RAIN FORCES CANCELLATION OF EVENT
Steady rain showers on Sunday at Bristol Dragway forced the X-Treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) to cancel the rest of eliminations for the weekend’s X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness.
Action at Bristol was rained out during eliminations on Saturday, and X-DRL officials had hoped to finish the race on Sunday, but persistent showers washed out that possibility.
The race is considered complete and points will be awarded for each X-DRL class based on what was finished during the weekend.
The next race during the 2013 X-DRL season is the Bash On The Bayou, which takes place May 17-18 at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La.
The top eight finishers in Pro X-treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock at that race will be entered in the X-Treme Shootout, an 8-car shootout to be run at X-DRL’s Thunder In The Heartland on Sept. 20-21 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Each class will be awarded $25,000 at the shootout.
An official announcement regarding the X-Treme Shootout will be released Monday.
Pro X-treme, X-treme Pro Modified, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster did not complete an elimination round. Frankie Taylor was the top qualifier in Pro X-treme, running a 3.646 at 209 mph.
Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock both had advanced to semifinals. In Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Jim Laurita, Pat Stoken, Bob Rahaim and Billy Glidden all advanced to the semifinals. Laurita finished as the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.785 at 197 mph.
Cary Goforth, John DeFlorian, Kevin Bealko and Elijah Morton were semifinalists in X-treme Pro Stock. Goforth was the No. 1 qualifier with a 4.08.
Todd Moyer ran a career-best 3.89 at 201 mph to finish as the top qualifier in Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo. Moyer and Gonzalez, who ran as quick as a 3.90, advanced to the finals in the class.
Dan Stevenson finished as the No. 1 qualifier in X-treme Pro Mod, running a 3.923. Ronnie Davis (4.112) and Kevin Fisher (4.251) finished as the No. 1 qualifiers in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, respectively.
Ryan Tolley finished as the top qualifier in Pro Junior Dragster with a 7.900.
SATURDAY IS A WASH; EVENT PUSHED TO SUNDAY
Action for the X-treme Drag Racing League’s (X-DRL) Thunder Valley Madness at Bristol Dragway was rained out during the first round of eliminations on Saturday, but the race is now scheduled to be completed on Sunday in Bristol. Sunday’s elimination action will begin at 9 a.m. and will pick up with the third pair of Pro X-treme pairings. The first two first-round winners in Pro X-treme were Terry Leggett and Randall Reid. X-treme Pro Modified, Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster did not make a run during eliminations. The first rounds for those respective classes will follow Pro X-treme on Sunday.
The X-DRL’s live feed at www.X-DRL.com will also be available on Sunday, as well as coverage from CompetitionPlus.com, 1320go.com and Drag Race Central.
The semifinals in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous will feature Jim Laurita against Pat Stoken, who ran a first-round best 3.85, and Bob Rahaim facing off with Billy Glidden. Laurita’s day started with a career-best pass of 3.785 at 197 mph during qualifying, and he’ll be in search of his first career Pro Nitrous win on Sunday. The semifinals were also set in X-treme Pro Stock after the class completed its first round of eliminations. No. 1 qualifier Cary Goforth advanced to meet up with John DeFlorian, while the other semifinal will feature Kevin Bealko and Elijah Morton.
Dean Goforth was involved in a major crash during the final qualifying round, but escaped serious injury. After a strong start to the run, Goforth's car immediately darted right and crashed into the right wall. It bounced off the wall, moved back across the track and then collided hard with the left wall before his Jerry Haas Race Cars GXP came to a stop.
“I'll be sore tomorrow. When I hit the (right) wall, I think my foot hit the throttle and that just shot it back,” Goforth said. “The car left good and was going straight. I was right in the middle of pulling second gear, and just that quick it got out of control.
“The safety guys were there almost as soon as it happened. They were there quick and did a great job. They were very professional.”
Todd Moyer ran a career-best 3.89 at 201 mph to finish as the top qualifier in Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo. He advanced to the finals in the class, and he will meet Jose Gonzalez on Sunday. Gonzalez ran as quick as a 3.90 on Saturday, beating Mike Murillo with that time to set up a championship round race with Moyer. Dan Stevenson finished as the No. 1 qualifier in X-treme Pro Mod, running a 3.923 to head the four-car field. Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster have eight-car qualifying ladders, with Ronnie Davis (4.112) and Kevin Fisher (4.251) remaining the No. 1 qualifiers in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, respectively. Ryan Tolley finished as the top qualifier in Pro Junior Dragster.
QUALIFYING IN THE BOOKS; TIME TO GO RACING
The following are Saturday's final qualifying results from the 2013 X-Treme Drag Racing League X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness:
Pro X-Treme -- 1. Frankie Taylor, Chevy Corvette, 3.646, 209.07; 2. Tommy D'Aprile, Corvette, 3.655, 206.10; 3. Dan Millen,
Ford Mustang, 3.672, 205.10; 4. Todd Tutterow, Mustang, 3.672, 206.16; 5. Brandon Pesz, Corvette, 3.693, 204.45; 6. Todd Martin,
Mustang, 3.727, 203.25; 7. Terry Leggett, Mustang, 3.745, 201.19; 8. Quain Stott, Corvette, 3.754, 203.71; 9. Randell Reid, Chevy
Belair, 3.767, 204.17; 10. Tim Tindle, Mustang, 3.808, 199.97; 11. Jay Diedrich, Chevy Camaro, 3.816, 202.91; 12. Mike Recchia,
Camaro, 3.817, 202.00; 13. Eric Clark, Mustang, 3.828, 202.12; 14. Danny Lowry, Mustang, 3.951, 199.58; 15. Shawn Jones, Plymouth
Duster, 3.977, 194.18.
Pro Nitrous -- 1. Jim Laurita, Chevy Camaro, 3.785, 197.62; 2. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 3.829, 195.28; 3. Jeff Naiser, Camaro,
3.871, 192.85; 4. Robert Mathis, Camaro, 3.906, 194.27; 5. Pat Stoken, Camaro, 3.907, 193.57; 6. Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 3.925,
190.40; 7. Tommy Franklin, Camaro, 4.253, 156.97.
Pro Turbo -- 1. Todd Moyer, Chevy Corvette, 3.890, 201.10; 2. Jose Gonzales, Chevy Camaro, 3.909, 204.32; 3. Dennis Sugrue,
Chevy Cavalier, 4.038, 192.77; 4. Mike Murillo, Camaro, 4.057, 197.36; 5. Jim Bell, Ford Mustang, 4.196, 182.13.
X-Treme Pro Stock -- 1. Cary Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.082, 176.03; 2. Kevin Bealko, GXP, 4.083, 177.11; 3. Dean Goforth, GXP,
4.085, 176.67; 4. John Deflorian Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.094, 175.84; 5. Richard Penland, Ford Mustang, 4.124, 175.00; 6. Elijah
Morton, Mustang, 4.130, 175.41; 7. Lester Cooper, Mustang, 4.162, 172.87; 8. Rocky Watford, Chevy Cobalt, 4.241, 170.11. Not
Qualified: 9. Todd Hoerner, 4.251, 172.08.
X-Treme Pro Mod -- 1. Dan Stevenson, Chevy Camaro, 3.923, 191.73; 2. T.J. Tindle, Ford Mustang, 3.940, 188.91; 3. Kevin
Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 4.006, 185.77; 4. Doug Winters, Chevy Bel Air, 4.343, 172.59.
Top Sportsman -- 1. Ronnie Davis, Chevy Corvette, 4.112, 178.92; 2. Aaron Glaser, Chevy Camaro, 4.149, 172.45; 3. Stacy
Hall, Corvette, 4.390, 159.57; 4. Glenn Butcher, Camaro, 4.426, 159.85; 5. Randell Reid, Pontiac Grand Am, 4.468, 158.86; 6. Jim
Sackuvich, Camaro, 4.631, 158.45.
Top Dragster -- 1. Kevin Fisher, Cannister, 4.251, 164.27; 2. Darrell Reid, TNT, 4.277, 167.91; 3. Junior Houston, RaceTech,
4.312, 164.55; 4. Denver Maltba, RaceTech, 4.359, 161.81; 5. Cody Moore, TNT, 4.422, 157.43; 6. Barry Brown, M&M, 4.493, 163.73; 7.
Robert Houston, RaceTech, 4.499, 156.14.
Pro Junior Dragster -- 1. Ryan Tolley, Halfscale, 7.900, 82.33; 2. Shelbi Wiggins, Halfscale, 7.900, 83.38; 3. Kaley Allen,
Halfscale, 7.901, 83.31; 4. Janna Vogler, Halfscale, 7.902, 79.96; 5. Dylan Howard, Halfscale, 7.906, 83.07; 6. Tia Tutterow,
Halfscale, 7.912, 80.90; 7. Jackson Core, Jr.RaceCar, 7.914, 82.45; 8. Brittany Hays, Halfscale, 7.915, 82.87; 9. Brandon Rudd, BOS,
7.917, 82.68; 10. Kenny Carson Jr, Halfscale, 7.918, 82.48; 11. Tyler Allen, 7.920, 81.39; 12. Jimmy Sackuvich, Halfscale, 7.920,
83.01; 13. Drew Smith, Motivational, 7.921, 83.03; 14. Morgan Benfield, Motivational, 7.930, 81.67; 15. Bethany Crick, Halfscale,
7.932, 83.25; 16. Mitchell Seymore, Halfscale, 7.935, 83.07. Not Qualified: 17. Taylor Dunahoo, 7.941, 81.73; 18. Tyler Clouse,
FRIDAY - FIRST DAY BRISTOL IN TGHE BOOKS; TAYLOR, LAURITA LEAD TOP DIVISIONS
In his first race with the X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) made its debut appearance at Bristol Dragway, Pro X-treme standout Frankie Taylor left an immediate impression at X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness.
Taylor dipped into the 3.60s right off the trailer and then ended the day with an even bigger bang, closing out three rounds of qualifying on Friday with an incredible 3.646 at 209.07 mph.
“It was good to start off on that note. We ran well right off the trailer and that’s always a great thing,” Taylor said. “That last run, it was nice and smooth, and went right down the track.”
Other top qualifiers through three sessions in Bristol included Jim Laurita (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Cary Goforth (X-treme Pro Stock), Todd Moyer (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo), Dan Stevenson (X-treme Pro Modified), Ronnie Davis (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and Kevin Fisher (Top Dragster).
Joining Taylor in the 3.60s was Tommy D’Aprile, who also made his X-DRL debut by going a terrific 3.655 at 206.10 mph, and Brandon Pesz, who checked in with a 3.693 at 204.45 mph.
While Taylor enjoyed the 3.646, he was just as pleased with the consistency heading into eliminations.
“We were trying to finish with more than just the one good run, so putting together that final pass was good. It’s nice to get a couple of good passes under our belt,” Taylor said. “The car is running well right now.”
The final qualifying session takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday with eliminations to follow in the X-DRL’s first appearance at Bristol Dragway.
Jim Laurita had a new car and switched to a clutch for the first time, but the results in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous were impressive. Sporting a Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro, Laurita made a spectacular pass during the second qualifying session, going 3.898 at 194 mph.
“That was our first full pass in the car and it was pretty fun,” Laurita said. “We wanted to try something different, and driving a clutch car was a lot of fun. The guys on the team think there’s a lot of potential and we’re just getting comfortable with it.”
Laurita was the only driver in the class to reach the 3.80s, but Pat Stoken, Bob Rahaim and Billy Glidden are all right behind with a 3.90, 3.91 and 3.92, respectively.
It’s a dynamic change for Laurita in switching to a clutch from an automatic, but the early results were strong.
The new Reher-Morrison engine with an EFI set-up from Switzer Dynamics provided splendid results, giving Laurita confidence heading into eliminations.
“This EFI from Brandon (Switzer) is going to be something special, that’s for sure,” Laurita said. “I’m surrounded by some really talented crew guys, so they make my job easy.”
Cary Goforth got the rebound he was hoping for in Bristol after a disappointing outing at the X-DRL debut at his home track in Tulsa, going to the No. 1 spot in X-treme Pro Stock in the final qualifying session with a 4.082 at 176.03 mph.
In fact, it was an impressive one-two punch from Goforth Racing on Friday, as Cary’s father, Dean, was only bumped to No. 2 on Cary’s final run after going 4.085 at 176.67 mph.
“Both cars are running well and responding well, and I’m really happy for dad,” Cary Goforth said. “To be No. 1 and No. 2, it’s been a long time, and it’s awesome.
“The cars are responding to the changes we’ve made, but I’m just really happy for dad. He can still drive and do this really well.”
While the Goforths and their Jerry Haas Race Cars GXPs, powered by Sonny’s Racing Engines, put together one solid run after another on Friday, John DeFlorian and his Black Diamond Motorsports 2012 Jerry Haas Race Cars Camaro was the only other car to reach the 4.00s, running 4.094 at 175 mph.
DeFlorian is looking for back-to-back X-DRL wins in Pro Stock, but Cary Goforth hopes to prevent him from doing that.
“We were just a little bit off kilter, but hopefully we’re back to doing what we know how to do,” Cary Goforth said. “This was the type of day we needed, and I finally had a decent light today. I think we had to have a sense of urgency. If we don’t do something quick, we’ll be in trouble.”
In the new Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class, Todd Moyer got the run he was looking for in his final pass of the day, going 3.913 at 201.01 mph.
Just moments before, Jose Gonzalez was the first driver in the class to get into the 3-second zone in Bristol, but Moyer followed with as smooth of a pass as he’s had in 2013.
“We knew that was there. Chase (Driskell) is doing a great job, and we figured out what the track could handle,” Moyer said. “We took some power of it to get down the track, but we’re getting a handle on it.”
Dan Stevenson didn’t have quite the success he had off the trailer in Tulsa en route to his first X-treme Pro Modified win, but Stevenson made up for it during the final session. Stevenson moved into the top spot by going 3.923 at 191.73 mph in his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro, on par with what he ran to get the victory in Tulsa.
Rookie standout T.J. Tindle is right behind with a strong 3.94 at 188 mph heading into Saturday.
It took until the final qualifying session on Friday, but Ronnie Davis put together the top pass of the day in Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman. After struggling to get down the track in two previous sessions, Davis went a strong 4.11 at 178.92 mph to claim the No. 1 qualifying spot.
"We were pretty happy with that run, everything worked just the way it was supposed to. If we can repeat that tomorrow, and I believe we can, I think we have a good chance at the win,” Davis said.
Aaron Glaser was bumped from the No. 1 spot, but he’ll be No. 2 heading into eliminations after running 4.14 at 172.45 mph.
The fields are set for Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman and Top Dragster after three qualifying sessions. They will go right into eliminations when they begin on Saturday.
In Top Dragster, Kevin Fisher was the No. 1 qualifier, running a 4.277 at 163.61 mph. Fisher stayed close to that all day in Bristol, proving that he may have the bracket car to beat during eliminations.
Darrell Reid jumped into the No. 2 spot with a strong final run on Friday, going 4.278 at 167 mph.
In Pro Junior Dragster, Ryan Tolley is in the top spot with a 7.900.
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