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  • RIVENBARK RUNNER-UP IN ADRL BATTLE OF THE BELTS

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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


  • Bealko drove to Semifinal Finish in Rockingham

    DSC01665Kevin Bealko, Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner and driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines started from the No. 2 qualifying position and wrestled his way to a Semifinal finish at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway.

    Bealko qualified No. 2 with a 4.079 seconds elapsed time (et) at 177.07 miles per hour (mph) quickly dispatched  Team Aruba’s Trevor Eman in the opening round of eliminations with a 4.15 et at 175.59 mph and gained lane choice over Scott Hintz in the next round .

    Bealko faced Hintz, who had won Friday night’s Battle of the Belts, next for the second round of eliminations . Both cars left the starting line and immediately went in to tire shake with Bealko able to recover sooner for 4.75 et at 163.29 mph win but lost lane choice in the next round against Doug Kirk .

    The Semifinals would be a battle of West Virginia Extreme Pro Stock drivers but unfortunately Bealko went in to tire shake then spinning the tires at the launch handing the win to Kirk .

    XDRL_2-174John DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines was runner-up for Friday Night’s Battle of the Belts race, but found Sunday’s track conditions to be challenging and lost to John Pluchino in first round when he went in to tire shake at the launch .

     

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  • Smith & Moon Score Battle For the Belts Victory for Al Anabi Racing

    DSD_2707-resizedFor Von Smith and Howard Moon, driver and crew chief for Al Anabi Racing’s Pro Extreme ’69 Camaro, winning the coveted ADRL Battle For the Belts was a matter of execution. Three rounds of racing were all that separated them from the gold 12-pound championship belt and $50,000 cash prize, but it would be three rounds of racing amongst the quickest-and-fastest full-bodied cars on the planet.

    In the opening stanza, Smith faced off with reigning ADRL Pro Extreme champion Mick Snyder. Smith was off the line first with a near-perfect .010-second reaction time and never waivered, streaking to the win with a 3.627-second, 211.53mph elapsed time in the Jerry Bickel-built doorslammer. The semifinal round pitted Smith against points leader Joey Martin, but points were of little consequence as the veteran driver out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee again was off the starting line first with a .021-second light and took the win with a 3.612/212.06mph effort as Martin was forced to abort.

    A much revered setting in drag racing circles – under the lights at Rockingham Dragway – served as the stage for the 2013 ADRL Battle For the Belts final round, which featured a titanic matchup between Smith and the series’ most recent winner Tommy D’Aprile. Again Smith was off the line first with a stunning .003-second reaction and he needed every bit of it to hang on for the holeshot victory with a 3.616-second, 212.56mph pass over D’Aprile’s quicker-but-losing 3.596/211.93mph combination.

    “It was so close down there at the end. I knew he was right there beside me,” said Smith. “It’s a little cliché to say that’s how a driver wants to win, but it does feel good. Honestly, though, this is what happens when a plan comes together. We came into this race knowing what we’re capable of – it was just a matter of going out there and doing it.

    “To pull it off and win this belt – it’s unreal,” continued Smith. “As hard as this team works they deserve a night like tonight, and to have Sheikh Khalid here to experience it with us just puts it over the top.”

    Howard Moon, longtime crew chief on the Al Anabi Racing Pro Extreme ’69 Camaro, shared the same sentiment as his driver.

    “We always say that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” said Moon. “We go to every race with the same goal – to win – so we didn’t treat this Battle For the Belts any different than we would any other race. But we have had a few issues this year – little things here and there that bit us – but after winning in Memphis and with the way the car has been performing, we felt like we had some momentum coming into Rockingham. For how hard everybody on this team works, I’m glad we were able to capitalize on that momentum and win this deal.”


  • Bealko No. 2 and DeFlorian No. 3 at ADRL Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway

    KevinBealkoOn the strength of a 4.079 seconds elapsed time (et) at 177.07 miles per hour (mph) pass made on his final attempt, Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner Kevin Bealko, driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines captured the No. 2 qualifying position for Sunday’s American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway.

    Bealko who took advantage of the cooler night air to improve his qualifying position will have to face Trevor Eman in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations .

    XDRL_2-178-EditJohn DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines was runner-up for Friday Night’s Battle of the Belts race, but found Saturday’s track conditions to be challenging. DeFlorian managed to run 4.09 et at 178.02 mph placing him in the No. 3 position in the final qualifying session . DeFlorian will have to run John Pluchino in first round of Sunday’s eliminations .

    Eliminations in Extreme Pro Stock at the 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech, Dragstock X will start at 11 a.m. and can be viewed Live at Motormaniatv.com .

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  • DESPITE TRIALS, TEAM ARUBA MAKES THE SHOW AT NUMBER 15

    dsc_1458_20130907_1816849630Trevor Eman and Team Aruba took the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang right down broadway in somewhat tricky conditions during the final late night qualifying session at Dragstock X to land themselves in the number 15 spot in qualifying. The 4.129 elapsed time improved upon their earlier time of 4.152 and was enough to secure their spot to compete in eliminations and continue their Championship run.

     

    Eman will be paired with Kevin Bealko for round one. Bealko qualified number two with a 4.079.

     

    “Unfortunately, we had a rather frustrating day of qualifying,” told Eman. “We are happy that we are at least in the show, but our performance hasn’t been the way it usually is. Track conditions are tricky and at the same time we’re battling a small electrical gremlin that we cannot seem to pinpoint. Hopefully tomorrow we can clear up some issues with the racecar and take out Kevin Bealko in round one. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

     

    Eliminations will begin at 11am. Fans can tune in and watch live at www.adrl.us or follow Team Aruba on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and results.


  • DeFlorian runner-up in ADRL Battle of the Belts at Rockingham Dragway

    dsd_2428The top eight in American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class lined up to do battle at Rockingham Dragway as part of the Battle for the Belts . John DeFlorian, driver of Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas 2012 Clean Coal Camaro powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines made it through the Elite Field and was runner-up in Finals.

    DeFlorian who is 6th in ADRL championship points faced Summit Racing’s Pete Berner in the first round of competition for Battle of the Belts. Both reaction times were close but Berner shook the tires after the launch handing the win to DeFlorian who ran 4.17 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 174.66 miles per hour (MPH) to gather lane choice over Montecalvo in the next round .

    DeFlorian quickly dispatched Montecalvo with a 0.018 reaction time coupled with an 4.06 ET at 179.18 MPH to Montecalvo’s 4.07 ET at 178.38 MPH. DeFlorian had lane choice over Scott Hintz Mustang for the Battle of the Belts Finals and picked the Left lane . Both drivers carefully staged knowing that the win light meant at Belt and 50k payday . Hintz drilled the tree with a 0.039 reaction time to DeFlorian’s 0.100 reaction time and held on for the win .

    DeFlorian is all set for qualifying for 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech Event #7 ADRL Dragstock X Saturday and eliminations on Sunday at Rockingham Dragway .

    KevinBealkoTeam Owner Kevin Bealko, driver of the Jerry Haas America’s Power GXP powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines has been on the move this year chipping away at the exceptionally tough extreme pro stock field by qualifying in the field at the last 18 races and in the top 4 at the last 4 races.

    “We are extremely proud to fly the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity colors on our 2012 Jerry Haas GXP”, states team owner Bealko. “American Drag Racing League and Rockingham Dragway will be a great venue for Black Diamond Motorsports to reach out to American families about the important role that coal plays in delivering affordable, reliable power for American families and businesses. We’re excited to talk with all our drag racing fans about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean. We have every intention to win a World Championship for America’s Power and Graber Concrete Company,” states Bealko.

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  • EMAN SUFFERS UNFORTUNATE LOSS IN FIRST ROUND OF BATTLE FOR THE BELTS

    1238819_10151903535053000_8550717_nROCKINGHAM, N.C. Sept. 6, 2013: Today the top eight Extreme Pro Stock competitors in the country lined up to do battle at Rockingham Dragway as part of the Battle for the Belts shootout. Trevor Eman and Team Aruba qualified their Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless Mustang for this prestigious race by virtue of their number four points standings in national points. They were slated to run number five man, Scott Hintz, in round one. Eman was off the line first with an .019 reaction time to Hintz .041. However, both drivers went into tire shake and a pedal fest ensued with Hintz crossing the finish line first, just .038 in front of Eman.

     

    While this ended Eman’s pursuit for the Belt, Team Aruba will continue their XPS Championship pursuits with tomorrow’s qualifying of Dragstock X.

     

    “As much as we are disappointed about losing in the shootout, we are still happy about the fact that we have had the privilege to be part of this event,” told Eman. “We’ve been racing quite some time now and being able to qualify in the top eight with the best competitors in the country shows that we have come far during the years that we have been racing. We need to put this behind us and concentrate on the race we still have to compete in tomorrow and Sunday. We still have a championship on the line so we cannot lose our concentration.

     

    “On another note, a sad one at that, the racing community lost a great guy this past week, Jimmy Gunther. Jimmy worked at our chassis builder, Jerry Haas Race Cars and has helped plenty of race teams over the years. Every time we would visit Jerry Haas, Jimmy was always there and always very nice to our entire team, and at the track he was a fun guy to be around. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Jimmy’s family, all the people Jimmy worked with at Jerry Haas Race Cars and everybody that ever had the pleasure of having Jimmy help them on their race team.”

     

    Watch Trevor and Team Aruba at the ADRL Dragstock X this weekend via ADRL.us Live Feed.

     

    Keep up with Team Aruba at www.facebook.com/teamarubaracing and on Twitter @TeamArubaRacing.

    Find race results, team updates, videos and photos. Also leave your comments to cheer on Team Aruba!

     

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  • Black Diamond Motorsports Welcomes Associate Sponsor Graber Concrete Company

    DSC01665Black Diamond Motorsports would like to welcome Graber Concrete Company (GCC) as an associate sponsor for remainder of the season . Jeff and Mark Graber, owners of Graber Concrete, have been very loyal fans and crew members of Black Diamond Motorsports and we would like to send Mark a special “Thanks for your Service” message by making Jeff and him our Associate Sponsor . Mark is stationed overseas serving country in the Armed Services . We also would like to thank Jeff’s wife Terri, who owns TAG’s Cafe back in Cincinnati, she has sent us deserts all season long and they are truly awesome .

    Graber Concrete Company was established in 1976 by Jeff Graber and has been solving Cincinnati Ohio’s concrete needs from standard concrete flat work to an array of variety of standard, stamped, colored concrete, paver patios, installing retaining walls and water features. GCC also performs a wide range of excavating from pool fill-ins to underground fiber optic installation.

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

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  • TEAM ARUBA HAS GREAT FIRST OUTING

    img_9529_20130310_1362230552ROCKINGHAM, N.C. March 13, 2013: For a team that is familiar with struggle, Trevor Eman and Team Aruba were delighted to start the 2013 season off with a very respectable semi-final finish.

    “It was certainly great to start the season making it to the semi-finals with this Aruba.com/Alltel Wireless Team,” told Eman. “For the past two years the seasons never started the way we needed them to. Hopefully we keep the momentum going and win some races this year.

    “Our weekend started with a successful car display for Alltel Wireless in Rockingham on Wednesday. The great folks from Alltel Wireless also joined us on Saturday and Sunday at the track, setting up their customer service table to be able to attend to all the race fans and Alltel Wireless customers. We love having the Alltel team join us for these events.”

    Between weather conditions and traveling the distances between Aruba and the team’s shop in South Carolina, there was no time for off season testing until the days leading up to the ADRL Dragpalooza IX. The team was still working out the right combination during qualifying, but managed a 4.103 which put them in the number 10 spot. During eliminations, Eman was definitely on his driving game. Although taking on the higher qualified Richard Penland in round one, Eman’s .008 light and 4.05 elapsed time was no match for Penland’s .083 and 4.31. In round two, the Aruba.com laid down another 4.05, but it was Eman’s .013 that put him ahead of Pete Berner’s 4.04 at the finish line for a hole shot win. For the semi finals Eman was up against number one qualifier, John Deflorian. Knowing that they would have to pull out all the stops to win this round, Eman went for his best light and came up .001 red. Still, the Aruba.com Mustang ran another great number, 4.06. Deflorian proved to be tough to beat with a .005 light and 4.05 elapsed time.

    “We made some changes for this race and we certainly saw the results of that,” continued Eman. “We spent two days testing prior to the race and that didn’t go quite the way we wanted, but we got things turned around just in time to perform well in eliminations. The car and motor performed flawlessly during eliminations. We had a tough draw in the semi finals in the number one qualifier, but we still ran a very competitive race. Our team can be very proud of what we’ve accomplished here. Also, congratulations to John Deflorian on winning the event!

    “Beating my competitors off the starting line was what helped get us through rounds one and two. Unfortunately it also proved to be my nemesis in the semis. However, we still ran great numbers and had close races all day long to make a good show for the fans. John Deflorian laid down a run that would have been incredibly hard to beat no matter what. Hopefully, our motor program keeps coming around to the point where our combination of good lights and horsepower will be tough on all the competition.”

    Many racers were very pleased with the Dragpalooza crowd, which was impressive on both days of the event.

    “It was also very motivating to race in front of the big crowd that came out for the event,” told Eman. “Plenty of people came by our pit area to get autographs and take pictures of the car. It’s nice to have such great fan support.

    “The Traction Twins did a great job as well. It’s great to have them with the ADRL again this year,” Eman added, alluding to the changes in leadership that the ADRL underwent in the off season. “Our hats go off to everybody responsible for a great race weekend in Rockingham.

    “Our own team also did an awesome job this weekend. Everybody was on their game and determined to do well. As we keep this going, I think we can certainly expect to do even better in Valdosta!”


  • BERNER HOPES FOR POSITIVES OUT OF DEVASTATING WEEKEND

    ROCKINGHAM, N.C. September 12, 2011: There’s no denying that everyone expected the talk surrounding the ADRL Dragstock VIII to be points shake-ups, close wins, and exciting runs. Unfortunately, the news has been much more sobering after the death of Extreme Pro Stock driver Bert Jackson, following an on-track, high-speed crash. No one involved with the ADRL or Rockingham Dragway was left unaffected by these events and Pete Berner hopes that the racing community takes this negative and turns it into a positive.

    “It’s a very sad time for our racing community,” told Berner. “I didn’t know Bert as well as some of the others did, but it’s still like a piece of me is gone. We’re all so close in Pro Stock. It’s hard to put words to it; we’re still in shock. Continue reading  Post ID 8084