The 2020 Summit ET Series at Emerald Coast Dragway was originally intended to have 8 race dates but due to the complications that 2020 has provided us we were only able to get 3 of those race weekends in. This weekend in particular was our points series finale with the afternoon race being worth double points, double purse and WALLY trophies!
Race day gates open at 8am, track hot for time shots by 10am and the first race of the day was wrapped up with Robbie Mclaney winning Super Pro ET, Joey Branhof winning Pro ET, Mike Jubinski winning Sportsman ET and Dylan Hite taking home the W in the Jr Dragster category.
The second race of the day, the one that counted the most for the larger purse, double points and NHRA Wally Trophies got under way with one round of time shots as soon as the finals were ran from the first race and the track was cleaned up and prepped once again. Points were updated and a play by play went out across the track PA system as the season finale went rounds.
Jr Dragster started the final race with Kayla Ainsworth as the points leader, a 1st and 2nd round loss sealed the deal on her season while competitor Velicity Morris was able to take her race to the finals and rack up enough points to take the points lead. Competitor Dylan Hite once again took the W in the Jr Dragster Category, ending his ECD season with two Wally trophies in hand and 4th in points overall.
Sportsman ET competitor Mike Jubinski ended up in the finals with his 2020 points championship already wrapped up against competitor Joey Branhof, while Joey ended up the race winner taking him another Wally to add to his collection, Jubinski left with smiles for miles, happy to call his car a champ once again on it first year back out after being hidden under a pile of dust in the garage for too many years.
Pro ET winner Steven Daly (pictured) not only took his car to the winners circle in the Pro ET category, went onto win the King of the Track shootout, took home two Wally Trophies, won the 2020 points championship but also was the winningest racer throughout the whole points series, being the only driver to rack up more than 300 season points.
Super Pro ET had some drama of its own in the 3rd round where points leader (and 2018 Summit ET series champion) Johnny Kelley turned in .004 red throwing away his chances at wearing the crown once again. Chris White turned on the win light in the finals against Wade Kirby with a 6.824 on a 6.82 dial .010 on the tree while Kirby went 5.843 on a 5.83 dial and .036 on the tree. Wade Kirby lost in the finals but won himself a season championship without even realizing it, being informed of such while collecting his purse in the tower, making the sting of two runner up race finishes not so bad after all.
2020 Summit ET Series ECD Champions are awarded an ECD Gold Card, good for track free entry and free race tech cards for their respective classes for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 as well as custom embroidered championship jackets. Details and race dates on the 2021 season will be ironed out and released around the upcoming Holiday season, stay tuned!