It was a cool quick day at Etown with only 2 rounds of qualifying being completed due to numerous oil downs and the crash of Joe Newsham. Joe was transported to the hospital and was under going tests to ensure he was OK after the crash. The fields are set with full qualifying sheets and ladders posted in the forum.
DragStory heads north to cover Shakedown at Etown. Our coverage starts Friday while the teams move in and set up. As an added bonus, we will be webcasting the audio live! Listen in as Al Tucci and Brian Olson, the voices of the ADRL, bringing you every round of racing action!
Heading To The Shakedown At E’Town For Our Finale’
The 2009 ADRL season came to end for the Stanley and Weiss Racing team in the flatlands of Texas this past weekend. We have sat and analyzed our endeavors amongst the best this country has to offer in a class made up of the world’s quickest and fastest door cars, Pro Extreme. And we have decided that we did just fine for a “bunch of Rednecks” out of Appalachia. Our little one car concrete block garage has put forth a car that has been competitive right out of the box this year. A best of 3.76 at 202+ in 2009 has proven we are now most definitely able to swim amongst the sharks!
Although we had an early first round loss in the not so favored left lane, we did qualify tenth out of 49 cars! Those guys and gals down in that neck of the woods must breed Pro Extreme cars in their backyards! And competitive ones as well!!!
O’FALLON, MO — The National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) regrets the decision announced today by Dover Motorsports Inc. to close Memphis Motorsports Park (MMP), site of this year’s ADRL Quarter-Max Memphis Drags II, but already is taking steps to replace the venue for its 2010 season.
“I’m saddened by this news, not only because Memphis Motorsports Park hosted one of our most exciting events this season before being cut short by rain, but because it holds sentimental value for me personally as essentially the birthplace of our complimentary ticket program back in 2006,” National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling said.
Nowling praised MMP Vice President and General Manager Jason Rittenberry and his staff for their hard work at the facility, not only during National Guard ADRL events, but for other major drag racing events and races at the speedway that shares the Millington, Tennessee, grounds.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In a season that has seen records fall as often as cars were raced, nitrous cars winning multiple events, and the quickest and fastest fields in the history of Pro Modified racing, Al-Anabi Racing is looking to add to the seemingly never-ending excitement by scoring the first world championship for a nitrous-assisted Pro Modified since their own Shannon “The Iceman” Jenkins sealed the deal on the Pro Mod Challenge crown in 2002.
Leading the charge for the nitrous Pro Mod powerhouse is Burton Auxier who has used unbridled consistency and top-tier performance to earn the No. 1 spot in the Get Screened America NHRA Pro Mod Challenge points standings, albeit by a somewhat narrow margin (32 points) over Roger Burgess and Danny Rowe. Scoring a win earlier this season in Bristol at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Auxier has proven his Speedtech Nitrous/Reher-Morrison engine program has what it takes to run with his supercharged and alcohol burning counterparts, but is well aware of the challenge that lies ahead – especially in Sin City.
Are Your Electrical Systems Keeping Up With Your Race Car? An Interview with Automated Racing Technologies
By Deborah WFO, Bluebaugh Racing
Why are the world’s fastest Nitrous Pro Mod Racers so fast? The bottom line is that a consistent race car using 100% of its potential wins races. The question is how do you make a race car more consistent and know that you are maximizing potential with so much going on? I met with Chris Patrick of Automated Racing Technologies to get some answers. Patrick is the inventor of the Total Function Control (TFC-5) automated race car management system. The TFC-5 is a light weight digital processor that can give you total programmable control of all the electronics and electrical components in your race car at the touch of a screen. This system just may be one of Jim Halsey and Pat Stoken’s little secrets to success.
What we are really talking about here is the precision and speed of electricity applied in race car technology. Patrick’s digital system runs more than 23 times faster than conventional analog systems with out absorbing an abundance of electricity. There are three basic parameters the system addresses.
DEMOTTE, INDIANA – While competing in a semi-final round of the ADRL Speedtech Battle of the Belts Final at the Texas Motorplex over the weekend, Pro Extreme star Jason Hamstra lost control of his 1968 Camaro near the eighth-mile finish and crashed heavily into the retaining wall.
Hamstra, 22, had posted a 3.78-second, 203.46 pass before the incident.
After the crash, he was transported via helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for observation, and Sunday was home recuperating. Other than some minor bruises, the young racer received no injuries.
“He’s doing well,” stated Karen Hamstra, Jason’s mother. “He came out of the ordeal in good shape, not even a concussion.”
All Walks Of Life Can Enjoy ADRL Drag Racing
The ADRL race in Ennis, Texas “Texas Motorplex” this past weekend has given pause to those that say free tickets don’t always draw people from “all walks of life”. This past weekend William Craig Weiss, better known as “Axle” in the Doorslammer drag racing world invited his longtime and good friend Jim Wroble along with his wife Anne to come to Ennis and see what this “drag racing” was all about.
That invite was the prelude to something the average person never gives much thought to. What is he going on about you may ask, BUT humor me please. You will be rewarded in the end!
Jim is a semi retired General Sales Manager for one of the most successful steel manufacturers in the world, Steel Dynamics Inc. His bride Anne is a highly successful registered nurse that works at a major Dallas hospital.
Elma, NY – It’s no secret that the Mel Bush Motorsports team has focused their race efforts elsewhere this season, but this weekend the team will take a shot at cracking the ultra competitive Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx field at the 9th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.
“Our race schedule this season has been very busy,” said Team Owner Mel Bush. “We’ve been very busy. Having only made a handful of these NHRA events we’re a little behind these guys but we’re in here and we’re gonna take a shot. Heck, its Vegas why not take a gamble.”
Mel Bush Motorsports Driver Tommy D’Aprile always looks forward to running on the NHRA side but Vegas, for some reason, demands more excitement from the normally reserved driver.
“Vegas really demands attention. Racing in that atmosphere is going to be really cool! Each NHRA event we compete in has its own personality. I’m not sure what this race’s is but I’m ready to find out and have some fun while doing it,” said D’Aprile.
Bush’s hired Gun, Tommy D’Aprile, will be tuned by the team’s regular Crew Chief, Kevin Peters, along with Engine Builder Mike Janis; both from Janis’ Elma, NY based Jan-Cen Motorsports.
Update on Jason Hamstra, he is fine, no broken bones and is expected to be back at the track this afternoon!
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