Black Diamond Motorsports X-Treme Pro Stock driver John DeFlorian looks forward to his homecoming at Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) as X-Treme Drag Racing League makes its debut at GMP in the X-Treme Gateway. DeFlorian set the bar high in 2012 by resetting the elapsed time record to 4.018 seconds at GMP and will have to go to some extreme measures to top his previous Pro Stock homecoming at GMP.
DeFlorian, a St. Louis-area native and longtime employee at Jerry Haas Race Cars, has competed in 30 rounds of competition since making his debut at the wheel of his 2012 Clean Coal Camaro built by Jerry Haas Race Cars and powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines X-Treme Pro Stock last year. He has won 21 of those rounds, racked up 3 event wins, has set the elapsed time record to 4.018 seconds, qualified number one 8 times, was the first pro stock to run over 180 miles per hour plus holds the record at180.26 mph and has maintained an reaction time average of .058 seconds .
There’s not added pressure for the Black Diamond Motorsports driver but he certainly wants to do well in front of what will be a large contingent of family and friends.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Gateway to race,” said DeFlorian, who is the X-DRL points leader in X-Treme Pro Stock. “We had a lot of fun racing there last year, and we’re hoping to do well again this year for the X-DRL’s first visit to the track.
“We’ll have a lot of friends and family at the track, but we’ll just hopefully use that as extra motivation. We just love to race and we can’t wait to get back after it.”
“You can go from hero to zero in the snap of a finger. It does not last forever and it’s so difficult to achieve. The consistency is showing up and all the work is paying off. The cars in this class are so competitive and it’s impressive how tough this class really is.”
Kevin Bealko, Black Diamond Motorsports Team Owner and America’s Power GXP driver, has been on the fast track since the beginning of the year in the exceptionally tough X-Treme Pro Stock class. Adversity with track and weather conditions has helped mold this team into a serious contender that is on the hunt for their 1st event win. Bealko has had to meet his teammate DeFlorian in competition at three events but both are looking forward to meeting in the finals.
Kevin Bealko enters this weekend’s X-Treme Gateway as the third-ranked driver in the X-DRL X-Treme Pro Stock standings. He trails current leader John DeFlorian by 212-points.
X-DRL’s X-Treme Gateway Showdown takes place on June 14-15 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis. It’s the X-DRL’s debut at the track and the fourth of nine races in its inaugural 2013 season.
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