O’FALLON, MO (Oct. 23, 2008) — Unlike other racing series that follow NASCAR’s lead and arbitrarily reset their points order after a prescribed number of events, the Flowmaster American Drag Racing League (ADRL) presented by the National Guard employs a unique, end-of-year “playoff” amongst its top racers to determine each season’s world champions.
The top eight points earners in each of four professional ADRL classes will face off in the Battle for the Belts tournament this Friday night (Oct. 24) to open the 4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas. Only Belts contenders will race each other, eliminating the potential for non-qualifiers to play the role of “spoiler.”
It’s a format guaranteed to create excitement and tension and one that’s prone to upsets, as evidenced last year by 18-year-old Pro Nitrous driver Jamie Hancock rising from the eighth and final position to become the youngest major drag racing series champion in history. But the ADRL’s Battle for the Belts was born more out of necessity than the stroke of competitive genius it’s become, admits president Kenny Nowling.
“That first year (2005), we needed a way to convince the top guys to come all the way out to Texas for the final race,” Nowling explains. “Most of them were used to running these outlaw Quick 8 races wherever they lived, so I came up with the Belts idea for the top eight guys in points to battle it out, but I also needed some kind of incentive for everyone else to show up, too.”
That’s where the decision to apply all points earned by all competitors throughout the World Finals—including Battle for the Belts racers—toward establishing the fields for the next year’s Belts showdown. As added enticement, a 50-point bonus is paid to each driver that competes in all races leading up to the World Finals each year—which of course makes the last race of the season just as important to attend as the first race of the following calendar year.
“It’s a little confusing to describe at first,” Nowling concedes, “but it’s worked out better than I could ever have imagined. Our racers have really embraced the total concept and it’s become a real point of pride for them just to make it into the elite eight that gets to race for a championship on Friday night.”
So, ADRL fans in Texas will get to see world champions crowned Friday night after three rounds of racing each in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer cars in the world. Then they’ll get to see another complete race of 16-car (and bike) fields on Saturday, with all racing all weekend from a standing start over an eighth-mile distance (660 feet).
“The emotion on Friday during the Battle for the Belts is unbelievable,” Nowling says. “You can sense the tension and desire to win in every driver and crewmember you see. It truly is a championship atmosphere.”
2008-10-24 Ennis, TX.
A line of rain showers from a cold front that passed through the Dallas/Ft Worth area dissipated before reaching the Texas Motorplex on Wednesday October 23. The forecast for the weekend looks beautiful with temperatures on Friday from 43 – 69 and on Saturday from 52 – 75 with sunny skies all around.
This weekend is shaping up to be great weekend for the 4th Annual Lenmar Motorsports ADRL World Finals.
O’FALLON, MO (Sep. 17, 2008) — The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League (ADRL) presented by the National Guard has named LenMar Motorsports the title sponsor for its season-ending national event Oct. 24-25, at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. LenMar Motorsports is a one-stop race shop in Mansfield, Texas, just south of Dallas.
“We’ve been talking a lot lately about wanting to do more advertising and this race is about the biggest sponsorship we could get out there,” said Gaylen Smith, co-owner of LenMar Motorsports with Mark Eddins and an ADRL Pro Extreme racer himself with a LenMar-built 1970 Barracuda. “We love the outlaw racing, we’ve always done it, but we want to get the LenMar name out there beyond just our local business.”
LenMar Motorsports is capable of building new race cars from front to back, top to bottom and everything in between. It has a dedicated chassis shop, can perform all plumbing and wiring jobs, has an engine shop capable of turning out supercharged, nitrous-assisted or turbocharged powerplants, and even in-house graphics and paint services are available.
LenMar Motorsports counts several prominent ADRL competitors among its customers, including current Extreme 10.5 world champion Steve Gorman and Pro Nitrous star Thomas Myers. In addition to racing Smith’s car at the ADRL World Finals, LenMar will debut a brand-new turbocharged Extreme 10.5 entry driven by Grant McCrary.
“We’re very excited about LenMar Motorsports coming on board as our World Finals title sponsor,” ADRL President Kenny Nowling said. “These guys are hard-core racers and as competitors they thoroughly understand what the ADRL is all about, so it’s a real honor to know they like what they see enough to make such an important commitment.”
The 4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals will feature the ADRL’s unique Battle for the Belts on Friday, Oct. 24, which pits the top eight points earners in each of four professional classes against each other in single-elimination playoffs to determine the ADRL’s 2008 world champions. Points earned in qualifying and elimination rounds on Saturday, Oct. 25, will count toward the 2009 Battle for the Belts.
LenMar Motorsports co-owner Gaylen Smith will be racing his supercharged, Hemi-powered 1970 Cuda in the 4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals Oct. 24-25, at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
Flowmaster, Inc. is housed in two ultra-modern facilities in Santa Rosa and West Sacramento, California, together totaling over 400,000 square feet. Flowmaster employs over 250 workers dedicated to building the highest quality U.S.-made exhaust products available. Flowmaster’s product line includes exhaust products for Performance Street, Muscle Cars, Trucks, Street Rods, RVs, Motorhomes, and all types of race applications. With more than 400 different muffler models, 370-plus exhaust systems and numerous exhaust accessories available, Flowmaster offers the choice to fit your specific vehicle needs, or your sound preference from “wild to mild.” For more information on Flowmaster, visit http://www.flowmaster.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 http://www.1-800-GO-GUARD.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 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2008 Flowmaster ADRL series presented by the National Guard consists of nine national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit http://www.ADRL.us.
Race teams began rolling in at Noon on Friday October 17th for the 11th Annual Fun Ford Weekend Ford Mustang World Finals. This weekend will have beautiful weather with sunny skies and forecasted highs in the upper 70′s and lows in the low 50′s over night.
The gates opened on Friday October 17th at 12:00pm with Parking and Vendor Set-up from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Tech will be open from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. A Fun ford Weekend Only Test & Tune will run from 2:00pm until 4:30pm and the Showdown Qualifying Rounds 1 & 2 will run at 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
Gates open at bright and early at 7:00am on Saturday October 18th with Time Trials beginning at 9:00am, Showdown Qualifying at 12:00pm and 3:00pm and the Bracket Eliminations will start at 1:00pm. The True Street Cruise will head out on its 30 mile journey through Ellis County at 2:30pm and the True Street Eliminations beginning at 4:00pm. The Car show judging will be complete by 2:00pm with the awards presentation for the Saturday’s car show will be at 3:30pm. Saturday will conclude with the first round of Showdown Eliminations at 5:00pm.
Sunday October 19th kicks off with the gates opening at 8:00am and a Racers for Christ Service at 8:15am. Time Trials will be from 9:00am – 11:00am and the Showdown Eliminations continue right after that at 11:00am. True Street Awards and the Bracket Eliminations will be at 12:00pm. Car Show judging will be complete at 2:00pm and the Awards Presentation will be at 3:30pm.
The race at the Texas Motorplex is the final event on the 2008 FFW tour for the racers competing in the series points chase. The 2008 FFW Champions will be crowned during the Awards Banquet at the conclusion of the event. Texans will be out in force in every class, trying to keep the gold inside the Lone Star state. This is one of FFW’s largest events of the season so make your plans early.
FFW Dallas Webcast
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