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  • Mayhem at the Creek is in the Books!

    xps (1)After the rain delayed action Saturday, race fans were treated to
    an incredible showdown as the stars of the X-DRL stayed through Sunday to finish
    what they started and give the Budds Creek fans what they deserved. Royce
    Miller, the legendary track operator of MIR led the combined track team from
    4:00 am Sunday morning to replicate the incredible track surface from the
    previous two days of qualifying.

    pxRacing action began under cloudy skies with a fast track. Fans
    hoped the conditions were good for some quick runs and Stupid Fast Racing’s
    Paul Taylor confirmed the numbers were favorable with 2100 foot air conditions.
    The team kept turning screws on the Mesquite Logistics Corvette all weekend, doing
    everything they could to get into the 3.50’s. Despite their best effort the
    50’s were not to be had, but the two 3.604 passes in qualifying were the
    fastest of the event and produced a new Pro X-Treme record for the X-DRL while
    capturing the track record for the famed Budds Creek facility.

    “We changed our combination to pick up the 60-foot time – we
    thought it was enough to get us into the 3.50’s but the car shook in the
    middle. The track was phenomenal all week-end long. We just didn’t have enough
    in the car for the track,” said Taylor.

    The fans were not disappointed as the drivers put on a great show
    with some close racing. Masters Entertainment was at Budd’s Creek to film for
    the X-DRL Velocity TV show and brought the “High Speed” photo-finish camera to
    shoot the 660”stripe producing awesome frame-by frame film for the show. The
    X-DRL racers put them to good use in the Pro X-Treme semi-finals when Frankie took
    the hole shot win over Todd Martin with a 0.033 reaction time to Martin’s
    0.069. The elapsed times were close with Taylor going 3.641 to Martin’s 3.629.

    Tim Tindle was hoping to make it to his second X-DRL Pro X-Treme
    final in a row but came up short against Terry “Legbone” Leggett who ran his
    career best 3.610 in qualifying Friday night and followed it up with impressive
    times all weekend long. His 3.693 in the semi-final round was just enough to
    edge out Tindle’s 3.712.

    The action in the pits almost trumped the action on the track as
    the “Madman” broke a rocker arm in his 3.641 semi-final and needed a new set of
    lifters as well. The Lethal Threat team of Pesz and Martin along with his
    opponent in the final Terry Leggett came to his aid and helped him get the famed
    Corvette back on the track producing another close match.

    “Legbone” ran 3.693 in the heat at 207.11 mph but it wasn’t enough
    as Taylor ran a blistering 3.613 at 207.59 mph. Frankie said he always wanted
    to win a close one and he certainly got his wish. He also got his first X-DRL
    trophy to go with his new X-DRL record of 3.604.

    Pro X-Treme wasn’t the only close racing. Switzer Dynamics Pro
    Nitrous low qualifier Danny Perry ran great all week-end long, qualifying with
    a 3.847 but losing to the X-Treme Gateway Showdown winner Bob Rahaim in the
    final round with a 3.838. Bob qualified number three and kept working on the
    car making it faster as the event progressed.

    “We tried some new things to make the car run the 60 foot better
    and they worked out. We’ve been good on the back half, so we knew if we could
    improve our performance early we were going to be tough to deal with,” said
    Rahaim.

    xps-6No one was more surprised with the outcome in the X-Treme Pro
    Stock class than the winner. “I thought we would win this year, but after last
    night I was ready to go fishing,” said Cary. “It’s like a hundred pound weight has
    been lifted from my shoulders.”

    The Holdenville, OK resident had his work cut out for him, defeating
    his dad in the semi’s and then low qualifier John Deflorian in the final. It was
    rewarding for Cary to win one
    for the team. They had their patience tried this season and he was happy to
    bring the win home to Brian Self, Chuck Samuel, Chris Goforth, Jason Roberts,
    Keith Harr, Matt McKee and team owner, Dean Goforth (points leader) who has
    been supportive all season long as the team has worked to get things right.
    Cary’s winning time was 4.134 at 174.28 mph.

    ptJim Bell, from Edmonton, Alberta was the only Precision Turbo
    & Engine Pro Turbo car but did his best to put on a show for the fans all
    week-end long. He qualified his Pro-Line powered Mustang with a 4.148 at 187.26
    mph and kept tuning on the car to run a 4.098 at 191.29 in the final round.

    xpm (3)X-Treme Pro Mod was tightly contested between two previous
    winners, low qualifier and “Bash on the Bayou” winner T.J. Tindle and “X-Treme
    Gateway Showdown” winner and points’ leader Kevin Rivenbark. Tindle had the
    performance
    advantage on paper early in the weekend, but races are won on the track with
    Rivenbark’s
    Galot Motorsports car getting stronger throughout the contest.

    “We missed two qualifying rounds to work on the car and it gained
    power with each pass. It was extremely smooth,” said Rivenbark. His 3.936
    against Gray in the semis was an improvement over his qualifying and the 3.906
    in the final was his best time of the week-end.

    otfThe inaugural running
    of the 10.5 Outlaw category was memorable in many ways. Not only did the fans enjoy
    seeing the
    new class perform, they were astounded to see that these door slammers could
    produce ET’s in the mid 4 teens, at speeds over 188 MPH on 11.2” of Mickey
    Thompson rubber! With the variety
    of combinations allowed in the class, the 10.5 racers at MIR brought the “best
    of the best”. Big Block Nitrous and Twin Turbo combinations dominated the first
    time field, with the Nitrous injected Camaro of Mo Hall leading the pack and
    taking home the trophy. Qualifying with a stellar 4.162 elapsed time, Hall
    showed the X-DRL fans all about 10.5 Outlaw dominance taking down Steve
    Willingham and Buck Jarvis for the win. “We’ve had an up and down season taking
    a bunch of #1 qualifiers but few wins. This is the deal we’ve been working for”
    stated Hall. Mo continued, “The
    team had a great time this weekend racing with the X-DRL and truly enjoyed
    being a part of the event. To win an inaugural is very special and nobody else
    will ever be able to duplicate it.”

    scsSupercar Showdown put on a great show with the largest field this
    season for the X-DRL including the legendary Roy Hill. Charlie Cooper was
    impressive all week-end long despite being fairly new to racing with only a
    couple of years of experience. Charlie had fun, but he put it best when he said
    it is always fun when you win. But it was his daughter Liddie Ann who stole the
    show at the trophy presentation. When asked what she thought about Charlie’s
    win she replied, “I love him.”

    ts (5)Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman winner Glen Teets III is also fairly
    new to racing – the 20-year-old has only been racing two years but you couldn’t
    tell it from watching him drive his GTO. Glen charmed the crowd by thanking his
    mom and dad for letting him race.

    Teets had a tough rode to the final, facing the low qualifier
    Woodard in the semi final round and defeating him with a 4.956 at 139.78. In
    the final round, he faced Campbell who had been strong through-out eliminations
    but edged him out with a 4.963 at 140.65 mph.

    Pat Musi Racing sponsored half of the Top Sportsman entry fees and
    put up an additional low qualifier award making it an exciting week-end for
    sportsman racing. Pat was also on the property to support all of his racers.

    tdTop Dragsters also had sponsorship for the Mayhem at the Creek,
    theirs from ATI Performance, who sponsored half of the Top Dragster class entry
    fees. Clint Mills qualified number three and thrilled the crowd with consistent
    runs. Mills defeated
    Teets in the semi final and then Collinson in the final. His winning time was
    4.498 at 149.81 mph.

    Morgan Torres got her second X-DRL Pro Junior Dragster win at her
    first time at Maryland International Raceway. Torres got stronger throughout
    eliminations with times of 7.957 in the first round, 7.924 in the quarter
    final, and a 7.914 against the low qualifier and Bash on the Bayou winner
    Jackson Core in the semi-final. She saved her best time of the day for the
    final defeating Weatherford with a 7.907. “It feels good to get away from home,
    meet new people and have fun racing,” Torres said.

    “It was great to be at Budds Creek. Royce Miller and his group run
    a top-notch organization and we were thrilled with our first time at MIR. We
    can’t thank Royce enough for his help as interim race director and the fantastic
    job he did with this event,” said X-DRL president and owner Jeff Mitchell.

    “This was our first event with Blue04 as our title sponsor and I
    think we will see great things in the future with this partnership. We were
    able to pay the purse at the event and I think it went smoothly and the racers
    were pleased with the process, ” said Mitchell.

    The next stop on the 2013 tour is September 20-21 at Lucas Oil
    Raceway at Indianapolis for the Thunder in the Heartland. The X-Treme Shoot-out
    will be contested at this event. Top eight finishers at the Bash on the Bayou
    in Pro X-Treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock will compete
    for a $75,000 purse in addition to the regular event purse. Look for more
    exciting announcements about this event in the coming weeks.

    Final results from the
    Mayhem at the Creek at Maryland International Raceway:

    PRO X-TREME:

    Frankie Taylor, Chevy
    Corvette, 3.613, 207.59 def. Terry Leggett, Ford Mustang, 3.693, 207.11

    ROUND ONE : Todd Martin,
    Ford Mustang, 3.695, 204.51 def. Quain Stott, Chevy Corvette, 3.717, 204.01;
    Terry Leggett, Mustang, 3.693, 206.26 def. Todd Tutterow, Mustang, 3.863,
    164.11; Tim Tindle, Mustang, 3.747, 195.56 def. Brandon Pesz, Corvette, foul;
    Frankie Taylor, Corvette, 4.317, 144.58 def. Danny Lowry, Mustang, 8.221,
    65.41;
SEMIFINALS: Taylor, 3.641, 205.57 def. Martin, 3.629, 208.01; Leggett,
    3.671, 206.73 def. Tindle, 3.712, 198.73;
FINAL: Taylor, 3.613, 207.59 def.
    Leggett, 3.693, 207.11.

    SWITZER DYNAMICS PRO NITROUS

    Bob Rahaim, Chevy Camaro,
    3.824, 196.39 def. Danny Perry, Camaro, 3.838, 197.05.

    ROUND ONE : Tommy
    Franklin, Chevy Camaro, 3.897, 190.75 def. Randy Weatherford, Camaro, 3.867,
    192.33; Jim Laurita, Camaro, 3.830,
194.88 def. Jim Sackuvich, Camaro, 5.173,
    104.31; Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 4.908, 103.88 def. Chuck Mohn, Camaro, broke; Danny
    Perry, Camaro, 3.832, 197.83 def. Ed Burnley, Camaro, 3.937,
    188.75;
SEMIFINALS: Perry, 3.848, 197.25 def. Franklin, 7.201, 87.15; Rahaim,
    3.798, 198.06 def. Laurita, 3.814, 196.07;
FINAL: Rahaim, 3.824, 196.39 def.
    Perry, 3.838, 197.05.

    X-TREME PRO STOCK

    Cary Goforth, Pontiac
    GXP, 4.134, 174.28 def. John Deflorian Jr., Chevy Camaro, 7.592, 61.68.

    ROUND ONE: Cary
    Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.119, 176.47 def. Matt Bertsch, Ford Mustang, 4.102,
    176.21; Dean Goforth, Chevy Camaro, 4.066, 177.95 def. Kevin Bealko, GXP,
    4.106, 174.80; John Deflorian Jr., Camaro, 4.075, 177.65 def. Lester Cooper,
    Mustang, broke;
SEMIFINALS: Deflorian Jr., 4.175, 155.72 was unopposed; C.
    Goforth, 4.094, 175.46 def. D. Goforth, 4.434, 167.28;
FINAL: C. Goforth,
    4.134, 174.28 def. Deflorian Jr., 7.592, 61.68.

    PRECISION TURBO &
    ENGINE PRO TURBO

    Jim Bell, Mustang, 4.098,
    191.29 was unopposed.

    X-TREME PRO MOD

    Kevin Rivenbark, Pontiac
    Firebird, 3.906, 188.81 def. T.J. Tindle, Ford Mustang, 3.940, 187.99.

    ROUND ONE: Kevin
    Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 3.936, 188.70 def. Tommy Gray, Corvette, 4.075,
    183.05; T.J. Tindle, Ford Mustang,

    3.972, 184.25 was unopposed;
FINAL:
    Rivenbark, 3.906, 188.81 def. Tindle, 3.940, 187.99.

    OUTLAW 10.5

    Mo Hall, Camaro, 4.179,
    179.90 def. Jarry Buck Jarvis, Camaro, DQ.

    ROUND ONE: Michael Martin, Chevy Camaro, 4.205, 171.90 def. Billy
    Gordon, Camaro, broke; Jarry Buck Jarvis, Camaro, 4.285, 188.07 def. Steve
    Drummond, Mustang, broke; Mo Hall, Camaro, 4.184, 179.06 def. Steve Willingham,
    Mustang, 4.964, 157.93;
SEMIFINALS: Hall, 4.173, 179.71 was unopposed; Jarvis,
    4.657, 127.70 def. Martin, broke;
FINAL: Hall, 4.179, 179.90 def. Jarvis,
    DQ.Top Sportsman — Glenn O Teets III, GTO, 4.963, 140.65 def. Mark Campbell,
    Chevy Corvette, 4.916, 141.98.

    TOP DRAGSTER

    Clint Mills, Dragster,
    4.498, 149.81 def. David Collison, Dragster, 4.357, 162.39.

    ROUND ONE: Mandy
    Teets-Seal, RaceTech, 4.683, 144.00 def. Chris Powers, S&W, 4.094, 171.62;
    David Collison, Bolton, 4.344, 162.37 def. Randy Newsome, RaceTech, foul; Clint
    Mills, Gebhardt, 4.489, 153.51 def. Jeff Martin, Undercover, broke; Todd
    Nebel,
Innovative,
    4.975, 133.67 def. Mike Crick, Miller, 4.631, 139.47; TOP DRAGSTER:
SEMIFINALS:
    Mills, 4.509, 144.75 def. Teets-Seal, 4.703, 145.97; Collison, 4.355, 162.00
    def. Nebel, 4.978, 130.39;
FINAL: Mills, 4.498, 149.81 def. Collison, 4.357,
    162.39.

    SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN

    Charlie Cooper, Ford
    Mustang, 5.499, 128.21 def. Craig Hankinson, Mustang, 5.804, 121.80.

    ROUND ONE: Charlie
    Cooper, 5.530, 127.07 def. Paul Barham, Chevy Camaro, 6.233, 112.13; Roy Hill,
    Ford Mustang, 5.917, 118.83 def.

    J.C. Beattie, 6.037,
    111.43; Craig Hankinson, Mustang, 5.785, 122.13 def. Ev Bernardo, Mustang,
    broke; Michael Harris, Mustang, 5.612, 122.46 def. Bo Kenney, Mustang,
    broke;
SEMIFINALS:
    Cooper, 5.495, 128.36 def. Hill, 5.891, 119.20; Hankinson, 5.806, 121.94 def.
    Harris, 5.726, 119.85;
FINAL: Cooper, 5.499, 128.21 def. Hankinson,
    5.804, 121.80.

    TOP SPORTSMAN:

    Glenn O Teets III, GTO,
    4.963, 140.65 def. Mark Campbell, Chevy Corvette, 4.916, 141.98

    ROUND ONE: Johnny Burch
    Jr, Chevy Vega Wgn, 5.341, 132.87 def. Terry Teets, Chevy Cavalier, broke; Gene
    Fries, Oldsmobile Cutlass,
4.529, 157.14 def. J.C. Beattie Jr., Camaro, broke;
    Mark Campbell, Chevy Corvette, 4.868, 142.15 def. David Weedon, Ford Mustang,
    foul; Glenn O Teets III, GTO, 4.927, 140.18 def. Phil Stewart, Chevy Camaro,
    4.543, 153.32; Vonnie Mills, Chevy Cobalt, 4.459, 157.65 def. Gary Pitts,
    Cavalier, foul; Ronnie Proctor, Mustang, 4.411, 157.58 def. Mike Anderson,
    Cavalier, 4.791, 144.38; Glenn Teets Jr., Pontiac GTO, 4.495, 156.72 def. Bill
    Meadows, Grand Am, broke; Wayne Woodard, Camaro, 4.206, 168.45 was
    unopposed;
QUARTERFINALS: Teets III, 4.930, 139.92 def. Burch Jr, 5.356,
    133.83; Proctor, 4.411, 155.52 def. Fries, 4.524, 158.84; Campbell,
4.860,
    142.01 def. Teets Jr., 4.469, 156.79; Woodard, 4.189, 167.24 def. Mills, 4.443,
    158.04;
SEMIFINALS: Teets III, 4.956, 139.78 def. Woodard, 4.186, 168.85;
    Campbell, 4.874, 142.37 def. Proctor, 4.396, 159.34;
FINAL: Teets III, 4.963,
    140.65 def. Campbell, 4.916, 141.98.

    PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER:

    Morgan Torres, Halfscale,
    7.907, 82.90 def. Patrick Weatherford, Halfscale, 7.891, 80.49

    ROUND ONE: Tia Tutterow, Halfscale,
    8.036, 74.42 def. Luke Schemler, Bos, 12.625, 26.42; Patrick Weatherford,
    Halfscale, 7.926, 81.24 def. Tyler Clouse, Metro, 7.892, 81.54; Brittany Clark,
    Halfscale, 7.942, 81.28 def. Bethany Crick, Halfscale, 7.939, 80.02; Morgan
    Torres, Halfscale, 7.957, 81.60 def. Brandon Rudd, BOS, 7.898, 82.49; Shelbi
    Wiggins, Halfscale, 7.973, 80.23 def. Ryan Tolley, Halfscale, 7.949, 79.10;
    Jimmy Sackuvich, Halfscale, 7.924, 81.05 def. Logon Hubbell, Ken Kier, 7.965,
    82.49; Jackson Core, Jr.RaceCar, 7.895, 82.08 def. Brittany Hays, Halfscale, 7.892,
    82.25;
QUARTERFINALS: Core, 7.907, 82.04 was unopposed; Torres, 7.924, 83.52
    def. Clark, foul; Tutterow, 7.920, 81.32 def. Sackuvich,
7.879, 80.55;
    Weatherford, 7.905, 81.70 def. Wiggins, broke;
SEMIFINALS: Torres, 7.914, 82.77
    def. Core, 7.923, 81.05; Weatherford, 7.909, 81.45 def. Tutterow, 7.866,
    81.69;
FINAL: Torres, 7.907, 82.90 def. Weatherford, 7.891, 80.49.

    2013
    X-DRL SCHEDULE

    April 6-7: X-DRL Spring Nationals, Osage Casino Tulsa
    Raceway Park, Tulsa, Okla.

    April 26-27: X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

    May 17-18: Bash On The Bayou, No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.

    June 14-15: X-treme Gateway Showdown, Gateway Motorsports Park, St.
    Louis

    July 26-27: Mayhem At The Creek,
    Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md.

    Sept. 20-21: Thunder in the
    Heartland, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis

    Oct. 4-5: Southern Slam, Montgomery
    Motorsports Park, Montgomery, Ala.

    Oct. 25-26: X-Treme World Finals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C.

    ABOUT THE X-DRL
    Based in Kerrville, Texas, the
    X-Treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of
    eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are
    10.5 Outlaw, Pro Junior Dragster, SuperCar Showdown, Top Sportsman, Top
    Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous and Pro
    X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest door slammer class. The 2013 X-DRL
    seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout
    the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.

    Photos
    courtesy of Roger Richards.


  • D’Aprile Leads Winners List With Pro X-treme Victory At X-DRL’s Bash On The Bayou At No Problem Raceway

    DSC_2890BELLE ROSE, La. (May 18, 2013) –- Tommy D’Aprile now has his first X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) win.

    The Pro X-treme standout put together one impressive performance after another during Saturday’s Bash On The Bayou at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La., finishing off his memorable day and the X-DRL’s third-ever event with a 3.673 at 207.34 mph in the finals against Quain Stott.

    “I’m so grateful to have won this race and I’m so blessed to be here,” D’Aprile said. “To win for these guys, it’s just awesome and just to race someone like Quain in the finals, it’s great.”

    Other Bash On The Bayou winners included Robert Mathis (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Dean Goforth (X-treme Pro Stock), T.J. Tindle (X-treme Pro Mod), Todd Moyer (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo), Keith Raftery (Top Dragster), Bert Prejean (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and P.B. Candies (Supercar Showdown).

    Eliminations began with an adventure for D’Aprile, as he had to peddle several times en route to a 4.391 and a narrow win against Shawn Jones. From there, the Mel Bush Motorsports driver never left the 3.60s, going 3.685 to advance to the finals.

    Stott went 3.743 in the semifinals and used a massive holeshot to beat Frankie Taylor and his 3.64, but D’Aprile left first in the final and won for the fourth time since October.

    “For me, we all work together and enjoy each other and that’s what makes it all work. We are hard to beat because we’re preparing to win,” said D’Aprile, who dedicated the win to Elizabeth Landry, who recently passed away after battling cancer.

    “We wanted to be a part of the (X-treme Shootout) and we’re happy to be in that as well. It was just a great weekend.”

    DSC_2884Robert Mathis claimed his first-ever victory in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, running 3.868 at 194.18 mph in the finals to beat Jeff Naiser. It was a welcome moment for Mathis, who has made impressive strides over the past two years in the class.

    “It’s about time,” Mathis said. “It hasn’t quite hit me, to be honest.”

    Mathis and his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro qualified No. 4 with a 3.877 and then knocked off Billy Glidden and No. 1 qualifier Jim Laurita.

    Neither of those runs were standout passes, but Mathis put it together in the finals with his best pass of the weekend, claiming a major win and taking a huge step in his Pro Nitrous career.

    “Everybody’s working hard and everybody is working together,” Mathis said. “Jeff is a good racer and hard to beat. He got a little sideways, but my last (nitrous) system came on and it just started pulling. I had made it this far, I might as well end it like I’m supposed to.”

    DSC_2962Dean Goforth finished off his incredible turnaround following his crash at Bristol three weeks ago with a weekend-best 4.121 at 174.57 mph in his brand new 2013 Jerry Haas Race Cars Camaro, knocking off first-time finalist Rick Cowger.

    Goforth debuted the new car this weekend in Belle Rose after the crash in Bristol, and even he was blown away with the incredible results in its first race.

    “It’s just a good crew with sharp guys working with us,” Goforth said. “This is the best car I’ve ever been in and there’s no comparison. The Haas bunch just did an excellent job.”

    Goforth qualified No. 6 with a 4.23 and then knocked off Todd Hoerner and crew chief Brian Self to reach the finals. Cowger immediately had trouble in the finals, but Goforth had an adventurous run, nearly crossing the center line before taking the victory, his fourth in XPS.

    “Rick was having a great day, but when you’re 68 years old, all the guys are tough,” Goforth said. “I was nervous about all of them, but the car felt good.

    “It was close to the center line and I was scared to death I crossed it. But it was an awesome run.”

    T.J. Tindle claimed his first professional win in just his fifth official race, running 3.992 at 186.54 to beat Kevin Rivenbark, who ran a quicker 3.964.

    But the 18-year-old Tindle was quicker off the line thanks to a .071 reaction time, concluding his memorable weekend.

    “This is pretty exciting. It’s a big moment,” Tindle said. “I was skating out there a little bit, but he was too close so I didn’t want to lift. It was an exciting moment crossing that finish line.”

    Bert Prejean might not have raced at all over the past year, but that wasn’t noticeable this weekend, as he finished off his day with a 4.328 at 142.29 mph in the finals against a red-lighting Earl Folse.

    Driving a ’68 Camaro from Jerry Haas Race Cars, Prejean qualified No. 4 with a 4.30 and posted a number of strong reaction times en route to the win at his home track.

    “I haven’t raced in a year, but Jerry Haas builds a fine race car and it was flawless this weekend,” Prejean said. “We came back with a vengeance and it couldn’t have went any better.

    “I was worried I would be a little rusty. It’s pretty much like riding a bike, I guess.”

    Keith Raftery got a solo run in the Top Dragster finals after Laramie Reid crashed during his winning semifinal run. Raftery, who also advanced to the semifinals in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, coasted down the left lane for the victory, claiming his first X-DRL victory.

    Reid braked hard at the finish line during the semifinals, crashing into the right wall, tipping on his side and touching the left wall. He was uninjured, but Raftery claimed the victory a round later.

    “It was so fast-paced racing in two different classes, but we were excited to be here. I’ve always had good luck at No Problem Raceway,” Raftery said.

    The Supercar Showdown final came down to brothers P.B. and Brett Candies, with P.B. taking the victory by running a 5.753 at 120.53 mph in his 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet.

    P.B. ran in the 5.70s all weekend, wrapping up his ideal weekend at his home track in style.

    “This is wonderful. We had a great time. To be at your home track and run against your brother in the final, it’s a great experience to have,” Candies said. “The car was flawless all weekend. These Cobra Jets are just great.”

    Todd Moyer won the final in Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, running 3.892 at 202.91 mph to beat teammate Mike Murillo.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Morgan Torres ran 7.94 at 81 mph to beat Darian Boesch in the finals.

    The next and fourth race during the X-DRL’s nine-race 2013 season is the X-treme Gateway Showdown, which takes place June 14-15 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis.

    For more information about the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

    ABOUT THE X-DRL

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALBased in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.


  • Taylor, DeFlorian, Laurita Head Qualifying List At X-DRL’s Bash On The Bayou At No Problem Raceway

    px (2)-1BELLE ROSE, La. (May 17, 2013) –- Frankie Taylor once again found himself at the top of Pro X-treme qualifying in the X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL), this time in its debut at No Problem Raceway for the Bash On The Bayou.

    Hot conditions didn’t bother Taylor during Friday’s qualifying, as the Pro X-treme standout went 3.70 at 206.45 mph, putting him at No. 1 through three qualifying sessions in Belle Rose, La.

    “That would be real cool to be No. 1 again,” Taylor said. “We were pretty happy with that pass, especially doing that in some pretty hot conditions. Just getting down the track with a good run like that is what matters.”

    Other No. 1 qualifiers after Friday’s three sessions included Jim Laurita (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), John DeFlorian (X-treme Pro Stock), Bob Gulitti (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman), Michael Kile (Top Dragster), Jeffrey Cummins Jr. (X-treme Pro Modified), Todd Moyer (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo) and Joseph Teuton (Supercar Showdown).

    The final qualifying session for the Bash On The Bayou takes place at 12 p.m. local time with eliminations to follow.

    Just like in Bristol, Tommy D’Aprile is right behind Taylor with a 3.713 at 200.74, while Taylor’s teammate, Tim Tindle, is third with a 3.718 at 206.20 mph in his new Mustang. Dan Millen’s new 2013 Mustang from Jerry Bickel Race Cars topped out with a 3.726.

    A broken blower belt kept Taylor from making a third pass on Friday, but he has big expectations for eliminations.

    “My brother (Paul) did a great job making adjustments,” Taylor said. “The first pass went good and that allowed us to step on it. This track definitely has a 3.65 in it or quicker.”

    pn-1-1Jim Laurita appears on track for his second straight No. 1 qualifier in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, running an impressive 3.813 at 196.53 mph. The run came in the third qualifying session under the lights and was a strong improvement on Laurita’s first two runs of the day.

    “It was pulling good and I knew it was on a good run. We got a good handle on the car throughout the day and it worked out really well,” Laurita said. “We wanted to turn it up for that last run and the car really responded.”

    Jeff Naiser started the string of runs in the 3.80s in the night session, running a 3.86 to sit in second. Pat Stoken also ran in the 3.80s, running a 3.87 right after Naiser, but Laurita followed that with another strong pass in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro that features a Switzer Dynamics EFI set-up.

    “Things are really coming together. I had never run a clutch car before Bristol and it was a little bit of a challenge, but it’s worked out really well,” Laurita said.

    “I got comfortable really fast and I’m really tickled with how it’s worked out. I’m really looking forward to eliminations.”

    xps (2)-1John DeFlorian’s struggles on Friday were wiped away with one tremendous pass in X-treme Pro Stock, as he jumped to the No. 1 spot with a 4.096 at 177.39 mph.

    It was his first full pass after a day filled with problems and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Black Diamond Motorsports XPS points leader.

    “It was a soft set-up, but when the car left, I knew it was on a pretty good run,” DeFlorian said. “I was ecstatic because I knew a 4.09 was a great run in these conditions. It was a pretty frustrating day.

     

    “The first run we blew the tires and when I hit the starter button on the second run, the battery went dead. That really put us behind the 8-ball, so it was good that we were able to come back from that.”

    In Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Bob Gulitti overcame nearly crashing into the wall on his first qualifying pass to become the No. 1 qualifier in the class with a 4.137 at 175.18 mph.

    Gulitti got sideways at the finish line of his first run, let the parachutes out and darted back the opposite way, but somehow saved it from crashing into the wall.

    Despite that, he ran a 4.24 for the top spot during that session, though Earl Folse took it over by running a 4.20 in the second round.

    Folse finished third with a 4.209, and Keith Raftery posted a solid 4.17 in the final session, but Gulitti stepped it up even more, putting him in line for the $1,500 prize for the No. 1 qualifier in the class.

    Local sponsor Garrison Construction is offering an additional $1,000 top qualifier bonus on top of the $500 bonus Tim McAmis Performance Parts offers to the No. 1 qualifier in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman at each race.

    “It was going to the center line and I just tried to hang with it,” Gulitti said of his first run. “Right before the finish line, I let out the chute and it was a good thing I did because once the chute hit, it straightened me up. That really made the difference because I had the wheel cranked.

    “It rattled me for a second, but we made an adjustment going into that third pass. Jeff Pierce made a great call, we got it adjusted and the car straightened out. We saw turned on that third stage and it worked out really well. The car went right down the track for me. I wanted that No. 1 qualifier spot and we went after it, so that was pretty exciting.”

    Michael Kile was one of two Top Dragsters to reach the 3-second mark in a huge field, and he ended up as the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.947 at 183.57 mph.

    A total of 28 cars made up the field, and Coby Jones was the first to get in the 3-second zone, running 3.963 at 182.13 mph.

    Kile, though, responded moments later with an incredible pass, putting together the quickest time and speed of the day. X-DRL sponsor Vicari Auctions added an additional $1,000 to the Top Dragster purse for the Bash On The Bayou, adding even more incentive for Kile and the other 27 cars in the field.

    Jeffrey Cummins Jr. took the top spot in X-treme Pro Mod, running 4.052 at 187.47 mph. Kevin Rivenbark ran a 4.057 at 182.23 mph.

    Todd Moyer finished as the No. 1 qualifier in Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, running 3.889 at 202.36 mph.

    Joseph Teuton put on a show for the fans in the Supercar Showdown class and finished as the No. 1 qualifier in the process, running 5.732 at 118.28 mph in his 2011 Dodge Challenger.

    Teuton displayed two impressive wheelstands during the day, adding a bit of flair to his strong runs in the Challenger.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Tia Tutterow is currently No. 1 with a 7.901.

    For more information about the X-DRL, visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

     

    ABOUT THE X-DRL

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALBased in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.


  • X-DRL Competitors Excited For First Stage Of X-treme Shootout At Bash On The Bayou At No Problem Raceway

    pn-1It may just be the third-ever event for the new X-treme Drag Racing League, but this weekend’s Bash On The Bayou already has incredible significance thanks to the X-DRL’s “X-treme Shootout.”

    The X-DRL previously announced the eight-car shootout for the Pro X-treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock classes, and will award each class $25,000 ($75,000 overall) and will be contested at the X-DRL’s Thunder In The Heartland on Sept. 20-21 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

    But to qualify for the “X-Treme Shootout,” drivers must be a top eight points earner this weekend at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La., which puts an extreme spotlight on the X-DRL’s first visit to the track.

    “I am really excited about the Bash On The Bayou race. I have never been to this track and all I hear is good things. The X-treme Shootout race is really big to us, and Brandon (Pesz) and I have been talking about this since it was announced at Bristol,” Pro X-treme driver Todd Martin said.

    “We have mapped out several different scenarios for the race. The best one is just to win first round. If not, then you would have to do some pretty creative stuff in qualifying to make it. But it’s not just the money on the line, it is the opportunity to get to race in a special event at the Granddaddy of all race tracks at Indianapolis.”

    Winners of the “X-treme Shootout” in all three classes will earn $10,000 in addition to the regular purse at the event. If a driver wins both the “X-treme Shootout” and the Thunder In The Heartland event in their respective class, the X-DRL also announced it will award that driver an additional $5,000 double-up bonus.

    In all, a driver in PX, PN, XPS could win $21,500 should they win both the eight-car shootout and event.

    But competitors must take care of business at No Problem Raceway first.

    “It’s a really important event and I’m really excited about it. We certainly want to end up in the shootout,” Pro X-treme driver Terry Leggett said. “The car is running well and I think we have a real good gameplan. We’re hoping to have a really good weekend.

    “There’s definitely going to be some pressure. The first round will be like a final at any other race as far as pressure,” Leggett said.

    Frankie Taylor, who ran the fastest time in X-DRL history through two races by going 3.646 in Bristol, sees it as a tremendous chance to lower that record while also qualifying for the shootout.

    “It’s going to be a great opportunity to go fast and the forecast looks good, too,” Taylor said. “It’s not too far from home, and having something like the X-treme Shootout on the line makes for an even better race. We can’t wait to start racing.”

    It’s also a chance for some drivers to immediately turn around their seasons.

    It has been a struggle through two races for X-treme Pro Stock standout Todd Hoerner, but a strong performance at No Problem Raceway could put him back on track, and into the shootout as well.

    “I’m hopeful guys will come to have a chance at the big purses. It was great for the X-DRL to step up and do this for the racers, and it brings excitement to an already competitive program,” Hoerner said. “I hope the racers decide to come race in Belle Rose, and also I hope the fans come to watch some great side-by-side racing.”

    Todd Tutterow and his GALOT Motorsports team had a strong performance in Bristol before the event was rained out, switching from a turbocharger combination to a blower motor in Pro X-treme.

    It yielded good results almost immediately, as Tutterow ran a season-best 3.672, and he’s excited to continue that momentum at No Problem Raceway.

    “The GALOT Motorsports team has had a great season so far, and we’re excited to be a part of the X-DRL’s X-treme Shootout. Our Pro X-Treme Mustang has been running really well lately and we’re feeling confident about the pair making some strong passes,” Tutterow said.

    “This is a great opportunity for all of the drivers involved in the PX, PN and XPS classes and we would like to thank the X-DRL for the opportunity to be involved.”

    For 2012 Pro Nitrous world champion Bob Rahaim, the institution of the “X-treme Shootout” is an indication of the direction the X-DRL is headed.

    Rahaim, who was the No. 1 qualifier in Tulsa, will be racing for the first time at No Problem Raceway and hopes to get a strong read on the track throughout qualifying in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class.

    “The X-treme Shootout is exciting and it’s going to be a really neat deal there. I’m excited for everybody at the X-DRL. I think they’re on the right track. It’s going to take time to put it all together, but the tracks have been good and the people have been great,” Rahaim said.

    “We just have to do our thing and let the chips fall where they may. I’ve never been this to track, so that’s going to present a whole series of things to sort, but I’m sure if the weather cooperates, we’ll have a good handle for eliminations.”

    Competitors will get three qualifying attempts on Friday and one on Saturday before eliminations begin. Live coverage of the event will be available at www.X-DRL.com, www.1320go.com and www.dragracecentral.com.

    For more information about X-DRL Bash On The Bayou or to purchase tickets, please visit www.noproblemraceway.com or contact (985) 369-3692.

     BayouBash

    WHAT: X-DRL Bash On The Bayou, the third of nine races in the inaugural 2013 X-DRL season. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, May 17-18

    WHERE: No Problem Raceway, Raceway Court, Belle Rose, LA 70341

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Qualifying Round 1 at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 1:45 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:45 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Qualifying Round 4 at 10 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2 p.m.; Final Eliminations at 7:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by contacting No Problem Raceway at (985) 369-3692 or visiting www.X-DRL.com.

    Friday Adult $25; Saturday Adult $25; Full Event Pass Adult $45; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking: Free. All tickets include X-DRL VIP pit pass. Tickets purchased by May 16 will receive a $5 discount.

     

     

    ABOUT THE X-DRL

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALBased in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.

     


  • X-DRL Heads South For Bash On The Bayou At No Problem Raceway

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    KERRVILLE, TEXAS (May 12, 2013) –- The new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) takes its inaugural season South for its third event as the X-DRL prepares for its first appearance at No Problem Raceway for the Bash On The Bayou on May 17-18 in Belle Rose, La.

    This highly-anticipated event will give fans the first look at the action-packed X-DRL, which features many of the top professional doorslammer and Pro Modified drivers in the world as well as nine exciting professional classes (Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class).

    These classes will provide non-stop action over the two days, with cars going as quick as 3.60 seconds in the 1/8-mile at more than 210 mph.

    Qualifying for the “X-treme Shootout” for the Pro X-treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock classes will also take place at this event. This shootout will award each class $25,000 ($75,000 overall) and to qualify for the eight-car “X-Treme Shootout,” drivers in PX, PN and XPS must be a top eight points earner at the upcoming X-DRL Bash On The Bayou. The “X-treme Shootout” will then take place in September as part of the Thunder In The Heartland in Indianapolis.

    Winners of the “X-treme Shootout” in all three classes will earn $10,000 in addition to the regular purse at the event. If a driver wins both the “X-treme Shootout” and the Thunder In The Heartland event in their respective class, the X-DRL also announced it will award that driver an additional $5,000 double-up bonus.

    In all, a driver in PX, PN, XPS could win $21,000 should they win both the eight-car shootout and event.

    General admission tickets for Bash On The Bayou can be purchased for $25 per day. A special two-day, full event can also be purchased for just $45, enabling fans to enjoy the full Friday and Saturday X-DRL experience.

    Parking will also be free for race fans. All children 12-under are admitted free as well.

    The X-DRL is an 1/8-mile sanctioning body that has already made a favorable impression in its first season. All of its races are broadcast for free online at www.X-DRL.com with a high-quality free broadcast, and the X-DRL has also signed a television contract with Velocity.

    The X-DRL is also thrilled to race at No Problem Raceway for the first time.

    “We are tremendously excited to be having our third event at No Problem Raceway. This track was one of the first to jump on board with the X-DRL and we can’t wait to put on a great show for these fans,” X-DRL Co-Owner Jeff Mitchell said.

    “We’ve got a lot of exciting items planned for this race and there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a memorable weekend for everyone involved.”

    In addition to experiencing premier eighth-mile drag racing from many of the top professional drivers, all tickets include special VIP pit access, giving fans the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and race teams.

    With an exciting manufacturer midway, special exhibition runs and pit access in one of the most incredible atmospheres in drag racing, fans can expect maximum value from their X-DRL ticket purchase.

    “The main idea behind the X-DRL was to create a high-quality association that will bring plenty of excitement and we’re thrilled with what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short time,” said X-DRL co-owner Jeff Mitchell.

    “It’s only the first year for the X-DRL but we’ve already been able to establish ourselves in the industry. We’ve done business the right way and the support we’ve received has been proof of that. We believe the racing community is hungry for a product like the X-DRL.”

    For more information about X-DRL Bash On The Bayou, please visit www.noproblemraceway.com or contact (985) 369-3692. For more information about the X-DRL, please visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

     

    WHAT: X-DRL Bash On The Bayou on May 17-18. It is the third of nine races in the inaugural 2013 X-DRL season. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, May 17-18

    WHERE: No Problem Raceway, Raceway Court, Belle Rose, LA 70341

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Qualifying Round 1 at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 1:45 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:45 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Qualifying Round 4 at 10 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2 p.m.; Final Eliminations at 7:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by contacting No Problem Raceway at (985) 369-3692 or visiting www.X-DRL.com.

    Friday Adult $25; Saturday Adult $25; Full Event Pass Adult $45; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking: Free. All tickets include X-DRL VIP pit pass. Tickets purchased by May 16 will receive a $5 discount.

    CONTACT: Contact No Problem Raceway at (985) 369-3692 or visit www.noproblemraceway.com. For media requests, please contact Josh Hachat with X-DRL Communications at (740) 627-1423 or josh@x-drl.com.

     

    2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE

     

    April 6-7: X-DRL Spring Nationals, Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa, Okla.

     

    April 26-27: X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

     

    May 17-18: Bash On The Bayou, No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.

     

    June 14-15: X-treme Gateway Showdown, Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis

     

    July 26-27: Mayhem At The Creek, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md.

     

    Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

     

    Sept. 20-21: Thunder In The Heartland, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis

     

    Oct. 4-5: Southern Slam, Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, Ala.

     

    Oct. 25-26: X-Treme World Finals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C.

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL

    Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.


  • Rain Forces Cancellation Of X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness At Bristol Dragway

    DSC_1499BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 28, 2013) –- Steady rain showers on Sunday at Bristol Dragway forced the X-Treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) to cancel the rest of eliminations for the weekend’s X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness.

    Action at Bristol was rained out during eliminations on Saturday, and X-DRL officials had hoped to finish the race on Sunday, but persistent showers washed out that possibility.

    The race is considered complete and points will be awarded for each X-DRL class based on what was finished during the weekend.

    The next race during the 2013 X-DRL season is the Bash On The Bayou, which takes place May 17-18 at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La.

    The top eight finishers in Pro X-treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock at that race will be entered in the X-Treme Shootout, an 8-car shootout to be run at X-DRL’s Thunder In The Heartland on Sept. 20-21 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Each class will be awarded $25,000 at the shootout.

    An official announcement regarding the X-Treme Shootout will be released Monday.

    Pro X-treme, X-treme Pro Modified, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster did not complete an elimination round. Frankie Taylor was the top qualifier in Pro X-treme, running a 3.646 at 209 mph.

    Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock both had advanced to semifinals. In Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Jim Laurita, Pat Stoken, Bob Rahaim and Billy Glidden all advanced to the semifinals. Laurita finished as the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.785 at 197 mph.

    Cary Goforth, John DeFlorian, Kevin Bealko and Elijah Morton were semifinalists in X-treme Pro Stock. Goforth was the No. 1 qualifier with a 4.08.

    Todd Moyer ran a career-best 3.89 at 201 mph to finish as the top qualifier in Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo. Moyer and Gonzalez, who ran as quick as a 3.90, advanced to the finals in the class.

    Dan Stevenson finished as the No. 1 qualifier in X-treme Pro Mod, running a 3.923. Ronnie Davis (4.112) and Kevin Fisher (4.251) finished as the No. 1 qualifiers in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, respectively.

    Ryan Tolley finished as the top qualifier in Pro Junior Dragster with a 7.900.

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL

    Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.


  • Taylor Makes X-DRL Debut, Heads Top Qualifiers At Thunder Valley Madness At Bristol Dragway

    xpsBRISTOL, Tenn. (April 26, 2013) –- In his first race with the X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) at its debut appearance at Bristol Dragway, Pro X-treme standout Frankie Taylor left an immediate impression at X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness.

    Taylor dipped into the 3.60s right off the trailer and then ended the day with an even bigger bang, closing out three rounds of qualifying on Friday with an incredible 3.646 at 209.07 mph.

    “It was good to start off on that note. We ran well right off the trailer and that’s always a great thing,” Taylor said. “That last run, it was nice and smooth, and went right down the track.”

    Other top qualifiers through three sessions in Bristol included Jim Laurita (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Cary Goforth (X-treme Pro Stock), Todd Moyer (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo), Dan Stevenson (X-treme Pro Modified), Ronnie Davis (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and Kevin Fisher (Top Dragster).

    pxJoining Taylor in the 3.60s was Tommy D’Aprile, who also made his X-DRL debut by going a terrific 3.655 at 206.10 mph, and Brandon Pesz, who checked in with a 3.693 at 204.45 mph.

    While Taylor enjoyed the 3.646, he was just as pleased with the consistency heading into eliminations.

    “We were trying to finish with more than just the one good run, so putting together that final pass was good. It’s nice to get a couple of good passes under our belt,” Taylor said. “The car is running well right now.”

    The final qualifying session takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday with eliminations to follow in the X-DRL’s first appearance at Bristol Dragway.

    pnJim Laurita had a new car and switched to a clutch for the first time, but the results in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous were impressive. Sporting a Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro, Laurita made a spectacular pass during the second qualifying session, going 3.898 at 194 mph.

    “That was our first full pass in the car and it was pretty fun,” Laurita said. “We wanted to try something different, and driving a clutch car was a lot of fun. The guys on the team think there’s a lot of potential and we’re just getting comfortable with it.”

    Laurita was the only driver in the class to reach the 3.80s, but Pat Stoken, Bob Rahaim and Billy Glidden are all right behind with a 3.90, 3.91 and 3.92, respectively.

    It’s a dynamic change for Laurita in switching to a clutch from an automatic, but the early results were strong.

    The new Reher-Morrison engine with an EFI set-up from Switzer Dynamics provided splendid results, giving Laurita confidence heading into eliminations.

    “This EFI from Brandon (Switzer) is going to be something special, that’s for sure,” Laurita said. “I’m surrounded by some really talented crew guys, so they make my job easy.”

    Cary Goforth got the rebound he was hoping for in Bristol after a disappointing outing at the X-DRL debut at his home track in Tulsa, going to the No. 1 spot in X-treme Pro Stock in the final qualifying session with a 4.082 at 176.03 mph.

    In fact, it was an impressive one-two punch from Goforth Racing on Friday, as Cary’s father, Dean, was only bumped to No. 2 on Cary’s final run after going 4.085 at 176.67 mph.

    “Both cars are running well and responding well, and I’m really happy for dad,” Cary Goforth said. “To be No. 1 and No. 2, it’s been a long time, and it’s awesome.

    “The cars are responding to the changes we’ve made, but I’m just really happy for dad. He can still drive and do this really well.”

    While the Goforths and their Jerry Haas Race Cars GXPs, powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, put together one solid run after another on Friday, John DeFlorian and his Black Diamond Motorsports 2012 Jerry Haas Race Cars Camaro was the only other car to reach the 4.00s, running 4.094 at 175 mph.

    DeFlorian is looking for back-to-back X-DRL wins in Pro Stock, but Cary Goforth hopes to prevent him from doing that.

    “We were just a little bit off kilter, but hopefully we’re back to doing what we know how to do,” Cary Goforth said. “This was the type of day we needed, and I finally had a decent light today. I think we had to have a sense of urgency. If we don’t do something quick, we’ll be in trouble.”

    ptIn the new Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class, Todd Moyer got the run he was looking for in his final pass of the day, going 3.913 at 201.01 mph.

    Just moments before, Jose Gonzalez was the first driver in the class to get into the 3-second zone in Bristol, but Moyer followed with as smooth of a pass as he’s had in 2013.

    “We knew that was there. Chase (Driskell) is doing a great job, and we figured out what the track could handle,” Moyer said. “We took some power of it to get down the track, but we’re getting a handle on it.”

    Dan Stevenson didn’t have quite the success he had off the trailer in Tulsa en route to his first X-treme Pro Modified win, but Stevenson made up for it during the final session. Stevenson moved into the top spot by going 3.923 at 191.73 mph in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro, on par with what he ran to get the victory in Tulsa.

    Rookie standout T.J. Tindle is right behind with a strong 3.94 at 188 mph heading into Saturday.

    It took until the final qualifying session on Friday, but Ronnie Davis put together the top pass of the day in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman. After struggling to get down the track in two previous sessions, Davis went a strong 4.11 at 178.92 mph to claim the No. 1 qualifying spot.

    “We were pretty happy with that run, everything worked just the way it was supposed to. If we can repeat that tomorrow, and I believe we can, I think we have a good chance at the win,” Davis said.

    Aaron Glaser was bumped from the No. 1 spot, but he’ll be No. 2 heading into eliminations after running 4.14 at 172.45 mph.

    The fields are set for Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster after three qualifying sessions. They will go right into eliminations when they begin on Saturday.

    In Top Dragster, Kevin Fisher was the No. 1 qualifier, running a 4.277 at 163.61 mph. Fisher stayed close to that all day in Bristol, proving that he may have the bracket car to beat during eliminations.

    Darrell Reid jumped into the No. 2 spot with a strong final run on Friday, going 4.278 at 167 mph.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Ryan Tolley is in the top spot with a 7.900.

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL


    Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.


  • X-DRL Drivers Set For X-DRL Debut At Bristol Dragway With Thunder Valley Madness

    DSC_0610BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 25, 2013) –- Without question, drivers in the X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) are excited to race at Bristol Dragway for X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, which takes place Friday and Saturday at the historic track.

    For some, it’s a race close to home in the heart of doorslammer country. But for everyone competing at the X-DRL’s second event in its inaugural 2013 season, it’s an opportunity to race at one of the finest facilities and most memorable atmospheres in drag racing.

    “The track is just unforgettable and the atmosphere is just incredible. It’s an awesome place, it really is and I’m ready to get back there. I’m pretty pumped about the weekend and racing again in Bristol,” X-treme Pro Stock driver Cary Goforth said.

    “Getting that win, it was a special moment at a special track last year. Any win is special, but to get one at Bristol is one that you always remember. You never forget something like that.”

    Goforth won last year in 1/8-mile Pro Stock racing at Bristol a year ago, running 4.091 in the finals to beat Richie Stevens.

    It was Goforth’s first time racing at the track, but even those who have raced at the facility for decades have had the X-DRL’s Thunder Valley Madness circled on their calendar.

    “Bristol is probably my favorite track. Just the history here makes it a worthwhile experience and I’m really looking forward to it,” Pro X-treme driver Quain Stott said. “I watched a lot of racing at Bristol growing up and the first time I raced there was 1978. It’s always exciting to go there and I think we’ll do well.”

    The X-DRL will feature cars in the following classes in Bristol: Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class).

    Racing will surely be intense in Bristol, with cars going as quick as 3.60 seconds in the 1/8-mile at more than 210 mph.

    Racing begins at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

    Pro X-treme driver Tim Tindle will debut a new ’67 Mustang for the race, and he hopes to complete a lifelong goal of winning in Bristol.

    “The first pass the car will ever make will be in Bristol, so that’s pretty cool,” Tindle said. “Bristol is the place to race for me, personally. When I first got into Pro Mod race, the two races I wanted to win were Gainesville and Bristol. I’ve won a bunch of races, but I’ve never won at either of those.

    “It would be great to win this weekend in Bristol. That would be the icing on the cake.”

    The new Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class made a thrilling debut at the X-DRL opener in Tulsa earlier this month, with Eric Dillard becoming the first driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s in a turbo car.

    Fresh off the win and setting the record with an impressive 3.786 at 210.64 mph, Dillard is aiming high in Bristol.

    “There’s so much more we can do going forward. I feel like we’ve got a lot of room to grow and a lot to look forward to in the X-DRL. This class is only going to continue to grow and we can’t wait to see what happens in Bristol,” Dillard said.

    Another X-DRL event winner in Tulsa, Dan Stevenson, will also try to continue his momentum and build on his championship aspirations at Bristol.

    “All the right tools are there, it’s just a matter of putting all the pieces in the right place,” Stevenson said. “I’m really looking forward to Bristol. We’re just super excited right now.”

    The race is also a meaningful one for two-time IHRA Pro Stock world champion Doug Kirk, who advanced to the semifinals at the X-DRL debut in Tulsa.

    He’s had plenty of experience at the track, but this weekend’s X-DRL event will serve as the debut event for Kirk’s son, Justin, in his new Top Dragster.

    “All of our races have been close, so I know our day is coming,” Kirk said. “It’s just a case of making those last few adjustments to our tune-up and I’m confident we’ll see a win or two this year, and maybe more.

    “We’re excited about the opportunities this year holds.”

    General admission tickets can be purchased for $25 per day. A special two-day, full event can also be purchased for just $45, enabling fans to enjoy the full Friday and Saturday X-DRL experience. All tickets purchased by April 25 will also receive a $5 discount.

    Parking will also be free for race fans. All children 12-under are admitted free as well.

    For more information about X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, please visit www.bristoldragway.com or call (423) BRISTOL. For more information about the X-DRL, please visit www.X-DRL.com.

     

    WHAT: X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, the second of nine races in the inaugural 2013 season. The racing categories are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class

    WHEN: Friday and Saturday, April 26-27

    WHERE: Bristol Dragway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620

    SCHEDULE (Subject to change; all times local)

    FRIDAY: Qualifying Round 1 at 10 a.m.; Qualifying Round 2 at 1:45 p.m.; Qualifying Round 3 at 5:45 p.m.

    SATURDAY: Qualifying Round 4 at 10 a.m.; Eliminations Round 1 at 2 p.m.; Final Eliminations at 7:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: They are available by contacting Bristol Dragway at 423-BRISTOL or visit www.bristoldragway.com.

    Friday Adult $25; Saturday Adult $25; Full Event Pass Adult $45; All Kids 12-Under Free; General Parking: Free. All tickets include X-DRL VIP pit pass. Tickets purchased by April 25 will receive a $5 discount.

     

     

    XDRL_LOGO_FINALABOUT THE X-DRL


    Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.

     


  • X-DRL Spring Nationals Eliminations

    Tulsa_SPGNATTULSA, Okla. — Sunday’s final results from the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park. The race is the First of 9 in the 2013 X-Treme Drag Racing League:

     

     

    Pro X-Treme — Brandon Pesz, Chevy Corvette, 3.769, 198.88  def. Tim Tindle, Corvette, 3.799, 200.71.

     

     

    Pro Nitrous — Jeff Naiser, Chevy Camaro, 3.997, 168.98  def. Jim Laurita, Camaro, 4.779, 106.14.

     

     

    Pro Turbo — Eric Dillard, Chevy Camaro, 3.812, 210.37  def. Todd Moyer, Chevy Corvette, 3.906, 200.44.

     

     

    X-Treme Pro Mod — Dan Stevenson, Chevy Camaro, 3.907, 193.68  def. Kevin Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 3.969, 186.18.

     

     

    X-Treme Pro Stock — John Deflorian Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.122, 174.89  def. Scott Hintz, Ford Mustang, foul.

     

     

    Top Dragster — Bob Henry, Dragster, 4.362, 159.27  def. Michael Kile, Dragster, foul.

     

     

    Top Sportsman — Bob Gulitti, Chevy Camaro, 4.402, 148.76  def. Josha Vettel, Camaro, 9.081, 54.62.

     

     

    Pro Junior Dragster — Bethany Crick, Halfscale, 7.861, 82.89  def. Kalee Mills, Motiavatio, 7.857, 81.54.

     

     

     

    TULSA, Okla. — Final round-by-round results from the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, the First of 9 events in the 2013 X-Treme Drag Racing League:

     

     

    PRO X-TREME:

     

    ROUND ONE — Tim Tindle, Chevy Corvette, 3.803, 200.65 def. Jay Diedrich, Chevy Camaro, 3.935, 166.93; Quain Stott, Corvette, 3.818, 196.10 def. Eddie Rogers, Corvette, 3.902, 189.82; Randell Reid, Chevy Belair, 3.832, 196.82 def. Mike Recchia, Camaro, 3.965, 194.60; Eric Clark, Ford Mustang, 3.782, 198.64 def. Jon Stouffer, Plymouth Barracuda, 4.023, 192.60; Shawn Jones, Plymouth Duster, 4.325, 130.78 def. Duane Rister, Camaro, broke; Brandon Pesz, Corvette, 3.816, 185.15 def. Don Wootton, Camaro, 3.922, 185.72; Todd Martin, Mustang, 3.784, 200.74 def. Todd Tutterow, Mustang, 4.554, 145.56; Terry Leggett, Mustang, 3.741, 203.68 def. Neal Wantye, Mustang, 9.569, 69.49;

    QUARTERFINALS — Clark, 3.778, 198.96 def. Jones, 4.293, 142.07; Martin, 3.758, 201.49 def. Stott, 3.810, 196.22; Tindle, 3.751, 202.33 def. Leggett, foul; Pesz, 3.750, 199.08 def. Reid, 3.763, 204.05;

    SEMIFINALS — Tindle, 3.856, 195.87 def. Clark, 4.305, 130.19; Pesz, 4.950, 119.56 def. Martin, 36.245, no speed;

    FINAL — Pesz, 3.769, 198.88 def. Tindle, 3.799, 200.71.

     

     

    PRO NITROUS:

     

    ROUND ONE — Jeff Naiser, Chevy Camaro, 4.047, 180.36 def. Blake Housley, Chevy Corvette, 5.326, 91.61; Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 4.264, 165.54 def. Ron Muenks, Camaro, broke; Jim Laurita, Camaro, 8.720, 48.46 def. Joshua Vettel, Camaro, broke; Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 3.785, 197.45 was unopposed;

    SEMIFINALS — Laurita, 3.848, 192.28 def. Glidden, 8.947, 81.61; Naiser, 3.857, 192.38 def. Rahaim, 4.019, 185.74;

    FINAL — Naiser, 3.997, 168.98 def. Laurita, 4.779, 106.14.

     

     

    PRO TURBO:

     

    ROUND ONE — Steve Matusek, Ford Mustang, 4.022, 192.69 def. Mike Murillo, Chevy Camaro, 4.720, 115.92; Todd Moyer, Chevy Corvette, 3.953, 177.95 def. Dennis Sugrue, Chevy Cavalier, 4.288, 188.99; Eric Dillard, Camaro, 3.827, 208.52 def. David Hance, Chevy Belair, 3.945, 197.86;

    SEMIFINALS — Moyer, 3.976, 189.90 def. Matusek, foul; Dillard, 3.780, 210.64 was unopposed;

    FINAL — Dillard, 3.812, 210.37 def. Moyer, 3.906, 200.44.

     

     

    X-TREME PRO STOCK:

     

    ROUND ONE — Dean Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.078, 176.72 def. Todd Hoerner, Chevy Camaro, 4.167, 175.57; Doug Kirk, Ford Mustang, 4.109, 175.32 def. Pete Berner, Camaro, foul; Scott Hintz, Mustang, 4.110, 176.24 def. Cary Goforth, GXP, 4.075, 177.74; John Deflorian Jr., Camaro, 4.095, 176.56 def. Kevin Bealko, GXP, 4.192, 172.10;

    SEMIFINALS — Hintz, 4.102, 175.98 def. Kirk, 4.141, 175.07; Deflorian Jr., 6.048, 78.49 def. D. Goforth, broke;

    FINAL — Deflorian Jr., 4.122, 174.89 def. Hintz, foul.

     

     

    X-TREME PRO MOD:

     

    ROUND ONE — Kevin Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 4.038, 184.09 def. T.J. Tindle, Ford Mustang, broke; Jeffrey Cummins Jr, Chevy Camaro, 4.182, 165.48 def. Keith Haney, Camaro, 5.183, 147.41; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 3.928, 186.79 def. Monroe Guest, Camaro, 5.016, 150.83;

    SEMIFINALS — Rivenbark, 4.093, 183.52 def. Cummins Jr, foul; Stevenson, 3.927, 191.46 was unopposed;

    FINAL — Stevenson, 3.907, 193.68 def. Rivenbark, 3.969, 186.18.

     

     

    TOP DRAGSTER:

     

    ROUND ONE — Jeremy Maples, Mullis, 4.598, 122.47 def. Tyler Brown, Monden, 4.928, 132.82; Wade Pennington, Monden, 4.603, 133.79 def. Kyle Dvorak, Spitzer, 6.473, 65.13; Matt Driskell, Mullis, 4.307, 144.27 def. Rick Wilson, Sherrill, 5.587, 127.74; Mallori Rodgers, Monden, 4.184, 157.01 def. Kyle Lawrence, Mullis, 4.812, 109.79; Scott Barker, American, 4.185, 167.97 def. Steve Beeny, BOS, foul; Jerry Holt, TNT, 4.141, 172.06 def. Danny Nelson, RaceCraft, 4.440, 155.31; Bradley Thompson, Monden, 4.124, 171.18 def. Mike Secrest, White, foul; J R Lobner, Mullis, 4.429, 150.97 def. Larry Eidson, TNT, 4.097, 176.28; Cody Moore, TNT, 4.407, 155.69 def. Dustin Thompson, Monden, 4.164, 167.36; Coby Jones, Allen, 4.122, 177.79 def. John Lobner, Mullis, foul; Bob Henry, RaceTech, 4.336, 160.90 def. Don Aydelott, Mandon, 4.122, 171.90; Michael Kile, Spitzer, 4.097, 173.34 def. Darrell Reid, TNT, 4.359, 158.99;

    ROUND TWO — J . Lobner, 4.402, 157.37 def. Pennington, 4.290, 166.93; Driskell, 4.244, 159.06 def. Moore, 4.411, 151.90; Henry, 4.331, 161.15 def. Barker, foul; B. Thompson, 4.098, 174.96 def. Maples, 4.289, 160.65; Jones, 4.147, 177.28 def. Rodgers, 4.197, 166.87; Kile, 4.098, 173.49 def. Holt, foul;

    QUARTERFINALS — Henry, 4.357, 160.18 def. J . Lobner, 4.380, 159.46; B. Thompson, 4.113, 178.14 def. Jones, foul; Kile, 4.109, 173.23 def. Driskell, 4.256, 164.89;

    SEMIFINALS — Henry, 4.350, 160.65 def. B. Thompson, foul; Kile, 4.093, 172.72 was unopposed;

    FINAL — Henry, 4.362, 159.27 def. Kile, foul.

     

     

    TOP SPORTSMAN:

     

    ROUND ONE — Rick Wilson, Chevy Camaro, 4.415, 154.28 def. David Hance, Ford Mustang, 5.651, 95.09; Josha Vettel, Camaro, 4.338, 154.99 def. Randell Reid, Pontiac Grand Am, 4.498, 156.90; Stewart Johnson, Pontiac GTO, 4.639, 155.02 def. Jerry Holt, Camaro, 4.397, 160.48; Bob Gulitti, Camaro, 4.358, 161.32 def. Kirk Piepke, GTO, 4.535, 155.60; Gary Vance, Pontiac GXP, 4.484, 156.86 def. Mitch Withers, GTO, 4.322, 164.13; Jim Sackuvich, Camaro, 4.145, 177.11 was unopposed;

    QUARTERFINALS — Gulitti, 4.371, 157.26 def. Wilson, 4.421, 159.23; Vettel, 4.384, 151.12 def. Vance, 4.893, 151.66; Johnson, 4.740, 155.70 def. Sackuvich, 4.182, 163.83;

    SEMIFINALS — Gulitti, 4.370, 161.81 def. Johnson, foul; Vettel, 4.316, 164.89 was unopposed;

    FINAL — Gulitti, 4.402, 148.76 def. Vettel, 9.081, 54.62.

     

     

    PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER:

     

    ROUND ONE — Mitchell Seymore, Halfscale, 7.910, 82.57 def. Summer Brixey, Motaviatio, 7.984, 79.11; Jackson Core, Jr.RaceCar, 7.951, 79.26 def. Andrew Green, BOS, 7.862, 80.94; Griffin Rider, Halfscale, 7.903, 77.12 def. Morgan Torres, Halfscale, 7.917, 83.44; Brandon Rudd, BOS, 7.904, 82.42 def. Nicki Little, Quick Kids, foul; Kalee Mills, Motiavatio, 7.935, 79.50 def. Allison Wood, M/T, 8.100, 76.01; Jimmy Sackuvich, Halfscale, 8.022, 78.75 def. Shelbi Wiggins, Halfscale, 7.982, 82.30; Bethany Crick, Halfscale, 8.006, 79.25 def. Kyla Hubbard, Hardin, 8.037, 80.56;

    QUARTERFINALS — Rudd, 7.964, 81.58 def. Tutterow, 7.974, 79.45; Crick, 7.950, 80.98 def. Seymore, 7.933, 81.05; Mills, 7.904, 81.84 def. Rider, 7.933, 72.58; Sackuvich, 7.963, 80.69 def. Core, 8.041, 77.70;

    SEMIFINALS — Crick, 7.978, 75.67 def. Rudd, 7.888, 80.54; Mills, 7.912, 79.63 def. Sackuvich, 7.955, 82.71;

    FINAL — Crick, 7.861, 82.89 def. Mills, 7.857, 81.54.


  • Dillard’s Record-Breaking Performance In Pro Turbo Highlights Winners List At X-DRL Debut Event In Tulsa

    DSC_2107TULSA, OK (April 7, 2013) – The new X-treme Drag Racing League made history by completing its first-ever event, the X-DRL Spring Nationals, on Sunday at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

    Eric Dillard capped off his own historic weekend with one more bonus in the new Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class.

    After becoming the first turbo driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s earlier in the day, Dillard topped it with a 3.786 at 210.64 mph in the semifinals and then finished off the dream weekend with a win in the finals, running 3.812 at 210.37 mph to beat Todd Moyer on a weekend he and the X-DRL won’t forget.

    “It was like winning twice in one weekend. We’ve been looking for that 3.70 run for so long and to get the win on top of it, it’s just huge for us,” Dillard said. “It’s a great way to start the season and there’s so much more we can do going forward.

    “I feel like we’ve got a lot of room to grow and a lot to look forward to in the X-DRL.”

    The X-DRL felt the same way, starting its inaugural season with an impressive bang in Tulsa.

    Other winners at the debut event included Brandon Pesz (Pro X-treme), Jeff Naiser (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), John DeFlorian (X-treme Pro Stock), Dan Stevenson (X-treme Pro Mod), Bob Gulitti (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and Bob Henry (Top Dragster).

    DSC_2261Dillard, driving the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro owned by turbo standout Jose Gonzalez, was brilliant all weekend, reaching the 3.70s with a pass of 3.79 during the final qualifying session on Sunday.

    The celebrations continued the rest of the day, capped off by a winner’s circle party that included a call to Gonzalez in the Dominican Republic.

    “He was ecstatic. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. The car was just running smooth all weekend,” Dillard said.

    DSC_2360Brandon Pesz had his own storybook weekend in Pro X-treme, picking up his first professional win in the class with a hard-fought 3.769 at 198.88 mph against Tim Tindle in his Garrett Race Cars Camaro.

    “To get your first win like this, it’s just a great feeling. It’s been a long time coming,” Pesz said. “We were running strong at the end of last year and I knew we would be strong this year. It’s great to start out like this, especially at the first event and at your home track.”

    Pesz finished as the No. 2 qualifier and then worked hard throughout eliminations, running a 3.75 in the quarterfinals and knocking off Lethal Threat Racing teammate Todd Martin in the semifinals. But nothing came easy on a day where Pesz certainly earned his paycheck.

    “The car was all over the track. I really had to drive it today, but it’s fulfilling knowing at the end of the day you really had to earn it,” said Pesz, who thanked Todd and Sheri Martin, LAT Oils, Kryptonite Kustomz and Trick Titanium.

    DSC_2125After a number of struggles earlier in the weekend, Jeff Naiser came through with clutch performances when he needed them in Pro Nitrous, including a 3.997 at 168 mph in the finals against Jim Laurita. It was a welcome sign for Naiser, who hoped to have turn the corner at the X-DRL debut event.

    “As much as we’ve been struggling, this is hard to believe and it’s very satisfying,” Naiser said. “It shows the potential this car has and hopefully we’re onto something that’s consistent and fast.”

    A round earlier Naiser pulled off the big shocker, ousting No. 1 qualifier Bob Rahaim when the Pro Nitrous world champion shook. Naiser went a weekend-best 3.857 at 192 mph on that run, picking an ideal time to find what he needed to advance.

    He had problems late in the finals run against Laurita, but did enough to get the all-important victory.

    “We got the win and that’s all that counts,” Naiser said. “We just want to savor this win and hopefully we’re on the right track.”

    DSC_2107John DeFlorian’s dominant weekend in X-treme Pro Stock had a fitting finish, as he went 4.122 at 174.89 mph to beat a red-lighting Scott Hintz.

    It’s DeFlorian’s third career win in Pro Stock, and gives him incredible momentum for the rest of the 2013 X-DRL season.

    “This is unbelievable stuff. It’s what dreams are made of. I never thought I would have the opportunity to do this,” DeFlorian said. “I have to thank Karen and Kevin Bealko and I’m so grateful for our team. If it wasn’t for all of them, I wouldn’t be here.

    “This is tough territory and I knew it would be a challenge. I’m just thankful and very happy.”

    In his Black Diamond Motorsports Camaro built by Jerry Haas Race Cars and powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, DeFlorian caught a break in the semifinals when Dean Goforth left before the tree was activated. He responded with a solid run in the finals against Hintz.

    “It was an extremely challenging weekend. We were really fighting the weather, and the wind was blowing so hard you really had to fight the car. When moments like these come around, you just have to savor it,” DeFlorian said.

    Dan Stevenson was a step ahead of everyone in X-treme Pro Modified, finishing off his wire-to-wire weekend on top with a 3.907 at 193.60 mph in the finals against Kevin Rivenbark.

    Stevenson, who termed this season the “2013 No Excuses Tour” in the winner’s circle, qualified in the No. 1 spot with a 3.938 and continued to pick up throughout eliminations on Sunday. His topped it off with a weekend-best run in the finals, earning a thrilling conclusion to a rewarding weekend.

    “This is a dream come true. We were the low qualifier, had the top speed and won. It can’t get any better than that,” Stevenson said. “The guys just busted their butts and with Charles (Carpenter) as the crew chief, things are just clicking.

    “The car was just running really well. The guys at Reher-Morrison did a great job with the new engines. There’s way more left in it.”

    Bob Gulitti became the first-ever winner in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, as his 4.40 at 148.76 mph was enough to get past Josh Vettel, who got loose almost immediately.

    Gulitti had strong reaction times of .016 and .019 to reach the final, and was consistently in the mid-4.30s to take home the historic win in the class sponsored by Mickey Thompson.

    “To win at the inaugural event, it’s just phenomenal. We’ve been looking forward to this since December. We’re on a little roll right now and it feels good,” Gulitti said.

    Top Dragster proved to be a huge hit, with 24 cars putting in qualifying passes. In the end, it was Bob Henry who picked up the first TD championship, going 4.362 at 159.27 mph to pull off the upset against No. 1 qualifier Michael Kile.

    Kile picked the worst time for a red light and Henry, who ran as quick as 4.316 in eliminations, gladly took advantage.

    “This hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Henry said. “This was a very tough field and we got some breaks, but we kept improving. The track was awesome all weekend and the X-DRL is here to stay. It’s going to keep getting better and better.”

    In Pro Junior Dragster, No. 1 qualifier Bethany Crick went 7.86 at 82.89 mph to knock off Kalee Mills in the finals. The next race in the X-DRL’s inaugural 2013 takes place April 26-27 with X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness at historic Bristol Dragway.

    For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.

     

    2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE

     

    April 6-7: X-DRL Spring Nationals, Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa, Okla.

     

    April 26-27: X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

     

    May 17-18: Bash On The Bayou, No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.

     

    June 14-15: X-treme Gateway Showdown, Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis

     

    July 26-27: Mayhem At The Creek, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, Md.

     

    Aug. 16-17: Hot Texas Nights, Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas

     

    Sept. 20-21: Thunder In The Heartland, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Indianapolis

     

    Oct. 4-5: Southern Slam, Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, Ala.

     

    Oct. 25-26: X-Treme World Finals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C.

     

    ABOUT THE X-DRL

     

    Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-treme Drag Racing League is a premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the X-DRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Supercar Showdown, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, X-treme Pro Mod, Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo, X-treme Pro Stock, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and Pro X-treme, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class. The 2013 X-DRL seasons consists of 9 action-packed national events that will take place throughout the United States. For more information on the X-DRL, visit http://www.X-DRL.com.