Memphis to host 2012 IHRA Sportsman World Finals

With renovations complete and the track ready to go, the IHRA has announced the return of championship sportsman drag racing to Memphis International Raceway.

The track, located in Millington, Tenn., will host three full days of sportsman drag racing at the IHRA World Finals in October of 2012 featuring three distinct races and the crowning of champions in all of IHRA’s sportsman categories.

“Memphis International Raceway is honored to be the host track for the 2012 IHRA World Finals,” Vice President and General Manager Pam Kendrick stated. “Next season marks the initial year for the IHRA and MIR partnership to build a successful program for the racers. We are excited to cap off our first full season as Memphis International Raceway with the World Finals.”

“Memphis is a better location for our diverse group of racers that will be traveling from all corners of North America,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA VP of Race Operations. “It is also the perfect location from a facility perspective for hosting a race of this magnitude. Racers and fans alike will certainly enjoy the caliber of racing this event produces year after year.”

The 2012 IHRA Summit World Finals will feature three separate races beginning with the $5,000-to-win final Summit Tournament of Champions qualifier known as the Summit Sportsman Spectacular. The weekend will conclude with the crowning of champions in the Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries. [11/7/2011]

Rig and race car stolen in South Carolina

The reward has been upped to over $40,000  for info leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for the theft of the race car, truck, and trailer that were stolen from a Houston racer. This was all stolen from the Hampton Inn hotel in Aiken, South Carolina. Taken were a flat black Pro Mod Grand Am, 2003 Ford 250 ,King Ranch burgundy, 2011 32-foot Continental trailer, a white golf cart and some 4-wheelers. Please call Roy James at 409-599-4045 if you know or hear anything. [11/7/2011]