ADRL’s Hometown Touchdown

With the grand re-opening of Gateway Motorsports Park and the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) return  to its home track serving as the backdrop, Pro Extreme driver Mick  Snyder continued one of the best recent runs in class history at the Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe.

Consistently running in the 3.60s as part of a picturesque weekend in St. Louis, Snyder and his Powersource Transportation Corvette won for the 2nd straight race, running 3.63 at 208.23 miles per hour in the finals.

Mick Synder won for the 2nd ADRL event in a row in P/X

“To get two in a row is just crazy,” Snyder said. “You can’t script it any better. It was a great team effort and this class is so hard, just to get to two straight finals is tough. To get two straight wins is just unreal.”

Other winners included Doug Riesterer (Pro Nitrous), Todd Moyer  (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Eric McKinney (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Todd Hoerner (Extreme Pro Stock), Jeff Naiser (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified), Chris Nyerges (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Drew Skillman (SuperCar Showdown).

Snyder’s run capped off a spectacular day and weekend for the ADRL atGatewayMotorsportsPark, where numerous world and track records were set.

Riesterer put together a storybook Saturday in Pro Nitrous, edging Burton Auxier in the finals with a 3.826 at 189.10 mph.

The P/N final saw Doug Riesterer (far lane) edge out Burton Auxier

Todd Hoerner’s win in Extreme Pro Stock was noteworthy for a variety of reasons. In running a 4.072 at 177.30 mph to beat Trevor Eman in a matchup of first-time finalists, Hoerner became the first driver in XPS to win running electronic fuel injection (EFI).

His win cam against the quickest qualified field in XPS history (No. 16 qualified with a 4.096) and he became the first 2012 Camaro to win in the class.

Todd Hoerner's win in XPS was history making for the ADRL

Eric McKinney won back-to-back races for the first time in his standout ADRL career, taking the Pro Extreme Motorcycle victory with  a 4.072 at 176.01 mph against Travis Davis in the finals.

Jeff Naiser joined Moyer and Riesterer as the third Texan to win in St. Louis, putting together a pair of impressive passes in  eliminations to win in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified. Naiser improved to a thrilling 3.867 at 193.32 mph in the final to pick up his first win in the new class.

The next stop on the 2012 ADRL Tour takes place on June 22-23 with the U.S. Drags V at Virginia Motorsports Park inRichmond,Va. 

Posted by:  Josh Hachat

Event Essentials:  ADRL Gateway Drags IV (June 1-2, 2012) St. Louis MO

 Pro Extreme  P/X        
 Win: Mick Synder 3.630 208.23  
 R/UP: Jason Scruggs NTR NSR  (Broke)
 Low ET: Mick Synder 3.609    
Top Speed: Mick Synder   210.05  
 Bump Spot (16-cars):   3.773    
 Pro Nitrous  P/N          
 Win: Doug Riesterer 3.826 189.10  
 R/UP: BurtonAuxier 3.842 195.99  
 Low ET: Rickie Jones 3.800    
 Top Speed: Rickie Jones   196.76  
Bump Spot (16-cars):   N/A   (13 cars)
Pro Modified P/M        
Win: Jeff Naiser 3.867 193.32  
R/UP: Edward Wilson 4.074 159.31  
Low ET: Pat Musi 3.861    
Top Speed: Pat Musi   196.22  
Bump Spot (8 cars)   4.019    
Extreme Pro Stock Winner: Todd Hoerner 4.072 177.30  
Pro Extreme M/C Winner: Eric McKinney 4.072 171.01  
Extreme 10.5 Winner: Todd Moyer 4.608 125.17  
Super Car Showdown Winner: Drew Skillman 5.727 120.90  
Top Sportsman Winner: Chris Nyerges 4.467 157.72  

Rickie Jones set both low ET and top speed in P/N competition

Photos by:  Roger Richards