Sept 27, 2010
ADRL Rockingham (Dragstock Vll) results follow Norwalk results.
Gallerys: PRO Extreme (including a few blown 10.5), Nitrous (including nitrous 10.5), Pro Stock, and Bike/Jr. and exhibition)
Ohio Drags IV
Goforth, Owens Double-Win Weekend Highlights Ohio Drags Six winners.
Two of the top competitors
in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) showed exactly why they reign
atop their respective classes at Saturdays Summit Racing Equipment
Ohio Drags IV.
Sept. 26, 2010
Rockingham Friday (from Norwalk)
Tutterow Family Claims Two of Six Wins at ADRL Simpson Dragstock VII
NORWALK, OH (September 24,
2010) Just moments after watching his son, Ty, win in Pro Junior
Dragster at the completion of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL)
Simpson Dragstock VII on Friday, Todd Tutterow had only one thought
before his Pro Extreme final.
Sept. 11, 2010
Saturday washed out
A sudden and steady rain interrupted the final round of qualifying on Saturday, causing ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling to postpone what had already been a record-breaking event.
"Nobody wanted to finish Dragstock at Rockingham Speedway more than myself, but unfortunately we have to call the event," ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling said. "There's no way the cars can run after all the rain. Our track crew is the best in the business, but this is just unfortunate. There's not a lot we can do."
Final qualifying was completed in Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5 and Pro Nitrous before rain halted the fourth round of Pro Extreme qualifying.
After Frankie Taylor set a world E.T. record in Pro Extreme on Friday, becoming the first ADRL driver to reach the 3.5s (3.596), Shannon Jenkins (Pro Nitrous) and Dan Millen (Extreme 10.5) followed suit in their respective divisions. Jenkins was incredibly impressive in a loaded Pro Nitrous field, which fielded an ADRL-record 40 cars.
The "Iceman" went 3.813 on Friday night and then backed that up with his pass on Saturday to stay as the No. 1 qualifier and set a new world record.
"This is a good car," Jenkins said.
Several talented drivers like Charles Carpenter, Dan Stevenson, Johnny Pilcher, Pat Stoken and Terry Murphy were left out, though Steve Vick snuck in with a 3.93 on his last try to put him in at No. 15.
Currently ninth in the points race, Vick needed that qualification to keep hope alive for a top eight spot at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI in October.
"It kept us in the chase. If we had not qualified, we would have been done," Vick said. "I figured the field would be around a .96, so I was pretty close."
Dan Millen's magical stretch continued on Saturday in Extreme 10.5, as he went 3.858 at 203.09 mph to set a new E.T. world record.
Chuck Ulsch held the mark for all of one day after going 3.90 on Friday, but Millen responded with his fourth straight run in the 3-second range, all of which were better than the previous pass.
"We're real happy right now," Millen said. "We need points like it's nobody's business."
Five drivers reached the 3-second mark in XTF, but Millen continually marveled the overflow crowd at Rockingham during qualifying.
He opted to not take a fourth qualifying pass, but will have a chance to back up his 4.022 in Norwalk to set a new E.T. record. As has been the case all year, Owens was in command of his Fast by Gast bike.
"Once I crank the bike, I'm not thinking about anything," Owens said. "That's when I get the most relaxed."
Brian Gahm remained the top qualifier in XPS after going 4.062 on Friday, while Taylor remained on top in Pro Extreme with a good portion of the field yet to make their final qualifying run.
Joshua Hernandez was in the No. 2 qualifying spot after going 3.658 in PX and said he'll be prepared for the ADRL's third double-race weekend of the year in two weeks.
"We'll be ready to go in Ohio," Hernandez said.
The Ohio Drags will be the final race before the World Finals in October.
Friday Qualifying (Rockingham)
It was a record-breaking day on Friday at Rockingham Dragway, as several
drivers did their best to rewrite history at the American Drag Racing
League (ADRL) Simpson Dragstock VII.
"It felt good. To do it with the sun out was pretty cool," Taylor said. "I wanted to be the first in the 50s, so that's pretty cool, too. I'm very happy and this is pretty exciting."
With a record-entry Pro Nitrous field that also became the quickest Pro Nitrous field in ADRL history (3.97), several other drivers stood out en route to qualifying in the top spot after one day.
In Pro Nitrous, Shannon Jenkins went 3.813 to climb to the top, while Dan Millen (3.882 in Extreme 10.5), Ashley Owens (4.022 in Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Brian Gahm (4.062 in Extreme Pro Stock) and Janna Vogler (Pro Junior Dragster) were all top qualifiers.
Taylor accomplished that by going 3.61 in his first pass. He topped that on a solo run on his next trip, bringing the huge crowd at Rockingham to its feet.
The only thing left for Taylor is picking up his third ADRL win.
"It's just about winning (Saturday)," Taylor said. "If I go .61, .59 and .60 tomorrow and cut some good lights, I'll be good."
Joshua Hernandez went 3.65 to qualify second, while Jason Scruggs went 3.66 in his third pass to move to the third position.
Jenkins dropped to the No. 2 position momentarily after Jim Halsey went 3.84 in Pro Nitrous. But the "Iceman" responded like he usually does, going 3.813 at 198.38 mph to bump Halsey back to second.
"I saw Jim go .84 and just said 'Here we go.' I just got mean with (the car)," Jenkins said. After driving teammate Mike Castellana's car to a win in St. Louis in August, Jenkins looked impressive in his own car, which was back in Jenkins' hands for the first time after his crash in July.
The amazing thing is Jenkins thinks it has more potential for Saturday.
"It was soft on the clutch," Jenkins said. "It would have gone .78 or .79 easy and probably 200 miles per hour, too. We'll just have to get it tomorrow and save the best for last."
The Al-Anabi Racing driver celebrated that moment, but then finished the day even better, going 3.882 at 203.09 mph to take the top qualifying spot.
"I wouldn't care if it was three 4.00 runs or three in the 3s, we haven't had this much success since we started racing this car. We're very happy," Millen said.
That last run was Millen's first going more than 200 mph, but the current E.T. record - at least until Millen can back his up - goes to Chuck Ulsch, who went 3.90 at 202.97 mph to sit in second.
Five drivers (Millen, Ulsch, Gary White, Todd Moyer and Spiro Pappas) all had 3-second runs on Friday, but Ulsch and Millen could be on a collision course for the finals.
"I think things would work out nice if we can see him in the finals," Ulsch said.
It wasn't a record-setting field in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, but Owens did his best to wow everyone at Rockingham Dragway. Making just the third pass on a new motor that debuted for this race, Owens and his Fast by Gast bike went 4.022 at 177.44 mph, which is currently .12 better than No. 2 and No. 3 qualifiers Terry Schweigert and Kim Morrell.
"I was happy with a 4.02, but I'm always trying to go a little better," Owens said. "You always have to try to do a little better. I think there's room for improvement."
Owens went 4.07 during his second qualifying run and then blew everyone away - Paul Gast included - with his run of 4.02. He'll try to back that up Saturday to re-set his world E.T. record, but a 3-second run might be possible.
"It's possible, but we want to win first and foremost," Gast said.
Gahm didn't waste any time carrying over his momentum from winning the Hardee's Gateway Drags III in August in Extreme Pro Stock.
On his first pass, the Ohio native made the top run of the day, going 4.06 at 175.89 mph. Gahm was certainly happy to have the No. 1 qualifying spot after Friday, but he was just as pleased with the consistency he displayed.
"It's a good way to start. We made a good call and it seemed like it worked well," Gahm said. "We actually made three good runs. The car is working really well."
He'll need that consistency in a field that is packed tightly, with Pete Berner right behind in No. 2 at 4.077. Cary Goforth follows in third (4.079), but Gahm will be focused for his second straight win.
"If we can be consistent like that, it's going to be good for race day," Gahm said. "We'll go back, make some changes and decide if we want to step on it."
Vogler became the top qualifier in PJD after posting a reaction time of 0.003. Ryan Crews is right behind at .004 and K.J. Nowling is third with a .005.
The fourth and final qualifying session for Simpson Dragstock VII begins at 11 a.m. at Rockingham Dragway, with the first round of eliminations set to begin at 3 p.m.
ADRL (St, Louis)
August 6-7, 2010
His '71 Camaro went a Saturday-best 3.69 at 203 miles per hour, beating Gaylen Smith in an entertaining final before a massive overflow crowd at GIR. "(The 3.69) put quite the exclamation point on the coolest win I've ever had," Hossler said. "I don't know how I could have made it any better. "There is no race I would rather win. This is definitely the highlight of my ADRL career. This has been great, to share this experience with all the people I care about."
Joining Hossler in the winner's circle was Shannon Jenkins in Pro Nitrous, Chuck Ulsch in Extreme 10.5, Ashley Owens in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Brian Gahm in Extreme Pro Stock and Alexander Oppen in Pro Junior Dragster.
The capacity crowd soaked in the record-breaking weekend, as track E.T. and speed records were broken in every class over the two-day stretch.
"I saw the win light and that's all I needed to see," Ulsch said. "This was real cool because I lost this race (in the finals) last year. Anytime you can win, it's great."
The location added plenty more for Hossler, but how he did it was also meaningful. After qualifying fifth, Hossler went 3.74 in the opening round and then knocked off Frankie Taylor a round later with a 3.76 at 204 mph.
That gave him KH Al-Thani in the semifinals and the buzz at GIR in preparation for that race was palpable. But it was Hossler who prevailed, denying Al-Thani of his second win in two days with a 3.75 to set up his terrific finals run. "Anybody that tells you don't get jacked up for something like that, you're lying. You do get jacked up," Hossler said of his semifinal matchup against Al-Thani. "You just have to try to block that out and do what you always do."
Before that, though, Jenkins had to overcome the crash in Houston and some difficulty on Friday with Castellana's car. But after staying up until 2:30 a.m. correcting the problems, Jenkins went 3.93 in the final qualifying session to set the tone for the day. He got better in each round, going 3.92 to beat Burton Auxier in the second round and 3.91 to top Stan Allen in the semifinals. "We're just racing for Mike," Jenkins said. "We came out with that .93 in qualifying and it felt like a different car. After that, we knew we could win."
Ulsch's path to the finals was eerily similar to a year ago at the track, as he met Jeff Naiser and Gary White in the second and third rounds, respectively, for the second straight time. He had passes of 4.03 at 205 mph and 4.02 to reach the finals, and this time he got the better of Glidden, who cut a perfect .000 light but shut the car off shortly after.
"Hopefully this puts us back in the mix. Every little bit helps," Ulsch said. "We made major changes before every run and we threw some stuff out there. We got where we want to be."
But that's just the tip of the iceberg for the "Fast by Gast" driver, who went 4.09 at 174 mph to beat Kim Morrell's 4.16 in the finals.
Morrell was making her first finals appearance, but had to relent to Owens, who now has a remarkable six wins in seven ADRL races.
"It's hard to keep this going," Owens said. "All the little stuff and there's so many things that goes into this, it's just unreal. It's been a wonderful thing."
Owens cut a .013 light in the finals, which is simply par for the course in the 2010 season. His '07 Suzuki went 4.11 in the first round, a weekend-best 4.08 at 175 mph in the quarterfinals and a 4.10 to put him in the finals, where he remains perfect on the season.
"There's quite a few people that stepped up and we were just trying to get that win light," Owens said. "There's a lot of tough people out here, but everything went good and the bike was real consistent."
"We ran consistent all day," Gahm said. "We weren't the fastest but we were right there. The guys did a great job of reading the track all day."
Aronson reached the finals by knocking off red-hot John Montecalvo, denying Montecalvo the chance to become the first ADRL driver to win five straight races.
That opened the door for Gahm, who gladly took advantage on a productive Saturday. "We're always ready to win, but (Montecalvo's) Chevy has been hard to deal with," Gahm said. "We're very happy. It was a great weekend."
In Pro Junior Dragster, Oppen picked up the win, getting a red-light victory against Kyle Dvorak. Oppen, a Kenosha, WI native, had a reaction time of .057 and went 7.93 at 80.96 mph.
The ADRL returns to action on September 10-11 for the ADRL Simpson Dragstock VII from Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC.
Saturday's final results from the ADRL Hardee's Gateway Drags III at Gateway International Raceway. The race is the Seventh of 10 in the American Drag Racing League:
Pro Extreme -- Alex Hossler, Chevy Camaro, 3.696, 203.89 def. Gaylen Smith, Chevy Bel Air, 3.715, 204.85.
Pro Nitrous -- Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 3.884, 193.13 def. Randy Weatherford, Camaro, 3.957, 191.10.
Extreme 10.5 -- Chuck Ulsch, Chevy Camaro, 3.997, 206.35 def. Billy Glidden, Ford Mustang, 7.783, 59.18.
Pro Extreme Motorcycle -- Ashley Owens, Suzuki, 4.095, 174.68 def. Kim Morrell, Suzuki, 4.168, 169.89.
Extreme Pro Stock -- Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 4.115, 174.98 def. Cale Aronson, Mustang, DQ.
Pro Junior Dragster -- Alexander Oppen, Hercules, 7.937, 80.96 def. Kyle Dvorak, Spitzer, foul.
(Completed at Gateway)
"We did run into some unfortunate opponents and I feel bad for those guys, I really do, but I think we also ran well enough to show we would've had something for them anyhow," Janis said after covering the eighth mile at Gateway International Raceway in 3.86 seconds at 195.59 miles per hour in the final round.
"It was great to have the Sheikh here this weekend and especially to see all of his cars do so well," Castellana said after defeating Terry Murphy, Lee Adkins, Johnny Pilcher and Balooshi for his third ADRL event title. "This team is on a roll now and it feels great to get a win and be part of it."
Ulsch's supercharged '68 Camaro lost traction in the final, however, allowing Glidden's nitrous-assisted ride to blast through for the win in 4.07 seconds at 176.74 mph. Afterward, the man from Whiteland, Indiana, expressed surprise at earning his fifth National Guard Minuteman trophy after seven ADRL races this year.
"It's nothing I did," Glidden insisted. "If they hadn't had trouble over there, there's no way I can run with the kind of horsepower they're making. So yeah, I'm kind of surprised to win here."
"I knew Ronnie was a good leaver and I had to be on top of it, but I think he had his worst light of the day and that helped me, too," Davis said. "But my bike has been running real good lately and I'm feeling good on it, so hopefully this is just the first of many (wins) for us."
"It just started to haze the tires, then took a sudden, hard right into the wall. I probably stayed in it longer than I should have," Hartford admitted after the first wreck of his career. "But when you're trying to win these races you have to go for it."
Meanwhile, points leader Gahm continued his dominance of the naturally aspirated class, racing through Brad Waddle, Steven Boone and John Montecalvo before ending the hopes of Dean Goforth with his fourth event title this year. Gahm set low E.T. of the meet with a 4.13-seconds blast in the final, while Goforth suffered a flat, left front tire halfway into his run that threw his '09 Pontiac GXP across the center line, where it hit the finish line markers.
"I hate to see that. We already lost one (car) today and don't need our guys tearing their stuff up out here," Gahm said. "That was a good run for us and it's great to keep the momentum going toward the championship."
The National Guard ADRL returns to racing in two weeks, Aug. 21-22, with the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
FINAL ROUND RESULTS
Pro Extreme -- Mike Janis, Pontiac Firebird, 3.863, 195.59 def. Jason Scruggs, Chevy Camaro, broke.
Pro Nitrous -- Mike Castellana (near lane), Chevy Camaro, 4.579, 118.45 def. Khalid Al-Balooshi, Camaro, LBT.
Extreme 10.5 -- Billy Glidden (far lane), Pontiac GTO, 4.076, 176.74 def. Chuck Ulsch, Chevy Camaro, 4.336, 187.47.
Pro Extreme Motorcycle -- Travis Davis (far lane), Suzuki, 4.268, 168.98 def. Ronald Procopio, Suzuki, 4.265, 168.45.
Extreme Pro Stock -- Brian Gahm (near lane), Ford Mustang, 4.137, 174.17 def. Dean Goforth, Pontiac GXP, DQ.
Pro Junior Dragster -- Ty Tutterow (near lane), Halfscale, 7.942, 81.91 def. Trevor Haisma, Spitzer, 8.005, 81.36.
Mike Castellana was simply looking for one good run in Pro Nitrous
on Friday at the ADRL Hardee's Independence Drags IV at Heartland Park
It was significant that Castellana had two in a class where most drivers struggled to get one on a day where track conditions proved difficult to solve.
"I think we had a better handle on things," Castellana said. "It was kind of hit-or-miss for a lot of people, but we've got a good handle on this car. When you got something good going, you don't want to change too much."
Other top qualifiers after Friday's three sessions include Frankie Taylor in Pro Extreme, Ashley Owens in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Pete Berner in Extreme Pro Stock and Todd Moyer in Extreme 10.5.
Castellana's solid performance on Friday gives him some breathing room heading into Saturday's final qualifying session as well.
"(Saturday's) session won't be as good with the conditions, so we should be able to stay on top," Castellana said. "We feel pretty comfortable."
The Al-Anabi Racing driver should after Friday. Shannon Jenkins shot up considerably in his final pass, going a 3.92 to move up to second overall.
But he says everyone is trying to keep up with Castellana this weekend.
"Mike's car was good today," Jenkins said. "He had pretty good control of it. The track conditions cooled off and the thing stayed hooked up."
Castellana wasn't the only one who got better under the lights in the cooler conditions. After shooting to the top on his first qualifying run, Taylor went back up to the top on his final pass on Friday.
"The .73 earlier today is probably what we'll baseline tomorrow off of," Taylor said. Joshua Hernandez and Jason Scruggs overtook Taylor on the second run, going 3.733 and 3.734, respectively.
They moved back to second and third on Taylor's final run, with KH Al-Thani sitting in fourth after going 3.74.
Taylor knows where he has to improve on Saturday in what was a 30-car field on Friday.
"I've got to get on the tree a little bit more," Taylor said. "It's been acting a little funny on the two step, but we'll get it taken care of tonight, we'll put a few plug wires on it."
Moyer was another driver who put together two impressive runs on Friday, bolting back to the top with a 4.00 at 195.85 mph run under the lights.
"(My crew) told me it was going to be a .99 so I was a little disappointed," Moyer said. "We were going to smoke the tires or we were going to go real fast."
That didn't last long as Moyer went back on top moments later, taking momentum into Saturday. The Seabrook, TX native knows that doesn't guarantee anything in XTF.
"They're all 4.0 cars or 3.99 cars," Moyer said. "It is going to be hot and it's going to be an issue, but I think we know how to do it right now."
Berner was consistent all day, with his 4.14 from his first run putting him at the top in XPS. Berner went 173.54 mph in a blistering pass and the Summit Motorsports driver couldn't be happier with how the day went.
"We're tickled to death. With the conditions we had on the track, this is pretty awesome. We had three great runs and hopefully we'll keep it going," Berner said. "The crew is making exceptional calls for these conditions. We've got a great car."
That's where this car has thrived, something Berner is banking on heading into final eliminations.
His '09 GXP had good power coming into the weekend and that was evident throughout the day. Berner, though, has his mind on one thing.
"One of those days we want one of those trophies. Hopefully it's this weekend," Berner said. "Consistency is what's going to win. In this class, you have to be on your game for every run." John Montecalvo, who won in Michigan last month and was also the No. 1 qualifier, jumped to second in his final run with a pass of 4.160. Bob Bertsch is right behind after a 4.169 in his first pass.
Owens continues to appear untouchable in PXM, needing only two runs to take command. After running a 4.19 in his first run, Owens passed on his second run and then came back at night to put up an impressive run of 4.16.
"We're making less passes and it's less wear and tear on the bike. I feel good about (Saturday)."
There's plenty of good reason for it as the Fast by Gast team shoots for its fourth straight win.
The No. 2 qualifier, Charlie Prophit, is .09 behind Owens in qualifying and the nine-bike field appears a step behind Owens and his '07 Suzuki in Topeka.
Owens joked he's under pressure this weekend because owner Paul Gast did not make the trip to Heartland Park Topeka.
"Paul left me with the bike this weekend, so we have to do good," Owens said with a chuckle. "We can't do bad. It won't look good."
Sporting an incredible .001 reaction time, Cody Jeffs was the top qualifier in Pro Junior Dragster.
The fourth and final qualifying session starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations are slated to begin at 3 p.m. at Heartland Park Topeka.
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