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  • For the time being Dean Goforth is ready to party like it’s 1984

    xpsFor 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.

     

    pxBrandon 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.”

     

    tsIn 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.

     

    xpm (2)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.

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT 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.


  • D. Goforth Posts Remarkable Turnaround After Crash, Takes Winning XPS Ways To St. Louis For X-treme Gateway Showdown

    Don’t plan that retirement party quite yet. X-DRL X-Treme Pro Stock standout proved he’s still got plenty left to offer, doing so under remarkable circumstances as well.

     

    Just three weeks following a brutal crash after a parts failure at Bristol Dragway, the 68-year-old Goforth whipped up on his younger counterparts at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La., winning the X-DRL’s Bash On The Bayou with a weekend-best 4.121 at 174.57 mph in his brand new 2013 Jerry Haas Race Cars Camaro.

     

    With that, Goforth takes plenty of momentum into the X-DRL’s X-treme Gateway Showdown, which takes place June 14-15 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

     

    It marks the first appearance in St. Louis for the X-DRL, and Goforth will be one of the favorites in XPS after showing there’s still plenty of talent left to offer the Pro Stock competition.

     

    “Friends and family have asked me when I’m going to retire and I tell them, ‘I will when I stop winning races.’ Well, I just won, so it looks like I bought myself a little more time,” Goforth said. “I think I showed that I’ve got something left and I can still drive one of these cars.”

     

    Certainly nobody doubted that after his remarkable performance in Belle Rose, which also qualified him for the X-DRL’s X-Treme Shootout later this year at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

     

    Goforth was in a brutal crash during the final qualifying session in Bristol, crashing hard into both walls. But the crew at JHRC quickly finished his new Camaro and Goforth showed no hesitation getting back behind the wheel.

     

    The first runs for the car were in Belle Rose, but it responded well right off the trailer.

    He qualified No. 6 with a 4.23 and then knocked off Todd Hoerner and crew chief Brian Self to reach the finals. Runner-up Rick Cowger immediately had trouble in the finals, but Goforth had an adventurous run, nearly crossing the center line before taking the victory, his fourth in XPS.

     

    “Rick was having a great day, but when you’re 68 years old, all the guys are tough,” Goforth said with a laugh. “All of the guys in this class are good, there’s no denying that. I was nervous about all of them, but the car just felt good all weekend.

     

    “It was getting close to the center line and I was scared to death I crossed it. But it was an awesome run and I was just thrilled to get the win.”

     

    Goforth, who also credited Sonny’s Racing Engines, was blown away with the incredible results from the new car its first race.

    That bodes well for St. Louis, where Goforth’s talented crew will likely have the car dialed in even more.

     

    “It’s just a good crew with sharp guys working with us. They deserve a ton of credit for this and it’s just a wonderful thing to have guys like this on your team,” Goforth said.

     

    “As for the car, this is the best car I’ve ever been in and there’s no comparison. It was as smooth as can be and obviously the performance was there. The Haas bunch just did an excellent job. I’m truly excited to see where the car and the team can go from here. I believe there’s a lot of potential left in the car and I know we’re going to keep working hard to find it.”

     

    For more information about X-DRL X-treme Gateway Showdown, please visit www.gatewaymsp.com or www.X-DRL.com or contact (618) 215-8888.

    WHAT: X-DRL X-treme Gateway Showdown. It is the fourth of nine races in the inaugural 2013 X-DRL season. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 14-15

    WHERE: Gateway Motorsports Park, 700 Raceway Boulevard, Madison, IL 62060

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Qualifying Round 1 at 12 p.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 3:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 7 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Qualifying Round 4 at 12 p.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 3 p.m.; Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by contacting Gateway Motorsports Park at (618) 215-8888 or visiting www.X-DRL.com.

    Friday Adult $25; Saturday Adult $25; Full Event Pass Adult $45; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking: Free. All tickets include X-DRL VIP pit pass.

    CONTACT: Contact X-treme Gateway Madness at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com.
    Photo courtesy of Roger Richards
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  • Dean Goforth racing takes first win in debut of Camaro

    DeanGoforthGoforth Racing wants to send thoughts and prayers to all of there fellow Oklahomans who are suffering after the horrible tornadoes in the state. Dean the founder of Goforth racing suffered a crash in late April, totaling his car, but leaving him uninjured. Just three weeks later Dean would come to Louisiana with a brand new 2013 Camaro in its first outing in competition. Having tested the car a few days after it was finished, the car had been fast tracked to be ready for the event.  Dean and Cary both would both have a few issues during qualifying, Cary would end up #2 and Dean qualified #6.

     

    Qualifying only sets up race day and cannot be a indication of what a car is capable of, a fact that the elder Goforth was able to prove by taking out Todd Hoerner in the first round of eliminations, before also defeating Goforth crew chief Brian “Lump” Self in the second round. In the final round Dean would face off with Rick Cowger, and would take the win with his fastest ET of the weekend.

     

    “I am really happy to be standing here with my crew, our family is here for this event and to take the brand new car to the winners circle after the luck we have had the last few months, well its just a nice change for us,” said Dean.

     

    Next up for the team is a trip to Dinwiddie Virginia.  The team will field the new Camaro for Dean and Cary’s GXP. “I am excited to get to the track again, all this weather stuff in Oklahoma is never far from our thoughts but racing is a good distraction,” said Cary

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family, and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines, Access Employer Services, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth, Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, , Chuck Samuels, and Scott Benham, and is supported by the employees of Deans Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.

    Photo Courtesy of Roger Richards and Competitionplus.com

    For more information: Goforth Racing can be found on Facebook.

    Goforth Racing Team

    Dean’s Casing Service

    Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

    Sonny’s Racing Engines

    Lithium Pro’s Batteries


  • Dean Goforth back in fighting form as season progresses.

    Dean Goforth may have been the runner up at the ADRL Virginia event, but he didnt feel like he lost, he felt determined. Taking out son and teammate Cary in the first round, David Schorr in the second round, Todd Hoerner in the 3rd round, Dean was ready for the final against Richie Stevens. cutting a good light can make all the difference in a 1/8th mile race, and Dean left the line first but wasn’t able to hold off Stevens when the car slowed down. “I might not be taking home the trophy, but I think I proved that even at almost 68 years old I’m here to win races, and I’m chasing the championship this year, and with only 185 points between the first 3 spots, I’m more determined than ever,”said Dean. “I believe in our team, we have been to 2 final rounds this year and I’m third in points, so let this be a warning to all the other extreme Pro Stock competitors I am on a mission and I’m going to knock over anyone who gets in my way, and that includes my son Cary. I want the championship.”

     

    While Dean is determined he is not alone in the hunt for the championship and standing between Dean and Richie the current points leader going into the Michigan event is Cary Goforth, who is just 105 points in front of Dean and just 80 points behind Stevens, the younger Goforth would like to End the season with a 2nd championship, “I had to run against dad in the 1st round at Virginia, and the car shook in the middle slowing us down, our goal this year is to meet in a final round, I know Dad is more determined than I have seen him in years past, so we have to be on our toes.”

     

    “This year has been all about the family, Dads off season illness really showed us what is important, losing Bert Jackson last year also drove home the fact that we never know what will happen in the future, and dad will be turning 68 this month if he could pull off winning the championship, it would make John force look like a kid,” said Cary.

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family, and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines, Access Employer Services, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible

     

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth, Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, Herb Bailey, Russ Van Pelt, and Scott Benham, and is supported by the employees of Deans Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.

     

    The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) will be presented free and live online at www.ADRL.us from start to finish during its highly-anticipated 2012 season. Working with Tyrant Productions for the 2012 ADRL Tour, the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league announced on Thursday that each of its 10 events will feature a live, high-quality stream, capturing every run of qualifying and each elimination match up.

     

    Photo Courtesy of Roger Richards and Competitionplus.com

     

    For more information: Goforth Racing can be found on Facebook.

    Goforth Racing Team

    Dean’s Casing Service

    Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

    Sonny’s Racing Engines

    Lithium Pro’s Batteries


  • Goforth Racing Dragpalooza VIII wrapup

    Courtesy of Racerchik PR ( Denise Ramsey )
    Goforth Racing sported the decals for a new partnership with Eckel Manufacturing Inc. for the ADRL CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII, in Baytown Texas. Eckel is The World’s Leading Manufacturer of Hydraulic Power Tongs, a working relationship already established between Eckel, and Deans Casing Service led to this partnership on the track.

     

    Dean Goforth proved that he was ready to race after his illness during the off season qualifying in the #7 spot and matching up with the eventual winner of the event John Pluchino in the first round of eliminations. Goforth would not advance in to the second round but just making it to the race and seeing all the friends that had been so supportive during the illness meant a lot to the elder Goforth. “I just cannnot say enough thank You’s to all the people who sent cards or called while I was recuperating, the outpouring of well wishes was just incredible, and it meant more to us than we can ever say,” said Dean.
    Cary Goforth came into the first event of 2012 as the current ADRL Extreme Pro Stock Champion, and the Driver of the Year for 2011 two titles he looks to continue to hold in 2012. We made some changes to our cars, but we have maintained the team the won the Championship last season, and with all the same components should come the same results. Goforth would pick up where he left off last season running a 4.069 under not so perfect conditions air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 77 percent, barometer 29.80 inches, adjusted altitude 2,271 feet, track temperature 103 degrees. A broken sprag would end the race for Cary in the second round of eliminations, “”I knew we had a good car, but sometimes stuff beyond our control happens and we exited the event early, the season is just starting and its a long way to the championship,” said Cary.

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family, and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines, Access Employer Services, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible

     

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth, Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, Herb Bailey, Russ Van Pelt, and Scott Benham, and is supported by the employees of Deans Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.

     

    For more information: Goforth Racing can be found on Facebook.

    Goforth Racing Team

    Eckel Manufacturing Inc.

    Dean’s Casing Service

    Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

    Sonny’s Racing Engines

    Lithium Pro’s Batteries


  • Dean Goforth determined to Drive in Houston

    Courtesy of Denise Ramsey

    Dean Goforth wants everyone to know how

    grateful he is for all the thoughts, prayers, phone calls and well wishes

    he has received since his health scare began in early December. “I want to

    make sure everyone knows how much it means to me that I have had so many

    people concerned for my well being, it’s staggering all the people that

    have inquired about my health the past few months. I want everyone to know

    that I am on my way back to being healthy, but it has certainly been a long

    process.” Dean said “I am still receiving a IV everyday and shots of

    morphine, and I have not been able to maintain my regular schedule but I

    have been lucky to have good people around me that are capable of running

    my business, I have been going to the shop every day and I am able to get

    in and out of my Extreme Pro Stock car, it’s like physical therapy pushing

    the clutch in and getting in and out, and if the lord is willing to let me

    I am planning to drive this car in Houston at the end of March during the

    first ADRL event,” Dean said.

     

     

     

    “The doctors have told me that if I had not been in such good shape

    physically for my age that this infection would have killed me. For me

    that’s a good feeling that I have been doing the right things. It really

    tells me that the good Lord knows what he is doing. I have lost some weight

    and people who I have known my whole life didn’t recognize me, but that’s

    probably not a bad thing. I will be happy to be free of all the drugs and

    IV and am looking forward to getting back to normal, running my business

    and getting back in the race car.” Dean said.

     

     

     

    If there is one thing we know about Dean Goforth it is that you can bet

    that he will be in Houston proud to be there with his team, and that he

    wants to shake a lot of hands give a lot of hugs and thank everyone for all

    the well wishes.

     

     

     

    Goforth Racing is supported by the following sponsors of our race family,

    and we need to thank them for having confidence in our team, Lithium Pro

    Batteries, Sonny’s Racing Engines, Access Employer Services, Mickey

    Thompson Tires, and Deans Casing Service. Without the support of these

    sponsors none of this would be possible

     

     

     

    Goforth Racing consists of the following: Dean Goforth, Cary Goforth,

    Chris Goforth, Brian “Lump” Self, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, Herb Bailey,

    Russ Van Pelt, and Scott Benham, and is supported by the employees of Deans

    Casing Service and members of the Goforth family.


  • Dean Goforth recovery Update

    Courtesy of RacerChick – Denise Ramsey
    1/26/2012 Holdenville OK – Dean Goforth had a health scare recently, and while he has made great improvements, he still has a battle to get back to 100%. “I have been overwhelmed by the phone calls, the emails, the cards, and the outpouring of well wishes, people I know, people I have never met, race fans, its really amazing,” said Dean.

    “I know that we have a lot of friends that we race with, and a lot of fans that follow us, but the amount of well wishes is just astounding, Dad has graduated from the walker to a cane, and is continuing with physical therapy, he has a long road ahead of him to get back to 100%, but if you know Dean Goforth you know that he will do it. the racing stuff for him is up in the air right now, he will return, but it might not be at the Houston event, but again this is Dean the guy who figured out how to drive his race car with a cast on his foot,” said Cary Goforth.

    “We just really want to thank everyone for the support, and well wishes and cards, and phone calls, it means more to us as a family than we could ever express.” a sentiment shared by the entire Goforth family. “Its amazing how many people will private message one of us on Facebook, just to ask about Dad’s health, I field messages all the time, and it just makes us smile that so many people are worried about Dad,” said Brandi Goforth Mariott, and brother Chris Goforth.

    “There is nothing else to say except Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!!”