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Chandler, Ariz. – When young bracket racer Kyle Fritz started his car for the first time on Friday night around 11pm, he wasn’t sure how his racing weekend would turn out. After picking up a win in Pro and Runner-Up in Super Pro during race one of the eight-race WHP Team Summit ET Bracket Series, the Gilbert, Ariz. racer was smiling ear to ear. His near double-up, the stellar racing of Super Pro driver Rich Lash, and competitive side-by-side bracket racing through the weekend kicked off the 2020 ET Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park with a bang.
The two-day, double-header featured racing in Super Pro, PRO ET, Sportsman, ET Motorcycle, and the unique Jr Street class, where teens can learn to drag race, with their parents riding shotgun. The opening race of the series saw Fritz capture the title in Pro, Rich Lash from Queen Creek, Ariz. winning in Super Pro, Dave Muller triggering the win light in Sportsman, Tyler Anderson bringing home the top prize in ET Motorcycle, and first-timer Ashlyn Beavin reaching the mountain top of Jr Street.
On Sunday’s second race of the 2020 ET Racing Series season, winners included Mike Scott in Super Pro, Kody Robinson in PRO ET, Jordan Hart in Sportsman, John Coburn in ET Motorcycle, and Tyler Sally in Jr Street.
In the Race #1 Super Pro Final, Lash, driving his Total Lubricants sponsored 96’ Yancer-chassis dragster strapping an 0.014 reaction time over Fritz, to take the strip in 7.657 seconds at 174.35 mph. Lash then reached the final again on Sunday, this time pairing up with Arizona City’s Mike Scott driving his 04’ Yancer dragster. This time, the potential Lash double was thwarted by Scott, who parlayed his 0.010-second reaction time and deadly consistent 7.665 elapsed time to take the stripe first.
In PRO ET, Fritz met up against Seth Polvadore from Peoria in the Saturday season opener. While Polvadore earned a 0.029-second advantage at the tree, his 79 Fairmount ran a bit quick, breaking out by a few hundredths and handing the victory to Fritz. Sunday’s race was won by Kody Robinson, from Cottonwood driving his 70’ Camaro. He defeated Langley, BC’s Ross Walker in his potent 66’ Chevy II – as he barely triggered the red light.
The Sportsman final in Race one featured two drivers with a significant experience level difference. Dave Muller from Mesa, Ariz., a veteran of bracket racing for several years, met up with first time Sportsman competitor Ryan Edwards from Chandler. In a near heads-up final round, Muller took a decided starting line advantage and held on for the victory. Sunday’s title went to Jordan Hart, who defeated Nick Marconi.
A field of 13 hopped-up motorcycles hit the track to battle it out in the full and pro tree ET MX division. In the end, Tyler Anderson from Glendale with his 04’ Hayabusa defeated the Buell Cyclone of Matt Bluett from Chandler. Anderson’s 9.30 ET held off Bluett’s 10.08 effort. On Sunday, Mesa’s John Coburn drove his Lucas Oil Sponsored 96 S1 Lightning to victory over Alay Layton. At the end of the weekend, both Coburn and Anderson were tied for season point lead – with 65 points per.
Jr Street through the weekend saw a pair of first-timers win. On Saturday’s opener, Ashlyn Beavin from Queen Creek defeated first-time Jr Street racer Tripp Breitkreitz. Sunday saw Tyler Sally, who was licensing on Saturday, beat 2019 Jr Street track champ Becca Bopp in the final round.
Team Summit members at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park head into February for another double-up race weekend – for races three and four. However, that weekend we’ll also welcome our JR Drag Racing League and Big Wheel competitors. JR’s will be contested in the early AM each day till complete. Each race will require an individual tech card ($40 at the gate) – and a table fee ($50 for Super Pro, $40 for PRO, $30 for MC and Sportsman, and $20 for Jr Street).