Dugas, Neely, Miles take double wins at exciting IHRA Pro-Am Wild Card weekend at Memphis International Raceway

Millington, T.N. (June 20,  2013) Memphis  International Raceway lived up to its reputation as one of the most sought-after  racing destinations in the country over the weekend as the famous track hosted a  pair of IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour Wild Card races with great  results over Father’s Day weekend.

Three drivers claimed double wins  during the special two-race Wild Card format highlighted by Leslie Dugas who  swept the Top Sportsman category, Wes Neely who doubled up in Stock Eliminator  and Mark Miles who took home two wins and a runner-up finish in two different  categories.

The rest of the winners from a busy  Memphis weekend included Ed Smith and Matt Levatino (Top Dragster), Jimmy  Hidalgo Jr. and Scott Stillings (Super Stock), Vernon Rowland (Quick Rod), John  May (Super Rod) and Ricky Roe and Greg Fowler (Hot Rod). Junior Dragster winners  were Kaleigh Scates and Darian Boesch (Junior Masters), Mackenzie Martin and  Kenneth Hillin (Junior Advanced) and Trace Casey (Junior Beginner).

Dozens of states were represented at  the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour race at Memphis International Raceway  including nine states and one Canadian province among the final round  participants alone. Among the states represented in the 20 finals were Alabama,  Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and West  Virginia. Ontario, Canada was represented by duel-class competitor and Top  Dragster winner Ed Smith.

Georgia native Mark Miles got the  Memphis doubleheader off to a rousing start and took home the most hardware over  the course of the weekend. Miles had wins in Quick Rod and Super Rod on Day 1 of  the two-day race and added a runner-up finish in Super Rod on Day 2. On the  weekend Miles went 12-2 in round-by-round competition and took home three  trophies.

Miles’ wins included an incredibly  narrow final round victory over Jeremy Mason in Quick Rod as Miles edged his  opponent by five thousandths off the line with a .010 light and ran an  8.906-second lap at 173.09 mph in the 8.90 class to take the win by three  thousandths at the line. That win came just moments after he took an eight  thousandths margin of victory over Tommy Maedgen in the Super Rod final earlier  in the day.

In IHRA’s premier doorslammer class  Grandview, Texas’ Leslie Dugas swept the Top Sportsman category behind the wheel  of his ’97 Olds Cutlass with a pair of narrow wins over Scooter Hampton and  Marlon Goates. Dugas had reaction times of .005 and .010 in the two finals and  ran near dead-on the numbers in both to take the wins.

Memphis’ other double race winner was  Florence, Mississippi’s Wes Neely who drove his G/FIA ‘’88 Trans Am Stocker to  wins over Sam Pourciau and Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. In both Neely’s opponents had  trouble at the line with Pourcia ticking the red bulb and Hidalgo posting a  half-second reaction time and running -.016 over the number.

Junior Dragster racer Trace Casey  wrapped up the busy weekend with a pair of Beginner victories over Devin Johnson  and Carson Russell to sweep the mini-dragster category.

The Memphis race is a precursor to  the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals that will be held at MIR in  October.

The following are the final results  from the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL  doubleheader at Memphis International Raceway.


The following are Saturday’s final  results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL,  Renegades Division 4 day one at Memphis International  Raceway:

TOP SPORTSMAN – Leslie Dugas, Grandview, Texas,  ’97 Cutlass, 7.439, 184.47 def. Scooter Hampton, Odessa, Texas, ’06 GTO, 7.414,  187.21.

TOP DRAGSTER – Ed Smith, LaSalle, Ont., dragster,  18.501, 67.72 def. Jeff Bobo, Walnut, Miss., dragster, broke.

SUPER STOCK – Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville,  La., ’02 Firebird, SS/HA, 9.987, 124.55  def. Scott Stillings,  Louisville, Ky., ’98 Grand Am, PAA-1, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR – Wes Neely, Florence, Miss., ’88  Trans Am, G/FIA, 12.384, 96.49 def. Sam Pourciau, Walker, La., ’02 Camaro,  B/FIA, foul.

QUICK ROD – Mark Miles, Flintstone, Ga.,  dragster, 8.906, 173.09 def. Jeremy Mason, Waco, Ky., dragster, 8.904,  159.46.

SUPER ROD – Mark Miles, Flintstone, Ga., ’68  Camaro, 9.945, 150.00 def. Tommy Maedgen, Troy, Texas, ’27 roadster, 9.928,  144.67.

HOT ROD – Ricky Roe, Paris, Ky., ’68 Camaro,  10.892, 135.93 def. Ray Dew, League City, Texas, ’70 Nova, 10.888,  137.47.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER  MASTERS – Kaleigh  Scates, Center, Texas, dragster, 8.004, 78.78 def. Justin Poindexter,  Millington, Tenn., dragster, 7.940, 80.43.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER  ADVANCED – Mackenzie  Martin, Rockwall, Texas, dragster, 8.956, 72.75 def. Mallory Bontrager, Wylie,  Texas, dragster, 8.936, 74.62.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER  BEGINNER – Trace  Casey, Van Vleck, Texas, dragster, 11.999, 53.43  def. Devin  Johnson, Collierville, Tenn., dragster, foul.


The following are Sunday’s final  results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL,  Renegades Division 4 day two at Memphis International  Raceway:

TOP SPORTSMANLeslie Dugas, Grandview, Texas, ’97  Cutlass, 7.453, 185.66 def. Marlon Goates, Troy, Texas, ’97 Cutlass, 7.374,  183.99.

TOP DRAGSTERMatt Levatino, LaPlace, La.,  dragster, 7.345, 178.61 def. Joanna Tinsley, Odessa, Texas, dragster, 7.494,  172.32.

SUPER STOCKScott Stillings, Louisville, Ky., ’98  Grand Am, PAA-1, 9.119, 135.00 def. Troy Huff, Nashville, Tenn., ’82 Camaro,  SS/KA, 10.756, 124.42.

STOCK ELIMINATORWes Neely, Florence, Miss., ’88 Trans  Am, G/FIA, 12.332, 104.50  def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr.,  Donaldsonville, La., ’04 GTO, C/FIA, 10.794, 109.31.

QUICK RODVernon Rowland, Blanchard, Okla.,  dragster, 9.129, 136.33 def. Mark Meadows, Holly Springs, Miss., dragster,  10.398, 101.42.

SUPER RODJohn May, Dothan, Ala., ’67 Camaro,  9.916, 141.45 def. Mark Miles, Flintstone, Ga., ’68 Camaro, 9.894, 155.67. 

HOT RODGreg Fowler, Point Pleasant, W.V.,  ’80 Camaro, 11.153, 117.49 def. Ken MacNicol, Hendersonville, Tenn., ’81 Grand  Prix, foul.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER  MASTERS –  Darian Boesch,  Kenner, La., dragster, 7.954, 78.20  def. Kaleigh Scates,  Center, Texas, dragster, 8.011, 79.01.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER  ADVANCED –  Kenneth Hillin, San  Antonio, Texas, dragster, 8.944, 74.47 def. Mackenzie Martin, Rockwall, Texas,  dragster, 9.000, 72.57.

JUNIOR DRAGSTER  BEGINNER –  Trace Casey, Van  Vleck, Texas, dragster, 12.075, 49.96 def. Carson Russell, Rockwall, Texas,  dragster, 12.308, 52.54.

It is  an exciting time at Memphis International Raceway with 200+ events on the  schedule; MIR has something to offer everyone.  Don’t miss a  minute of the action at Memphis International Raceway in the coming weeks with  the Mega Mopar Action Series with the Dixie Doorslammers July 5-6, ADRL August  1-4, Nitro Jam and the IHRA World Finals October 11-13 and “Racing’s Back!  Memphis 250” a CRA powered by JEGS Series featuring twin 125 lap race and Rusty  Wallace Racing Experience Shootout on Tap on the oval track October 26, 2013.  Come feel the excitement for yourself at Memphis International Raceway – Where  the Racing Rocks!


About  Memphis International Raceway:

Memphis  International Raceway is a multi-faceted venue and one of the most popular  raceways in the Mid-South for racers and spectators alike.    As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its  drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. MIR boasts  three complete tracks, including a high- performance road course, an historic  drag strip and a 3/4 mile paved tri-oval. The 1.8 mile road course features fast  and challenging corners all set up by long straight-a ways and is considered one  of the most competitive in the Mid-South. MIR is sanctioned by the International  Hot Rod Association (IHRA). The IHRA is one of the largest motorsports  sanctioning organizations in North America and is a leader in sports  entertainment. For more information on MIR, please visit the venue’s website at  www.RaceMIR.com like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaceMIR and follow us on  Twitter at www.twitter.com/racemir.

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