the 12-hour plus drive from Ohio to Onawa Dragway was worth it by taking wins in both the Top and Mod classes at the IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering.
The Rittman, Ohio racer put together a solid run of 6.591 seconds on a 6.58 dial-in at 103.74 mph and a .035 reaction time to beat Brendon Blakely of Sioux Falls, S.D., in Saturday’s Mod Final. Brenden Blakney finished with a 6.672-second run on a 6.68 dial-in and a .036 reaction time.
Will Zoellner from Logan, Iowa captured Saturday’s Top victory. He ran a 5.183 on a 5.14 dial-in (126.37 mph) along with a .024 reaction time. Jerry Tilson from Plattsmouth, Neb. was runner-up with a 5.254-second effort on a 5.14 dial-in (128.72 mph) on a 5.14-dial in.
The Sportsman race was won by Kirk Breier from Belleview, Neb. on a holeshot. His .010 reaction time set him apart from the .086 posted by runner-up Rick Pitzer from Glenwood, Iowa. Breier’s other numbers included a 7.789-second pass (82.28 mph) on a 7.75 dial-in. Pitzer posted a 7.571 (87.53) on a 7.52 dial-in.
Hometown racer Sydney Richards was able to overcome a slower start in the Junior Dragster final. Richards went down the drag strip in 7.706 seconds (83.04 mph) on a 7.69 dial-in after a .177 reaction time. Max Smiley from Emerson, Iowa was much faster on the light at .011, but came up shot with an 8.200 (68.08 mph) on a 7.95 dial-in.
Soucek doubled up Sunday with his win in the Top class. He was spot-on with a 6.577 run on a 6.57 dial-in at 101.06 mph. Runner-up Bruce Briscoe from Pueblo West, Colo., was quicker on the light .010 to .013, but didn’t match the overall numbers with a. 5.256 run on a 5.22 dial-in at 128.87 mph.
Jason Chapin took the Mod trophy back to the Cornhusker State. He paired a 6.400 pass at 103.35 mph on a 6.36 dial-in with a .011 reaction time. Jack Underwood from Council Bluffs, Iowa finished in 6.024 seconds at 110.11 mph on a 5.98 dial-in, along with a .012 reaction time.
The Sportsman title came down to a pair of Rock Rapids, Iowa racers. Joe McCarty won the holeshot with a .016 to .062 reaction time for Craig Delfs. McCarty went down the track in 7.661 seconds at 83.84 mph on a 7.58 dial-in. Delfs posted an 8.426-second run (83.49 mph) on an 8.36 dial-in.
Bailey Dorneman took the Junior Dragster title with an 8.400-second pass (69.62 mph) on a 7.95 dial-in. Madi Clark from Rittman, Ohio was a tick faster .008 to .009 with the reaction time and posted final-round numbers of an 8.643-second run (74.18 mph) on a 7.91 dial-in.
The IHRA Sportsman Spectacular presented by Hagerty and Moser Engineering heads Northeast with a two-day event scheduled at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York on June 19-20.