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Local drivers rock the IHRA Summit Pro Am Tour Weekend!

Published by Johnny Davis on May 11, 2012

Richmond Dragway hosted a great field of drivers stretching from Ontario, Canada to Florida for the first IHRA Summit Pro Am Event of the Division 1 Season on May 4-6.  Despite uncooperative weather, the event was run to completion on Sunday afternoon with two races in one day, quite an undertaking for the IHRA and RD Staff but pulled off without a hitch. 

Richmond Dragway victory lane was graced by a number of local drivers who turned in outstanding performances including Alfred Burkett (Sandston) who won the Sunday event and Tournament of Champions Qualifier over runner up Calvin Butler (WV) in Grayson Murphy’s (Glen Allen) Corvette.  Butler also won the Saturday event putting himself in both of the Top Sportsman Finals for the weekend.

Anthony Bertozzi (Ashland), the most prolific driver in IHRA history, lost early at an event in Atlanta and rolled into Richmond overnight to participate in Sunday’s action where he won Saturday’s Top Dragster event over Wesley Washington (King George).  In the Sunday Top Dragster event, Bruce Sisk (Henrico) finished as runner up losing to Brett Nesbitt (NC) in the finals.  Brett also got to the final round in Quick Rod for Sunday having a very busy afternoon. 

Dickie Allen (New Kent) had a great outing in Super Rod finishing as the Saturday event runner up to Canada’s Charlie Kenopic.  In the Junior Dragster division, Ashland’s Jonathan Edwards kept the IHRA Iron Man Trophy at home when he took out New Jersey’s Kendal Little. 

“It was very rewarding to see the RD Staff perform tremendously under the pressure of this huge event but also as exciting was watching our local drivers excel during this event”, commented Johnny Davis, Track Operator. “I couldn’t be more proud of the great runs that these drivers put in to keep the IHRA Pro Am glory at home and the outstanding efforts of our Staff and Team!  What an awesome weekend!”

For more information about Richmond Dragway, visit www.richmonddragway.com.  Richmond Dragway, Unleash the Excitement!

Complete Results:


The following are Sunday’s final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour, Patriot Division 1 day one at Richmond Dragway:

TOP SPORTSMAN – Calvin Butler, Marlinton, W.V., ’63 Corvette, 4.620, 147.54  def. Kent Sessoms, Ahoskie, N.C., ’90 Camaro, 5.310, 130.40.

TOP DRAGSTER – Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., dragster, 4.710, 147.54  def. Wesley Washington Jr., King George, Va., dragster, 4.615, 145.87.

SUPER STOCK - Gil Carty Jr., Wytheville, Va., ’67 Nova, PFA-2, 6.651, 100.74  def. Mark Young, Wake Forest, N.C., ’93 Mustang, PGA-2, 6.386, 104.62.

STOCK ELIMINATOR – Jamie Holston, Wytheville, Va., ’69 Nova, H/SA, 7.475, 89.46  def. Terry Taylor, Lumberton, N.C., ’75 Corvette, I/CM, 6.748, 98.38.

QUICK ROD – Ed McCeaft, Shinglehouse, Pa., dragster, 5.705, 135.87  def. Brett Nesbitt, Burlington, N.C., dragster, 5.695, 140.27.

SUPER ROD – Charlie Kenopic, Renfrew, Ont., ’27 roadster, 6.424, 120.35  def. Dickie Allen, New Kent, Va., ’87 Corvette, 6.469, 116.46.

HOT ROD – Keith Mayers, Fruitland, Md., ’85 Porsche 944, 7.004, 113.41  def. Tim Andersen, Cape Coral, Fla., ’00 Cutlass, 7.015, 117.92


The following are Sunday’s final results from the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour, Patriot Division 1 day two at Richmond Dragway:

TOP SPORTSMAN – Al Burkett, Sandston, Va., ’96 Probe, 4.889, 142.14  def. Calvin Butler, Marlinton, W.V., ’63 Corvette, 4.602, 150.40.

TOP DRAGSTER – Brett Nesbitt, Burlington, N.C., dragster, 4.374, 150.35  def. Bruce Sisk, Henrico, Va., dragster, 4.851, 139.58.

SUPER STOCK – Mark Young, Wake Forest, N.C., ’93 Mustang, PFA-2, 6.362, 104.75  def. Doug Hobgood, Lucama, N.C., ’90 Camaro, SS/CS, 6.134, 112.02.

STOCK ELIMINATOR – Joel Warren, Clinton, N.C., ’98 Firebird, B/FIA, 6.478, 102.13  def. Jamie Southards, Shelby, N.C., ’74 Duster, H/CM, 6.851, 95.91.

QUICK ROD – Corey Manuel, Winston-Salem, N.C., dragster, 5.700, 131.20  def. Brett Nesbitt, Burlington, N.C., dragster, 5.693, 137.66.

SUPER ROD – Tommy Corbett, Hampton, Va., ’93 Daytona, 6.429, 120.58  def. Bernard Weaver, Madison, Va., ’84 Daytona, 6.410, 120.42.

HOT ROD – Chad Duke, Rocky Point, N.C., ’70 Nova, 7.011, 102.23  def. Chris Carpenter, Galax, Va., ’73 Vega, 7.022, 104.43.

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