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    75942_10151344529858000_305185960_nRICHMOND, Va. June 12, 2013:  After qualifying on top of the past two events in a row and capitalizing on their position for their first ever XPS win at the Spring Drags, Team Aruba had high hopes for the ADRL U.S. Drags. As is often the case in drag racing, however, things didn’t go as planned. Rain plagued the event, costing teams Friday’s test session and a final qualifying shot on Saturday. The Aruba.com/Alltel Wireless Mustang made an impressive pass in their first shot down the track with a 4.114. Conditions for the night session would prove to be tricky forcing Trevor Eman to lift and the team to rely on the 4.11 pass as their only information for race day. Still, the initial qualifying shot was good enough to keep Eman in fifth. This would pit him against the always-tough John Deflorian Jr. for round one of eliminations.

    Like many XPS teams, Deflorian had struggled throughout qualifying, his best attempt only a 4.65. Deflorian must have known he would need not only a good pass, but a great light as well, in order to get past Eman, and that’s exactly what he did. It is rare for Eman to have a late reaction time, and he is often first out of the gate. However, Deflorian whipped out a .004 reaction time and would cross the finish line first for a holeshot victory. Despite his early exit, Eman will maintain the Extreme Pro Stock points lead.


    “It was a very disappointing race weekend for us,” told Eman. “Above that it was also very depressing with all the rain that slammed down on us all day Friday, washing away our testing opportunities and on Saturday causing the ADRL to eliminate the third round of qualifying.

    “Until recently, we have usually always been an average team performance wise. Qualifying in the top half of the field wasn’t something we used to accomplish very much in the past, so I made sure that I always tried to leave the starting line first, before our opponent. There have been a couple of times that in doing so, we have won rounds on holeshots. When you take so much pride in usually being the first one to react at the Christmas tree, losing on a holeshot is very hard to accept.


    “When I saw the numbers on the scoreboard as soon as I crossed the finish line I thought for sure there was a mistake. I almost felt sick inside the racecar when I saw that we got beat on a holeshot.

    “The important thing is that despite the results of that round, we still have the points lead. The even greater thing is that I have a team that stands behind me 100%, even when I screw up as a driver. We will leave the Virginia race behind us and go forward from here.


    “On a positive note, our teammate Nelson Winklaar, who was battling some health issues, is feeling much better and recuperating and is ready to return home from his hospital visit. By the sound of his voice and his attitude, it seems he is ready to join us for a race this year after all.

    “I’d like to congratulate the entire ADRL staff on doing a great job completing the race after all the downpour of rain combined with what I believe was the largest car count in the history of the ADRL. I also want to congratulate Lester Cooper on reaching the finals and John and Lois Anne Montecalvo and team on returning to the winner’s circle. I believe that was Lester’s first ADRL final, so both teams deserve big congratulations. I wish I could have stayed to watch them race the final, as they stayed in Cordova to watch me race the final, but unfortunately I had to hit the road to be at the shop in time to make our flight home the next morning. However, I was able to watch it live on bangshift.com on our ride home in the motorhome, so in a way, I was there.
    “With the points lead intact, it’s on to US 131!”

  • Harvey Takes Top Spot In Summit Racing Clash Of The Titans Heads U.S. Drags V Qualifying List

    PETERSBURG, VA. (June 22, 2012) – Travis Harvey is hoping his stay on top in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman lasts one more night.
    Right now Harvey is the driver to beat at Summit Racing Equipment’s Top Sportsman “Clash of the Titans,” a special one-race event during the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) U.S. Drags V at Virginia Motorsports Park . He went a remarkable 4.141 at 173.43 miles per hour in the massive 35-car Summit Racing Top Sportsman field on Friday, jumping to the top spot of the 32-car qualifying field that will pay out a Top Sportsman record $10,000 to the winner.

    “This is a pretty huge event and since it’s $10,000 on the line and Summit was putting it on, I really wanted to come out,” said Harvey, who won Dragstock VIII in 2011. “I tried to put together a run in the 4.10s and that’s what it did. “That was really good for the conditions. You have to be smart and know what the track can take. We test a lot and this car is really good in the heat.”

    Other qualifying leaders of the U.S. Drags V after a rain-shortened Friday include Jason Scruggs (Pro Extreme), Jim Halsey (Pro Nitrous), Brad Brand (Mickey Thompson 10.5), Dave Norris (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Elijah Morton (Extreme Pro Stock) and Mike Castellana (Aeromotive Pro Modified).

    Rain washed away one qualifying session for every class, while only three classes (XPS, PM, TS) were able to get in two qualifying runs because of the inclement weather.
    That weather also bumped Saturday’s action at VMP to an earlier starting time. Racing will start at 9 a.m. with the completion of the second qualifying session. A third qualifying session will follow, with eliminations for the U.S. Drags V and the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman “Clash of the Titans” slated to begin at its previously scheduled 3:30 p.m.

    Harvey will hope to keep his top spot through eliminations, but he will have incredible company. Thirty-four of the 35 cars ran in the 4-second range and Harvey knows it will take a monumental effort to win the $10,000 prize.

    “I’m really thankful for the ADRL and Summit for putting on a race like this. It’s pretty awesome to have (35) fast cars like this,” Harvey said. “You’re going to have to keep up with the weather and keep the car running well, but you’re also going to need some lucky rounds. There’s some really good competition out there, that’s for sure.”

    Jason Scruggs laid down arguably the most impressive run of Friday as track temperatures approached 140 degrees, delivering a 3.674 at 206.13 mph in sweltering heat to take the No. 1 qualifying spot in Pro Extreme. It put Scruggs on a good path as he tries to become the first PX driver to win in consecutive years at VMP.

    “I like to go first, that way I don’t have to watch anybody else,” Scruggs said. “I was shooting for a 3.70 or a 3.69, and it went a tad better than I thought. It really came together for us. For the conditions, that was a great run and we were very happy with that.”

    Mick Snyder, who is trying to become the first PX driver in ADRL history to win three straight races, went 3.705 in his Powersource Transportation Corvette, while Brandon Pesz is third with a 3.71.

    Scruggs wasn’t sure what to expect in the heat, but he has always held VMP in high regard.

    “Very rarely do you get a track that hot, but even though it was hot, the track was in pretty good shape. We feel like we’ve got a pretty good car in any conditions,” Scruggs said. “Virginia Motorsports Park didn’t get ADRL Track of the Year (in 2011) for nothing. This facility and track is definitely one of the best we run on. This track has been pretty good to us, too.”

    n just one pass, Jim Halsey might have gotten the turnaround he had been hoping for in Pro Nitrous. As one of only a small number to get his car down the track in some tricky conditions, Halsey went a solid 3.905 at 193.16 mph.

    “We’ve been testing the last five weeks and the last two were in 90-degree weather, so that probably gave us an edge. This last three weeks testing have been good and we learned a lot of stuff not to do,” Halsey said. “The track was very good considering the temperature, but I think there’s more in (the car).”

    Jim Laurita was right behind with a 3.928, as was Robert Patrick and his 3.934. Even with the early-season struggles, Halsey has only one goal coming into the weekend at VMP.

    “We come out to win and that’s not going to change. If I didn’t think we could win, I wouldn’t be here,” Halsey said.

    Morton was more than happy to wait through the lengthy rain delay after the end result gave him his first No. 1 qualifying spot in 2012 in Extreme Pro Stock.
    Todd Hoerner and his Sonny’s Racing Engines EFI-powered Jerry Bickel Race Cars 2012 Camaro was the first to take advantage of the cooler weather after the rain, running a 4.078 at 176.24 mph. Morton then followed minutes later with an identical 4.078 but his faster 176.77 mph pass gave him the top spot and left him feeling good in his new Jerry Haas Race Cars Mustang after some early-season struggles.

    “That did feel good. We’ve been digging around the yard and I found my mojo,” Morton said. “Some new JRi Shocks helped us and our guys are getting the program straight. We’ve dug hard, found some things and it’s working. “It felt good when we left and that was an awesome feeling.”

    Joining Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman and Extreme Pro Stock as the only classes to get in two qualifying sessions, Mike Castellana jumped to the top spot in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified with a 3.965 at 192.80 during his second run.
    Castellana improved slightly on his first pass and he will try to remain unbeaten in the class on Saturday.

    “It was a decent run. (Crew chief) Shannon (Jenkins) and the guys got a hold of the track on that second pass, but we don’t really see temperatures like this too often,” Castellana said. “Our goal was to just go down, get qualified and go from there. We were pretty happy with the run.”

    Dave Roemer is currently second with a 3.976 and Jeff Naiser is right behind with a 3.984. Dave Norris impressed with a huge season-best for him in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, running a standout 4.168 at 169.40 mph.
    Casey Stemper and Eric McKinney ran a pair of 4.18s in a terrific side-by-side pass to sit second and third, respectively.

    In what proved to be a difficult qualifying session in Mickey Thompson 10.5 during the peak afternoon heat, Brad Brand had the top run, going a 4.245 at 170.32 mph. Brand and his jet-black ’07 Mustang was the only car to remotely make it down the track, as everyone else struggled with two qualifying sessions still remaining.

    Chris Holbrook is the top qualifier in the SuperCar Showdown class, running a 5.85 at 116.48 mph.

    In Pro Junior Dragster, Josh Phelps is currently on top after running a 7.909.

    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 U.S. Drags V at Virginia Motorsports Park

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    FRIDAY (June 22)

    • Pit gates open at 8:00 AM
    • Spectator gates open at 10 AM
    • Qualifying Round 1 at 12 PM (Run order: T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX,PJD)
    • Qualifying Round 2 at 3 PM (Run order: T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX,PJD)
    • Event Ceremonies at 6 PM
    • Qualifying Round 3 at 6:30 PM (Run order: T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PJD,PN,PX)
    • Jet Car and Exhibition runs at 9:30 PM
    • Secure Track at 10 PM

    SATURDAY (June 23)

    • Spectator gates open at 10:00 AM
    • Qualifying Round 4 at 12:00 PM (Run order: T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX,PJD)
    • Pre-Race Ceremonies at 3:15 PM
    • Eliminations Round 1 at 3:30 PM (Run order: T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX,PJD)
    • Eliminations Round 2 at 6 PM (Run order: T/S,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX,PJD)
    • Eliminations Round 3 at 8 PM (Run order: T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX,PJD)
    • Jet Funny Car at 9 PM
    • Final Eliminations 9:30 PM (Run order: PJD, T/S,PM,XPS,PXM,XTF,PN,PX)
    • Exhibition Run at 10 PM
    • Winner’s Circle Celebration at 10:15 PM
    • Secure Event at 11 PM