San Antonio Raceway
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Summit Pro-am Touring Series Results from San Antonio Raceway
by J.M. Hallas
MARION, Texas -- Racing concluded for the weekend at San Antonio Raceway Sunday for a second day of Sportsman racing, as part of the Summit Pro-Am Touring Series. Drivers from all across the mid-south, southwest and even as far away as Virginia signed in for their chance to take home an Ironman Trophy and a guaranteed spot in the Tournament of Champions race to be held later in the year, at Memphis International Raceway.
On tap for Sunday was one round of qualifying followed by eliminations in all the Sportsman classes(Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and all three divisions of Jr. Dragsters(Master, Advanced and Beginner). ET Box and No-Box held one round of eliminations Saturday night, with completion of that show also on the slate. Top Sportsman, who had visibility issues arise Saturday night, also had a couple rounds to complete as part of today’s show.
As a bonus for all the fans and teams, Mitch King Motorsports had his Top Fuel Dragster, driven by Keith Murt, out to make some shakedown runs. For all of us ‘old school’ guys, Donnie Anderson also had his beautiful Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster, which was all built in-house, making some test passes. Mitch King also brought out his Prostalgia Brand X Funny Car for two test runs.
Multi-time champ Chris Gulitti(Spring, Tx.) in his Pontiac Firebird took home the Ironman in Top Sportsman beating out Glenn Wright(Odessa, Tx.) in the finals. Gulitti got the win early after Wright went .001 red at the start.
Chris Gulitti 7.72 @ 172.94 defeats Glenn Wright 6.99 @ 199.47
Two-time and reigning San Antonio Raceway champion, Scott Ball(San Antonio, Tx.) showed why he was king of the hill at his home track in the Top Dragster title match. Ball ran a 7.796 on a 7.79 dial in to beat Larry Edison(Mineral Wells, Tx.) who went through with a 7.182 on a 7.17 dial.
Scott Ball 7.79 @ 168.73 defeats Larry Edison 7.18 @ 182.85
Jeffery Miller avenged his last night’s loss to Pete Perry(Bowie, Tx.) in the Super Stock title round. Just as in last night’s final run both drivers broke out, but this time Miller was the lesser offender. Miller outran his dial index by .011 versus Perry’s .017.
Jeffery Miller 10.26 @ 128.06 defeats Pete Perry 9.94 @ 131.43
Spring Branch, Texas’ Kirk Morgan came into the Stock finals paired with Darrell Irwin(Kennedale, Tx.) Morgan had three hundredth in the bank on green and used the holshot advantage to outrun Irwin at the finish line.
Kyle Morgan 11.34 @ 110.78 defeats Darrell Irwin 11.67 @ 111.03
A bit of top end gamesmanship determined the outcome for the Quick Rod final pairing. Both drivers were on and off the throttle in a game of break out chicken. Bart Nelson’s(LaPorte, Tx.) dragster came away with the win over Dale Scates(Center, Tx.), Monte Carlo, the only door car in the class.
Bart Nelson 9.23 @ 105.73 defeats Dale Scates 9.31 @ 108.04
Hamlin, Texas’ Joe Collier scored the Super Rod double dip grabbing wins both nights in his 2000 Monte Carlo. Collier went up against Shannon Brinkley in the finals where both drivers broke out. Collier was closest to the 9.90 index missing by .008 while Brinkley went .012 under the number.
Joe Collier 9.89 @ 153.11 defeats Shannon Brinkley 9.88 @ 153.43.
David Bills(Marion), in his sweet 56 Chevy got the win over Scott Turnbough’s(Mansfield, Tx.) Camaro after when Turnbough broke out by .002. Bills, who also won in the Saturday night show, was on his game all weekend long running a 10.910 on a 10.90 dial in.
David Bills 10.910 @ 139.53 defeats Scott Turnbough 10.89 @ 138.16
In the ET Box finals Tammy Chamberlain(Millersville, Tx.) popped a .002 light but was unable to hold off the hard charging Ryan McDonnell(San Antonio, Tx.) at the stripe.
Ryan McDonnell 7.92 @ 129.16 defeats Tammy Chamberlain 10.64 @ 117.08
The ET No-Box finals saw Jason Patterson(Highlands, Tx.) in his Camaro get the win over Russell Price(San Antonio, Tx.) in a double break out race. Patterson was under his dial in by .007 while Price was under his by .028
Jason Patterson 10.59 @ 121.16 defeats Russell Price 11.27 @ 117.04
Rockdale, Texas’ Kyle Williams matched up against Cory Marr(Forney, Tx.) in the Jr. Dragster Masters Division. Williams used a .007 light to get ahead early and hold on for the holeshot victory.
Kyle Williams 8.12 @ 77.60 defeats Cory Marr 7.93 @ 77.61
Defending track champ Ashley Hubble worked her way to the Advanced Division finals where she met Leslie Grissom in an all girls shootout. Grissom went red at the start giving the victory to Hubble.
Ashley Hubble 8.96 @ 71.69 defeats Leslie Grissom 9.08 @ 70.68
Trace Casey(Van Vleck, Tx.) took on Arabella Maitland(Brenham, Tx.) in Jr. Dragster Beginners Final round. Casey left first with a .004 light and carried the advantage all the way through the traps for the win.
Trace Casey 13.01 @ 47.07 defeats Arabella Maitland 13.05 @ 50.23