IHRA’s Heat Wave Division Home To Some Of The BestJanuary 28, 2013 · 0 Comments
NORWALK, Ohio – Want to know what you can expect to see at Immokalee Regional Raceway this weekend?
Lots of the numbers one and two.
Mike Thompson Sr. will have one on his car. So will Michael Beard and Michael Ruff, Donny Urban and B.J. Bianchi. So what do they all have in common? All five drivers finished either first or second in the final IHRA national standings last year at the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions and all five call Division 2 home.
And that’s not all.
As unlikely as it may seem, the Heat Wave Division had three world champions, two runner-ups and one more racer finish on the podium in 2012. That is far and away the most success any one division enjoyed at the season-ending championship tournament last year. And all are expected to be back to begin their title defenses when the 2013 Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL kicks off its season this weekend at Immokalee Regional Raceway. This double points meet is located in the heart of Division 2 country, but is actually open to racers from any division.
“What can I say, as far as the competition goes, you won’t find a tougher division,” said Rick McDonough, driver of the McDonough Motorsports 2001 Chevrolet S-10 Top Sportsman machine. “We are very excited about the division opener this weekend. We have been working tirelessly to make sure we have everything ready to go with no hiccups as we try to go head-to-head against these guys once again.”
McDonough was part of one of the most unlikely championship scenarios you will ever find last season. McDonough, from Southwest Ranches, Florida, finished third in the final Division 2 Top Sportsman Pro-Am standings behind division champion Donny Urban and runner-up Mike Thompson Sr.
Division 2 Super Stock champion Michael Beard went on to claim the world championship in Memphis, joining divisional runner-up Michael Ruff in the winner’s circle in Super Rod. Division 2 Stock champion B.J. Bianchi finished second in the world as well.