ADRL Palm Beach Spring Drags II 2011

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We are here for day two of the ADRL Safety Clean Spring Drags II at Palm Beach International Raceway with a definite difference in the weather. Yesterdays rainy morning and overcast skies has been replaced with a partly cloudy forecast with highs approaching 90 degrees. The crowd is rolling in early to be here for eliminations. Check back through the day for our same day coverage.

Special thanks to our event coverage sponsor Mickey Thompson. Check out their great line of wheels and tires at www.mickeythompsontires.com.

Morning Pit Notes

This is the unique track drag system designed by the folks that own Bandemiere Speedway. They are bringing it to all the ADRL events to handle the track prep this year.

Team Aruba driver Trevor Eman has a new 2001 Hass Mustang for Extreme Pro Stock. The qualified tenth yesterday with a 4.14 in this car and are fairly pleased to far. the same combo in the old car had been 4.08 so they are just working to figure out what the new car wants. A Kasse 822 Hemi provides the power.

Scott Benham is part of the crew for Goforth Racing and handles the engine maintainance for both cars as well as other duties as necessary. Cary is number one qualifier in Extreme Pro Stock so far. Cary is still running the 08 Hass Cavalier with a new 2011 GXP in the works. Dean Goforth has a new car which Benham calls a "fast hot rod". Cary is coming off a win at the Houston event and is looking for a 4.06 in the final session today.

I caught up with Aaron Wells crew fabricating some brake pad spacers this morning to correct and alignment issue with the calipers.

The Nitro Fish Camaro car owner is Don Carter and the team is based out of Folsom, California. They are new to the ADRL this year with a new Jerry Bickel Camaro and Minor Brothers 526 engine under the hood. Bret Williamson is driving this weekend for Carter, they are currently not qualified with a career best 3.95 @ 195. Sponsors include Don Carter Motorsports, Nitro Fish Apparel, Life Med ID, Network Office Systems and Big O Tires.

Frankie Taylor skipped the third session last night to concentrate on the Pro Extreme car which payed off by moving him up to third spot. Taylor is looking for a low .90 int he final session in Extreme 10.5.

Final Qualifying

Qualifying is in the books today and we have the second quickest field in ADRL history for the Pro Nitrous class with a bump of 3.96 @ 189 for Stan Allen. In Pro Extreme number one qualifier Joey Martin has made every run in the 3.60’s and is the picture of consistency so far this weekend,  Dan Millen leads Extreme 10.5 by nearly a tenth over Billy Glidden.

Extreme Pro Stock

Todays heat didn't fare well for many of the XPS entries but series regulars Bert Jackson, Steven Boone and Doug Kirk did use todays session to make it into the field.

The O'Brien brothers are here all the way from Canada with this 2010 Avenger for their first ADRL event. The team normally runs IHRA Pro Stock with Larry doing the driving. One very unique feature of the team is that they manufactured their own heads and block for the Hemi powered Mopar. Photo Marc Wynter

Extreme 10.5

Taylor didn't meet his goal of .80's today but did manage a 4.00 in the final session

Billy Glidden was the only car to get into the 3's in todays Extreme 10.5 final session.

Pro Nitrous

Al-Naemi ran a 3.85 @ 196 in todays final session. Last night's .79 was the best in class for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama racer putting the Al Anabi Camaro in the top spot and best in session here today.

Ed Burnley (near lane) and dan Stevenson launch in the final session today. Burnley sits in thirteenth while Stevenson didn't make the field though he did find some consistancy getting down the track and managed a 4.008 today, his best of the weekend.

Pro Extreme

Joey Martin held on for top qualifier for the Pro Extreme class, today he laid down another 3.65 @ 205 in the heat.

Mansfield, Texas' own Gaylen Smith qualified the Len Mar Motorsports 50 Corvette in ninth spot in Pro Extreme with a 3.72. He gets into some tire shake in the final session and made a move towards the center line.

Frankie Taylor was the last car down in qualifying today, he also shook the tires shortly after the launch.

Quain Stott has struggled a bit here this weekend but made the field at number eleven with a 3.75 @ 200 the final session.

Round One Results

Extreme Pro Stock

Pete Berner got the win over Cale Aronson by default after Aronson got lose early and sideswiped the wall about 120 feet out. Team Aruba's Trevor Eman advanced over O'Brien's -.123 red light start.

Bert Jackson got the win over Doug Kirk with a 4.15 to Kirk's 4.19. jackson was behind by .008 at the start and just got by at the finish.

Tony Gillig ran a nice 4.16 @ 173 against John Montecalvo who slowed to a 4.85 @ 151.

Extreme 10.5

Dan Millen set low ET for the round with a very nice 4.92 @ 198 MPH to take out Manny Cruz.

Taylor had an easy match with "Wild" Bill Devine off pace with a 10.90 after kicking the tires. Taylor put up a 3.99 @ 199.

Pro Nitrous

A giant upset for number one qualifier Al-Naemi with a red light start allowing Stan Allen to advance to round two. He will face off with Pat Stoken who won his match with Jim Halsey after he shoock the tires and shut it down.

John DeCerbo (far lane) left first on Jim Laurita and went on to a 3.89 @ 189 while Laurita shook the tires and clicked it early.

Jeff Naiser got the win over Robert Rahaim on a holeshot .030 light. Naiser's .030 light and 3.99 @ 186 was just enough to stay in front of Rahaim's 3.93 @ 191 MPH run.

Pro Extreme

Joey Martin set low ET with a 3.69 @ 202 for round one in his win over Aaron Wells.

Gaylen Smith came out on the good end of a pedalfest with Todd Tutterow. Smith was able to recover quickly and go on to a 4.15 and will meet Joey Martin in round two.

Alex Hossler got out late with a .107 light against Jason Scruggs who shook the tires early in the run allowing Hossler to get by with a 3.75 @ 204 MPH for the Al Anabi sponsored 70 1/2 Camaro.

Dan Millen lost a blower and the crankshaft was blown out of the bottom end in round two match with Jimmy Marino. He is ok but the car is a little worse for wear due to the fire and Dan scrubbing the wal to kill some speed on the top end of the track.

This video screen capture is courtesy of the ADRL and shows Millen on the top end on fire.

The safety crew was quick on the scene to put out the fire. Dan was out of the car quickly and unhurt besides some minor smoke inhalation. Photo courtesy ADRL.

The aftermath of the fire, we are all just glad Dan is uninjured. Photo Courtesy ADRL.

Round Two Results

Extreme Pro Stock Round Two

Bert Jackson got out first against number one qualifier Cary Goforth with a .048 light. At the stripe it would be Jackson first with a 4.184 @ 173 to Goforth's 4.149 @ 174. Dean Goforth was also just a little late on the tree against Richie Stevens Jr.. he slowed to a 6.13 and Stevens will go on to the semi finals with a 4.166 @ 173.

Pete Berner put up a 4.10 @ 175 to take out Elijah Morton's 2007 Ford ZX2. Trevor Eman goes to the semis by virtue of a red light by Tony Gillig, negating his better 4.148 ET. Berner will have lane chioce.

Extreme 10.5

Jimmy Marino left first on Dan Millen and put up a 4.21 @ 170. However Millen laid down a clean 3.92 @ 198 then lost the blower and crankshaft after the finish line and caught fire. He is ok but is unable to make the call for next round due to the severe damage from the resulting fire. Millen will get round three loser points and money.

Billy Glidden ran a 3.99 @ 183 to take out Jimmy Blackmon's turbocharged Firebird. Blackmon last traction early on the run and shut it off early. Frankie Taylor and Lamar Swindell Jr. faced off with Taylor putting up a 3.933 @ 201 for the win.

Pro Nitrous

Easy come easy go for Stan Allen, after getting the W in round one on a red light he does it himself against Pat Stoken. Stoken coughed going on the transbrake and didn't move out of the beam.

He will face off with 2010 Champion Burton Auxier who ran a 3.89 @ 192 in his match with Rickey Jones.

Decerbo is having a great run in eliminations setting low ET in both rounds and putting up a 3.862 @ 189 to take out Khalid Al- Balooshi's 4.02 @ 183.

Pro Extreme

Joey Martin and Gaylen Smith had a good match in round two of Pro Extreme with Martin away first with a .035 to Smith's .064. On the top end Martin slowed a bit from his earlier runs to a 3.71 @ 200 while Smith put up a 3.724 @ 202.

Von Smith ripped off a 3.78 @ 205 to take out John Stanley, Hamstra got a close win over Alex Hossler with both cars running identical 3.730 ET's and Hamstra just .005 better on the tree.

He will give up lane choice to Mick Snyder after he got by Frankie Taylor who fell off pace to a 4.19 @ 123. Snyder ran a nice 3.712 @ 204.

Semi Final Results

Extreme Pro Stock

Richie Stevens Jr. had a nice .011 light to Bert Jackson's .028 which was enough to stay out front despite a slightly slower ET. Stevens takes the round in the Car Safe/Aronson Motorsports Mustang on a holeshot, 4.155 to 4.145 for Jackson.

Berner and Eman were the other half of the semi finals in Extreme Pro Stock. Eman came out first with a .026 tree but his 4.15 couldn't hold off Berner's 4.079 @ 176 MPH blast earning low ET.

Extreme 10.5

Billy Glidden with get the event win after Frankie Taylor crossed the center line and went through in Glidden's lane lighting the scoreboard with a 4.15 @ 150. Glidden will have to come up and take the tree for the final.

Pro Nitrous

Pat Stoken had trouble in the last round with the car backfiring through the carbs and the problem persisted in the semi with Burton Auxier. Stoken wasn't able to make a burnout so Auxier took the tree alone and ran a 3.891 @ 176.

Mike Castellana and John DeCerbis were up next with Castellana got away first with a very good .010 light and ran a 3.835 @ 195 earning lane choice to DeCerbo's game 3.860 @ 188.

Pro Extreme

Joey Martin was late with a .106 light against Von Smith's .033 but laid down a 3.682 @ 202 earning the win to Smith's 3.770 @ 205 MPH run.

The other pair was Hamstra and Snyder with Hamstra away first with a .042. At the stripe it would be Hamstra's 3.692 @ 207 taking the win to Snyder's 3.707 run.

Final Results

Pete Berner got his first ADRL Extreme Pro Stock win in the Summit Racing Pontiac GXP over Richie Stevens Jr. with a 4.08 @ 175 MPH to Stevens' 4.15 @ 173.

Billy Glidden took the tree and drove down easy in the 2010 Mickey Thompson Mustang. Certainly not the way a great competitior like Billy wants a win but circumstances tonight didn't allow a heads up final in Extreme 10.5.

Pro Nitrous was an all Al Anabi final with Mike Castellana and Burton Auxier. Castellana took a .003 advantage at the tree and held on for the win running a 3.828 @ 195.96 to Auxier's 3.868 @ 193.29 MPH.

In a twist both Pro Extreme finalists had their slowest runs of eliminations with Joey Martin putting the Lowmad in the winners circle here at PBIR. He was away first with a .039 tree and ran a 3.755 @ 200.20 to Hamstra's .049, 3.767 @ only 168 MPH. Hamstra's Duster had a gremlin and shut down part way through the run.

About the author

Rob Cossack

Rob has had an interest in photography since he was young, but didn't get started until 2007, when he started shooting at the local tracks. After that, he started doing local video coverage of heads-up events and began working with Power Automedia shortly after.
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