Frankie Taylor made the quickest and fastest pass in the history of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), during round three of Pro Extreme (PX) qualifying Oct. 19, for the ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex. The 2010 PX champion from Dickinson, TX, steered his Stupid Fast Racing ’05 Corvette to a 3.577-seconds lap at 212.19 mph that established a new official speed record, though the ET must still be backed up within the required one percent to make it also an official mark.
“We finally got that record away from ol’ Wes,” Taylor declared, referring to the prior standard of 211.49 mph set by Wes Johnston in May 2010 at Virginia Motorsports Park. It was the first 3.50s pass of the season for Taylor and only the fourth overall this year in the ADRL after Mick Snyder ran one at the previous race in Norwalk, OH, and Tommy D’Aprile (3.580) and Brandon Pesz (3.587) also turned the trick in Texas with career-best efforts to place second and third in qualifying, respectively.
“We weren’t really trying to set a record, we just set it up to go just a little bit better than we had,” said Taylor, who ran 3.622 at 210.54 in round two on Friday. “All the credit has to go to my team and especially my brother, Paul; he made all the right calls on our tune-up. I also need to thank Process Manufacturing, Benji Lapp Snap-On Tools, Renegade Fuel and Oil and my teammate, Tim Tindle. Without all of their help, too, there’s just no way I could be out here.”
Incremental times on Taylor’s lap included .901 to 60 feet and 2.413 to the 660-foot half-track mark. By comparison, D’Aprile’s incrementals on what briefly had been the quickest pass ever just two pairs earlier included .905 and 2.406, while Pesz posted incrementals of .902 and 2.411 seconds.
“It was really smooth; it just jumped up on the tire and went cruising,” Taylor recalled. “And it actually hit the rev limiter at the finish line. If we had turned that up a little it would’ve been even a little better. But that’s okay; we learned something for future runs.”
Several drivers ran career-best passes throughout Friday’s qualifying, resulting in what already was the second-quickest PX field in series’ history, anchored by Clint Thompson’s 3.755 at 203.92 mph in the provisional 16th position with one last session to go on Saturday.
“This is fun,” Taylor said. “I like it when everyone’s going fast like this.”
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