With Strong Start To 2013 Season, Lethal Threat Racing Adds Champion Lifts and Williams Performance As Sponsors
MUSTANG, OK – The Lethal Threat Racing team of Pro X-treme standouts Todd Martin and Brandon Pesz are off to a fine start in the 2013 X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) season, as Pesz is first in points through three races while Martin is just three points behind in second.
That success has carried over off the track as well, as the Lethal Threat racing team is pleased to announce new sponsorship deals with Champion Lifts and Williams Performance.
The two-car Pro X-treme team started the 2013 campaign by announcing associate sponsorships with LAT Racing Oils, Kryptonite Kustomz and Trick Titanium, and both Martin and Pesz’s success on the track has yielded more opportunities.
TOPEKA, KS – For the third time in four years Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team were running for the money on Sunday afternoon at the NHRA Kansas Nationals. Facing veteran Johnny Gray and his Pitch Energy Dodge Charger in the final round Hight had lane choice but for the first time in four final round meetings Gray took the win. Gray posted a solid 4.067 second pass as Hight’s Mustang smoked the tires for the first time this weekend.
“I really believed we were going to get this one today. Not to take anything away from Johnny Gray. If this thing would have made a run like it had been all day we would have given Johnny a better race,” said Hight, the 2010 and 2011 Kansas Nationals winner. “It is hard to explain why we do well here. I don’t really know why. We have had some team members through the years that have been from this part of the country. This is just a great race track. (Crew chief) Jimmy Prock has won here in Top Fuel and Funny Car.”
Gray, Wendland put Pitch Energy in first place; Schumacher takes Army to fifth championship round in ’13
Gray, 60, with crew chief Rob Wendland, a Lawrence, Kan. native, and assistant Rip Reynolds won for the third time in eight Mello Yello events when the Pitch Energy Dodge Charger R/T produced four runs in the elimination rounds at Heartland Park Topeka that included the last three that ranged 4.047 to 4.067 seconds.
It almost was the fifth time that Don Schumacher Racing left an event this year with both titles in NHRA’s premier categories, but Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team was stopped by Al-Anabi Racing’s Shawn Langdon for the Top Fuel title 3.750 to 3.781.
CAYUGA, ON – Jarrod Kolne and the MJJ Racing Team will be returning to the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series with the help of some new sponsors and a upgraded Moser Engineering Read End, in an attempt to defend their 2012 Modified Eliminator Championship.
Joining MJJ Racing this season is Tim Orser Residential Lift Services, who provide consulting, installing and repair services for various types of stairs, decks, and residential elevators.
Also joining MJJ Racing is Mike O Automotive in the Niagara Region and returning for their 6th season RJ’s Service & Performance in Hamilton.
With the new sponsorship, MJJ Racing’s schedule for 2013 will include all twelve DSE Sportsman Racing Series events, the entire Ontario Street Car Association (OSCA), and a few select other specialty events during the course of the season.
Dale Boeru, NDRA’s President and Director of Operations says, “Drag racing in Canada continues to grow in popularity as a premier sport and entertainment at a steady pace. At NDRA, we are proud to present a quality line up of Alcohol Funny Cars and Pro Doorslammers that thrill the fans and draw crowds to the drag strips where we perform.” He adds, “It takes a lot of energy and resources to put on a great show. That’s where our sponsor partners come in to play an important role. When they invest in our programs, we can build a bigger and better show that our fans will remember”
MOORESVILLE, NC – Over the past twenty-nine years, Rickey Gadson has acquired an unrivaled wealth of knowledge and appreciation for the crucial components that can determine the difference between victory and defeat in Drag Bike competition. Gadson is using his experience to educate others of the winning combination in Drag Bike shock components by designating JRi Shocks, the leader in advanced shock absorber technology, as the shock absorber provider for the Rickey Gadson Drag Racing School in 2013.
STOW, OH – Beginning with the inaugural season of the X-DRL, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels (Mickey Thompson) will act as the official Top Sportsman class sponsor. Based in Kerrville, Texas, the X-DRL is a premier sanctioning body for eighth-mile drag racing. Professional racing classes include 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.
“As we celebrate 50 years, we want to remain true to the legacy of our company, and supporting the Top Sportsman competitors is part of that,” stated Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson. “We’re looking forward to a great season. There are going to be a lot of talented drivers participating this year for a chance to win the X-DRL Championship crown.”