The Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class grabbed the spotlight at last weekendâ€™s ADRL U.S. Drags V and, without a doubt, the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman â€œClash of the Titansâ€ ended up an unequivocal success.
With $10,000 going to the winner at Virginia Motorsports Park in the special one-race event, the class stole the show at Virginia Motorsports Park, delivering fabulous racing from a massive 35-car field.
Thirty-two cars qualified for the special event, with drivers putting everything on the line to try to wade through five difficult rounds of eliminations.
In the end it was Terry Teets, a Virginia native, who came out on top and he didnâ€™t have to go far for the biggest win of his Top Sportsman career.
Racing close to home at Virginia Motorsports Park, Teets capped off a terrific day with a winning 4.444 at 163.59 miles per hour in the finals of the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman â€œClash of the Titans.â€
The win against Richmond-area native William Brown III netted Teets a Top Sportsman-record $10,000 prize and one massive winnerâ€™s circle smile.
â€œThis is the biggest win Iâ€™ve ever had. I love Summit and the ADRL for putting this on,â€ said Teets, who also credited tuner Wayne Rogers, stepdaughter Sidney Spence and his son, Chris Teets. â€œItâ€™s a big deal, too, because my brother (Glenn) won (in Top Sportsman) last year here, so we kept it in the family.â€
Driving a Jerry Haas Race Cars â€™04 Cavalier, Teets qualified No. 15 in the 32-car qualifying field and then persevered through five rounds of eliminations before topping Brown in a memorable and historic final round.
â€œWilliam is a great guy and a tough racer, so itâ€™s also nice to keep this in the state of Virginia,â€ Teets said. â€œThe car ran great all weekend and we just took it a round at a time. Getting to go out last and run as the final pair was really great.â€
The Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman â€œClash of the Titansâ€ drew rave reviews from all of the participants, including the top two qualifiers in Travis Harvey and Chuck Mohn.
Harvey was the top qualifier on Friday, running a remarkable 4.141 at 173.43 mph.
â€œIâ€™m really thankful for the ADRL and Summit for putting on a race like this. Itâ€™s pretty awesome to have (35) fast cars like this,â€ Harvey said.
â€œThereâ€™s some really good competition out there, thatâ€™s for sure. This (was) a pretty huge event and since itâ€™s $10,000 on the line and Summit was putting it on, I really wanted to come out.â€
Others were just as impressed with the special event.
Said Chuck Mohn, who continued his No. 1 qualifier streak with 4.125: â€œThis date was circled on my calendar since I first heard about it and Iâ€™m sure a lot of other racers did the same thing. This race brought out a lot of great race cars.â€
Added Lizzy Musi: â€œItâ€™s so awesome that the ADRL gave such a big spotlight to the Top Sportsman drivers and that was really exciting.â€
The loaded qualifying field made it a delight for fans at VMP as the Summit Racing Top Sportsman class continues to develop steam in the ADRL.
â€œThe place to race Top Sportsman is the ADRL. Theyâ€™re getting all the top racers, the tracks are incredible and itâ€™s the best racing Iâ€™ve ever been a part of,â€ class points leader Marco Abruzzi said.
â€œItâ€™s the best thing going right now for Top Sportsman.â€
The ADRL was extremely pleased with the turnout and results of the Summit Racing Equipment â€œClash of the Titans,â€ and Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said similar sentiments were echoed from the title sponsor of the class and the event.
â€œSummit loves the class and are very strong supporters of the ADRL,â€ Fortune said. â€œThey were on board for the â€˜Clash Of The Titansâ€™ and they wanted to make it the richest Top Sportsman event ever.
â€œIt was such a crowd-pleaser and having it in Richmond, there was no better place to hold it.â€
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)