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ENNIS, TX – Frankie Taylor had waited several long years in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) for a moment like Friday. With the belt wrapped around his waist after winning his first ADRL World Championship in the Speedtech “Battle For the Belts” at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI, the Pro Extreme veteran wasn’t about to wipe the smile off his face. “I can’t even describe what this feels like,” Taylor said. “This is great and it’s just been a great, great year. I can’t believe I get to top it off with this.”
Five other ADRL racers won World Championships on Friday at Texas Motorplex, and all joined Taylor as first-time “Battle For The Belts” champions.
Taylor got his title by beating fellow Houston-area native Joshua Hernandez in the finals, and joining Taylor in the winner’s circle was Burton Auxier (Pro Nitrous), Dan Millen (Extreme 10.5), Kim Morrell (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), John Montecalvo (Extreme Pro Stock) and Tyler Allen (Pro Junior Dragster). Taylor needed to be close to perfect to win the belt considering his matchups. He went 3.65 to beat Texas friend and rival Gaylen Smith, added a little more to chase down Quain Stott with a 3.64 at 208.59 mph in the semifinals and then topped himself in the finals showdown against Hernandez.
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Story by Ian Tocher
‘SUWANEE, GA – Anything less than victory would have meant failure. At least that’s how Ronnie “The King” Davis felt entering the final NHRA Division II Top Sportsman race of the year Oct. 15-17, at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Georgia.
“We had to win the race at Silver Dollar to win the championship,” Davis said. “And we did.”
The Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer entered the event third, trailing only Jeff Pittman and points leader Billy Vaughn. His race got off to a great start, as Davis qualified his nitrous-oxide-injected 1963 Corvette in first place with a 6.53-seconds pass at 215.13 mph over the Silver Dollar quarter mile.
After 21 cars entered for a 32-car field, Davis enjoyed a free pass in round one, with Vaughn and Pittman also advancing, but a loss for Vaughn in round two left him with 304 points for the year. Pittman fell next in round three, stranding him at 295 points, while Davis still had two more rounds to go in order to earn his second NHRA Div. II Top Sportsman championship.
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ENNIS, TEXAS – After wrapping up the final MMPSA race last weekend in Tulsa and crowing, “King of the Mountain”, the action packed race awarded Bob Berstch the Shootout honors, along with a trip for two to Aruba, thanks to Aruba Vacations! With the 2010 MMPSA season in the books, Team Aruba is looking ahead to this weekend, for the final ADRL race in Ennis, Texas at Texas Motorplex .
It’s the Speedtech “Battle of the Belts” at the LenMar Motorsports Word Finals VI and once again, Tevor Eman and his crew are set to tackle the track, holding nothing back for one last chance to make waves. Not only does this race leave a lasting impression from this season, but the results will contribute to next year’s early point standings.
“We have had an incredible year this season and are looking forward to leaving even more of a lasting impression next season,” Eman states. “We have really put together a great crew and we know that there are only great things in store for us in the future.” There is no doubt that Team Aruba and the Digicel powered Aruba.com Escort are locked in and focused on this weekend’s World Finals.
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Firebaugh, Ca – Jay Diedrich and crew will be bringing their 1957 Chevy from California down to Texas to compete in the quickest and fastest of the American Drag Racing League’s classes, Pro Extreme. Diedrich is an avid racer on the west coast within many 1/4-mile associations but this will mark the first time he will compete on the 1/8-mile level and possibly, one of his biggest events he’s attended yet.
Alongside Diedrich will be Lonnie Houde with LHP Racing calling the shots on the tune-up. Houde is no stranger within the PX class as he has worked on, tuned and set up complete fuel systems for many racers who compete. Houde has been tuning for Diedrich all season and will admit it is a challenge getting the 2,800 pound car down the race track. The two of them go into Ennis looking for an experience and getting exposure as more ADRL events are planned for the 2011 season.
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Ennis, TX – It was late on Tuesday and Spiro Pappas had just finished a long, exhausting day. But there was a hint of energy and a bit of a spark in his voice, and it was almost like he wasn’t ready for the night to end. Pappas, though, will be plenty pleased if his latest string of testing success carries over to Friday’s Speedtech “Battle For The Belts” at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI.
After a season filled with struggles – some that were admittedly his own doing – Pappas, the No. 6 qualifier in the eight-car field, finally feels ready to defend his Extreme 10.5 2009 World Championship. The excited tone in his voice despite the late hour simply gave further evidence to that notion. “We were testing to see if things are back to where we want to be and it went better than we expected,” said Pappas, who tested Tuesday in Wisconsin. “Things went really, really well. “As a driver, I’m ready and my team is ready. Everything is coming together and it’s coming together at the prime time. (Tuesday) proved to us that we have what it takes to keep the belt one more year.”
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HOLLYWOOD, FL – John Force, currently second in the NHRA Nitro Funny Car points standings and Graham Light, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations will join host Joe Castello, live tonight at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to wforadio.com.
On tonight’s WFO Radio, John Force will discuss a variety of subjects including JFR’s difficult weekend at Maple Grove and the points battle against DSR drivers Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman. Force returns to WFO Radio with two races to go in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
Graham Light, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the NHRA will discuss the general state of the sport, the challenges posed by team orders, the possibility of returning to 1320 feet, and the future of Pro Stock in an in depth interview.
WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday, the only weekly talk show 100% devoted to NHRA drag racing and featuring the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, airs every Tuesday live at 7 p.m. ET. In addition to the live shows, every episode and interview from WFO Radio is available on-demand via wforadio.com, iTunes, or iPhone/iPad application.