WEST PALM BEACH, Fla – The new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular will make its debut at a brand-new facility in the Lone Star State.
The opening weekend of races will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the state-of-the-art Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win on Sunday. The event flyer and all racing information can be found here.
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.
The biggest value comes for anyone who pre-enters for the event online. All pre-entered racers will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday’s race, you will get a free entry for Sunday’s race.
Online pre-entries are available online through Feb. 26, 2018. Click here for online registration.
On-site entry fees are $150 for Saturday with a $10,000-to-win payout, $2,000 for the runner-up, $1,000 for the semifinals, and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners. For Sunday, entry fees are $100 (for anyone not pre-entered) with a $5,000-to-win payout, $1,000 for the runner-up, $500 for the semifinals and $100 per round starting with Round 3 winners.
“We are very excited to be able to bring grassroots bracket racers their shot at $15,000 to win over two races for only $150 pre-entry,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “Our goal with this new program was to have a big money race without the big money entry fees. With all the extra features packed into this weekend, especially for IHRA members, we think these events are one of the overall best values out there.”In addition to having the opportunity to get two races for the price of one, the Summit Sportsman Spectacular events feature a set of unique bonus opportunities for all current IHRA Summit SuperSeries racers. There are cash bonuses for the Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event. There is also a contingency program that is available for all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day.
The weekend program includes a test & tune, racer appreciation cookout and a golf cart race. The race weekend also features several rounds of prizes awarded to the best losing package of 1st through 3rd rounds. IHRA Ironman trophies and large championship checks for event winners will be presented Saturday and Sunday. IHRA partner Imagine That Customswill also award a custom painted one-of-a-kind trophy helmet to one competitor at each of the 10 weekends.
All valid competition licenses and chassis certifications will be honored at the Summit Sportsman Spectacular events regardless of sanction. All drivers running 0-6.39 in the 1/8-mile must have an IHRA, NHRA or accepted competition license. A valid chassis certification is required for vehicles running 6.00 or quicker. Chassis certifications and license renewals will be available on site. Competitors obtaining an IHRA license for the first time are encouraged to complete the licensing process through the IHRA membership department prior to the event to ensure all documents are acceptable.
Other announced sites and dates include: Darlington Dragway (May 25-27), Dragway 42 (Jun. 8-10) and Maryland International Raceway (Aug. 24-26). The rest of the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule will be released at a later date.
About International Hot Rod Association:
Headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) is one of the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning bodies. The IHRA promotes Sportsman drag racing for drivers of all levels. The IHRA sanctions nearly 100 motorsport facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Bahamas and welcomes 80,000 racers annually to their IHRA-sanctioned facilities.
The IHRA oversees multiple Sportsman racing programs including the Summit Racing Equipment SuperSeries and the Sportsman Spectacular. For more information, visit www.IHRA.com, or connect on Facebook.com/IHRAMotorsports, Twitter @IHRA or Instagram @IHRADRS.