INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 3, 2009) – Only a handful of the sport of drag racing’s best ever can call the winner’s circle at the historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis familiar territory. For Mike Castellana, Rickie Smith and the Al-Anabi Racing Pro Modified team, the “Big Go” has always seemed to be a place where things simply come together; like they did just a year ago when Castellana took the NHRA Pro Mod Challenge victory, beating out Joshua Hernandez in the final round. Continue reading
O’FALLON, MO (Sep. 2, 2009) — With just one last chance at gaining points toward finishing in the top eight and qualifying for the post-season 2009 Speedtech Battle for the Belts, every point gained—or missed—Sep. 11-12, at Flowmaster Dragstock VI in Rockingham, NC, could define the outcome for certain National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) teams.
The Speedtech Battle for the Belts will pit the top eight points earners in each of the National Guard ADRL’s five professional classes—Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Flowmaster Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Extreme Pro Stock—against each other in a unique, championship-deciding, elimination-rounds playoff during qualifying on the first day of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V, Oct. 23-24, at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas. Continue reading
Elma, NY (September 1, 2009) – Mel Bush and Driver, Tommy D’Aprile, are bringing their Jan-Cen Racing Engines prepared Bel Air out of retirement to compete in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge at the 55th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.
Tommy D’Aprile’s last ride in Mel Bush’s famous ’62 Bel Air was one of his wildest rides in the seat of a door slammer. Just past the 330 mark a four-link bracket tore from the rear housing, planting the four-link bar into the track as the momentum of the car forced the car to ride over it, tossing the car in the air. Luckily for D’Aprile the car came back down on all four and has lived to fight another day. Continue reading
Elma, NY (August 25, 2009) – When Mel Bush commissioned Dan Page to build his new ride it was just that a ride for Mel himself. With recent health issues pulling Bush from the driver seat and the off season switch to ADRL competition Bush made the decision to build the car as a lightweight Pro Extreme machine with hired gun Tommy D’Aprile at the wheel.
The new Dan Page Race Cars built 70 ½ Camaro made its ADRL debut this past weekend at the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III and showed quickly that this car will be a force to recon with. Continue reading
Stepping It Up !! At ADRL Columbus
The Stanley and Weiss racing team headed on their merry way out the highway of life this past weekend to the next round of the ADRL race in Columbus, Ohio. For us it was a homecoming of sorts for the team as we had raced and went rounds at the track over a period of seven or eight years. We won our first NSCA Pro Street race there. Bob Molinari’s “Molinari Racing Products” clutch and all of Bob Malek’s “Friction Unlimited” discs we owned but we were unable to accomplish either! Great parts make up for dumb decisions. Continue reading
Elma, NY (August 17, 2009) – After taking his second victory of the season at the recently concluded ADRL Hardee’s Gateway Drags II at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois Mike Janis and his Aeroquip team are still chasing that perfect run.
“Don’t get me wrong; getting our second win was fantastic. It’s just that we struggled that weekend with the same troubles that we have had all year. It’s no secret we’ve been putting band-aids on our issues all season trying to compete. Thanks to some hard work from the guys at Ram Clutches this coming race is looking better for us,” said crew chief Mike Janis Jr. Continue reading
Norwalk, OH (August 17, 2009) – Todd Robertson and his Eaton/Aeroquip team have quickly become a force to recon with on the mid-west Pro Mod scene. In Robertson’s last 9 outings he has compiled an impressive list of stats consisting of three number one qualifiers along with three runner-ups and three wins, including this weekend’s at the Summit Raceway Park’s Rossler/DeCerbo Door Wars.
Robertson knows drag racing is by no means a one-man sport and while the driver gets most of the glory he understands that there are many contributors to his race team’s success. “With all the hard work from our crew and the support & efforts from everyone at Eaton/Aeroquip we couldn’t be happier,” said Robertson. Continue reading