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Carpenter Disappointed with Another Early Exit

Courtesy of Charles Carpenter Racing

MARTIN, MI – Needing to go rounds after a first round loss at last month’s ADRL Speedtech US Drags, Pro Nitrous veteran Charles Carpenter looked to be in prime position to do just that at the ADRL Ford Drive One Summer Drags VI at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI.

After a solid 3.956 effort in Friday’s final qualifying session put Carpenter third heading into eliminations, the team failed to capitalize on the opportunity and suffered a first round loss to Thomas Myers. Carpenter had the advantage off the starting line, but his freshly-painted ’55 Chevy went into violent tire shake early in the run, forcing Carpenter to lift off the throttle as Myers took his first round win of the season with a 4.271.

“We were just too aggressive,” Carpenter said. “The track conditions changed from Friday to Saturday more than we anticipated and we didn’t back it down enough. The car went about halfway to the 60-foot mark and blew the tires off.”

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Hernandez Among Five Winners at ADRL Ford Drive One Summer Drags VI

Courtesy of ADRL

MARTIN, MI — The added pressure, expectations and attention that comes with landing a new major sponsor seems to have brought out the best in Josh Hernandez.

A race after advancing to the final in Richmond while debuting his new Fight Me MMA sponsorship, Hernandez and his ’57 Chevy took it a step further on Saturday, winning in Pro Extreme at the ADRL Ford Drive One Summer Drags VI at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI.

“To come out with a new sponsor and within two races have a win, that’s what we’re in it for,” Hernandez said. “To be in that winner’s circle, nothing makes me happier.

“I’m so happy for my guys. This is what we’ve been waiting for.”

It’s the seventh career win for Hernandez, but just the first this year in a loaded division.

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New Engine and Increased Speeds for Grubb Racing in 2010

Courtesy of Quick 32
 
Top Sportsman team on board with more power in Quick 32 Sportsman Series
 
PINE RIVER, ONTARIO (June 11, 2010) – With a bigger engine this season, Darrin Grubb has stepped up his team’s efforts in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

The Ontario-based Top Sportsman team has added a whole bunch of cubic inches to its 2004 Chevy Cavalier, and Grubb, who drives the Cavalier for Grubb Racing, said he has noticed a big difference.

“We’ve gone from running around 180 in the quarter to close to 195 now with the new engine,” said Grubb. “It is a nice, awesome ride.”

The team placed sixth in the Championship Point Award Series standings last season, highlighted with a Top Sportsman class victory during the June event at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.

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Diedrich rolls into Sacramento to run with the “Outlaw’s” this weekend

Courtesy of Diedrich Racing

Firebaugh, Ca – This Friday & Saturday Jay Diedrich will be attending the “Nitro Nite of Fire” event held at Sacramento Raceway to run with the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association. This is the second WCOPMA event of the 2010 season and Diedrich is currently sitting in the number six spot in points after a first round red-lighting during the first event.

The first round loss was bittersweet, although, at the last WCOPMA event as the “Evil Outlaw” 1957 Chevy ran an incredible 249.47 MPH pass. This weekend Diedrich and the Firebaugh Express Racing team are looking for three things specifically. First they want to see 250+ MPH pop up on the scoreboard sometime during the weekend. Second, they want to run a 3.9x to the 1/8th-mile and lastly they would obviously like to end up in the winner’s circle at the end of the night and secure their first Pro Mod victory.

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Janis Looks to be First on Race Day with new Ford Mustang

Courtesy of: Mike Janis Racing Inc.

Elma, NY– With the help of Ford Racing and Dan Page Race Cars, Mike Janis will debut his new Eaton Aeroquip backed 2011 Ford Mustang at the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, NJ.

The new scheme for the team came about due to a contest run by Mike Janis Racing asking fans to design their new Mustang. With over 120 entries from around the globe, Peter Walters of the United Kingdom took home the grand prize with his rendering.

The team’s staff graphic designer, Justin Spencer of Competition Designs tweaked Walters’ design and then proceeded to design a completely new image for the team.

“Thank God for Justin,” said Mike Janis Racing’s PR man Rob Kozak. “Justin has put a ton of time and effort into this for us. His contributions to this team are above and beyond what anyone could imagine.” Continue reading

Dan Myers Racing looking for .20’s this weekend

Courtesy Dan Myers Racing

Ramona, Ca – After making many changes to his 1957 Cameo Pick-Up Truck in the winter months and having career best numbers the first time out this 2010 season Dan Myers is looking to improve some more this weekend as he plans on running with the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association at Sacramento Raceway this June 11-12 weekend.

Last time out, the DMR team ran career best numbers with a 6.407@225.09. Much of that came from a lot of new parts and changes over the winter months. Starting with his chassis set-up, Dan Myers asked Bob Bunker Jr. with Bunker Racecars to set up his chassis as far as 4-link, pinion angle, rear steer, ect goes. Next he had Lonnie Houde with LHP Racing re-do his fuel system and he sent his blower to DMPE to have some modifications done and Darren (Mayer) suggested he change his camshaft set-up.

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Team Aruba Heads to Martin for ADRL Summer Drags VI

Courtesy of Team Aruba

UNION, SC — Team Aruba is back on the long road to Martin, Michigan to compete in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Ford Drive One Summer Drags VI this weekend at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

After a two-week break, the team is eager to get back on the eighth-mile track, with plans to make a stop in Ohio to test and prepare the Aruba.com pro stock racecar prior to this Friday’s qualifier rounds. “We’re going to stop in Norwalk to test our car,” says Team Aruba driver, Trevor Eman. “We haven’t been on the track since the ADRL event in Virginia a few weeks back, so we are very ready to race.”

Regarding the team’s performance this season, Team Aruba is hungry for a race victory. “We know we can perform better. We have a good, powerful car,” Eman comments. “We just need to fine tune our weak points and we’ll be back on track.” The ADRL Summer Drags is the fifth event this season towards the 2010 ADRL World Finals, held at Texas Motorplex in late October. “For now, we have our sights set on qualifying for the ‘ADRL Battle for the Belts’ race this year,” Eman says. “Our team is determined and dedicated to working our hardest to be there.”

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