Battle for the Belts!

Battle for the Belts!

ST. LOUIS – During tonight’s ADRL LIVE presented by Twin Lakes Whitetails broadcast from his home in Lake Saint Louis, MO, CEO Kenny Nowling announced the return of ADRL’s popular Battle for the Belts competition for the Pro Extreme class. The ADRL kicked its season off last weekend at the Texas Motorplex where Frankie “The Madman” Taylor took the first victory of the four-race series.

The Battle for the Belts has seen some of the top names in doorslammer history hoist the ADRL strap, including Taylor, John Lynam, Bubba Stanton, Jason Scruggs, Todd Tutterow, and Von Smith. This year’s field will see the top 4 PX racers after the third race on the schedule (to be revealed very soon) face off during qualifying Friday, Oct. 23 at the season-ending Dragstock event at World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis. The winner takes home $10,000 in cash.

“What’s cooler than a world championship belt around your waist?” said ADRL President Mel Roth. “It’s the coolest trophy in racing, hands down, and we’re stoked to bring this competition back. One of the first questions I was asked when I came to ADRL was ‘When are you bring back the Battle for the Belts?’ We’ve got a great Pro Extreme field this year and if Dragpalooza last weekend was any indication, it’s going to be a great battle.”

The next event on the ADRL schedule is the ADRL Gateway Drags July 10-11 at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis. As always, ADRL tickets are FREE and can be found at a number of area businesses and can be printed at home by visiting ADRLDrags.com.

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Taylor Earns Dragpalooza Win in ADRL’s Return to Texas Motorplex

Taylor Earns Dragpalooza Win in ADRL’s Return to Texas Motorplex

ENNIS, Texas – Frankie “The Madman” Taylor earned one of the strangest Pro Extreme victories in American Drag Racing League history at Texas Motorplex Saturday night. In the ADRL season opener, Taylor made four uncontested passes down the track to take the win at Dragpalooza. The race was the first sporting event in the state to entertain spectators since the COVID-19 quarantine was enacted in mid-March.

Taylor’s E1 opponent, Michael Neal, fouled out by .005 seconds. In the second round, Taylor was to race Jeffrey Cummins, but Cummins was unable due to being involved in a scary crash in the round before with Randy Merick. Round 3 was potentially the match of the weekend, with Taylor facing top qualifier Wesley Jones. Unfortunately, a parts failure prevented Jones from making it to the line. Finally, in the championship round, the Texan was to face Jason Hamstra, but Hamstra’s ’69 Camaro was on the wrong end of an event-ending issue during his semi-finals win over Adam Flamholc.

“I’d rather be lucky than good,” Taylor said in the Winner’s Circle, smiling. “We got lucky in the final, we couldn’t have beat him anyway because we broker either the driveshaft or the rear end or both. We tore something up. We just had a real good weekend.

“I would’ve liked to have put on a better show for the fans, we wanted to go low ET, but it just wouldn’t do it. We tried and tried and tried!”

The event was paused more than 90 minutes during E1 when Merick’s ’79 Corvette took a hard-right turn at the finish line, going airborne, and hitting Cummins’ ’19 Mustang, causing severe damage to both machines. Fortunately, both racers walked away from the scary incident, thanks to the superbly-constructed racecars produced by master chassis builder Larry Jeffers.

“That’s the hardest part of what we do,” said ADRL President Mel Roth. “You hate to see that happen to anyone, but thankfully they are both OK and the only damage was to their racecars. Cars can be replaced; racers can’t.”

Jones earned top qualifier honors with a pass of 3.667 seconds at 211.36 mph Friday night in his stunning Batman-themed ’41 Willys. The run not only put him at the head of the field, but also put $1,000 in his pocket thanks to former ADRL national event winner and native Texan Thomas Meyers and Meyers Automotive. Jones also earned a bounty of $500 and two cases of cold beer Thursday night courtesy of Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter and ADRL CEO Kenny Nowling for being the first car to run in the 3.60s during testing.


(Army SFC Sam Glidewell provided a blistering performance of the National Anthem on his Gibson Les Paul Saturday evening at Dragpalooza. ADRL Photo)
After the event, as is tradition, fans mingled with drivers at the post-race party held near the starting line, many of them leaving the track not only with great memories, but with $100 bills and free ADRL merchandise to boot.

The next event on the ADRL schedule is the ADRL Gateway Drags July 10-11 at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis. As always, ADRL tickets are FREE and can be found at a number of area businesses and can be printed at home by visiting ADRLDrags.com.

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For more information on the American Drag Racing League and to stay up-to-date on breaking news, follow them on their official page on Facebook at Facebook.com/ADRLDrags and on Instagram and Twitter at @ADRLDrags. Fans can also visit the official ADRL website at ADRLDrags.com.

Wesley Jones Tops the Pro Extreme Charts After 3 Rounds of Quals at Texas Motorplex

Wesley Jones Tops the Pro Extreme Charts After 3 Rounds of Quals at Texas Motorplex

ENNIS, Texas – Wesley Jones took his Batman-themed ’41 Willys to the top of the Pro Extreme class under the lights at the Texas Motorplex here. Three rounds of qualifying for ADRL Dragpalooza, the Missouri-based series’ return to the Lone Star State, were run Friday with the final round set for Noon on Saturday. Finals are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Jason Hamstra, the American Drag Racing League’s 2009 Rookie of the Year and the youngest to ever win the Pro Extreme title (24), ran a close second with a 3.696-second lap at 208.01 mph in Q3. The Indiana native was on top in Q2 with a pass of 3.723 seconds at 205.94 mph, but was knocked off the pole in the final round of the night by Jones. Swedish PX pilot Adam Flamholc rounded out the top three with his run of 3.708 seconds at 206.83 mph.

Jones, of Vicksburg, Miss., has had a solid week thus far at the Texas Motorplex. Thursday night, he fired the first shot of Dragpalooza, claiming a bounty from ADRL CEO Kenny Nowling & Motorplex GM Andy Carter after being the first car of the weekend to run in the 3.60s during testing. The prize, $500 and two cases of cold beer, was handed over to Jones at the end of the night.

Aaron Wells, the reigning Street Car Super Nationals Pro Mod champion, has yet to make the top-16 and as a result, must battle his way into the three-second field during Saturday’s final Q round.

(The racers participating in the 2020 ADRL Dragpalooza at Texas Motorplex. ADRL Photo) 
Dragpalooza will be carried live on SpeedVideo.com for those unable to attend or for fans wanting in-depth coverage while watching from the track. The full event schedule, along with up-to-the-minute information, can be found at the American Drag Racing League’s official Facebook Dragpalooza event page HERE.

As always, ADRL tickets are FREE and can be found at a number of area businesses and can be printed at home by visiting ADRLDrags.com.

ADRL in the News: The American Drag Racing League was featured on the Dallas/Ft. Worth NBC affiliate Friday as the first Texas racing series to host spectators this weekend. For the story, click HERE.

For more information on the American Drag Racing League and to stay up-to-date on breaking news, follow them on their official page on Facebook at Facebook.com/ADRLDrags and on Instagram and Twitter at @ADRLDrags. Fans can also visit the official ADRL website at ADRLDrags.com.

ADRL Plans Return to St. Louis, WWT Raceway July 10-1

ADRL Plans Return to St. Louis, WWT Raceway July 10-1

ST. LOUIS—The American Drag Racing League has announced the new date for the sanction’s return World Wide Technology Raceway. The 1/8-mile sanction is now scheduled to make its return to the St. Louis area July 10-11 with the season opener slated for June 5-6 at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas. The ADRL’s signature Dragstock event is also scheduled for WWT Raceway Oct. 23-24.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has seen the shuttering of sports venues all over the world caused the shuffle in the 2020 schedule as all events at the Madison, Ill.-based facility are currently paused ADRL President Mel Roth said the attention given to what was to be the first race of the year by fans and racers alike was intense.

“Fans in St. Louis were in a frenzy when we began releasing the free tickets for the event last month,” Roth said “I’ve been coming to this area for a while and I’ve never seen anything like it. The fans are ready to pack World Wide Technology Raceway and witness the return of Pro Extreme to one of the best racing surfaces in drag racing. By the time we get to July, the ADRL will be rolling and will bring the best eighth-mile racing in the country.”

The series has provided standing room-only crowds and incredible drag racing since the early 2000s, with St. Louis being witness to some of the greatest moments in its history. ADRL’s 2009 race still stands as one of the best-attended events in the track’s history with a traffic jam consisting of eager fans backed all the way to the Gateway Arch. Thanks to the Stan Musial Bridge and expanded parking within the facility, fans won’t have to worry about heavy traffic, but can still expect breathtaking eighth-mile action on one of the best racing surfaces in the drag racing world.

Racers such as Frankie “Madman” Taylor, Bubba Stanton, Chuck Weck, Jon Stouffer, Randy Merick, Michael Recchia, and NHRA standout Scott Palmer are expected to race Pro Extreme at selected events with participating drivers to be named soon in the Big Tire No Time, Small Tire No Time, Jr. Dragsters, and local bracket fields.

For more information on the American Drag Racing League and to stay up-to-date on breaking news, follow them on their official page on Facebook at Facebook.com/ADRLDrags and on Instagram and Twitter at @ADRLDrags. Fans can also visit the official ADRL website at ADRLDrags.com.

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ADRL Announces Return, SCSN’s Roth Named President

ADRL Announces Return, SCSN’s Roth Named President

INDIANAPOLIS–“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.” -Louis L’Amour

The final chapter of the American Drag Racing League, and that of its enigmatic owner Kenny Nowling, isn’t finished. In fact, Saturday morning at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show here, Nowling announced a new chapter in the Book of ADRL with the series returning to national facilities in 2020 under the leadership of newly-named president, Mel Roth.

Roth recently completed the 15th running of his signature drag race, the Street Car Super Nationals, and is the owner of the Premier Street Car Association, entering its 21st year in 2020. He will continue his involvement in both while running day-to-day operations of the ADRL.

When it came time to choose new leadership, Nowling didn’t have to search long. Larry Jeffers and Randy Merick, both longtime friends of Nowling’s and supporters of the ADRL, gave their votes of confidence to Roth. In fact, if it weren’t for Roth, the ADRL would still be defunct.

“When you’ve seen what Mel has done in the past,” Nowling said, “and you’ve seen the success he’s had on a shoestring budget and continued to build and grow the Street Car Super Nationals into what it is today…If Mel wouldn’t have agreed to (come to ADRL), I wouldn’t have done it.”

Most of the ADRL’s original staff from its heyday are returning, including Vice President of Competition Bubba Corzine, along with his wife, Letha, and longtime Vice President of Technical Affairs, Rick Moore.

The ADRL and Nowling’s leadership of it has led to some of the largest crowds and most historic events in drag racing history. The Missouri native plans to bring that style of racing back to American drag strips starting in April. Nowling said he’s never been able to quite leave the ADRL behind and now is the perfect time to resurrect it.

“My grandmother told me something I’ll never forget,” Nowling said. “’If you can’t go a day without thinking about something, don’t ever give up on it.’ That’s been my mantra. There have been several people who have stood beside me since Day One, but Steve Vick, Roy Hill, Jack Switzer, Randy Merick, and Larry Jeffers, and my partner in this venture, Bobby Don, have been the foundation.”

There are currently plans to run several different types of cars at ADRL events, but one thing will never change. “We will have different classes at different tracks, but the one constant will be Pro Extreme,” Nowling said. “It was once the most exciting class in drag racing and it will be again. The race to the 3.30s is on.”

ADRL expects to bring its brand of adrenalized drag racing to facilities in several major markets, including St. Louis, Dallas, and more, with the full schedule to be released early in the new year.

All announcements regarding the complete schedule, event classes, and class and series title sponsorships will also be made on the other side of the holidays.

For more information on the American Drag Racing League and to stay up-to-date on breaking news, follow them on their official page on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ADRLDrags and on Instagram and Twitter at @ADRLDrags.