It’s the first race of the season for the ADRL in 2012 at their usual spot in Baytown, Texas. Keep it tuned to DragZine all day Friday and Saturday for all the new cars and racing highlights from Baytown.
The Pro Mod Clint Satterfield team out of Albuquerque, NM is in high spirits today. They are running freshly built car which is a 1968 Camaro. So far they are qualified at the bottom of the pack, but they are hopeful once turning up the wick. When asked why they havn't turned it up as of yet, he said "Rome wasn't built in two eighth mile".
Pro Extreme Tommy D'Aprile is ready to rock and roll this morning. Speaking to a teammember, he said they had a good day yesterday. The only issue was a stuck lifter. Luckily, it didn't hurt anything and after swapping it out, they are ready to run.
Pro Extreme Brandon Pesz lost the passenger door at about the 330 yesterday in the second round of qualifying. A crew member reluctantly let us know that he left out on of the door pins which the door hinges on. They also lost a panel inside the car seen here, exposing the rear slick. He said hopefully they will have the door back soon before racing begins.
Pro Nitrous Frankie Taylor had what sounded like a nasty explosion staging in the second round of qualifying. Once they fired it up for a burnout, it let out a burp of flames and had to be pulled of the track. Prying the team this morning didn't lead to much. We were told it was a dead battery and not sure if it is ready to run this morning. We think there is more to the story here!
Qualifying Round Three
Top Sportsman Bob Gulitti, after a bad day yesterday ran a 4.408 at 159 today.
Top Sportsman Earl Folse seems to have let off or possibly broke something yet still ran a 4.270 at 173 and still placed fourth in qualifying.
Top Sportsman Chuck Mohn is the number one qualifier after running a 4.113 at 175.
Pro Mod Clint Satterfield ends up in the opposite lane twice in this run. It seemed that he could not keep control and get the car to hook.
Pro Mod Raymond Commisso leaves the light with a reaction time of 5.27, misses getting hit by Clint Satterfield and runs a 3.94 at 201
Extreme Pro Stock John Pluchino runs a 4.125 at 175
Extreme Pro Stock Pete Berner runs a 4.084 at 176 that puts him in the second qualifying position.
Extreme Pro Stock Cale Aronson made a perfect pass running straight as an arrow at 4.088 at 176 putting him in the third qualifying position.
SuperCar Showdown Chris Holbrook runs a 5.756 at 120 putting him in the first qualifying position.
Extreme Ten Five Dennis Surgue finally qualifies running a 4.164 at 188. This is their first time running in the ADRL, and are very relieved they made it through qualifying.
Pro Nitrous Robert Mathis had to shut it down towards the top of the track knocking him out of the eight car qualifying class.
Pro Extreme Mick Snyder attempted to make a pass, but the track was too hot and he lost his power management which caused him to run a 10.09 at 41
Eliminations Round One
Top Sportsman Abruzzi moves on to the next round winning against Gulitti.
Pro Mod Rickie Smith moves on to round two of eliminations winning against Pat Musi.
Pro Mod Mike Castellana moves on to round two of eliminations taking the win from Joe Lepone.
Pro Nitrous Mike Castellana takes the win moving to the second round of eliminations with the lowest E.T. of 3.841 and top speed of 195 of the class.
Extreme Pro Stock Scott Hintz moves into the second round of eliminations taking the win over Doug Kirk.
Extreme Pro Stock John Pluchino moves into the second round of eliminations taking the win over Dean Goforth.
Pro Extreme Terry Leggett moves on to the second round of eliminations taking the win over Brandon Pesz.
Eliminations Round 2
Top Sportsman Chuck Mohn lost in the second round of eliminations to Marco Abruzzi.
Pro Mod Jeff Naiser moves on to the third round of eliminations knocking Raymond Comisso out of the running.
Extreme Pro Stock Brian Gahm takes the win and moves on to the third round of eliminations.It looks like David Buckner and Chris Holbrook have a friendly chat before eliminations.
Pro Extreme Quainn Stott loses in the second round of eliminations to Alex Hossler.
Eliminations Round 3
Top Sportsman Bruce Thrift loses to Randell Reid, sending Reid to the finals.
Extreme Pro Stock Cale Aronson gets knocked out of eliminations by John Pluchino.
Pro Extreme Bubba Stanton loses to Alex Hossler, sending Hossler to the finals.
Top Sportsman Marco Abruzzi is the winner against Randell Reid.
Pro Mod Mike Castellana takes the win over Jeff Naiser in the final round.
Extreme Pro Stock John Pluchino takes the win in the finals over Brian Gahm.SuperCar Showdown Bo Butner takes the win in the finals over Chris Holbrook.Extreme Ten Five Alan Pittman takes the win in the finals over Dan Myers
Pro Nitrous Rickie Jones takes the win in the finals.