ADRL's SuperCar Showdown organizer Bret Kepner issued a statement confirming the factory super car portion during this weekend's Memphis Drags III event at Memphis Motorsports Park will be affected by the NHRA U.S. Nationals postponement until this weekend.
"Most of our regular SCS competitors are still in competition at Indy," Kepner said in a prepared statement. "The instant the NHRA announced the rescheduling of the event, the ADRL staff was contacted by several SCS racers, (including Bo Butner, who won the NHRAs inaugural Factory Stock Showdown), to express their exasperation over which race they would attend the weekend of September 7-9."
Butner devised a plan where some participants would qualify at Memphis on Friday, then drive 500 miles afterwards so they could be in Indianapolis for Saturday's eliminations.
"The fact he is still in the running at the world's most prestigious drag race but he thinks so highly of the ADRLs SuperCar Showdown to consider this sacrifice is, quite frankly, one of the most amazing displays of dedication we've seen to this new category," said Kepner.
Kepner, while honored by Butner's willingness to make the difficult logistics work, gave his blessings to those still racing in Indianapolis.
"The ADRL SuperCar Showdown staff told Butner, (in no uncertain terms), to stay in Indy and win the U.S. Nationals," said Kepner. "Even then, Butner resisted but the ADRL made clear its desire for Butner and all the other SCS contenders to remain at the U.S. Nationals and shoot for the sport's biggest title."
"Many racers at Indy, (including Butner, Chris Holbrook, the entire Skillman family, Jimmy Ronzello, Wes Wells, Rick Rodgers, Kevin Helms, Randi Lyn Shipp, Jimmy DeFrank, Leonard Mattingly, David Buckner and Bo Kenney), have supported the ADRL SCS series from its start and have put heads-up production automobile drag racing on the motorsports map. We can never thank them enough for what they've done and the ADRL will never stand between them and a drag racer’s greatest goal.
"While these circumstances force the possibility of a lack of entrants in the SuperCar Showdown at Memphis, we hope the fans of the SCS will join us in wishing those in competition at Indy the best of luck in their pursuit of the sport's premiere title."
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