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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    ABOUT THE ADRL

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


  • Third time is a Charm at Ohio Drags VI for Black Diamond Motorsports

    John Deflorian Roger Richards Photo

    After two tire rattling sessions Black Diamond Motorsports John Deflorian and Kevin Bealko qualified sixth and thirteenth in the third and last qualifying session of Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) for Friday at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Extreme Pro Stock presented by Mickey Thompson held at Summit Motorsports Park.

    With one qualifying session left in the super-tight field that is already the second-quickest in XPS history with only .067 seconds separating the sixteen car field, Deflorian and Bealko look to improve their qualifying positions with the weather conditions predicted to be about the same as the third session .

    Kevin Bealko Roger Richards Photo

    Crew Chief Carl Trader looks to tune both Sonny’s Racing Engines in the Jerry Haas built 2012 Camaro and 2011 GXP with an elimination set-up but with the weather conditions predicted to be better than when Deflorian reset the ADRL record to 4.018 seconds elapsed time at 179.92 miles per hour you never know what can happen .

    Follow along Saturday as this looks to be one of the fastest and most exciting race of the season

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    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 11 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    Photos Courtesy of Roger Richards


  • ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson Friday results

    NORWALK, Ohio — Friday’s results after qualifying for the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson
    at Summit Motorsports Park, ninth of 10 events in the American Drag Racing League. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s
    final eliminations.

    Pro Extreme — 1. Mick Snyder, Chevy Corvette, 3.598, 209.95; 2. Brandon Pesz, Corvette, 3.603, 209.69; 3. Jason Scruggs,
    Corvette, 3.614, 209.56; 4. Bubba Stanton, Chevy Camaro, 3.629, 210.34; 5. Frankie Taylor, Corvette, 3.634, 209.07; 6. Dan Millen,
    Ford Mustang, 3.656, 207.05; 7. Tim Tindle, Corvette, 3.660, 209.20; 8. Tommy D’Aprile, Corvette, 3.665, 201.04; 9. Todd Martin,
    Mustang, 3.688, 205.98; 10. Alex Hossler, Camaro, 3.689, 204.51; 11. Terry Leggett, Mustang, 3.694, 208.36; 12. Neal Wantye, Camaro,
    3.706, 201.04; 13. Von Smith, Camaro, 3.713, 205.79; 14. Quain Stott, Corvette, 3.757, 203.12; 15. Clint Thompson, Camaro, 3.766,
    202.27; 16. Chris Russo, Camaro, 3.868, 200.68. Not Qualified: 17. Art McMahan, 3.868, 193.16; 18. Jay Diedrich, 4.217, 184.52; 19.
    John Stanley, 4.316, 152.83; 20. Duane Rister, 4.474, 149.51.

    Pro Nitrous — 1. Pat Stoken, Chevy Camaro, 3.836, 197.62; 2. Doug Riesterer, Camaro, 3.843, 190.86; 3. Robert Mathis,
    Camaro, 3.844, 197.31; 4. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 3.844, 195.56; 5. Jim Laurita, Camaro, 3.850, 189.23; 6. Stan Allen, Camaro, 3.871,
    192.88; 7. Jason Harris, Pontiac Firebird, 3.876, 191.13; 8. Rickie Jones, Camaro, 3.937, 183.89; 9. John Hall, Camaro, 3.954,
    188.25; 10. Randy Weatherford, Camaro, 3.959, 189.87; 11. Tommy Franklin, Camaro, 3.972, 185.49; 12. Ray Schuler, Camaro, 4.047,
    181.96; 13. Burton Auxier, Camaro, 4.102, 187.73; 14. Steve Vick, Camaro, 4.129, 182.43; 15. John Camp, Camaro, 4.169, 178.40; 16.
    John Vergotz, Camaro, 4.193, 181.32. Not Qualified: 17. Keith Jackson, 5.727, 112.98.

    Extreme 10.5 — 1. Alan Pittman, Ford Mustang, 3.911, 197.31; 2. Billy Glidden, Mustang, 3.923, 188.96; 3. Nick Jackson,
    Willys, 4.302, 176.97; 4. Dan Myers, Chevy Cameo, 4.463, 185.61.

    Pro Extreme Motorcycle — 1. Dave Vantine, Suzuki, 4.071, 175.07; 2. Eric McKinney, Suzuki, 4.083, 172.96; 3. Dave Norris,
    Suzuki, 4.104, 173.52; 4. Carlos Wilkerson, Suzuki, 4.119, 169.74; 5. Paul Gast, Suzuki, 4.128, 173.03; 6. Terry Schweigert, Suzuki,
    4.131, 168.94; 7. TT Jones, Suzuki, 4.184, 166.52; 8. Casey Stemper, Suzuki Hayabusa, 4.200, 144.58. Not Qualified: 9. Jack Young,
    4.234, 158.17; 10. Leshon Norman, 4.426, 152.66.

    Extreme Pro Stock — 1. Todd Hoerner, Chevy Camaro, 4.040, 178.95; 2. Richard Penland, Ford Mustang, 4.055, 178.12; 3.
    Richie Stevens Jr, Mustang, 4.057, 177.23; 4. Cary Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.058, 177.74; 5. Larry O’Brien, Dodge Avenger, 4.067,
    176.97; 6. John Deflorian Jr., Camaro, 4.068, 178.87; 7. John Pluchino, Ford Escort, 4.073, 177.49; 8. Dean Goforth, GXP, 4.074,
    177.09; 9. Doug Kirk, Mustang, 4.078, 178.19; 10. David Schorr, Escort, 4.079, 176.05; 11. Elijah Morton, Mustang, 4.080, 177.23;
    12. Pete Berner, Camaro, 4.085, 176.72; 13. Kevin Bealko, GXP, 4.090, 176.56; 14. Trevor Eman, Mustang, 4.097, 177.18; 15. Jeff
    Dobbins, Mustang, 4.101, 175.55; 16. Brad Waddle, Mustang, 4.107, 175.52. Not Qualified: 17. Brian Gahm, 4.108, 177.14; 18. Matt
    Bertsch, 4.112, 175.46; 19. Scott Hintz, 4.127, 174.89; 20. Lester Cooper, 4.145, 173.07; 21. Ron Miller, 4.147, 172.43; 22. Richard
    Needham Jr., 4.257, 169.47; 23. Tony Pontieri, 4.273, 174.96; 24. John Montecalvo, 5.019, 153.16.

    Top Sportsman — 1. Joshua Vettel, Chevy Camaro, 3.975, 177.53; 2. Mark Malcuit, Camaro, 4.027, 180.94; 3. Travis Harvey,
    Camaro, 4.040, 184.04; 4. Chuck Mohn, Camaro, 4.060, 176.40; 5. Lizzy Musi, Camaro, 4.069, 175.11; 6. Randy Primozie, Chevy
    Cavalier, 4.129, 175.78; 7. Earl Folse, Camaro, 4.149, 177.60; 8. Don Klooster, Chevy Corvette, 4.169, 179.14; 9. Glenn Teets Jr.,
    Pontiac GTO, 4.172, 173.81; 10. Marco Abruzzi, Camaro, 4.176, 172.14; 11. Aaron Glaser, Camaro, 4.177, 171.58; 12. Don Wilk, Camaro,
    4.189, 168.56; 13. Bruce Thrift, GTO, 4.190, 170.69; 14. Ronnie Davis, Corvette, 4.196, 174.28; 15. William Brown III, Pontiac Grand
    Am, 4.208, 169.83; 16. Glenn Butcher, Camaro, 4.210, 172.17. Not Qualified: 17. Tim Molnar, 4.228, 170.17; 18. Joe Palmer, 4.244,
    169.59; 19. Kevin Wicke, 4.283, 164.25; 20. Ronnie Proctor, 4.304, 163.69; 21. Terry Teets, 4.311, 168.43; 22. Freal Mize, 4.319,
    161.29; 23. Ricky Adkins, 4.381, 167.32; 24. Gary Halper, 4.572, 155.87; 25. Jimmy Cowan, 4.929, 145.80; 26. Pete Ignatovil, 5.709,
    90.22; 27. Bob Gulitti, 9.632, 79.55.

    Pro Mod — 1. Raymond Matos, Plymouth Barracuda, 3.910, 187.99; 2. Adam Flamholc, Chevy Camaro, 3.934, 189.79; 3. Jeffrey
    Cummins Jr, Camaro, 3.975, 187.65; 4. Jeff Naiser, Camaro, 3.986, 187.13; 5. Monroe Guest, Camaro, 4.031, 184.98; 6. Todd Tutterow,
    Plymouth Duster, 4.040, 195.62; 7. Larry Higginbottham, Chevy Bel Air, 4.108, 176.12; 8. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 4.111, 180.84. Not
    Qualified: 9. Dave Roemer, 4.211, 174.93; 10. Tim Tindle, 4.227, 174.46; 11. David Hance, 4.663, 146.16; 12. Pat Musi, 5.103, 98.57;
    13. Keith Haney, 5.466, 117.21; 14. Matt Guenther, 6.136, 102.03.

    Pro Junior Dragster — 1. Camrie Caroso, HalfScale, 7.900, no speed; 2. Ava Lawler, HalfScale, 7.901, no speed; 3. Kevin
    Kohr, HalfScale, 7.902, no speed; 4. Derek Raymond, HalfScale, 7.905, no speed; 5. Kenny Carson Jr, HalfScale, 7.911, no speed; 6.
    Nick Isenhower, Half Scale, 7.917, no speed; 7. Kyle Dvorak, Spitzer, 7.919, no speed; 8. Robert Vogler, Halfscale, 7.923, no speed;
    9. Jackson Core, Junior, 7.924, no speed; 10. Dalton Roles, Bos, 7.925, no speed; 11. Tony Archillo, HalfScale, 7.931, no speed; 12.
    Patrick Weatherford, Racetech, 7.933, no speed; 13. Alexander Oppen, Junior, 7.933, no speed; 14. Janna Vogler, HalfScale, 7.934, no
    speed; 15. Braydon McCann, Bos, 7.936, no speed; 16. Kyle Kohr, HalfScale, 7.939, no speed; 17. Abby Molek, Bos, 7.940, no speed;
    18. Kieffer Simpson, HalfScale, 7.941, no speed; 19. Anthony Bond, HalfScale, 7.944, no speed; 20. Morgan Benfield, Motivation,
    7.972, no speed; 21. Brittany Clark, HalfScale, 7.973, no speed; 22. Devin Isenhower, Half Scale, 7.979, no speed; 23. Marc Hammock,
    Junior, 7.983, no speed; 24. Kalob Smith, KCS, 7.984, no speed; 25. Zach Sackman, HalfScale, 8.013, no speed; 26. Tayler
    Weatherford, Racetech, 8.028, no speed; 27. Tia Tutterow, HalfScale, 8.046, no speed; 28. Shannon Bell, JD, 8.053, no speed; 29.
    Keaton Simpson, HalfScale, 11.274, no speed; 30. Ashley Cole, HalfScale, 7.884, no speed.

    SuperCar Showdown — 1. Chris Holbrook, Ford Mustang, 5.667, 121.88; 2. Ron Matchon, Mustang, 5.860, 119.88; 3. Rick
    Rodgers, Mustang, 5.940, 120.34; 4. Jimmy Ronzello, Mustang, 5.946, 119.37; 5. Johnny Wiker, Mustang, 5.975, 117.53; 6. Michael
    Harris, Mustang, 6.550, 115.27.


  • ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI

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    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 2012

    WHERE: Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Rt. 18, Norwalk, Ohio 44857

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 11 a.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 2:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8:30 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 11 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.


  • ADRL Returns To Summit Motorsports Park For Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Presented By Mickey Thompson

    O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) returns to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson on Sept. 28-29. It is the ninth of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Racing on both Friday and Saturday will now start at 11 a.m. instead of the previously-scheduled 12 p.m. Gates will still open at 10 a.m. for fans.

    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 Summit Motorsports Park. With only one race remaining in the 2012 season following the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, the race for a world championship is also as tight as ever in a number of classes.

    Along with the highly-anticipated and revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown class, all of the ADRL’s professional classes will make compete at Summit Motorsports Park, 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.

    The gates open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the first round of qualifying on Friday set to begin at 11 a.m. On Saturday, the racing will begin at 11 a.m. with the final qualifying session. The first round of eliminations starts at 2:30 p.m., with special jet car passes and other exhibition runs concluding the evening on both Friday and Saturday.

    For more information on the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, go to www.adrl.us.

    Tickets are $15 for adults Friday or Saturday, $25 for a two-day, full-event pass, free for children 12-under and are on sale now. They are available by going to www.adrl.us/tickets or by contacting Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

     

    WHAT: ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson takes place at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio on Sept. 28-29. It is the ninth race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the ninth 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, Sept. 28-29, 2012

    WHERE: Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Rt. 18, Norwalk, Ohio 44857

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 11 a.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 2:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8:30 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 11 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by visiting www.adrl.us/tickets or by contacting Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

    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 Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com. 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.


  • Black Diamond Motorsports ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Pre Race

    John Deflorian 2012 Camaro
    Photo by Brian Howdershell

    Admittedly, the past few ADRL events have not been Black Diamond Motorsports best outings. John Deflorian who has qualified number one at three events, reset the elasped time and mile per hour record and won the Summer Drags VIII in Martin, MI. has been met with a string of first or second round losses at the past couple events. With cooler weather returning and the end of the season approaching, John Deflorian and Kevin Bealko are hoping to turn their luck around at the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park.

    With only one race remaining in the 2012 season following the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, the race for a world championship is coming down to a two car race but Black Diamond Motorsports is not conceding yet and plan on turning up the pressure.

    The near perfect weather forecast for this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio has 3-second zone possibilities written all over it. Our Sonny Racing engines have been freshened, Carl Trader has calculated the possible tune-ups, the team is prepared to put both car in that zone .

    The ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson takes place on Sept. 28-29 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. It is the ninth race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the ninth of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Event Schedule

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 2012

    WHERE: Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Rt. 18, Norwalk, Ohio 44857

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m. Qualifying Round 1 at 11 a.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 2:30 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8:30 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Gates Open at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 4 at 11 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2:30 p.m.; Jet Car at 8 p.m. Final Eliminations at 8:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by visiting www.adrl.us/tickets or by contacting Summit Motorsports Park at (419) 668-5555 or www.summitmotorsportspark.com.

    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.


  • Points Races Heating Up Heading To ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI Presented By Mickey Thompson

    The fall season may mean cooler temperatures, but it also means that things will be hotter than ever going into the final two American Drag Racing League (ADRL) races of 2012.

    It starts this weekend with the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio and will come to an incredible finish at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas Motorplex in Dallas.

    Cool conditions are expected in Norwalk, which could mean record performances and outstanding runs. It will also mean amazing chases in a variety of classes heading into a memorable finish on the 2012 ADRL Tour.

    Here is a glimpse at each championship chase in every class and how the thrilling action this weekend could affect things.

     

    PRO EXTREME

    This is turning into a two-car, teammate vs. teammate chase, as Jason Scruggs trails Mick Snyder by just 104 points. Remember, every round win in the ADRL is worth 100 points, meaning only a round and qualifying points separate the two dominant drivers in the class.

    They’ve combined to win six of the eight races in the class, and now it seems they will decide a championship. Von Smith is still in the hunt at 626 points back, but this seems like it will come down to Snyder and Scruggs, and who will perform better in Norwalk and Dallas.

    With mid-60s expected for Norwalk, it may take runs in the 3.50s to go rounds.

     

    PRO NITROUS

    It has turned into a dream season for Bob Rahaim, who is the points leader heading to Norwalk, where he will be racing close to home. He has momentum, too, after winning earlier this month in Memphis, beating Doug Riesterer on a holeshot in the finals.

    Of course, Riesterer is second in points (156 points back), meaning that matchup was huge. In essence, it’s a 406-point lead for Rahaim, as he is in line to get 250 bonus points for attending all 10 races while Riesterer missed an event earlier this year.

    Rickie Jones, who will carry his Summit sponsorship into the big Summit event this weekend, is 528 points back and will need a run akin to his back-to-back victories to start the year to get back in this mix.

     

    MICKEY THOMPSON EXTREME 10.5

    Alan Pittman leads Billy Glidden by 702 points, meaning if all goes well for Pittman – and it has gone extremely well for him for much of 2012 – he could have the title clinched heading into Dallas. In fact, it would take near-disaster for him to lose this kind of lead with 2 races left.

    Glidden is capable of some amazing things, but should he slip past Pittman, it would rank among the greatest performances of his career.

     

    PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE

    Eric McKinney leads Casey Stemper by 998 points, meaning his third straight victory in Memphis – and fifth overall in a fabulous 2012 campaign – all but wrapped up his first world championship.

    It’s not officially clinched, as McKinney still needs to go to Dallas to clinch the 250 bonus points, but another dominant performance in Norwalk would make that a moot point. The most interesting subplot for Norwalk is seeing whether McKinney, who went a fantastic 4.02 in Memphis, can break into the 3-second zone.

     

    EXTREME PRO STOCK

    Speaking of the 3-second zone, that could happen in XPS with near-perfect conditions expected this weekend in Norwalk. Cary Goforth, though, is more concerned with a second straight world championship.

    It started to look a little more clear after Memphis, as he opened up a 436-point lead against Richie Stevens Jr. after Stevens was upset in the first round. Stevens came on strong to end 2011, and will likely need at least a finals berth in Norwalk to make things extremely interesting heading to Dallas.

     

    AEROMOTIVE FUEL SYSTEMS PRO MODIFIED

    There’s a lot still to be decided in this one, as Mike Castellana leads Jeff Naiser by 249 points. But Naiser is in line to earn the 250 bonus points, meaning he hypothetically has a 1-point lead.

    Castellana won’t be in Norwalk, meaning Naiser has a golden opportunity to become the favorite heading into Dallas. He had a great opportunity in Memphis as well, but failed to qualify, meaning things will be even wilder over these next two events. With the bonus points, Pat Musi only trails by 354 points, which should only add to the excitement over these next two races.

    Should both Musi and Naiser do well in Norwalk, it will create some must-see action in Dallas, where Castellana is expected to compete.

     

    SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT TOP SPORTSMAN

    This race might be the most exciting of all of them, as four drivers trail points leader Marco Abruzzi by five rounds or less.

    As we’ve also seen in class, almost anything can happen on any given weekend, meaning this one is totally up for grabs. Abruzzi didn’t qualify in Charlotte, but came back to win in Memphis, putting him back in the points lead. Racing in Norwalk means he’s also at his home track, giving him a great opportunity to add to his points lead.

    Currently, he leads William Brown III by 171 points, Chuck Mohn by 277 points, Earl Folse by 355 points and Ronnie Davis by 434 points. All are capable of catching him, meaning this race will be incredibly thrilling in Norwalk and Dallas.

     

    PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER

    Alexander Oppen continues to hold onto a slim lead in the class over Jackson Core (194 points). Things will be even more interesting this weekend in Norwalk when a 32-car field in Pro Junior Dragster will compete.

     

    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.


  • TEAM ARUBA LOOKING TO CHANGE THEIR LUCK AT OHIO DRAGS

    UNION, S.C. September 22, 2011: Admittedly, the past few ADRL events have
    not been Team Aruba’s best outings. The team that went to the semis earlier
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    season approaching, Trevor Eman and Team Aruba are hoping to turn their luck
    around at the ADRL Ohio Drags this weekend at Summit Motorsports Park.
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