CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. May 30, 2012:  John Montecalvo is the first to admit that his Extreme Pro Stock team has struggled so far in 2012. But, as one of the most resolute drivers in XPS, he is also able to turn trials into triumphs. With that in mind, Montecalvo and team are hoping to make the upcoming Gateway Drags a turning point in their season.

“We started the year struggling,” elaborated Montecalvo, who ended 2011 with a strong second place finish, but is currently sitting eighth as the ADRL nears the halfway point of 2012. “Trying to learn this new car put us a few steps behind. We know this Camaro is a great car; we just needed to learn exactly what it wants. Now, we’re starting to get a handle on it, so we’re looking for St. Louis to be a turnaround race for us.

“With Gateway Motorsports Park having their new beginning this weekend, maybe it will be a good place for us to do the same with our season. We certainly hope so.”

The ADRL Gateway Drags will act as Gateway Motorsports Park’s grand reopening after the facility closed its doors for the 2011 season.

“We’re looking forward to this race as a chance to change the course of our season,” continued Montecalvo. “We’re heading into it with the mindset that it’s the first race of the year. We’re also looking forward to being in our new Pegasus trailer this weekend. The rig is absolutely gorgeous and the most well designed trailer I’ve seen. Larry at Pegasus did a phenomenal job. We’re overjoyed with it! So we’ll be improving our season in style this weekend.

“I’ve got a great team, and we know we have the power. With our new car blues behind us, we can get back to being a threat in XPS and giving our fans something to cheer for.”