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Dillard / El General Win XDRL Debut in Tulsa
The new X-treme Drag Racing League made history by completing its first-ever event, the X-DRL Spring Nationals, on Sunday at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
Eric Dillard capped off his own historic weekend with one more bonus in the new Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class.
After becoming the first turbo driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s earlier in the day, Dillard topped it with a 3.786 at 210.64 mph in the semifinals and then finished off the dream weekend with a win in the finals, running 3.812 at 210.37 mph to beat Todd Moyer on a weekend he and the X-DRL won’t forget.
“It was like winning twice in one weekend. We’ve been looking for that 3.70 run for so long and to get the win on top of it, it’s just huge for us,” Dillard said. “It’s a great way to start the season and there’s so much more we can do going forward.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of room to grow and a lot to look forward to in the X-DRL.”
The X-DRL felt the same way, starting its inaugural season with an impressive bang in Tulsa.
Other winners at the debut event included Brandon Pesz (Pro X-treme), Jeff Naiser (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), John DeFlorian (X-treme Pro Stock), Dan Stevenson (X-treme Pro Mod), Bob Gulitti (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and Bob Henry (Top Dragster).
Dillard, driving the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro owned by turbo standout Jose Gonzalez, was brilliant all weekend, reaching the 3.70s with a pass of 3.79 during the final qualifying session on Sunday.
The celebrations continued the rest of the day, capped off by a winner’s circle party that included a call to Gonzalez in the Dominican Republic.
“He was ecstatic. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. The car was just running smooth all weekend,” Dillard said.
Dillard Breaks Record in X-DRL Qualifying
Competing in the X-DRL’s Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class, the Pro Line Racing co-owner became the first turbo doorslammer driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s in the eighth-mile, running a remarkable 3.796 at 209.79 mph. Dillard’s picture-perfect pass came in the car of customer and noted turbo standout Jose Gonzalez and took place during the final qualifying session for the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
“It felt great. We were confident that run was going to be the one and it just felt great to put it on the scoreboard,” Dillard said. “This has been a big deal for me. Jose owns the car and runs the car, and he wanted to support this class and the X-DRL. He knew a 3.79 was there and to let me come here and do it, I can’t thank him enough. He’s just excited and happy for everyone. This is just awesome to be able to do this.”
Dillard had been closing in on the record all weekend, running a strong 3.83 at 206 mph right off the trailer. That was a career-best for the talented turbo driver, but crew chief Steve Petty continued to dial in the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro. Dillard next ran 3.807 at 208.42 mph under the lights, just missing the mark during Saturday’s final qualifying session, but that only motivated the team heading into Sunday.
“It’s just amazing. This 3.70s deal has been such a big hurdle and to get it, it’s just awesome. We had it set up where we could do it on the last round of qualifying and it just came together,” he said. “As soon as it hooked up, I knew it was there. By 300 feet, I knew the scoreboard was going to pop up with a 3.70. This was a big one.”
Gonzalez’s Camaro continues to turn in brilliant performances since it debuted last year, while Dillard also praised the work of Petty in making the turbocharger combination so consistent.
“He’s so good at what he does. He’s one of the best, that’s for sure,” Dillard said. “He was extremely confident today. He knew the 3.70 was there.
“There’s a lot of people to thank, including Pro Torque and the guys at Rossler Transmission. For Harry (Hruska of Precision Turbo) to do what he’s done and help put this (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo) class together to create a level playing field with these turbo cars, I can't thank him enough.”
It’s a monumental achievement for a team that has chased the mark for quite some time and Dillard, the 2011 U.S. Nationals Pro Mod winner and multiple-event winner, held the historic moment in high regard.
“For me, this is by far the biggest accomplishment I've ever had in my Pro Mod career,” Dillard said. “This is so big for us and definitely the biggest milestone for me.”
Gauci and Bullivant Win, Luppino Sets Record
The first round of the APSA Pro Street Shootout took place at Willowbank Raceway. Pro Line Racing's own, Eric Dillard and Matt Petka, took the long flight in support of Dandy Engines and our customers in Australia. This has been a long awaited trip and we hoped to witness a great race. We were not disappointed!
Long time customer, Dom Luppino, and his crew are always pushing the limits when it comes to the Pro Street Blown class. With the power of his PLR/Dandy Engines BBF, Luppino has set and reset the record on several occasions, but he always strives to go faster! As expected, Luppino was able to reset the new record with a 6.73@217mph!
In the Mod Street Blown class, Joe Gauci was right where he was last time we heard from him, running something like a bracket car! Gauci and his PLR/Dandy Engines 372ci SBF powered blue Cortina ran consistent mid 7's to take yet another victory.
One of the newer faces in the Dandy Engines stable is a racer named Perry Bullivant. Driving his Outlaw Radial Torana powered by his PLR/Dandy Engiens twin turbo SBC combination. Bullivant's goal was to dip into the 7 second 1/4 range. With the help of Eric Dillard and Frank Marchese, he was able to accomplish his goal and set a new personal best with a 7.83@183mph. He eventually went on to win the race and prove that he will be a tough competitor in the Outlaw Radial class!
Videos thanks to Fullboost.com.au
Troy Coughlin to Begin NHRA Title Defence
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns to Gainesville to kick off the 2013 season with the running of the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17 at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. This is the first of 10 races in the series and Troy Coughlin will be looking to defend his 2012 world championship title, which he earned in dramatic fashion.
Coughlin entered the 2012 season-ending event in Las Vegas third in points, 42 markers behind Mike Castellana. Coughlin was clutch down the stretch at the final event and defeated Don Walsh in the final round to get his second victory of the season. He won the championship by a mere three points. The championship run was a whirlwind for Coughlin and his success wasn’t truly realized until he returned to team headquarters.
“I think it really sunk in when we got back to JEGS and saw the banners and how excited everybody was,” Coughlin said. “The articles and the pictures always help to bring back the emotions from that day. One of the cool things about the championship banners was that they were signed by all the people we work with at JEGS.com.”
Coming from the back of the pack to win the championship was thrilling for the fans of the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series as they watched it shake out later in the season. While the results came out in Coughlin’s favor, a strong start to the year would help put the team at the front of the pack in the competitive series.
“It’s real important to get off to a great start at the season-opener in Gainesville to try and stay ahead of the game rather than trying to play catch-up for most of the season,” Coughlin continued. “We are as prepared as we can be, now just with a little bit of luck. Can’t wait till March 15 to see where we stand against one of the most competitive classes in NHRA drag racing.”
For the majority of the 2012 season, Coughlin drove his trusted ’68 Chevy Camaro and recorded his first series win in the familiar yellow and black car at St. Louis. When the team arrived in Las Vegas, they made a dramatic decision to shelve that car and debuted a turbocharged late model Corvette for the final race of the season and will return to battle with it this season.
“We will be racing the 2012 R2B2 Corvette in Gainesville,” Coughlin said. “We have probably 15 to 17 runs on the car and the guys have done a great job of making it the best it can be. I'm excited.”
The 2013 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will feature the quickest doorslammers from across the country as they battle for a win in one of the wildest classes in the NHRA. A mix of Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes and Barracudas will take to the track during the course of the event. At the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals fans will see past national event winners such as Mike Castellana, Danny Rowe and Brad Personett in competition on the track.
• SCHEDULE: NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. on March 15 and at 11:30 a.m. on March 16. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations begins on March 16 at 1:45 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations continues on March 17.
Testing in Australia with Steve Petty
Dandy Engines, one of our exclusive dealers in Australia, flew Steve Petty in for a private testing session at Willowbank Dragway. These sessions usually give us a glimpse of what to expect this year and this one did not disappoint.
Dom Luppino, owner and driver of the AU record holding Pro Street Blown Mustang, ran a new personal best with a 6.70@215mph!
Jeremy Callaghan recently acquired Jack Barfield's 1969 Outlaw 10.5 Camaro. In his first outing, Callaghan went 6.58@222mph! He will be competing in Outlaw 10.5 events across the country in a TRUE Outlaw 10.5 car.
Dandy/Pro Line Racing customer Karl Wicht brought his supercharged Torana A9X to the party and ran an impressive 7.75@185mph on the first hit with a soft tune.
Good luck to Dandy Engines and the rest of our racers in Australia! We look forward to seeing what these cars will do this year as our customer base continues to spread!
Photos and videos thanks to Shaun Lynch Racing
Lights Out 4 Recap
Despite getting bombarded with rain, Lights Out 4 at South Georgia Motorsports Park turned out to be one of the most memorable races in years. The rain gave racers an opportunity to step away from their cars and enjoy the company of their fellow racers and fans. Once the rain cleared up, their were no alliances and it was time to race!
The big news of the race was long time Outlaw 10.5 racer from Massachusetts, Jason Enos, switching tires days before the race. He went with the radial tire and the car laid down a number right off the trailer. Enos ran a 4.31, 4.30, 4.28, and finished the night off with a email@example.com! If these guys keep the radial tires on the car, that PLR 670 powered Mustang could make history again!
Enos wasn't the only Team North racer to make the long haul. David DeMarco brought his crowd pleasing Turbo Buick to the party. DeMarco's Buick is setup for the NMCA Super Street 10.5W which has many strict rules compared to the Outlaw 10.5 classes we normally see. During qualifying, DeMarco showed the other drivers what his Buick is capable of, running a 4.34 to take #1 qualifier! He also ran a 4.31 on the way to the final round where he was eliminated by Richard Sexton.
Gustavo Turull brought his Drag Radial Corvette to SGMP and ran a new personal best with a 4.34@183mph! Kevin Scott and his beautiful Chevy II ran a new personal best with a firstname.lastname@example.org!
Keith Berry took his BMF Drag Radial Turbo Vette to new heights as he broke the small block drag radial record and the LS drag radial record with a email@example.com! Wooooo!
Pro Line Racing Named X-DRL Sponsor
The X-treme Drag Racing League’s (X-DRL) revolutionary new Pro Turbo class continues to draw plenty of momentum and attention heading into the X-DRL’s inaugural season in 2013.
The latest sponsor to show support for the class is Pro Line Racing, which was announced as an official X-DRL Titanium sponsor on Thursday.
Pro Line Racing will also offer contingency in the X-DRL for the 2013 season, which begins April 6-7 with the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
One of the industry leaders in turbo, EFI and drag racing technology, Pro Line Racing is the turbo of choice for standouts like world-record holder Jose Gonzalez, world champion Troy Coughlin, Tim Lynch, Eric Dillard, Jim Bell, Danny Lowry, Rich Zehring, Kevin Fiscus and more.
Like many others, Pro Line Racing is also thrilled with the potential of the new Pro Turbo class.
“I think it’s going to do really well and we really like that the X-DRL added a Pro Turbo class. It gives the turbo guys a place to race, and I think there’s going to be a lot of drivers who come out and run it,” Pro Line co-owner Eric Dillard said.
“This class gives us a great avenue to support more people, and this is a class that just appeals to so many people. It’s going to be fun and everybody is going to push each other. There’s a lot of potential for growth.”
Showing its own steady growth over the past several years, Pro Line Racing and its turbo motors continue to be a popular choice for consumers. It continues to sell more complete turbo engines than it ever has, and Dillard, an accomplished racer, believes the introduction of the Pro Turbo class will bring even more fans to drag racing.
“I think the younger crowd will really be intrigued with the turbo cars, and that’s going to draw more fans. A lot of turbo cars are going to show up and it’s really going to impress some people,” Dillard said.
“I think they will start off running in the 3.80s, but you’ll have guys in the 3.70s pretty quick and, by the end of the year, it wouldn’t surprise me to see some cars running in the 3.60s. I really feel like it’s going to be very competitive, and we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls with people interested in the class.”
Gonzalez, who set the doorslammer world record with a 5.73 at 258 mph, recently went 3.82 at 207 mph in 1/8-mile testing, setting the bar for what should be an action-packed season in the class.
But turbo combinations have also grown in popularity on a number of different levels in drag racing.
“Our turbo crate engine or turbo packages gives customers confidence in the combination. It is designed to be easy to drive and requires little maintenance. The less maintenance needed, the more fun you can have racing your car,” Dillard said.
The Pro Turbo class will be one of the highlights during each event on the 2013 X-DRL schedule, which includes nine races at many of the nation’s top tracks.
“We can’t wait to see this class in action at each X-DRL event this year and we really think it’s going to be a huge hit with fans,” X-DRL Account Executive Keith Goolsby said. “We have already received a tremendous amount of support for the class, and that includes the awesome backing from a great company like Pro Line Racing.”
US Street Nationals 2013
The US Street Nationals event in Bradenton is, for many racers in the Southeast, the first official race of the year. This year's event promised to be an exciting one and all who attended were not disappointed.
The El General Racing Team had a year to remember in 2012. Owner and driver of the PLR 481X powered '69 Camaro, Jose Gonzalez, set the record for quickest doorslammer in the world at the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas. 2013 will be a big year for Gonzalez as he ventures into the new X-DRL Pro Turbo class.
In the Outlaw Pro Mod class, Gonzalez got it started early. He secured the #1 qualifier spot with a 3.84@205mph! During eliminations he pulled off an incredible firstname.lastname@example.org, a new career best! He also went 3.84@206mph and 394@197mph. Unfortunately, in the final round he went .004 red. The El General Racing team made some big strides with the Camaro and they look ready to take on the fastest turbo cars on the planet in XDRL Pro Turbo.
Fellow El General Racing teammate, Gustavo Turull, piloted his 2004 Corvette powered by the PLR 622ci HeadHunter engine and twin 94mm turbos. This race would be his first time driving the car in competition and a great opportunity to get comfortable with his new car. Tuner, Eric Dillard, started him off gradually going 4.60@172mph taking the #7 qualifier. In round 1 of eliminations, Turull went 4.53@174mph. Next round put them in a difficult position. Their next matchup was with Will Stevenson, who had gone consistent 4.40's all weekend. Dillard knew he had to put more power in it and Turull said he was ready to go fast. Stevenson left the line first with a .042 light to Turull's .051, but Stevenson's email@example.com was not enough for Turull's firstname.lastname@example.org! A .003 second margin of victory! He went on to go a 4.41@178mph in round 3, but went .002 red in the finals against Kevin Fiscus. Turull sent a message that there is a new threat in Drag Radial!
Kevin Fiscus, of Fiscus/Klugger Racing, also had quite a successful 2012 season that he is teammate Josh Klugger hope to continue. Fiscus, driving the 2002 Drag Radial Mustang with a PLR 632 BBF, qualified #1 with a 4.40@184mph which set him up nicely for a path to the finals! Along the way he went 4.36@185mph, 4.45@184mph, and 4.77@176mph. In the final round, Fiscus took the win as Turull went red. With this victory, the Fiscus/Klugger Racing team have set a standard for success this year. Congrats to Kevin, Josh, and the whole crew!
Qatar Race 2 - Update
After 3 rounds of qualifying in Race #2 of the Arabian Drag Racing League, Tim Lynch stands in the #1 qualifying spot. Tuner, Steve Petty, has the Q80 Racing Team Mustang looking like an index car running 4.11@196mph, 4.11@191mph, and email@example.com! In the last outing, they qualified #1 but fell short in the final round. Time can only tell what is in store for Lynch, Petty, and the rest of the Q80 Racing Team, but you can bet that the ending will be fast and competitive as they race among the best 10.5 racers in the world!
On a separate note, Petty and Lynch have summoned the Lynchmob Vette from out of hibernation! It is scheduled to be in Qatar in time for the next race! We're excited to see how this will unfold, good luck to all involved!
Stay tuned tomorrow at http://www.1320go.com/qatar/livetiming.php for live timing.
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