Same Day Coverage From ADRL Virginia 2010

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Saturday morning here at Virginia Motorsports Park for the ADRL Speedtech Drags III after some insane Pro Extreme qualifying and record setting performance. Several cars are below record for MPH int he class so we are anxious to see if more records will fall today. We have overcast skies  that should keep the track cool today it’s just a question if we can get it in before any rain comes. Final Qualifying starts at 9 AM.

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I have a quick break as there was another oil down on the top end. We are running slow today and are still in the fourth session.

Final Qualifying

In Extreme Pro Stock Bob Bertsch held on to the top qualifier with a 4.06. In the final session Dean Goforth stepped up three hundredths to number two qualifier with a 4.061 @ 177. Mark Martino was right on his heels with a 4.062. Cale Aronson made a nice hit as half of the first pair in the session running a 4.09 @ 176 to stay in the field.

Richard Penland was able to hold on with last nights 4.12 @ 175 to round out the field.

In Extreme 10.5 action Chuch Ulsch struggled in the first two sessions and then last night made it in with a 4.19 and lost the best on the run. Today is a different story however as he rocketed to the top of the field with a 3.95 @ 200 MPH, just three hundredths better than Gary White's turbo Scion who ran right behind him. Billy Glidden stepped it up from a 4.18 to a 40.8 to land fourth position.

Jenkins led early in Pro Nitrous qualifying and stayed on top today. Rickie Smith jumped up to second in the final session with a 3.89 @ 191 and Castellana was able to get by Auxier for third after running an identical ET with a slightly better MPH for the tie breaker. This is the second quickest Pro Nitrous field to date.

Pro Extreme is just flat off the chain this weekend here in Virginia with Frankie Taylor setting the ET record at 3.607 after running a 3.634 @ 207 to back up the record in the final session. Wes Johnston also set a record for MPH with a 211.69 MPH blast in a one two punch for Hanning Racing. Ellis Vial was able to put his band new car in the field with a 3.920 @ 180 on the bump spot.

KH was locked and loaded but he kicked the tires at the hit. He held second spot with his 3.649 @ 210 from last nights session.

Round One Elimination Notes

Bob Bertsch won his round on a hole shot against Richard Penland with a 4.108. Doug Kirk left first against Bert Jackson but shook the tires giving Jackson the go ahead win. Cary Goforth went down smooth with a 4.11 @ 175 for the win over Dobbons who broke on the line. Steven Boone got a bit holeshot on Pete Berner  and stayed out font, 4.12 to 4.16. Dean Goforth is also still in running a 4.11 @ 176 over Pluchino after he shook the tires. Brian Gahm took out Cale Aronson with a .015 tree ans 4.11 @ 175 to 4.15 @ 174. Mike Martino drove around Trevor Eman after getting beat by .02 on the tree. Elijah Morton fell of to a 4.11 in his match with John Montecalvo who had low ET for the round by .001 with a 4.107.

Texans Todd Moyer and Eric Stubbs were the first pair down in Extreme 10.5. Stubbs went red and Moyer ran a 4.26 @ 171. David Hance and LJ Wood Jr. were next out in a pedal fest but Hance was first to recover and got the win with a 4.66 @ 179. Kenny Doak popped the burst panel allowing local racer Donny Thompson to get around for the win. William Brown III had luck on his side after Michael Neal lost the blower belt at the line.
Billy Glidden took out Mo Halls camaro with an off pace 4.30. Gary White had low ET and the only three second pass of the round to take out Dwayne Wolfe. Chuck Ulsch got into tire shake right along with Sandy Wilkins who was also too early on the tree. 4.73 @ 164 takes the win.
Charles Carpenter and Jim Halsey left close with Halsey the slight advantage. At the stripe it would be Halsey first with a 3.91 @ 194. Next up were Elijah Rojas from San Juan and Stan Allen for the Bankston Boys representing Lousiana. Allen went red ending the race early and Rojas went on to a 3.97 @ 189. Number eleven qualifier Pat Stoken put up a 3.95 @ 191 to get by the tire shaking Weatherford in a super upset.
Terry Murphy took out Greg Godwin on the tree and on the top end running a 3.97 @ 187. Burton Auxier and Jim Lauria had a great race with Auxier .018 on the light and 3.94 @ 190 to 3.97 @184. Rickie Smith beat Todd Howard after a red light bhy Howard and 3.93 @ 189. Shannon Jenkins put up a 3.89 to drive by Steve Vick’s 4.00.
Gaylen Smith runs a 3.76 @ 203 over Quain Stott who made a move towards the center line and lifted. Jason Hamstra shook the tires in a loss to Mick Snyder. KH Al-Thani ran a 3.68 @ 209 against Brian Daniels for the win. Frankie Taylor put down a 3.64 @ 207 for low ET of the round in a win against Ellis Vial. Scruggs ran a 3.69 against Tommy DApril’s 3.87 getting the win without issue. Todd Tutterow got crossed up after shaking the tires and wound up in John Stanley’s lane. He did a great job driving to save the car from hitting anything. Stanley ran a 3.90 @ 196.
Zack Barklage got the win over Wes Johnston after a red light start, lucky for him as Johnston was way faster running a 3.72 @ 210.

Round three is in the books with Brian Gahm taking out John Montecalvo with a 4.100. Montecalvo was so close with a 4.108 and better MPH running 176 to Gahm’s 175.
The other pair in Extreme Pro Stock was Cary Goforth and Bob Bertsch. Goforth had a .019 light to Bertsch’s dead late .160. At the stripe it would be Goforth there first with his 4.12 getting the win over the quicker 4.08.
Brown did what he could killing the tree with a .006 light against Todd Moyer’s Texas turbo twister. Moyer gets the win with a 4.09 @ 192 to Brown’s 4.40 @ 162
Gary White and Jeff Naiser were the other half of the remaining Extreme 10.5 cars and another nitrous vs. turbo battle. White left first with a .019 lightto Naiser’s .044. Naiser was on his game running just of his qualifying pace with a 4.07 @ 179 but White was ready for anything, running a 3.956 @ 187 for low ET of the event so far.
Shannon Jenkins and Burton Auxier were the first pair down in the Pro Nitrous semi finals. Auxier left first with a .025 light to Jenkins .032. Auxier shook the tires and Jenkins ran a 3.885 @ 193.52 for the win.
Castellana left first but it was too early by a mere .001 throwing away his quicker 3.89 @ 194 to Rickie Smith’s winning 4.004 @ 164, shutting it down early after making a big move towards the center line.
Hernandez and Taylor were seperated by .002 on the tree, advantage Hernandez. At the finish it would be Hernandez again running a 3.646 @ 208 to Taylor’s 3.654 @ 207 in the quickest side by side match in ADRL history.
The match with KH Al-Thani and Jason Scruggs was uneventfull after Scruggs started to leak oil on the burnout and was pushed back and to the side. KH Al-Thani shook the tires just after the launch and shut it down. Aftterwards it was discovered that Scruggs had a loose valve cover causing the drip.

Final Results

Goforth and Gahm had a close run in the Extreme Pro Stock final with Gahm first on the tree and on the top end, 4.10 @ 175,07 to 4.12 @ 175.57. Gahm is the winningest driver in the ADRL.
Gary White takes out Moyer with a 3.95 @ 186 to 4.04 @ 194 for the Texan.
Shannon Jenkins gets the win over Rickie Smith with a 3.89 @ 194 to Smith’s losing 3.95 @ 188.
The Pro Extreme final was KH Al-Thani and Joshua Hernandez with Al-Thani running a 3.65 @ 210 to Hernandez’ off pace [email protected] 183 after shutting down after half track.

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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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