Bears Dodge is Winner at Dallas! 

The final event of the season for the ADRL has produced one of the most gratifying moments for dedicated Canadian Dodge Pro Stock racers Larry & Wayne O’Brien….

With skilled driver Tony Gillig now at the driving helm, the Windsor-area based racing brothers scored their first ever win in ADRL Extreme Pro Stock class racing.   Gillig, who is from Illinois, won the season-ending ADRL World Finals held at the Texas Motorplex south of Dallas yesterday afternoon.

Gillig put together a truly remarkable day in the Extreme Pro Stock class to earn what was also his first career win on the circuit.  In the final round he ran  4.095 secs at 175.27 mph but used a superior starting line RT (.027 to .052) to beat out John Montecalvo, a 5X ADRL event winner this season.  Montecalvo ran a quicker but losing 4.084 secs at 176.10 driving his Chevy Cavalier.

The Canadian-based Bears Performance Dodge Avenger won in XPS at the final ADRL event of the season

It was an incredibly satisfying victory for Gillig, who jumped into the driver’s seat of the O’Brien’s Bear’s Performance Products 2010 Dodge Avenger for the final three races of the season.

“It’s just been a crazy season for me, but I want to thank Larry and this brother (Wayne) for this opportunity. They’re great guys and to have Larry step out of the seat, it’s just awesome,” Gillig.

Gillig, the #14 qualifier, picked up his first ADRL thanks mostly to some truly outstanding driving.  In fact in addition to the final — he won each and every round in competition via the holeshot route – topping some heavy class hitters like Dean Goforth, Bob Bertsch and Pete Berner.

“We just had a great day and I’m just fortunate to have an opportunity like this,” Gillig added. “It was just amazing and I just truly enjoyed this day.”

The win was also milestone of sorts for the Mopar brand as it was the first time in ADRL history that a Dodge has won within the Mountain-motored Extreme Pro Stock category.

Posted by:  Bruce Biegler

Photo by:  Randy Anderson