• GALOT Motorsports presents the 2nd annual Pro Mod Reunion race at Farmington Dragway

    The Galot Motorsports second annual Pro Modified reunion race will be this Saturday, August 2nd at Farmington Dragway.

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    “We’re really looking forward to this event,” said Mark Joyce. “It’s been building for some time now. We want to thank Galot Motorsports and all of our other great sponsors that have stepped up for this event. The main thins is that we want everyone to have fun. We’re going to put on a great show for all the fans, sponsors and racers. We will see everyone Saturday.”

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    Coming off his big win Saturday at the PDRA event Galot Motorsports team member Kevin Rivenbark will lead the charge into Farmington. Rivenbark’s Galot team mate Todd “King Tut” Tutterow who has amassed countless wins at the Farm will look to score another one. Leading the Nitrous Brigade and is no stranger to the winner circle is Randy Weatherford.

    Randy Weatherford

    At the last Pro Mod race at Farmington Jeff Blasi picked up the win so he’ll be looking to make it two in a row. Jamie Chappell scored the runner-up position so he’s hungry to get the win this time around. Another racer that will be there and has visited the winner circle at Farmington is Robbie Matthews.

    Robbie Matthews

    Making his return to Farmington this weekend is the “Godfather of Pro Mod” Charles Carpenter. Carpenter in his world famous ‘55 Chevy will try to add to his long list of victories. Andy “the Gunslinger” Beal will build off his success from the PDRA this weekend. Also, look for long time Nitrous Pro Mod racer’s Greg Godwin and Tori Cagle.

    After posting career best numbers the last time at Farmington Jeff Miller in his turbo equipped Camaro will be there. The “Carolina Kid” Travis Harvey will also be there. Chris Cline in the Plymouth Fury dubbed Christine will be there. Andy Jensen will bring his turbo charged Camaro down to do battle. After having success last weekend Jay Cox hopes to continue and pick up the win.

    Long time Pro Mod racer Dale Brinsfield will make his return to the drivers seat. Look for the Father and Son duo of Jim and Brian Teachman. The patriotic Chevrolet of Dave Leonardo will also be there. Also, look for the super charged entry of Jr Ward. Bill DeSoto in his newly built ‘41 Willys will be there. Look for Wayne Hawkins, Doug Riesterer, Gary Capano, David Monday and a host of others this weekend.

    Along with the Pro Mod race Farmington will host the Celebrity Reunion race as well. So for that list includes;

    Don Plemmons – Winston Salem, NC

    Rick Moore – Greensboro, NC

    Buzz Varner – Burlington, NC

    Steve Vick – Mocksville, NC

    Parson Brothers – Lenoir, NC

    Tommy Mauney – Shelby, NC

    Gary McKee – Rock Hill, SC

    Ed Hoover – Columbia, SC

    Sonny Leonard – Lynchburg, VA

    Charles Terrell – Kernersville, NC

    Keith Floyd – Lexington, NC

    Columbia SC native Chris Krug with Dodge Minivan will also be on hand. This is no ordinary Minivan. Chris has a serious power adder that he has added to his van. When Chris pulls into the water box the van transforms and a Jet Turbine engine comes out the back. Chris always puts on a great show and will make multiple runs this weekend.

    To help celebrate twenty years of Pro Modified Drag Racing at the Farmington Dragway Sammy Phillips Electric has stepped up and is sponsoring the Reunion BBQ Cookout for all Pro Mod racers, crew members and all of the fine sponsors and supporters. There will also be the Momma Helen Hot Dog contest from 1 to 5 p.m..

    Plus all TOP, Foot Brake, Junior Dragster and Street participants will be served a HOT BOG lunch from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Courtesy of the Williams Brothers racing, Gary “Hooter” Hoots the Gas Man, Nicholson Racing and MJ Printing and Graphics.

    Drag Illustrated has stepped up this year and are sponsoring the longest burn out contest. One driver will be crowned after each round of qualifying. At the end of the event one driver will be crowned over all champion. The driver that is the number one qualifier will win the Hank Thomas Performance low qualifier award. The driver with top speed during qualifying will capture the Sonny Leonard Components and Engines top speed award. Also, WS Construction will have the closest run of the race award.

    Farmington Dragway would like to thank all their partners for the Galot Motorsports second annual Pro Modified Reunion race;


    Pat Musi Racing Engines

    WYO Racing & Rods

    Carolina Drilling

    Hank Thomas Performance

    Galot Motorsports

    WS Construction

    MJ Printing & Graphics

    Precision Turbo

    S & S Backhoe

    EOPM (Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod)Drag Life

    Uncle Roger Adams

    Wayne Bailey Plumbing

    RV Landscaping

    Bohr Racing Products

    Sonny’s Racing Engines

    Appalachian Metal Works

    Under Pressure Performance

    Gary McKee

    Williams Bros Racing

    Gary “Hooter” Hoots

    Kevin Rivenbark

    TM Race Cars

    Sammy Phillips Electric

    G and J Motors

    Lane Industries

    Fulton Racing Engines

    Albert Racing Engines

    Shriners EXPO 2015 & North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame

    There will also be a PRO MOD test session from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $250.00 a car. Then a regular Friday Night Test-N-Tune from 6 to 10 p.m.

    The gates open at 10:00 Saturday with time runs starting at 12:00. General admission is $15.00 with children 12 and under free. For more information please visit www.farmingtondragway.com.

    Story by Buddy Trivette

    Photo by Matthew Trivette


    PTE-2014-Camaro-Final-Display-WebGALOT MOTORSPORTS’ turbocharger expert Harry Hruska, president of Precision Turbo and Engine, makes his return to NHRA Pro Mod competition this season and will campaign a new car under the GALOT umbrella.

    The legendary ’68 Chevrolet Camaro that Hruska had previously campaigned with Brad Personett will now host Don Walsh, Jr. behind the wheel and will proudly carry the GALOT Motorsports logo. Walsh was tapped for driving duties after proving to be a strong competitor and talented driver during his rookie 2012 Pro Mod season while working with Hruska on his Walsh Motorsports turbocharged Mustang. That same year, the team finished 3rd in points.

    Boosted by twin Precision Turbo and Engine GEN2 Pro Mod turbochargers and a BigStuff3 Powertrain Management System, a 521 cubic inch engine will power the Hruska/Walsh Camaro. The last time that Hruska was responsible for Crew Chief duties on the car with Personett, the pair not only won the final Pro Mod race of the 2010 season at Las Vegas but also set numerous records.

    “I’m very excited to be teaming up with Harry Hruska/Precision Turbo again for the 2014 NHRA Pro Mod season and to now be working with GALOT Motorsports. In early testing we have made some nice runs and are really looking forward to a great season with some tough competition. I would also like to thank Brad Personett for all of his help in getting me comfortable in the car he has successfully campaigned for the past few years. I feel confident that we have assembled a first class team and am looking forward to many accomplishments,” stated Walsh.

    Adding the Hruska/Walsh turbocharged Camaro to GALOT’s two other supercharged Pro Mod Mustangs driven by Todd “King Tut” Tutterow and Kevin Rivenbark will give fans even more reasons to cheer for the team. Testing has gone well for all three cars, and all are scheduled to run at the first NHRA Pro Mod race on March 14-16 at Auto-Plus Raceway in Gainesville, FL.

    Furthermore, filming will commence at the first NHRA race for a new-style television show covering the “behind the scenes” action in the pits as well as the exciting racing competition of the Pro Mod class; the show is scheduled to air on the Velocity Channel owned by the Discovery Network this fall.

    With the 2014 NHRA Pro Mod season shaping up to be the best ever, the GALOT entries, including the Hruska/Walsh turbocharged Camaro, are poised to be some of the top contenders this year.

    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.


    2014-Tutterow-US-Street-NationalsGALOT MOTORSPORTS’ driver and Crew Chief, Todd “King Tut” Tutterow scored a second place finish and was the number one qualifier in the Outlaw Pro Mod class at the U.S. Street Nationals race held at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida on January 24-26, 2014.


    Behind the wheel of his supercharged 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, Tutterow put down a stellar pass in the first round of Outlaw Pro Mod qualifying going 3.902 at 191.28 MPH to secure the number one position. In round two, Tutterow briefly slipped into the number three spot but easily regained his rightful place at the top of the pack in the third and final qualifier with a 3.883 at 192.88 MPH run.


    In the first round of eliminations Tutterow had a 3.852 at 194.30 MPH trip down the strip, his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend, and moved into round two where his 3.902 at 192.10 MPH run earned him the right to run in the next round. Moving into the semi-finals, Tutterow cut a great light and flew down the track to reach the big end ahead of his opponent with a 3.874 at 192.55 MPH run. The final round was incredibly close all the way to the finish line, but ultimately Tutterow came in just .008-seconds behind his opponent to take home the second place title.


    With a fantastic runner-up class finish and number one qualifier honors, the GALOT Motorsports team had a great start to their 2014 season.


    The GALOT team has a busy schedule planned for 2014 including the full 10-race NHRA Pro Mod series, and also plans on attending local races, such as the Big Dog Shootout at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, NC, and various Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod (EOPM) races, as scheduling permits.


    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.



    GALOT MOTORSPORTS has released the team’s official schedule for the 2014 race season.


    With a full 10-race NHRA Pro Mod series on the team’s calendar, Todd “King Tut” Tutterow will be back behind the wheel of his legendary 1967 Ford Mustang GT500, while Kevin Rivenbark will pilot the team’s newest addition – a second 1967 Ford Mustang GT500. Additionally, John Strickland will drive his 2002 Pontiac Firebird in Top Sportsman classes when available, as Strickland also competes with the GALOT tractor pulling team.


    The 2014 NHRA Pro Mod schedule is as follows:

    45th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals Mar 13 – 16 Gainesville, FL
    27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Apr 25 – 27 Houston, TX
    34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 16 – 18 Atlanta, GA
    45th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals May 29 – Jun 1 Englishtown, NJ
    14th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Jun 13 – 15 Bristol, TN
    8th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Jul 3 – 6 Norwalk, OH
    60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Aug 27 – Sep 1 Indianapolis, IN
    7th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals Sep 12 – 14 Charlotte, NC
    3rd annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Sep 26 – 28 St. Louis, MO
    14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals Oct 30 – Nov 2 Las Vegas, NV


    The GALOT team also plans on attending local races, such as the Big Dog Shootout at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, NC, and various Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod (EOPM) races, as scheduling permits.


    With a busy season planned for 2014, the GALOT team will not disappoint with action and excitement.


    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.


    2013-Big-Dog-CamaroGALOT MOTORSPORTS driver Todd Tutterow raced to a second place podium finish at the final 2013 Big Dog Shootout event held at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, NC on November 9, 2013.


    Driving his supercharged classic Chevrolet Camaro, Tutterow ran well during qualifying, putting down a best ET of 4.12 to rank him sixth overall.


    Tutterow defeated his challenger in the first round of eliminations, going even quicker with a clean and true 4.05 ET pass to trigger the win lights in his lane. Moving into the semi-finals, GALOT’s Tutterow found himself alone at the tree with a bye run as his opponent was not able to make it to the start. Opting to take it easy on the car, Tutterow launched effortlessly and backed off the throttle partway down the track to cruise easily into the next and last round for the night.


    As Tutterow staged his Camaro at the tree for the finals, the crowd was on its feet and buzzing with excitement to see who would come out on top of this epic battle. Besting himself yet again in the finals, Tutterow hooked perfectly and ran his quickest ET of the night: a flawless and fast 3.92 put Tutterow straight down the track in the center of the groove, but ultimately it was not enough to hold off Chris Rini’s 3.86 ET pass.


    The GALOT Motorsports team is thrilled with Todd Tutterow’s runner-up finish, and is looking forward to running at more Big Dog Shootout races in the 2014 season!


    To see when and where the GALOT Motorsports team will be racing next, visit GALOTmotorsports.com!


    dsc_1512GALOT MOTORSPORTS unveiled the newest addition to its stable of cars, a supercharged 1967 Ford Mustang GT500, at Mike Hill’s Battle of the Big Dawgs race at Carolina Dragway in Aiken, SC on October 11-12, 2013.


    Kevin Rivenbark was behind the wheel of the new GALOT GT500, and while the car is built for Pro Mod class specifications, the pair ran in the Blower Class for this particular event. Qualifying fifth overall with a best run of 3.97 at 190 MPH, Rivenbark was situated well as he headed into eliminations.


    In the first round, Rivenbark rocked the run and arrived at the big end of the track first to trigger the win lights in his lane as he blazed through the traps. Moving into round two, Rivenbark was on track for another flawless run but the racing surface had other things in mind as he was forced to pedal the car. When the scoreboards lit, Rivenbark’s 4.25 ET wasn’t enough to hold off the car in the other lane, number two qualifier Rick Fleck with a 4.08 ET pass.


    Overall, the team is very pleased with the performance of the new GALOT GT500 and is happy with how the weekend went. An abundance of essential data was obtained which will allow GALOT’s legendary tuner Todd “King Tut” Tutterow to perfect the car’s performance for upcoming events. The 2014 season is quickly approaching, and the GALOT Motorsports team plans to campaign the new car regularly.


    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? The complete competition schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section – catch them at a race near you!


    rivenbark-battle-of-the-belts-runner-upGALOT MOTORSPORTS’ driver Kevin Rivenbark claimed the Pro Mod runner-up title at the ADRL’s Battle of the Belts race at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC on September 06-08, 2013.


    Rivenbark, still in his rookie season, went head to head against some of the most seasoned Pro Mod drivers in this “best of the best” elite competition and proved he’s got the driving expertise to compete.


    Qualifying sixth overall for the race in the Pro Mod class with 1,090 series points earned this season so far, Rivenbark drove his supercharged 2002 Pontiac Firebird to a win in the first round with a 3.895 at 190.32 MPH pass. Knocking out an almost identical pass of 3.889 at 190.73 MPH in the second round, Rivenbark secured his spot in the finals. After a brief staging duel, Rivenbark had the holeshot advantage but had to pedal it mid-track due to traction issues, crossing the finish on the heels of the other driver.


    The following day, Rivenbark qualified fifth overall for the standard Pro Mod class with a best pass of 3.937 at 189.55 MPH while teammate Todd Tutterow piloted his twin turbocharged 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 to the fourteenth position and also took the Top Speed class honors with a 199.64 MPH run!


    Rivenbark’s great reaction time and flawless driving in the first round of eliminations scored him a win. Tutterow had a huge holeshot advantage but a big shake part way down the track forced him to pedal it. By the time he had regained traction, the lead was lost and the King was out. In round two, Rivenbark suffered the same fate as tire shake and traction issues took him out of the running.


    Overall the GALOT Motorsports team had a fantastic weekend with Rivenbark’s Battle of the Belts runner-up finish, Tutterow’s Top Speed number, and the support of many great fans and friends.


    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.


    2013-08-NHRA-Kevin-RivenbarkGALOT MOTORSPORTS’ driver Kevin Rivenbark made it through to the semi-finals at his first NHRA Pro Mod race, held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN on August 28-September 2, 2013.


    The U.S. Nationals is known for being one of the biggest and most fiercely competitive races on the NHRA season calendar, but that didn’t deter Rivenbark from doing a stellar job behind the wheel!


    Rivenbark blasted through qualifying, quickly moving up in the ranks with his supercharged 2002 Pontiac Firebird until he found himself placed well-ahead of many other seasoned drivers. In the first round of qualifying, Rivenbark started off with a strong 6.184 at 230.84 MPH pass that proved he was a serious contender. He later clicked off a quicker and faster pass in round three, going 6.064 at 235.89 MPH to rank eleventh overall. Todd “King Tut” Tutterow piloted his black 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 and had switched back to the twin Precision Pro Mod turbochargers for this race. Qualifying a few hundredths of a second shy of the bump spot with a best run of 6.190 at 240.81 MPH, the team was able to gather a lot of valuable data on the new setup in order to tune the car to its fullest potential for future races.


    In eliminations, Rivenbark was paired against the number six qualifier in the first round but made quick work of dispatching him via a 6.033 at 234.74 MPH pass. In round two, Rivenbark had a repeat performance and the crowds saw the win lights trigger in his lane yet again! Advancing to his rightfully-earned position in the semi-finals, Rivenbark faced the number two qualifier; despite having an almost flawless 0.019-second reaction time, Rivenbark wasn’t able to get to the finish first.


    Overall, GALOT’s Kevin Rivenbark had an outstanding first NHRA Pro Mod event and continued to prove why he’s quickly become one of the most talked about drivers in doorslammer racing!


    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.


    IMG_7129GALOT MOTORSPORTS’ driver Kevin Rivenbark participated in his first Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod (EOPM) race at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, VA on August 10, 2013 and also completed testing to obtain his NHRA license!

    In a field of over 20 cars, Rivenbark qualified sixth overall after a best 1/8th mile run of 3.877 at 190.40 MPH in his supercharged 2002 Pontiac Firebird.

    Moving into eliminations, the first round initially appeared to be another typical Rivenbark rush to the finals. Despite running an impressive 3.858 at 190.83 MPH pass – an ET identical to that of his opponent – the time slip showed that, u nfortunately, Rivenbark left the line a mere hundredth of a second later which allowed the other driver to get the holeshot win.

    With GALOT teammate Todd “King Tut” Tutterow managing the car, Rivenbark returned later that evening to make several 1/4 mile passes in hopes of obtaining his NHRA competition license. With Tutterow’s legendary tuning abilities and Rivenbark’s flawless driving prowess, the team was successful in their mission. Making his quickest pass to date, Rivenbark’s best licensing run was a 5.93 at 237 MPH trip down the 1,320.

    Rivenbark is quickly making a name for himself this year as one of the top up-and-coming drivers; his hard work, positive attitude and consistency are rapidly earning him the respect and attention of the racing community. With licensing now complete, Rivenbark is planning to drive at several NHRA races later this year in the Pro Mod class.

    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.


    dsd_4010GALOT MOTORSPORTS’ driver Kevin Rivenbark raced to the semi-finals in the Pro Mod class at the ADRL race at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, TN on August 03-04, 2013.


    Driving his eye-catching supercharged 2002 Pontiac Firebird, Rivenbark made a picture-perfect pass in the first round of qualifying to take the early lead with a 3.964 at 188.44 MPH run. In round two, Rivenbark did what he does best and went even quicker and faster with a 3.920 at 189.68 MPH pass straight down the groove. Besting himself yet again and giving the crowds quite a show, Rivenbark’s third qualifying pass was his strongest of the day – a 3.902 at 189.20 MPH run which ultimately ranked him fifth overall for the class.


    In the first round of eliminations, Rivenbark quickly reeled in his challenger and pulled away easily to take the win with a huge 3.893 at 189.66 MPH pass. Having earned lane choice in the next round, he held the lead from the 60-foot mark and never trailed to yet again score the win! Heading into the semi-finals, Rivenbark was on a roll and had hopes to continue his domination of the Pro Mod class. Eagerly anticipating his launch at the tree, Rivenbark went for it just a fraction of a second before the “go light” lit and, unfortunately, the resulting red light showed a foul start.


    Todd “King Tut” Tutterow worked tirelessly all day Saturday to get his supercharged Pro Extreme 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 down the track during qualifying, but luck was not on his side. In a huge field of almost 30 cars, Tutterow’s best pass of 3.862 at 184.62 MPH during the second round was the result of having to pedal it several times and ultimately put him just south of the bump spot.


    Want to watch the GALOT team in action for yourself? Catch up with them at one of the many races this season; the schedule is posted on GALOTmotorsports.com in the Schedule > Upcoming Events section.

    About GALOT Motorsports:

    Earl Wells’s GALOT Motorsports (pronounced “guh-LOT”) has been a major player in the diesel pulling world with the “Get A Load Of This” Super Farm as well as the “Get A Load Of That” Alcohol Super Stock tractors. New for 2013, GALOT will also campaign a three-driver, four-car drag racing team to run in the XDRL, ADRL and NHRA series as well as at local-level races. Visit the GALOT Motorsports team online at www.GALOTmotorsports.com and “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GALOTmotorsports!