Event Essentials:  ADRL CarSafe Dragpaloooza VII (March 25-26th) Baytown. Texas.

Pro Nitrous winner - Khalid Al-Balooshi


 Pro Extreme  P/X        
 Win: Jason Hamstra 3.687 207.32  
 R/UP: Todd Tutterow 3.693 206.61  
 Low ET: Frankie Taylor 3.667    
Top Speed: KH Al-Thani   210.97  
 Bump Spot:   3.290    
 Pro Nitrous  P/N        
 Win: Kahalid Al-Balooshi 3.816 198.32  
 R/UP: Pat Stoken 3.872 194.44  
 Low ET: Kahalid Al-Balooshi 3.803    
 Top Speed: Pat Stoken   203.52  
Bump Spot:   4.337    
Extreme 10.5 Winner: Lamar Swindall Jr. 4.030 201.37  
Pro Extreme M/C Winner: Ashley Owens 4.025 180.04  
Extreme Pro Stock Winner: Cary Goforth 4.074 177.30  


CarSafe Dragpalooza VII – Opens ADRL Season

By:  Josh Hachat

 Jason Hamstra had enough misfortune in 2010 to last a racing lifetime. But his performance on Saturday at Royal Purple Raceway was a resounding indication things may be much different in 2011.

The 2009 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Rookie of the Year appeared to be back in top form as the ADRL kicked off its 2011 season, winning an incredibly competitive Pro Extreme class with a 3.68 in the finals of CarSafe Dragpalooza VII presented by LenMar Motorsports.

The win was especially sweet for Hamstra, who wrecked in back-to-back races in 2010, which caused him to miss a number of races.  From that came his new Andy McCoy Race Cars ’70 Duster, which went as quick as 3.67 on Saturday.

Jason Hamstra's cool supercharged Duster scored in P/X

Khalid Al-Balooshi had his share of show-stealing moments in his Speedtech Al-Anabi Racing Camaro, setting both ends of the Pro Nitrous records en route to a final-round 3.81 and a win against Pat Stoken.

Lamar Swindoll, who lives just two miles from the track, was the surprise winner in Extreme 10.5, as his 4.03 gave him a victory at his first ADRL race against class veteran Billy Glidden.

Ashley Owens’ dominance in Pro Extreme Motorcycle continued into the new season, as he went 4.02 in the finals to beat 2010 World Champion Kim Morrell. The defending champion in Extreme Pro Stock also fell in the finals when Cary Goforth’s holeshot on a 4.07 run was enough to top John Montecalvo.

Pro Extreme Motorcyle Winner - Ashley Owens

Henry Canales Jr. was the winner in Pro Junior Dragster, going 8.02 in the finals against Tia Tutterow.

The ADRL returns to action on April 15-16 with the ADRL Safety-Kleen Springs Drags II, which takes place at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fl.

Photos by:  Roger Richards