August 3, 2009

West Coast Pro Mods Spokane Washington

Eliminations
Round 1
Dennis Radford, .059, 6.351, 221.82 def.
Rod Pearce, .098, 6.594, 215.68

Lee Smith, .039, 6.548, 217.21 def.
Ross Hogenson, .083, 10.708, 78.33

Joe Delehay, .112, 6.269, 228.07 def.
Wayne Hofer, -.231, 6.537, 207.05

Dan Vogt, .074, 6.505, 215.20 def.
Vern Mills, .156, 6.571, 209.46

Round 2
Lee Smith, .026, 6.537, 217.42 def.
Dan Vogt, .093, 7.847, 130.38

Joe Delehay, .117, 6.256, 227.80 def.
Dennis Radford, .085, 8.604, 104.08

Final
Joe Delehay, .114, 6.251, 228.61 def.
Lee Smith, .020, 6.668, 197.48

Final qualifying order

1. Joe Delehay - 6.203 @ 230.41 mph
2. Vern Mills - 6.303 @ 212.16 mph
3. Ross Hogenson - 6.412 @ 216.90 mph
4. Dennis Radford - 6.417 @ 213.1 mph
5. Rod Pearce - 6.426 @ 217.41 mph
6. Lee Smith - 6.482 @ 216.03 mph
7. Dan Vogt - 6.492 @ 216.06 mph
8. Wayne Hofer - 6.533 @ 210.73 mph
---DNQ---
9. Perry Thyr - 6.632 @ 209.59 mph
10. Keith Korecki - 6.649 @ 206.48 mph
11. Tom Meheden - 6.711 @ 206.42 mph
12. Perry Krinnit - 6.965 @ 201.85 mph
13. Tommy Johanns - 8.035 @ 111.93 mph
14. Tim Mann - 8.552 @ 117.80 mph


Friday Qualifying

Pro Mods
1. Joe Delehay, 6.240, 229.43
2. Dennis Radford, 6.417, 213.10
3. Dan Vogt, 6.492, 216.06
4. Ross Hogenson, 6.555, 166.68
5. Lee Smith, 6.627, 220.22
6. Rod Pearce, 6.669, 212.33
7. Tom Meheden, 6.759, 206.61
8. Perry Krinitt, 6.965, 201.85
9. Perry Thyr, 7.070, 148.35
10. Vern Mills, 9.349, 97.99
11. Tim Mann, 11.582, 76.60

 

May 31, 2009

Tindle Takes Topeka!

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 31, 2009) - Pro Mod racer Tim Tindle found his way through the uncharted fields of Heartland Park Topeka all the way to the winner's circle in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx.

Marking the first time the Challenge has visited the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, the drivers and teams were greeted with full stands of fans and treated them to a show of fast runs and close races all under the sunny skies of Kansas.

Tindle made good on his purpose when he said at the beginning of the race "I'm here to win" by besting Chip King, Danny Rowe and even number one qualifier Joe Baker en route to the final-round matchup against Jay Payne. Payne had beaten Mike Knowles and then single-handedly took out the nitrous-burning teammates Burton Auxier and Mike Castellana to earn his berth in the money round.

In the final, it was all Tindle and his Quain Stott-tuned ‘67 Mustang, as he led from wire to wire and won the race, 6.059/235.47 to 6.095/237.30.

"This was just awesome," Tindle said as he clutched the Get Screened America Warrior at the finish line. "Somehow, I just knew it was our weekend. We came out here with the purpose to be the first winners at this event, and sure enough, we did it.

"Quain got this ole' Mustang running so well in the heat of the day, and we were able to get down the track consistently while the other guys were just trying too hard and smoking the tires. Of course, in that last lap against Jay it was a great race -- he's always tough, but this one was just ours."

Also on a tear this weekend was Matco Tools-driver Joe Baker who earned his first No. 1 qualifying position and set Heartland Park Topeka track records for both fastest speed at 241.76 MPH and quickest ET at 5.971 seconds in his Mike Ashley Racing '68 Camaro. He was the only driver to break into the sub-six second zone all weekend.

Mike Castellana had another great performance and stayed second in the points standings, while his teammate, Burton Auxier, managed to hold on to first place despite a second-round exit.

Next up on the schedule is the June 11-14 United Association NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Current Points Standings (after five of ten races)

1 Burton Auxier 382
2 Mike Castellana 376
3 Roger Burgess 320
4 Joe Baker 295
5 Danny Rowe 272
6 Jay Payne 271
7 Tim Tindle 270
8 Brad Personett 227
8 Raymond Commisso 227
10 Rick Stivers 200
10 Taylor Lastor 200
12 Mike Knowles 179
13 Harold Laird 155
14 Kenny Lang 140
15 Chip King 67
16 Andy McCoy 63
16 Kirk Wilmes 63
18 Rickie Smith 52
19 Billy Gibson 42
20 Tommy Gray 10
20 George Landis 10

 

Topeka Saturday Wrap-up
Baker's dozen down to seven as Pro Mods sizzle in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 30, 2009) -
The field was full of excitement and competition was sizzling in the heartland as the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx raced the quarter-mile Saturday in the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. At the end of qualifying, Matco Tools driver Joe Baker was on top and a model of consistency, advancing to the second round of eliminations, having a bye in round one.

"I'm just thanking the Good Lord that we're doing so well here this weekend. With all the changes we've made on this car, I'm really excited to be running so consistently and quickly. We knew we had the car, but just couldn't get it dialed in - and now we're right where we knew we should be," Baker said.

Also advancing into the second round was No. 2 qualifier Mike Castellana who dispatched a struggling turbo-powered Brad Personett 6.087/234.53 to 6.714/177.81.

Personett said, "We had to make some big moves with the setup because we weren't having a lot of luck with what we were doing, and I guess we just found out what not to do next time. I'm not discouraged, though, we have a great car, and we've really got a lot of things working together well."

Castellana will have a bye round two and advance to the semi-finals.

Number three qualifier Roger Burgess' 67 Camaro took a hop and a jump when he faced off against points-leader Burton Auxier, landing Burgess on the trailer early and giving the leader an easy lap.

Auxier said, "We've been having a little trouble since we won Bristol, and I'm just starting to get things figured back out. These nitrous cars are touchy, and I think we've got things set for tomorrow. We dodged a bullet on that round, because I'm not sure what we would have run if Roger hadn't lifted, but a 'W' is a 'W' and we'll take it however it comes."

Knowles Enterprises and B&J Transmissions-backed Mike Knowles dropped a close race to former World Champion Jay Payne, giving up the win at the starting line despite having the quicker time. After qualifying No. 9, Knowles ran a 6.167/236.22 to Payne's slightly slower 6.169 235.97 but gave up almost six hundredths of a second in reaction time, .141 to Payne's .085.

R2B2 Racing-backed Raymond Commisso had a psychic .013-second reaction to slap a holeshot win on Taylor Lastor, 6.142/238.13 to the quicker-but-losing 6.080/237.21.

Lastor said, "You can't win when you give up almost a tenth on the tree. I can usually cut a really good light, but I must have gotten distracted or been sleeping, and he just had an amazing light."

Also advancing into round two were Tim Tindle who had a single run when Chip King failed to make the call due to a broken linkage, and Danny Rowe who took out rookie Kirk Wilmes, 6.100/238.72 to 6.257/230.45.

Eliminations will conclude Sunday beginning with round two action where Baker will take on Commisso, Rowe will face Tindle, and Auxier will meet Payne.

Topeka Friday qualifying

Joe Baker Tops Pro Mods in Topeka after Day One


TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2009) - If first impressions are everything, the drivers of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge are very impressed. The skies were sunny and clear and the stands were full for the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kansas, marking the first time the Challenge has raced at Heartland Park Topeka. A baker's dozen of cars took to the quarter-mile and Matco Tools driver Joe Baker took the provisional bragging rights for the class.

"This is an awesome facility," Baker said as he reveled in his number one spot. The 2008 Rookie of the Year blasted to a 5.995/241.76 in the first round and backed it up with a 5.974/241.63 in round two, with his crew chief Chuck Ford breathing a sigh of relief.

"We've struggled a lot in the recent races, and we changed everything on this car except the body. Clutch, tires, engine, blower - everything. We weren't really sure what we were going to get, but it's definitely working.

"I knew I was on a great run that first lap - so I just held on and punched it, and we ran some really good numbers. I can tell you this - I feel a lot better we backed it up. We'll see what happens tomorrow," Baker said.

R2B2 Racing's Roger Burgess took the provisional No. 2 with a 6.036/240.38, while Tim Tindle grabbed No. 3 with a 6.048/234.90.

Tindle said, "We really like the hot conditions, and with the track temp around 110, we really made a good pass. I know we have to make a move this weekend in the points, and I'm here to win - period."

Jay Payne made a solid run for the No. 4 spot, Gainesville winner Mike Castellana landed fifth, and Raymond Commisso sits sixth.

Current points leader Burton Auxier struggled during the first round, limping to a 6.414/220.69 with a flash at the end of the track. With his engine needing repair, Auxier sat out the second session and landed at No. 12, with Brad Personett riding lucky 13.

Qualifying is scheduled to conclude at 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Eliminations are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon and conclude Sunday.

AGATE:

1 Joe Baker 5.974 241.63
2 Roger Burgess 6.036 240.38
3 Tim Tindle 6.048 234.9
4 Jay Payne 6.08 236.09
5 Mike Castellana 6.12 233.56
6 Raymond Commisso 6.155 239.61
7 Danny Rowe 6.169 237.92
8 Chip King 6.21 230.72
9 Mike Knowles 6.255 235.15
10 Taylor Lastor 6.266 193.29
11 Kirk Wilmes 6.351 229.63
12 Burton Auxier 6.414 220.69
13 Brad Personett 8.664 123.59

May 29, 2009

Topeka Kansas

Burgess and Commisso look to jump up the ladder in Topeka


TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2009) - Teammates Roger Burgess and Raymond Commisso have torn up the competition in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx so far this season, scoring a win for Burgess in St. Louis and a runner-up for Commisso in Bristol, Tenn. The pair, under the watchful eyes of legendary tuner and driver Al Billes, has succeeded in becoming a force to be reckoned with and in setting numerous personal and class-best speeds and times.

This weekend, at Heartland Park Topeka in the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kansas, Burgess and Commisso both plan to jump up the ladder in the Pro Mod Challenge.

"I have to say, as a teammate and a team owner, Roger is an amazing person, but more importantly to me, he's become a personal friend and mentor," Commisso said.

"We've grown a lot together in the past several months - going through testing, our amazing performances together, his win, and my runner-up last week in Bristol. I guess it's just a brotherhood that comes from racing - and something that changes your life," he said.

Burgess, currently ranked third, won the Get Screened America Pro Mod event in St Louis, and Commisso, ranked ninth, won the IHRA event in San Antonio along with taking second in Bristol a week ago.

Burgess said, "For a new team, we've really come together well. Al is a great leader, and Ray is an incredible person and a great driver.

"We're having a lot of fun with what we're doing and I'm confident we're going to continue positioning ourselves in the Challenge. The drivers are the very best, and NHRA has done an awesome job giving us a great place to race.

"We're looking forward to racing in Topeka this weekend, and once again competing with the very best drivers and teams around," he said.

Qualifying in the fifth of ten Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge events is scheduled for 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Eliminations are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon and conclude Sunday.

 

April 12, 2009

ADRL Saturday eliminations

CECIL, Ga. -- Upset victories, first time winners, record-breaking performances and another overflow, record-setting crowd highlighted the ADRL Hardee's Georgia Drags at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Jason Hamstra (Pro Extreme), Jim Halsey (Pro Nitrous), Billy Glidden (Flowmaster Extreme 10.5), Matt Prophit (Pro Extreme Motorcycle) and Brian Gahm (Extreme Pro Stock) were winners in their respective classes.

It was the first career ADRL victory for Hamstra, Prophit and Gahm.

Final round results for the ADRL Hardee's Georgia Drags V at South Georgia Motorsports Park, round two of the ten race National Guard ADRL tour.

Pro Extreme - Jason Hamstra (3.801 seconds, 197.45 mph) def. Jason Scruggs (5.128 - 91.73)

Pro Nitrous - Jim Halsey (3.9201 - 191.00) def. Steve Vick (3.953 - 187.57)

Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 - Billy Glidden (4.091 - 176.03) def. Spiro Pappas (4.161 - 178.80)

Pro Extreme Motorcycle - Matt Prophit (4.238 - 170.39) def. Charlie Prophit (11.476 - 34.14)

Extreme Pro Stock - Brian Gahm (4.085 - 177.09) def. Cary Goforth (4.136 - 175.18)

ADRL Valdosta Friday qualifying

 

CECIL, Ga. -- Drags V Frankie Taylor (Pro Extreme); KA Balooshi (Pro Nitrous); Jeff Naiser (Flowmaster Extreme 10.5); Broderick Jackson (Pro Extreme Motorcycle) and Robert Patrick Jr. (Extreme Pro Stock) led their respective classes after the first round of qualifying at the ADRL Hardee's Georgia Drags V at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Taylor's 3.762 second run at 202.09 miles per hour was also a career best for the Texas-based racer.

"We knew that there was a 200 in it," said Taylor. "We ran nearly that fast last week in testing."

Taylor's 3.76 was even more impressive considering that there were five cars that clocked elapsed times in the 3.80s and that it was also his only run of the day for Taylor. "We never did get to make a practice run," added Taylor. "Maybe it's a good thing. We might have wasted that run in practice."

In Pro Nitrous, K A Balooshi also ran a career best run in his Shannon Jenkins-tuned Al Anabi Racing '68 Camaro.

Jenkins, the veteran Pro Nitrous campaigner is sitting out as a driver this weekend and wearing his crew chief hat in order to focus on getting Balooshi in the top of the field. His efforts paid off.

"I wanted to put all of my energies towards making his car get down the track," said Jenkins. "He has really improved as a driver and we needed to do was give him a fast car. We knew the car was capable of that kind of run."

Balooshi's 3.870 at 196.33 mph run was not only a career best for the young driver from Qatar, but the mile per hour mark was faster than the current world record (194.13) held by Jim Halsey. Balooshi needs to back up his run within 1% during the weekend to claim the record.

Jeff Naiser's 4.106 at 179.59 mph wasn't a record breaker (4.100 - Billy Glidden), but it was quick enough to put the Texan at the top of an extremely tight Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 field. Glidden qualified number two with a 4.113.

The Pro Extreme Motorcycle field of 41 bikes is the largest in National Guard ADRL history as well as being one of the most competitive.

Names like Matt Prophit, Coodee Thomas, Brunson Grothus and Billy Vose are on the outside looking in as is Matt Smith riding George Bryce's 2009. Bryce's Star Racing is making its ADRL debut at this event and the venerable motorcycle innovator is still working the bugs out of his PXM combination.

It took an elapsed time of 4.230, which is quicker than the current world record (4.237 - Charlie Prophit) for Georgia native Broderick Jackson to claim the number one qualifying spot. Jackson's 176.90 mph speed was also faster than the current record (173.61 - Nikie Corley). "We've been expecting (a run like that) all year," said Jackson. "(Crew chief) Walter Robinson has been working hard to give us the kind of power that could produce a run like that." Robert Patrick paced the Extreme Pro Stock field with his 4.072 second at 176.07 mph qualifier. Both the ET and speed are potential new XPS world records.

"This was a better motor than we had in Houston," said Patrick, referring to the National Guard ADRL season opener last month. "We could have run quicker, but we were afraid the track wouldn't hold it."

In Pro Junior Dragster, Neal Williams of Thomasville, Georgia led qualifying with a stellar .003 reaction time.

Feb 27, 2009

 

ADRL testing from Houston.

photos courtesy ADRL

The big talk was all about Don Wooton. Forget about Jim Halsays 3.84. I wouldn't forget about the Pro Nitrous as he and the Al Anabi team as well as the Radford/ Harper duo and Pat Stoken will lay down a few stout runs which will rival the Pro Extreme class. The one exception in this debate will possibly start to play out this weekend as Don Wooton makes history in doorslammer racing. He debuts the first ever injected Nitro Pro Mod in Houston. They was much anticipation all day long and Wooton was the last car to attempt a run in what was an off day for the fledgling ADRL competitors. Most struggled with tire shake as all wanted to make a statement. Wooton along with tuner Joe Monden and consultant Tom Conway were last to head down the 660 Friday. The car was lit and the burnout was complete. As the car rolled to the staging beams in died.

They will try again Saturday. What was the issue, why did it die. They did not have enough fuel in the tank!

ADRL Web site is here

West Coast Pro Mod web site is here.

Canada West Doorslammer web site is here.

PSCA web site is here

WCOPMA web site is here.

January 4, 2009

WCPM 2009 schedule

March 5-6 WCPM Tucson, Ar
May 9-10 WCPM Billings Montana, (subject to change)
May 16-17 WCPM, Spokane Raceway, Spokane WA
May 23-24 WCPM Medicine Hat, AB
June 13-14 WCPM Castrol Raceway, Edmonton
June 20 WCPM Salt Lake Rocky Mountain Raceway (subject to change)
June 27-28 WCPM Mission Raceway
July 31-Aug 1-2 WCPM Spokane
Aug. 14-16 WCPM Boise Nightfire Nationals
Aug. 22-23 WCPM Denver Bandimere Speedway
Sep 5-6 WCPM Billings Montana (subject to change)

December 20, 2008

2009 ADRL schedule

March 6-7 ADRL
Dragpalooza V Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
April 10-11 Inaugural ADRL
Florida Drags TBD

May 22-23 ADRL Hardee's
Georgia Drags V TBD

June 5-6 ADRL Pizza Hut
Summer Drags V U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
Martin, Michigan
June 19-20 ADRL
Gateway Drags II TBD

July 3-4 ADRL Shelor Motor Mile
Independence Drags III Motor Mile Dragway
Radford, Virginia

July 24-25 ADRL 1-800-GO-GUARD.com
U.S. Drags II Virginia Motorsports Park
Dinwiddie, Virginia

August 21-22 ADRL
Gatorz Ohio Drags III National Trail Raceway
Hebron, Ohio

September 11-12 ADRL Flowmaster
Dragstock VI Rockingham Dragway
Rockingham, North Carolina

October 23-24 LenMar Motorsports
ADRL World Finals V Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas

PSCA 2009 schedule

***Special Event***
January 24 - 25 / Las Vegas, NV. (Non Points Race)
PSCA Winter Warm-Ups Test Session & Bracket Race

***2009 Season Starts***
February 6 - 8 / Phoenix, AZ. (Day Race)
Hughes Performance Arizona Nationals

March 13 - 15 / Fontana, CA. (Day Race)
Orme Bros Inc. Spring Break Shootout

April 17 - 19 / Las Vegas, NV. (Day Race)
K&N Filters Las Vegas Nationals

May 15 - 17 / Fontana, CA. (Day Race)
Borla Performance Exhaust California Nationals

June 19 - 21 / Las Vegas, NV. (Night TnT & Qual, Day Elims)
PSCA Father's Day Nationals and Classic Car Show

September 4 - 6 (Night) / Las Vegas, NV. (Night Race)
Chris Alston?s Chassisworks Labor Day Nationals

September 18 - 20 / Fontana, CA. (Day Race)
Accufab West Coast Shootout

October 16 - 18 / Las Vegas, NV. (Day Race)
Mickey Thompson Tires Fall Nationals

November 6 - 8 / Fontana, CA. (Day Race)
Edelbrock World Finals

***Special Event***
November 19 - 22 / Las Vegas, NV. (Day Race)
Chris Alston?s Chassisworks Street Car Super Nationals V

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