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  • Sensing Special Season, Snyder Takes Advantage To Win First ADRL World Championship In Pro Extreme

    O’FALLON, MO – Even two weeks after it had become official, it still had not totally sunk in for American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Extreme world champion Mick Snyder.
    The congratulations still come frequently from residents in his hometown of Demotte, Ind. and Snyder will also have his Powersource Transportation Corvette on display at the upcoming International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) and its Hall of Champions display.
    All of it remains overwhelming for Snyder, who turned in one of the most impressive seasons in Pro Extreme history. He won three straight races in one of the best stretches in the storied history of the class, holding off teammate Jason Scruggs in a thrilling points race to capture his first ADRL world championship.
    “You look at it still and go, ‘Wow.’ It’s still hard to believe. I’ve never been able to have a number ‘1’ on my car before. It’s pretty awesome,” Snyder said.
    “It’s just stuff that sets you back. It’s been a pretty amazing year, that’s for sure. It’s pretty unreal. This car is probably the most fun car I’ve ever driven and this is probably the most competitive class I’ve ever been in, so to do this well is just pretty amazing.”
    A longtime standout in the drag racing scene, Snyder made his ADRL debut in 2010, winning a race and garnering ADRL Rookie of the Year honors.
    The progress continued in 2011 as Snyder contended for the championship, but he displayed tremendous progress in 2012.
    The Snyder Motorsports team worked diligently on the Corvette once driven by Scruggs, taking off weight and making a number of other adjustments.
    It paid off immediately, as Snyder won the Northeast Drags II presented by Penske at Maple Grove Raceway in May, qualifying No. 1 and not letting up throughout the weekend.
    But that was just the start of a magical season, as two more wins followed to give him a remarkable three-race winning streak in one of the most competitive classes in drag racing.
    “Everybody’s car is running better and everybody is figuring it out. It’s pretty awesome to see how quick and how fast these cars are going now. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it,” Snyder said.
    “You keep looking at the progress and it’s pretty dang exciting. To end up on top in a class like this just pretty unbelievable and just a tribute to all the people on this team.”
    Snyder ran a then career-best 3.60 in St. Louis to win the Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe and then used a holeshot victory against Tim Tindle three weeks later for his third straight win, this one coming at the U.S. Drags V.
    “With the amount of competitors in our class and the drivers you’re competing against, it’s great just to get to the finals. To win a race, it’s just amazing. It just kept continuing. To get two in a row was crazy and then we won the third won, it was something else,” Snyder said.
    From there, Snyder held off a hard charge from Scruggs, who also won three races. Snyder became the first driver in the class to run in the 3.50s in 2012, running a career-best 3.59 in Norwalk at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson.
    Still, the championship wasn’t his until Scruggs lost via red light in the second round and Snyder advanced to the semifinals of the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe.
    That started the first celebration for Snyder and the team, and many more have followed in a season that was deemed special early on and finished in the best way possible for Snyder.
    “It all had to do with preparation more than anything else. These cars take a lot of work between races and it’s just a matter of taking care of little things. This was one of those dream seasons,” Snyder said. “We figured we had a car that could win races and once the win started, we had a championship car.
    “Those seasons don’t come along very often and you have to take advantage of that when it happens. I’ve been racing 20 years now and I’ve had maybe three seasons like this. It’s pretty amazing when you get to finish it off.”

    ABOUT THE ADRL
    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.


  • Hot Start, Three Wins Lead Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 Driver Alan Pittman To First World Championship

    O’FALLON, MO – Alan Pittman had never won a world championship in drag racing before 2012.

    Along with a number of other significant items, the standout American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 driver can now check that item off his bucket list as well.

    Thanks to wins in the first two events of the year, a third later in the season and a number of consistent performances, Pittman was the wire-to-wire points leader in the class as he cruised to the world championship in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5.

    The magnitude of the accomplishment wasn’t lost on Pittman, either.

    “This is the first world championship that I’ve ever won, so this is definitely very special to me,” Pittman said. “I’ve got to thank Greta and Terry Leggett for giving me the opportunity to race this car, and the ADRL for giving me a place to race.

    “It’s been a dream season and I couldn’t be happier with how it has gone.”

    Pittman joined Terry Leggett’s Pro Extreme team in 2011, and Leggett decided to make it a two-car team late in the season as Pittman made his debut in the Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 class.

    After showing plenty of potential, Pittman entered 2012 ready to contend for a championship. That mindset was evident immediately, as Pittman won his first ADRL event at the season-opening CarSafe Dragpalooza event, running as quick as 3.93.

    “Over the winter (last year), we did some things to get the car ready and we got off to a great start,” Pittman said.

    “I’m just thinking about everyone involved with this team and how special this is for all of us. I’m happy for the whole team and just grateful for this opportunity.”

    Three weeks later, Pittman had another tremendous accomplishment, winning at historic Bristol Dragway for the first time in his standout career.

    There, Pittman ran as quick as 3.84, going 3.85 in the finals to also post back-to-back wins for the first time in his career. After the win, Pittman was overjoyed that the back-to-back win streak concluded at Bristol.

    “This means the world to me. I can’t even hardly explain it,” Pittman said. “In the ADRL, you’ve got your work cut out over here. It’s the fastest cars in the world and the best of the best. The names here just blow you away, so I just couldn’t be happier. This really does mean a great deal to me.”

    “I love the ADRL and their program and it’s just great to be in the winner’s circle.”

    Pittman topped his fastest and quickest times from Bristol in St. Louis, where he went 3.803 at 201 mph, making it the second-quickest run in the history of the class.

    Pittman, who advanced to six finals, picked up his third win at the Summer Drags in July, which gave him a commanding lead.

    Leggett advanced to the finals in Pro Extreme at that race, making it an extra special weekend for Pittman.

    Of course, special could have summed up the entire 2012 season, in part because of the strong friendship Pittman developed with Leggett and his family.

    “Terry’s probably one of the most easy-going and giving people I’ve ever met in my life. To be honest, this is what’s racing about. It’s been a blessing. He’s become a friend and a best friend. This is a deal people wait all their lives for,” Pittman said.

    “It’s hard to put a team together and a partnership that works, but to spend time with his family, it feels like I’m part of the family now. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him and his wife.”

    ABOUT THE ADRL
    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us


  • Dream Season Leads McKinney To First ADRL World Championship, 2012 Driver Of The Year Award

    O’FALLON, MO – If asked to describe his dream season before this year, American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Extreme Motorcycle rider Eric McKinney might have struggled to find the perfect description.

    But after a 2012 ADRL season that ranks as one of the most impressive in the organization’s history, McKinney now has that answer.

    In a season that saw one dominating performance after another, McKinney’s season became more magical by the race. When it came to its incredible end, McKinney had seven victories, nine finals appearances in 10 races, a world championship and the 2012 ADRL Driver of the Year word.

    In other words, it turned into a dream season that he could have never imagined.

    “This entire year was a picture-perfect season. We couldn’t have drawn it up any better,” McKinney said. “We had a couple engine problems early in the year, but the next thing you know, it was win after win. I don’t know how to explain it. This has just been amazing. Behind the scenes, we were working really hard and it kept getting better and better.”

    With each passing event, McKinney somehow found a way to top himself, jumping into the points lead in May after winning his first event in nearly three years at the Northeast Drags II presented by Penske.

    Despite a hard charge from Casey Stemper to kick off the summer, the points lead never left McKinney’s side. He won in St. Louis in June and then McKinney and his team, which includes his father, mother, uncle and former PXM world champion Ashley Owens, took it to another level over the final five races.

    From July to the final brushstroke at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe in October, McKinney never lost a round, going an unbelievable 18-0 in the process.

    Included in that five-race winning streak to conclude the year were the quickest times of the year – 4.02 and 4.03 – the fastest run of the year – nearly 177 mph – and the best reaction time of the year.

    In the process, McKinney racked up more than 5,000 points, which made him an easy selection for the 2012 ADRL Driver of the Year.

    It’s an award that surprised McKinney when it was announced and continues to leave him in awe, but it’s one he undoubtedly deserved after his marvelous 2012 campaign.

    “To me, that was as big or bigger to me than the world championship,” McKinney said. “We just feel fortunate to be able to have this class in the ADRL. It just blows my mind that I even got that.

    “All these drivers in the ADRL, they’re just the greatest. To me, I never thought I was at that level. This year has just been nothing but great for us. It’s an awesome feat and I’m in awe of being Driver of the Year. It’s just a great thing.”

    As the winning streak grew McKinney said he “started thriving on the pressure,” and he delivered one clutch performance after another.

    But perhaps the two the stood out most was going 4.08 to beat Stemper in front of a huge crowd at zMAX Dragway for Dragstock IX, and winning the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson at Summit Motorsports Park.

    That was McKinney’s closest race to him and the victory, which came in front of a massive following of family and friends, clinched his first ADRL world championship.

    “I was surprised at how many people showed up to support me. That really meant a lot to me. That’s where we wrapped the championship up, and it all just kind of played out like a fairy-tale,” McKinney said.

    After figuring out crank issues that bothered the bike early in the season, McKinney and the team kept progressing, even going to a new engine program for the final race in Dallas.

    There, McKinney posted an impressive seven runs between 4.03 and 4.08, giving a glimpse of what may be in store for 2013.

    “It’s a smaller motor and a new engine program we’re going to try next year. We put that in and kept hitting it harder and harder, and it kept taking more power,” McKinney said. “This new program has already showed a lot of potential.”

    But no matter what happens in the future, McKinney knows that 2012 will be a year he will never forget.

    “This year, from the way it started with getting Ashley on the team, to the whole season, it’s just been incredible. There was never anything out of our comfort zone and it just made it that much easier for me,” McKinney said.

    “I’ll never forget this year, winning Driver of the Year and winning so many races. It’s always going to be remembered as a special year.”

    ABOUT THE ADRL
    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us


  • Goforth Joins Elite Company With Second Straight ADRL Extreme Pro Stock World Championship

    O’FALLON, MO – Cary Goforth knows all about finishing strong, doing it for the second straight year in the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class.

    But Goforth took it a step further in 2012, joining some incredibly elite company in the process.

    Not satisfied with one championship, Goforth pushed harder than ever to close out his 2012 campaign, winning the season-ending World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex. It gave him three wins for the year, a class-best nine for his career and his second straight XPS championship, joining the likes of Jason Scruggs, Mike Castellana and Billy Vose as the only two-time world champions in the history of the ADRL.

    “It’s pretty amazing, especially with the level of talent, and I couldn’t even begin to describe how happy I am. To do this for a second straight year, it’s just a special thing and something I will never forget,” Goforth said. “This class is loaded with big-time talent. It’s amazing just to win one event, but to win three, I don’t know what to say. It was just another great season.”

    Goforth may be running out of superlatives to describe his run that actually stretches back to 2010 when he won three races.

    He’s repeated that effort each of the past two seasons, delivering one of the most impressive stretches in ADRL history. Driving a Jerry Haas Race Cars 2011 GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, Goforth faced off against the most impressive XPS field in ADRL history in 2012.

    With qualifying bumps dipping into the 4.00s on two separate occasions, Goforth was the only driver to win more than one event. Like he did in 2011 when he warded off former world champions Pete Berner and John Montecalvo, Goforth finished strong in 2012, slipping past Richie Stevens Jr. and Brian Gahm with two wins over the final four events.

    Goforth was also able to get wins at the two new tracks where the ADRL debuted in 2012, Bristol Dragway and zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

    As part of a hard-working team headed by Goforth’s father, Dean, and crew chief Brian “Lump” Self, Goforth gave an immense amount of credit to those who helped make the 2012 season so magical.

    “We’ve really been consistent. Our crew is a great one. ‘Lump’ thrives in those hot summer conditions, and making it down the track in those dog days, that’s where championships are won and lost,” said Goforth, the 2011 ADRL Driver of the Year.

    “We work hard and do what we have to do to put ourselves in position to win. ‘Lump’ is just amazing at what he does when it comes to hot race tracks. It was a great team effort from a great group of individuals and I’m extremely happy for them.”

    Their work ethic was fully on display in August when Goforth won Dragstock IX at zMAX Dragway during what was a scorching weekend.

    With track conditions difficult to figure out, Goforth had the perfect combination, running a 4.10 to beat Stevens in the finals.

    “That was a tough race. I’m proud of all my wins, but I’m really proud of that one because we were able to get that figured out,” Goforth said.

    Finishing the season with a flourish will also be a lasting memory for Goforth.

    He put a definitive stamp on his season and the 2012 world championship by winning the World Finals VIII, going 4.09 to beat John DeFlorian, one of four first-time winners in the class in 2012.

    “We raced like we had the championship won last year at the World Finals, but we didn’t want to do that this year,” Goforth said. “We tested for 5-6 days before the race, and we really wanted to go in and give it our best effort. To have it go like it did, it makes all of the work worth it.

    “This is a great class and the competition is just something else. These drivers pushed me to the limit all year, and I’m just thankful for an awesome team and a great crew. That made all the difference.”

     

    ABOUT THE ADRL

    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.


  • Strong Start, Finish Leads Abruzzi To Summit Racing Top Sportsman World Championship

    O’FALLON, MO – Known for fast starts and strong finishes throughout his standout drag racing career, Marco Abruzzi once again relied on that method in 2012 in the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class.

    The end result was one of the biggest moments in a career filled with wins and spectacular seasons.

    In a championship chase that came down to the final day, it was Abruzzi’s strong start and finish that proved to be the difference, as it carried him to the 2012 ADRL world championship in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman.

    Abruzzi won the first race of the season, became the first repeat winner in the history of the class in September, advanced to a third final later that month and then held off William Brown III and Ronnie Davis in a thrilling finish to capture the first world championship in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman history in the ADRL.

    “It was exciting. The year started off great with the win in Houston, but it didn’t look good over the summer,” Abruzzi said. “We did some testing, got a couple things worked out and everything turned out really well.

    “I really think this is one the best classes around and I was really excited to see the ADRL bring it in.  This is some of the best sportsman racing you will ever see and it means a lot to be the first one to win the championship in this class. This has just been a great year.”

    It started in fine fashion when Abruzzi went 4.379 to win the season-opening CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII in Houston.

    It represented the furthest west that Abruzzi had raced, and, with the victory, Abruzzi committed himself to the championship chase.

    But adversity came over the summer through a series of frustrating events. He spun out near the starting line in the first round of the memorable 32-car Summit Racing Equipment “Clash of the Titans” event.

    Abruzzi fell in the first round a month later and then failed to qualify at Dragstock IX in August at zMAX Dragway. 

    That dropped Abruzzi all the way to third in points, and the Warren, Ohio native knew something had to change. Looking back, Abruzzi revealed the simple change that sparked the turnaround.

    “I just had the wrong tires on the car. I’ve ran Hoosier Tires ever since I started racing, and I was ordering dragster tires for my door car. The Hoosier guys told me I should have a different tire on, so I put it on and it was like a different car,” Abruzzi said.

    “I lost my step in the middle of the year. I wasn’t competitive for a while, and it was getting frustrating, but I stuck with it.”

    Along with different Hoosier Tires and some extensive testing, Abruzzi returned in September with impressive furor.

    Going into the season Abruzzi had never been quicker than a 4.39, but went 4.24 to win the finals of the Memphis Drags. That put him back in command and Abruzzi advanced to the finals at his home track, running a career-best 4.16 at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson.

    “None of us ever had ever gone as fast as we did this year,” Abruzzi said. “There’s no other track prep liked an ADRL prepped track.” 

    Back in the points lead, Abruzzi finished off the championship by advancing to the semifinals of the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe, showing tremendous resolve under pressure.

    It also capped off a tremendous season in a class that surpassed all expectations.

    “It’s a big effort and it was tough, but it’s very gratifying. It’s a great crew of people we race with in Top Sportsman. They’re all incredible people. We just had a blast at the races. ADRL racing is exciting, it’s fast-paced and it’s great to see it succeed on this stage. It was just a great time this year,” said Abruzzi, who thanked Tim McAmis Race Cars and Hoosier Tires.

    “I also have to thank Summit Racing Equipment for not only sponsoring me, but also the class. They’ve really put a lot of support into the class and it really turned into a spectacular season.”

    ABOUT THE ADRL
    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us


  • ADRL Honors 2012 Special Award Winners At Racer Appreciation And Awards Gala

    O’FALLON, MO – Following a memorable 2012 season, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced its Special Awards winners at its annual Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala.
    Eric McKinney was named the 2012 ADRL Driver of the Year after winning seven events and an ADRL world championship in Pro Extreme Motorcycle.
    Todd Hoerner was the choice for the 2012 ADRL Rookie of the Year following an event win and a top-10 finish in Extreme Pro Stock, while zMAX Dragway, which hosted an ADRL event (Dragstock IX) for the first time, was named the 2012 ADRL Track of the Year.
    McKinney had a breakout year and it turned into one of the best seasons by any competitors in ADRL history.
    In winning seven races, including five straight to end his impressive season, McKinney advanced to a whopping nine finals and was the No. 1 qualifier five times, cruising to his first world championship by earning more than 5,000 points in 2012.
    “You want to do well and you think you can do well, but this is just unbelievable and on a whole other level from what we had hoped. It’s unbelievable,” McKinney said.
    “It’s incredible and it is just overwhelming to have a year like this, and then win an award like this. The ADRL has given us a great place to race and this class is the toughest class I’ve ever raced in. To win the championship, it just means a lot, and then to get something like this, I almost can’t explain it. It’s just amazing.”
    McKinney went as quick as 4.02 on a bike built by 2011 ADRL World Champion Ashley Owens, who was a crucial part of McKinney’s team in 2012.
    With a bike that delivered one consistent run after another, McKinney also praised a standout team that helped produce his spectacular season.
    “This whole team is incredible. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. They definitely work their tails off, and that makes me more comfortable on the bike, and that’s what it’s all about,” McKinney said.
    “It’s all about having good people around you and I can’t say enough about everyone on this team. With my dad, Ashley and everyone else, there are a lot of great people on this team helping make things happen. The job they do is just amazing and I owe all of this to them.”
    Hoerner made his ADRL debut at the second race of the season at Bristol Dragway and it didn’t take long for him to make an impression driving a stunning 2012 Camaro from Jerry Bickel Race Cars.
    In just his third race Hoerner won his first ADRL event, going as quick as 4.04 to claim the victory at the Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe.
    It was a historic first win, too, as Hoerner, an employee at Sonny’s Racing Engines, became the first driver in Pro Stock history to win an event using electronic fuel injection (EFI).
    “An award like this means a ton, and it’s an honor to get it, especially considering all the competition and great racers in the ADRL,” Hoerner said. “I’m super happy for my crew chief, Jeff Dobbins Jr. Without him, this would not have been possible. He made the right calls all year.”
    In one of the most competitive classes in the ADRL, Hoerner and his team, which also includes his wife, Nicole, and his daughter, Kassidy, was remarkably consistent and stayed as a championship contender for the majority of the 2012 season.
    “Our goal this whole year was just to qualify and maybe go a round here or there. We just kept working on the car and it kept improving race after race,” Hoerner said. “At the end of the season, it felt like we had one of the top cars. I’m still trying to let this all sink in.
    “It was an outstanding year and I’m super thrilled with the results. They went beyond my wildest expectations for this year.”
    The ADRL made its debut at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte in August, as it became the new host for the ADRL’s most prestigious event, Dragstock.
    The event turned into a massive success, drawing rave reviews from fans, ADRL executives, sponsors and race teams.
    “ZMAX Dragway is obviously one of the premier facilities in drag racing, and it was a huge thrill to be able to have Dragstock there for the first time in 2012,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.
    “With an excellent fan turnout, it provided an unbelievable atmosphere for our competitors, and it ended up being an outstanding weekend for everyone involved.”

    ABOUT THE ADRL
    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.


  • ADRL Honors 2012 World Champions At Racer Appreciation And Awards Gala

    ENNIS, TEXAS (October 21, 2012) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) concluded its 2012 season with its annual Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala at the Champion’s Club at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday, one day after it completed the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe.

    World champions in every class were honored, a list that includes Mick Snyder (Pro Extreme), Bob Rahaim (Pro Nitrous), Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Cary Goforth (Extreme Pro Stock), Mike Castellana (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified), Marco Abruzzi (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Alexander Oppen (Pro Junior Dragster).

    The ADRL also announced its special award winners, naming PXM’s McKinney its 2012 Driver of the Year, Extreme Pro Stock standout Todd Hoerner its 2012 Rookie of the Year and zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, the host of Dragstock IX, its 2012 Track of the Years. 

    Those special award winners will be featured in a release from the ADRL on Monday.

    Snyder, the 2010 ADRL Rookie of the Year, continued to show tremendous progress in Pro Extreme, winning his first ADRL championship.

    He won three straight races early in the year, held the points lead for most of the season and also became the first driver in the class to run in the 3.50s in 2012.

    In the end, he also held off teammate Jason Scruggs, advancing to the semifinals at the World Finals to be crowned champion.

    “Everybody’s car is running better and everybody is figuring it out. It’s pretty awesome to see how quick and how fast these cars are going now. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it,” Snyder said.

    “You keep looking at the progress and it’s pretty dang exciting. To end up on top in a class like this just pretty unbelievable and just a tribute to all the people on this team.”

    Bob Rahaim’s dream season concluded with a 2012 world championship in Pro Nitrous, giving the Michigan native his first ADRL world title.

    After advancing to back-to-back finals to start the season, Rahaim took control over the summer, winning his first ADRL race at the Summer Drags VIII in July. He then turned in a pair of clutch performances in September, winning back-to-back races to put him in position for the title.

    With a huge gathering of friends and family, Rahaim officially clinched the world title in Dallas. 

    “I get goose bumps just thinking about this and I just have to thank the ADRL for giving us such a great place to race,” Rahaim said.

    “This is our second season together for this team and it’s been so satisfying to see it all come together. For me, it’s just something that I’ve always wanted to have happen. To find the right group of people, it’s just amazing and I owe a lot to them. Everyone brings something to the table and it’s all clicked. It’s just been an amazing year.”

    McKinney entered 2012 with championship hopes, but it turned into much more than that during one of the most dominant seasons in ADRL history.

    McKinney won his first race of the season in May at Maple Grove Raceway, but really turned it on down the stretch, winning the final five events of the year, including Saturday’s World Finals.

    Overall, he finished with seven wins and nine finals appearances, running as quick as 4.02 in a thoroughly magnificent season. 

    “This whole team is incredible. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. They definitely work their tails off, and that makes me more comfortable on the bike, and that’s what it’s all about,” McKinney said. 

    “When we come to race, we’re here for one reason and we do everything we can to win, but we could have never imagined having a year like this. It’s incredible and it is just overwhelming.”

    Goforth finished a remarkable two-year run with a second straight world championship, putting him with elite company in the process.

    Goforth, the 2011 ADRL Driver of the Year, officially clinched the 2012 championship with a win at the World Finals on Saturday, giving him three wins in 2012 and a class-best nine in his marvelous career.

    He joins Jason Scruggs and Mike Castellana as the only drivers to win back-to-back championships in the ADRL.

    “To do this for a second straight year and get another championship is just a special thing and I can’t begin to describe how happy I am,” Goforth said.

    “This is a great class and the competition is just something else. These drivers pushed me to the limit all year, and I’m just thankful for my dad (Dean), an awesome team and just a great crew. It’s the greatest team I’ve ever been on and that made the difference.”

    The greatest season in Alan Pittman’s racing career started with two wins in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, giving him a points lead he would never relinquish.

    He finished with three wins during a standout season, also running as quick as 3.80 to give Pittman the second quickest run in the history of the class. He won his first world championship while also developing a strong friendship with the Leggett family.

    “This is the first world championship that I’ve ever won, so this is definitely very special to me,” Pittman said. “I’ve got to thank Greta and Terry Leggett for giving me the opportunity to race this car, and the ADRL for giving me a place to race.

    “It’s been a dream season and I couldn’t be happier with how it has gone.”

    Castellana posted a remarkable come from behind win to capture his second straight ADRL championship after winning a world title in Pro Nitrous a year ago.

    This time, Castellana needed a brilliant performance at the World Finals to get the championship. He did just that, running a pair of 3.85s to win the race and clinch another world championship. Castellana and the Al-Anabi Racing team finished with five wins in 2012, pushing his career total to an impressive 14.

    He also joins Scruggs and Goforth as the only two-time world champions in the ADRL.

    “Shannon and the crew did an amazing job with the car, and I just have to thank Sheikh Khalid (Al-Thani) for supporting us,” Castellana said after wining the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe on Saturday.

    “Winning five events is just awesome and shows what this team can do. It’s a great moment for all of us and it’s been another exciting year.”

    Just like the incredible racing in the class, the points championship race in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman came down to the wire.

    Marco Abruzzi, William Brown III and Ronnie Davis battled for most of the season, but it was Abruzzi who finished less than a round ahead of Brown to claim the first world championship in the class. 

    Abruzzi became the first driver in class history to earn two wins and displayed remarkable consistency for the majority of the season.

    “I really think this is one the best classes around and I was really excited to see the ADRL bring it in,” Abruzzi said. “This is some of the best sportsman racing you will ever see and it means a lot to be the first one to win the championship in this class.

    “I also have to thank Summit Racing Equipment for not only sponsoring me, but also the class. They’ve really put a lot of support into the class and this has just been a great year.”

    In his final year racing in the ADRL’s Pro Junior Dragster class, Alexander Oppen competed at all 10 events and earned his first ADRL world championship.

    “This is just a great award and I really have to thank my dad (Larry) for making the big sacrifice and taking me to every race. I also have to thank Mickey Thompson for helping me out. It was just a thrill to compete and win the championship this year,” Oppen said.

    ABOUT THE ADRL
    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us


  • Black Diamond Motorsports John DeFlorian is Runner-up at ADRL World Finals

    John DeFlorian in Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas Race Cars 2012 Camaro powered by a Sonny Racing engine started from the number one qualifying spot with a 4.040 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 179.95 miles per hour (MPH) which set the new MPH record when he backed it up with a 4.046 ET at 178.64 MPH in the second session to earn 50 Championship points. DeFlorian defeated Brian Gahm, Elijah Morton and Matt Bertsch before squaring off with newly crowned ADRL World Champion Cary Goforth.

    DeFlorian used a .082 reaction time coupled with a 4.102 seconds ET at 176.26 mph but it was not enough to catch Cary Goforth’s .037 reaction time coupled with an engine destroying run of 4.096 ET for the win .

    Kevin Bealko in the Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas Race Cars 2011 GXP powered by a Sonny Racing engine qualified for the sixth race in a row since converting to a clutch started from the fourteenth position with a 4.096 ET at 176.77 MPH to face off with newly crowned ADRL World Champion Cary Goforth. Bealko ran a 4.149 ET at 174.73 MPH losing effort against Goforth’s 4.095 ET at 175.87 MPH when the GXP rolled through the beams causing at (-.102) red light .

    Black Diamond Motorsports ended the 2012 American Drag Racing League season on a high note and look forward to a bigger and better 2013 championship season with more things to come.

    Black Diamond Motorsports would like to thank all their fans and sponsors and most of all Sonny’s Racing Engines, Jerry Haas Race Cars and our hard working crew without you we could not do what we love.


  • BERNER ENDS CHALLENGING YEAR ON POSITIVE NOTE WITH SHOOTOUT FINAL

    It’s no secret that Pete Berner has been off form in 2012. Accustomed to final round appearances and Championship runs, Berner has become more familiar with first round losses this season. However, for the final event of the season, Summit fans saw more of the Pete Berner and team they’re used to. With help from manufacturers and Pro Stock supporters, several of the Pro Stock teams organized their own Battle for the Belts Shootout. Berner went all the way to the finals in the Shootout, ending his season on a high note.

    “Many thanks to Tom Pierson and Mark Eckman for organizing our Pro Stock Battle for the Belts this year,” told Berner. “We owe much gratitude to them, the other seven racers who put money up for the Shootout and our wonderful supporting manufacturers. I especially appreciate Summit’s efforts and participation in this. All of our associate sponsors including Hoosier Tire, RJ Race Cars, Ram Clutches, Braswell Carburetors and Penske also helped make the Shootout a possibility. We really want to publicly thank all the companies that supported this special event: Lamb Components, TSI Valve Springs, Total Seal Rings, Bill Miller Rods, Pro Jack, Sonny Racing Engines, Kaase Racing Engines, MagnaFuel, RacePak Computers, Big Stuff Fuel Injection, ISKY Cams, Moroso, Book Carbuertors, Lenco and CFM Performance Carbuertors. Without everyone’s efforts there would have been nothing to run for, and I would not have even had the chance at the winner’s circle. I know I speak for many of my fellow competitors when I say thank you to everyone who had a hand in this. We also appreciate the ADRL letting us put this race on.”

    Berner started off the weekend by laying down a 4.051 on his first qualifying pass, an effort that would place him in the number two qualifying position for the weekend. Berner looked in good shape for the Battle, where, in round one, Berner ousted Todd Hoerner with a stout 4.071. In round two, Berner laid down another 4.051 to take out the hard-hitting John Deflorian Jr. On the other side of the ladder Ritchie Stevens had advanced to the finals, making it his second final in as many years, and unfortunately for Berner, Stevens would go on to claim his second win as well. Although Berner was again the quicker car, a holeshot advantage gave Stevens the win.

    “Congratulations to Ritchie on his second consecutive Battle win. We were making exceptional runs. We got a handle of the sweet spot of this machine. I’m not quite sure what happened to Pete Berner in the World Finals eliminations,” Berner continued, referring to his first round loss. “I lost my focus and was out of rhythm. I didn’t stage well, which meant I didn’t let the clutch out well. Overall though, we’re very pleased with our performance this weekend. The car repeated well, which was part of the issue we battled all year.

    “Before this event we changed basically everything on the car except for the body. So to come out and go straight to the number two spot was a relief for us. With the weather change on Saturday we babied it a little. We understand what it wants and we’re happy with the combination, but we’ll always continue to refine and further our understanding of how to use the tricks and tools of this machine.

    “Altogether, it was a positive end to our season. I want to thank Summit for their continued support through our ups and downs. It was great having Jim Greenleaf at the event with us this weekend. The essence of the Summit company is seen in each of their employees and carries over to their presence at the track. It has a positive impact on our team to just be associated with Summit and all of the wonderful support they give to racers and teams. Hopefully we can continue to give back to Summit by putting this Summit Camaro in the winner’s circle more in 2013.

    “My crew, Eric and RV, did an exceptional job all year. I’ve never seen two guys work so hard. Nearly every time we went down the track this year we changed the setup. In testing we made a run every hour. With what we had to go through this year, these guys worked tirelessly, and they worked incredibly well together.

    “Drag racing is a never-ending learning curve, and this year it seemed we learned everything the hard way. We’re hoping now that there are better times ahead. I’m confident that we’ll be launching from a better spot next year, and with all we’ve learned this season, there are only positive things that can come from it.”

     


  • Final Results From The ADRL World Finals VIII at Texas Motorplex

    ENNIS, Texas — Saturday’s final results from the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas Motorplex. The race is the  final of 10 in the American Drag Racing League:

    Pro Extreme — Tommy D’Aprile, Chevy Corvette, 3.633, 206.51  def. Von Smith, Chevy Camaro, 4.314, 118.58.

    Pro Nitrous — Pat Stoken, Chevy Camaro, 3.786, 198.03  def. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 4.729, 111.02.

    Extreme 10.5 — Billy Glidden, Ford Mustang, 3.946, 187.11  def. Dan Myers, Chevy Cameo, 4.501, 142.58.

    Pro Extreme Motorcycle — Eric McKinney, Suzuki, 4.032, 176.03  def. Dave Norris, Suzuki, 4.130, 171.97.

    Extreme Pro Stock — Cary Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.096, 175.57  def. John Deflorian Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.102, 176.26.

    SuperCar Showdown — Kevin Helms, Dodge Challenger, 5.889, 116.42  def. Fred Henson, Ford Mustang, 5.945, 117.04.

    Pro Mod — Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 3.857, 195.22  def. Mike Janis, Ford Mustang, 4.488, 121.90.

    Top Sportsman — William Brown III, Pontiac Grand Am, 4.222, 168.94  def. Glenn Butcher, Chevy Camaro, 4.240, 167.53.

    Pro Junior Dragster — Cole Burk, Hardens, 7.922, 77.30  def. Griffin Rider, HalfScale, 7.868, 81.99.

    ENNIS, Texas — Final round-by-round results from the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas Motorplex, the Final of 10 events in the American Drag Racing League:

    PRO EXTREME:

     

    ROUND ONE — Tim Tindle, Chevy Corvette, 3.694, 205.07 def. Todd Martin, Ford Mustang, 3.723, 203.95; Alex Hossler, Chevy Camaro, 3.666, 203.77 def. Duane Rister, Camaro, 4.714, 107.66; Mick Snyder, Corvette, 3.682, 206.16 def. John Stanley, Camaro, foul; Jason Scruggs, Corvette, 3.694, 206.35 def. Brandon Snider, Corvette, 3.985, 148.30; Von Smith, Camaro, 3.711, 204.57 def. Bubba Stanton, Camaro, 4.026, 142.57; Quain Stott, Corvette, 3.852, 203.00 def. Brandon Pesz, Corvette, 4.982, 106.85; Tommy D’Aprile, Corvette 3.655, 206.16 def. Art McMahan, Chevy Bel Air, 3.768, 201.37; Frankie Taylor, Corvette, 3.682, 207.56 def. Neal Wantye, Camaro, 3.814, 199.91;

    QUARTERFINALS — V. Smith, 3.662, 207.30 def. Scruggs, foul; Snyder, 3.680, 206.45 def. Stott, 3.756, 203.71; Taylor, 3.648, 208.52 def. Tindle, 3.672, 205.85; D’Aprile, 3.628, 206.20 def. Hossler, 3.730, 202.55;

    SEMIFINALS — V. Smith, 3.668, 206.48 def. Taylor, 3.687, 198.47; D’Aprile, 3.623, 206.61 def. Snyder, 3.648, 207.11;

    FINAL — D’Aprile, 3.633, 206.51 def. V. Smith, 4.314, 118.58.

    PRO NITROUS:

    ROUND ONE — Johnny Pilcher, Chevy Camaro, 3.963, 188.94 def. John Hall, Camaro, 4.751, 105.61; Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 4.795, 133.24 def. Blake Housley, Chevy Corvette, 7.853, 51.38; Stan Allen, Camaro, 5.051, 100.25 def. Robert Mathis, Camaro, broke; Doug Riesterer, Camaro, 3.835, 191.48 def. Ron Muenks, Camaro, 3.955, 182.65; Rickie Jones, Camaro, 3.838, 196.07 def. Chris Juliano, Ford Mustang, 4.017, 188.49; Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 3.899, 194.66 def. Monroe Guest, Camaro, 4.040, 185.23; Jim Laurita, Camaro, 5.452, 89.95 def. Keith Haney, Camaro, broke; Pat Stoken, Camaro, 3.833, 195.53 def. Chuck Nuytten, Corvette, broke;

    QUARTERFINALS — Jenkins, 3.830, 195.73 def. Laurita, 3.855, 195.36; Allen, 3.889, 190.19 def. Rahaim, 3.895, 194.27; Riesterer, 3.873, 190.38 def. Jones, 4.087, 187.23; Stoken, 3.821, 195.53 def. Pilcher, 3.948, 189.31;

    SEMIFINALS — Jenkins, 4.747, 108.86 def. Allen, broke; Stoken, 4.462, 116.63 def. Riesterer, broke;

    FINAL — Stoken, 3.786, 198.03 def. Jenkins, 4.729, 111.02.

    EXTREME 10.5:

    ROUND ONE — Todd Moyer, Chevy Corvette, 4.025, 211.66 def. Dennis Sugrue, Chevy Cavalier, 4.413, 133.42; Dan Myers, Chevy Cameo, 4.907, 175.43 def. Alan Pittman, Ford Mustang, foul; Billy Glidden, Mustang, 3.919, 189.26 was unopposed;

    SEMIFINALS — Glidden, 3.945, 187.18 def. Moyer, 4.054, 195.39; Myers, 5.277, 112.18 was unopposed;

    FINAL — Glidden, 3.946, 187.11 def. Myers, 4.501, 142.58.

    PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE:

    ROUND ONE — Chuck Wilburn, Suzuki, 4.198, 166.60 def. Charlie Prophit, Suzuki Hayabusa, 5.689, 74.36; TT Jones, 4.248, 164.73 def. Monte Campbell, 4.212, 167.36; Shane Eperjesi, 4.174, 169.59 def. Jeff House, 4.229, 166.44; Nathan Murray, 4.157, 171.86 def. C.D. Watson, Kawasaki ZX12, 6.737, 88.92; Casey Stemper, Hayabusa, 4.175, 170.00 was unopposed; Casey Stemper, Hayabusa, 4.175, 170.00 def. Derrick Holloway, broke; Dave Norris, 4.169, 170.21 def. Blaine Hale, 7.600, 58.19; Eric McKinney, 4.042, 175.14 def. Charles Seaton, Suzuki GSXR, broke;

    QUARTERFINALS — Stemper, 4.184, 153.26 def. Jones, 5.167, 94.13; Norris, 4.187, 171.05 def. Wilburn, broke; Eperjesi, 4.138, 170.95 def. Murray, 4.178, 168.45; McKinney, 4.060, 174.53 was unopposed;

    SEMIFINALS — Norris, 4.121, 171.99 def. Stemper, broke; McKinney, 4.063, 174.21 def. Eperjesi, 4.697, 115.11;

    FINAL — McKinney, 4.032, 176.03 def. Norris, 4.130, 171.97.

    EXTREME PRO STOCK:

    ROUND ONE — Elijah Morton, Ford Mustang, 4.161, 175.02 def. Richie Stevens Jr, Mustang, 4.134, 174.01; John Montecalvo, Chevy Camaro, 4.093, 177.23 def. Scott Hintz, Mustang, 4.130, 175.16; Richard Penland, Mustang, 4.162, 173.07 def. John Pluchino, Ford Escort, 7.457, 61.90; David Schorr, Escort, 4.166, 171.36 def. Todd Hoerner, Camaro, 4.137, 175.52; Matt Bertsch, Mustang, 4.115, 175.37 def. Dean Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.141, 175.94; Cary Goforth, GXP, 4.095, 175.87 def. Kevin Bealko, GXP, foul; Larry O’Brien, Dodge Avenger, 4.205, 173.01 def. Pete Berner, Camaro, 4.134, 174.44; John Deflorian Jr., Camaro, 4.085, 176.77 def. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 4.218, 175.18;

    QUARTERFINALS — Bertsch, 4.107, 175.52 def. Schorr, 4.186, 170.69; C. Goforth, 4.131, 173.83 def. Penland, 4.166, 174.68; Montecalvo, 4.303, 174.01 def. O’Brien, foul; Deflorian Jr., 4.127, 174.53 def. Morton, 4.170, 174.48;

    SEMIFINALS — C. Goforth, 4.072, 175.96 def. Montecalvo, 4.237, 174.35; Deflorian Jr., 4.073, 177.09 def. Bertsch, 4.117, 175.37;

    FINAL — C. Goforth, 4.096, 175.57 def. Deflorian Jr., 4.102, 176.26.

    PRO MOD:

    ROUND ONE — Mike Janis, Ford Mustang, 3.978, 191.29 def. Clint Satterfield, Chevy Camaro, 4.812, 148.01; Jeffrey Cummins Jr Camaro, 3.938, 187.44 def. Pete Farber, Chevy Corvette, 4.021, 190.89; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 3.893, 194.02 def. Todd Tutterow, Plymouth Duster, 3.978, 194.35; Pat Musi, Dodge Stratus, 3.884, 192.58 def. Tim Tindle, Mustang, 4.046, 184.70;

    SEMIFINALS — Castellana, 3.858, 194.63 def. Cummins Jr, 3.926, 187.89; Janis, 3.906, 192.52 def. Musi, 3.889, 192.00;

    FINAL — Castellana, 3.857, 195.22 def. Janis, 4.488, 121.90.

    TOP SPORTSMAN:

    ROUND ONE — William Brown III, Pontiac Grand Am, 4.267, 159.42 def. Bill Chinn Jr., Ford Mustang, foul; Marco Abruzzi, Chevy Camaro, 4.261, 170.58 def. Earl Folse, Camaro, 4.181, 176.93; Glenn Butcher, Camaro, 4.262, 166.91 def. Chuck Mohn, Camaro, foul; Keith Raftery, Camaro, 4.174, 164.01 def. Bruce Thrift, Pontiac GTO, 4.343, 163.51; Lizzy Musi, Camaro, 4.180, 173.41 def. Joe Palmer, GTO, broke; Ronnie Davis, Chevy Corvette, 4.202, 174.01 def. Greg Lair, Camaro, 4.361, 156.39; Bob Gulitti, Camaro, 4.113, 169.04 def. Kamron Wright, Pontiac GXP, 4.327, 162.68; Jim Sackuvich, Camaro, 4.357, 165.99 def. Joshua Vettel, Camaro, 4.903, 104.57;

    QUARTERFINALS — Brown III, 4.306, 145.75 def. Sackuvich, DQ; Butcher, 4.265, 166.79 def. Davis, 4.177, 174.41; Musi, 4.162, 174.08 def. Raftery, 4.139, 173.16; Abruzzi, 4.248, 167.12 def. Gulitti, 4.465, 165.84;

    SEMIFINALS — Brown III, 4.239, 168.30 def. Musi, 4.167, 173.87; Butcher, 4.264, 166.56 def. Abruzzi, 4.252, 170.82;

    FINAL — Brown III, 4.222, 168.94 def. Butcher, 4.240, 167.53.

    SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN:

    ROUND ONE — David Buckner, Dodge Challenger, 6.312, 109.35 def. Kevin Helms, Challenger, DQ; Fred Henson, Ford Mustang, 6.078, 115.95 was unopposed;

    SEMIFINALS — Henson, 5.952, 116.24 def. Buckner, 6.959, 79.27; Helms, 6.326, 114.90 was unopposed;

    FINAL — Helms, 5.889, 116.42 def. Henson, 5.945, 117.04.

    PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER:

    ROUND ONE — Kyle Dvorak, Spitzer, 7.908, 82.53 was unopposed; Codie Nye, Junior, 7.918, 82.70 was unopposed; Sean Eckman, Jr, 40.099, no speed was unopposed; Griffin Rider, HalfScale, 7.938, 74.22 def. Ryan Grigsby, McMillan, 7.865, 80.61; Cole Burk, Hardens, 7.925, 78.74 def. Jimmy Sackuvich, HalfScale, 7.936, 82.84; Justin Hutto, Hardens, 8.008, 78.90 def. Jase Stanaford, Jr, 7.947, 81.81; Tia Tutterow, HalfScale, 7.908, 79.31 def. Jackson Core, Junior, 7.896, 80.07; Tanner Brown, Jr, 7.935, 81.04 def. Alexander Oppen, Junior, 7.920, 81.90;

    QUARTERFINALS — Dvorak, 8.088, 70.04 def. Brown, foul; Burk, 7.907, 81.94 def. Eckman, foul; Tutterow, 7.916, 80.51 def. Nye, 7.932, 82.49; Rider, 7.931, 78.17 def. J. Hutto, 7.898, 82.45;

    SEMIFINALS — Burk, 7.931, 78.02 def. Tutterow, 7.924, 80.58; Rider, 7.917, 79.35 def. Dvorak, 7.916, 80.37;

    FINAL — Burk, 7.922, 77.30 def. Rider, 7.868, 81.99.