For the time being Dean Goforth is ready to party like it’s 1984
A race after winning his first event in the X-DRL, Goforth took his new Jerry Haas Race Cars Camaro to a runner-up spot in St. Louis, continuing his strong early-season momentum.
Most importantly, Goforth also took over the points lead in X-treme Pro Stock, putting him in the points lead for the first time since 1984.
It’s a gargantuan feat for Goforth, who has shown remarkable ability behind the wheel this season.
He lost to Todd Hoerner in the final at X-treme Gateway Showdown, but he still left with the points lead and had nothing but positives to say about finishing as the runner-up and the surface at Gateway Motorsports Park.
“Todd was just ready on the tree and I wasn’t. I wish I’d have won but I wasn’t upset Todd won,” Goforth said. “I’ve been coming here (GMP) since the 80’s and this is the best the track has even been.”
Goforth leads John DeFlorian by 200 points in XPS, but the tightest battles continue to appear in Pro X-Treme.
Brandon Pesz leads Tim Tindle by a mere 10 points and this points race gets even juicier as the two talented standouts are set to meet in the finals of X-Treme Gateway Showdown. That final will be finished next month at the Mayhem at the Creek at Maryland International Raceway, meaning plenty will be on the line. Quain Stott isn’t far behind trailing Pesz by just more than 100 points – or one round.
Bob Rahaim narrowed the gap in Pro Nitrous to 103 points after winning in St. Louis, but Jeff Naiser has still managed to hang onto the points lead. Billy Glidden is nearly within two rounds, meaning a great three-way race to the PN championship appears to be setting up.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the team. Everyone really pulled it together and it turned out great,” Rahaim said. “We’re heading in the right direction and that’s exciting to see.”
In Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Gulitti continued to take command of the class after posting his second win in four races by powering through the competition in St. Louis. Heading into the Mayhem at the Creek at Maryland International Raceway, Gulitti has opened a sizeable gap in the competitive class.
Kevin Rivenbark seized the lead in X-treme Pro Mod, making a major move after winning his first professional race at the X-DRL’s race in St. Louis. Rivenbark leads Dan Stevenson by more than 300 points, building a considerable lead thanks to plenty of consistent racing.
Other points leaders include Todd Moyer (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo) and Michael Kile (Top Dragster). Kile leads Darrell Reid by 150 points, but Reid made a massive jump in St. Louis, going from No. 13 in points to second in just the span of one race.
In Pro Junior Dragster, Jackson Core is the current points leader after four of the X-DRL’s event in its inaugural 2013 season.
For more information on the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.
2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE
April 6-7: X-DRL Spring Nationals, Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa, Okla.
April 26-27: X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
May 17-18: Bash On The Bayou, No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.
June 14-15: X-treme Gateway Showdown, Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis
July 26-27: Mayhem At The Creek, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md.
Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas
Sept. 20-21: Thunder in the Heartland, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis
Oct. 4-5: Southern Slam, Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, Ala.
Oct. 25-26: X-Treme World Finals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C.
ABOUT THE X-DRL
Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, SuperCar Showdown, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.