A TALE OF TWO GOFORTHS

Written by Ian Tocher; Photos by Roger Richards.

 
Goforth It was the best of times; it was (almost) the worst of times. So went qualifying for the two-car Goforth Racing Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) team at the ADRL Simply Phones U.S. Drags VI in Petersburg, VA.

Dean Goforth, in the brand-new Jerry Haas-built 2013 Camaro he drove to victory just three weeks earlier in the XDRL race at Belle Rose, LA, continued his success with a pole-sitting 4.068 run at 178.45 mph, while his son, Cary, the two-time defending ADRL class champion, ended up mired 14th of 16 entries after mustering a best of only 5.799 at not even a hundred miles per hour in his 2010 Pontiac GXP.

With just two rounds available to set the qualifying order after a lengthy track grooming delay cost the entire ADRL a third planned session, Goforth Sr. opened with a solid 4.123 that placed him third behind first-round leader Scott Hintz (4.108/177.18) and Trevor Eman (4.114/175.91), winner of the previous ADRL event in Cordova, IL. His son, however, started with a tire-shaking six-second pass and repeated the experience in round two.

"I don't know what I did to get it right, but I did it, so I guess that's good," Dean Goforth said later. "The more important thing right now is that we get Cary's car figured out for tomorrow."

Running alongside D. Goforth in round two, Pete Berner stepped up from 12th to second place with a 4.096 pass at 175.78 in his Summit Racing '13 Camaro. Elijah Morton also made a big gain from 8th to third at 4.101/176.37, while Hintz slotted into fourth based on his first-round performance, and for Eman it was the same for fifth.

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