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  • DESPITE TRIALS, TEAM ARUBA MAKES THE SHOW AT NUMBER 15

    dsc_1458_20130907_1816849630Trevor Eman and Team Aruba took the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang right down broadway in somewhat tricky conditions during the final late night qualifying session at Dragstock X to land themselves in the number 15 spot in qualifying. The 4.129 elapsed time improved upon their earlier time of 4.152 and was enough to secure their spot to compete in eliminations and continue their Championship run.

     

    Eman will be paired with Kevin Bealko for round one. Bealko qualified number two with a 4.079.

     

    “Unfortunately, we had a rather frustrating day of qualifying,” told Eman. “We are happy that we are at least in the show, but our performance hasn’t been the way it usually is. Track conditions are tricky and at the same time we’re battling a small electrical gremlin that we cannot seem to pinpoint. Hopefully tomorrow we can clear up some issues with the racecar and take out Kevin Bealko in round one. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

     

    Eliminations will begin at 11am. Fans can tune in and watch live at www.adrl.us or follow Team Aruba on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and results.


  • DeFlorian runner-up in ADRL Battle of the Belts at Rockingham Dragway

    dsd_2428The top eight in American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class lined up to do battle at Rockingham Dragway as part of the Battle for the Belts . John DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines made it through the Elite Field and was runner-up in Finals.

    DeFlorian who is 6th in ADRL championship points faced Summit Racing’s Pete Berner in the first round of competition for Battle of the Belts. Both reaction times were close but Berner shook the tires after the launch handing the win to DeFlorian who ran 4.17 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 174.66 miles per hour (MPH) to gather lane choice over Montecalvo in the next round .

    DeFlorian quickly dispatched Montecalvo with a 0.018 reaction time coupled with an 4.06 ET at 179.18 MPH to Montecalvo’s 4.07 ET at 178.38 MPH. DeFlorian had lane choice over Scott Hintz Mustang for the Battle of the Belts Finals and picked the Left lane . Both drivers carefully staged knowing that the win light meant at Belt and 50k payday . Hintz drilled the tree with a 0.039 reaction time to DeFlorian’s 0.100 reaction time and held on for the win .

    DeFlorian is all set for qualifying for 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech Event #7 ADRL Dragstock X Saturday and eliminations on Sunday at Rockingham Dragway .

    KevinBealkoTeam Owner Kevin Bealko, driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines has been on the move this year chipping away at the exceptionally tough extreme pro stock field by qualifying in the field at the last 18 races and in the top 4 at the last 4 races.

    “We are extremely proud to fly the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity colors on our 2012 Jerry Haas GXP”, states team owner Bealko. “American Drag Racing League and Rockingham Dragway will be a great venue for Black Diamond Motorsports to reach out to American families about the important role that coal plays in delivering affordable, reliable power for American families and businesses. We’re excited to talk with all our drag racing fans about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean. We have every intention to win a World Championship for America’s Power and Graber Concrete Company,” states Bealko.

    Please text to 85080 on your cell phone and type BLACKDIAMOND in order to show your support for our sponsor The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

    To learn more about 21st Century clean coal technology “Like “America’s Power and Black Diamond Motorsports on Facebook .


  • EMAN SUFFERS UNFORTUNATE LOSS IN FIRST ROUND OF BATTLE FOR THE BELTS

    1238819_10151903535053000_8550717_nROCKINGHAM, N.C. Sept. 6, 2013: Today the top eight Extreme Pro Stock competitors in the country lined up to do battle at Rockingham Dragway as part of the Battle for the Belts shootout. Trevor Eman and Team Aruba qualified their Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang for this prestigious race by virtue of their number four points standings in national points. They were slated to run number five man, Scott Hintz, in round one. Eman was off the line first with an .019 reaction time to Hintz .041. However, both drivers went into tire shake and a pedal fest ensued with Hintz crossing the finish line first, just .038 in front of Eman.

     

    While this ended Eman’s pursuit for the Belt, Team Aruba will continue their XPS Championship pursuits with tomorrow’s qualifying of Dragstock X.

     

    “As much as we are disappointed about losing in the shootout, we are still happy about the fact that we have had the privilege to be part of this event,” told Eman. “We’ve been racing quite some time now and being able to qualify in the top eight with the best competitors in the country shows that we have come far during the years that we have been racing. We need to put this behind us and concentrate on the race we still have to compete in tomorrow and Sunday. We still have a championship on the line so we cannot lose our concentration.

     

    “On another note, a sad one at that, the racing community lost a great guy this past week, Jimmy Gunther. Jimmy worked at our chassis builder, Jerry Haas Race Cars and has helped plenty of race teams over the years. Every time we would visit Jerry Haas, Jimmy was always there and always very nice to our entire team, and at the track he was a fun guy to be around. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Jimmy’s family, all the people Jimmy worked with at Jerry Haas Race Cars and everybody that ever had the pleasure of having Jimmy help them on their race team.”

     

    Watch Trevor and Team Aruba at the ADRL Dragstock X this weekend via ADRL.us Live Feed.

     

    Keep up with Team Aruba at www.facebook.com/teamarubaracing and on Twitter @TeamArubaRacing.

    Find race results, team updates, videos and photos. Also leave your comments to cheer on Team Aruba!

     

    For more on your Aruba vacation visit www.Aruba.com and www.Destination-Magazines.com.


  • LIVE FEED: ADRL Dragstock X from Rockingham Dragway

    Sunday, September 8, 2013

    10:30 a.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
    11:00 a.m. Eliminations Begin (Run Order: PX, PN, XPS, PXM, PM,  PJD, TJD, TD, TS, OUTLAW 10.5, PDR)
    5:30 p.m. Winner’s Circle Celebration with the Fans

     

    Watch live streaming video from dragracelive at livestream.com

  • Black Diamond Motorsports Welcomes Associate Sponsor Graber Concrete Company

    DSC01665Black Diamond Motorsports would like to welcome Graber Concrete Company (GCC) as an associate sponsor for remainder of the season . Jeff and Mark Graber, owners of Graber Concrete, have been very loyal fans and crew members of Black Diamond Motorsports and we would like to send Mark a special “Thanks for your Service” message by making Jeff and him our Associate Sponsor . Mark is stationed overseas serving country in the Armed Services . We also would like to thank Jeff’s wife Terri, who owns TAG’s Cafe back in Cincinnati, she has sent us deserts all season long and they are truly awesome .

    Graber Concrete Company was established in 1976 by Jeff Graber and has been solving Cincinnati Ohio’s concrete needs from standard concrete flat work to an array of variety of standard, stamped, colored concrete, paver patios, installing retaining walls and water features. GCC also performs a wide range of excavating from pool fill-ins to underground fiber optic installation.

    Black Diamond Motorsports Team hold both the Elapsed Time and Mile per Hour records and were the first team to exceed 180 miles per hour in the eighth-mile .

    Please text to 85080 on your cell phone and type BLACKDIAMOND in order to show your support for our sponsor The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

    To learn more about 21st Century clean coal technology “Like “America’s Power and Black Diamond Motorsports on Facebook .


  • Black Diamond Motorsports heads to ADRL Dragstock X at Rockingham

    XDRL_2-174John DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, started the 2013 Extreme Pro Stock season off right at Rockingham Dragway by qualifying number 1 with a 4.025 seconds elapsed time (ET), reset the mph record to 180.26 mph, then top it off by winning the race, will return to Rockingham for American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Battle of the Belts, a special all-star event that will be contested on Friday, Sept. 6, the day before the start of Dragstock X, the most successful event in ADRL’s history.

    Deflorian is sitting in the 6th spot in championship points and is looking for a trifecta this weekend with a Win in both Battle of the Belts and Dragstock X and regaining the points lead for the Championship.

    DSC01665Team Owner Kevin Bealko, driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines has been on the move this year chipping away at the exceptionally tough extreme pro stock field by qualifying in the field at the last 18 races and in the top 4 at the last 4 races.

    “We are extremely proud to fly the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity colors on our 2012 Jerry Haas GXP”, states team owner Bealko. “American Drag Racing League and Rockingham Dragway will be a great venue for Black Diamond Motorsports to reach out to American families about the important role that coal plays in delivering affordable, reliable power for American families and businesses. We’re excited to talk with all our drag racing fans about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean. We have every intention to win a World Championship for America’s Power and Graber Concrete Company,” states Bealko.

    Please text to 85080 on your cell phone and type BLACKDIAMOND in order to show your support for our sponsor The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

    To learn more about 21st Century clean coal technology “Like “America’s Power and Black Diamond Motorsports on Facebook .


  • DRAGSTOCK SLATED TO BE BIG WEEKEND FOR TEAM ARUBA

    dsc_8279_20130609_1671428677ADRL’s Dragstock event has become legendary in its own right, and, as such, is the highlight of the year for many racers and fans. For the gang from Aruba, Dragstock is also ‘home stop’ on the tour, easily making this the biggest event of the season for the Aruba.com Extreme Pro Stock Team. Although much of the team hails from Aruba, their shop is based out of Union, S.C. – a short drive from Rockingham Dragway where Dragstock is held.

     

    Dragstock is a week-long event for Team Aruba, with area displays for associate sponsor Alltel Wireless in the days leading up to the event, testing on Thursday and the highly anticipated Battle for the Belts Shootout on Friday before Dragstock qualifying actually begins on Saturday.

     

    “This is probably the longest and busiest race of the entire 2013 ADRL Tour for us,” told driver Trevor Eman. “We really enjoy the added festivities surrounding this event. Alltel is a great sponsor and doing the displays gives us a chance to interact with our fans from Alltel, as well as spread the word about the upcoming event.

     

    “We’re especially looking forward to participating in the Battle for the Belts. It’s a huge privilege to qualify for such a prestigious event,” Eman said of the Shootout that takes only the top eight in points from each category. “Our goal is obviously to make three consistent and quick runs and take home the Belt. However, we have come such a long way in our Pro Stock career that just being a contender in this event is rewarding.

     

    “After the Battle is over on Friday, we still have major work cut out for us on Saturday and Sunday. Although we’re currently in fourth place in points, we still have an opportunity to win the Extreme Pro Stock Championship. Keeping ourselves in a position to do this will depend greatly on our performance this weekend. We have a good race car with good power; we can’t thank our chassis builder and engine builder enough. Our team is more than capable of getting the job done, so we are fully ready to do well this weekend.”

     

    Being close to home has its advantages and for Eman and Team Aruba, this means added support: “Rockingham is always a nice facility to race at since we can consider it our home track. So besides it being a real busy week for us, it is also the race we have probably been looking forward to the most. We always have plenty of friends from the area around our shop in Union, S.C. that join us for this race, and thanks to direct flights from Aruba to Charlotte, this race is also the easiest travel distance for our Aruba friends and family. So it will be great to have plenty of moral support on our side both from Aruba and S.C. We’re also happy to welcome Alltel representatives to Dragstock. It looks like we’ll have full pits and plenty of support! Bottom line is, we are looking forward to a great weekend of racing surrounded by great people.”

     

    Watch Trevor and Team Aruba at the ADRL Dragstock X this weekend via ADRL.us Live Feed.

     

    Keep up with Team Aruba at www.facebook.com/teamarubaracing and on Twitter @TeamArubaRacing.

    Find race results, team updates, videos and photos. Also leave your comments to cheer on Team Aruba!

     

    For more on your Aruba vacation visit www.Aruba.com and www.Destination-Magazines.com.

     


  • Flamholc Racing at Tierp!

    Tierp2WinnerWhat a weekend we had in Tierp and round five in the FIA European Championship!!!

    We ended up as number four after two days of qualifying in a very, very good field. Our philosophy with the Funny Car have been to try to make it down the track as many times as possible, not necessarily be the fastest car, but the most consistent car. In this tough field, I felt that it was time for us to try to step it up a bit…

    In the first round we ran against Danny Bellio, I ran 5.65s, and he 5.66. After that we where up against the fastest Funny Car in the world with Jonnie Lindberg behind the steering wheel! I ran 5.54s 263mph(personal best), and Jonnie ran 5.62s, now we where in the final again! In thew final I lined up against reigning champion Leif Andreasson, another personal best 5.52s 264mph and we took the win!! we are now in the lead with 30 points in the championship before the European Finals in Santa Pod(England) September 5-8.

    Im very proud of the guys in my team! And Im so happy to have my family supporting me, and going with me to most of the races! Without yours and all our sponsors support none of this would be possible!  In our first five races with a Funny Car we have been in three finals!

    Now I need to decide within the next couple of days if Im gonna go for the European championship or the ADRL championship…. Both races is the same weekend, but on different continents……

     


  • “WE’RE NUMBER TWO SO WE TRY HARDER”

    dsd_2431_20130803_1813405663CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. August 9, 2013:  The coveted “number one” comes with its perks, but for many it’s not always the position most desired. As a two-time World Champion, John Montecalvo knows a thing or two about sitting in the number one spot, but he’s currently relishing his number two position and planning his next move.

     

    “As the old tagline goes, ‘we’re number two so we try harder,’” Monte elaborated. “We’re in a great position [less than 100 points out of first] for a Championship run. When you’re in that top spot, everyone is gunning for you. With two races left in the points and the bullseye on [points leader] Elijah Morton, we’re continuing the slow and steady approach we’ve taken all year to hopefully take our third Championship title.

     

    “With the top five guys separated by about 300 points, it’s really anyone’s game and our team has to be our best. This team is doing a great job and I feel like we’re peaking at the right time. Everything seems to be falling into place so we’re going to keep our focus and do what we know we can do.”

     

    At the last ADRL event, the Memphis Drags, Monte and team utilized their consistent approach to qualify number two with a 4.099 and get past John Bartunek in round one with an .018 light and 4.11 elapsed time. Unfortunately, Montecalvo was forced to lift early in round two, giving Trevor Eman the win. Still, the team maintained good position in the points and is solidly qualified for the Battle for the Belts Shootout to be contested at Dragstock X, Rockingham Dragway, September 6-8.

     

    “I have to say that the Memphis Drags was one of the best races we’ve ever had,” told Montecalvo. “The fans were great and other than the weather, the event went off flawlessly. We had one of the highest car counts, if not the highest, in the history of the ADRL. I’m sure that Rockingham will be off the charts. Dragstock is always the premier event on the ADRL tour and now with the Battle for the Belts contested there, it will truly be the highlight of the year. I want to thank the ADRL for their generosity in funding the Battle for the Belts. It’s a privilege to be a part of this race. The top eight in points are the best in the country and we’re proud to race beside them for a prestigious title. It’s going to be a tough event, but we’re looking forward to it.

     

    “With the Battle on Friday and Dragstock run on Saturday and Sunday, this could be a big weekend for us. One thing is for sure, we’re going to give it our all and let our competition know that we’re in this fight until the end.”


  • TEAM ARUBA CONTINUES STRONG POINTS PURSUIT

    dsc_0314_20120421_1717846521Driver of the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang, Trevor Eman, has had a lot on his mind lately, not the least of which was tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Nicole. Just one short week after saying “I do” Eman and Team Aruba were back at the track, continuing their pursuit of an ADRL Extreme Pro Stock Championship at the Memphis Drags.

     

    “Our racecar was just awesome all weekend long,” told Eman. “The Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang made it down the track every single time. I give the whole team a lot of credit for having an awesome set up each and every run, but I also have to give credit to the Traction Twins. They did an excellent job on giving us all a superb racing surface. There was no inequality between lanes.”

     

    Team Aruba qualified in the top half of the field with a 4.108, only .013 off the top spot. With Mother Nature’s interference, eliminations were postponed until Sunday. Despite the ever-changing conditions, Team Aruba had their Mustang dialed in all weekend long. Eman’s round one opponent, Cary Goforth, went .001 red, but the Aruba.com Mustang wasn’t going to be an easy competitor regardless, with Eman’s .024 light and 4.10 elapsed time – quickest for the round. In round two Eman lined up against John Montecalvo. Again, the team made the right calls for conditions, going right down broadway at a 4.125 while Montecalvo was forced to lift. Team Aruba was again quickest for the round in the semi finals, laying down a 4.137. Unfortunately, Eman turned it red, leaving just .008 too early, ending their day, but regaining some ground in Championship points. Eman is now fourth in points, and has secured his spot for the Shootout held at the next event- Dragstock X, Sept 6-8 at Rockingham Dragway.

     

    “I must also say,” continued Eman, “that I am very happy the race became a Friday/Saturday race, because with all the rain that came in on Saturday, we were still able to finish the race on Sunday. That does not happen when races are contested on a Saturday/Sunday weekend. It would be my hope that the ADRL switch the last two races to Friday/Saturday weekends, and also consider that for the 2014 season.

     

    “Besides just great racing going on this past weekend, it was an even greater weekend for me personally as it has been a week now that my longtime girlfriend, Nicole and I got married. We got married the weekend before [July 27th] and even though we should have probably been on a honeymoon somewhere, we went racing.

     

    “The team and I would like to congratulate Doug Kirk on winning the race and also would like them to know that they will be in our thoughts when Doug’s Father, Mr. Kirk, goes in for a liver transplant operation on Friday. That must have certainly been on Doug’s mind all weekend, but he proved that the pressure was not going to stop him from winning the race. Good job Kirk family!”

     

    Keep up with Team Aruba at www.facebook.com/teamarubaracing and on Twitter @TeamArubaRacing.

    Find race results, team updates, videos and photos. Also leave your comments to cheer on Team Aruba!

     

    For more on your Aruba vacation visit www.Aruba.com and www.Destination-Magazines.com.