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  • Black Diamond Motorsports heads to U.S. Drags VI


    John DeFlorian looks to climb back into the Number One position for American Drag Racing League (ADRL) 2013 Tour Championship Points at Virginia Motorsports Park. DeFlorian is only two rounds out of unseating Trevor Eman from the top position. Both DeFlorian and Eman have qualified number one and won an event out the last two events that ADRL have completed.

    KevinBealkoKevin Bealko has been on the move this year chipping away at the exceptionally tough extreme pro stock field. Bealko has had to meet his teammate DeFlorian in first round of competition at two events with each gaining a victory over the other but both are looking forward to meeting in the finals. Bealko is looking forward to the opportunity to test Friday at Virginia Motorsports Park, a day before the event, with a track prepped similar to race conditions with the intent to capitalize on getting a jump on the weekend’s competition.

    What: 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech Event #4 ADRL Simply Phones U.S. Drags VI

    Where: Virginia Motorsports Park | 8018 Boydton Plank Rd. | Petersburg, VA 23803 | 804-862-3174 |http://www.vmpdrag.com/Drag-Home.html

    When: Saturday – Sunday, June 8 – 9, 2013

    Black Diamond Motorsports Team holds both the Elapsed Time and Mile per Hour records and were the first team to exceed 180 miles per hour in the eighth-mile .

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  • Momentum on their side, Black Diamond Motorsports Heads to Bash On The Bayou

    The  X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) makes its first appearance at No Problem Raceway for the Bash On The Bayou on May 17-18 in Belle Rose, La. and Black Diamond Motorsports looks to keep the winning momentum going and claim 2 spots for the $25,000  “X-Treme Shootout” to be contested at the X-DRL’s Thunder In The Heartland on Sept. 20-21 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis .

    XDRL_5-43Black Diamond Motorsports John DeFlorian set the pace for the season in the Clean Coal Camaro with a number 1 qualifying position of 4.049 seconds elapsed time at 178.40 miles per hour then advanced through the field for the win at Tulsa Raceway .


    XDRL251-EditKevin Bealko, Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner, qualified number 8 at Tulsa Raceway but had to face his teammate John DeFlorian first round but at Bristol Dragway he qualified number 2 with a 4.083 seconds elapsed time at 177.11 miles per hour but action at Bristol was rained out during eliminations on Saturday. Both Cars had advanced to the semi-final round in eliminations and were on a course to possible face each other in the finals if the race had not be called because of the rain .

    Black Diamond Motorsports Team has been the last three Extreme Pro Stock National Events finals, won the last two and set hold both the Elapsed Time and Mile per Hour records and were the first team to exceed 180 miles per hour in the eighth-mile .

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  • DeFlorian Wins X-DRL Inaugural Event in Tulsa

    JohnDeFlorianX-Treme Drag Racing League made its debut at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park and Black Diamond Motorsports John DeFlorian set the tone for the season in the Clean Coal Camaro with a number 1 qualifying position of 4.04 seconds elapsed time at 178.40 miles per hour then advanced though the field for the win.

    In what proved to be the best weather for the weekend, DeFlorian took the number 1 qualifying position in his Clean Coal Camaro built by Jerry Haas Race Cars and powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, in Saturday’s opening session .

    DeFlorian defeated Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner Kevin Bealko in the America’s Power GXP in the first round of eliminations. Bealko had the better reaction time but was unable to hold off the dominant DeFlorian hard charge of 4.095 seconds et  at 176.56 mph .

    In the semi-finals DeFlorian faced the resurgent Dean Goforth but Goforth left before the lights were activated handing the win to DeFlorian who would have to face Scott Hintz in the Chevy versus Ford finals .

    With the wind howling and threat of rain DeFlorian and Hintz lined up for the final round of X-treme Pro Stock. DeFlorian had a fitting finish to the weekend as he ran a 4.122 et at 174.89 mph to defeat a red-lighting Hintz .

    It’s DeFlorian’s third career win and sixth number one qualifying position in Pro Stock, and gives him incredible momentum for the rest of the 2013 X-DRL season.

    “This is unbelievable stuff. It’s what dreams are made of. I never thought I would have the opportunity to do this,” DeFlorian said. “I have to thank Karen and Kevin Bealko and I’m so grateful for our team. If it wasn’t for all of them, I wouldn’t be here.

    “This is tough territory and I knew it would be a challenge. I’m just thankful and very happy.”

    “It was an extremely challenging weekend. We were really fighting the weather, and the wind was blowing so hard you really had to fight the car. When moments like these come around, you just have to savor it,” DeFlorian said.



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  • Third time is a Charm at Ohio Drags VI for Black Diamond Motorsports

    John Deflorian Roger Richards Photo

    After two tire rattling sessions Black Diamond Motorsports John Deflorian and Kevin Bealko qualified sixth and thirteenth in the third and last qualifying session of Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) for Friday at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Extreme Pro Stock presented by Mickey Thompson held at Summit Motorsports Park.

    With one qualifying session left in the super-tight field that is already the second-quickest in XPS history with only .067 seconds separating the sixteen car field, Deflorian and Bealko look to improve their qualifying positions with the weather conditions predicted to be about the same as the third session .

    Kevin Bealko Roger Richards Photo

    Crew Chief Carl Trader looks to tune both Sonny’s Racing Engines in the Jerry Haas built 2012 Camaro and 2011 GXP with an elimination set-up but with the weather conditions predicted to be better than when Deflorian reset the ADRL record to 4.018 seconds elapsed time at 179.92 miles per hour you never know what can happen .

    Follow along Saturday as this looks to be one of the fastest and most exciting race of the season

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    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 11 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    Photos Courtesy of Roger Richards

  • DeFlorian powers to the Top at Maple Grove Raceway

    Photo Courtesy of Roger Richards

    John DeFlorian and the Black Diamond Motorsports Team Camaro completed a dominant performance on Friday, powering to the No. 1 qualifying position at the American Drag Racing League, ADRL Northeast Drags II presented by Penske racing in Mohnton, Pennsylvania . DeFlorian was the quickest of the twenty Extreme Pro Stock drivers attempting to make the field in each of Friday’s two sessions at Maple Grove Raceway, highlighted by his 4.074-second, 177.65 mph pass in the evening session, which was the quickest run of the day.
    “Sonny’s Racing Engines has just given us tremendous power and this car is just amazing,” DeFlorian said. “We’ve worked really hard to get it right. I can’t thank Kevin (Bealko) enough for this opportunity.”
    Kevin Bealko and the Black Diamond Motorsports GXP, the only automatic transmission powered Extreme Pro Stock, is only .017-second out of qualifying for the field at Maple Grove Raceway . Bealko will put in his best chassis set-up for the final qualifying session on Saturday.
    With rain canceling the third qualifying session the Black Diamond Motorsports Team looks to solidify their number one qualifying position with the 2012 Camaro while try to concentrate on getting the GXP into the field .
    Saturday the gates open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 3 starts at 12 p.m.; Eliminations Round 1 starts at 3:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 9 p.m. Final Eliminations at 9:30 p.m.
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  • John DeFlorian teams with Black Diamond Motorsports in a 2012 Jerry Haas Camaro


    (07-13-11) Fenton, MO – Long acknowledged as one of the most popular drivers in drag racing competition, John DeFlorian is making the move to the highly competitive Extreme Pro Stock Eliminator in the American Drag Racing League.

    After decades of remaining competitive in a variety of race cars despite often meager funding, DeFlorian has announced his association with one of the ADRL’s most innovative racing teams.

    For the 2012 season, DeFlorian will campaign a radical new Extreme Pro Stock entry in conjunction with the Black Diamond Motorsports operation of current ADRL Extreme Pro Stock star Kevin Bealko.

    John will debut one of the first “new generation” 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Extreme Pro Stockers and will battle side-by-side with teammate Bealko’s already-proven 2011 Pontiac GXP. Continue reading  Post ID 7076