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  • Kevin Bealko on the fast track at ADRL Summer Drags VIII

    Photos Courtesy of Roger Richards
    Patience and perseverance were the theme of the day at Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. Fridays first session of qualifying saw the Black Diamond Motorsports 2011 GXP driven by Kevin Bealko sitting in the number one position with a 4.072 seconds elapsed time (ET) at 175.45 miles per hour (MPH).

    Six hours later after several rain showers in the second round of qualifying with the humidity at the extreme end of the gauge, Kevin aborted the run when the GXP headed for the wall but his previous qualifying run held up enough for third position as the rain returned again canceling the rest of qualifying. Saturday would be the final qualifying session in which the Black Diamond Motorsports crew hoped to improve in.

    Saturday’s qualifying session did not see any improvement in the ET but no other competitor was able to improve their ET’s either allowing the GXP to remain in the third position and would have to face the Lone Mopar driven by Larry O’Brien in the first round of eliminations .

    Kevin Bealko in his Sonny Racing powered Jerry Haas Race Cars 2011 GXP  performed his burn out and was lining up to stage when one of the Black Diamond Motorsports Crew noticed that a pressure gauge on the parachute bottle was reading zero from an air line that had broken on the burn out forcing Kevin to shut off the GXP for safety allowing O’Brien took make a single pass for the win.

    All was for not as the Black Diamond Motosports 2012 Camaro driven by John Deflorian  was able to take up the gauntlet and win his first Extreme Pro Stock Title .

    The seventh 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.

     

     

     


  • John Deflorian Wins ADRL Summer Drags VIII

    Photos Courtesy of Roger Richards
    Deflorian’s Quotes from ADRL.us

    John Deflorian selected and assembled every piece in his Black Diamond Motorsports 2012 Camaro in the evening hours after work at Jerry Haas Race Cars with several goals in mind , qualifying number one, setting a record and winning a race in American Drag Racing’s League’s (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class.

    In its sixth pass in competition the Jerry Haas Race Cars 2012 Camaro driven by John and his Black Diamond Motorsports crew qualified number one in the second session with 4.105 elapsed time (ET) at 175.91miles per hour (MPH) at ADRL Spring Drags III in Bristol then upped the ante with a 4.091 ET at 176.05 MPH in the third session to cement his first number one qualifying position .

    John accomplished another of his goal’s in the third session of qualifying at ADRL’s Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe held at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis his home track . John ran the fastest ET and MPH of Extreme Pro Stock class racing with a 4.018 ET at 179.92 MPH capturing both records in the sixteenth pass on the Camaro .

    “This is beyond, far beyond my wildest dreams and having it happen here makes it so much sweeter,” DeFlorian said. “I know so many people here and having them out here at this race just makes it so special,“I’m almost speechless. This is just unbelievable and that’s not even a big enough of a word to describe it.”

    John sprang forth with a celebration after the twenty-ninth pass in the Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas Race Cars Sonny’s Racing powered 2012 Camaro in the winner’s circle after picking up his first career ADRL win at Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.. John went 4.086 at 174.78 mph to beat Matt Bertsch in a matchup of first-time finalists .

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

    “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.”

    The seventh 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.


  • TEAM ARUBA MET STRUGGLES AT SUMMER NATIONALS

    MARTIN, Mi. – July 15, 2012:  The American Drag Racing League continued to be plagued by weather issues as they ventured north for the Summer Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park. The off and on rain threw many teams for a loop and Team Aruba was no exception.

    Extreme Pro Stock lost one qualifying run due to rain, but Team Aruba qualified a respectable 12th with a 4.120 at 175mph. As crews worked to battle the rain throughout the weekend, teams were also playing a guessing game against the weather. Unfortunately for Team Aruba, things did not play out in their favor as a dicey first round pass pushed Trevor Eman and the Aruba.com/Alltel Wireless Mustang across the center line, disqualifying their run.

    “Indeed Martin wasn’t the greatest of weekends,” told Eman. “It almost seems as if we are never getting a break from weather or some other delay. Lately, we have always been losing one of the qualifying rounds due to weather and it’s that extra run that we always need for the additional data. Depending on that run, we get behind the eight ball and then struggle when eliminations come around.

    “We know we had a good race car this weekend. Kaase did an excellent job on the motor. We had great speed during our runs and the Haas chassis was making consistently straight runs, but we missed the tune up when the track was at its hottest for the first round of eliminations and that cost us the win.

    “Despite the tough conditions, US 131 and the ADRL did a great job this weekend. They battled the weather that hurt us on Friday and managed to still give us two sessions. On Saturday the rain came and went a couple of times, and the ADRL and track crews stuck with it to have the rain move out and dry the track to get the race completed. Our team thanks them for their hard work!

    “We plan on doing some strenuous testing before the Charlotte race because we just can’t continue to do like we have been all year. We have great sponsors with Aruba.com and Alltel Wireless and we should be taking them to the winners circle, because we know we have the equipment to accomplish that and our sponsors and fans deserve to enjoy a winner’s circle with us.

    “We can only look forward to Charlotte now and concentrate on making it happen there. We will be displaying the Aruba.com / Alltel Wireless sponsor XPS Mustang in Wadesboro and Rockingham, NC on Tuesday and Wednesday before the Charlotte race, so hopefully we can get all the Alltel Wireless fans to come join us at the display and then at the race as well. We can certainly use their encouraging cheers! In St. Louis we had a great deal of fans, friends and family cheering us on and we made it to the finals. So Alltel and Aruba fans, come out to Charlotte and cheer us on to victory!”

    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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  • 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.


  • Mel Bush Motorsports Qualifies in top half of field at ADRL Summer Drags

    Mel Bush Motorsports came into the ADRL Summer Drags event at US131 Motorsports after a test session that was less than successful, “We had some problems with some of the electronics in the car and were trying to sort some issues out by testing at Norwalk after the national event,” said tuner Todd Tutterow. “When we made our first pass on Friday night and had a little shift issue, we made some changes, and in the 2nd session on Saturday morning the car ran 3.672 @202 giving D’Aprile his 2nd fastest ET ever.”

    With a day of rain on Friday, and a lot of time to sit around and think getting the car in the field first thing Saturday morning was a big relief to team owner Mel Bush. “I have a good feeling about this weekend, I am really happy with the way the team works together and to be sitting #3 after 2 sessions, with only one more session before eliminations, we are in a good spot,” said Bush.

    For More Information on Tommy D’Aprile follow him on Facebook

    The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) will be presented free and live online at www.ADRL.us from start to finish during its highly-anticipated 2012 season. Working with Tyrant Productions for the 2012 ADRL Tour, the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league announced on Thursday that each of its 10 events will feature a live, high-quality stream, capturing every run of qualifying and each elimination match up.

    Mel Bush Motorsports is proud to have the support of business partners such as NGK Spark Plugs, Jeffers Pro Cars, Fire Core Spark Plug Wires, and Pro Fab Headers.

    Picture courtesy of Racerchick Press Releases

    Team Owner Mel Bush, Driver Tommy D’Aprile and ADRL Official Mike Wilson


  • ADRL Summer Drags VIII

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    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

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

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


  • ADRL Returns To U.S. 131 Motorsports Park For The Summer Drags VIII

    O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) makes its return to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park for the Summer Drags VIII on July 13-14. It is the sixth of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    With new classes, a World Championship format and expanded family fun midway, there is considerable excitement and anticipation surrounding the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league as it returns to U.S. 131.

    Along with the highly-anticipated and revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown class, all of the ADRL’s professional classes will make compete at U.S. 131, including Pro Junior Dragster (PJD), Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.

    Racing for the first time anywhere in the world in 2012 is the highly-anticipated SuperCar Showdown. The ADRL SuperCar Showdown will showcase the latest factory-produced, dealership-available automobiles in all-out drag racing with no handicap starts or performance restrictions, adding even more excitement to the ADRL’s fast-paced show.

    The ADRL has made U.S. 131 Motorsports Park an annual stop on its tour, thanks to excellent driver participation and fan turnout. The 2011 race in Martin also marked the debut of the Summit Racing Top Sportsman class in the ADRL.

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

    For more information on the ADRL Summer Drags VIII, go to www.adrl.us/adrl-summer-drags-viii.

    Tickets are $15 for adults Friday or Saturday, $25 for a two-day, full-event pass, free for children 12-under and will be on sale soon. They will available at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park at (269) 672-7800 or through www.adrl.us/schedule/tickets.

     

    WHAT: The ADRL Summer Drags VIII takes place at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park on July 13-14. It is the sixth race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the sixth of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

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

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

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

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, 2012

    WHERE: U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, 1249 12th Street, Martin MI, 49070

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

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

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

    TICKETS: On sale soon at www.adrl.us/schedule/tickets

    or by calling U.S. 131 at (269) 672-7800.

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

    CONTACT: To contact the ADRL, call (855) 277-2375 or e-mail info@adrl.us. Contact U.S. 131 at www.us131msp.com  or (269) 672-7800.  For media requests, please contact Josh Hachat with ADRL Communications at (740) 627-1423 or josh@adrl.us

     

     

    ABOUT THE ADRL

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