For many of us, a hundredth of a second may seem inconsequential in daily life, but that’s not the case in the drag racing world, and certainly not in a category as competitive as the ADRL’s Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) division. In the ultra-competitive mountain motor category, one hundredth of a second can be the difference between the winner and everybody else. As in this case, at a test session on April 11th of this year in Rockingham, North Carolina, 2010 XPS champ John Montecalvo sent an elapsed time message to the rest of his competitors.
Montecalvo not only was the quickest Pro Stocker at the test, he ran the second quickest eight mile pass in the history of mountain motor Pro Stock racing. His brand new 2012 Chevy Camaro made it through the eighth mile in 4.036-seconds, running 179.44 miles per hour. This was the quickest eighth mile pass in the category at Rockingham and came at the end of the test session which included more than 20 professional racers. Because it was a test session, the time is not recognized in the record book as an official record. The unofficial quickest eighth mile XPS pass was a 4.02second elapsed time belonging to Richie Stevens Jr., clocked at Bradenton, Florida in January of 2012. The ADRL official record belongs to the 2011 champ Cary Goforth.
Montecalvo had a busy off season which included moving his race team from Suffolk County, New York to Georgia, and installing his large cubic inch Sonny Leonard power plant into a new 2012 Chevy Camaro. The new combination may not have yielded winning results in the season opener in houston, but the former champ has been making up ground on the rest of the field. Montecalvo is currently ninth in the XPS points standing. After the successful test, he definitely has to be considered as worthy contender for the 2012 championship.