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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Hossler Looking for Breakthrough Victory at ADRL Summer Drags IX

    Hossler_Action_2013_LOWAl-Anabi Racing’s Alex Hossler enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his career this winter while competing in the Arabian Drag Racing League series, scoring the Pro Extreme world championship alongside crew chief, Frank “Ace” Manzo, for team owner His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani. Since returning stateside, Hossler and company have been perennial top qualifiers in American Drag Racing League competition, but have struggled to put it all together on race day. At this weekend’s ADRL Summer Drags IX in Martin, Michigan, Hossler feels like the team is poised for a big win.

    “Honestly, for as good as the car has run, we’ve had a pretty disappointing first half of the season,” admits Hossler, en route to US 131 Motorsports Park. “We’ve qualified No. 1 three times this season, our lowest being second at the season-opener in Rockingham, so we’ve certainly had a race car that’s capable of winning, but having the best car in qualifying doesn’t always translate to being in the winner’s circle on Sunday.

    “We’ve just had little things bite us here and there. It’s been frustrating, but this isn’t a group that’s big on making excuses. We’ve got high expectations and I feel like we’re just a little bit of race day luck away from winning one of these deals. I don’t see any reason we can’t put it all together this weekend, and I can promise you that’s the plan.”

    Hossler, an eight-year veteran of fast doorslammer racing, is currently fourth in the ADRL Pro Extreme championship points standings, just 317 rounds out of first place – roughly three rounds of competition.

    “The top cars are all fairly close together performance-wise and we’re yet to see a repeat winner, so I feel like the championship is still pretty wide open,” says Hossler. “We’ve got a little ground to make up, but we’re a big weekend away from really shaking things up, so I’m still pretty optimistic.

    “Depending on how the weather shakes out this weekend, we could see some 70- and low 80-degree temperatures and some conditions that could see more than one car in the 3.50s,” continues Hossler. “It should make for some interesting and exciting racing for the fans and, personally, it’s hard for me not to feel good headed into a race weekend with guys like Manzo, Billy Stocklin, Mike Giaffino and John Glade working on the car I’m driving.”

    Qualifying for the ADRL Summer Drags IX gets underway at 11:30 AM on Saturday, June 29th, with three rounds of qualifying scheduled for each professional category. Eliminations are slated to begin on Sunday at 11:00 AM with the winner’s circle celebration anticipated to begin at 4:30 PM.

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