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  • PN’s Patrick Lauds ADRL Safety Requirements Following No Serious Injuries After Crash

    O’FALLON, MO (October 3, 2012) – Robert Patrick Jr. was already a strong believer in the ADRL’s safety requirements.

    But after the first crash in his professional career, Patrick firmly believes they prevented something much worse from happening this past weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

    The Pro Nitrous standout was involved in a major wreck during the first qualifying session, crashing hard into both guardwalls. He broke a bone in his foot and suffered injuries to his knees and ribs, but Patrick believes the safety requirements from the ADRL made a tremendous difference in avoiding serious injuries.

    “I couldn’t be happier with the ADRL and everything they did. All the safety stuff they have implemented worked and it probably saved my life,” Patrick said. “It could have been a lot worse.

    “I can’t reiterate enough how quick the response from the safety team was. Everybody involved did a great job and I’m here today because of all that.”

    Running out of the right lane, Patrick and his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Mustang got loose near the finish line of what appeared to be a strong run, darting hard to the left and crashing hard into the left guardwall.

    With debris flying high into the air, Patrick went back across and crashed hard into the right guardwall before coming to a stop.

    Patrick credited the ISP head and seat pads for helping absorb much of the blows, as well as the 7-point safety harness device, noting that his helmet wasn’t cracked despite the extreme collision.

    The Electrimotion shut-off device also did its job, making sure the car was stopped quickly after the collisions with the wall.

    Patrick also came away impressed with the job done by Jerry Bickel Race Cars in building a car that kept him as safe as possible, noting the importance of a poured seat.

    “It would have been a whole lot worse without the padding. The poured seat kept me in place and that really helped me as well,” Patrick said. “Without the poured seat, I’m certain I would have broken my back.

    “Jerry Bickel built one hell of a race car and it helped save my life.”

    Patrick noted it was the first wreck since he started his professional career in 1993.

    After a strong .950 60-foot time and a run of 2.59 to 330-feet, Patrick said the car got about a tire-width left of the groove, causing the tires to spin in third gear when the fourth nitrous system came on.

    But just when Patrick went to turn the wheel to get it to move right and back into the groove, the car shifted into fourth gear, causing the Mustang to jerk across the track and into the left guardwall.

    “It was just heartbreaking. The car was on a real good run and we had a good set-up,” Patrick said. “We had a fast car and one that we felt was capable of winning these last couple races. But I’ll move on and I’m just thankful I’m alive.”

    The 2012 season marked the first year in Pro Nitrous for Patrick, and it had gone incredibly well.

    He won the Northeast Drags II presented by Penske in May at Maple Grove Raceway and remained in contention for a world championship for most of the year.

    Now, he’s motivated to come back stronger in 2013 and said the ADRL safety measures will have him even more confident behind the wheel.

    “You would like to end your year on a positive note, but we will fix it. We have a strong program here with the help from Pat Musi and Rickie Smith, and every race this year the car ran strong,” Patrick said.

    “This just motivates you to come back. The motor wasn’t hurt other than cosmetic stuff, and the car can be fixed and come back as good as new. Hopefully we can come back and pick up where we left off.

    “As soon as I’m healed up, I will be ready to go. I’m looking forward to coming back and racing with the ADRL and that’s going to be my main focus next year.”

     

    ABOUT THE ADRL

    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.


  • DOUG RIESTERER’S 68 CAMARO FROM TEXAS IS GETTING A MAKEOVER, MARYLAND STYLE

    The Doug Riesterer Pro Nitrous team welcomes a new sponsorship on board for the remainder of the 2012 season. The New Capitol Raceway will take the place of primary sponsorship on Riesterer’s ’68 Camaro. In April, Capitol Raceway came under the management of Raceway Promotions, a company headed by John Crane. His JA Crane Company and PGT Trucking will also be featured in an associate role on Riesterer’s Pro Nitrous entry.

     

    “We’re excited to have JA Crane on board, and especially Capitol Raceway,” told Riesterer. “Hopefully we’ll continue running well to represent this new partnership. We want to get the word out about Capitol Raceway. I keep hearing great things about all the work that John and his crew have put into the facility. We want to get to Maryland and visit the track before the end of the year. Here in Texas it’s always hot and dry so we welcome the change for cooler race weather.”

     

    Riesterer’s first event featuring the new sponsorship will be the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI, September 28-29.

     

    Crane is also looking forward to the partnership, which may develop into a larger operation if things go as planned:

     

    “Doug is a great guy. I am excited to help someone who normally has to stick to a tight budget for Pro Nitrous. He is very successful at what he does, which will be important for us next year if we make this a two car team. I’m currently getting seat time for my son, Chase, and if all goes to plan, we’ll be in a two car team next season. Chase will be behind the wheel of a development car and under the tutelage of Pro Mod standout Larry Plumber.”

     

    “John is a really good guy and loves racing like I do,” added Riesterer. “I’m pretty pumped about working with him the rest of the year, next year and for years to come.”

     

    See what all the talk is about at the NEW www.capitolraceway.net.

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  • ADRL Makes Its Debut at zMAX Dragway For Dragstock IX

    O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) makes its debut at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. for Dragstock IX on Aug. 3-4. It is the seventh of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    With new classes, a World Championship format and expanded family fun midway, there is considerable excitement and anticipation surrounding the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league as races for the first time at the state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway.

    Along with the highly-anticipated and revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown class, all of the ADRL’s professional classes will make compete at zMAX Dragway, including Pro Junior Dragster (PJD), Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.

    The gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the first round of qualifying on Friday set to begin at 12 p.m. On Saturday, the racing will begin at 12 p.m. with the final qualifying session. The first round of eliminations starts at 3:30 p.m., with special jet car passes and other exhibition runs concluding the evening on Friday and Saturday.

    For more information on ADRL Dragstock IX, go to www.adrl.us/adrl-dragstock-ix.

    Tickets are $15 for adults Friday or Saturday, $25 for a two-day, full-event pass, free for children 12-under and are on sale now. They are available through www.adrl.us/schedule/tickets or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dragway/tickets/adrl_dragstock.

     

     

    WHAT: ADRL Dragstock IX takes place at zMAX Dragway on Aug. 3-4. It is the seventh race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the seventh of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Series includes seven all-professional, eighth-mile drag racing classes: Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.

    The ADRL’s revolutionary NEW SuperCar Showdown will also race at this event.

    Pro Junior Dragsters (PJD) compete at each race and there will also be special exhibition jet car runs.

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, 2012

    WHERE: zMAX Dragway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord, NC 28027

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 12 p.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 3:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 6:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 9:30 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 12 p.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 3:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 9 p.m. Final Eliminations at 9:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available through www.adrl.us/schedule/tickets or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dragway/tickets/adrl_dragstock.

    Friday Adult $15; Saturday Adult $15; Full Event Pass Adult $25; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking $10/day. All tickets include ADRL VIP pit pass.

    CONTACT: To contact the ADRL, call (855) 277-2375 or e-mail info@adrl.us. Contact zMAX Dragway at (704) 455-3200 or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com For media requests, please contact Josh Hachat with ADRL Communications at (740) 627-1423 or josh@adrl.us

     

     

    ABOUT THE ADRL

    Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing, as well as the revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown. The 2012 ADRL Tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.