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  • BERNER FOCUSES ON THE POSITIVE TO CONTINUE BUILDING PROGRAM

    dsa_4887_20130310_1467016732 (1)CRETE, Ill. April 10, 2013:  The 2013 is still young for the Summit Racing Equipment Extreme Pro Stock Team. With just two races under their belts and the third this coming weekend, Pete Berner and team are methodically building the program for lasting success.

     

    Arguably, few teams work as hard as Pete and his team, consisting of wife Cheryl, Crew Chief Tom Pierson, crew members Eric Flemming and Rick Varnold, as well as Mark and Sean Eckman who are new faces on the team this year and already provide great support. Jeff Perley also joins the team in a consultant role and Jerry Janota and Mike Slaviero head up the engine program. The amount of hard work, R&D, precision and effort that go into making each pass down the track is one of the little-known facts that racing fans are often oblivious to. For Team Summit, this is the only path to true success and even then a bit of luck is welcomed and perhaps even required.

     

    At this past weekend’s X-treme Drag Racing League opener in Tulsa, Okl. Berner and team had all of the ingredients for success, but luck wasn’t on their side. Throughout qualifying the Summit Racing Equipment Camaro made consistently good passes and qualified third with a 4.077 at 176MPH. However, in round one an engine backfire made it difficult for Berner to even keep the car running, resulting in a red light start. Still, Berner was pleased with the overall results of the weekend and is positive about the direction of his program.

     

    “We’re very pleased with the results from our car after our second race. We still have a ways to go in getting absolute consistency, but I feel like we’re on the brink. It was unfortunate that we ran into problems first round because the car was running very well up to that point. We weren’t out there trying to overpower the track. We were focusing on making consistent runs and we were achieving that goal well. Overall the weekend had a positive outcome. We tried some new parts that showed promise and made some changes in our combination that also have great potential. We’ll continue building on this and move forward from here.

     

    “I also want to commend the X-DRL on a great first event,” Berner continued. “I appreciate Jeff, David and Larry’s [X-DRL ownership] hospitality of having us. The track was in great condition and they had a good crowd of fans. They have a very nice base to build upon for this organization. I look forward to seeing where they advance from here.”

     

    Berner also hopes to advance his own program as he heads to the Hardee’s ADRL Georgia Drags at South Georgia Motorsports Park this weekend. “We’re looking to build upon what we’ve learned,” Berner elaborated. “Everything is falling into place and we’re pleased with the direction in which we’re headed. Weather permitting we will test Friday and continue our ongoing learning process to make this team the best it can possibly be. With the awesome components of our sponsors like Summit and CarSafe, the top manufacturers and best crew I could hope for, we’ll be creating our own success and luck will just have to catch to to us.”

     

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  • CarSafe expands marketing effort to include entire U.S. Nitro Jam series in 2013

    CarSafe_IHRANORWALK, Ohio (December 28, 2012) – After an extremely successful debut Nitro Jam season in 2012, CarSafe is pleased to announce that it will expand its commitment to include the entire Nitro Jam series by once again partnering with the series as presenting sponsor of the 2013 Nitro Jam U.S. Tour.

     

    CarSafe, based in Oklahoma City, Okla., partnered with Nitro Jam during the extremely successful Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in August of 2012 and the partnership was an immediate hit. In front of a capacity crowd CarSafe was introduced to the unique Nitro Jam fan base and that relationship will continue in 2013 as CarSafe serves as presenting sponsor of Nitro Jam’s biggest U.S. events in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee.

     

    “We have enjoyed a very successful relationship with IHRA and Nitro Jam over the past year. Nitro Jam’s commitment to fast, thrilling, family entertainment is unrivaled in the industry and they continue to impress us on all counts,” said Mark Eckman, CarSafe Owner. “Developing new customer relationships through motor sports is a goal of ours and CarSafe could not be in better hands. We look forward to continue working with Nitro Jam in 2013.”

     

    CarSafe is an agency that provides Vehicle Breakdown Protection, or what most people know as “extended warranties.” With amazing benefits including roadside assistance, towing and rental cars, CarSafe’s Extended Vehicle Service Agreements help keep your car on the road and your wallet in your pocket.

     

    CarSafe is dedicated to being the leading provider of Extended Vehicle Service Agreements and taking the worry and frustration out of vehicle repairs. CarSafe provides practical and affordable coverage options for all types of cars and trucks. And with CarSafe’s extensive background in customer service within the automotive industry, the CarSafe team is looking forward to partnering with Nitro Jam at most all of its stops on the 2013 schedule.

     

    “This business is all about providing great customer service and listing to what our fans want and that is what makes CarSafe such a perfect partner,” said Nitro Jam President Aaron Polburn. “Nitro Jam is all about providing an incredible show at an affordable price that keeps fans coming back for more. We like to say that we sell ‘wow’ and I believe that with a great partner like CarSafe we can continue to grow and provide an exciting show unlike any other out there.”

     

    Featuring a unique lineup of nitro-powered motorsports entertainment, Nitro Jam is dedicated to providing “wow” to race fans of all ages all at an affordable price. Nitro Jam’s thrilling lineup includes everything from 300 mile-per-hour, fire-breathing Top Fuel Dragsters and out-of-control Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars to jets, nitro motorcycles, Fuel Altereds, fireworks and more all presented in an exciting show format.

     

    The 2013 Nitro Jam presented by CarSafe season begins in March and runs through October with stops all across the United States and Canada.

     

    For more information on the 2013 Nitro Jam season visit www.nitrojam.com. For more information on CarSafe visit www.carsafe.com or call (866) 466-5239 to receive a free quote.

     

    About Feld Motor Sports®

    Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.


  • CarSafe named title sponsor for Northern Nitro Jam

    NORWALK, Ohio (April 18, 2012) – The International Hot Rod Association® (IHRA®) and Nitro Jam® are pleased to announce CarSafe as the title sponsor of the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. the weekend of August 10-11.

     

    CarSafe, based in Oklahoma City, Okla., is an agency that provides Vehicle Breakdown Protection, or what most people know as “extended warranties.” With amazing benefits including roadside assistance, towing and rental cars, CarSafe’s Extended Vehicle Service Agreements help keep your car on the road and your wallet in your pocket. And with CarSafe’s extensive background in customer service within the automotive industry, the CarSafe team is looking forward to partnering with Nitro Jam at one of the biggest events on the 2012 schedule.

     

    “CarSafe is excited to partner with the IHRA. We know that it is an organization focused on entertainment, fast cars and fun for the whole family,” said Mark Eckman, CarSafe Founder. “CarSafe is all about helping motorists with our Vehicle Breakdown Protection on vehicles after original factory warranties expire. We look forward to two respected organizations teaming up to provide a great weekend of racing and entertainment for fans of all ages.”

     

    CarSafe is dedicated to being the leading provider of Extended Vehicle Service Agreements and taking the worry and frustration out of vehicle repairs. CarSafe provides practical and affordable coverage options for all types of cars and trucks.

     

    And some of the fastest cars in the world will be featured at the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. Featuring a full lineup of nitro-powered entertainment including Pro Fuel Dragsters, AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Nitro Harleys and Fuel Altereds in addition to an incredible show featuring the legendary Grave Digger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle monster trucks, the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet semi and much more, the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam promises to bring the 2012 Nitro Jam season to a close with one of the biggest events of the year.

     

    For more information on the CarSafe Northern Nitro Jam, visit www.nitrojam.com. For more information on CarSafe, visit www.carsafe.com or call (866) 466-5239 to receive a free quote.

     

    About Feld Motor Sports

    Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, IHRA® Nitro Jam®, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠ and Thunder Jam. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

     


  • First-Time Champs Dominate Winner’s Circle At CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII

    BAYTOWN, TEXAS (March 31, 2012) – At the first event of the 2012 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season, it only proved fitting that the season started with a number of firsts in the winner’s circle at CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII.

    Out of the nine event winners who celebrated at Royal Purple Raceway on Saturday, eight of them were first-time victors in their respective classes, adding an extra sense of excitement to what ended up as a splendid kick-off to the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Alex Hossler served as the veteran in the winner’s circle, winning for the fourth time in Pro Extreme after he beat Von Smith in the finals.

    After doing a burnout, Smith couldn’t get the car in reverse to get back to the starting line, handing the win to Hossler, who qualified No. 1 in a Tim McAmis Race Cars Camaro. Hossler also delivered back-to-back runs in the 3.60s during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds for the Al-Anabi Racing team, and his crew chief, the legendary Frank Manzo.

    “What a huge credit to Frank. This was our first race with a torque converter, and it just says how versatile he is. To come and do this, it’s just a great feeling,” Hossler said. “We made a lot of good runs to get here and I hope we made (team owner) KH (Al-Thani) happy after a day like today.”

    The first-time winners list included Rickie Jones (Pro Nitrous), Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Casey Stemper (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), John Pluchino (Extreme Pro Stock), Marco Abruzzi (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Mike Castellana, who won for the first time in the new Aeromotive Pro Modified class.

    Also picking up a historic victory was Bo Butner, who went 5.862 at 119.46 miles per hour to become the first winner in the revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown.

    In an all-Ford final, Butner and his 2012 Mustang knocked off No. 1 qualifier Chris Holbrook to claim the victory.

    “This was a pretty cool deal and it’s always good to win,” Butner said.

    With a record Dragpalooza car count, it was a host of first-timers who stole the spotlight when it counted in front of a thoroughly entertained Royal Purple Raceway crowd and a huge online audience watching the live broadcast for free.

    Jones and his Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro delivered a series of potent performances, capping it off with a 3.836 at 195.79 mph to beat another first-time finalist in Bob Rahaim.

    That came after beating the No. 1 qualifier, Castellana, with a 3.821 at 197 mph, and Jones thanked everyone from his parents to his team to his sponsors in the winner’s circle.

    “Summit Racing really stepped up and to get that first win for them, it’s incredible,” Jones said. “It’s a great start to the season and it really takes everyone. I couldn’t do it without all these people supporting me.

    “Honestly, we struggled a lot in testing, but we showed up here and the car just took off,” Jones said. “I really love racing the 1/8-mile in the ADRL.”

    Pittman could barley contain his excitement in Extreme 10.5 and for good reason. The team that also features Pro Extreme driver Terry Leggett only raced four times in Extreme 10.5 in 2011, but found their groove quickly on Saturday, going 4.045 at 192.88 to beat Dan Myers in another match-up of first-time finalists.

    “This means the world to me. I can’t even hardly explain it right now,” 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.”

    Rick Thornton set a world speed record in the class earlier in the day, going 206.51 mph. Nobody, though, could contain Pittman, who qualified No. 2 and went as quick as 3.976 during eliminations.

    “It’s just amazing how much we’ve progressed,” Pittman said. “Last year we came to qualify and maybe go a couple rounds, and now this. It’s just amazing.”

    Going to the winner’s circle just as amazed was John Pluchino in Extreme Pro Stock. Pluchino was dynamite at the starting line, using a huge holeshot – thanks to a .013 reaction time – to hold off Brian Gahm in the finals with a 4.112 at 176 mph.

    “The car ran good, but not great. It was consistent, though, and I drove pretty good,” Pluchino said. “We left on everyone we raced. Brian’s the man and I knew I had to do my job on the tree.”

    Pluchino also had reaction times of .012 and .004 during eliminations, earning one of the most fulfilling moments of his racing career.

    “It’s just an awesome feeling. To run with these guys in this class, it’s just an honor. To beat them, it’s just unheard of,” Pluchino said. “Even after I went through the finish line, I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

    Casey Stemper took things to new levels in every round, saving his best for last with 4.084 to beat No. 1 qualifier Eric McKinney.

    Stemper was overcome with emotion immediately upon seeing the win light, but the victory also shows the progress he’s quickly made since last season.

    “This is just unbelievable,” Stemper said. “After I crossed the finish line, I was just screaming into my helmet I was so excited.”

    “After red-lighting in the finals at Ennis (last October), I came into this year knowing I would have to race smarter. We started leaning on the bike later in the day and it all worked out.”

    With a dial-in of 4.37, Marco Abruzzi went an impressive 4.379 to beat Randell Reid in the finals of Summit Racing Top Sportsman. Traveling a great distance, Abruzzi instantly threw his hat into the championship chase with the win.

    “This is the furthest I’ve ever been for a race, but the ADRL is the place for Top Sportsman racing and I want to support it,” Abruzzi said. “The first couple races, I wanted to see how I did, but now it’s on. I want to go after that championship.”

    Castellana couldn’t become the first driver in ADRL history to win two events at one race, but he still delivered in the Aeromotive Pro Modified class, beating Jeff Naiser in the finals with a 3.97 at 192.58 mph in his 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro.

    The Al-Anabi Racing driver went 3.852 in a superb side-by-side semifinal race against Rickie Smith, highlighting a day of consistent runs.

    “It’s a great start to the year. The crew did a great job of getting the car right,” Castellana said. “You could tell it was making a lot of good runs.”

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Corey Tankersley was the wire-to-wire winner, knocking off Justin Hutto in the finals with a run of 7.925 at 82.63 mph. Tankersley was also the No. 1 qualifier, racking up a string of solid runs.

    The ADRL returns to action on April 20-21 with the Spring Drags III in Bristol . It is the second of 10 stops on the 2012 ADRL Tour and marks the ADRL’s first trip to historic Bristol Dragway.

     

     

    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.


  • Castellana’s Qualifying Lead In Two Classes Highlights CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII 2012 ADRL Tour Kick Off

    BAYTOWN, TEXAS (March 30, 2012) – Mike Castellana’s 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is picking up right where his 2011 left off.

    Last year’s world champion in Pro Nitrous started off the 2012 ADRL Tour in fine fashion, taking the top qualifying spot in both Pro Nitrous and Pro Modified after two rounds of qualifying on Friday at ADRL CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.

    Driving a pair of 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaros and competing in two classes at once for the first time in his storied career, Castellana and his Al-Anabi Racing team were incredible out of the gates, running 3.841 at 195.68 miles per hour in Pro Nitrous and 3.884 at 194.27 mph in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified.

    “Actually, we just picked up the (Pro Nitrous) car not even a week ago, so that’s all Shannon (Jenkins) and the crew,” Castellana said. “Shannon and the rest of the team make it a lot easier on me. I’ve got the easy part.”

    It is already a record-setting event in one respect, as the car count for the 2012 rendition of Dragpalooza is the most ever in the eight-year history of the ADRL’s season-opening race.

    Other No. 1 qualifiers through two rounds of qualifying include Alex Hossler (Pro Extreme), Billy Glidden (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Casey Stemper (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Cary Goforth (Extreme Pro Stock), Chuck Mohn (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).

    Chris Holbrook jumped to the top spot during the debut of the revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown, running an impressive 5.756 at 120.21 mph at the wheel of his 2012 Mustang.

    Joseph Teuton, driving a 2011 Challenger, is right behind with a 5.885 at 118.74 mph as the class made a strong immediate impression at Royal Purple Raceway.

    The final round of qualifying begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday, with eliminations of CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII to follow.

    Castellana will be the favorite in two classes, but he has plenty of company at the top. Jeff Naiser is right behind in Aeromotive Pro Modified with a 3.895, while John Decerbo (3.881), Bob Rahaim (3.882) and Rickie Jones (3.888), sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment, are all within striking distance.

    “This feels good. We had a good day, but Saturday can be totally different,” Castellana said. “There’s a lot of guys in both of these classes who are capable of running well.”

    It was Von Smith who impressed off the bat in Pro Extreme, running a 3.685, but Hossler topped him with a brilliant performance under the lights, running 3.658 at 206.26 mph.

    Driving a Tim McAmis Race Cars ’68 Camaro tuned by the legendary Frank Manzo, Hossler is quickly taking advantage of an opportunity he is relishing.

    “Frank is the man and you can’t argue with his success,” Hossler said. “I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to be in this position. What a dream. (KH Al-Thani) did a phenomenal job when he was driving this car, and I’m just going to do what Frank tells me to do.”

    Todd Tutterow is the only other driver in the 24-car field to run in the 3.60s, going 3.694 to join Hossler and Smith in the top three. Hossler struggled on his first pass, but delivered later with a run that he hopes is a sign of things to come.

    “I made a driver error in the first session and was able to come back and not hit anything, and I managed to go to low elapsed time,” Hossler said. “Hopefully it will hold and we can build on it from there.”

    Castellana wasn’t the only 2011 world champion off to a hot start in the new season, as Cary Goforth, the 2011 ADRL Driver of the Year, quickly grabbed the reigns again in Extreme Pro Stock.

    Looking to repeat his victory at Royal Purple Raceway that kick-started his 2011 championship season, Goforth and his Jerry Haas Race Cars GXP was remarkable right off the trailer, running a 4.069 to lead the way.

    “That’s nice to do that and certainly not something we were expecting,” Goforth said. “We were working hard all winter, but I’m worrying about what everyone else is doing, too. I felt like a 4.08 would have been stout, so we didn’t expect that.”

    It was another close field in the highly-competitive XPS class, with Pete Berner and his Summit Racing team right behind at 4.084. Cale Aronson is currently third with a career-best 4.088, but Goforth, who cut a strong light on his second pass, feels confident heading into eliminations.

    “If we keep running like that and cutting good lights, someone’s going to have to work to get it,” Goforth said.

    Billy Glidden is back to the top spot in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, blowing away the field on his first pass of the day. His 3.921 at 190.14 mph, nearly a career-best speed, gave him a huge advantage after the first round.

    Alan Pittman caught up with a strong 3.931 in the evening, but Glidden remained optimistic with his start.

    “I’m very happy with that. I intentionally had it safe to get down the track and I’m really pleased with how we did,” Glidden said. “We ran into some things after Ennis (in October of 2011) that we weren’t going to incorporate and three weeks ago, we decided to do it.”

    Todd Moyer is currently third at 4.020. Glidden, who hit a career-best of 3.882 last October, thinks it will be possible to match that number on Saturday.

    “That was the first run with the changes I’ve made, and I think it ran really, really nice. For sure, I think it can run a 3.88 and maybe a 3.87,” Glidden said. “I feel like if I can stay up with everything tune-up wise, I should be able to run better.”

    After two finals appearances in 2011, including one at the season-ending World Finals in Dallas, Casey Stemper continued to have momentum in Texas, running a 4.123 at 171.34 mph. Joining him in the 4.10s are David Norris (4.164), Dave Vantine (4.179), Eric McKinney (4.189) and Charlie Prophit (4.195).

    “Texas has definitely had some good luck for us, but there’s a lot of strong contenders out there,” Stemper said. “We’re going into race mode (on Saturday), but we definitely want to keep improving.

    “We’ve got something to work with and now we want to get it into the 4.00s.”

    Racing for the first time as part of Dragpalooza VIII and starting its first full season in the ADRL, the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class delivered strong results with a talent-filled 18-car field.

    Taking the top spot after two rounds of qualifying was Chuck Mohn, who ran a 4.113 at 175.89 mph.

    It’s enough to put him just ahead of Ronnie Davis and his 4.139 at 177.67 mph.

    Joining them as the only drivers to reach the 4.10s in Summit Racing Top Sportsman was Jerry Holt, who is currently in third with a 4.152 at 175.25 mph.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Corey Tankersley has the current No. 1 spot in qualifying, running a 7.907, a class-best .007 difference from his 7.90 index.

     

     

    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.