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  • Jenkins Heads Winners List At Dragstock IX In ADRL’s Memorable Debut At zMAX Dragway

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 4, 2012) – Shannon “Iceman” Jenkins has been a staple at the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) prestigious Dragstock race, first appearing at the event in 2005.

    At the ninth rendition of the race on Saturday, Jenkins delivered another trademark performance in Pro Nitrous, this time at the ADRL’s first appearance at zMAX Dragway.

    Jenkins won for the first time in 2012 as well, running 3.87 at 194.02 mph to beat Doug Riesterer and add another chapter to his unbelievable legacy.

    “It’s a great feeling to win here and it’s great to see the sport healthy,” Jenkins said. “Racing at a track like this and being fortunate enough to win it is the greatest feeling you can ever have.”

    Other winners included Tim Tindle (Pro Extreme), Brad Brand (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Cary Goforth (Extreme Pro Stock), Mike Janis (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified) and Ronnie Davis (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).

    The memorable finals wrapped up an incredible ADRL debut at zMAX Dragway, as fans flocked to the state-of-the-art facility and racers praised zMAX at the latest and one of the greatest Dragstock events.

    Jenkins’ run on Saturday was one of the many highlights, as the Al-Anabi Racing driver was in classic form in the heart of doorslammer country. In picking up his 11th Pro Nitrous win in 12 final appearances, both ADRL bests, Jenkins got better as the day progressed. It started with taking the No. 1 spot in qualifying with a 3.934 in his 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro, continued with a 3.893 in the semifinals and concluded in the finals, which was his sixth impressive run on Saturday.

    “We’ve got a good hot rod now and it’s going to be good from here on out,” Jenkins said. “We got in that race mode today and I like it that way. We were able to get our rhythm going and we weren’t thinking about anything but going rounds.”

    Tim Tindle’s first ADRL win couldn’t have happened at a much better location, as his Jeffers Pro Cars Corvette went 3.647 at 208.36 mph to beat Quain Stott. The blower blew off Tindle’s car before the finish line, but it couldn’t stop a weekend-best pass and a winner’s circle celebration.

    “What more could you ask for? It’s a big race and to get that first win here is amazing. This is the place you would want to do it,” Tindle said.

    After teammate and No. 1 qualifier Frankie Taylor had car trouble and had to bow out in the first round, the focus turned to Tindle, and he was terrific. He went 3.688 to beat points leader Mick Snyder in the quarterfinals and was even better in the finals against Stott.

    “We had some electrical issues, but we got it straightened out and this was the result,” Tindle said. “We were focused and we came up here to win.”

    Cary Goforth and his Jerry Haas Race Cars GXP got better in every round of eliminations, and was at his best in the Extreme Pro Stock finals, winning for the second time in 2012 by going 4.108 at 176.49 mph to beat Richie Stevens Jr. and his 4.16.

    “I’m lucky enough to win at the two tracks we’ve never raced before,” said Goforth, referencing his wins at Bristol and zMAX Dragway this year.

    It was a huge win for the points leader, as Goforth put some space between him and Stevens, who is second in points. The standout showing in eliminations was also the type of performance Goforth, who won for an XPS-best eighth time, had been waiting the entire season to see.

    “We’ve been trying to get our power back and this is what we’ve been looking for,” Goforth said, who also thanked Sonny’s Racing Engines. “But I don’t think this (points race) is over. There’s going to be a lot of these types of races.”

    With a final that lived up to its billing, Eric McKinney inched past Casey Stemper in a thriller, running 4.083 at 176.56 mph to beat Stemper for the first time in the finals this year after two previous defeats. It was a battle of the top two riders in the points race, and with his fourth win in 2012, McKinney inched closer to a championship thanks to a victory he quickly deemed special.

    “This is better than the first one. I don’t know how to explain it. Dragstock was my first ADRL win (in 2009) and (Saturday) was just unbelievable,” McKinney said. “When we came through the tunnel before the final and I saw the crowd, it was a little overwhelming. My mom had to tell me to calm down.”

    McKinney qualified No. 1 with a 4.074, but deemed his effort on the tree not up to his usual standards before he and Stemper both had .007 reaction times in an outstanding final.

    “I’m just fortunate enough to ride this bike. I was struggling on the tree all day and I was a little worried about that, but to get that .007 was just great,” McKinney said.

    Ronnie Davis’ late-season turnaround in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman was in full force at Dragstock, as he won for the first time in the class with an impressive 4.085 at 162.98 mph.

    Chip Forman had an excellent .009 reaction time, but nobody could match Davis and his weekend-long consistency. It adds another first-time winner to the list in the class that had its E.T. and speed records re-set this weekend, along with a record qualifying field.

    “I normally don’t dial it in this quick, but it was a lot of fun going that quick,” Davis said. “It was a good race car and this was a very meaningful win.

    “I’ve struggled here in the ADRL and it’s been disappointing. I really wanted to do good here. I had to get one of these things and I’m not going to stop now.”

    It might not have been a dominant performance, but Brad Brand’s workmanlike effort in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 gave him his second victory in 2012. Driving his RJ Race Cars Mustang, Brand went 4.069 at 195.28 mph to beat Dan Myers in the finals.

    Brand went as quick as 3.984 in qualifying, but had to grind out wins against Billy Glidden and Todd Moyer to reach the finals, dialing it back even more to advance to the winner’s circle.

    “This is a killer facility and this was pretty incredible,” Brand said. “We struggled all day and I was having to tune it down every run. It was just a struggle to get down the track. But all of these guys are good racers. If you beat them, you’ve done a good job.”

    Mike Janis picked the perfect time to run his best time of the event, going 3.895 at 193.28 mph to beat first-time finalist Dave Roemer in the Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified final.

    It was an especially satisfying win for Janis, who recovered after an early-season crash to win for the second time in his ADRL career.

    “It was so consistent this weekend. It was like the car was on a string. We knew we had a good car; it was just a matter of getting some breaks. Getting a win here, it’s one of the biggest I’ve had,” Janis said.

    “We were all on the same page today and I’m just proud of this.”

    Bo Butner went 5.782 at 121.31 mph to beat Chris Holbrook in the SuperCar Showdown, winning for the fifth time in the class.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Robert Vogler was the winner of the 32-car Pro Junior Dragster Shootout, running a 7.91 at 81.04 mph to beat Noah Strickland. Vogler, who was also the No. 1 qualifier, won nearly $2,000 in what was the most lucrative Pro Junior Dragster race in ADRL history.

    The eighth race on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour takes place on Sept. 7-8 with the Memphis Drags III at Memphis International Raceway.

     

    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, DeFlorian Garner First ADRL Wins, Lead Winners List At Summer Drags VIII

    MARTIN, Mich. (July 14, 2012) – Bob Rahaim couldn’t have picked a better place for his first American Drag Racing League (ADRL) win.
    Racing at his home ADRL track, the Pro Nitrous standout delivered an incredible performance in front of a huge gathering of friends and family, going a career-best 3.797 at 197.10 miles per hour on Saturday to beat Pat Stoken in the finals of the Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.
    It capped off a day the Grosse Point, Mich. native won’t ever forget.
    “I’m feeling numb. This is pretty overwhelming. To do this at your home track and have everybody here, it’s just a storybook thing,” Rahaim said. “You couldn’t have scripted it any better.
    “I can say my life is complete. I’ve always wanted to win one of these races and I’ve always wanted to do it at my home track with everybody here in person.”

    Other Summer Drags VIII winners included Jason Scruggs (Pro Extreme), Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), John DeFlorian (Extreme Pro Stock), Mike Castellana (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified), Bruce Thrift (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Bo Butner (SuperCar Showdown).

    Rahaim, DeFlorian and Thrift were all first-time ADRL winners.
    Rahaim’s career-best 3.797 came after a lengthy rain delay but it was the perfect combination and the perfect time for the run against Stoken, who was also seeking his first ADRL win.

    “The team made a lot of great calls today and it couldn’t have went any better,” said Rahaim, who dedicated the team to crew chief Kevin Bowen after Bowen was recently hospitalized.

    John DeFlorian let loose with a memorable celebration in the winner’s circle after picking up his first career ADRL win. Driving a Jerry Haas Race Cars 2012 Camaro, DeFlorian went 4.086 at 174.78 mph to beat Matt Bertsch in a matchup of first-time finalists and hand the Black Diamond Motorsports team, owned by Karen and Kevin Bealko, its first ADRL victory as well.

    “I’m never speechless, but I’m almost speechless over this,” DeFlorian said. “This is just an amazing thing. This is something I’ve dreamed about. I’ve been trying to get one of these things for so long.

    “I have to thank Kevin and Karen for just giving me this opportunity. This is something I’ve always wanted to experience and it’s beyond my wildest dreams.”

    After breaking the world E.T. record (4.01) in June at his hometown track in St. Louis, DeFlorian didn’t qualify three weeks ago in Virginia. But the team put it together in Martin, qualifying No. 4 and knocking off 2012 event winners Dean Goforth, Todd Hoerner and Cary Goforth to get to the finals, running as quick as 4.10.

    “We couldn’t seem to get all the pieces of the puzzle together and then Virginia couldn’t have been any worse,” DeFlorian said. “We had to get our act together and we finally put it all together for this race. It’s an incredible bunch of guys on this team.”

    After a series of unfortunate events at recent races, Jason Scruggs put in a banner day, capped off by a new track record of 3.638 at 208.87 mph to beat Terry Leggett and his 3.689 at 205 mph in the finals.
    Scruggs had four runs in the 3.60s during eliminations, including a 3.643 in the quarterfinals to get by Tommy D’Aprile. It gives Scruggs eight career wins, matching Joshua Hernandez for the most in Pro Extreme history.

    “It was a very good day today and we’re real happy to get the win,” Scruggs said. “Every round here is tough. Tommy had a great run, and Terry and his team are a great group of guys.

    “I’ve never had that much luck here, but the track was really good and things just worked out well.”

    With Mick Snyder falling in the first round, Scruggs also inched back into the championship chase. Coupled with Scruggs’ win in Bristol, Snyder’s three-race winning streak and Scruggs’ win on Saturday, their two-car team is also in the midst of a potent stretch.

    “I think all this did was give something people can talk about for a little bit,” Scruggs said. “Mick had won three in a row, so as a team we’re on a pretty good streak.”

    Eric McKinney took a commanding lead in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle points race with a brilliant showing at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. McKinney made it three wins in 2012 after running a 4.073 at 170.15 mph against first-time ADRL finalist Dave Norris.

    “It was unbelievable. We changed some stuff and really stepped it up. You’re only as good as the people surrounding you and they make my program easier,” McKinney said. “They keep everything routine and we just keep plugging away. This was an awesome weekend.”

    McKinney was outstanding on the tree during eliminations, capped off with an .006 and .013 reaction times in the semifinals and finals, respectively. McKinney also finished as the No. 1 qualifier after going 4.10 in the final qualifying session to take momentum into eliminations.

    “That was definitely a confidence-booster,” McKinney said. “There’s nobody easy out there, so everyone has to do their jobs. This bike is consistent and comfortable and that’s big.”

    Alan Pittman gladly took a lucky break in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, denying Billy Glidden’s chance at history in the process.
    Glidden went 3.917 – a weekend-best in the class – but had an .001 red light, handing the win to Pittman and his 4.042 at 195.28 mph. It’s the third win in 2012 for the XTF points leader, and Pittman also kept Glidden from picking up an ADRL-record 14th career win.

    “I won already when Terry Leggett made it to the finals. I mean, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him and his wife,” Pittman said. “I felt real good and then I pulled up to the starting line and I had it in low gear but the car wouldn’t move forward.

    “So I had to stick it in high gear and leave in high gear, so he definitely would have had me beat if he hadn’t turned it red.”

    Bruce Thrift was remarkably consistent in picking up his first win in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, finishing off a standout day with a 4.376 at 153.61 mph in the finals to beat William Brown III.

    “I’m real excited. This is the real deal for Top Sportsman racing,” Thrift said. “This is the cream of the crop in this class. You really have to get after it just to get in. This was just awesome.”

    Mike Castellana was superb in his fourth trip to the finals in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, winning his fourth race of the year with a 3.827 at 196.35 mph, giving him the quickest pass in the history of the class.
    Driving a 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro, Castellana beat Pat Musi in the finals to add to his points lead. It also gives him 13 career wins to match Glidden and Ashley Owens for the most in ADRL history.

    “Our main concentration is to win the Pro Modified championship and this is all because of my crew. They do a great job and they got it right,” Castellana said. “It’s been a great year and I can’t say enough about it.

    “I really have to thank KH (Al-Thani) and Al-Anabi Racing for making this happen.”
    Bo Butner made it four wins in the SuperCar Showdown, slipping past Drew Skillman in a great side-by-side pass with a 5.77 at 119 mph, inching past Skillman and his 5.80 at 118.57 mph.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Devin Isenhower won with a 7.88 at 81.68 mph, knocking off Lane Ledford.

    The sixth stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour takes place Aug. 3-4 at the state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway in Charlotte for ADRL Dragstock IX.

    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.


  • Teets Takes Summit Racing Equipment Clash Of The Titans Leads Winners List At ADRL U.S. Drags V

    PETERSBURG, Va. (June 23, 2012) – In what was the most lucrative win in his career and in Top Sportsman history, Terry Teets didn’t have to go far to get it on Saturday.

    Racing close to home at Virginia Motorsports Park, Teets capped off a terrific day with a winning 4.444 at 163.59 miles per hour in the finals of the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman “Clash of the Titans,” which was held at this weekend’s American Drag Racing League (ADRL) U.S. Drags V.

    The win against Richmond-area native William Brown III netted Teets a Top Sportsman-record $10,000 prize and one massive winner’s circle smile.

    “This is the biggest win I’ve ever had. I love Summit and the ADRL for putting this on,” said Teets, who also credited tuner Wayne Rogers, stepdaughter Sidney Spence and his son, Chris Teets. “It’s a big deal, too, because my brother (Glenn) won (in Top Sportsman) last year here, so we kept it in the family.”

    Other winners at the U.S. Drags at VMP included Mick Snyder (Pro Extreme), Doug Riesterer (Pro Nitrous), Brad Brand (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Casey Stemper (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Richie Stevens Jr. (Extreme Pro Stock) and Fredy Scriba (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified).

    Driving a Jerry Haas Race Cars ’04 Cavalier, Teets qualified No. 15 in the 32-car qualifying field and then persevered through five rounds of eliminations before topping Brown in a memorable and historic final round.

    “William is a great guy and a tough racer, so it’s also nice to keep this in the state of Virginia,” Teets said. “The car ran great all weekend and we just took it a round at a time. Getting to go out last and run as the final pair was really great.”

    Mick Snyder made Pro Extreme history on Saturday, becoming the first driver in PX history to win three straight races.

    This time, Snyder won it on the line, using an .043 reaction time to have his 3.665 at 208.23 mph hold up in a holeshot win against Tim Tindle and his career-best 3.646. The win stretched Snyder’s points lead and also gave him a significant first in the class.

    “We’ve done it three different ways. My dad gave me one (win) with some awesome horsepower, we won one on a single and this one, I got to do it. A holeshot win is always cool,” Snyder said. “To get three in a row, it’s just crazy.”

    Snyder was his usual consistent self in the Powersource Transportation Corvette and stayed in the 3.60s the entire weekend, making six passes just on Saturday alone. Tindle, though, nearly matched him with an outstanding run in his first PX finals appearance.

    “It rattled the tires and got out of the groove a little, but I just kept driving. It was a great race,” Snyder said. “It was the most passes I’ve ever made in one day, but this is all of us working together.”

    Doug Riesterer again delivered a masterful performance in Pro Nitrous, winning for the second straight race for the first time in his ADRL career by running an unbelievable 3.75 at 195.11 mph to also beat Burton Auxier, who ran a strong 3.824, for a second straight time.

    The career-best pass is just off Auxier’s record pass of 3.74 set in 2011 at VMP, and came after some considerable adversity. Riesterer didn’t make a qualifying pass until the final session, just getting into the field with a 4.24. He turned it on late, running a 3.84 and 3.85 to reach the finals, capping off a truly memorable day with the brilliant pass.

    “It was definitely the best win I’ve ever had, putting together a run like that in the finals. Getting back-to-back wins is so hard and Burton is as tough as they come. To run that kind of number, it’s just amazing,” said Riesterer, who thanked Reher-Morrison and Switzer Dynamics.

    “We had it hopped up, but I didn’t think it was going to run that. It held the front end up forever, but to get that is just unbelievable. It’s just an awesome feeling.”

    Richie Stevens won the Extreme Pro Stock “Battle For The Belts” in 2011, but his first official event win came on Saturday after he reeled in Dean Goforth with a 4.091 at 176.33 mph in the finals, picking a perfect time to run his quickest and fastest time of the weekend.

    Afterwards, he dedicated the win to team sponsor and CarSafe Owner Mark Eckman.

    “This feels awesome. Everybody out here is great and the competition is just incredible, so this means a lot to me. But it meant even more to get this win for Mark,” Stevens said. “This trophy is going right to his house.”

    Stevens put together back-to-back 4.09s in his Jerry Haas Race Cars Mustang to finish his day, which followed a lucky break when he pedaled to a win in the quarterfinals against Pete Berner.

    “We had a good day and a couple lucky breaks, but you need that,” Stevens said. “(Crew chief) Tom (Pierson) gave me a great car and we pulled it together when we had to. It was a good effort by everybody.”

    A blown head gasket almost cost Casey Stemper in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle finals, but he was determined not to let it get the best of him.

    It might have cost some parts on the bike, but Stemper continued to fight even as his bike caught fire in the finals against Eric McKinney, holding onto the win with an impressive 4.034 at 164.77 mph.

    “I was not going to let up. I felt the flames on my arm, but if I was that close to the win, I wasn’t going to give it up in the last 100 feet. When I saw that win light come on, it was just awesome,” Stemper said. “It was so close at the end and I thought he might get me, but that was just incredible.”

    Stemper went as quick as 4.034 to qualify No. 1 and picking up his second victory in 2012 also put him closer to points leader McKinney in the championship chase.

    “Eric’s a great rider and we’re always trying to chase him down. You always want to beat the best,” Stemper said.

    Brad Brand broke through for his first ADRL victory in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, just avoiding the left guardwall en route to a 3.949 at 185.72 mph to beat Alan Pittman in a highly-entertaining come-from-behind victory.

    Brand qualified No. 2 with a 3.938 and his turbo-charged RJ Race Cars Mustang went 3.972 to beat Chuck Ulsch and advance to the finals. Pittman left first on Brand, but Brand never lifted despite the scare with the wall to end up with a highly-satisfying victory.

    “We had been to two finals and had not won, so that felt really good,” Brand said. “We had the low round every round in eliminations, too. We wanted to get aggressive, but we did what had to be done.

    “We just had to work with the track and it was definitely a satisfying win.”

    Fredy Scriba had an impressive run for his first ADRL victory, knocking out stalwarts Rickie Smith and Todd Tutterow in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified.

    Scriba went 3.981 at 188.25 to beat Smith, the No. 1 qualifier, in the semifinals and then stepped up with a 3.972 at 188.96 to chase down Tutterow and win by two feet in the finals.

    Racing in a final of his fourth different ADRL class, Tutterow knocked out Jeff Naiser and points leader Mike Castellana – handing him his first ADRL loss in 2012 – but Scriba overcame Tutterow’s starting-line advantage.

    “This was really cool. It was definitely a tuner’s weekend, but all the hard work we put in really paid off,” Scriba said. “I’ve got a good group of guys and things really came together.

    “We had to play our own game and just run our race. We were running pretty consistent, going rounds and we just stuck to the gameplan. We had a lot of fun and I’m really glad they added this class.”

    Bo Butner won for the third time in the SuperCar Showdown, running a career-best 5.798 at 118.87 in the finals to outdistance Chris Holbrook.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Robert Vogler won with a 7.917 at 80.53 mph.

    The sixth and next stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour takes place on July 13-14 with the Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.

     

    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.


  • Classic Graphix Continues As Official Apparel And Crew Uniform Supplier Of ADRL In 2012

    O’FALLON, MO (February 8, 2012) – The 2011 season was the first time Classic Graphix and owner Scott Bathurst went on the road with the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).
    That Classic Graphix has returned as the Official Apparel and Crew Uniform Supplier of the ADRL in 2012 indicates how well the first year went.
    The world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league announced the continued partnership on Wednesday, as Classic Graphix will continue to provide all of the official apparel and merchandise for the 2012 ADRL Tour as well as run the official ADRL online apparel store (www.adrlapparel.com).
    Additionally, Classic Graphix will also present the Best Appearing Crew award at each of the 10 events in 2012.
    “Last year was a new experience for us and it was a very interesting year. It was great to be out there to talk to all the fans, and we are definitely bringing things to the next level in 2012,” Bathurst said.
    “One of our larger customer bases is the ADRL. There’s a tremendous fanbase and we’re very excited about the 2012 season. We can’t wait for the season to get started, and we’re looking forward to going to some of the new tracks on the schedule.”
    With more than 20 years in the drag racing apparel business, the California-based Classic Graphix has been a longtime apparel provider for many of the top names in drag racing.
    In addition to their popular and eye-catching T-shirt designs for many of the top drivers in the sport, Classic Graphix also designs crew uniforms for the likes of Dan Millen, Bubba Stanton and other top names.
    As the Official Apparel and Crew Uniform Supplier of the ADRL, Classic Graphix designs all official ADRL apparel and merchandise. The company has greatly increased its ADRL line for 2012 as well and will include new shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and hats and other new novelty items like backpacks and license plate frames.
    At each race, Classic Graphix will also unveil a new T-shirt specific for that event, something that was a top-seller at each track in 2011.
    “We want to expand on what we had last year,” Bathurst said. “Everything we released last year sold and we felt we did well with all the designs we had, but we want to offer more this year.
    “At each track, there’s different things that sell well, but we have enough various styles to suit all fans.”
    Classic Graphix will continue to have a noticeable presence at each ADRL event, selling a variety of new ADRL apparel and other items out of a new merchandise trailer.
    The 2012 ADRL Tour begins on March 30-31 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII from Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, and includes 10 stops at several of the nation’s most prestigious tracks.
    “We’re thrilled to continue this partnership with Classic Graphix. Their creativity is unmatched in the drag racing apparel business, and they’ve done a tremendous job capturing what the ADRL is about,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.
    “Our fans really enjoyed the new products Classic Graphix offered in 2011 and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2012.”
    With five different artists at Classic Graphix, the company continues to pride itself on unique and original looks.
    Being on-site at each ADRL event also allowed Classic Graphix to work closely with a number of teams and drivers.
    “That’s one thing we see as an advantage. We’re not stuck to one specific look,” Bathurst said. “If they want a cartoon look or a crazy look, we can provide that. We can offer a variety and give them something different.
    “When we’re working with teams, we always try to change it up so it’s not always the same style of shirts.”

    For more information on possible apparel and/or crew uniforms from Classic Graphix, visit www.classicgraphix.com or call (562) 940-0806.

    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, Top Sportsman, Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, 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.


  • Summit Racing Equipment Steps Up Sponsorship Commitments For ADRL In 2012

    O’FALLON, MO (February 6, 2012) – One of the American Drag Racing
    League’s (ADRL) longest running partners is returning with greatly
    increased support for the highly-anticipated 2012 season.
    The world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league announced on
    Monday that Summit Racing Equipment will retain its status as the
    Official High Performance Source of the ADRL for the 2012 ADRL Tour.
    The high-performance automotive supplier will also be heavily
    involved in a number of other areas regarding the 2012 ADRL season.
    Summit Racing Equipment returns as the title sponsor for the Summit
    Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, which
    takes place on Sept. 28-29 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.
    Additionally, as a further show of support for the talented
    competitors in the ADRL, Summit Racing will pay out contingency to
    each eligible winner and runner-up in each ADRL professional class
    (Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle,
    Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Modified and Top Sportsman).
    “The 2012 season is shaping up to be a very exciting year for the
    ADRL. Summit Racing is proud to once again be the Official High
    Performance Source of the ADRL along with our sponsorship of the
    Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI at Summit Motorsports Park in
    Norwalk Ohio on Sept. 28-29,” Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports
    and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf said.
    “The ADRL puts on an amazing show and, with several new classes, it
    will be a great atmosphere at each race. We can’t wait to get the
    season started in Houston and we’re excited about the direction of
    the ADRL.”
    In addition to offering contingency, Summit Racing Equipment will be
    as involved as ever with ADRL drivers, sponsoring a number of top
    competitors in a variety of classes.
    “We have an exciting line up of drivers flying the Summit Racing
    colors in the ADRL in 2012, including Extreme Pro Stock driver Pete
    Berner, Pro Nitrous driver Rickie Jones, Pro Modified driver Kenny
    Lang and Marco Abruzzi in Top Sportsman,” Greenleaf said.
    “Along with our support of these drivers, we will also be paying out
    contingency in all classes. There’s so many amazing classes in the
    ADRL and the contingency program is a great way to show the ADRL
    racers additional support.”
    The 2012 ADRL Tour begins March 30-31 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII
    at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.
    It is the first of 10 stops at several of the nation’s most
    prestigious tracks.
    “Partners like Summit Racing Equipment are crucial in making the
    ADRL successful, and we are thrilled to have them involved so
    prominently in 2012,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.
    “They have tremendous knowledge in marketing to our fans and they
    have repeatedly shown impressive support and generosity to our fans
    and drivers. We are fortunate to have them as a partner and we hope
    for it to be a fruitful relationship for years to come.”
    The ADRL and Summit Racing Equipment will also announce a number of
    important news items regarding the Top Sportsman class in the coming
    weeks.

    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, Top Sportsman, Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro
    Extreme Motorcycle, 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.


  • SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT TO BE PRIMARY SPONSOR ON JONES’ ADRL PN ENTRY IN 2012

    GALESBURG, Ill. January 18, 2012: Summit Racing Equipment has been on board
    with up and coming driver Rickie Jones since the beginning of his driving
    career five years ago. Their partnership, which began on an associate level
    in NHRA Pro Stock, has proven to be a good match. It comes as no surprise,
    then, that the pair decided to team up for a primary sponsorship for 2012.

    “Summit Racing Equipment is a first class company dedicated to the sport of
    drag racing, and we are honored to represent them and extend our
    relationship in 2012,” told Jones. “I really appreciate the fact that they
    took a risk with me at the beginning of my career when I was still
    unproven. Now they are stepping into uncharted territory with us again as
    my first major sponsor.

    “We’ve been able to strengthen our relationship over the last four years
    and it was a mutual desire to grow into something more for our program. We
    tested the waters with this deal last year when we had Summit Racing as the
    title sponsor of our team at the two Summit Racing events in Norwalk, OH-
    both the ADRL and NHRA events. We really enjoyed being a larger part of
    Team Summit Racing then, are looking forward to representing them in the
    Pro Nitrous class with teammate Pete Berner [ADRL Extreme Pro Stock] in
    2012.”

    “Summit Racing is excited about the opportunity to step up to the primary
    sponsorship of Rickie Jones ADRL Pro Nitrous Camaro for 2012,” said Jim
    Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Events Manager. “Rickie is a
    great young driver that has proven himself over the last several years. We
    are looking forward to being a part of his first win and run for the
    championship. The 2012 ADRL season promises to be very exciting!”

    The family businesses of RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max® Chassis Components
    will also stay on the car as aiding sponsors, along with help from long
    time friend Mark Stockseth for 2012, which will mark Jones’ second year in
    the ADRL Pro Nitrous category, and his fifth as a driver. He was very
    impressive in making the switch from his starting class of NHRA Pro Stock
    to the more untamed world of Pro Mod. As a young gun of the sport at only
    24, Jones has already proven his abilities, but is still hungry for his
    first Minute Man, and now with Summit Racing Equipment on board, Jones is
    even more anxious to score a win for the team.

    “I already know that Summit Racing and Team Quarter-Max® are a good fit,”
    continued Jones. “Summit is very committed to supporting not only the
    automotive industry, but our troops as well. I had the privilege of going
    on the trip to Germany with the Summit drivers. It was such a great
    experience and gave me even more respect for our troops and for Summit as a
    company. I’m proud to have them on board our car in 2012.”

    Summit will be well represented on Jones’ new ride, as the team at RJ Race
    Cars has brand new state-of-the-art Pro Nitrous 2012 Camaro almost ready to
    go.

    “I’m very excited for our new 2012 Camaro. There has been a lot of talk
    about this body and we’re expecting good things. I’m anxious to get it
    finished and see what it can do in testing. After finishing 8th in the Pro
    Nitrous points last year, and breaking into the 3.70s, and running
    incredible .920s 60ft times, we have high expectations for the 2012 season,
    and are really looking forward to being at the track again, having fun,
    winning races, and representing Summit Racing Equipment.”


  • Jerry Bickel Race Cars Continues Support Of ADRL With 2012 Sponsorship

    O’FALLON, MO (January 11, 2012) – As a chassis builder, Jerry
    Bickel has made a point to embrace technology and innovation.
    The result has been a championship pedigree from Jerry Bickel Race
    Cars (JBRC), including a multitude of JBRC-built cars that have
    garnered world titles in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).
    As a sponsor for the 2012 ADRL Tour, Bickel said it’s an ideal time
    to continue to be involved with the world’s premier eighth-mile drag
    racing league.
    “It’s a very exciting time right now and we are committed to
    helping make it work. We’re going all-in with the ADRL in 2012 and
    we are really excited for the upcoming season,” Bickel said from his
    state-of-the-art shop in Moscow Mills, Mo.
    “They’ve put together a really good business plan and we want to
    continue to see the ADRL succeed. With the quality of people coming
    to these events, it’s a great chance to help promote our product.”
    It’s a product that has years of success behind it.
    In 2011 alone, ADRL world champions Dan Millen (Extreme 10.5) and
    Mike Castellana (Pro Nitrous) drove cars built by Bickel and his
    standout team.
    Other standout cars include one driven by Burton Auxier, who went
    3.74 in his JBRC Camaro, Bob Rahaim and Khalid Al-Balooshi, who drove
    a new JBRC Camaro to a Battle For The Belts title in 2011.
    But Bickel has never been one to stand pat, which is why his cars
    have also delivered incredible results.
    His new 2012 Camaro will debut in the ADRL in a number of classes,
    including Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous, Top Sportsman and Pro
    Modified.
    JBRC is also building a new Mustang for Millen, along several other
    ADRL drivers.
    “We are really looking forward to seeing these new cars in action.
    It’s pretty cool to see and our goal has always been to engineer
    strength in these cars,” Bickel said. “The engineering has always
    been a key part of the advanced performance in the ADRL, and there’s
    been a lot of stuff on these cars that we’ve worked hard to develop
    over the years.”
    The highly-anticipated 2012 ADRL Tour begins March 30-31 with
    Dragpalooza VIII at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, where a number
    of JBRC-built cars will perform.
    “Jerry has been a longtime supporter of the ADRL and because of
    support like that, it’s allowed the ADRL to grow and present an even
    better product,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.
    “The ADRL gives chassis builders like Jerry Bickel Race Cars a
    tremendous platform and it’s encouraging to see a company like his
    continue to give back. Their craftsmanship and dedication has long
    been impressive and their championship resume is a testament to the
    work ethic and attention to detail they put into each car.”
    JBRC moved into a 20,000-square foot facility in 2000 and has one
    been a one-stop shop for racers for more than a decade.
    That means there’s plenty of versatility at Bickel’s facility,
    which includes a body shop, parts shop and paint shop, and they also
    do car assembly and manufacturing.
    “We have everything under one roof and we control it all, meaning we
    can have our fingers in every aspect of the build,” Bickel said.
    “I look at it as a race car factory, not a race car shop, and that
    makes it easier for us to do what the customer wants. We can
    coordinate everything in-house.”
    Bickel also plans to branch out in new and exciting ways in 2012.
    He is building a new chassis for turbo cars and expects to get
    involved in more ADRL classes as well.
    “We like to take the initiative to find something new and we’re
    building a new chassis for the turbo cars that’s really state of the
    art,” Bickel said “I’m looking forward to seeing that take off.
    “Cars that we built won the championships in Extreme 10.5 and Pro
    Nitrous in 2011, and we want to expand to the blower class with Pro
    Extreme and Pro Modified, as well as Extreme Pro Stock and Top
    Sportsman. We want to built a strong customer base there, too.”

    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, Top Sportsman, Pro Modified, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro
    Extreme Motorcycle, 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.


  • ADRL Releases Rulebook For 2012 Racing Season

    O’FALLON, MO (November 21, 2011) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has
    released its official rulebook for the 2012 racing season, which goes into effect at
    the first race of the 2012 ADRL Tour.
    The eighth ADRL season starts on March 30-31 with Dragpalooza VIII at Royal Purple
    Raceway in Houston, the first of 10 events on the 2012 ADRL schedule. Continue reading  Post ID 4878


  • Storybook Season Ends With Castellana Claiming ADRL Pro Nitrous World Championship

    O’FALLON, MO (November 2, 2011) – Just returning to racing would have been good enough for American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Nitrous standout Mike Castellana.
    Instead, Castellana got to experience a true storybook season.
    Returning to competition after overcoming cancer in late 2010, Castellana provided one of the more remarkable stories in ADRL history, winning four races and earning his first ADRL Pro Nitrous World Championship. Continue reading  Post ID 4878


  • ADRL Honors 2011 World Champions, Special Award Winners At Racer Appreciation And Awards Gala

    ENNIS, TEXAS (October 24, 2011) – On the final day of the 2011 racing season, the
    American Drag Racing League (ADRL) also held its annual Racer Appreciation and
    Awards Gala.
    The memorable event took place Sunday evening at the Champion’s Club at Texas
    Motorplex, which served as the site of the ADRL’s season-ending LenMar Motorsports
    World Finals VII presented by Summit Racing Equipment, which also finished on
    Sunday. The world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league officially recognized its
    2011 World Champions – Jason Hamstra (Pro Extreme), Mike Castellana (Pro Nitrous),
    Dan Millen (Extreme 10.5), Ashley Owens (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Cary Goforth
    (Extreme Pro Stock) and Morgan Benfield (Pro Junior Dragster) – to officially
    conclude a thrilling and record-breaking 2012 ADRL season.
    ADRL television personality Brian Olson hosted the event that also trumpeted the
    2011 “Battle For The Belts” winners, the World Finals VII event winners and also
    announced the winners for ADRL Driver of the Year (Cary Goforth), Rookie of the Year
    (Mahana Al-Naemi), Track of the Year (Virginia Motorsports Park) and Spirit of the
    Year (T.T. and Angelia Jones).
    Hamstra was the points leader from start to finish in Pro Extreme, winning twice and
    advancing to at least the semifinals in every race but one.
    It quickly turned into a dream season for the 2009 ADRL Rookie of the Year.
    “It’s been a great year and we had a lot of support,” Hamstra said. “Everything
    worked out well and it was just a lot of fun.”
    Castellana, who overcame cancer during 2010, gave a touching speech after earning
    his championship trophy.
    The New York native won four times in Pro Nitrous and was able to enjoy a storybook
    season.
    “The ADRL has given us a great place to race and I want to thank KH (Al-Thani) for
    giving us an opportunity to get where we’re at,” Castellana said. “My crew has been
    unbelievable this year and I have to thank (crew chief) Shannon (Jenkins) for giving
    me one of the best years I’ve had racing.
    “I also have to thank everyone for all the kind words. It all helped out a lot.”
    Millen was the only driver in the ADRL who finished his season with a world
    championship, a “Battle For The Belts” victory and a World Finals VII all on the
    same weekend.
    It was a fitting end for an Extreme 10.5 standout who earned his second straight
    championship and won four times in 2011.
    “It’s just been an excellent year,” Millen said.
    Owens’ second straight spectacular season ended with his first world championship.
    The talented rider won four times in Pro Extreme Motorcycle and re-set the E.T.
    record (3.964) in also becoming the first PXM rider to reach the 3-second mark.
    “I just want to thank Paul (Gast of Fast by Gast). He built me an even better bike
    for me this year and that means a lot to me,” Owens said.
    In one of the most closely contested classes in the ADRL, Goforth had a remarkable
    and historic year in Extreme Pro Stock. He picked up three wins in what was
    consistently the biggest and closest class in the ADRL.
    “I’ve got the best guys in the world on this team,” Goforth said. “There’s so many
    great competitors in this class and I’m so proud to be part of it.”
    Goforth’s special night didn’t stop there, either.
    With three wins and his first ADRL world championship, Goforth was named the 2011
    ADRL Driver of the Year, drawing huge applause from the large crowd at the
    Champion’s Club.
    Goforth, who also set the class E.T. record (4.037) during a standout 2011 season,
    was blown away by the award on what was an emotional night for his family.
    “This was a pleasant surprise,” Goforth said. “Jerry Haas has given us the greatest
    race car in the world. I love the ADRL and this is a wonderful organization to be
    part of.”
    After a spectacular 2011 rookie season, Mahana Al-Naemi was named the 2011 ADRL
    Rookie of the Year.
    Al-Naemi had never driven a Pro Nitrous car in the United States before 2011, but he
    burst onto the scene with a top five finish in points, one event win and five No. 1
    qualifier awards.
    Crew chief and class legend Shannon Jenkins accepted the award for Al-Naemi, who was
    tending to an illness in the family.
    “Mahana’s become a very good driver and very good for the sport,” Jenkins said. “I’m
    sure he would have been glad to accept this award.”
    Serving as home of the annual Speedtech U.S. Drags, Virginia Motorsports Park earned
    Track of the Year honors. The top-notch facility hosted another top-notch event, as
    fans flocked to VMP for one of the best races of the 2011 ADRL season.
    Enoch Love, a Richmond-area native and owner of E-Love Racing, accepted the award on
    the behalf of Virginia Motorsports Park.
    T.T. and Angie Jones were named recipients of the ADRL Spirit of the Year Award for
    their generosity and selflessness in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle class.
    To finish off the Awards Gala, the ADRL also announced its 2012 schedule.
    Also getting recognized were the 2011 Battle For Belts winners – Todd Tutterow (PX),
    Khalid Al-Balooshi (PN), Millen (XTF), Owens (PXM), Richie Stevens Jr. (XPS) and
    Benfield (PJD).
    Earning their World Finals VII Minuteman trophies at the event were Jason Scruggs
    (PX), Jenkins (PN), Millen (XTF), Dave Vantine (PXM), Tony Gillig (XPS), Chanse
    Bullock (Summit Racing Top Sportsman), Lee Adkins (Pro Modified) and Kaley Allen
    (PJD).

    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, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro
    Extreme Motorcycle, 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