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RACE OF CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT SUMMIT SERIES FINALS Morrison, Colo. -- More than 500 racers converged on Bandimere Speedway for the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals this weekend. Day two is in the books with ...

RACE OF CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT SUMMIT SERIES FINALS

Morrison, Colo. -- More than 500 racers converged on Bandimere Speedway for the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals this weekend. Day two is in the books with racers taking their shots at the quarter mile leading into Sunday's final eliminations.

Saturday's action did include some eliminations as the best of the best from each of the division's tracks faced off in a race with in a race, The Race of Champions. In a battle for the Super Pro Championship, Eric Fray of Cheney, Kan., running for Kansas Int'l Dragway held off Pleasant Hill, Mo., racer Jeff Soloman out of Kansas City Int'l Raceway in his '86 Mustang.

In the Pro category it was Shane Boney of Belview, Minn., ousting Ron Gering of Bellevue, Neb. Boney runs for Grove Creek Raceway, while Gering is representing Rolling Thunder Dragstrip.

Vernon Murphy and Freemont, Neb., racer Tom Gilligan would not be out done as they also made trips to the Race of Champions winner's circle in Sportsman and the Motorcycle/Snowmobile class respectively. Murphy, from Interstate Dragway and W. Fargo, N.D., drove his '67 BelAir to victory over Ron Potts of Ellinwood, Kan., and the S.R.C.A. Dragstrip stable, while Gilligan of Kearney Raceway ran quicker that Josh DeMoss of Des Moines, Iowa, Eddyville Raceway Park, on his '00 Kawasaki for the win.

Racing continues Sunday at 8 a.m. with eliminations for the West Central Division Championship. Division Champions in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will move on to face off with the other six NHRA Divisions in the Summit Racing Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Dragway in Pomona, Calif.

Bandimere Speedway is located at 3051 S. Rooney Road; west of Denver off Interstate 470 in Morrison. For more information, call (303) 697-6001 or visit www.Bandimere.com.

The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series 2008 West Central Division Race of Champions:

SUPER PRO
Eric Gray, Cheney, Kan., Team Kansas Int'l Dragway, '86 Mustang, 11.598, 115.86 def. Jeff Soloman, Pleasant Hill, Mo., Team Kansas City Int'l Raceway, dragster, 8.134, 167.03.

PRO ET
Shane Boney, Belview, Minn., Team Grove Creek Raceway, '94 S-10, 9.944, 135.48 def. Ron Gering, Bellevue, Neb., Team Rolling Thunder Dragstrip at MAM, '68 Dart, 10.980, 123.15.

SPORTSMAN
Vernon Murphy, W. Fargo, N.D., Team Interstate Dragways, '67 BelAir, 12.914, 105.42 def. Ron Potts, Ellinwood, Kan., Team S.R.C.A. Dragstrip, '00 Ford, 12.730, 108.12.

SUPER PRO BIKE
Tom Gilligan, Fremont, Neb., Team Kearney Raceway, '00 Kawasaki, 9.442, 144.03 def. Josh DeMoss, Des Moines, Iowa, Team Eddyville Raceway Park, '77 Kawasaki, 9.794, 133.53.

-credit: nhra

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