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NHRA SUMMIT RACING JR. DRAG RACING LEAGUE CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2017

The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the 2017 season, commemorating a quarter-century of participation from thousands of kids ages 5-17.

The NHRA will celebrate 25 years of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League competition at Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events across the country in 2017, as well as at the annual NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals and NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals. The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals takes place at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla. on June 15-16, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals takes place on July 20-22 at Bristol Dragway. For complete story CLICK HERE.


Jan 30, 2017  -  New for 2017

We want to start off by thanking the racers and crew for one of the best years to date at TSR. With this momentum, 2017 should be even better. Looking back, it was a fun year at the track! As many of you have probably heard, Judi Meyer passed away in January. Judi was a regular fixture on the starting line since we opened and will be greatly missed.

Chassis Certification is April 8 and will be in Hiawatha at Wright-Way Trailers in the morning and at the track in the afternoon. Call Bill at 563-923-3724 for an appointment.

Please remember the Snell 2005 helmets are outdated. The 05ís have been around for 12 years and it is time to upgrade. Belts are good for 2 years from the punched date on the SFI tags. Extended tech is available, work with the tech department early in the year to get this done, it will make tech much easier for the season. Donít forget the containment rule for the 9.99 and quicker cars. A reminder that DRE offers a TSR discount. A bonus is also available for any win in Super Pro or Pro using a DRE diaper and having a DRE sticker on your race vehicle.

The Summit bracket racing series and Junior series at TSR will stay the same as years past. The Delhi Lumber Pro class will increase the purse at 35 cars to pay $800/$250.

New for the 2017 season is an Open Bike-No "E" class that will run on the same day as Street Bike to help get the class off the ground. Open Bike is for bikes that arenít able to run in Street Bike. The entry fee will be $50, buy backs will be available and round money will start with a 2nd round win. We are still working to secure a couple more sponsors so the flier will be out soon with more details and payout information.

Pit spot rentals are available again this year for $205. Call the track for reservations.

The Summit ET Finals are going to stay in Topeka for the future, the rotation of going to Brainerd or Denver every couple years has gone away. Entry fees and crew passes will see a $5 increase along with some other changes. The schedule at the ET Finals will be a Test & Tune ran by the track on Thursday (times to follow). Friday, we will have time trials and gamblers like always, with the addition of the Race of Champions. Saturday will be the main event following a time trial. This way the winnerís circle and prize give-away will be Saturday night with a winnerís circle party, band and entertainment. This allows the team spirit and team championships to be celebrated while everyone is still there. Sunday will be available for a rain date or a big money gambler. Those choosing to stay will be given the same amount of racing for the weekend that we have had in years past. The Sunday gambler entries will be sold all day Saturday to help get total participation. You can also choose to get an early start home. Either way, it is the Summit ET Finals and we always have a good time. Be sure to check out www.nhradiv5.com and www.nhraracer.com.

We are always looking for people with the passion for racing that will help with race operations. Contact the track for more info.

TSR is also seeking partners/sponsors that can help with the racing program and help keep us going in the future. If you have a business that advertises, we work hard to get the impressions necessary to make the dollars spent viable to your success. Contact Bill Cassil at the track about signage prices and locations or call 563-923-3724 for more information. We would be proud to have you join our sponsorship team.

2107 Sponsors

AIH Chrome,  Azbill Family Racing,  BARD Materials,  Bulicekís Landing,  Chitty Garbage Service,  ComElec Services,  Comfort Inn,  Delhi Lumber,  Diamond Oil,  DJís Repair,  DRE Enterprises,  Earlville Corner Stop,  Edgewood Auto & Tire,  Edgewood Oil,  Gradyís Graphics,  Hawkeye Weld & Repair,  Heartland Class Racers,  Hoosier Tire,  Larry Hodge Racing Tire,  Holmes & Braden Const.,  IA Speed & Supply,  Karl Performance,  Keystone Automotive,  Kwik Stop-Dubuque & Peosta,  Line Performance Racing Fuel,  Metro Harley Davidson Suzuki,  Midwest Class Racers,  Midwest Super Comp Association,  NAPA Auto Parts,  North Central Super Street Association,  Novak Electric,  Ollinger Garage Doors,  Patterson Performance,  Dr. Kurt Potach, DDS,  Rich & Shirley Putz,  Toys Done Right,  US Hwy 20 Lodging,  Valley View Farms,  White Front Feed & Seed,  Wild Bill Feist,  Wright Way Trailers


Jan 2, 2017  -  Judi (Schuster) Meyers  Aug11,1950-Jan1,2017

The Tri State racing family lost a loved one on New Years Day.  Judi was a staple on the starting line and at the track since it opened.  Our deepest sympathy to her husband Steve Meyers, her family, and everyone that shared the friendship of this special lady.  She will be missed by everyone.  

CLICK HERE for a link to her obituary. 


Dec 8, 2016  -  Containment Rule for 2017

New for 2017 engine containment will be required on 9.99 and quicker entries. DRE has put together a discount for TSR racers of 10%. When considering a diaper, consider DRE.  They have put up a 50$ bonus for any win in S/P and Pro with the DRE Diaper.  Thatís cash in hand!!! Safety is the reason we have decided that this is the move to make. 10.99 and quicker cars are on deck, but not at this time. NHRA Stock and Super Stock cars are exempt at this time.


Dec 5, 2016  -  Christmas Thoughts

For that racer in your family itís time to upgrade that 2005 helmet. The 05 helmets are dated out and need to be replaced. Sounds like a great gift idea!!!!

Oct 31, 2016  -  2016 Awards Banquet

The 2016 Tri State Raceway Awards Banquet will be held at the Dyersville Commercial Club Park on December 3rd.  The evening begins with social hour and cocktails at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00, and music and dancing from 9:00 to midnight.  Dinner menu: Beef, Chicken, Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetable, Salad, Rolls, and Desert.  Cost is $18 for adults, $10 for children under 12.  This will be an RSVP only event, tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be NO tickets available at the door.  Reservation deadline is November 25th. CLICK HERE for a reservation form, fill out and send to the address listed with payment.


September 3-4, 2016  -  Midwest Summer Classic gets support

On a beautiful Labor Day weekend the final points races of the season were contested, along with the warm-up for the NHRA class cars made for a busy weekend. Larry DeForrest was low qualifier in the Midwest/Heartland S/SS combo event on Saturday and won the eliminations. DeForrest drove well and bested Eric Pearson in a close final. Doug Jonak was the lone semi-finalist. Austin Sharpe and Craig Schultz were the last (2) racers standing in S/C and decided to split. Ron Woolridge and Scott Friis were semi-finalists. Dr. Kurt Potach S/G eliminator was won by John Gosh, Dale Evens was the r/u. Both drivers ran right on 9.90 but Gosh had the better R/t for the win. Jeff Weets was the lone semi-finalist.  Valley View Farms owner Roger Van Ersvelde sponsors the NCCSA event at TSR for the entire weekend allowing those guaranteed purses. For complete story and photos CLICK HERE.


August 19, 2016  -  NHRA SUMMIT E.T. LICENSE PROCEDURE AND RENEWAL

Earlier this year, NHRA introduced a restructured competition licensing program providing racers with a more streamlined process that also combined the competition license with the benefits of NHRA Membership.

NHRAís excess medical insurance*, a major benefit in the NHRA Membership was increased to $575,000 if you are injured at an NHRA member track as a racer, or even as a crewmember or spectator. 

The new program introduced three new licensing groups including Professional, Pro/Sportsman and Sportsman groups with different levels of licenses based on vehicle classification and driver performance.  In the new program, a medical exam is not required for certain levels of licenses in Pro/Sportsman and Sportsman groups with fees lowered for the Sportsman levels.

As we approach the NHRA Summit Racing Series Division Finals portion of the 2016 season that runs from the end of August through October, now is the perfect time for all NHRA Summit E.T. bracket racers to review and renew their own license and NHRA Membership.  Simply click on the new NHRA Competition License/Number icon on NHRAracer.com or on your NHRA division website to begin the process.

All racers participating in one of the upcoming NHRA Summit Racing Series Division Finals events are required to have a valid NHRA Competition License, ET category number and NHRA Membership.


August 6-7, 2016  -  Rausch doubles again: Azbill Jr. clinches High School Series

In August one can expect heat, but we were given a break from high humidity for the weekend and it was enjoyed. Jarod Bowman took his 2000 Corvette to the winner circle in the Weldon Tire S/P final by besting a broke John Davis Jr. whos engine expired in the semi-final bye. Jim Hesseling was the lone semi-finalist. Jim Peterson bested Mark Rosenbaum in the Delhi Lumber Pro class final. Mike Cole and Pat Naughton were semi-finalists. Ben Haugen won Sportsman over Mark Rosenbohm. Valerie Steffens and Mike Wepler were semi-finalists. Bill Morris bested Jason Kaiser in the Trophy class final. Bill Gauley was the lone semi-finalist. In the first running of the Powder Puff class it was Brittany Miller besting Branda Waline. Jeannie Wymore and Cheryl Rausch were semi-finalists.  For complete story CLICK HERE.


July 16-17,2016  -  Kohl wins first S/ST event, Moore and Ladeburg winners at National Open

Matt Kohl took his 56 Chevy to the winnerís circle at the expense of Mark Werner. Kohl had the tree and the stripe in that high MPH 56 Chevy. Jay Holmes was the lone semi-finalist. Paul Kleusner bested Mat Micholski in the Trophy class final. Austin Black was the lone semi-finalist. Tucker Ladeburg won the Toys Done Right Junior Dragster class final over Arley Ballard. Maddie Notch and Evan Begyn were semi-finalists.  Aiva Moore bested Allie Ulbrich in the Novak Electric Junior Consi. Briece Begyn and Payten Martinson were semi-finalists. The Novakís King of the Track run-off was rained-out. We will reschedule the run-off before the end of the season. Other eliminators were contested at the National Open but time caused us to call it off for the night. Weldon Tire S/P class was at 5 cars, Jim Hesseling, Dave Ringelstetter, Ray Thompson, Mike Campbell and Steve Geiger split the purse.  For completer story CLICK HERE.


July 2-3, 2016  -  Martinson wins King of the Track

Tri-State Raceway does their King of the Track with its top 4 points earners in each class doing a run-off for the class championship. Then the championís run-off till a King is crowned. Branden Martinson (Super Pro) bested (Pro Champ) Ryan Ladeburg in a close race. Justin Rosenbohm (Sportsman) and Angela DeJesus (Pro Bike) were semi-finalists. Tom Roschen bested a tough field in the Weldon Tire Super Pro class. Roschen bested a red=lighting Bruce Damewood in the final. Dave Ringelstetter was the lone semi-finalist. Dan Balk won the Delhi Lumber Pro class over Nathan Schroeder. For complete story CLICK HERE.


June 30, 2016  -  King of the Track Roster Set

Super Pro - Brad Thompson vs. Ray Thompson, Garrett Chitty vs. Branden Martinson

Pro - Jeff Freeman Jr vs. Brad Maxwell, Ryan Seffrood vs. Ryan Ladeburg

Sportsman - Randy Temperley vs. Justin Rosenbohm, Travis Steffens vs. Ron Waline

Pro Bike - Tom Klemme vs. Angela DeJesus, Larry Christianson vs. Dave Primrose

Each Class champion will then run-off; Super Pro will run with Pro Bike and Pro will run Sportsman. Those winners will then run-off and the champion will be crowned!


June 15, 2016  -  Junior Dragster Conference Finals

With the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League 2016 season up us, we are preparing for the Western Conference Finals at Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma on June 23-25.  Each track is eligible to bring as many teams of 10 as they would like (or as you can fill) to participate in this great program. Schedules and additional information are posted on the NHRA Junior Dragster League website.

We strongly encourage you to have our SFI tech inspectors conduct an Extended Tech Inspection (ETI) on your car.  The Extended Tech Inspection will help expedite the process on site and make the experience more enjoyable. 

Due to requirements for medical certification, we are unable to renew NHRA Jr. Drag Racing licenses on site, so please make sure your racers are up to date on their license.  Applications are available online at NHRARACER, and if there are any questions please feel free to call the National Field Office at 626-914-4761.

Participating NHRA Member Track management needed to submit a roster by May 31.  Since the roster was submitted online, subsequent additions, subtractions or changes can be made online but these changes may not appear in the published materials.

Tulsaís online registration has been updated and for clarification Ė The Full Event racer entry does include the WCF entry.  Also, the King/Queen and Prince/Princess Qualifier events are different form the King/Queen and Prince/Princess races.  Totally separate races with full eliminations, so please enter both if you want.  The Qualifier winners receive a Free entry in the K/Q and P/P race.  


June 11-12, 2016  -  Rausch Wins First Member Track Madness; Pozolinski Wins Quick 16

Lou Rausch made his first trip to TSR in 2016 a successful one. Rausch bested Tony Frazier in the Weldon Tire Super Pro class final. Rausch put together a .016 package in the final. Al Grimm and Don Paisley were semi-finalists. Rausch came around for the run-off against Delhi Lumber Pro champ Jeff Freeman Jr. Rausch used sharp reaction times and deadly dials to get the first Member Track Madness championship. Rausch then bested Justin Rosenbohm in the run-off final. For complete story and pictures CLICK HERE.


June 7, 2016  -  Frank Hawley's Dragster Adventure adds dates

We are completely booked for the Dragster Adventure program on Saturday, June 25th, so we have opened up Sunday, June 26th as another Dragster Adventure. CLICK HERE for more information.


June 4-5, 2016  -  Chitty wins Super Pro; Bode Takes Top Honors

Garrett Chitty bested Tom Klemme in a close final round in the Weldon Tire Super Pro class. Chitty was .00 and close to his dial. Tom Fangman and Howard Schlueter were semi-finalists. In the Delhi Lumber Pro class final it was Clay Schlueter over Jim Laughlin in a double-breakout round. Doug Heinrichs was the lone semi-finalist. A red hot James Thompson Jr. got the Sportsman win over a red-lighting Justin Rosenbohm. Travis Steffens and Mike Freeman were semi-finalists. Brett Merfeld bested Bill Morris in the Trophy class final. Janet Freeman was the lone semi-finalist. For complete story CLICK HERE.


May 14-15, 2016  -  Great Weather for the First Points Race

Saturday, May 14 - The NCSSA (Super Street) was in the house for a two day event. Nick Vogelsang bested John Miller in the final. Jay Holmes was the lone semi-finalist. Street Legal class was won by Travis Steffens over a red-lighting Brian Moody.

Sunday, May 15 - Jay Holmes went all the way in the NCSSA final, besting Jim Noben who left early with a red-light. Garrett Chitty was the lone semi-finalist. Tyler Gardner got the win over Garrett Chitty in the Weldon Tire Super Pro class. Both drivers were tight on the tree and 2 over the dial. Ray and Brad Thompson were semi-finalists. Doug Heinrichs won the Delhi Lumber Pro class final over Clint Campbell. Rob Miller and Jeff Freeman Jr. were semi-finalists. James Thompson bested Travis Steffens in the Sportsman class final. Tim Kania and Carl Gardner were semi-finalists. Mike Shird won the hardware in Trophy class over Todd Tydrich. Dylan Tydrich was the lone semi-finalist. Travis Steffens bested Jason Azbill Jr. in the High School class final. Blayne Morton and Ryan Estal were semi-finalists. In the AIH Chrome Street Bike presented by Gradyís Graphics final it was Cody Arneson over Mike Shird. Tim Vath was the lone semi-finalist. Maya Kohl bested Zach Lewis in a double break-out race in the Toys Done Right Junior Dragster final. Bobby Bode and Jasmine Moore were semi-finalists. Evan Begyn won the Novak Electric Junior consi over Avery Heath in another double break-out round. Valerie Steffens and Nate Kelley were semi-finalists. Evan Begyn came back to meet Maya Kohl in the Novakís King of the Track run-off. Begyn put together a nice .022 package and Maya was mathematically ineligible as she missed the tree. Nice turnout and great weather made for a nice race. We hope to see everyone Memorial weekend.


May 18, 2016  -  Spring Track News

Heartland S/SS to Compete for Big Money

The Heartland S/SS group will join us for a one day race on Sunday, May 29, but we may see a few of them try the water in Pro on Saturday. Sunday they will be racing for $1000 to win, $400 runner up, $200 in the semiís and $100 in the quarters. If they have more than 17 cars it pays $50 in the 1/8ths. Thatís good money and hope they have a good turnout for their efforts.

Western Conference Finals in Tulsa

With the Conference Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tri-State Raceway will be proud to be represented again. TSR racers in the past have found success racing against some of the best in the country. The roster for the event needs to be in California at the end of May. Not much time for TSR as we have not raced a Summit Jr. points race. When signing up for points or at tech please let Tara or Bill know that you want to go. Getting this roster filled out and submitted on time is important so the participants get all their stuff. Extended Tech will be available by request. Contact Bill at the track for an appointment.

Points

If you want your points you must register in the tower. No back points will be awarded.

New for 2016

Tri-State Raceway has built a new fire vehicle for quick response to any problems that may happen. Also added to the safety arsenal is a Jaws of Life power unit. Hopefully this equipment will never need to be used, but itís nice to know itís there if needed. Also Racers, you need to be aware that there are hand held fire extinguishers at each timing block on the NORTH WALL. Please be aware of your surroundings.

Pit Vehicle Stickers

2016 Vehicle stickers are available in the tower. Please follow up on this as we need to know that the stuff running around out here is owned and insured by the operator. The money stays here at TSR and we feed the points fund at the end of the season with those dollars. Stickers are $10 for the privilege of cruising TSR and is not a lot of $$$$ for the fun.

Starting Line and Staging Lane Help Needed

Is your car broke and still want to be part of one of the best team around? Contact the track for a possible position.


May 16, 2016  -  Summit Series National Championship Drawing Held In Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga. Ė In a special drawing for the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, four NHRA Divisions were selected to send an extra racer to compete for the national championship at the season ending Automobile Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line joined Summitís Jim Greenleaf and Don Lower along with NHRA Division Director Rich Schaefer for the prerace ceremonies drawing at todayís Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The Northwest Division 6 was drawn for Super Pro, the Southeast Division 2 for Pro, the Pacific Division 7 for Sportsman, and the West Central Division 5 for Motorcycle.  Each will bring the eighth man that will complete the 8-car field.  For Divisions 2 and 5 their Summit Division Finals Race of Champions winner will fill the eighth spot while Divisions 6 and 7 will bring their event champion for the final spot.

The first seven racers in each class are made up of the NHRA Summit Racing Series Division Finals champions in each of the NHRA divisions 1 through 5, divisions 6 and 7 send their Race of Champions winner to the national championship competition.


March 8, 2016  -  Getting the Racing Itch

Getting ready for the 2016 season is just right around the corner, and we at Tri-State Raceway canít wait for better weather and the start of racing season. First off we need to thank the NHRA for cutting the entry level racer some slack. No physical is required now until you reach 7.50 and this will make it easier on the new racer an old racer alike. Needless to say we are excited about the 2016 season, with fuel prices considerably lower and the Division 5 ET Finals scheduled at Heartland Park Topeka again for 2016 and 2017, this should help with car counts through-out the summer.

Also, please note that this is the last year for the Snell 2005 helmet so if you have not already updated your helmet, this year will be the time to do that.

We have had a lot of interest in reserving pit spots again this year. The spots will be $205 again so be sure to call Bill at 563-923-3724 soon to get yours reserved.

Chassis Certifications Made Simpler

Last year we tried something new with our chassis certification dayÖ. We came to you!!! Well we came closer to you by doing remote locations to save you the full trip to Earlville. We are planning that same format again this year by starting out at Wright-Way Trailers in Hiawatha in the morning, and then coming to the track around noon and then on to Waterloo at Todd Whitingís shop to finish up the day. If you are in need of chassis cert (3 years from the punched date) call the track for an appointment at 563-923-3724 and we will try to make it an easy deal. If time allows, Bill will also be available to do extended tech to those that are interested.

Western Conference Finals

As most of you know the race has been placed in Tulsa, OK. What a great location for the event. If you want to be on TSRís roster, contact Bill or Tara when the season starts and we will get the list started.

We look forward to seeing everyone in a few short months!


Feb 10, 2016  -  2016 Event Schedule

We have most of our dates secured for the upcoming season.  CLICK HERE for details.  Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer!