Nice to see former Inside Motorsports editor Jon Paulette and writer Jimmy Manuel. Race director Bubba Corzine kept everything running pretty much on schedule, despite having to compress qualifying and eliminations together on Saturday.
MIR tower looking good at night. Sure is a step up from what I announced in for 15 years!
Front end of the swoopy Undertaker of Tommy Gray. Several ADRL hitters were definitely Resting in Peace in the pits after meeting Tommy's new Camaro.
Undertaker team went nuts as they came down to retrieve Tommy from the top end.
In an amazing story, local boy Tommy Gray took a three-day old car to the ADRL Pro Extreme title, defeating the top cars in the class along the way. Bret Kepner reminded Tommy of his similar victory at the 1993 IHRA President's Cup, where he took a nondescript Chevy Corvette to the Pro Modified title over several hitters. Consistency wins again.
"Trickie Rickie" Smith took the Pro Nitrous title for the Al-Anabi team. The guys from Qatar were well represented in Pro Nitrous, as they not only sponsored but purchased the Rickie Smith and Shannon Jenkins cars, and retained the veteran racers to run the teams.
Billy Glidden has the Extreme 10.5 field covered, running amazing 4.20s with a small block and one carb. An early clutch problem made a few races close, but nobody seriously challenged.
Maryland State Command Master Sargeant Wright presented these super National Guard trophies to the winners. Melanie looks on. Rickie Smith said, "I have a lot of trophies, but none with a gun!"
Bret introduces me to Josh Hernandez, who had too much Oddy power and blew off the tires against Tommy Gray. Josh was deep into the 3.80s at MIR.
Hugh Scott took his '63 Vette to the semifinals in Pro Extreme, a great finish. Car featured interesting graphics.
Jim Halsey picked up sponsorship from the YellowBullet.com message board, lost a close race in Pro Nitrous.
Steve Kirk used a holeshot to give Billy Glidden a serious run for his money, but he came up just short in the Pro Outlaw 10.5 round.
ADRL Pro Extreme Motorcycles were featured also. Nitrous assisted (Pro Mod) bikes were a blast, ran 7.20s at 180 plus.