O’FALLON, MO (August 22, 2011) – Tony Gillig still has his sights set on racing in
the “Battle For The Belts” in October at Texas Motorplex.
The Extreme Pro Stock standout will just be trying to get there in a different car.
Starting with next month’s Dragstock VII (Sept. 9-10) at Rockingham Dragway and
continuing through the final three races of the 2011 ADRL season, Gillig will be
driving Larry O’Brien’s Bear’s Performance Products 2010 Dodge Avenger.
Gillig will not be driving as part of Dingman Racing after a change was made
following the recent Speedtech U.S. Drags IV, but he excited for the new opportunity
with O’Brien and his team.
“I talked to Larry about finishing the season with him and he was all for it. It
takes an exceptionally generous guy to offer their car for a fellow racer for the
rest of the season,” Gillig said.
“For now, we’re going to do these three races and see where it takes us. Larry and
(his brother) Wayne discussed this and thought, ‘Why not?’ No matter what happens,
we will have some fun along the way.”
Gillig made his ADRL debut in April at Palm Beach International Raceway and advanced
to the semifinals at Maple Grove Raceway in May.
He’s currently 11th in points, but is just 131 points out of eighth place.
The top eight drivers in each class will compete in the one-day “Battle For The
Belts” shootout on Oct. 22 as part of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII
at Texas Motorplex.
Despite the late start to the year, and the late-season change, the talented Gillig
still has his eyes set on competing in the shootout.
“I’m just a couple rounds out of eighth, so I’m right there. This is absolutely a
great opportunity and I can’t thank Larry enough for getting a chance to finish the
season,” Gillig said.
Gillig will head to Canada next week to get fitted in O’Brien’s car, which was built
by Jerry Haas Race Cars and powered by Jon Kaase Racing Engines.
From there, Gillig plans to test the day before Dragstock at Rockingham Dragway, the
site of where Gillig won a national event in 2006.
“We’ll probably just make a couple runs to make sure it goes straight and everything
is cool with the car,” Gillig said. “They’ve had a little trouble with the car as of
late, so hopefully we can sort it out and make the car fast again.
“They’ve got great equipment, so I think we’ll get it figured out.”
Gillig went a season-best 4.06 at Maple Grove en route to his semifinal finish and
advanced to the quarterfinals in June at Heartland Park Topeka.
After qualifying No. 6 at Virginia Motorsports Park earlier this month at the
Speedtech U.S. Drags IV, Gillig fell in the first round for the second straight
He’s hoping to reverse his recent fortunes starting in Rockingham.
“Larry and his family are great people and I’m really looking forward to this,”
Gillig said. “I’ve had some decent luck at Rockingham, so hopefully we can get off
on the right foot and finish the year strong.
“I really think we’re going to go fast and do well.”
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the world’s premier
sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional
categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Summit Racing Equipment Top
Sportsman, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and
Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL
Tour consists of nine national events run throughout the United States. For more
information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us