ADRL Returns to Memphis 

Jason Scruggs’ third ADRL win in of the 2012 season proved to be historic one as the ADRL ran off it’s 8th of ten scheduled events this season….

Driving his supercharged 1963 Corvette and racing at his home ADRL track, the Pro Extreme star went 3.736 at 207.34 mph to beat  Brandon Pesz in the finals of the Memphis Drags III at Memphis International Raceway (Sep. 8th).

That pushed Scruggs’ career win total in the ADRL to nine, which gives him the most wins in the history of that class.

Jason Scruggs becames the ADRL’s most winning driver in the P/X category last weekend.

Other winners included Bob Rahaim (Pro Nitrous), Dennis Sugrue (M/T Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (P/X Motorcycle), John Montecalvo (Extreme Pro Stock), Todd Tutterow (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Mod) and Marco Abruzzi (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman).
Scruggs provided one of the many highlights in the ADRL’s return to Memphis, as track records were set across the board on a memorable day at MIR where track conditions were nearly flawless.
The two-time PX world champion traded blows with the heavy hitters in the class, but he had the final say, running a track record 3.616 at 209 mph in the second round and a 3.633 at 209 mph in the semifinals.

Bob Rahaim’s dream season continued in Pro Nitrous, as he picked up his second win of 2012 with a 3.83 holeshot win against Doug Riesterer in a final that featured the top two drivers in the points standings.

The ADRL’s top two season points challengers meet head on in the P/N final with Bob Rahaim (near lane) prevailing.

Riesterer went an incredible 3.772 to set a track record, but Rahaim and his Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro had a significant advantage on the line (.085 reaction time to Riesterer’s .242) to hold off  Riesterer in the race and in the points standings.

Todd Tutterow had a weekend that couldn’t have gone much better and the former Pro Extreme world champion capped it off by going 3.90 at 199 mph in the Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified final against  first-time finalist Adam Flamholc (from Sweden).

Now driving a turbo-powered ’70 Duster that showed loads of potential this weekend in Memphis, Tutterow was the No. 1 qualifier with a 3.90, went more than 200 mph during eliminations and then wrapped it up with his first victory in the class.

Todd Tutterow wheeled his turbocharged Duster to the PM title at Memphis beating Sweden’s Adam Flamholc in the final.

Eric McKinney remains the hottest competitor in the ADRL after picking up his third straight win – and fifth overall – in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. McKinney, whose second career ADRL race was in  Memphis, turned in a banner day in furthering his points lead,  running a 4.052 at 175 mph to beat Paul Gast in the finals.

McKinney was ahead of the pack the entire weekend. He qualified No. 1 with a 4.079, went 4.048 at 175 mph in the quarterfinals and then topped himself with a career-best and track record 4.028 at 176 mph  in the semifinals.

John Montecalvo and his wife Lois Anne rediscovered their winning ways in ADRL Extreme Pro Stock racing.


After a season filled with frustration, John Montecalvo finally had something to smile about in his 2012 RJ Race Cars Camaro when he picked up in the win in Extreme Pro Stock after Pete Berner went red in the finals.

Montecalvo, the 2010 world champ in the class, had never found his rhythm this season before putting it all together in Memphis. It came together late in eliminations, too, as Montecalvo qualified No. 12  and then went 4.089 with a .001 reaction time in the second round to  beat Todd Hoerner, topping it with an event-best and new track record pass of 4.056 at 178 mph to beat points leader Cary Goforth in the  semifinals.

Posted by:  Josh Hachat

Photos by: Roger Richards and Ian Tocher


Event Essentials:  ADRL Memphis Drags III (Sep. 7-8th, 2012) Memphis TN

 Pro Extreme  P/X        
 Win: Jason Scruggs 3.736 207.34 9th
 R/UP: Brandon Pesz NTR NSR  
 Low ET: Frankie Taylor 3.600    
Top Speed: Frankie Taylor   211.20  
 Bump Spot (16-cars):   3.797    
 Pro Nitrous  P/N          
 Win: Bob Rahaim 3.834 196.30  
 R/UP: Doug Riesterer 3.772 194.74  
 Low ET: Doug Riesterer 3.772    
 Top Speed: Blake Housley   200/23  
Bump Spot (16-cars):   N/A – 15    
Pro Modified (P/M)         
Win: Todd Tutterow 3.908 199.02 1st
R/UP: Adam Flamholc 6.623  61.76  
Low ET: Todd Tutterow 3.906    
Top Speed: Todd Tutterow   204.23  
Bump Spot (8-cars):   4.016    
Extreme Pro Stock Winner: John Montecalvo 5.541  91.76  
Pro Extreme M/C Winner: Eric McKinney 4.052 175.57  
Extreme 10.5 Winner: Dennis Sugrue 4.029 192.93  
Top Sportsman Winner: Marco Abruzzi 4.247 166.09  
Super Car Showdown Winner:        


Brandon Pesz had a strong event at Memphis qualifying his wild looking Corvette #1 and going to the P/X Final