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  • A YEAR TO REMEMBER FOR TEAM ARUBA

    treveremanFrom start to finish the 2013 season gave reason to celebrate for the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Extreme Pro Stock Team. The team entered their sixth professional racing season with renewed vigor and energy. And it showed. They began the year with a semifinal finish at the ADRL season opener in Rockingham, N.C. They built upon that at the next event, the Georgia Drags, scoring their first ever number one qualifying position. Unfortunately, that race would be cancelled due to weather, but Team Aruba continued on undeterred. They earned their chance to defend their number one spot by going to the top once again at the Spring Drags. With weather cooperation this time, Team Aruba was determined to defend the number one, and that’s exactly what they did. Round by round, they took out a host of heavy hitters en route to their first Extreme Pro Stock victory. With this incredible season, the underdog team from Aruba was on a path of total domination, taking an early points lead.

     

    “For us all the stars lined up at Cordova [Illinois],” relayed driver Trevor Eman. “Not only did we capture our first victory, but we were able to do it with friends and family watching. It’s not often that our friends and family get to come to the events, but we had many supporting us at the Spring Drags, including Aruba’s Prime Minister, Mike Eman. That they were there for our first win – things just couldn’t have gone any better.

     

    “We’ll always remember that moment of victory and those that helped us get there. I’ll always be able to say that Aruba Tourism and Alltel Wireless were the sponsors who were with us when we won our first ADRL trophy. It was a good memory for us and for them as well. Alltel has been with us for three years now and they are a first class group of people to work with. We thoroughly enjoy having them at events with us and doing displays at their retail stores. They’re a great addition to this team and we hope to have them on board for many years to come.

     

    “Aruba Tourism and our Aruba community have also been a huge support this year. I still have people coming up and congratulating me on our win – people I don’t even know! The amount of followers we have on social media and through the ADRL Live Feed is astounding. It really makes a difference to have that support from Aruba.com and our Aruba fans, as well as our fans in the states!

     

    “We also really appreciate Claret Lopez of ‘Time Out’ and Jeff Lopez and Norbert Dirksz of Ingenuity Creative Marketing,” continued Eman. “All of them have traveled with us to many of the races throughout the year to take care of all our media coverage. Claret is the host of his television program called ‘Time Out’. We are regular guests on his show here in Aruba where we recap each event when we arrive back in Aruba. Norbert and Jeff do the filming and pictures at the races and keep our Facebook page up to date, as well as upload videos and short movies of Team Aruba on the road. Without their support our fanbase and popularity in Aruba would not be a wonderful as it is.”

     

    Not only did Eman have an exciting year on the track, but off as well. He graduated from school in Florida, moved back home to Aruba and began working in the family business. Then in July, he married longtime girlfriend, Nicole. Despite this host of changes, Eman kept his focus throughout the season and when it came time for the ADRL World Finals, Team Aruba maintained a mathematical chance at winning the Championship.

     

    “It felt really good to start the year off so well and to continue going rounds at most races,” Eman continued. “It kept us in the points battle right up until the very last round of the year. It was a big year for us for many reasons. Personally, I had a very busy year. Moving back home made the travel distances longer and also made it more difficult to leave work. Thankfully, we have good guys who keep things running at the shop while we’re gone. We couldn’t do this without them and especially without our crew at the track.

     

    “Our team did a phenomenal job all year. We have great chemistry. My dad is an excellent team leader. No matter how frustrating things can get, he’s always ready to continue. Bobby takes care of everything when we’re away. John Peterson can do it all. He’s my right hand guy on the car and will work on anything we ask him to. Pat Norcia of RAM Clutches, Doug Schriefer with Braswell Carburetors and Greg Brown with Kaase Racing Engines all came on board with us this year and did a phenomenal job in keeping the car in line. They really helped us step up to the next level. These guys, along with our Kaase engine power gave our Jerry Haas Mustang all it needed to be competitive with the top Pro Stocks in the nation and chase the Championship.

     

    “I want to congratulate the ADRL on a job well done. Not only did we battle on the track, but there was another battle of sorts going on – a battle of where to race,” Eman added, alluding to the X-DRL racing series.  “The ADRL hung it out and gave us a secure place to race. Our team especially appreciates their efforts because we have to travel so far to each event. We need to be confident in our racing organization and we are. Everything went smoothly this year. The Traction Twins did a great job. They were always up before anyone else and worked late. They don’t get enough credit for all they do. Overall, the ADRL had a great season, giving us every reason to look forward to next year.

     

    “I also want to thank each participating ADRL track. It feels good to have reputable facilities believe in our classes and the ADRL program.”

     

    After all was said and done for the 2013 season, Team Aruba ended with a very respectable top five finish in ADRL Extreme Pro Stock points.

     

    “That we finished fifth in points and yet had a chance at the Championship up until the second round of the final event goes to show just how tight the XPS field was. We certainly would have loved to win the Championship, but we feel we ended the year very well. We ran a 4.02 at the World Finals, which was our best elapsed time to date and makes us the fastest naturally aspirated Ford in the country. We’re proud of that accomplishment and can’t wait to continue building on our successes for next season.”

     

    The team is looking to make very few changes in the off season, choosing to continue using the formula that led to so much success this season in 2014.

     

    “We’re wrapping up our year now and putting this Ford in a short hibernation, but we’re already busy with plans for next year. We’ll keep the same car, motor and team in tact. We have a combination that works well and we want to keep moving forward. The biggest change for us may be a new trailer. We need a dependable and workable trailer to make trips and track work more effective. Hopefully we’ll be making that change for 2014, but with our tight budget, it’s currently just a wish list item.

     

    “2013 was an incredible year for our team. Our goal is to continue building on that and bring more trophies to Aruba next year, but for now we’re taking time to be thankful for all the many special moments we’ve had. To my team, our fans, our country – job well done on a year to remember!”


  • Bealko drove to Semifinal Finish in Rockingham

    DSC01665Kevin Bealko, Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner and driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines started from the No. 2 qualifying position and wrestled his way to a Semifinal finish at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway.

    Bealko qualified No. 2 with a 4.079 seconds elapsed time (et) at 177.07 miles per hour (mph) quickly dispatched  Team Aruba’s Trevor Eman in the opening round of eliminations with a 4.15 et at 175.59 mph and gained lane choice over Scott Hintz in the next round .

    Bealko faced Hintz, who had won Friday night’s Battle of the Belts, next for the second round of eliminations . Both cars left the starting line and immediately went in to tire shake with Bealko able to recover sooner for 4.75 et at 163.29 mph win but lost lane choice in the next round against Doug Kirk .

    The Semifinals would be a battle of West Virginia Extreme Pro Stock drivers but unfortunately Bealko went in to tire shake then spinning the tires at the launch handing the win to Kirk .

    XDRL_2-174John DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines was runner-up for Friday Night’s Battle of the Belts race, but found Sunday’s track conditions to be challenging and lost to John Pluchino in first round when he went in to tire shake at the launch .

     

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  • Bealko No. 2 and DeFlorian No. 3 at ADRL Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway

    KevinBealkoOn the strength of a 4.079 seconds elapsed time (et) at 177.07 miles per hour (mph) pass made on his final attempt, Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner Kevin Bealko, driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines captured the No. 2 qualifying position for Sunday’s American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway.

    Bealko who took advantage of the cooler night air to improve his qualifying position will have to face Trevor Eman in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations .

    XDRL_2-178-EditJohn DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines was runner-up for Friday Night’s Battle of the Belts race, but found Saturday’s track conditions to be challenging. DeFlorian managed to run 4.09 et at 178.02 mph placing him in the No. 3 position in the final qualifying session . DeFlorian will have to run John Pluchino in first round of Sunday’s eliminations .

    Eliminations in Extreme Pro Stock at the 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech, Dragstock X will start at 11 a.m. and can be viewed Live at Motormaniatv.com .

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  • DeFlorian runner-up in ADRL Battle of the Belts at Rockingham Dragway

    dsd_2428The top eight in American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class lined up to do battle at Rockingham Dragway as part of the Battle for the Belts . John DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines made it through the Elite Field and was runner-up in Finals.

    DeFlorian who is 6th in ADRL championship points faced Summit Racing’s Pete Berner in the first round of competition for Battle of the Belts. Both reaction times were close but Berner shook the tires after the launch handing the win to DeFlorian who ran 4.17 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 174.66 miles per hour (MPH) to gather lane choice over Montecalvo in the next round .

    DeFlorian quickly dispatched Montecalvo with a 0.018 reaction time coupled with an 4.06 ET at 179.18 MPH to Montecalvo’s 4.07 ET at 178.38 MPH. DeFlorian had lane choice over Scott Hintz Mustang for the Battle of the Belts Finals and picked the Left lane . Both drivers carefully staged knowing that the win light meant at Belt and 50k payday . Hintz drilled the tree with a 0.039 reaction time to DeFlorian’s 0.100 reaction time and held on for the win .

    DeFlorian is all set for qualifying for 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech Event #7 ADRL Dragstock X Saturday and eliminations on Sunday at Rockingham Dragway .

    KevinBealkoTeam Owner Kevin Bealko, driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines has been on the move this year chipping away at the exceptionally tough extreme pro stock field by qualifying in the field at the last 18 races and in the top 4 at the last 4 races.

    “We are extremely proud to fly the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity colors on our 2012 Jerry Haas GXP”, states team owner Bealko. “American Drag Racing League and Rockingham Dragway will be a great venue for Black Diamond Motorsports to reach out to American families about the important role that coal plays in delivering affordable, reliable power for American families and businesses. We’re excited to talk with all our drag racing fans about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean. We have every intention to win a World Championship for America’s Power and Graber Concrete Company,” states Bealko.

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  • EMAN SUFFERS UNFORTUNATE LOSS IN FIRST ROUND OF BATTLE FOR THE BELTS

    1238819_10151903535053000_8550717_nROCKINGHAM, N.C. Sept. 6, 2013: Today the top eight Extreme Pro Stock competitors in the country lined up to do battle at Rockingham Dragway as part of the Battle for the Belts shootout. Trevor Eman and Team Aruba qualified their Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang for this prestigious race by virtue of their number four points standings in national points. They were slated to run number five man, Scott Hintz, in round one. Eman was off the line first with an .019 reaction time to Hintz .041. However, both drivers went into tire shake and a pedal fest ensued with Hintz crossing the finish line first, just .038 in front of Eman.

     

    While this ended Eman’s pursuit for the Belt, Team Aruba will continue their XPS Championship pursuits with tomorrow’s qualifying of Dragstock X.

     

    “As much as we are disappointed about losing in the shootout, we are still happy about the fact that we have had the privilege to be part of this event,” told Eman. “We’ve been racing quite some time now and being able to qualify in the top eight with the best competitors in the country shows that we have come far during the years that we have been racing. We need to put this behind us and concentrate on the race we still have to compete in tomorrow and Sunday. We still have a championship on the line so we cannot lose our concentration.

     

    “On another note, a sad one at that, the racing community lost a great guy this past week, Jimmy Gunther. Jimmy worked at our chassis builder, Jerry Haas Race Cars and has helped plenty of race teams over the years. Every time we would visit Jerry Haas, Jimmy was always there and always very nice to our entire team, and at the track he was a fun guy to be around. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Jimmy’s family, all the people Jimmy worked with at Jerry Haas Race Cars and everybody that ever had the pleasure of having Jimmy help them on their race team.”

     

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  • “WE’RE NUMBER TWO SO WE TRY HARDER”

    dsd_2431_20130803_1813405663CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. August 9, 2013:  The coveted “number one” comes with its perks, but for many it’s not always the position most desired. As a two-time World Champion, John Montecalvo knows a thing or two about sitting in the number one spot, but he’s currently relishing his number two position and planning his next move.

     

    “As the old tagline goes, ‘we’re number two so we try harder,’” Monte elaborated. “We’re in a great position [less than 100 points out of first] for a Championship run. When you’re in that top spot, everyone is gunning for you. With two races left in the points and the bullseye on [points leader] Elijah Morton, we’re continuing the slow and steady approach we’ve taken all year to hopefully take our third Championship title.

     

    “With the top five guys separated by about 300 points, it’s really anyone’s game and our team has to be our best. This team is doing a great job and I feel like we’re peaking at the right time. Everything seems to be falling into place so we’re going to keep our focus and do what we know we can do.”

     

    At the last ADRL event, the Memphis Drags, Monte and team utilized their consistent approach to qualify number two with a 4.099 and get past John Bartunek in round one with an .018 light and 4.11 elapsed time. Unfortunately, Montecalvo was forced to lift early in round two, giving Trevor Eman the win. Still, the team maintained good position in the points and is solidly qualified for the Battle for the Belts Shootout to be contested at Dragstock X, Rockingham Dragway, September 6-8.

     

    “I have to say that the Memphis Drags was one of the best races we’ve ever had,” told Montecalvo. “The fans were great and other than the weather, the event went off flawlessly. We had one of the highest car counts, if not the highest, in the history of the ADRL. I’m sure that Rockingham will be off the charts. Dragstock is always the premier event on the ADRL tour and now with the Battle for the Belts contested there, it will truly be the highlight of the year. I want to thank the ADRL for their generosity in funding the Battle for the Belts. It’s a privilege to be a part of this race. The top eight in points are the best in the country and we’re proud to race beside them for a prestigious title. It’s going to be a tough event, but we’re looking forward to it.

     

    “With the Battle on Friday and Dragstock run on Saturday and Sunday, this could be a big weekend for us. One thing is for sure, we’re going to give it our all and let our competition know that we’re in this fight until the end.”


  • TEAM ARUBA CONTINUES STRONG POINTS PURSUIT

    dsc_0314_20120421_1717846521Driver of the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang, Trevor Eman, has had a lot on his mind lately, not the least of which was tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Nicole. Just one short week after saying “I do” Eman and Team Aruba were back at the track, continuing their pursuit of an ADRL Extreme Pro Stock Championship at the Memphis Drags.

     

    “Our racecar was just awesome all weekend long,” told Eman. “The Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang made it down the track every single time. I give the whole team a lot of credit for having an awesome set up each and every run, but I also have to give credit to the Traction Twins. They did an excellent job on giving us all a superb racing surface. There was no inequality between lanes.”

     

    Team Aruba qualified in the top half of the field with a 4.108, only .013 off the top spot. With Mother Nature’s interference, eliminations were postponed until Sunday. Despite the ever-changing conditions, Team Aruba had their Mustang dialed in all weekend long. Eman’s round one opponent, Cary Goforth, went .001 red, but the Aruba.com Mustang wasn’t going to be an easy competitor regardless, with Eman’s .024 light and 4.10 elapsed time – quickest for the round. In round two Eman lined up against John Montecalvo. Again, the team made the right calls for conditions, going right down broadway at a 4.125 while Montecalvo was forced to lift. Team Aruba was again quickest for the round in the semi finals, laying down a 4.137. Unfortunately, Eman turned it red, leaving just .008 too early, ending their day, but regaining some ground in Championship points. Eman is now fourth in points, and has secured his spot for the Shootout held at the next event- Dragstock X, Sept 6-8 at Rockingham Dragway.

     

    “I must also say,” continued Eman, “that I am very happy the race became a Friday/Saturday race, because with all the rain that came in on Saturday, we were still able to finish the race on Sunday. That does not happen when races are contested on a Saturday/Sunday weekend. It would be my hope that the ADRL switch the last two races to Friday/Saturday weekends, and also consider that for the 2014 season.

     

    “Besides just great racing going on this past weekend, it was an even greater weekend for me personally as it has been a week now that my longtime girlfriend, Nicole and I got married. We got married the weekend before [July 27th] and even though we should have probably been on a honeymoon somewhere, we went racing.

     

    “The team and I would like to congratulate Doug Kirk on winning the race and also would like them to know that they will be in our thoughts when Doug’s Father, Mr. Kirk, goes in for a liver transplant operation on Friday. That must have certainly been on Doug’s mind all weekend, but he proved that the pressure was not going to stop him from winning the race. Good job Kirk family!”

     

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  • DeFlorian looks to repeat at ADRL Summer Drags IX

    dsc_4583wcJohn DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, picked up his first career win at Summer Drags VIII last year running a 4.086 elapsed  at 174.78 mph to beat Matt Bertsch in a matchup of first-time finalists is looking forward to visiting U.S. 131 Motorsports Park winner circle again.

    Only forty-two points separate DeFlorian from regaining the number one position in the fiercely competitive 2013 ADRL Tour Extreme Pro Stock race with only one round of competition separating the top five .

    “You can go from hero to zero in the snap of a finger. It does not last forever and it’s so difficult to achieve. The consistency is showing up and all the work is paying off. The cars in this class are so competitive and it’s impressive how tough this class really is”, Deflorian stated .

    DeFlorian has competed in 31 rounds of competition since making his debut at the wheel of his 2012 Clean Coal Camaro built by Jerry Haas Race Cars and powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines Extreme Pro Stock last year. He has won 21 of those rounds, racked up 3 event wins, has set the elapsed time record to 4.018 seconds, qualified number one 8 times, was the first pro stock to run over 180 miles per hour plus holds the record at180.26 mph and maintained a reaction time average of .058 seconds .

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    What: 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech Event #5 ADRL Summer Drags IX

    Where: US 131 Motorsports Park | 1249 12th Street | Martin, MI 49070 | 269-672-7800 | http://www.us131msp.com/

    When: Saturday – Sunday, June 29 – 30, 2013

    Complete Event Schedule:
    (Schedule Subject to Change Without Notice)

    Friday, June 28, 2013
    8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Final Event Parking and Final Tech Inspection for all Classes
    8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Final Vendor Parking
    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pre-Event Testing for all Classes ($200 Per Competitor)
    10:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open

    Saturday, June 29, 2013
    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
    Spectator General Admission Tickets are FREE ($20 Parking Charge per Vehicle)
    10:00 a.m. Sportsman Qualifying Begins (3 Rounds / Run Order: TS, TD, TJD, PJD)
    11:30 a.m. Professional Qualifying Begins (3 Rounds / Run Order: PM, PXM, XPS, PN, PX)

    Sunday, June 30, 2013
    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates Open
    Spectator General Admission Tickets are FREE ($20 Parking Charge per Vehicle)
    10:30 a.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
    11:00 a.m. Eliminations Begin (Run Order: PX, PN, XPS, PXM, PM, PJD, TJD, TD, TS)
    4:30 p.m. Winner’s Circle Celebration with the Fans
    5:00 p.m. Secure Event

    Free E-Tickets can be printed by clicking the link below:
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    For Additional Event Information: Call Toll Free 855-660-ADRL(2375) or send an email to info@adrl.us.

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  • EMAN MAINTAINS POINTS LEAD DESPITE DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND

    75942_10151344529858000_305185960_nRICHMOND, Va. June 12, 2013:  After qualifying on top of the past two events in a row and capitalizing on their position for their first ever XPS win at the Spring Drags, Team Aruba had high hopes for the ADRL U.S. Drags. As is often the case in drag racing, however, things didn’t go as planned. Rain plagued the event, costing teams Friday’s test session and a final qualifying shot on Saturday. The Aruba.com/Alltel Wireless Mustang made an impressive pass in their first shot down the track with a 4.114. Conditions for the night session would prove to be tricky forcing Trevor Eman to lift and the team to rely on the 4.11 pass as their only information for race day. Still, the initial qualifying shot was good enough to keep Eman in fifth. This would pit him against the always-tough John Deflorian Jr. for round one of eliminations.

    Like many XPS teams, Deflorian had struggled throughout qualifying, his best attempt only a 4.65. Deflorian must have known he would need not only a good pass, but a great light as well, in order to get past Eman, and that’s exactly what he did. It is rare for Eman to have a late reaction time, and he is often first out of the gate. However, Deflorian whipped out a .004 reaction time and would cross the finish line first for a holeshot victory. Despite his early exit, Eman will maintain the Extreme Pro Stock points lead.

     

    “It was a very disappointing race weekend for us,” told Eman. “Above that it was also very depressing with all the rain that slammed down on us all day Friday, washing away our testing opportunities and on Saturday causing the ADRL to eliminate the third round of qualifying.

    “Until recently, we have usually always been an average team performance wise. Qualifying in the top half of the field wasn’t something we used to accomplish very much in the past, so I made sure that I always tried to leave the starting line first, before our opponent. There have been a couple of times that in doing so, we have won rounds on holeshots. When you take so much pride in usually being the first one to react at the Christmas tree, losing on a holeshot is very hard to accept.

     

    “When I saw the numbers on the scoreboard as soon as I crossed the finish line I thought for sure there was a mistake. I almost felt sick inside the racecar when I saw that we got beat on a holeshot.

    “The important thing is that despite the results of that round, we still have the points lead. The even greater thing is that I have a team that stands behind me 100%, even when I screw up as a driver. We will leave the Virginia race behind us and go forward from here.

     

    “On a positive note, our teammate Nelson Winklaar, who was battling some health issues, is feeling much better and recuperating and is ready to return home from his hospital visit. By the sound of his voice and his attitude, it seems he is ready to join us for a race this year after all.

    “I’d like to congratulate the entire ADRL staff on doing a great job completing the race after all the downpour of rain combined with what I believe was the largest car count in the history of the ADRL. I also want to congratulate Lester Cooper on reaching the finals and John and Lois Anne Montecalvo and team on returning to the winner’s circle. I believe that was Lester’s first ADRL final, so both teams deserve big congratulations. I wish I could have stayed to watch them race the final, as they stayed in Cordova to watch me race the final, but unfortunately I had to hit the road to be at the shop in time to make our flight home the next morning. However, I was able to watch it live on bangshift.com on our ride home in the motorhome, so in a way, I was there.
    “With the points lead intact, it’s on to US 131!”


  • MONTECALVO’S TRUSTY COBALT REMEMBERED ITS WAY TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

    dsc_9351_20130610_1113611619RICHMOND, Va. June 10, 2013:  It’s been a long journey for John Montecalvo and the Extreme Pro Stock Team from New York. After winning the 2009 IHRA and 2010 ADRL World Championships and then finishing second in ADRL points in 2011, Monte and team entered a period of struggles in 2012. 2013 was shaping up with more of the same until the U.S. Drags where Montecalvo and team turned their luck around and returned the famed Cobalt to the winner’s circle.

     

    Although the team had a victorious weekend it wasn’t without its struggles. Rainy weather and tricky track conditions made it a difficult weekend for many. With Mother Nature cutting qualifying to only two sessions, Monte took his Cobalt to a respectable 4.145 at 175.52 in the first session and then, like many others, struggled with conditions for the late night second session. He would end up seventh in qualifying, pitting him against John Pluchino in round one.

     

    On race day Montecalvo beat Pluchino to the finish line by .016, picking up his qualifying pace to a 4.129, third fastest for the round. Next Monte faced Pete Berner. Berner struggled to get down, while the red, white and blue Cobalt laid down another 4.14 pass to stroll into the semi finals. Track conditions would plague all four cars this round. Montecalvo did his driving job, however, managing to stay in the throttle and make a 4.20 pass. Elijah Morton, his competition, was forced to lift. In the finals, Monte faced Lester Cooper. The former World Champ was out of the gate first with an .018 reaction time and never looked back to take the win with a 4.157 at 174.91 MPH.

     

    “This win has really turned things around for us,” relayed Montecalvo. “We made an aggressive move in points and boosted the team’s morale, two things that we certainly needed. All the competitors, along with the ADRL staff, fought the weather all weekend. I credit the ADRL for their hard work – even utilizing a helicopter to help dry the track. Plus, there’s nobody better than the Traction Twins at preparing the racing surface. Despite Mother Nature wreaking havoc, they did a great job.

     

    “My team also worked tirelessly all weekend. William, Justin, Jeff, Cindy and of course my wife, Lois Anne, all stayed the course to get us to the winner’s circle.

     

    “I want to dedicate this win to Bert Jackson,” Monte continued, referring to his fellow XPS competitor who was tragically killed in an on track accident at the Rockingham ADRL event in 2011. “Virginia Motorsports Park was his home track, so it’s really special to be able to win here and dedicate this to him. His team was at the track all weekend and helped cheer us to victory. It’s bittersweet, but winning and getting back up in points was especially important to us because we want to be able to compete in the Bert Jackson Shootout at Rockingham Dragway this fall. The ADRL is putting this event on in his memory. The trophy will even be of Bert, which I think is pretty cool.

     

    “It feels great to win again. We always knew this trusty Cobalt had the right ingredients. This weekend it remembered its way to the winner’s circle. It’s given us many win lights over the years and we believe it’s got a few more left in it!”