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  • Goforth, Castellana, McKinney Cap Off Championships With Wins At World Finals VIII Presented By CarSafe

    ENNIS, TEXAS (October 20, 2012) – Extreme Pro Stock driver Cary Goforth, Pro Extreme Motorcycle rider Eric McKinney and Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified driver Mike Castellana were already able to celebrate American Drag Racing League (ADRL) world championships on Saturday.

    But the talented trio also earned an extra chance to celebrate as they each won the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex.

    In winning his second straight world championship in XPS, Goforth and his Jerry Haas Race Cars GXP went 4.096 at 175 mph to beat John DeFlorian and cap off his tremendous back-to-back championship run.

    “It feels good to come here, get the win and get the championship,” said Goforth, who also thanked Sonny’s Racing Engines in winning for the third time in 2012 and ninth time in his ADRL career. “This is just a great feeling.

    “That makes this very sweet. It was a great team effort from a great group of individuals. We are extremely happy.”

    Three other drivers – Tommy D’Aprile (Pro Extreme), Pat Stoken (Pro Nitrous) and William Brown III (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) – won for the first time in the ADRL at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe, while Billy Glidden added to his record win total as the ADRL closed out its 2012 season in fine fashion.

    It also officially awarded world championships to Mick Snyder (Pro Extreme), Bob Rahaim (Pro Nitrous), Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), McKinney, Goforth, Castellana and Marco Abruzzi (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).

    All of those world champions – and special award winners – will be honored on Sunday at the ADRL’s Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala.

    Goforth, Castellana and McKinney all closed out championship seasons with a win, as Castellana claimed a world championship for the second season, this time in Aeromotive Pro Modified.

    He finished the 2012 season with five victories, going a weekend-best 3.857 at 195.22 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro to beat Mike Janis in the finals.

    “Knowing we had already won the championship, that made us relaxed for the finals. Getting that win was sort of the icing on the cake, I guess you would say,” Castellana said.

    Castellana trailed Jeff Naiser by more than 100 points heading into the weekend, but Naiser didn’t qualify and Castellana was in the 3.80s all weekend, edging out Pat Musi for the championship and running past Janis in the finals.

    “We figured we had a chance, but we knew we had to have some things go our way,” said Castellana, who has 14 career wins between Pro Nitrous and Aeromotive Pro Modified. “Shannon and the crew did an amazing job with the car, and I just have to thank Sheikh Khalid (Al-Thani) for supporting us.

    “Winning five events is just awesome and shows what this team can do.”

    McKinney won five straight races to close out the season, capping off his remarkable year in Pro Extreme Motorcycle by going 4.032 at 176 mph to knock off Dave Norris in the finals.

    “This is how we wanted to finish. This win was as big as any we had,” McKinney said. “We were on a roll and we wanted to keep it going. It carries you into the winter and next year, and this was big.”

    McKinney qualified No. 1 with a 4.051 and then went 4.042 in a first-round win before stepping it up in the finals. In all, McKinney finished with seven wins – the most for any ADRL competitor in 2012 – and advanced to nine finals.

    “This whole team is incredible. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. They definitely make me more comfortable on the bike,” McKinney said. “When we come to race, we’re here for one reason and we do everything we can to win. This is just overwhelming.”

    Tommy D’Aprile capped off his first winning weekend in the ADRL with a 3.633 at 206.51 mph to beat Von Smith in the Pro Extreme finals. Driving a Jeffers Pro Cars Corvette, D’Aprile was also helped by a brilliant .009 reaction time against Smith.

    “I was in the zone driving and on the tree, and the guys were just flawless with this car today,” D’Aprile said. “Todd (Tutterow) tuned the car perfectly. This just means so much to us and I’m just fortunate to be part of this team.”

    An overjoyed D’Aprile was overcome with emotion in the winner’s circle, dedicating the victory to Mel Bush Motorsports owners Mel and Joanne Bush.

    “This is just surreal. I don’t know how it gets any better than this,” D’Aprile said. “I’m so gracious for Mel and Joanne, and I can’t thank them enough. I’ve struggled throughout my career, but I really think this is just a sign of things to come.”

    Snyder clinched the world championship in his heated race against Jason Scruggs when Scruggs went red against Smith in the second round. Snyder and the Powersource Transportation team advanced to the semifinals, firmly securing their first ADRL world championship.

    Pat Stoken and his RJ Race Cars ’69 Camaro went a blistering 3.786 at 198 mph in the Pro Nitrous finals, knocking off Shannon Jenkins in a thrilling first victory.

    With the help of Reher-Morrison, Switzer Dynamics and his two sons, Stoken chased down Jenkins and ended up in the winner’s circle for the first time after four previous final round appearances.

    Stoken qualified No. 1 with a 3.769 and then was consistent in eliminations, running a 3.83 and 3.82 before stepping it up in the finals.

    “It still hasn’t sunk in that we just won. It’s just unbelievable and it makes the winter a lot better,” Stoken said. “I still can’t believe it, and then to go in the 3.70s in the finals is just icing on the cake.

    “We were consistent all weekend and the car was just flawless. It went down the track every time.”

    William Brown III made a valiant run for the championship in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, but came up just short as Abruzzi advanced to the semifinals to clinch the first world title for the class in the ADRL.

    But Brown took the consolation prize, which was going 4.222 at 168 mph to beat Glenn Butcher in the finals and pick up his first ADRL win.

    “It feels great to finally win one. To be able to do that, it’s like finishing the year with a bang,” Brown said. “I would have liked to get two trophies, but I will take one.”

    Brown finished second in the points standings, with the win providing the perfect finishing touch to a standout season.

    “All that hard work paid off and that’s the best thing. It does make you feel good that you accomplished something like this after all of the hard work,” Brown said. “The team stuck by me, worked hard and we all did what we had to do. It was a good day.”

    Billy Glidden picked up his second straight win and an ADRL-best 15th for his career, going 3.946 at 187 mph to beat Dan Myers in the finals of Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5.

    Glidden went as quick as 3.915 at 190 mph, qualifying No. 1 and ending his season on a strong note.

    “We finally hit our stride and had a great weekend, so that was definitely exciting to see,” Glidden said. “It’s taken a long time for us to get everything figured out, but we did and that feels great.”

    Kevin Helms gave Mopar its first win in the SuperCar Showdown, going 5.889 at 116.42 mph, knocking off Fred Henson in the finals.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Cole Burk knocked off Griffin Rider with a 7.922 at 77.30 mph. PJD’s Alex Oppen was also officially named the world champion in the class.

     

    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.


  • Taylor’s Record Run Highlights Record-Filled Day at ADRL World Finals VIII Presented By CarSafe

    ENNIS, TEXAS (October 19, 2012) – Mick Snyder and Jason Scruggs continued their excellent championship duel in the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Pro Extreme class at Texas Motorplex, but it was Texan Frankie Taylor who grabbed the spotlight under the lights on Friday.

    Taylor and his Jeffers Pro Cars Corvette put together the quickest run in ADRL history and broke the world speed record, going 3.577 at 212.19 mph during the third and final qualifying session at the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe.

    It gave Taylor, who holds the world E.T. record (3.581) in PX, the No. 1 qualifying spot and the speed record he had long been chasing.

    “We finally got that speed record. We’ve been after that for a long time, and it just feels awesome to put together a run like that,” Taylor said. “The car was really great out the back.

    “It’s a cool deal because this is the first 3.50 we’ve had this year and it just felt good to have a run like that. It’s always exciting to get back out there and get another one in the 3.50s.”

    Other No. 1 qualifiers through three rounds include Pat Stoken (Pro Nitrous), Billy Glidden (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), John DeFlorian (Extreme Pro Stock), Pat Musi (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified) and Joshua Vettel (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).

    The final qualifying session takes place at 12 p.m. local time on Saturday at the Texas Motorplex, with eliminations for the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe to follow.

    Brandon Pesz started Friday in Pro Extreme with a career-best 3.587 and Tommy D’Aprile topped it with a career-best 3.580 under the lights before Taylor delivered his record-breaking run.

    “It was just a very smooth run. We had it stepped up a little bit and we were trying to go a little quicker, but that just cruised right down the track,” Taylor said.

    Meanwhile, the Pro Extreme championship points race between Mick Snyder and Jason Scruggs continues to be intense. Scruggs is currently qualified fifth with a 3.613, while Snyder and the Powersource Transportation team is right behind in sixth with a 3.627, meaning Snyder will take a 5-point lead into Saturday.

    Pat Stoken delivered a top-notch run under the lights in Pro Nitrous, setting a huge career-best and breaking the track record in the process with a thrilling 3.769 at 198.44 mph. It’s the second-quickest run in Pro Nitrous in 2012 – and third quickest in class history – and also Stoken’s first visit in the 3.70s.

    Jim Laurita is currently second with a 3.795 at 196.73 mph in his Tim McAmis Race Cars ’70 Camaro, which is a career-best for him as well.

    “It was just so smooth and so straight, and to run 3.76 was just really cool,” said Stoken, who also thanked Reher-Morrison Racing Engines and Switzer Dynamics. “I can’t say enough about that run and everyone who helped make that happen. A run like that puts you in real good company and that feels good.”

    Of course, Bob Rahaim clinched his first ADRL world championship in the class with his car passing tech earlier in the day. Rahaim is currently qualified No. 3 with an impressive 3.804 at 198.41 mph.

    Stoken, meanwhile, is after his first ADRL win after his first trip into the 3.70s in his RJ Race Cars Camaro.

    “We’ve got to have a little luck on race day and we haven’t had that yet,” Stoken said. “This RJ Race Cars car is just great. Hopefully we can get all the pieces working together.”

    Pat Musi is doing everything possible to finish on top in his championship chase in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, and his Friday got off to a good start with a 3.873 at 193.54 mph, which puts him as the No. 1 qualifier.

    It was Musi’s second straight run in the 3.80s and gives him plenty of momentum heading into eliminations. Musi currently trails points leader Jeff Naiser by 150 points.

    “We’re going after (the championship) and so far things are going well,” Musi said. “We’ve got the car repeating and that’s what we’re after. We’re pretty happy with how things went today.”

    Mike Castellana, who trails Naiser by just 129 points, is currently second with a spectacular 3.875 at 193.99 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro. Naiser is currently not qualified, as his 4.126 currently has him 13th in an eight-car qualifying field. Naiser has one shot left to get in the field or his championship hopes will suffer greatly.

    The class excitement didn’t stop there, either, as Clint Satterfield set a world speed record in the class, going 198.09 mph on his pass of 3.91.

    “This car is a handful to drive. It makes a lot of power, but the crew has been doing a great job,” Musi said. “Now we just have to try to run our race, and hopefully it will all come together and we can get that win.”

    Joshua Vettel appears on track for his second straight No. 1 qualifier in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman thanks to his 4.011 at 184.07 mph in his RJ Race Cars ’70.5 Camaro to set the track record.

    An event after breaking the world E.T. record with the first 3-second pass in the history of the class, Vettel delivered another fabulous performance to jump to the top of another loaded Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman field.

    In an interesting championship race twist, current points leader Marco Abruzzi (4.214) is currently qualified No. 9, while William Brown III, who is second in points, is No. 8 with a 4.208. If that holds up they would meet in the first round, which would have huge championship implications. Brown currently trails Summit Racing’s Abruzzi by 278 points.

    Ronnie Davis, who is third in points and still has a shot at the championship, is currently qualified third with a strong 4.094.

    Eric McKinney has already wrapped up his world championship in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, which is his first world title in the ADRL, but he remains as dominant as ever in Dallas.

    Through three qualifying sessions, McKinney is the No. 1 qualifier, running a 4.068 at 174.73 mph, putting him in a familiar spot.

    “We came down here with the same mindset we always do, and that’s to try to win the race,” McKinney said. “We might have the championship wrapped up, but we want this one, too, and we’ll do whatever it takes.”

    Dave Norris is right behind with a 4.077 at 171.71 mph, but McKinney is gunning for his fifth straight win to end the year, seventh overall and a possible ninth trip to the finals in an unbelievable 2012 campaign.

    “We would love to keep that streak going,” McKinney said. “Everybody wants to win the last race of the year, but it’s going to be tough. Anything can happen and there’s a lot of good guys out there.”

    In his 2012 Camaro from Jerry Haas Race Cars, John DeFlorian improved his world speed record in Extreme Pro Stock, going 179.95 mph. It’s also enough to give DeFlorian the No. 1 qualifying spot, thanks to his impressive run of 4.04.

    If it holds, it will be DeFlorian’s fifth No. 1 qualifier in an excellent 2012 season, his first in Extreme Pro Stock with the Black Diamond Motorsports team.

    “Coming down here, I thought we could go 180 mph and I still think we can,” said DeFlorian, who also thanked Sonny’s Racing Engines. “The weather has been consistent and conditions are exceptional out there. We couldn’t be happier.

    “Sonny’s have given us great power and the car is working really well. This team is amazing and the guys just work their tails off.”

    Pete Berner and his Summit Racing team are currently qualified second with a 4.051. Cary Goforth, the current XPS points leader, is third with a 4.055 at 177.32 mph in his Jerry Haas Race Cars GXP, putting him closer to a second straight championship.

    Richie Stevens Jr., who is second in points, will need a spectacular Saturday to make up the current 435-point gap. Stevens and the CarSafe team are currently qualified No. 9 with a 4.075 at 177.07 mph in their Jerry Haas Race Cars Mustang.

    In Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Billy Glidden, who is seeking his ADRL-record 15th career win, is currently qualified No. 1 with a 3.915 at 190.59 mph.

    Alan Pittman clinched his first ADRL world championship earlier in the day when his car passed tech. He is currently qualified No. 2 with a 3.948 at 197.19 mph.

    Fred Henson is the top qualifier in the SuperCar Showdown, going 5.843 at 118.49 mph in his 2013 Ford Cobra Jet.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Kyle Dvorak is the current No. 1 qualifier with a 7.906.

     

    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.


  • Friday Qualifying Results From ADRL World Finals VIII Presented by CarSafe

    ENNIS, Texas — Friday’s results after three rounds of qualifying for the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas

    Motorplex, 10th of 10 events in the American Drag Racing League. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s final eliminations.

    Pro Extreme — 1. Frankie Taylor, Chevy Corvette, 3.577, 212.19; 2. Tommy D’Aprile, Corvette, 3.580, 209.85; 3. Brandon Pesz, Corvette, 3.587, 211.43; 4. Bubba Stanton, Chevy Camaro, 3.605, 210.37; 5. Jason Scruggs, Corvette, 3.613, 210.18; 6. Mick

    Snyder, Corvette, 3.627, 210.18; 7. Alex Hossler, Camaro, 3.640, 208.78; 8. Tim Tindle, Corvette, 3.650, 207.43; 9. Todd Martin, Ford Mustang, 3.666, 206.48; 10. Duane Rister, Camaro, 3.700, 204.35; 11. John Stanley, Camaro, 3.702, 207.24; 12. Von Smith, Camaro, 3.704, 203.65; 13. Quain Stott, Corvette, 3.711, 204.94; 14. Art McMahan, Chevy Bel Air, 3.711, 203.16; 15. Neal Wantye, Camaro, 3.748, 208.14; 16. Clint Thompson, Camaro, 3.755, 204.20. Not Qualified: 17. Randell Reid, 3.791, 178.71; 18. Jay Diedrich, 3.814, 203.58; 19. Brandon Snider, 3.824, 202.36; 20. Jon Stouffer, 3.873, 197.80; 21. Danny Lowry, 3.892, 198.00; 22. Gaylen Smith, 3.892, 187.60; 23. Todd Moyer, 4.050, 198.47; 24. Terry Leggett, 4.282, 144.03.

    Pro Nitrous — 1. Pat Stoken, Chevy Camaro, 3.769, 198.44; 2. Jim Laurita, Camaro, 3.795, 197.05; 3. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 3.804, 198.44; 4. Rickie Jones, Camaro, 3.830, 194.94; 5. Robert Mathis, Camaro, 3.859, 194.72; 6. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 3.861,194.30; 7. John Hall, Camaro, 3.874, 194.63; 8. Johnny Pilcher, Camaro, 3.908, 190.59; 9. Blake Housley, Chevy Corvette, 3.912,190.94; 10. Stan Allen, Camaro, 3.923, 193.05; 11. Ron Muenks, Camaro, 3.936, 184.50; 12. Chris Juliano, Ford Mustang, 3.996,186.51; 13. Monroe Guest, Camaro, 4.008, 186.72; 14. Keith Haney, Camaro, 4.067, 176.70; 15. Doug Riesterer, Camaro, 4.079, 177.37;16. Chuck Nuytten, Corvette, 4.392, 164.63.

    Extreme 10.5 — 1. Billy Glidden, Ford Mustang, 3.915, 190.59; 2. Alan Pittman, Mustang, 3.948, 197.19; 3. Todd Moyer, Chevy Corvette, 4.050, 207.40; 4. Dennis Sugrue, Chevy Cavalier, 4.108, 175.66; 5. Dan Myers, Chevy Cameo, 4.486, 140.37.

    Pro Extreme Motorcycle — 1. Eric McKinney, Suzuki, 4.068, 174.93; 2. Dave Norris, Suzuki, 4.077, 172.94; 3. Nathan Murray Suzuki, 4.144, 167.28; 4. Shane Eperjesi, Suzuki, 4.153, 170.39; 5. Monte Campbell, Suzuki, 4.179, 166.31; 6. Chuck Wilburn, Suzuki, 4.190, 168.26; 7. TT Jones, Suzuki, 4.246, 163.16; 8. C.D. Watson, Kawasaki ZX12, 4.353, 163.71; 9. Derrick Holloway, Suzuki, 4.360, 214.21; 10. Blaine Hale, Suzuki, 4.764, 149.56; 11. Charles Seaton, Suzuki GSXR, 4.915, 140.71; 12. Jeff House, 5.570, 84.38; 13. Casey Stemper, Suzuki Hayabusa, 5.911, 78.97.

    Extreme Pro Stock — 1. John Deflorian Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.040, 179.95; 2. Pete Berner, Camaro, 4.051, 177.53; 3. Cary Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.055, 177.58; 4. Dean Goforth, GXP, 4.058, 178.71; 5. Todd Hoerner, Camaro, 4.060, 178.64; 6. Richard Penland, Ford Mustang, 4.064, 176.72; 7. Scott Hintz, Mustang, 4.069, 177.14; 8. Elijah Morton, Mustang, 4.074, 178.14; 9. Richie Stevens Jr, Mustang, 4.075, 177.07; 10. John Montecalvo, Camaro, 4.086, 177.95; 11. John Pluchino, Ford Escort, 4.089, 177.04; 12. David Schorr, Escort, 4.091, 175.73; 13. Matt Bertsch, Mustang, 4.094, 176.12; 14. Kevin Bealko, GXP, 4.096, 176.77; 15. Larry O’Brien, Dodge Avenger, 4.106, 176.84; 16. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 4.115, 176.90. Not Qualified: 17. Brad Waddle, 4.132, 175.25; 18. Rick Cowger, 6.608, 71.48.

    Top Sportsman — 1. Bob Gulitti, Chevy Camaro, 4.086, 177.72; 2. Ronnie Davis, Chevy Corvette, 4.094, 179.52; 3. Lizzy Musi, Camaro, 4.103, 176.12; 4. Joshua Vettel, Camaro, 4.110, 177.16; 5. Chuck Mohn, Camaro, 4.175, 170.60; 6. Earl Folse, Camaro, 4.179, 176.88; 7. William Brown III, Pontiac Grand Am, 4.208, 170.41; 8. Marco Abruzzi, Camaro, 4.214, 171.69; 9. Bill Chinn Jr., Ford Mustang, 4.216, 169.64; 10. Keith Raftery, Camaro, 4.238, 168.83; 11. Joe Palmer, Pontiac GTO, 4.256, 170.34; 12. Glenn Butcher, Camaro, 4.259, 167.22; 13. Greg Lair, Camaro, 4.293, 165.97; 14. Kamron Wright, Pontiac GXP, 4.300, 164.53; 15. Vince Hoda, Camaro, 4.304, 165.86; 16. Bruce Thrift, GTO, 4.318, 164.83. Not Qualified: 17. Randell Reid, 4.379, 161.71; 18. Chanse Bullock, 4.719, 143.00; 19. Glenn Wright, 5.297, 95.75; 20. Jim Sackuvich, 6.436, 86.52.

    Pro Mod — 1. Pat Musi, Dodge Stratus, 3.873, 193.54; 2. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 3.875, 193.99; 3. Pete Farber, Chevy Corvette, 3.886, 194.80; 4. Mike Janis, Ford Mustang, 3.911, 193.79; 5. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 3.913, 198.09; 6. Jeffrey Cummins Jr, Camaro, 3.942, 186.79; 7. Todd Tutterow, Plymouth Duster, 3.943, 198.15; 8. Tim Tindle, Mustang, 3.944, 188.12. Not Qualified: 9. Adam Flamholc, 3.958, 189.12; 10. David Wolfe, 3.979, 195.19; 11. Steve Matusek, 3.988, 202.88; 12. Raymond Commisso, 3.989, 191.62; 13. Jeff Naiser, 4.126, 161.71; 14. Chip King, 4.492, 145.27.

    SuperCar Showdown — 1. Fred Henson, Ford Mustang, 5.843, 118.49; 2. David Buckner, Dodge Challenger, 6.205, 110.91; 3. Kevin Helms, Challenger, 6.489, 106.50.

    Pro Junior Dragster — 1. Kyle Dvorak, Spitzer, 7.906, no speed; 2. Codie Nye, Junior, 7.912, no speed; 3. Sean Eckman, Jr, 7.913, 83.27; 4. Jase Stanaford, Jr, 7.914, no speed; 5. Griffin Rider, HalfScale, 7.915, no speed; 6. Jimmy Sackuvich, HalfScale, 7.921, no speed; 7. Tia Tutterow, HalfScale, 7.928, 80.79; 8. Tanner Brown, Jr, 7.928, no speed; 9. Alexander Oppen, Junior, 7.930, no speed; 10. Jackson Core, Junior, 7.937, no speed; 11. Cole Burk, Hardens, 7.940, 81.83; 12. Ryan Grigsby, McMillan, 7.947, 79.53; 13. Victoria Stallings, HalfScale, 7.425, 86.73.


  • Black Diamond Motorsports ADRL World Finals Preview

    What a racing season it has been and it is all coming to an end too soon but Black Diamond Motorsport still has one race left to win the ADRL World Finals.
    Black Diamond Motorsports and John Deflorian Debut a new 2012 Jerry Haas built Sonny Racing Powered Camaro at the beginning of the season wining the Best Appearing Car Award.

    John Deflorian, Jr. put the Black Diamond 2012 Chevrolet Camaro in the Number One Qualifying positions at:
    Spring Drags III in Bristol 4.091 Elapsed Time (ET) 176.05 Miles per Hour (MPH)
    Northeast Drags II in Maple Grove 4.074 ET 177.65 MPH
    Gateway Drags IV in St. Louis 4.018 ET 179.92 MPH Set ET and MPH Record
    Ohio Drags VI in Norwalk 4.039 ET 179.54 MPH

    Won Summer Drags VIII in Martin

    Kevin Bealko in the 2011 Jerry Haas Built Sonny Racing powered GXP under went a dramatic change this year when the GXP was converted from an automatic to a manual transmission. Kevin on a fast track learning curve has went from on the outside of the field looking in to being qualified at the last five events and going rounds.

    Kevin Bealko – Roger Richards Photo

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    WHAT: ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex on Oct. 19-20. It is the 10th race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the 10th of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Series includes seven all-professional, eighth-mile drag racing classes: Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.
    The ADRL’s revolutionary NEW SuperCar Showdown will also race at this event.

    Pro Junior Dragsters (PJD) compete at each race and there will also be special exhibition jet car runs.

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, 2012

    WHERE: Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Hwy 287, Ennis, Texas 75119

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 12 p.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 2:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8:30 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 12 p.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by visiting www.adrl.us/tickets or by contacting the Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641.

    Friday Adult $15; Saturday Adult $15; Full Event Pass Adult $25; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking $10/day. All tickets include ADRL VIP pit pass.

    CONTACT: To contact the ADRL, call (855) 277-2375 or e-mail info@adrl.us. Contact the Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641 or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.


  • ADRL 2012 World Championship Points Race Scenarios

    O’FALLON, MO (October 17, 2012) – The 2012 ADRL Tour will come to an incredible conclusion at this weekend’s ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex, and there are plenty of world championship races to be decided.

    Here are the world championship scenarios in each class.

    These scenarios all factor in the points leaders in every class participating this weekend at the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex.

    PRO EXTREME

    This is going to be a brilliant battle between teammates Mick Snyder and Jason Scruggs. Both have won three events this season and Snyder currently leads Scruggs by a mere six points, which means there will be plenty of excitement before the 2012 world champion can be crowned in Pro Extreme.

    With such a close points race, there are plenty of ways for both to win. It would be the first ADRL world championship for Snyder, and the third for Scruggs.

    Here are the ways Snyder can win:

    If Scruggs doesn’t qualify.

    If Snyder wins and Scruggs doesn’t finish as the runner-up, set both world records during the day and qualify seven spots or better.

    Advancing to the same round as Scruggs and not finishing seven spots or worse in qualifying.

    Losing a round earlier than Scruggs, but setting both ends of the world record and not qualifying seven spots or worse. In this scenario, Scruggs could only advance one more round than Snyder (second round if Snyder loses in first, semifinals if Snyder loses in the second, runner-up if Snyder loses in the semifinals, champion if Snyder finishes as runner-up).

    Here are the ways Scruggs can win:

    If Snyder doesn’t qualify.

    If Scruggs wins and Snyder doesn’t finish as the runner-up, set both world records and qualifying seven spots or better.

    Advancing to the same round as Snyder and finishing seven spots or better in qualifying.

    Losing a round earlier than Snyder, but setting both ends of the world record and qualifying seven spots or better. In this scenario, Snyder could only advance one more round than Scruggs (second round if Scruggs loses in first, semifinals if Scruggs loses in the second, runner-up if Scruggs loses in the semifinals, champion if Scruggs finishes as runner-up)

    PRO NITROUS

    After a spectacular 2012 season, Bob Rahaim is on the verge of his first ADRL world championship.

    In fact, after going to five finals and winning three races, including the last two, the scenario is pretty simple for Rahaim.

    To clinch the Pro Nitrous championship, Rahaim simply has to show up and have his car pass tech and he clinches the world championship.

    Currently, Rahaim leads Doug Riesterer by 453 points. But Rahaim will have competed in all 10 events when he shows up in Dallas, while Riesterer missed one race. It means only Rahaim is in line to earn the 250 bonus points that goes to all ADRL competitors who attend all 10 events. That takes the lead to 703 points, which is more than the maximum 641 points that can be earned at one ADRL event (500 points for event win, 100 points for E.T. and speed world records, and 16 points to qualify No. 1).

    Thus, when Rahaim shows up in Dallas, the championship is his and the celebration will begin.

    MICKEY THOMPSON EXTREME 10.5

    Alan Pittman is closing in on his first ADRL championship as well and currently leads Billy Glidden by 603 points, thanks in part to three event victories in 2012 in the Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 class.

    If it is an 8-car qualifying field, as it has been for every race during the 2012 season, then all Pittman has to do is show up in Dallas and have his car pass tech.

    If it is a 16-car qualifying field, Glidden would need one of the best performances in ADRL history to pull off the massive upset.

    Even if it is a 16-car field, all Pittman would have to do is qualify to ensure the championship.

    The only way for Glidden to win is for Pittman to not qualify, Glidden win the race, set two world records in the process and earn four or more qualifying points.

    PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE

    A dominant season by Eric McKinney means the world championship is already his.
    McKinney has won six races, including the last four, advanced to eight finals and put together one of the best seasons in ADRL history.

    He would like to cap it off with one more win, but the world championship is already there for him to enjoy.

    EXTREME PRO STOCK

    Like he was last year headed to Dallas, Cary Goforth is the odds-on favorite to win the XPS championship for the second straight year, which would put him alongside Jason Scruggs as the only two ADRL competitors to win back-to-back titles.

    But Goforth, who holds a 435-point lead against Richie Stevens and 539 points against Brian Gahm, will have some work to do to ensure the championship.

    The easiest way to for Goforth to clinch another world championship is to simply qualify and win a first-round matchup, mathematically eliminating both Stevens and Gahm.

    If he qualifies but loses in the first round, there are a number of ways for both Stevens and Gahm to slip past him.

    Here are the ways to win a championship for Stevens:

    Winning the race and Goforth not qualifying.

    Advancing to the final and setting at least one world record, and Goforth not qualifying, and Gahm not winning the race, setting a world record and qualifying four spots better than Stevens.

    Advancing to the final and setting both world records, and Goforth not qualifying.

    Winning the race, setting one world record, earning two or more qualifying points, and Goforth losing in the first round.

    Winning the race, setting both world records and Goforth losing in the first round. 

    Here are the ways for Gahm to win a world championship:

    Winning the race, setting one end of a world record, Goforth not qualifying, and Stevens not finishing as the runner-up, setting the other end of a world record and qualifying four spots or worse than Gahm.

    Winning the race, setting both ends of the world record and Goforth not qualifying.

    AEROMOTIVE FUEL SYSTEMS PRO MODIFIED

    This is the first full year for the Aeromotive Fuel Systems class and this one will go down to the wire, with Jeff Naiser, Mike Castellana and Pat Musi all having a chance to win.

    When the 250 bonus points are factored in, it is actually Naiser and his 2,117 points leading the way, with Castellana 129 points behind (1,988) and Musi 150 behind (1,967). That means it’s going to be an exciting weekend in Dallas.

    Obviously, if Naiser wins the race, he wins the championship, but there are plenty of scenarios for each driver to win a championship.

    Remember, this is an 8-car qualifying field, meaning the most you can win for an event victory is 400 points (300 for runner-up, 200 for semifinal berth and 100 for qualifying).

    Here are other ways Naiser can win:

    If he finishes as runner-up and Castellana doesn’t win and set one world record, or Musi doesn’t win, set one world record and qualify one place higher than Naiser, or win and set both world records.

    If he finishes as runner-up and sets at least one world record.

    If he advances to semifinals and Castellana doesn’t win the race or finish as the runner-up and set one world record, and Musi doesn’t win the race.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets one world record and Castellana or Musi don’t win the race.

    If he advances to the semifinals and sets two world records.

    If he loses in the first round and Castellana doesn’t advance to the semifinals and set one world record, or advance to at least the finals without a world record. In this scenario, Musi cannot advance to the semifinals, set a world record and qualify one place higher than Naiser, or advance to at least the finals without a world record.

    If he loses in the first round, sets one world record and Castellana doesn’t advance to the finals, and Musi doesn’t advance to the finals.

    If he loses in the first round, sets both world records and Castellana or Musi don’t win the race.

    If Naiser doesn’t qualify, he can still win the championship if both Castellana and Musi lose in the first record and don’t set a world record.

    Here are ways Castellana can win:

    If he wins the race and Naiser doesn’t finish as runner-up or advance to the semis and set both world records.

    If he wins the race and sets at least one world record, and Naiser doesn’t finish as the runner-up and set a world record.

    If he wins the race and sets both ends of the world record.

    If he finishes as the runner-up and Naiser loses in the first round and doesn’t set two world records, and Musi doesn’t win the race.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets one world record, and Naiser doesn’t win, and Musi doesn’t win and set one world record.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets two world records and Naiser doesn’t win the race.

    If he advances to the semifinals, Naiser doesn’t qualify and Musi doesn’t finish as runner-up, or advance to semifinals and not set one world record.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets one world record and Naiser loses in the first round and doesn’t set a record, and Musi doesn’t advance to the finals. 

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets two world records and Naiser loses in the first round, and Musi doesn’t win the race.

    If he loses in the first round and sets one world record, and Naiser doesn’t qualify, and Musi doesn’t advance to the semifinals.

    If he loses in the first round and sets two world records, and Naiser doesn’t qualify, and Musi doesn’t advance to the finals.

    Here are ways Musi can win:

    If he wins the race and Naiser doesn’t finish as runner-up or advance to the semis and set both world records, and Castellana doesn’t finish as runner-up and set both world records.

    If he wins the race, sets one world record and Naiser doesn’t finish as the runner-up and qualify higher or set a world record.

    If he wins the race and sets both ends of the world record.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, and Naiser doesn’t advance to the semifinal or lose in the first round and set both world records, and Castellana doesn’t win or advance to the semifinals and set both world records.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets one world record and Naiser doesn’t win or advance to the semifinals, set one world record and finish one qualifying spot better than Musi, and Castellana doesn’t win.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets two world records, and Naiser and Castellana don’t win.

    If he advances to the semifinals, Naiser doesn’t qualify, and Castellana doesn’t advance to the semifinals or lose in the first round and set both ends of the world record.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets one world record, Naiser doesn’t qualify, and Castellana doesn’t advance to the finals or advance to the semifinals and set one world record.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets two world records and Naiser doesn’t advance to the semifinals and Castellana doesn’t advance to the finals.

    If he loses in the first round and sets one world record, and Naiser doesn’t qualify, and Castellana doesn’t advance to the semifinals or lose in the first round and set one world record.

    If he loses in the first round and sets two world records, and Naiser doesn’t qualify, Castellana doesn’t advance to the semifinals.

    SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT TOP SPORTSMAN

    The first full season of Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman has provided some of the most exciting moments of the 2012 season and it could turn into the best points race of the weekend.

    Currently, Marco Abruzzi and his two event wins have 2,679 points, which is 208 more than William Brown III and 340 more than Ronnie Davis. At 563 points back, Chuck Mohn is also mathematically alive.

    If Abruzzi wins the race or finishes as the runner-up, he gains his first ADRL world championship, but there are numerous other scenarios that spell out championships for each driver.

    Here are other ways Abruzzi can win:

    If he advances to the semifinals and Brown doesn’t win the race and set both world records.

    If he advances to the second round and Brown doesn’t win the race or advance to the finals and set both world records, and Davis doesn’t win the race, set one world record and qualify 10 spots better, or set both world records.

    If he advances to the second round and sets one world record and Brown doesn’t win the race and set one world record.

    If he advances to the second round and sets both world records.

    If he loses in the first round, and Brown doesn’t advance to the final or advance to the semifinals and set both world records, and Davis doesn’t win the race or advance to the finals, set one world record and qualify 11 spots better, or set both world records.

    If he loses in the first round and sets one world record, and Brown doesn’t win or advance to the final and set one world record, and Davis doesn’t win and qualify 10 spots better, or win and set one world record.

    If he loses in the first round and sets two world records, and Brown wins the race.

    Here are ways Brown can win:

    Winning the race and Abruzzi not advancing to the second round and setting a world record.

    Winning the race, setting one world record and Abruzzi not advancing to the semifinals.

    Winning the race, setting both world records and Abruzzi not advancing to the finals.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, and Abruzzi loses in the first round and doesn’t set a record, and Davis doesn’t win the race.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets one world record, and Abruzzi loses in the first round, and Davis doesn’t win the race and set a record.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets both world records and Abruzzi doesn’t advance to the semifinals.

    If he advances to the semifinals, and Abruzzi doesn’t qualify, and Davis doesn’t advance to the finals, or doesn’t advance to the semifinals, set one record and qualify 12 spots or better, or set both world records.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets one world record, and Abruzzi doesn’t qualify, and Davis doesn’t advance to the finals, qualify 12 spots or better, or set a world record.

    If he advances to the semifinals, set both world records, Abruzzi doesn’t advance to the second round and Davis doesn’t win the race.

    If he advances to the second round, sets both world records and Abruzzi doesn’t qualify and Davis doesn’t advance to the finals. 

    Here are ways Davis can win:

    If he wins the race, and Abruzzi loses in the first round, sets one record and doesn’t qualify 11 spots better, or doesn’t set both ends of the world record, and Brown doesn’t advance to the final and set one world record.

    If he wins the race, sets one world record and Abruzzi loses in the second round and doesn’t qualify 11 spots or better, or doesn’t set one world record, and Brown doesn’t win the race.

    If he wins the races, sets both world records and Abruzzi doesn’t advances to the semifinals.

    If he finishes as the runner-up and Abruzzi doesn’t qualify, and Brown doesn’t win, or advance to the semifinals, set one world record and qualify 13 spots or better, or set both world records.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets one world record and Abruzzi loses in the first round and doesn’t qualify 11 spots or better, and Brown doesn’t win the race.

    If he finishes as the runner-up, sets both world records, and Abruzzi loses in the first round, and Brown doesn’t win the race.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets one world record, and Abruzzi doesn’t qualify, and Brown doesn’t advance to the semifinals and qualify 13 spots or better, or set a world record.

    If he advances to the semifinals, sets both world records, and Abruzzi doesn’t qualify and Brown doesn’t advance to the finals.

    The only way Chuck Mohn can win is if he wins the race, sets both ends of the world record, Abruzzi doesn’t qualify and both Brown and Davis don’t advance past the semifinals.

    PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER

    Alexander Oppen currently leads Jackson Core by 303 points.

    But Oppen has attended all 10 races, while Core has not, putting only Oppen in line to earn the 250 bonus points for participation.

    With this, the lead grows to 553 points, meaning all Oppen has to do is show up in Dallas and have his dragster pass tech to claim his first ADRL world championship.

    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, as well as the revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown. 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 Returns To The Texas Motorplex For The World Finals VIII Presented By CarSafe

    O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) returns to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas for the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe. It is the last of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    With new classes, a World Championship format and expanded family fun midway, there is considerable excitement and anticipation surrounding the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league as it returns to the Texas Motorplex. As the final race for the 2012 season, world championships will also be decided in every class.

    Along with the highly anticipated and revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown class, all of the ADRL’s professional classes will make compete at Summit Motorsports Park, including Pro Junior Dragster (PJD), Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.

    The gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the first round of qualifying on Friday set to begin at 12 p.m. On Saturday, the racing will begin at 12 p.m. with the final qualifying session. The first round of eliminations starts at 2:30 p.m., with special jet car passes and other exhibition runs concluding the evening on both Friday and Saturday.

    For more information on the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe, go to www.adrl.us.

    Tickets are $15 for adults Friday or Saturday, $25 for a two-day, full-event pass, free for children 12-under and are on sale now. They are available by going to www.adrl.us/tickets or by contacting the Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641. 

    The ADRL will also conclude its highly anticipated race weekend at Texas Motorplex with its annual Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala on Oct. 21 in the Champion’s Club.

    The casual dress event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Champion’s Club at Texas Motorplex. Tickets are $25 and everyone must purchase a ticket to attend.

    ADRL World Championship trophies will be presented to the 2012 class champions in a special ceremony.

    The doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the celebration begins at 10 a.m. with an upscale breakfast brunch, with the awards ceremony to follow. There will be a cash bar as well. To purchase tickets, contact the ADRL offices at 1-855-277-ADRL (2375).

    WHAT: ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex on Oct. 19-20. It is the 10th race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the 10th of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Series includes seven all-professional, eighth-mile drag racing classes: Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.
    The ADRL’s revolutionary NEW SuperCar Showdown will also race at this event.

    Pro Junior Dragsters (PJD) compete at each race and there will also be special exhibition jet car runs.

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, 2012

    WHERE: Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Hwy 287, Ennis, Texas 75119

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 12 p.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 2:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8:30 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 12 p.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by visiting www.adrl.us/tickets or by contacting the Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641. 

    Friday Adult $15; Saturday Adult $15; Full Event Pass Adult $25; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking $10/day. All tickets include ADRL VIP pit pass.

    CONTACT: To contact the ADRL, call (855) 277-2375 or e-mail info@adrl.us. Contact the Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641 or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

    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, as well as the revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us



  • ALLTEL WIRELESS AND TEAM ARUBA MAKE IMPRESSION WITHIN THE ADRL

    Walk through the Extreme Pro Stock pits at an ADRL event and there’s one particular pit area that will undoubtedly catch your eye. While fans often search out the last event winner or the current reigning Champion, the pits of the underdog team from Aruba are arguably the hardest to miss in all the ADRL and a sure stop for fans. With palm trees reminiscent of their homeland, a beautiful and brightly colored design on both the trailer and their Aruba.com Mustang, and a sea of friendly faces, it’s easy to see why fans are drawn to Team Aruba. That sea of friendly faces is also usually made up of the folks from Alltel Wireless. The Alltel team joins Team Aruba at certain events on the tour and amplifies the inviting atmosphere with giveaways, welcoming personnel and, of course, the latest and greatest deals in cellular service.

    ADRL President, Tim McAmis, has also taken notice of their efforts:

    “Team Aruba and Alltel always create an inviting environment at the race track. They do a terrific job of engaging the fans and inviting people into their space. They are creative in marketing their country and their sponsors in a very positive and friendly manner. The pit area and surroundings are bold and colorful with constant activity and excitement.  Fans want to be a part of that.  It is always great to have them at ADRL events.”

    “We always strive to represent our country and sponsors well,” added Team Aruba driver, Trevor Eman. “It’s wonderful to have Alltel on board with us because they work just as hard to create a positive atmosphere around our pit area. We really enjoy having them at the track with us whenever they can make it. Sponsor involvement seems to be on a decline, so Alltel’s presence is encouraging and sets the bar for other sponsors. Having true partnerships where sponsors are actively involved in our events makes all the difference. We want to thank Alltel for taking an active role and utilizing the opportunities available to them at the ADRL events.”

    Alltel Wireless has been on board with Team Aruba for several years now and is an influential facet of their ADRL presence.

    For more visit www.alltelwireless.com.


  • PN’s Patrick Lauds ADRL Safety Requirements Following No Serious Injuries After Crash

    O’FALLON, MO (October 3, 2012) – Robert Patrick Jr. was already a strong believer in the ADRL’s safety requirements.

    But after the first crash in his professional career, Patrick firmly believes they prevented something much worse from happening this past weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

    The Pro Nitrous standout was involved in a major wreck during the first qualifying session, crashing hard into both guardwalls. He broke a bone in his foot and suffered injuries to his knees and ribs, but Patrick believes the safety requirements from the ADRL made a tremendous difference in avoiding serious injuries.

    “I couldn’t be happier with the ADRL and everything they did. All the safety stuff they have implemented worked and it probably saved my life,” Patrick said. “It could have been a lot worse.

    “I can’t reiterate enough how quick the response from the safety team was. Everybody involved did a great job and I’m here today because of all that.”

    Running out of the right lane, Patrick and his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Mustang got loose near the finish line of what appeared to be a strong run, darting hard to the left and crashing hard into the left guardwall.

    With debris flying high into the air, Patrick went back across and crashed hard into the right guardwall before coming to a stop.

    Patrick credited the ISP head and seat pads for helping absorb much of the blows, as well as the 7-point safety harness device, noting that his helmet wasn’t cracked despite the extreme collision.

    The Electrimotion shut-off device also did its job, making sure the car was stopped quickly after the collisions with the wall.

    Patrick also came away impressed with the job done by Jerry Bickel Race Cars in building a car that kept him as safe as possible, noting the importance of a poured seat.

    “It would have been a whole lot worse without the padding. The poured seat kept me in place and that really helped me as well,” Patrick said. “Without the poured seat, I’m certain I would have broken my back.

    “Jerry Bickel built one hell of a race car and it helped save my life.”

    Patrick noted it was the first wreck since he started his professional career in 1993.

    After a strong .950 60-foot time and a run of 2.59 to 330-feet, Patrick said the car got about a tire-width left of the groove, causing the tires to spin in third gear when the fourth nitrous system came on.

    But just when Patrick went to turn the wheel to get it to move right and back into the groove, the car shifted into fourth gear, causing the Mustang to jerk across the track and into the left guardwall.

    “It was just heartbreaking. The car was on a real good run and we had a good set-up,” Patrick said. “We had a fast car and one that we felt was capable of winning these last couple races. But I’ll move on and I’m just thankful I’m alive.”

    The 2012 season marked the first year in Pro Nitrous for Patrick, and it had gone incredibly well.

    He won the Northeast Drags II presented by Penske in May at Maple Grove Raceway and remained in contention for a world championship for most of the year.

    Now, he’s motivated to come back stronger in 2013 and said the ADRL safety measures will have him even more confident behind the wheel.

    “You would like to end your year on a positive note, but we will fix it. We have a strong program here with the help from Pat Musi and Rickie Smith, and every race this year the car ran strong,” Patrick said.

    “This just motivates you to come back. The motor wasn’t hurt other than cosmetic stuff, and the car can be fixed and come back as good as new. Hopefully we can come back and pick up where we left off.

    “As soon as I’m healed up, I will be ready to go. I’m looking forward to coming back and racing with the ADRL and that’s going to be my main focus next 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.


  • JA CRANE CO BRINGS LUCK TO SPONSORED ENTRIES

    The JA Crane Company, headed by John Crane,
    has been known for a variety of sponsorships and motorsports involvement
    over the years. Crane’s most recent sponsorship endeavors racked up a
    string of awards at this past weekend’s ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio
    Drags. With sponsorships covering four of the ADRL professional classes
    (Billy Glidden in Extreme 10.5, Casey Stemper in Extreme Pro Motorcycle,
    Doug Riesterer in Pro Nitrous and Brandon Pesz in Pro Extreme), the
    umbrella of teams had more than one chance to put JA Crane Co and
    affiliates in the spotlight, and that’s exactly what they did.

    Brandon and Kim Pesz with their ’58 Kyrptonite Kustomz Corvette are the
    newest team to join the Crane banner, promoting PGT Trucking. It seems it
    was a great move on both sides as their first event together resulted in
    number two qualifying spot (3.603 at 209.69MPH) and the new track MPH
    record at 211.23, just missing eclipsing the world record of 211.69.
    Unfortunately, mechanical problems in round one sidelined Pesz early.

    The Ohio Drags was also Doug Riesterer’s first major outing with JA Crane
    Co, his ’68 Camaro proudly promoting the New Capitol Raceway. Riesterer
    scored the number one qualifying spot with a 3.781 at 193.82, a number that
    was also good enough for the new track ET record. Riesterer bested John
    Vergotz in round one, but was unable to stage after his burnout in round
    two, handing an easy pass to Randy Weatherford.

    Casey Stemper and the Innovative Performance Racing Team in PXM also
    succumbed to mechanical problems. Despite qualifying well in the first
    session, Stemper suffered a major fire that would sideline him for the
    remainder of the weekend. Stemper went into the Ohio Drags number two in
    points and hopes to finish strong for JA Crane and PGT Trucking at the
    World Finals in Dallas, October 19-20.

    The mechanical plague missed the JA Crane crew when it came to Billy
    Glidden in Extreme 10.5. Glidden qualified number two with a 3.923 at
    188.96. Glidden then bested the competition with a combination of great
    elapsed times and the driving prowess he’s known for. In the final, a hole
    shot scored Glidden the victory by just .009.

    With the weekend of successes, Crane is making plans to announce further
    sponsorship for all four teams.

    “It was a dream weekend,” told Crane. “I was on cloud nine. It’s always
    been a goal of mine to have four teams under one sponsor and it looks like
    that might come true. I’ve ordered a new chassis with a Cadillac CTS body.
    You never know, there could be two Cranes driving state-of-the-art new Pro
    Nitrous rockets in 2013. That’s just a teaser for next year, but what we
    have going on with the current teams is very exciting, and I hope they’ll
    be the makings of a ‘Super Team’ for next year!”


  • Deflorian Qualifies Number One at ADRL Ohio Drags VI

    Black Diamond Motorsports 2012 Jerry Haas built Camaro powered by Sonny Racing Engines and driven by John Deflorian qualified Number one with a 4.039 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 179.54 miles per hour (MPH) in the quickest Extreme Pro Stock field ever at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson held at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk Ohio .

    Only 0.052 seconds separated the sixteen car field from first to sixteenth with Kevin Bealko and the Black Diamond Motorsports 2011 Jerry Haas built GXP powered by Sonny Racing Engines sitting in the fifteenth qualifying position with a 4.090 ET at 176.56 MPH .

    First round of Eliminations saw Kevin Bealko in the GXP defeat number two qualifier Todd Hoerner’s Electronic Fuel Injected 2012 Camaro with a 4.171 ET at 172.47 MPH to Hoerner’s tire shaking 5.503 ET.

    John Deflorian in the 2012 Camaro was hoping to take advantage of points leader Cary Goforth’s early exit but Scott Hintz had upset on his mind when he used a 0.083 reaction time with a 4.099 ET at 175.96 MPH to defeat Deflorian’s 4.097 ET at 176.84 MPH .

    Kevin Bealko – Roger Richards Photo

    Second round of Eliminations saw one of the closest races in Extreme Pro Stock with a margin of victory at the finish line of three inches but unfortunately Black Diamond Motorsports Kevin Bealko was on the receiving end for the loss . Kevin left the starting line with a  .027 second advantage coupled with a 4.117 ET at 174.05 MPH but John Pluchino used a 4.090 ET at 176.81 MPH to take the win light .

    The next and Final stop on the ADRL 2012 Tour is at the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe October 19-20 at The Texas Motorplex in Ennis Texas.