Testing is in full swing as National Guard ADRL Speedtech Battle for the Belts contenders are out preparing for this weekend’s LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V at Ennis, TX.
Current Pro Extreme World Champion Jason Scruggs said he was out this past weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park, but didn’t manage to make even one full pass in five attempts, including one aborted with a faulty transmission.
“The track was decent, but we were trying some new things and it just kept shaking,” Scruggs said of his Garret-built ’68 Camaro. “It had some good 60-foot times and one low 2.50 to the 330 (foot marker), but I wasn’t pedaling it or trying to drive it hard.”
Scruggs also said that despite the less-than-satisfying Memphis session, he probably won’t join several of his Pro Extreme brethren in a last-chance Thursday test outing at Crandall, TX.
“We pretty much know where we are and what we have,” he said. “And that track (Texas Motorplex) has been good to us. Since they moved the Battle for the Belts there we’ve only lost one round and that was in the finals on Saturday night last year when fluid got under my tire. I’m feeling pretty good right now, but whoever wins will have to run fast three times and cut good lights. Whoever wins is going to deserve it.”
Also on hand at Memphis was Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 contender Spiro Pappas with his ’09 GXP. Pappas said he made about eight passes, including “three that were right where we want them.” He added he’s “100-percent confident” heading to Texas and called the upcoming Speedtech Battle for the Belts “the single biggest race of my career.”
“This is the big one; this is the one I want. I’m so motivated, you can’t even imagine,” the Chicago-based driver declared. “When I get to the final I just hope I get (defending series champ Billy) Glidden there. That would be perfect.”
Though not a Speedtech Battle for the Belts qualifier, also of note a few hundred miles east was Pro Extremer Von Smith (left) who turned only the second 3.60 pass in history (after Scruggs’ 3.66 at Memphis this summer) when he went 3.69 at 206.92 mph over the eighth mile in a Texas tune-up event at Virginia Motorsports Park.
That run placed Smith and his Howard Moon-tuned ’68 Camaro on top of the hastily assembled Al-Anabi Shootout qualifying list and he followed up with a 3.70 at 206.86 in eliminations before being ousted in the semis by Quain Stott, yet another National Guard ADRL regular.
Stott fell in the final, however, to Belts qualifier Todd Tutterow, who ran a string of 3.70s at more than 200 mph each time to take the win.
National Guard ADRL Pro Nitrous racer and Belts starter Burton Auxier won the nitrous-assisted portion of the event in a field that included teammates and Belts contenders Mike Castellana and Khalid Al Balooshi, in addition to Pro Nitrous racers John DeCerbo (who finished runner-up to Auxier), Randall Haynes and Pat Bennett.
Get ready for a weekend to remember with a great forecast, the return of Monster Trucks to the Texas Motorplex and the conclusion to the ADRL “Battle for the Belts”, this will be one action packed weekend at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V of the National Guard ADRL.
At 7pm each night the top names in Pro Mod racing will attack the Motorplex quarter mile. The finale each night will feature “Bigfoot” against “Snakebite” in a special side-by-side grudge match.
The spectator gates open at 9:00am on Friday & Saturday, qualifying begins at noon on Friday and Saturday at noon. Please fill out the back of your tickets as you drive to the track, to speed your entry through the main spectator gate.
Parking for the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V will be $10.00 for general parking in the main spectator parking lot and $20.00 for Platinum parking at Gate 7, to be parked inside the facility close to the pits, Platinum parking is limited, so be sure to arrive early to take advantage of this great parking option.
Spectators should also be aware of some of the things that cannot be brought into the facility:
No Food or Drink of any kind
No Golf Carts, 4 Wheeled or 2 Wheeled Bikes and Motorcycles
Here are the race results for the Big Bug Shootout on October 18, 2009
Pro Stock Eliminator
Win John Strnad Waxahachie, Tx. 2007 VW-7 -.134 9.714 sec 136.44 mph
R/U Damon Harmon Irving, Tx 55VW .024 17.465 sec 45.87 mph
Win Carl Nolen Royce City, Tx 63 VW .138 12.579 sec 97.37 mph
R/U Tom Funnell Dripping Springs, Tx .239 12.649 sec 105.01 mph
ET Bracket Eliminator
Win Bubba Clifton Burelson, Tx 1970 .021 12.016 sec 107.82 mph
R/U Daniel Watts Longview, Tx 1956 Oval .031 12.256 sec 92.37 mph
Street Trophy Eliminator
Win Phillip Sulak Burleson, Tx .579 17.944 sec 70.93 mph
R/U Emmanuel Sarger Round Rock, Tx 60 VW .053 15.745 sec 72.27 mph
O’Reilly Bracket Racing kicks off this weekend on Saturday October 17, gates open at 1:00pm with Junior Dragster time trials starting at 2:00pm and Bracket time trials begin at 4:00pm. For more information on the O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series click here.
Sunday October 18 VW’s will invade the Texas Motorplex for the 23rd Annual VW Big Bug Shootout. Gates open at 8:00am and adults are $15.00, children (6-12) are $5.00. New for 2009, the Texas Motorplex will be allowing people coming in early the opportunity to camp in a special designated area on Saturday October 17. Parking for this special camping area begins on Saturday att 6:00pm, just tell the gate attendant that you are here for the VW Big Bug Shootout and pay your admission for the VW Big Bug Shootout and in addition to the FREE CAMPING you will also recieve FREE ADMISSION to the O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series that night. For more info about the VW Big Bug Shootout click here.
October 23-24 – LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V
October 31 – O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series Season Finale featuring the AER Runoff for the Block *New Times*
November 1 – Muscle Car Club Challenge XXXVIII
November 8 – Import Face Off
December 5 – 2009 Racer Appreciation Banquet
O’FALLON, MO (Oct. 12, 2009) — Halloween will still be a week away, but monsters will be set loose at the Texas Motorplex Oct. 23-24, when “BIGFOOT,” the biggest name in monster truck history, takes on the equally intimidating “Snake-Bite” in a special, eighth-mile drag racing grudge match during the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V, the championship-deciding season ender for the National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL).
The special race-within-a-race is being added to the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment, primary sponsor of Team BIGFOOT and title sponsor of the Summit Racing Equipment ADRL Ohio Drags at National Trail Raceway, near Columbus, Ohio.
“When we started discussing how Summit Racing Equipment could become a part of the ADRL World Finals it just seemed like a perfect time to bring these two powerful marketing partners together,” Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports and Events Manager Jim Greenleaf said. “Bob Chandler and the guys with BIGFOOT always put on a great show and that’s what makes this such a perfect fit with the great drag racing event than Kenny Nowling and his ADRL crew put together. So you know this is going to be a big hit with the fans.”
Weighing in at 10,000 pounds apiece, each truck will fight to put more than 1,500 horsepower to the pavement daily at the Ennis, Texas, drag strip.
“Just like all of our pro racing classes, this will be no gimmicks, heads-up, first-one-to-the-finish-line-wins racing,” National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling stated. “I can’t wait to stand between these monsters when they light them up. The fans at the Motorplex are in for a real treat.”
“We are extremely excited to bring monster truck drag racing to the ADRL,” BIGFOOT 4X4 Inc. Vice President Bob Trent added.
Both monster trucks will be on display all weekend during the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V, with BIGFOOT driver Dan Runte and Snake-Bite’s Larry Swim also available to sign autographs. They will race following the conclusion of the National Guard ADRL’s championship-deciding Speedtech Battle for the Belts finals on Friday night, just before Mike “Hojo” Hojnacki closes out the day with a flame-throwing, jet-car blast and again on Saturday night following the Pro Extreme final for the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V.
ABOUT BIGFOOT 4X4 INC.
BIGFOOT 4X4 Inc. is based in Hazelwood, Missouri, the home of “The Original Monster Truck,” after founder Bob Chandler built the first “BIGFOOT” truck there in 1975 to spawn a new industry and motorsport. “BIGFOOT” recently was named as one of the “Top 5 Marketing Vehicles of All Time” by the St. Louis-based experimental marketing firm Pro Motion. For more information about BIGFOOT 4X4 Inc. or Midwest Four-Wheel Drive and Performance Center, visit www.Bigfoot4x4.com.
ABOUT LENMAR MOTORSPORTS
Based in Mansfield, Texas, LenMar Motorsports was founded in 2006 by Gaylen Smith and Mark Eddins to provide a full-service race car building and maintenance shop. LenMar Motorsports operates out of an 18,000-square-foot facility that incorporates a full climate-controlled machine shop, engine dyno room, chassis shop, and engine building and tuning area. LenMar Motorsports also is an official VP Fuels and NOS nitrous oxide distributor. For more information on LenMar Motorsports, visit www.LenMarMotorsports.com.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information on the National Guard, visit www.NationalGuard.com.
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2009 National Guard ADRL series consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.