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    competitionplus-logoOne man’s discarded item can often become another man’s treasure.

    And for Frankie Taylor, the iconic outlaw doorslammer racer from Dickinson, Tex., a discarded pair of slicks were enough for him to turn the doorslammer world upside down with a 3.485 elapsed time and lead Pro Extreme qualifying at the PDRA Spring Open event in Rockingham, NC.

    His feat earned $200 from CompetitionPlus.com as the Story of the Event.

    “Mike Recchia told me yesterday that he had a pair with only four runs on them, but they had been sitting all winter so he didn’t want to use them,” Taylor explained. “I said, ‘Heck, I’ll take ’em! Mine have been sitting all winter on the car, too, but they have over 40 runs on ’em!”

    Taylor ran a 3.599 elapsed time during Friday’s lone session and sat out the first two Saturday sessions in order to save parts and not to put any more wear on his already tired slicks.

    “We had to step it up just to keep up with (Jason) Scruggs and Stanton and all those guys,” Taylor explained. “Not too shabby, we were first to the .50s with the PDRA and now we’re first to the .40s,” “This is a tune-up we had used overseas in Qatar and with similar conditions here today we just thought it would work pretty good.”

    Honorable mentions for the event included Lizzy Musi’s rookie debut, Eric Dilliard’s merchant of speed display and Todd Martin’s team’s misfortunes.

    The CompetitionPlus.com Story of the Event award provides $200 at each event to the racer or race team who has the best story as selected by the PDRA’s announcing team of Al Tucci and Brian Olson, along with input from PDRA team members and the on-site staff of CompetitionPlus.com.

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    Photo by Roger Richards, CompetitionPlus.com

  • X-DRL Stars Thrill Crowd at Budds Creek for Opening Day of Mayhem at the Creek

    971713Fans were given quite a show for the opening day at Mayhem at the Creek. Mother Nature smiled on the creek and gave mild weather with a high in the low 80’s. All day, racers could be heard speculating on how fast the third round of qualifying might be under the lights.


    “We are excited with this fantastic weather – combined with the altitude (sea level), we have a legitimate shot to run in the 50’s,” said Pro X-Treme points leader Brandon Pesz.


    px-1X-DRL Pro X-Treme record holder Frankie Taylor agreed and backed it up with a 3.61 pass right out of the box in the first round of qualifying. By the third round of qualifying, fans had 3.50’s on their mind and they cheered when Terry Leggett “Legbone” posted a career best 3.610 at 206.26 mph.


    “MIR is my favorite spot to race. It’s close to home only five hours, and it’s as good a place as I know to race. I lost in the finals here in pro stock in 2001, I’m hoping to make it again with a better outcome,” said Leggett.


    But there was more to come as the madman Frankie Taylor took center stage with a shot to break his X-DRL Pro X-Treme record in his final pass for the night. The crowd was rewarded with a 3.604 at 209.01 mph – Frankie didn’t disappoint with a new record for the Maryland fans.


    “The track is great, nice people and an awesome facility. This is my first time to MIR and I really appreciate Royce and his group stepping up to host this event,” said the Madman, Frankie Taylor.


    Not to be outdone, points leader Brandon Pesz burned up the track in the third round with a 3.609 at 208.78 mph to take the win for the X-Treme Gateway Showdown and the second qualifying position.


    pn-2Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous driver Jim Laurita found himself in good position at the creek qualifying number two with a 3.866 at 193.21 at the track where he posted his first win as a top sportsman. He will have his hands full with number one qualifyer Danny Parry in his Chevy Camaro who took the top spot with a 3.847 at 197.25 mph.


    xpsX-Treme Pro Stock drivers watched the weather all day as the barometer rose and mild temperatures dropped throughout the evening. This class is chasing the 4.0 mark and thought they might have a chance when John DeFlorian ran a 4.066 early in the day. However, the humidity picked up later in the evening and the closest he got was 4.049 at 178.10 to take the number one qualifying spot.


    pt-1Jim Bell brought his Ford Mustang to run in the Precision Turbo and Engine Pro Turbo class and posted a 4.155 at 184.45 for his best run of the day.


    Legbone wasn’t the only driver posting a career best as TJ Tindle took the top qualifying position in X-Treme Pro Mod running a 3.909 at 189.12. TJ is having a tremendous rookie season with one win in the series and solid runs all season long. Kevin Rivenbark, also a winner this season, took the number two position with a 3.970 at 168.03 mph.


    tdChris Powers took the top position in Top Dragster with a 4.068 at 173.81 mph. He will be competing for the $500 low qualifier award on Saturday so the final qualifying round should be exciting.


    Wayne Woodard posted the fastest tstime of the day in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman with a 4.179 at 174.21 mph but with $1,000 low qualifier money on the line, everyone in the class will bring their best for the final qualifying round on Saturday.


    The 10.5 Outlaw class debuted at the Creek and thrilled the crowd with some wild runs and fast times. Mo Hail was the top qualifier for the day with a 4.162 at 180.45 mph.


    Pro Junior Dragsters ran a competitive class but Logon Hubbell took the top spot for the day with a 7.904 at 82.63 mph. The class has several X-DRL event winners so he will have his hands full hanging on to the top spot and earning the Alert Screw low qualifier award.


    Weather forecast is favorable for Saturday so we expect more fast and even record-breaking runs as we finish qualifying and run eliminations for Mayhem at the Creek. Final round of qualifying starts at 3:00 pm with eliminations scheduled to begin at 5:00.





    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.


    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.




    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 10.5 Outlaw, 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 door slammer 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.


    Photos Courtesy of Roger Richards

  • Taylor Heads ADRL Dragstock VIII Winners List At Rockingham Dragway

    ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (September 10, 2011) – Frankie Taylor found the perfect birthday present for his wife – an American Drag Racing League (ADRL) win at Rockingham Dragway on Saturday.
    The defending Pro Extreme world champion wrapped up Dragstock VIII in thrilling fashion, going 3.622 at 210.47 miles per hour to knock off Jason Scruggs in the finals of the ADRL’s biggest annual race.
    That it came on his wife Cindy’s birthday made it all even more special.
    “This just became a very happy birthday for my wife now,” Taylor said. “This makes her day.”
    Saturday started with a special and poignant memorial service for former Extreme Pro Stock driver Bert Jackson, who was killed in a tragic race accident during qualifying on Friday. Continue reading  Post ID 8648

  • Taylor One Of Qualifying Leaders After Three Sessions At Dragstock VIII

    ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (September 9, 2011) – Pro Extreme driver Frankie Taylor went 3.597
    at 210.70 miles per hour to finish as the No. 1 qualifier after three rounds of
    qualifying during the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Dragstock VIII at
    historic Rockingham Dragway on Friday.
    Other No. 1 qualifiers included Khalid Al-Balooshi (Pro Nitrous), Dan Millen
    (Extreme 10.5), Jeremy Teasley (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Dean Goforth (Extreme Pro
    Stock) and Ronnie Davis (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).
    The fourth and final round of qualifying will take place at 12 p.m. on Saturday with
    Dragstock VIII eliminations to follow. Continue reading  Post ID 8648