MADISON, IL – Under the lights on the world-class drag strip at World Wide Technology Raceway, the American Drag Racing League returned home to the site of its greatest events and a foundation of the Missouri-based series. Former ADRL Rookie of the Year and Pro Extreme World Champion Jason Hamstra rocketed to the top of PX class qualifying with a Q3 pass of 3.633 seconds at 210.57 mph. More impressive is the fact Hamstra’s ’69 Camaro labored for most of the eighth-mile track, huffing and puffing to the finish line.
Hamstra also set top speed of qualifying thus far with a pass of 211.49 mph, done before the track’s lights came on in round two.
A hallmark of Friday night’s action across the river from St. Louis was great side-by-side racing. Reigning Mid-West Pro Mod Series Champion Aaron Wells and the ADRL PX winner from the Texas Motorplex last month Frankie “The Madman” Taylor put on the run of the night with Taylor edging Wells at the lane, 3.71 to 3.72. Taylor would go on to qualify second on the provisional ladder with a Q3 pass of 3.653 seconds at 285.05 mph. Wells currently sits seventh.
Dragpalooza top qualifier Wesley Jones qualified third Friday night with a solid lap of 3.663 seconds at 209.14 mph. Round 2 was an odd one for Jones, as it was for Bubba Stanton and John Sullivan, all of whom experienced gremlins in the left lane, preventing them from taking the staging light.
ST. LOUIS – The American Drag Racing League comes home to World Wide Technology Raceway this Friday and Saturday for the 2020 ADRL Gateway Drags. On the heels of a hugely-popular season opener last month at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, the ADRL comes to the St. Louis area ready to put on a drag race for the ages.
Leading the charge is the Pro Extreme class, an eighth-mile of fire-breathing Pro Mod excitement. With American muscle under the hood and exciting and colorful themes on the body, PX is guaranteed to thrill fans under the lights.
“The great thing about these cars,” said ADRL President Mel Roth, “is that they’re like the old drag cars back in the day. Back then, drivers went out of their way to create a personality for their race cars and that’s what we’re seeing now in our Pro Extreme class. These cars look like real cars, they sound like real cars, and they move down the track like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
ST. LOUIS – After the overwhelming success of the American Drag Racing League’s Dragpalooza season-opening race, Texas Motorplex and ADRL executives have agreed to a second event in 2020. The Driven Automotive Protection ADRL presented by CarGuard Administration U.S. Drags comes to the world-class racing facility near Dallas Oct. 2-3 with tickets, once again, completely free of charge.
Texan Frankie “The Madman” Taylor took home the famed Minuteman trophy in Pro Extreme two weeks ago and left a number of competitors eager for a shot for redemption in October.
“We are super excited for the opportunity to bring back the quickest door cars on the planet,” said Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter. “With the racers and fans that turned out for the event last week in the mist of everything going in the world, I can’t wait to see how big it’ll be this fall!”
ST. LOUIS – During last Thursday’s ADRL LIVE presented by Twin Lakes Whitetails broadcast from his home in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., American Drag Racing League CEO Kenny Nowling announced the return of ADRL’s popular Battle for the Belts competition for the Pro Extreme class. The ADRL kicked its season off last weekend at the Texas Motorplex where Frankie “The Madman” Taylor took the first victory of the four-race series.
The Battle for the Belts has seen some of the top names in doorslammer history hoist the ADRL strap, including Taylor, John Lynam, Bubba Stanton, Jason Scruggs, Todd Tutterow, and Von Smith. This year’s field will see the top 4 PX racers after the third race on the schedule (to be revealed very soon) face off during qualifying Friday, Oct. 23 at the season-ending Dragstock event at World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis. The winner takes home $10,000 in cash.
“What’s cooler than a world championship belt around your waist?” said ADRL President Mel Roth. “It’s the coolest trophy in racing, hands down, and we’re stoked to bring this competition back. One of the first questions I was asked when I came to ADRL was ‘When are you bring back the Battle for the Belts?’ We’ve got a great Pro Extreme field this year and if Dragpalooza last weekend was any indication, it’s going to be a great battle.”
ENNIS, TX – Frankie “The Madman” Taylor earned one of the strangest Pro Extreme victories in American Drag Racing League history at Texas Motorplex Saturday night. In the ADRL season opener, Taylor made four uncontested passes down the track to take the win at Dragpalooza. The race was the first sporting event in the state to entertain spectators since the COVID-19 quarantine was enacted in mid-March.
Taylor’s E1 opponent, Michael Neal, fouled out by .005 seconds. In the second round, Taylor was to race Jeffrey Cummins, but Cummins was unable due to being involved in a scary crash in the round before with Randy Merick. Round 3 was potentially the match of the weekend, with Taylor facing top qualifier Wesley Jones. Unfortunately, a parts failure prevented Jones from making it to the line. Finally, in the championship round, the Texan was to face Jason Hamstra, but Hamstra’s ’69 Camaro was on the wrong end of an event-ending issue during his semi-finals win over Adam Flamholc.
“I’d rather be lucky than good,” Taylor said in the Winner’s Circle, smiling. “We got lucky in the final, we couldn’t have beat him anyway because we broker either the driveshaft or the rear end or both. We tore something up. We just had a real good weekend.
ENNIS, TX – Wesley Jones took his Batman-themed ’41 Willys to the top of the Pro Extreme class under the lights at the Texas Motorplex here. Three rounds of qualifying for ADRL Dragpalooza, the Missouri-based series’ return to the Lone Star State, were run Friday with the final round set for Noon on Saturday. Finals are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Jason Hamstra, the American Drag Racing League’s 2009 Rookie of the Year and the youngest to ever win the Pro Extreme title (24), ran a close second with a 3.696-second lap at 208.01 mph in Q3. The Indiana native was on top in Q2 with a pass of 3.723 seconds at 205.94 mph, but was knocked off the pole in the final round of the night by Jones. Swedish PX pilot Adam Flamholc rounded out the top three with his run of 3.708 seconds at 206.83 mph.
Jones, of Vicksburg, Miss., has had a solid week thus far at the Texas Motorplex. Thursday night, he fired the first shot of Dragpalooza, claiming a bounty from ADRL CEO Kenny Nowling & Motorplex GM Andy Carter after being the first car of the weekend to run in the 3.60s during testing. The prize, $500 and two cases of cold beer, was handed over to Jones at the end of the night.
ENNIS, TX – After a spring of quarantine and events held at empty facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is kicking the summer off in the Lone Star State with Dragpalooza at the Texas Motorplex June 5-6. With the efforts made by both the facility and ADRL to promote social distancing and spectator safety, the race is open to fans thanks to a recent executive order by Governor Greg Abbott.
“We’re very thankful to Governor Abbott and his decision to allow us to open this event to the people,” said ADRL President Mel Roth. “We as a nation have been through a lot in recent months and we hope the ADRL can provide a safe and fun release for those who have been quarantined during the pandemic.”
Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter and his staff have been working closely with the governor’s office throughout the spring. They have provided invaluable information on how the venue could be opened to fans while promoting safety and a healthy environment for racers, crews, facility staff, and spectators.