- Monday 07 October, 2013
Summit Racing Equipment extended our Bear Motorsports Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco program another weekend by hosting a special “Shootout at the Shakedown” race for the top eight in points for each of the three junior classes during this past weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Tires.
The race was bitter sweet as it marked the end of the junior dragster era for a number of the Advanced racers, but it also put fire in the bellies of the younger racers as they are now very anxious for 2014 race season to start.
In the Advanced class, Jaedan Durst, last year’s Intermediate Class Champion and last week’s class winner, ended his racing season here at Norwalk on a winning streak. Durst took out Schuyler Turner and Nina Jacob before facing Annie Kordeleski in the finals. Kordeleski was late off the line and didn’t have enough to catch Durst; and the win went to Durst. (Durst R/T .022, DI 8.02, ET 8.158 at 73.32 mph. Kordeleski R/T .251, DI 7.91 and ET 8.058 at 69.69 mph).
Zac Gill and Stephen Crowell have battled each other all season long in the Intermediate division. The Championship race was decided in the semi-final round of last week’s Championship race. Gill, still not over losing the championship by one point, was ready to take revenge but he didn’t realize his opportunity would come this quickly. In the Shootout final, Gill was so focused that he had his best run of the night. He dialed an 8.92 and ran on his dial with a one (8.921)! That focus and determination allowed Gill to finish his season on a positive note by taking the win over Crowell. (Zac Gill R/T .022, DI 8.92 and ET 8.921 at 72.12 mph vs Stephen Crowell R/T .082, DI 8.98 and ET 9.002 at 74.69 mph).
Bryce Buehrer is 2 for 2! That’s right, he’s been in two finals this year and is currently undefeated. His competition had better take note! To get to the finals, Buehrer first faced Alexa Hurst, who was a force to reckon with all season long. Next he faced Justin Saporito, who finished right behind Buehrer in the points, and finally he met this year’s class champion Allyson Downs who just couldn’t run her number. For his efforts he was awarded (like all the class winners) a $1000 prize package, which included $500 Cash, $500 Summit Gift Card, a 'big check' and a Trophy, courtesy of Summit Racing. (Bryce Buehrer RT .265, DI 12.94 and ET 13.005 at 48.87 mph vs Allyson Downs RT .270, DI 13.03 and ET 13.137 at 48.47 mph).