On Saturday GALOT was filled with the roar of Outlaws and Pro Mods, the smell of high-octane fuel, and thick plumes of tire smoke.
The competition was fierce with 4.70 Outlaws, Pro Mods, Dragsters, Door Cars, and Junior Dragsters all vying for the top spot in their respective classes.
Lots of slick cars and lighting fast runs — culminating with a searing 204 mph streak from Fredericksburg, VA’s Tommy Franklin to take home the Mad Mule top prize in the Pro Mod Shootout!
PITTSBORO, NC – MVM by GALOT Motorsports makes its first public move since the company changed ownership in October. The innovative wheelie bar manufacturer was started in 2012 by Mike Valerio. When the company was purchased by GALOT Motorsports everyone knew there were good things ahead. The first of new things for the company is a partnership with the PDRA to become the Official Wheelie Bar of the eighth-mile doorslammer series. GALOT Motorsports representative and 2016 PDRA Pro Boost World Champion, Kevin Rivenbark, has been heading up MVM by GALOT with Valerio’s continued expert design input.
“We were very fortunate to be able to acquire a proven product such as MVM carbon wheelie bars,” stated Rivenbark. “MVM has the only proven carbon wheelie bars on the market today, and that is what separates us from the rest. We are planning to carry it to the next level.
BENSON, NC – GALOT Motorsports once again continues to broaden the organization’s horizons. With an implicit focus on strengthening the industry, GALOT Motorsports recently purchased Mike Valerio Motorsports (MVM) Products.
MVM was started in 2012 by Mike Valerio and quickly became an industry leader in wheelie bar production and design. Valerio utilized years of R&D and an extensive background in Pro Stock chassis fabrication to develop his unique wheelie bars. Since startup, Valerio has developed one of the most rigid wheelie bars on the market for both dual and single wheel sets. MVM’s proficiency is proven by the large number of Pro Mod teams that have chosen MVM bars.
PITTSBORO, NC – There have been only two unique winners in GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost this season and both of those also happen to come from the GALOT Motorsports camp. Kevin Rivenbark came out swinging this year, winning the first three events. Teammate John Strickland ran beside him in the Dallas final. At the most recent Summer Drags at US 131 Motorsports Park, Rivenbark went out in round two, meaning that for the first time this year someone else would walk away with the Pro Boost trophy.
Strickland continued to march through the competition, taking out Todd Moyer, Steve Summers, and Ric Fleck before meeting EKanoo Racing’s Gary White in the final. White had been the one to put Rivenbark on the trailer earlier and as the world’s quickest and fastest import car, was making a big splash in Pro Boost competition. White was unable to best two GALOT drivers on race day, however, as the machine couldn’t make the staging call and Strickland cruised to victory, unopposed, posting the quickest time of the day, a 3.822. Coupled with his .030 reaction time, he would have been hard to beat.
MARTIN, MI – The quiet town of Martin, Michigan will come alive with the thunder of 3,000+ horsepower doorslammers this weekend as the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) rolls into town for the PDRA Summer Drags. The northernmost event on the nine-race PDRA circuit, the Summer Drags has grown to become one of the largest races of its kind in the region.
One of the biggest stories to watch at Martin is the dominance of Kevin Rivenbark in the GALOT Motorsports Park Pro Boost class. The North Carolina driver won all three prior PDRA events this season behind the wheel of his supercharged GALOT Motorsports 2015 Corvette. Surprisingly, he doesn’t feel any particular pressure to maintain his undefeated record.