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  • Strong Start, Finish Leads Abruzzi To Summit Racing Top Sportsman World Championship

    O’FALLON, MO – Known for fast starts and strong finishes throughout his standout drag racing career, Marco Abruzzi once again relied on that method in 2012 in the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class.

    The end result was one of the biggest moments in a career filled with wins and spectacular seasons.

    In a championship chase that came down to the final day, it was Abruzzi’s strong start and finish that proved to be the difference, as it carried him to the 2012 ADRL world championship in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman.

    Abruzzi won the first race of the season, became the first repeat winner in the history of the class in September, advanced to a third final later that month and then held off William Brown III and Ronnie Davis in a thrilling finish to capture the first world championship in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman history in the ADRL.

    “It was exciting. The year started off great with the win in Houston, but it didn’t look good over the summer,” Abruzzi said. “We did some testing, got a couple things worked out and everything turned out really well.

    “I really think this is one the best classes around and I was really excited to see the ADRL bring it in.  This is some of the best sportsman racing you will ever see and it means a lot to be the first one to win the championship in this class. This has just been a great year.”

    It started in fine fashion when Abruzzi went 4.379 to win the season-opening CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII in Houston.

    It represented the furthest west that Abruzzi had raced, and, with the victory, Abruzzi committed himself to the championship chase.

    But adversity came over the summer through a series of frustrating events. He spun out near the starting line in the first round of the memorable 32-car Summit Racing Equipment “Clash of the Titans” event.

    Abruzzi fell in the first round a month later and then failed to qualify at Dragstock IX in August at zMAX Dragway. 

    That dropped Abruzzi all the way to third in points, and the Warren, Ohio native knew something had to change. Looking back, Abruzzi revealed the simple change that sparked the turnaround.

    “I just had the wrong tires on the car. I’ve ran Hoosier Tires ever since I started racing, and I was ordering dragster tires for my door car. The Hoosier guys told me I should have a different tire on, so I put it on and it was like a different car,” Abruzzi said.

    “I lost my step in the middle of the year. I wasn’t competitive for a while, and it was getting frustrating, but I stuck with it.”

    Along with different Hoosier Tires and some extensive testing, Abruzzi returned in September with impressive furor.

    Going into the season Abruzzi had never been quicker than a 4.39, but went 4.24 to win the finals of the Memphis Drags. That put him back in command and Abruzzi advanced to the finals at his home track, running a career-best 4.16 at the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson.

    “None of us ever had ever gone as fast as we did this year,” Abruzzi said. “There’s no other track prep liked an ADRL prepped track.” 

    Back in the points lead, Abruzzi finished off the championship by advancing to the semifinals of the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe, showing tremendous resolve under pressure.

    It also capped off a tremendous season in a class that surpassed all expectations.

    “It’s a big effort and it was tough, but it’s very gratifying. It’s a great crew of people we race with in Top Sportsman. They’re all incredible people. We just had a blast at the races. ADRL racing is exciting, it’s fast-paced and it’s great to see it succeed on this stage. It was just a great time this year,” said Abruzzi, who thanked Tim McAmis Race Cars and Hoosier Tires.

    “I also have to thank Summit Racing Equipment for not only sponsoring me, but also the class. They’ve really put a lot of support into the class and it really turned into a spectacular season.”

    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


  • ADRL Summit Racing Top Sportsman Driver Lizzy Musi To Appear In Live Interview On FOX News Channel

    O’FALLON, MO (April 23, 2012) – Lizzy Musi’s wild ride during last weekend’s American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Spring Drags III at Bristol Dragway continues to garner an impressive amount of attention.

    On Monday, the ADRL announced that Musi, a 21-year-old participating in the ADRL’s Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class, will be featured on the FOX News Channel national morning show, “America’s Newsroom.”

    Musi will appear live on the popular cable news network at 9:45 A.M. EST to talk about the crash, the amount of attention it has received and also the support she has received following the incredible crash in Bristol on Friday.

    It is the latest major news outlet to feature the ADRL and Musi, who made her Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman debut last month.

    The story and video of the crash was featured on the front page of Yahoo!, as well as the Auto Racing blog on Yahoo!. The video clip of the crash was also featured on the SPEED Channel’s “WOW Factor.”

    Clips of the crash have also aired on CNN, MSNBC and a number of morning shows, including “America’s Newsroom” on FOX News Channel, “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show and more.

    Other news outlets that reported on the crash include the USA Today, FOX Sports, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, a number of Bristol-area newspaper, television and radio stations, and a variety of other media outlets around the world.

    In just more than 48 hours, the video clip of Musi’s run during the third round of qualifying in Bristol has already been viewed nearly 800,000 times on YouTube alone.

    During the run on Friday, Musi’s ’68 Camaro got loose, turned sideways and crashed into the left wall. After air got underneath the car, it slid down the wall before it toppled over and stopped in the grass at about the quarter-mile mark on the track.

    It was a wild scene, but, with the safety team quickly en route, Musi, the daughter of drag racing legend Pat Musi, was able to get out of the car under her own power and suffered no serious injuries.

    “First, we are relieved that nobody was injured. It was a scary moment for everyone in attendance, but it also highlighted the incredible power of these cars and the rigorous safety requirements of the ADRL,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.

    “It is this awesome power that makes the drivers of the ADRL such phenomenal athletes and so exciting to watch, and I know Lizzy is happy to share her wild ride with the world.”

    Said Musi to the Bristol-Herald Courier: “I really appreciate the sympathy and the help from everyone. I’m just going to take all this as a learning experience.

    “God was with me during that run. I never got out of a car so quick in my life, and all the officials did a great job making sure I was okay.”

    On Twitter, Musi (@LizzyMusi) also expressed her gratitude for the show of support she has received.

    “I would like to say thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement! Getting things fixed and back on the track real soon!”

    The Spring Drags III marked the ADRL’s debut at Bristol Dragway.

    The third stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour takes place on May 4-5 with the Northeast Drags II presented by Penske at historic Maple Grove Raceway. Musi is working hard to try to be back racing for that event as well.

     

    The video of Musi’s crash can be seen by clicking on the following link: http://youtu.be/wR2BSwZ4cLA

     

     

    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.


  • Summit Racing Equipment To Sponsor ADRL’s Top Sportsman Class In 2012

     

    O’FALLON, MO (FEBRUARY 17, 2012) – The Top Sportsman class in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) will continue to have impressive backing for the 2012 season.

     

    On Friday, the ADRL officially announced that Summit Racing Equipment will return as the sponsor for the Top Sportsman class during the 2012 ADRL Tour.

     

    The class, which will continue to be called the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class, debuted in the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league last year and will continue to have the backing of Summit Racing Equipment going into its first full season.

     

     

     

    “We really felt the Top Sportsman racers were going to be a natural fit when the ADRL announced the addition of the class to the race line up in 2011. This proved to be a successful move and we were proud to support the racers with the class sponsorship,” Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf said.

     

    “The response from the Top Sportsman racers has been extremely positive and we are pleased to announce our continued support for these racers and the ADRL in 2012.

     

    “Now that the class is open to all Top Sportsman racers, we are expecting some impressive car counts as local racers will be able to compete with those racers running the series for the 2012 ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman Championship.”

     

    The ADRL officially added the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class last July after two exhibition races, and the response has been impressive.

     

    The popular class for full-bodied cars generated remarkable interest over the final five events of 2011 thanks to strong turnout and incredible side-by-side interest. Now, with further support from Summit Racing, there is considerable anticipation for the 2012 Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class.

     

    The 2012 ADRL Tour begins on March 30-31 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.

     

     

     

    “We are thrilled to have Summit Racing Equipment return as the sponsor for the Top Sportsman. The interest from Top Sportsman racers was incredible in 2011, and with its first full season coming in the ADRL in 2012, it is really going to be an unbelievable year for everyone involved with the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class,” ADRL President Tim McAmis said.

     

     

     

    Summit Racing will provide a Top Sportsman class decal for all participants to display on the front fender of the cars to show their support of the ARDL and the class.

     

    Like it does for every ADRL class, Summit Racing will also offer contingency payouts for event wins or runner-up finishes.

     

    To be eligible, Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman drivers must use the Summit Racing rear tire covers and display the official contingency decal. These items are available at the ADRL Registration Trailer at each event.

     

     

     

    As previously announced, Summit Racing Equipment, the world’s leading supplier of high performance automotive parts, will continue as the official high-performance source of the ADRL and a major contingency sponsor during the 2012 ADRL Tour.

     

    The company’s involvement with the ADRL also includes the sponsorship of the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI, which takes place Sept. 28-29 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Extreme Pro Stock driver Pete Berner, Pro Nitrous driver Rickie Jones, Pro Modified’s Kenny Lang and Top Sportsman racer Marco Abruzzi.

     

     

     

    Summit Racing Equipment and the ADRL will also release a major announcement regarding a special event for the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class next week.

     

     

     

     

     

    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.