Back In Black: Stott Ready For World Finals

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The last time Quain Stott was seen in his purple and white LeeBoy Pro Extreme car, it was straddled up next to the wall at the top end of Rockingham Dragway.   Stott took full blame for the crash that seemingly ended his weekend at Dragstock VII, which stung even more considering Rockingham is Stott’s hometown track in the ADRL.  The torn up purple and white PX car was unable to run during eliminations, but the rain saved Stott, as the weather postponed the completion of the event to last weekend at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.
Stott was given another chance to race at Dragstock, but only if the repairs on his car were completed.  There wasn’t much time to spare, either, as only two weeks separated the ADRL date in Rockingham and the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags IV.

“I took the car to Tommy Mauney as soon as we got home and he worked hard at his shop to get it fixed so it could go to the paint shop and be able to make the trip,” Stott said. “It took a lot of people to get the car repaired – my crew guys Dee Bragg and Greg Waldrop, and my buddies around home Calvin Rickman, and Zeke Wyatt, also came to the shop and helped get the car ready.

“I must also thank Randall Gilliam and Jeff Fowler for getting the car painted so quickly.”

Having qualified in the 12th spot for Rockingham, Stott showed up with a different paint job in Norwalk, sporting an all-black look with the white LeeBoy logo on his standout Pro Extreme car. 

Paint jobs aside, Stott knew he had work to do.

He came into the weekend seventh in points, teetering on the edge of losing his spot in the Speedtech “Battle For The Belts,” which will be contested at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI in three weeks at Texas Motorplex.  But Stott came to Norwalk with a new look on his PX car and a zoned-in mindset with it.   “I knew that with the quality of racers in the Pro Extreme field I would need to have a good event to stay in the top eight,” said Stott, who was unable to race at Martin in June earlier this year.  “I wish I could have attended all 10 races but prior commitments kept me out of the Michigan event. I am quite proud to be one of the top eight to have missed a race and still be in the field.”

Stott stayed in the field with two consistent days of racing in Norwalk, even if it wasn’t flashy and even if it didn’t lead to any wins.  Stott did run a career-best 3.69 in the first round of eliminations for Dragstock, but came during a hard-luck holeshot loss to KH Al-Thani in an incredible drag race.  He did get some good news with the superb time, as it qualified him at No. 5 for the Ohio Drags the next day. Stott came through big and saved his spot in the “Battle For The Belts” by winning his first-round race before falling to Todd Tutterow.  “We had a great car and it was enough to keep us in the ‘Battle of the Belts.’ In the big picture, we are chasing the championship,” Stott said. “When you look at the list from No. 9-16 in Pro Extreme, it’s full of names that should have been in the top eight, and I feel fortunate to have made the field for the championship.”  Now that the spot is clinched, Stott has focused his attention on a world title. It doesn’t start easy, though, as he races No. 8 qualifier Jason Scruggs to get into the field and earn a matchup with No. 2 qualifier Alex Hossler.  But the 3.69 he ran in Norwalk does give him some reassurance that he can be a threat.  “Going into the Dallas event we feel confident that we have a good chance to win the World Finals,” Stott said.  Even if there is a chance it might be done without his trademark purple.

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Speedtech Battle For The Belts Matchups Announced For LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI

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O’FALLON, MO (September 30, 2010) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has released the matchups in all six classes for the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI and the prestigious Speedtech “Battle For The Belts.” 

The innovative, eight-spot elimination tournament to determine a world champion in every ADRL class (Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Junior Dragster) takes place on Oct. 22-23 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

ADRL drivers earned points during the 2010 ADRL Tour for their racing performance, record-breaking runs and event participation. Only the top eight drivers in each class advanced and last weekend’s double-race (Dragstock VII and the Ohio Drags IV) at Summit Motorsports Park was the final opportunity to earn a spot into the field.  The points leader in each class also receives a first-round bye.

The following is a list of the top eight qualifiers in each class and how the first-round matchups will stack up at Texas Motorplex next month.

PRO EXTREME
No. 7 Qualifier Quain Stott will race No. 8 Qualifier Jason Scruggs to earn a spot in the field.

No. 1 – Josh Hernandez (pictured) finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Alex Hossler will face the winner of Stott and Scruggs
No. 3 – Frankie Taylor will face No. 6 Qualifier Gaylen Smith
No. 4 – KH Al-Thani will face No. 5 Qualifier Todd Tutterow

Notes: Todd Tutterow made the biggest jump last weekend, moving up three spots after winning Dragstock VII and advancing to the semifinals of the Ohio Drags IV.

PRO NITROUS
No. 7 Qualifier Stan Allen will race No. 8 Qualifier Steven Vick to earn a spot in the field.

No. 1 – Rickie Smith (pictured, top) finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Jim Halsey will face the winner of Allen and Vick
No. 3 – Shannon Jenkins will face No. 6 Qualifier Charles Carpenter
No. 4 – Burton Auxier will face No. 5 Qualifier Randy Weatherford

Notes: This lineup changed several times over the weekend at Summit Motorsports Park. Allen and Vick both jumped into the top eight after productive days at Dragstock VII.

EXTREME 10.5
No. 7 Qualifier Kenny Doak will race No. 8 Qualifier Dan Millen to earn a spot in the field.

No. 1 – Gary White (pictured) finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Billy Glidden will face the winner of Doak and Millen
No. 3 – Spiro Pappas will face No. 6 Qualifier Chuck Ulsch
No. 4 – Jeff Naiser will face No. 5 Qualifier Todd Moyer

Notes: Millen jumped into the field after advancing to the finals of the Ohio Drags IV, while Pappas jumped into the third spot after winning Dragstock VII.

PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE
No. 7 Qualifier Lance Hines will race No. 8 Qualifier Charlie Prophit to earn a spot in the field.

No. 1 – Ashley Owens (pictured, bottom) finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Terry Schweigert will face the winner of Hines and Prophit
No. 3 – Kim Morrell will face No. 6 Qualifier Ronald Procopio
No. 4 – Travis Davis will face No. 5 Qualifier Eric McKinney

Notes: Prophit slipped into the field after a good weekend at Summit Motorsports Park, while Morrell moved to the third position after going to the Dragstock VII finals.

EXTREME PRO STOCK
No. 7 Qualifier Jeff Dobbins will race No. 8 Qualifier Elijah Morton to earn a spot in the field.

No. 1 – Cary Goforth (pictured) finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – John Montecalvo will face the winner of Dobbins and Morton
No. 3 – Brian Gahm will face No. 6 Qualifier Cale Aronson
No. 4 – Pete Berner will face No. 5 Qualifier Bob Bertsch

Notes: Dobbins jumped back into the field after running well at the Ohio Drags, while Aronson moved up several spots after advancing to the finals at Dragstock. Berner also climbed four spots over the weekend.

PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER
No. 7 Qualifier Tia Tutterow will race No. 8 Qualifier Ty Tutterow (in a sibling vs. sibling matchup) to earn a spot in the field.

No. 1 – Morgan Benfield (pictured) finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Timmy Clifton will face the winner of Tia and Ty Tutterow
No. 3 – Tyler Allen will face No. 6 Qualifier Alexander Oppen
No. 4 – Kendall Thiesse will face No. 5 Qualifier K.J. Nowling

Notes: Benfield jumped to No. 1 after winning the Ohio Drags, while Ty Tutterow moved into the top eight after winning Dragstock.

(Photos by ADRL/Richards)

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Tracks from Division 4 will compete at Texas Motorplex 2010 Summit Racing Series E.T. Bracket Finals

October 1, 2010 by  
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Tracks from NHRA Division 4 will coverge at the Texas Motorplex this weekend for the 2010 Summit Racing Series E.T. Bracket Finals. Rigs will begin parking at noon on Thursday, October 7th.   At 9am on Friday, racers will begin their time trial sessions. On Friday night, racers will participate in the Team Spirit Competition which features a 60ft Golf Cart Race, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Reaction Time Race, and several other fun events! Saturday’s time trial action will kick off at 9am, and a scheduled 1pm High School Race, Managers Race, and Race Of Champions will begin. Saturday afternoon we will begin 1st round of Eliminations, followed by a cookout.  Sunday morning eliminations will continue at 9am.

Spectator Pricing:
Weekend:  $40 

Friday (10/8)  $10
Saturday (10/9)  $20
Sunday (10/10)  $20

Children ages 12 & under are free.

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Schumacher, Hagan, Anderson and Tonglet Claim Victory

September 26, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas – Tony Schumacher continued his impressive run at the Texas Motorplex by racing to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 25th Annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Schumacher claimed victory at the Texas Motorplex for the fifth time, including a victory last year. He defeated Shawn Langdon in the final-round at the Texas Motorplex, after outrunning Cory McClenathan, Steve Torrence and Mike Strasburg in earlier rounds. Schumacher posted a 3.838 second run at 320.43 mph to hold off Langdon who finished with in 3.908 at 298.67.

Matt Hagan defeated crowd favorite John Force in the Funny Car final. Hagan finished in 4.155 at 294.63 in his DieHard Charger for his third win of the season and 5th of his career, while Force trailed with a 4.491 at 203.74 in his Castrol GTX Mustang. Hagan had to get past Ashley Force Hood, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeff Arend after entering the day qualified 14th. With the victory, Hagan, took sole possession of second place in the point standings.

Anderson claimed his second straight victory at this event and second straight win of the season in Pro Stock by driving his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.595 at 209.39 to hold off points leader Mike Edwards, who finished with a 6.612 at 208.46 in his Penhall/K&N/Interstate GXP.

Anderson qualified ninth and beat Shane Gray, Allen Johnson and Ronnie Humphrey. With the win Anderson closes the gap with current points leader Mike Edwards to just 16 points.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, L.E. Tonglet raced to his third consecutive victory of the season with a final-round performance of 6.972 at 187.94 on his Nitro Fish Suzuki to hold off former world champ current points leader Andrew Hines, who left early with a -.006 red-light on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. With the win, Tonglet narrowed the gap with Hines to 44.

Tonglet who has defeated Hines in the last three event finals reached this final by getting wins over Eddie Krawiec, Karen Stoffer, and Angie Smith.

The racing action will continue at the Texas Motorplex with the Summit ET Bracket Finals on October 7th through the 10th and the ADRL World Finals VI on October 22nd through the 23rd. For more information log on to texasmotorplex.com.

Final Results

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.838 seconds, 320.43 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 3.908 seconds, 298.67 mph.

Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.155, 294.63 def. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.491, 203.74.

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.585, 209.39 def. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.612, 208.46.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.972, 187.94 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, foul.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Chase Copeland, 5.239, 275.84 def. Marty Thacker, 5.377, 253.23.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Mickey Ferro, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.575, 257.04 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 5.595, 254.57.

Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.726, 130.14 def. Clark Smiley, Pontiac GXP, 7.629, 150.75.

Stock Eliminator — Austin Williams, Plymouth Duster, 11.004, 111.36 def. Slate Cummings, Pontiac Firebird, 10.328, 125.27.

Super Comp — Steve Evans, Dragster, 8.911, 176.97 def. Scooter Choate, Dragster, 8.894, 172.45.

Super Gas — Tommy Phillips, Chevy Corvette, 9.909, 150.11 def. Charlie Stewart, Corvette, 9.925, 157.26.

Super Street — Trevor Land, Ford Mustang, 10.909, 138.57 def. Charlie Owens, Chevy Camaro, 10.887, 143.96.

Top Sportsman — Steve Benoit, Chevy Camaro, 6.762, 187.63 def. Joshua Vettel, Dodge Stratus, 6.916, 196.19.

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Final Day of Racing at the 25th Fall Nationals

September 26, 2010 by  
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The final day of the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals has begun. The sportsman classes will kick the day off before the opening ceremonies. Texas Country music singer/songwriter Cory Morrow will be singing the National Anthem at the starting line. We will have surprises and special events throughout the day. The sun is out and the temperatures should stay below 80 making for great racing weather. Head out here and be a part of history.

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