Adam Flamholc, the pride of Malmoe, Sweden, has become an ADRL regular in 2012, competing in the Pro Modified class against the likes of veterans Mike Castellana, Rickie Smith, Pat Musi and Mike Janis. But it was Flamholc on top of the provisional eight-car qualified list for Dragstock IX after three rounds at zMAX Dragway, near Charlotte.
Flamholc ran a near-career-best 3.891 at 193.54 in the third session on Friday to edge ahead of the 3.902 by Janis, who also stepped up in that same round. Smith was third, followed by Dave Roemer, Don Walsh Jr., Jeff Naiser, Jeffrey Cummins Jr. and Pete Farber with a fourth and final opportunity to qualify scheduled for Saturday.
“We are very happy, very happy,” said Flamholc, who owns a couple of engine-building business in Sweden. “I’m so happy for my crew; they work very hard and give up a lot to do this.”
Flamholc and most of his crew members fly back-and-forth between Sweden and the U.S. for each ADRL national event, usually arriving just in time to set up and race before heading back to the nearest airport. For this race, however, they arrived a day earlier and Flamholc credits that decision for their early Dragstock success.
“We’ve had some issues the last couple of races, mostly electrical stuff from the car sitting without any attention between races,” Flamholc explained. “So this time we picked the car up on Wednesday night in Richmond and we had all day here (at zMAX) on Thursday to go over everything. We worked like crazy yesterday, but we found some stuff to fix and I think it really helped.”
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