No New Rules for National Guard ADRL
O’FALLON, MO (September 23, 2009) — After careful consideration, the National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) will not be imposing any new minimum weight rules in the foreseeable future. Additionally, traction control will remain an option for those teams that wish to use it in every professional category with the exception of Extreme Pro Stock, which retains the rules that mandate a minimum weight (2,425 lbs w/driver) and specify the use of traction control is not allowed.
The National Guard ADRL was founded on the principle of no rules except for safety. At its recent Flowmaster Dragstock VI event at Rockingham (NC) Dragway, however, the series distributed questionnaires to its teams seeking opinions on whether to mandate minimum weights and prohibit traction control devices as cost-cutting measures.
“We carefully read every single response and in the end we had to agree with our racers, who overwhelmingly said, ‘If it ain’t broke; don’t fix it,’” said Bert Corzine, executive vice president of competition for the all-eighth-mile drag racing series. “They’re right, we’ve had record car counts this year, enthusiasm for the series is still growing strong and to be quite honest, some of the costs thrown around for building these new, light-weight cars have been grossly inflated.
“As far as traction control goes, everything we’ve seen and heard points to these devices contributing to a safer ride. When you’re talking about going from zero to over 207 miles an hour in 3.6 seconds, anything we can do to make things safer has to be considered a positive, so the use of traction control remains permitted,” Corzine added.
National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling said he stands behind the decisions of Corzine and his Competition Committee “100 percent” and is confident the series will continue to prosper.
“The entire National Guard ADRL team works diligently to provide the best place to race the quickest and fastest full-bodied passenger cars and motorcycles in the world and we’ve been rewarded with growing entry fields at practically every race,” Nowling said.
“Over the five years we’ve been staging events, ADRL racers have repeatedly shown me they are the most courageous and determined competitors on the face of the Earth,” he continued. “I just don’t see any of them walking away from the level of competition that they created through their own hard work and sacrifice.”
The National Guard ADRL is back in action Oct. 23-24, with its LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX, just south of Dallas.