Hossler Scores Pro Extreme World Championship & ADRL World Finals Victory in Houston

DSC_1777HOUSTON, Texas – For Alex Hossler, driver of Sheikh Khalid Al Thani’s
Al-Anabi Racing Pro Extreme Camaro, it will be very difficult to top his weekend at
Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway that included a single day of racing when he not only
won the race – the ADRL’s prestigious World Finals IX – but also the Pro Extreme
world championship.

Ultimately, the ultra-close points chase came down to a quarterfinal round matchup
between Hossler and perennial frontrunner Tommy D’Aprile. It was over almost as soon
as it started, though, as Hossler was off the starting line first with a .026-second
reaction time and never trailed, taking the win and clinching the world title with a
3.583-second, 214.69mph pass. From there Hossler would defeat Terry Leggett and
Jason Scruggs to put a bow on a career-defining weekend.

“It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Hossler. “Actually, it’s an unbelievable feeling
for me, personally, but it’s not at all unbelievable when you look at the guys I
have on my side. With Frank Manzo, Billy Stocklin, Mike Giafino and John Glade – the
absolute best guys out here – it’s almost hard to believe we had to fight for this
as much as we did. And that’s not to downplay anyone else in this class; there are a
lot of great racers and teams in this deal, but I think the guys working on this car
are the best.

“Considering the competition in this Pro Extreme class,” Hossler said, “I’m proud of
how we came out here and earned it this weekend. In the second round when we had to
beat Tommy [D’Aprile] to win the championship, we did it, and we didn’t get it
handed to us. In the final against Scruggs [Jason], I literally felt like the
underdog with the way he’s been running, but again, we went out there, did our job
and won the race. It’s a good feeling.”

Having started his drag racing career on the eighth- and quarter-mile drag strips of
the Midwest before testing the waters of the American Drag Racing League in 2008 on
occasion, Hossler admits that earning the 2013 ADRL Pro Extreme world championship
driving Sheikh Khalid Al Thani’s Al-Anabi Racing Camaro is surreal.

“This opportunity – to drive Sheikh Khalid’s personal car – has not been something
I’ve taken lightly,” said Hossler. “Being able to win both the Arabian Drag Racing
League championship and the American Drag Racing League championship, especially in
the same year, is nothing short of amazing and, again, is more a testament to this
team than anything else.

“We’ve had the best car out here basically all year,” continued Hossler, who took
the No. 1 qualifying position at six of the eight stops on the 2013 ADRL Tour
presented by Speedtech. “But we’ve also had some back luck – some little things that
bit us here and derailed our weekend. To see it all come together in Houston was

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