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  • Bryant Marriner Puts Up Five Thousand Dollar Pro Nitrous Bonus

    “I want to give five thousand dollars away. I can’t wait to hand the cash to a PDRA driver.”

    So says Pro Nitrous team owner Bryant Marriner as the PDRA prepares for its sophomore season of eighth-mile competition. In an effort to see history made in the Pro Nitrous class, Marriner is prepared to hand over five thousand dollars in cash to the racer who breaks into the 3.60s in 2015.

    Marriner, owner of Morrisville, North Carolina-based Bryant Industrial Crane & Rigging, wants to see the barrier broken, and he’s ready to get behind the effort by offering a major incentive in the form of cold, hard cash.

    “I’m putting up a five thousand dollar cash bonus to the first driver in Pro Nitrous that gets into the 3.60s during qualifying sessions or elimination rounds this season,” said Marriner. “Test or practice runs don’t count, just qualifying and eliminations. The first driver to run a 3.699 or better gets the cash.”

    Presently the PDRA Pro Nitrous elapsed time record is in the possession of Tommy Franklin, who set the mark last October at Virginia Motorsports Park when he recorded a pass of 3.737 seconds. With the constant improvement in equipment and track preparation, Marriner knows the historic performance is just on the horizon, and he intends to help push things along.

    “The way things are going, this season somebody is going to turn a 3.69 or better,” he said. “You really got to get after the motor and the car has got to be happy to do it. I figured I’d like to make it worth the while for somebody to get after it that hard. It could cost the person that’s going to try it some serious money to get their car right and ready to take what it’s going to take. I’ll have five thousand dollars in cash ready to hand over to the first driver to do it.”

    Marriner, 65, is the owner of Bryant Industrial Crane & Rigging, a large, diversified operation based in Morrisville, North Carolina, that has been in business since 1983.

    Although he was on the sidelines for over four decades, Marriner does have a racing background.

    “I started racing when I was 17 years old, and I raced locally for a couple of years until I got drafted into the army. When I was in Viet Nam I made up my mind that I was never going to spend another dime on a race car. And I think I did a pretty good job of sticking to that promise for 43 years.”

    But like so many others, the siren call of the track, the competition and the camaraderie was just too great, and last year he took a giant leap back into the deep end.

    “Once racing gets in your blood you can never, never, ever get it out,” Marriner said. “From before I graduated from high school in 1967 I was going to every race I could, whether it was NASCAR, IHRA or NHRA. And every time they fired the engines up I got chills from my toes to the top of my head. And I still get ‘em today. The thrill, the drive, the excitement is still there, just like it was when I was a teenager.

    “I finally decided that I had to get involved again, so this past year I bought Pat Stoken’s ’69 Camaro and went racing, this time with Jay Cox driving,” said Marriner. “We ran the car the second half of the season last year and finished tenth in the Pro Nitrous points. We did okay but didn’t quite have enough for the top dogs. At the end of the season we sold the used motor that we had been running with and had Charlie Buck get to work building us a big new motor, one that will be over 900 cubic inches. Now we’ll be able to run with the big boys!”

    Like so many others, Marriner finds the PDRA experience exactly what he was looking for.

    “I think the PDRA is great, it’s as simple as that. It’s not going to be like other organizations that fell by the wayside. They’ve got their ducks in a row and their heads screwed on tight. The reason it’s this way is because racers own it, back it and know what it takes to make it worthwhile for the racers that want to come out there and run.

    “It’s not a corporate type of a deal where somebody is in it just to make some money,” Marriner added. “These boys are doing it because they want to do it and that makes all the difference. Of course there were a few bumps in the road the first season, but you have to expect that no matter what you do. There’s always a learning curve. But they had enough experience and expertise to make good, logical decisions. It’s really going to grow, and that’s all you can say. It’s going to grow, grow, grow.”

    PDRA Race Director Bob Harris is very pleased to have the backing and support of racers and team owners such as Marriner.

    “This is an unbelievable deal for the PDRA and the Pro Nitrous racers,” Harris said. “It’s going to take some serious preparation, perfect track conditions and a little bit of luck to break into the 3.60s, and Bryant’s big bonus is going to motivate a lot of people. We can’t thank him enough.”

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  • “Stevie Fast” Jackson Scores Pro Nitrous Victory at ADRL Summer Drags XI

    pn_2After just the first round of qualifying for the ADRL Summer Drags it was clear that the Pro Nitrous eliminator was shaping up to be one for the ages. By the end of four sessions, it was undeniable that assembled on the property of US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, were sixteen of the quickest, fastest and most competitive nitrous oxide-injected doorslammers on the planet.

    Amongst those heavy hitters was relative newcomer to Pro Nitrous competition, “Stevie Fast” Jackson – a name well known in Outlaw Drag Radial racing circles – who qualified 4th in the field with a 3.808-second elapsed time in the Al-Anabi Racing ’68 Camaro.

    “There were a lot of bad ass, fast hot rods there this weekend,” said Jackson. “When we got there, we knew we had a good car – a consistent car. We made 6 runs on Thursday and Friday in testing and went between 3.83 and 3.86. When we saw everyone really start hauling the mail on Saturday – Mike Castellana, Jim Laurita, John Hall, Bob Rahaim, everybody ran good – Billy [Stocklin, crew chief] and I got together and talked about it, and decided not to push the car to run that fast on Saturday because we knew the sun was going to come out on Sunday. We knew we’d get our chance to go fast on race day, but we didn’t want to get into one of those deals where you get the car so jacked up trying to go fast in qualifying that you lose your handle on it.”

    Led by the aforementioned veteran tuner Billy Stocklin, Jackson and crew headed to the staging lanes for the opening round of eliminations preparing for the first battle of a sure-to-be war-like race day against John Decerbo, but mechanical issues prevented him from making the call, affording Jackson a competition-single in the opening stanza. Looking to gain data and procure lane choice in the following round, Jackson reeled off a clean 3.842-second, 193.89mph pass, besting his next opponent’s time by two-thousandths.

    “Conventional wisdom would say, being that the ladder was stacked and we had a bye run because Decerbo broke, to go out there and see how hard you can run – swing for the fences – but we elected to make a good, smooth, consistent lap to see if the car was where it was supposed to be,” admits Jackson. “We’d changed some stuff overnight and, honestly, Billy and I went back and forth on the starting line Sunday morning about it, but we wanted to make sure the guy in the next round knew he wasn’t going to have a gimme – we wanted whoever it was to know that they were going to have to come beat us, that we weren’t going to beat ourselves.”

    In the quarterfinal round, Jackson squared off with former IHRA Pro Stock champion, Robert Patrick. When the ambers flashed, “Stevie Fast” was off the starting line first with a 0.024-second reaction time to Patrick’s 0.038, and never waivered – pulling away on big end and taking the win with a 3.838 at 195.39mph. Jackson would then face the most recent ADRL Pro Nitrous winner, Jim Laurita, in the final four.

    Though Laurita had a small advantage at the start, it wasn’t enough to hold off the hard-charging Jackson and his Reher-Morrison/Speedtech Nitrous-equipped Camaro, who earned a bit of redemption from the previous ADRL event at Virginia Motorsports Park with his 3.825-second, 195.30mph victory – a performance that earned him a spot in the final round with Virginia-based Tommy Franklin.

    “Looking at the ladder, we knew we were going to have a chance to stick it in [Jim] Laurita in the semis,” said Jackson. “Those guys outran us in Virginia and I’m the type of guy that when someone outruns us – their name goes on the list. It’s the kind of thing that keeps me up at night and I was just dying for the chance to get them back. He was at my door all the way up to 600-feet, but then that Speedtech Nitrous just carried me off into the sunset.”

    In the final, Jackson’s first since his monumental season-opening victory at ADRL Dragpalooza IX in Rockingham, North Carolina, he crept slowly toward the staging beams only to step on the brakes and realize that he had none.

    “I get up there and I go to pre-stage and the thing has no brake pressure – the pedal goes straight to the floor,” said the always excitable Jackson. “It was rolling, and I actually stopped it with the transbrake. I came over the radio and told Billy [Stocklin, crew chief], ‘Listen, this thing has no brakes, so tell ‘em to get the fire truck ready ‘cause I’m taking this thing down through there.”

    Jackson left with a 0.047-light only slightly behind Franklin, and had him caught and passed by just beyond the 60-foot markers, taking the ADRL Summer Drags IX title with a 3.834 at 192.58mph – over a car length ahead of Franklin at the finish line.

    “With the brakes, I poked it in kind of deep and had kind of a bad light, but it went straight down the race track,” explained Jackson. “I got the chutes out a little early ‘cause I really didn’t think I was going to stop, but it doesn’t really matter now; I’ve still got a great hot rod I just feel bad that I scrubbed a little off what could have been a .78 for Billy. And I’ve got to say that Tommy Franklin and those guys came to race. They stepped up and we didn’t take them lightly.

    “The bottom line, though, is that when we got to this race, I told my guys, ‘This is the midpoint of the season, this is the measuring stick for how we’re going to run the rest of the year – this is the time when the players play and the boys go home.’ I told ‘em, ‘We are winning this race. We are not going home without a trophy.’ We tore some stuff up, but we got it done. Winning by intimidation is something we try to do. We have a car that we can tell you what it’s going to run – we’re not out here tuning blindfolded, pointing and shooting.

    “At this race I wanted to let these guys know that if they’re going to beat me, they have to be ready to do it,” he continued. “In Petersburg, Virginia, we gave out a free round gimme. Well, the free round stand is closed down. If you are going to beat us, you better have your hard hat on and be ready to come work because we’re going to make you earn it.”

    Jackson concluded by thanking the people that helped make the big weekend in Michigan possible.

    “Have to say that it was a great weekend for my guys,” he said. “They worked their butts off and I can’t tell you how happy I am about getting this win for them and for KH [Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani], who’s letting me live the dream out here. None of this would be possible without them.”

    The American Drag Racing League returns to action at the ADRL Memphis Drags IV on August 3rd and 4th in Millington, Tennessee, on the grounds of Memphis International Raceway.

    To learn more about Al-Anabi Racing’s ADRL teams and follow their progress, visit www.facebook.com/alanabidoorslammers


  • Switzer Dynamics Named Official Sponsor Of X-DRL Pro Nitrous Class For 2013 Season

    XDRL_4-113KERRVILLE, TEXAS (April 11, 2013) – In just a short time, Switzer Dynamics has become a premier name in the nitrous world.

    In 2013, its involvement will include a significant partnership with the new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL), as Switzer Dynamics was named the official sponsor of the X-DRL’s Pro Nitrous class for the inaugural 2013 season on Thursday.

    The class will officially be called the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class for the X-DRL’s 2013 campaign.

    “Nitrous racing is where are passion is and a lot of people that are running in the X-DRL support us, and we wanted to support the X-DRL and our customers. We are very excited to be official sponsor of the Pro Nitrous class. The X-DRL has good people involved and it’s a good place to race,” Switzer Dynamics Owner Brandon Switzer said.

    “From everything I’ve seen, the quality of people and professionalism involved in the X-DRL is outstanding. It’s getting handled more like a business and it’s a lot more professional. I really think it’s going to be the premier (eighth-mile) series.”

    Switzer, who is considered one of the brightest minds in the nitrous world and has created and developed products for many of the top names in the sport, and his talented staff, which includes Melissa Smith, Dan Carver and Warren O’Dell operate out of a 15,000-square foot facility in Denver, N.C.

    Specializing in nitrous and induction systems, Switzer’s customer base includes the likes of Pro Nitrous world champions Bob Rahaim and Burton Auxier, as well as Jim Laurita, Pat Stoken, Ronnie Davis, Keith Raftery and many more.

    Business continues to be strong, in part because of Switzer’s dedicated team that is constantly thinking outside the box. With state-of-the-art technology and an unmatched work ethic, Switzer Dynamics offers a variety of services, including custom nitrous installations, custom intake and manifold designs to manufacturing, flow testing, fabrication and more.

    The company just finished its first electronic fuel injection (EFI) packages, with Stoken running the first one. Laurita and Rahaim are both expected to switch to an EFI set-up during the 2013 season as well.

    Switzer worked with Big Stuff3, which is also an X-DRL sponsor, on the ECU and then designed and built the manifolds, bodies and nitrous systems in house.

    “It’s just going to give you a little more consistency going from one racing condition to another. It’s a lot easier to keep the tune-up the same,” Switzer said. “You can tune it closer to the edge and keep it there without hurting stuff.

    “I’m really excited about the EFI deal. I stand real firm in the fact that I won’t release anything until I can stand behind it 100 percent and know it’s a really good package for everybody. We really enjoy making difficult stuff. It’s a challenge, but that’s what we pride ourselves on.”

    Switzer and his team, which is starting to dabble with more mainstream parts like plate systems and nozzle kits for sportsman drivers, will have a strong presence at each X-DRL event, offering service, parts and support to clients.

    It’s an aspect Switzer enjoys and also part of the reason Switzer Dynamics is thriving and continues to receive such glowing reviews from customers.

    “I love being at the events and being able to teach people who want to learn,” Switzer said. “We’re going to have quite a bit of product at the races, and we’re just there to help everybody. We want to try to grow some of our stuff into the Top Sportsman class as well, and we’re excited to be there to support our customers.”

    For more information on Switzer Dynamics, visit www.switzerdynamics.com or call (704) 966-1210.

    To “Like” the X-DRL Facebook page and be immediately entered in the “Destination-X” contest, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/X-DRL/273392209449843.

    For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.

     

    2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE

     

    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.

     

    Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

     

    Sept. 20-21: 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.

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL

     

    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 Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer 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 http://www.X-DRL.com.

     


  • X-DRL Sponsor Morrow Brothers Ford Offers Special Qualifier Bonus For PX, PN, XPS Classes At First X-DRL Race

    300x250_TulasaRacewayPark_April6KERRVILLE, TEXAS (March 20, 2013) –- Thanks to X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) sponsor Morrow Brothers Ford, which is also the “Official Vehicle Provider Of The X-DRL,” a special purse bonus will make things even sweeter for drivers in the Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock classes at the X-DRL’s inaugural event.

    The X-DRL announced on Wednesday that, in addition to the regular purse, all qualifiers in those three classes will earn an extra $500 at the upcoming X-DRL Spring Nationals, which takes place April 6-7 at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

    In all, it represents an impressive $24,000 payout bonus at the X-DRL’s debut event, adding even more anticipation to the X-DRL’s first appearance in Tulsa.

    “We are thrilled to be adding this bonus in the exciting Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock classes at the X-DRL’s first event. We want to help the X-DRL open its first season with a big bang and hopefully this bonus helps in that regard,” Morrow Brothers Ford General Manager John Wellenkamp.

    “These three classes present some of the most incredible action in drag racing and we are tremendously excited to be working with a first-class organization like the X-DRL.”

    First-round qualifiers at the Spring Nationals in the PX, PN and XPS classes will now earn $1,000, while winners are set to earn $6,500. The runner-up, semifinalists and first-round winners will all earn an additional $500 bonus as well.

    Official X-DRL event payouts can be viewed at http://x-drl.com/series-purse-pay-outs.

    Morrow Brothers Ford was previously named the “Official Vehicle Supplier of the X-DRL” and it will provide three Ford trucks to the X-DRL for the 2013 season.

    The three trucks include a 2012 F-550 that will pull an X-DRL trailer provided by Flying A Motorsports to each event, a 2009 F-350 that will serve as the X-DRL safety truck for the upcoming campaign, and a new 2012 F-350 DRW 4×4 with a 6.2 gas motor, and comes equipped with a Knapheide bed and underbody toolboxes.

    All trucks have received numerous upgrades, including custom paint jobs, chrome accessories, alum-lined hauler beds and much more.

    “A bonus like this really shows the support Morrow Brothers Ford has for the X-DRL and its racers, and we’re thrilled to have them associated with the X-DRL in 2013,” X-DRL Co-Owner Jeff Mitchell said.

    “This is a tremendous bonus for the X-DRL Spring Nationals and we certainly can’t wait to get to Tulsa to kick off this 2013 season.”

    For more information on Morrow Brothers Ford, visit www.morrowbrothersfordinc.com or contact (217) 368-3037.

     

    To “Like” the X-DRL Facebook page and be immediately entered in the “Destination-X” contest, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/X-DRL/273392209449843.

    For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.

     

    2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE

     

    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.

     

    Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

     

    Sept. 20-21: 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.

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL

    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 Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer 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 http://www.X-DRL.com.


  • X-DRL Reveals Championship Points Series, Details Championship Payouts For 2013 Season

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALKERRVILLE, TEXAS (February 22, 2013) –- With a points series in place to determine World Champions in its inaugural season, the new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) released its championship payouts for the 2013 season.

    The X-DRL announced on Friday that its championship points fund will total an impressive $225,000 and span all of the X-DRL classes (Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, X-treme Pro Modified, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Supercar Showdown and Pro Junior Dragster).

    Included in that championship payout are two special “X-DRL X-tra” bonuses that award a cash payout to the points leader in each class after five races, and then one more for the driver who earns the most points over the final four events.

    Each world champion will also be awarded a spectacular X-DRL championship trophy, championship ring, championship jacket and a “Championship Gold Card” that pre-registers the driver and their car for free for the entire 2014 X-DRL season.

    In all, the X-DRL will award more than $1.15 million in prize money during its debut 2013 campaign.

    To view full championship payout information, visit www.X-DRL.com. Event payouts, which were released in January and total more than $900,000 for the 2013, for each class is also listed on the X-DRL website.

    “I think it’s incredible that the X-DRL will award more than $200,000 to our champions in our inaugural season. It speaks to the overwhelming support we have received from our sponsors, as well as our ownership group, and this will only create more anticipation for the upcoming season,” X-DRL Account Executive Keith Goolsby said.

    “I really like the idea of the two ‘X-tra’ bonuses as well. It rewards the racers in a couple of unique ways and it was a fantastic idea from our marketing department to bring this unique and innovative twist to the 2013 season. There’s so many great racers in every category, and this just gives them another way to win and have a memorable experience in the X-DRL. ”

    The 2013 X-DRL season begins April 6-7 with the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park and includes nine stops at many of the nation’s top tracks.

    The world championship will be awarded to the competitor recording the most points throughout the 9-race series in each professional class.

    The points fund will pay the top 8 competitors in the points standings in each class following the final event of the season, the X-treme World Finals on Oct. 25-26 at the state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

    World champions in the Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous, X-treme Pro Stock and Pro Turbo classes will be awarded $10,000, while the X-treme Pro Modified champion will earn $5,000.

    Top Dragster and Top Sportsman world champions earn $3,000, and world champions in the Supercar Showdown and Pro Junior Dragster classes will earn $2,000 and $1,500, respectively.

    For the exciting new “X-DRL X-tra” bonuses, the points leader through five events in the Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous, X-treme Pro Stock, X-treme Pro Modified and Pro Turbo classes will earn $2,500, with $1,000 going to the leaders in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.

    An additional $2,500 will be awarded at the end of the year to the driver in PX, PN, XPS, PM and PT who earns the most points over the final four events, with $1,000 going to the leaders in TS and TD.

    “We are really thrilled to offer this ‘X-DRL X-tra’ bonus, and it’s something all drivers can go after in both the first and second half of the 2013 season. It’s another one of the ‘X-Factors’ the X-DRL will bring to drag racing this year to make the action even more thrilling,” X-DRL Co-Owner Jeff Mitchell said.

    “Having the World Finals at zMAX Dragway will also be a memorable way to wrap up what we think will be an amazing 2013 season,

    “With our final race in Charlotte, it will be a thrilling way to conclude a 2013 season that will have the X-DRL showcased on national television and on spectacular live online broadcasts, all while going to many of the biggest and most prestigious tracks in the nation.”

     

    To “Like” the X-DRL Facebook page and be immediately entered in the “Destination-X” contest, go to www.facebook.com/pages/X-DRL/273392209449843.

    For more information on the X-DRL and to see full class and championship payouts, visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

     

    2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE

     

    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.

     

    Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

     

    Sept. 20-21: 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.

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL

    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 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 doorslammer 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


  • Tickets Now Available For X-DRL Debut Event, X-DRL Spring Nationals At Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park

    Tulsa_logoKERRVILLE, TEXAS (February 20, 2013) –- Race fans are now able to secure their spot at debut event for the new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL).

    The X-DRL announced on Wednesday that tickets are now available for purchase for the first event of the inaugural 2013 season, the X-DRL Spring Nationals, which takes place April 6-7 at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa.

    Tickets-Banner_TulsaTickets can be purchased by going to www.xdrltulsa.eventbrite.com.

    This history-making event will give fans the first look at the action-packed X-DRL, which features many of the top professional doorslammer drivers in the world as well as exciting classes, including Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous and the new Pro Turbo class.

    Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park is also offering a special early-bird discounted rate for those who purchase tickets by Feb. 28.

    Discounted tickets are available for just $15 per day for adults. Children 12-under are admitted free.

    Following the special early-bird ticket special, general admission tickets can be purchased for $25 per day. A special two-day, full event can also be purchased for just $40, enabling fans to enjoy the full Saturday and Sunday X-DRL experience.

    Parking will also be free for race fans through the South Gate lot only at the track. RV and motorhome parking spots can also be purchased by calling Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park at (918) 260-6565.

    “Our fans know that when they come to Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park they’re going to see a show, and the X-DRL is a national event with some of the biggest names in doorslammer racing coming to hit the track,” Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park Co-Owner Keith Haney said.

    “We believe that the X-DRL has a lot to offer for the racer and spectator, and from everything we’ve heard from the racers, they’re excited to be coming to this track. We just know it’s going to be a great event.”

    In addition to experiencing premier eighth-mile drag racing from the top professional drivers, all tickets include special VIP pit access, giving fans the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and race teams.

    The X-DRL Spring Nationals will mark the debut of the new X-DRL series, which has already drawn strong anticipation for its inaugural 2013 season.

    With an exciting manufacturer midway, special exhibition runs and pit access at one of the most fan-friendly tracks in the nation, fans can expect maximum value from their X-DRL ticket purchase.

    “This X-DRL event will be the largest kick-off event Tulsa has ever seen to start off a racing season,” Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park Co-Owner Todd Martin said.

    “We’re anticipating a huge crowd and we’ve already received a great response from fans. The X-DRL is a premier league and we really think this is going to be a huge deal.”

    To purchase tickets to the X-DRL Spring Nationals, visit www.xdrltulsa.eventbrite.com.

    For more information on Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, visit www.tulsaracewaypark.com. For more information on the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

    To “Like” the X-DRL Facebook page and be immediately entered in the “Destination-X” contest, go to www.facebook.com/pages/X-DRL/273392209449843.

    For more information on the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

     

    2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE

     

    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.

     

    Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

     

    Sept. 20-21: 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.

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL

    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 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 doorslammer 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.


  • Tulsa Raceway Park gearing up for X-citement Spring Nationals

    tulsaEntries are now open for the X-treme Drag Racing League’s inaugural event, the X-citement Spring Nationals on April 6-7 at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

    “We really expect to see the best of the best doorslammers for this event,” said Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park co-owner and racer Keith Haney. “It’s the first event of its kind for this new league and we’re excited and honored they picked us for their first event.”

    The X-DRL is a new 1/8-mile sanctioning body featuring racing in Pro X-treme, Pro Nitrous, X-treme Pro Stock, Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Mod, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Pro Junior Dragster and Supercar Showdown.

    “This is going to be a huge event for the track,” Haney said. “We just started promoting the event and there’s already been a great response. We’re going to pack the house for what we expect to be a great show for the fans.”

    Entry fee for the pro classes is $350 and $250 for the Sportsman cars. Each entry includes a tech card, pit parking decal and restricted area armband. Additional crew armbands are $40.

    “My partners and I have worked very hard to take this track from the brink of closure a couple years ago to the top-notch facility it is today,” Haney said. “Big events like this show how far we’ve come and the respect Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park has earned from the drag racing word.”

    Tickets are also on sale for $25 for a single-day pass or $40 for a two day pass. Kids under 12 are free with a paid adult and there will be free parking at the north gate. Fans can win a VIP trip to the X-Citement Spring Nationals by liking the X-DRL’s Facebook page. The first 10,000 likes are eligible to win the VIP package.

    For more information about the X-Citement Spring Nationals or the contest log on to tulsaracewaypark.com or x-drl.com.


  • ADRL Honors 2012 World Champions At Racer Appreciation And Awards Gala

    ENNIS, TEXAS (October 21, 2012) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) concluded its 2012 season with its annual Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala at the Champion’s Club at the Texas Motorplex on Sunday, one day after it completed the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe.

    World champions in every class were honored, a list that includes Mick Snyder (Pro Extreme), Bob Rahaim (Pro Nitrous), Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Cary Goforth (Extreme Pro Stock), Mike Castellana (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified), Marco Abruzzi (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Alexander Oppen (Pro Junior Dragster).

    The ADRL also announced its special award winners, naming PXM’s McKinney its 2012 Driver of the Year, Extreme Pro Stock standout Todd Hoerner its 2012 Rookie of the Year and zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, the host of Dragstock IX, its 2012 Track of the Years. 

    Those special award winners will be featured in a release from the ADRL on Monday.

    Snyder, the 2010 ADRL Rookie of the Year, continued to show tremendous progress in Pro Extreme, winning his first ADRL championship.

    He won three straight races early in the year, held the points lead for most of the season and also became the first driver in the class to run in the 3.50s in 2012.

    In the end, he also held off teammate Jason Scruggs, advancing to the semifinals at the World Finals to be crowned champion.

    “Everybody’s car is running better and everybody is figuring it out. It’s pretty awesome to see how quick and how fast these cars are going now. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it,” Snyder said.

    “You keep looking at the progress and it’s pretty dang exciting. To end up on top in a class like this just pretty unbelievable and just a tribute to all the people on this team.”

    Bob Rahaim’s dream season concluded with a 2012 world championship in Pro Nitrous, giving the Michigan native his first ADRL world title.

    After advancing to back-to-back finals to start the season, Rahaim took control over the summer, winning his first ADRL race at the Summer Drags VIII in July. He then turned in a pair of clutch performances in September, winning back-to-back races to put him in position for the title.

    With a huge gathering of friends and family, Rahaim officially clinched the world title in Dallas. 

    “I get goose bumps just thinking about this and I just have to thank the ADRL for giving us such a great place to race,” Rahaim said.

    “This is our second season together for this team and it’s been so satisfying to see it all come together. For me, it’s just something that I’ve always wanted to have happen. To find the right group of people, it’s just amazing and I owe a lot to them. Everyone brings something to the table and it’s all clicked. It’s just been an amazing year.”

    McKinney entered 2012 with championship hopes, but it turned into much more than that during one of the most dominant seasons in ADRL history.

    McKinney won his first race of the season in May at Maple Grove Raceway, but really turned it on down the stretch, winning the final five events of the year, including Saturday’s World Finals.

    Overall, he finished with seven wins and nine finals appearances, running as quick as 4.02 in a thoroughly magnificent season. 

    “This whole team is incredible. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. They definitely work their tails off, and that makes me more comfortable on the bike, and that’s what it’s all about,” McKinney said. 

    “When we come to race, we’re here for one reason and we do everything we can to win, but we could have never imagined having a year like this. It’s incredible and it is just overwhelming.”

    Goforth finished a remarkable two-year run with a second straight world championship, putting him with elite company in the process.

    Goforth, the 2011 ADRL Driver of the Year, officially clinched the 2012 championship with a win at the World Finals on Saturday, giving him three wins in 2012 and a class-best nine in his marvelous career.

    He joins Jason Scruggs and Mike Castellana as the only drivers to win back-to-back championships in the ADRL.

    “To do this for a second straight year and get another championship is just a special thing and I can’t begin to describe how happy I am,” Goforth said.

    “This is a great class and the competition is just something else. These drivers pushed me to the limit all year, and I’m just thankful for my dad (Dean), an awesome team and just a great crew. It’s the greatest team I’ve ever been on and that made the difference.”

    The greatest season in Alan Pittman’s racing career started with two wins in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, giving him a points lead he would never relinquish.

    He finished with three wins during a standout season, also running as quick as 3.80 to give Pittman the second quickest run in the history of the class. He won his first world championship while also developing a strong friendship with the Leggett family.

    “This is the first world championship that I’ve ever won, so this is definitely very special to me,” Pittman said. “I’ve got to thank Greta and Terry Leggett for giving me the opportunity to race this car, and the ADRL for giving me a place to race.

    “It’s been a dream season and I couldn’t be happier with how it has gone.”

    Castellana posted a remarkable come from behind win to capture his second straight ADRL championship after winning a world title in Pro Nitrous a year ago.

    This time, Castellana needed a brilliant performance at the World Finals to get the championship. He did just that, running a pair of 3.85s to win the race and clinch another world championship. Castellana and the Al-Anabi Racing team finished with five wins in 2012, pushing his career total to an impressive 14.

    He also joins Scruggs and Goforth as the only two-time world champions in the ADRL.

    “Shannon and the crew did an amazing job with the car, and I just have to thank Sheikh Khalid (Al-Thani) for supporting us,” Castellana said after wining the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe on Saturday.

    “Winning five events is just awesome and shows what this team can do. It’s a great moment for all of us and it’s been another exciting year.”

    Just like the incredible racing in the class, the points championship race in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman came down to the wire.

    Marco Abruzzi, William Brown III and Ronnie Davis battled for most of the season, but it was Abruzzi who finished less than a round ahead of Brown to claim the first world championship in the class. 

    Abruzzi became the first driver in class history to earn two wins and displayed remarkable consistency for the majority of the season.

    “I really think this is one the best classes around and I was really excited to see the ADRL bring it in,” Abruzzi said. “This is some of the best sportsman racing you will ever see and it means a lot to be the first one to win the championship in this class.

    “I also have to thank Summit Racing Equipment for not only sponsoring me, but also the class. They’ve really put a lot of support into the class and this has just been a great year.”

    In his final year racing in the ADRL’s Pro Junior Dragster class, Alexander Oppen competed at all 10 events and earned his first ADRL world championship.

    “This is just a great award and I really have to thank my dad (Larry) for making the big sacrifice and taking me to every race. I also have to thank Mickey Thompson for helping me out. It was just a thrill to compete and win the championship this year,” Oppen said.

    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


  • Goforth, Castellana, McKinney Cap Off Championships With Wins At World Finals VIII Presented By CarSafe

    ENNIS, TEXAS (October 20, 2012) – Extreme Pro Stock driver Cary Goforth, Pro Extreme Motorcycle rider Eric McKinney and Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified driver Mike Castellana were already able to celebrate American Drag Racing League (ADRL) world championships on Saturday.

    But the talented trio also earned an extra chance to celebrate as they each won the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex.

    In winning his second straight world championship in XPS, Goforth and his Jerry Haas Race Cars GXP went 4.096 at 175 mph to beat John DeFlorian and cap off his tremendous back-to-back championship run.

    “It feels good to come here, get the win and get the championship,” said Goforth, who also thanked Sonny’s Racing Engines in winning for the third time in 2012 and ninth time in his ADRL career. “This is just a great feeling.

    “That makes this very sweet. It was a great team effort from a great group of individuals. We are extremely happy.”

    Three other drivers – Tommy D’Aprile (Pro Extreme), Pat Stoken (Pro Nitrous) and William Brown III (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) – won for the first time in the ADRL at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe, while Billy Glidden added to his record win total as the ADRL closed out its 2012 season in fine fashion.

    It also officially awarded world championships to Mick Snyder (Pro Extreme), Bob Rahaim (Pro Nitrous), Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), McKinney, Goforth, Castellana and Marco Abruzzi (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).

    All of those world champions – and special award winners – will be honored on Sunday at the ADRL’s Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala.

    Goforth, Castellana and McKinney all closed out championship seasons with a win, as Castellana claimed a world championship for the second season, this time in Aeromotive Pro Modified.

    He finished the 2012 season with five victories, going a weekend-best 3.857 at 195.22 mph in his Al-Anabi Racing 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro to beat Mike Janis in the finals.

    “Knowing we had already won the championship, that made us relaxed for the finals. Getting that win was sort of the icing on the cake, I guess you would say,” Castellana said.

    Castellana trailed Jeff Naiser by more than 100 points heading into the weekend, but Naiser didn’t qualify and Castellana was in the 3.80s all weekend, edging out Pat Musi for the championship and running past Janis in the finals.

    “We figured we had a chance, but we knew we had to have some things go our way,” said Castellana, who has 14 career wins between Pro Nitrous and Aeromotive Pro Modified. “Shannon and the crew did an amazing job with the car, and I just have to thank Sheikh Khalid (Al-Thani) for supporting us.

    “Winning five events is just awesome and shows what this team can do.”

    McKinney won five straight races to close out the season, capping off his remarkable year in Pro Extreme Motorcycle by going 4.032 at 176 mph to knock off Dave Norris in the finals.

    “This is how we wanted to finish. This win was as big as any we had,” McKinney said. “We were on a roll and we wanted to keep it going. It carries you into the winter and next year, and this was big.”

    McKinney qualified No. 1 with a 4.051 and then went 4.042 in a first-round win before stepping it up in the finals. In all, McKinney finished with seven wins – the most for any ADRL competitor in 2012 – and advanced to nine finals.

    “This whole team is incredible. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here. They definitely make me more comfortable on the bike,” McKinney said. “When we come to race, we’re here for one reason and we do everything we can to win. This is just overwhelming.”

    Tommy D’Aprile capped off his first winning weekend in the ADRL with a 3.633 at 206.51 mph to beat Von Smith in the Pro Extreme finals. Driving a Jeffers Pro Cars Corvette, D’Aprile was also helped by a brilliant .009 reaction time against Smith.

    “I was in the zone driving and on the tree, and the guys were just flawless with this car today,” D’Aprile said. “Todd (Tutterow) tuned the car perfectly. This just means so much to us and I’m just fortunate to be part of this team.”

    An overjoyed D’Aprile was overcome with emotion in the winner’s circle, dedicating the victory to Mel Bush Motorsports owners Mel and Joanne Bush.

    “This is just surreal. I don’t know how it gets any better than this,” D’Aprile said. “I’m so gracious for Mel and Joanne, and I can’t thank them enough. I’ve struggled throughout my career, but I really think this is just a sign of things to come.”

    Snyder clinched the world championship in his heated race against Jason Scruggs when Scruggs went red against Smith in the second round. Snyder and the Powersource Transportation team advanced to the semifinals, firmly securing their first ADRL world championship.

    Pat Stoken and his RJ Race Cars ’69 Camaro went a blistering 3.786 at 198 mph in the Pro Nitrous finals, knocking off Shannon Jenkins in a thrilling first victory.

    With the help of Reher-Morrison, Switzer Dynamics and his two sons, Stoken chased down Jenkins and ended up in the winner’s circle for the first time after four previous final round appearances.

    Stoken qualified No. 1 with a 3.769 and then was consistent in eliminations, running a 3.83 and 3.82 before stepping it up in the finals.

    “It still hasn’t sunk in that we just won. It’s just unbelievable and it makes the winter a lot better,” Stoken said. “I still can’t believe it, and then to go in the 3.70s in the finals is just icing on the cake.

    “We were consistent all weekend and the car was just flawless. It went down the track every time.”

    William Brown III made a valiant run for the championship in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, but came up just short as Abruzzi advanced to the semifinals to clinch the first world title for the class in the ADRL.

    But Brown took the consolation prize, which was going 4.222 at 168 mph to beat Glenn Butcher in the finals and pick up his first ADRL win.

    “It feels great to finally win one. To be able to do that, it’s like finishing the year with a bang,” Brown said. “I would have liked to get two trophies, but I will take one.”

    Brown finished second in the points standings, with the win providing the perfect finishing touch to a standout season.

    “All that hard work paid off and that’s the best thing. It does make you feel good that you accomplished something like this after all of the hard work,” Brown said. “The team stuck by me, worked hard and we all did what we had to do. It was a good day.”

    Billy Glidden picked up his second straight win and an ADRL-best 15th for his career, going 3.946 at 187 mph to beat Dan Myers in the finals of Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5.

    Glidden went as quick as 3.915 at 190 mph, qualifying No. 1 and ending his season on a strong note.

    “We finally hit our stride and had a great weekend, so that was definitely exciting to see,” Glidden said. “It’s taken a long time for us to get everything figured out, but we did and that feels great.”

    Kevin Helms gave Mopar its first win in the SuperCar Showdown, going 5.889 at 116.42 mph, knocking off Fred Henson in the finals.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Cole Burk knocked off Griffin Rider with a 7.922 at 77.30 mph. PJD’s Alex Oppen was also officially named the world champion in the class.

     

    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.


  • Rahaim Leads Winners List, McKinney Clinches ADRL World Title At Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Presented By Mickey Thompson

    NORWALK, OHIO (Sept. 29, 2012) – With another tremendous performance on Saturday, Bob Rahaim moved closer to his first American Drag Racing League (ADRL) championship.

    The Pro Nitrous standout had a brilliant day during the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson at Summit Motorsports Park, going 3.883 at 195.28 mph to beat Stan Allen in the finals and win his second straight race.

    It also puts Rahaim on the cusp of clinching his first ADRL world championship in Pro Nitrous, which could come in three weeks at the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas Motorplex.

    “I just feel lucky and thankful to have things come together like this,” Rahaim said. “It’s a monumental undertaking to put this together and this is a really special moment. It truly is amazing and I just feel very fortunate.”

    Other winners included Alex Hossler (Pro Extreme), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Billy Glidden (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Elijah Morton (Extreme Pro Stock), Dave Roemer (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified), Ronnie Davis (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Chris Holbrook (SuperCar Showdown).

    Rahaim went as quick as 3.83 in eliminations, but his main focus in picking up his third win in five finals appearances in 2012 was staying consistent in his ’69 Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro powered by Reher-Morrison and Switzer Dynamics.

    Staying in the left lane throughout eliminations also proved to be beneficial.

    “In 1991, I won a race here in the left lane and I just stayed there. I guess it’s just my lucky lane at this track,” Rahaim said. “I tried to be consistent and just get down the track. The team has really jelled and they’re just doing a fabulous job.”

    Eric McKinney’s first race in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle class was in 2008 at Summit Motorsports Park, and on Saturday he wrapped up his first ADRL world championship by winning his fourth straight race and sixth overall in 2012 with a 4.112 at 172.96 mph in the finals against Terry Schweigert.

    Making a memorable moment even sweeter was that he was able to celebrate the win and world championship with more than 20 family members and friends at his home ADRL track.

    “To wrap up the championship, and to do it here, I just don’t know how to explain it,” McKinney said. “This was the best race of the year. I could do back flips right now. There’s so many people behind me, this is just a great feeling.”

    McKinney, who qualified No. 2, went as quick at 4.079 in advancing to his eighth final in nine races. In a season filled with accomplishments, McKinney has done nearly everything, becoming a dominant rider in the process.

    “When we went 4.02 in Memphis, I never thought we could go that fast. Everybody here just helps make my job easier,” McKinney said. “This has just been a great year with a great team.”

    Alex Hossler continued to have incredibly good fortune at Summit Motorsports Park in Pro Extreme, advancing to the finals for the third straight year and winning for the second straight year by going 3.74 at 199.40 mph to knock off Tim Tindle.

    “Somehow I’ve just been able to keep getting lucky here,” Hossler said. “I love the facility and it’s a wonderful track. You know it’s always going to be great here and we’ve just been lucky to have this kind of success here.”

    Hossler, who now has two wins in 2012, knocked off points leader Mick Snyder in the second round with a 3.719 in his Al-Anabi Racing Tim McAmis Race Cars Camaro. He also got a fortunate break in the semifinals when Neal Wantye went red.

    “We’re making wholesale changes and trying a lot of new things,” Hossler said. “With the guys I have and with (crew chief) Frank (Manzo), I know he’s going to get us running as well as anybody in this class.”

    Jason Scruggs advanced to the semifinals to get to within less than 10 points in the championship chase against Snyder before falling to Tindle.

    Ronnie Davis stayed in title contention in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, edging out Marco Abruzzi in a fantastic side-by-side final after Abruzzi broke out.

    Davis finished with an impressive 4.176 at 172.76 mph, picking up his second win of 2012 in the process.

    “This was an awesome win. This was a very meaningful race for me because this is one of my favorite race tracks,” Davis said. “I love the area and the track, and it’s a very meaningful win, especially against a guy like Marco. That’s elite company there.”

    Davis chopped down the top two drivers in points in eliminations, beating William Brown III in the semifinals before slipping past Abruzzi in the finals.

    The Summit Racing-sponsored Abruzzi did well at his home track to take the points lead into the final event of the season, but Davis also managed to make up some ground at a key time.

    “I have a shot at the championship and that’s very exciting,” Davis said. “I’m pretty thrilled and pumped up about it.”

    Elijah Morton finally found a bright spot in his frustration-filled 2012 season, picking up his second career ADRL win in Extreme Pro Stock by going 4.075 at 178.31 mph to defeat Doug Kirk. Both were making their first finals appearances of 2012, but it was Morton who chased down Kirk under the lights.

    “We’ve struggled all year, and this is just an awesome feeling,” Morton said. “We haven’t won many rounds and to do this is just incredible. My team works as hard as any team out there, and to have my family here, it was just great. We figured we would be the giant killer today and now we’ve got our mojo back.”

    Morton and his 2012 Jerry Haas Race Cars Mustang was the ultimate beneficiary of a wild first-round in XPS when the top eight qualifiers, including the top three drivers in the points standings (Cary Goforth, Richie Stevens and Todd Hoerner) all lost.

    “We changed everything before eliminations. We went a completely different direction and the car liked it,” Morton said. “Jerry Haas has given us a great race car and I think we figured out what the car likes.”

    Goforth will keep a significant lead over Stevens and others heading into the World Finals, making him a heavy favorite to clinch his second straight world championship in Extreme Pro Stock.

    Dave Roemer picked up one of the biggest wins of his career, and doing it at his home track made it even more significant, as he beat Pat Musi with a 4.07 at 182.38 mph in the Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified final.

    It was a brilliant Saturday for Roemer, who didn’t even get into the field until going 3.978 in the final qualifying session. He added another 3.974 in a first-round win before topping it off by beating Musi, who shook immediately, in the finals for his first ADRL win.

    “This means everything to us. To be able to get this first win at our home track, it’s just amazing,” Roemer said. “A lot of people talk about the pressure of running at your home track, but I just tried to feed off of it.

    “Friday was all bad and (Saturday) was all good. It was just a matter of getting the right set-up.”

    Billy Glidden became the first competitor in ADRL history to get to 14 wins, going 3.939 at 187.11 mph to beat Alan Pittman and his 3.894 on a holeshot in the Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 finals.

    “It’s been a very good weekend. The last time I was in the final against Alan, I red-lighted, but this time I was a little later than I wanted to be,” Glidden said. “It was pretty tough for us, but we’re excited to get this win.”

    Pittman will retain a significant lead in the Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 heading into the World Finals.

    In the SuperCar Showdown final, Chris Holbrook went 5.674 at 121.88 mph to beat Jimmy Ronzello and wrap up a record-setting weekend. In addition to the win, Holbrook also set the E.T. (5.667) and speed (121.88 mph) world record in the class.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Nick Isenhower got the victory, running 7.91 at 83.25 mph.

    The 10th and final stop on the 2012 ADRL Tour takes place on Oct. 19-20 with the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas Motorplex in Dallas. World champions will be crowned in every ADRL class at the season-ending event.

     

     

    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.