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  • Number Of Special Moments Lead Rahaim To First ADRL Pro Nitrous World Championship In 2012

    O’FALLON, MO – The moment and the season Bob Rahaim had always dreamed about came to fruition in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) in 2012.

    When it was over, the Pro Nitrous standout had a collection of special moments, including his first finals appearance, his first ADRL win, his first run in the 3.70s and, ultimately, his first world championship.

    Crossing one item after another off his bucket list as the season progressed, Rahaim ended it with the biggest moment in his drag racing career, sharing it with his family-based team in the process.

    Finishing with three wins and five final appearances, which led to his 2012 Pro Nitrous championship, Rahaim was lucky enough to truly experience a dream season.

    “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.”

    Recognized as one of the truly good guys in the sport, the Grosse Point, Mich. native experienced the treasures of the hard work he has put in to become a contender.

    Rahaim made a major move in 2011 and then took another massive step in 2012, starting the season in fine fashion.

    Driving his silver Camaro from Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Rahaim made his first ADRL finals appearance to kick off the 2012 season, repeating the effort three weeks later at Bristol Dragway.

    Getting to the cusp of that first win only pushed Rahaim and his team harder, and they finally broke through for that first victory at the Summer Drags VIII at Rahaim’s home ADRL track, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, running 3.79 in the finals.

    What made the moment even more special was sharing it with his team. Rahaim lauded their efforts to get the car to its standout point in 2012, and it’s a group that includes Rahaim’s three daughters, along with crew chief Kevin Bowen, Brian Tiffe and Jimmy Fleenor. Bowen battled cancer during the summer months, but was at the track late in the season to enjoy the championship spoils.

    “I think, really, it has been the way the guys have maintained the car at the track, at the shop. It’s been above and beyond. Things like that has been a big key for it,” said Rahaim, who also thanked Reher-Morrison Racing Engines and Switzer Dynamics.

    “I owe a lot to all of them. We’ve changed our engine program, put in a new clutch and done a lot of different things. But everyone takes a different role and it’s very satisfying that this is a whole team effort.

    “In my opinion, we haven’t been the fastest out there or the best on the starting line, but whenever we needed to be fast, we had it, and whenever we needed a good light I was able to do my job. We just took a consistent approach and things really worked out.”

    That workmanlike approach led to an incredible finish, as Rahaim posted back-to-back wins in Memphis and Norwalk, giving him three wins in a four-race stretch.

    It opened up a big lead over Doug Riesterer and Rickie Jones, and the championship became official at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe in Dallas.

    With a huge gathering of friends and family joining him for the celebration, Rahaim couldn’t have scripted his season any better.

    “I want to be able to enjoy for it as long as I can. I feel very humbled by this, and to think that’s this is happening is just incredible,” Rahaim said.

    “At this level, everyone expects to go out and win. Just to compete with all these guys is amazing. All the hard work and struggles we went through, to have it come together like this, I think I feel complete as a racer. It’s a dream for everybody and I’m just so proud of everyone on this team.”

    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 Returns To Summit Motorsports Park For Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Presented By Mickey Thompson

    O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) returns to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson on Sept. 28-29. It is the ninth of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Racing on both Friday and Saturday will now start at 11 a.m. instead of the previously-scheduled 12 p.m. Gates will still open at 10 a.m. for fans.

    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 Summit Motorsports Park. With only one race remaining in the 2012 season following the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, the race for a world championship is also as tight as ever in a number of classes.

    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 11 a.m. On Saturday, the racing will begin at 11 a.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 Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, 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 Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

     

    WHAT: ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson takes place at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio on Sept. 28-29. It is the ninth race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the ninth 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, Sept. 28-29, 2012

    WHERE: Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Rt. 18, Norwalk, Ohio 44857

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 11 a.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 11 a.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 Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

    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 Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com. For media requests, please contact Josh Hachat with ADRL Communications at (740) 627-1423 or josh@adrl.us

     

     

    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.


  • STEMPER TAKES FIRST MINUTE MAN OF THE YEAR IN PXM

    HOUSTON, Tx. April 3, 2012:  Casey Stemper may be one of the youngest racers in the ADRL, but he quickly earned his place as a valid contender in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle ranks in a short amount of time. At the ADRL season opener Stemper put any questions as to his abilities to rest with the triumphant capture of his first Minute Man.

    “We were really looking forward to the 2012 ADRL season,” told Stemper, “and to start the year off this way just adds to our excitement. We are shooting for the Championship, and having the ADRL season opener win under our belt will certainly help us achieve that goal.”

    Stemper was one of the frontrunners throughout the weekend, qualifying second with a 4.123, and then dominating on both ends of the track on race day. In round one Stemper took out Curtis Nichols with a .035 light and a 4.127. In round two, Dave Vantine matched Stemper’s .020 light, but couldn’t stand up to Stemper’s 4.109 elapsed time. The semis brought Stemper one of the toughest competitors in PXM in Billy Vose. Vose slowed on top end and Stemper found his way into the money round with a 4.086. The final round matchup was another good one as Stemper lined up against Eric McKinney. Both entries had posted impressive numbers all day long. However, Stemper made his first win look easy as he left first and never looked back to pick up his first ADRL victory [.026, 4.084 at 171.88]

    “This win means so much to us,” said the elated victor. “Since the later part of the 2011 season our tune up has been coming along after a hard year of research and development. In the last few races of the 2011 season with the ADRL we were in the finals twice, which was an amazing task to say the least. Our last race of the season was the World finals, and to get to the final round there took a lot of hard work and dedication from the entire race team. It’s nice to pick up where we left off and get the victory out of this final. My dad, Terry, our team owner and William Cavallo are constantly collaborating with each other to develop a better tune up and combination for our Pro Mod Dragbike. We really appreciate William’s help and expertise, as well as John Montecalvo for sharing him with us. William pulls double duty, helping us but also working on John’s team. We couldn’t have pulled off this win without him. He’s a huge asset to our race program. We have one of the smallest engine combinations in the field with only a 1640cc non stroked crank setup. So tuning our bike to achieve the E.T.’s and MPH that we have had is that much harder. My dad Terry and William are an amazing pair of tuners, and the credit for this win goes to them. We also have had great support from numerous companies including Paul from Fast by Gast who has never let us down when we’ve needed something in a hurry. We also want to thank Eric at MTC for his help in implementing our research and development ideas, and Jan at Precision Machine for all of his hard work and help with development. Without these guys our job would be tough.

    “Not only are we able to go fast thanks to help from all these folks, but thanks to John Crane, we’re able to look good doing it. He arranged for our new beautiful wrap from 1320 Wraps.”

    “We’re very excited about this first win,” added father, Terry. “Casey did a fantastic job all day long and words cannot express what it was like to see that win light come on for him. His mother [Karne Stemper] and I are very proud of his accomplishments on the track and what we’ve accomplished together as a team.”

    The Stemper family is quick to give credit where credit is due, but much of their success comes from within their own shop where their chassis and engine innovation is a large part of their success. With their Innovative Performance Racing Chassis company, they became the first chassis builder to implement the 82″ long chassis, which have posted the quickest recorded 60 foot times, at sub one second.

    “We are one of the only all inclusive race teams in the ADRL,” Karne Stemper elaborated. “We build our own chassis and engines. We do most of our machining in house and all of our own tuning and research and development and of course our son Casey rides our Pro Mod machine, always giving his best with amazing reaction times. We have a fantastic team, all working together on the bike. I and our close family friend Derek Carter service the bike between rounds, while our tuning gurus Terry, William and Casey all collaborate over the computer graphs for the last run to determine what changes will be made to improve our next pass.”

    It’s clear that the Stemper operation is a family affair and that each member is a key player in the team’s success. In a world where money talks, and drivers, crew chiefs and crew members are often bought and traded, the Stemper family stands out from the crowd.

    “We are looking forward to the next race with the ADRL in Bristol, TN,” told Casey. “We have a lot more in our bike and can’t wait to get back on the race track. Who knows, maybe that three second pass will be possible with the new 625 lb weight rule. We’ll just have to wait and see.”


  • Youthful Star Jimmy Holzman Named ADRL SuperCar Showdown Technical Administrator

    O’FALLON, MO (March 5 2012) – In an announcement nearly as stunning as the creation of its radical new SuperCar Showdown series,

    The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has named 25 year-old Jimmy Holzman as the Technical Director of the category which will present the world’s quickest and fastest production  automobiles in national competition.

    Holzman, whose youth belies an incredible drag racing career, which includes major drag racing event victories as recent as last season, will work specifically within the ADRL SuperCar Showdown series under the direction of the ADRL’s Director of Technical Services, Chris Bell.

    “For this position, we needed an individual with knowledge of supercars on a global level,” said Bell, “but Jimmy Holzman brings with him an astonishing background of designing, building, racing and winning in the very cars which will compete in this class. Had we even continued looking, I doubt we could have found anybody with more experience and success with these machines than Jimmy.”

    A resident of Wichita, Kansas, Holzman represents the third generation of his family’s substantial involvement in championship drag racing. As an employee of Holzman Race Cars, a design and construction firm which specializes in performance machinery for straight-line  competition, Jimmy works side-by-side  with his grandfather Vernon, father Robert and older brother Chad in racing, building and tuning vehicles for nearly every category in the sport. The drag racing career of Vernon Holzman spans almost 60 years while Robert has been a fixture in the sport for more than 40 seasons.

    Teaming with renowned Ford race car owner Brent Hajek, Jimmy Holzman built one of the first of the current-era Cobra Jet Mustangs and quickly wheeled the product of his labor to victories and national records. His understanding of current technology, new equipment under development by auto manufacturers, construction techniques and the application of rules in modern production drag racing vehicles made Holzman the perfect choice to direct the technical aspects of the sport’s most progressive new division.

    “I just can’t believe what an honor it is to have been selected for this position,” said an elated Holzman. “This type of racing is what I live every day of the week. It’s what our family specializes in and it’s where I’ve directed my energy since I first became involved in the sport. Having dealt with just about every aspect of drag racing from building the cars to driving to working with technical inspectors about the intricacy of the rules . I’m excited to be a part of what could be one of the most important drag racing categories ever created.”

    Tim McAmis, president of the ADRL, noted Holzman’s enthusiasm.

    “Jimmy is just as excited about the SuperCar Showdown as the manufacturers, the racers and the fans,” said McAmis. “We needed somebody with an open mind who understands the concept of the class and the importance of the rules to help this category achieve its enormous potential. Jimmy’s fantastic personality will also help him to work with the racers at the track and effectively monitor the class as it grows. We’re really pleased to have him on the ADRL team.”

    The ADRL SuperCar Showdown will debut at the ADRL’s season-opening event, CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII, at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston on March 30-31.

     

    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.

     


  • MONTECALVO XPS TEAM WELCOMES NEW TALENT TO CREW

    CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. February 24, 2012: The 2010 ADRL XPS Champ has been
    making some major changes to his operation this off season. Among those
    changes are welcoming two new team members to his crew. Justin Belfance
    will act as the team’s Car Chief and Wayne Neville will be on board as the
    new Camaro’s clutch specialist.

    Belfance comes to Montecalvo’s team with an impressive resume`. He has
    worked with a variety of classes including Alcohol Funny Car, NHRA Pro
    Stock and Pro Mod. The move to Montecalvo’s XPS team came at an opportune
    time as Belfance also lives conveniently close to the team’s new race shop,
    which was recently relocated from New York to Georgia. Belfance will be
    Montecalvo’s eyes and ears in Georgia, maintaining the car and the shop.

    “We’re thrilled to have Justin on the team,” told Monte. “I can already
    tell he’s going to be a great asset for us. He is strong in our weak areas,
    which makes him a great complement to this team. I have the greatest
    confidence in him to manage the car and run the Georgia shop.”

    Also new to Monte’s team is Wayne Neville. Wayne is making a lateral switch
    in XPS as he previously worked with the Enoch Love team. He will handle
    crucial clutch duties for JM Racing.

    “Wayne was highly recommended by Butch Peterson and Enoch Love, two people
    that I have the utmost respect for,” Montecalvo added. “We’ll still miss
    the entire E-Love Team, and especially Bert [driver lost to an on-track
    accident in Sept. 2011], but we’re happy to have Wayne with us. His
    personality and experience are a perfect fit for our team.

    “I’ve been extremely impressed with both Wayne and Justin. I can’t wait to
    see our new team in action at the track. Justin is leaving Sunday to pick
    up our new car and in a couple of weeks we’ll be testing. With a new car, a
    new trailer, new team members and a new shop excitement is boiling over. We
    can’t wait to get this season started!”


  • Classic Graphix Continues As Official Apparel And Crew Uniform Supplier Of ADRL In 2012

    O’FALLON, MO (February 8, 2012) – The 2011 season was the first time Classic Graphix and owner Scott Bathurst went on the road with the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).
    That Classic Graphix has returned as the Official Apparel and Crew Uniform Supplier of the ADRL in 2012 indicates how well the first year went.
    The world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league announced the continued partnership on Wednesday, as Classic Graphix will continue to provide all of the official apparel and merchandise for the 2012 ADRL Tour as well as run the official ADRL online apparel store (www.adrlapparel.com).
    Additionally, Classic Graphix will also present the Best Appearing Crew award at each of the 10 events in 2012.
    “Last year was a new experience for us and it was a very interesting year. It was great to be out there to talk to all the fans, and we are definitely bringing things to the next level in 2012,” Bathurst said.
    “One of our larger customer bases is the ADRL. There’s a tremendous fanbase and we’re very excited about the 2012 season. We can’t wait for the season to get started, and we’re looking forward to going to some of the new tracks on the schedule.”
    With more than 20 years in the drag racing apparel business, the California-based Classic Graphix has been a longtime apparel provider for many of the top names in drag racing.
    In addition to their popular and eye-catching T-shirt designs for many of the top drivers in the sport, Classic Graphix also designs crew uniforms for the likes of Dan Millen, Bubba Stanton and other top names.
    As the Official Apparel and Crew Uniform Supplier of the ADRL, Classic Graphix designs all official ADRL apparel and merchandise. The company has greatly increased its ADRL line for 2012 as well and will include new shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and hats and other new novelty items like backpacks and license plate frames.
    At each race, Classic Graphix will also unveil a new T-shirt specific for that event, something that was a top-seller at each track in 2011.
    “We want to expand on what we had last year,” Bathurst said. “Everything we released last year sold and we felt we did well with all the designs we had, but we want to offer more this year.
    “At each track, there’s different things that sell well, but we have enough various styles to suit all fans.”
    Classic Graphix will continue to have a noticeable presence at each ADRL event, selling a variety of new ADRL apparel and other items out of a new merchandise trailer.
    The 2012 ADRL Tour begins on March 30-31 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII from Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, and includes 10 stops at several of the nation’s most prestigious tracks.
    “We’re thrilled to continue this partnership with Classic Graphix. Their creativity is unmatched in the drag racing apparel business, and they’ve done a tremendous job capturing what the ADRL is about,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.
    “Our fans really enjoyed the new products Classic Graphix offered in 2011 and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2012.”
    With five different artists at Classic Graphix, the company continues to pride itself on unique and original looks.
    Being on-site at each ADRL event also allowed Classic Graphix to work closely with a number of teams and drivers.
    “That’s one thing we see as an advantage. We’re not stuck to one specific look,” Bathurst said. “If they want a cartoon look or a crazy look, we can provide that. We can offer a variety and give them something different.
    “When we’re working with teams, we always try to change it up so it’s not always the same style of shirts.”

    For more information on possible apparel and/or crew uniforms from Classic Graphix, visit www.classicgraphix.com or call (562) 940-0806.

    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, Top Sportsman, Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, 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.