2017 NHRA Summit Series
One of the Event Center's best-kept secrets is that, every year, there are six Sunday's of very spirited pro-quality NHRA Drag Competition in addition to over forty Thursday night "Test and Tune" evenings.
Those six special Sunday events bring the best of the best together for some (very) serious Drag Racing at Irwindale. This is a hard-fought Track Championship series sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment where every run counts and every point is important.
Fans who attend Irwindale's Sunday Summit Series races find a somewhat different atmosphere at these daytime races.
"Series" and "serious" sound a lot alike and (if you're a real NHRA Drag Racing fan) you'll know why after just one Sunday in the sun at Irwindale. As on Thursday nights, the pits and the parking are one big friendly place, and these racers, crews, car owners (and their machines) are just as accessible as ever to the fans. But the racers aren't "testing or tuning"; they're going for it every time that they roll up to the starting lights. Every run counts, every run is important first to last.
That said, fans are invited grab their shades and sun block and spend a very fast Sunday (or six!) cheering on the show at the 2017 Summit Series at Irwindale.
The 2017 NHRA-sanctioned series will run on these Sundays:
The Summit series features four divisions of NHRA Drag Racing on the eighth-mile Irwindale track: Super Pro, Pro, Pro Bike, and Sportsman and offers Drag Racing fans a wide variety of racing machines and an even wider variety of racing drivers who will compete for track, regional, and national championships.
Here's a quick rundown of our terrific 2016 Champs:
SPORTSMAN: John Wise from Mission Viejo is the Summit champ in the Sportsman category for 2016. He had two rough (30 point) races in the short, six-race series but his first race win and his win in the final event put him 43 points in the lead for his class win. Sixty-one drivers took part in the Sportsman division this year at Irwindale.
PRO CLASS: Willie Hoefer from Yucaipa had the smallest number of points in the "margin of victory" column for the Summit Pro Stock class at the Dragstrip this year, a scant 20 (496 to 476). And, proving that Pro is a tight class, third place clocked in only ONE POINT behind second at 475! All told some fifty-nine competitors rolled up to the starting line to challenge each other for the 2016 title.
PRO BIKE: Dave Miller from Whittier just rode away with the Summit Series two-wheel championship for 2016. Winning three of the six races (and finishing well in two out of the other three races) Miller amassed a 169-point advantage over his next nearest competitor for the 2016 two-wheel Summit crown. Only six bikes were on hand to vie for the Summit Championship this year on the Irwindale eighth-mile but the racing was VERY fun to watch, with riders leaning out over the handlebars to keep front wheels on the track, and close finishes at the light.
SUPER PRO: Alex George of Huntington Beach prevailed in this year's edition of the division that regularly makes most of its runs in the 6-second and below range. George's early season form saw him at season's end with a sixty-seven point advantage over second place. Twelve different drivers clashed on the Irwindale 'strip in this division during the 2016 season.
Fans are, of course, welcome (No ... highly encouraged!) to attend these special Summit Series Sunday events that start early with gates opening at 8 a.m.
There'll be three exciting qualifying rounds (time permitting) followed immediately by elimination runs at 1 p.m.
Sunday admission is only $10 and parking is FREE.
And, remember, there's Thursday Night NHRA Street Legal Drag Racing year-round at Irwindale. Always fun, fast, and friendly, you can race your own car for $20, or watch for $10 (and FREE parking either way).
And ... There's always great concession food, cool cars, and plenty of nice people who really dig all of the above at:
Ir-Win-Dale Drag Strip!