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Artis Houston, PSCA Wild Street Winner, Record's and ProTorque Converters
LAS VEGAS - In drag racing, heat is the great equalizer. When the weather is cool and overcast, the fastest (i.e. well-funded) racer tends to win. But when the track is slimy, greasy, and slick, that's when the skill of the driver comes into play. No matter the setup, when it's hot and humid, it takes a real shoe to get to the finish line first.
At the recent MagnaFuel PSCA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Pacific Street Car Association veteran Artis Houston, a competitor in the Mickey Thompson Wild Street class, added to what has been an amazing year when he qualified No. 1 and set the class ET and Speed Records (4.952/148.69) on his way to the victory in the heat of the Nevada desert.
Houston was elated to hear the news, especially given the highs and lows of the last couple of seasons. "I am very excited to hear this news, especially considering the up and down journey of success and disappointment over the last few years," he said. "I want to personally thank John Calvert, Joe Rivera, Ross Pistons, Pettis Performance, BES Racing Heads, Induction Solutions, SCE Gaskets, Mike's Transmissions, Mark Washington, Mark Menscer and Eric Mitchell. Without these individuals pushing me forward and providing the best parts in drag racing, none of this would be possible."
Houston was also quick to recognize the staff of the PSCA for their efforts in providing drag racers with a safe and competitive series in which to race. "Thank you, PSCA, for giving us a great place to race and I look forward to continued progress and accomplishments."
PSCA President Mel Roth may not have been as excited about the weekend as Houston, but it was close. "We love seeing guys like Artis break records and have weekends like this," Roth said. "It may not be me going down the track, but when I see racers reach these milestones in their careers, I'm happy for them and proud of them. Plus, when racers are able to set records in those kind of temperatures, it's a huge day for both the driver and the fans."
The Latest Drag Illustrated Add Featuring Eric Dillard XDRL Pro Mod Camaro
Mo Hall Resets Outlaw 10.5 Nitrous Record Cecil County 4.12
Mo Hall of Mo Hall Motorsports qualified #2 in the tough Outlaw 10.5 Class of the Cecil County Street Car Shootout and went on to deliver the record holding number for a nitrous car. Backing up the record, Mo Hall lit the pipes on a searing 4.12 to become the quickest Outlaw 10.5 as of now, with a back up pass of 4.13, both in the 180MPH range also. Mo Hall immediately recognized the numbers aligned with the extra coupling power of his swap to the ProTorque Revolution Series Torque Converter.
Hall Stated "Our new ProTorque picked us up 6 hundreds first event out the box. Better from 60' to the 660' mark. Best backhalf numbers to date and by the way set the ET record for a nitrous car. Can't wait to get back out and see what we can do." in a testimonial to his findings. The Black Camaro is one of the more exciting rides in any Outlaw 10.5 Event. If Hall has found the power now to be on his numbers this early in the season there may be no telling where this will end for dropping records with each race.
Check Out GoneDragRacings Coverage of The May 4, 2013 - Cecil County Dragway / Finishline Performance Outlaw Street Car Shootout - Recap
Dillard Delivers Record Run In XDRL Pro Turbo Qualifying
At the debut event for the new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Eric Dillard made his own incredible history Apr. 7, by reaching a monumental turbocharger milestone.
Competing in the X-DRL's Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class, the Pro Line Racing co-owner became the first turbo doorslammer driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s in the eighth-mile, running a remarkable 3.796 at 209.79 mph. Dillard’s picture-perfect pass came in the car of customer and noted turbo standout Jose Gonzalez and took place during the final qualifying session for the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
"It felt great. We were confident that run was going to be the one and it just felt great to put it on the scoreboard," Dillard said. "This has been a big deal for me. Jose owns the car and runs the car, and he wanted to support this class and the X-DRL. He knew a 3.79 was there and to let me come here and do it, I can't thank him enough. He's just excited and happy for everyone. This is just awesome to be able to do this."
Dillard had been closing in on the record all weekend, running a strong 3.83 at 206 mph right off the trailer. That was a career-best for the talented turbo driver, but crew chief Steve Petty continued to dial in the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro. Dillard next ran 3.807 at 208.42 mph under the lights, just missing the mark during Saturday's final qualifying session, but that only motivated the team heading into Sunday.
With excellent track conditions, Dillard responded with the history-making pass.
"It's just amazing. This 3.70s deal has been such a big hurdle and to get it, it's just awesome. We had it set up where we could do it on the last round of qualifying and it just came together," he said. "As soon as it hooked up, I knew it was there. By 300 feet, I knew the scoreboard was going to pop up with a 3.70. This was a big one."
Gonzalez's Camaro continues to turn in brilliant performances since it debuted last year, while Dillard also praised the work of Petty in making the turbocharger combination so consistent.
"He's so good at what he does. He's one of the best, that's for sure," Dillard said. "He was extremely confident today. He knew the 3.70 was there.
"There's a lot of people to thank, including Pro Torque and the guys at Rossler Transmission. For Harry (Hruska of Precision Turbo) to do what he's done and help put this (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo) class together to create a level playing field with these turbo cars, I can't thank him enough."
It's a monumental achievement for a team that has chased the mark for quite some time and Dillard, the 2011 U.S. Nationals Pro Mod winner and multiple-event winner, held the historic moment in high regard.
"For me, this is by far the biggest accomplishment I've ever had in my Pro Mod career," Dillard said. "This is so big for us and definitely the biggest milestone for me."
(Photos by Ian Tocher, Click to enlarge) Drag Illustrated's Informative Website
Latest Drag Radial Record Holders Featured In ProTorque's Drag Illustrated Ad
The racers that use the best converters for drag racing have begun the season in a big way!! ProTorque extends their profiles for reaching the largest of goals with the season just opening. From Kyle Huettel's Quickest Drag Radial Car "Bad 9er" 4.21 @ 177, Jere Ethridge's nearly impossible save from a world famous video and photo array on the internet as it "Literally Flew" due to the down track coupling efficiency of the Revolution Series Racing Torque Converters.
Jason Enos picked up the title of "World's Fastest Turbo Drag Radial Car" dropping a massive 188MPH on the boards. Keith Berry stopped the clocks in with the title of LSX Drag Radial Record Holder 4.40 @ 174 and John Kolivas would render the 275's another part of speed and efficiency success of the ProTorque Racing Torque Converters 4.39 @ 176 "World's Fastest On 275's"
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Winners Announced "Women Of Team ProTorque" Breast Cancer Awareness Drawing
ProTorque is happy to announce an addition to our website and Facebook Fan Page. We have started a gallery of pictures featuring "The Women Of Team ProTorque
" wearing ProTorque gear. This gallery was inspired by Kelly Lynch and others who were sending us pictures of themselves in our gear. We thought it would be a great way to honor our team mates, fans and friends as well as raise a few dollars for breast cancer research and support to turn the creation of this gallery into an event. The fundraising was in two parts. One part allowed anyone to make a direct donation to the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation through a link we set up and posted on our website and Facebook Fan Page, the second part was a donation by ProTorque to "Men Against Breast Cancer" in the names of drawing winners. The drawing was based on the pictures submitted to ProTorque for inclusion in the Gallery during the month of October. The winners of the drawing were Kat Caldwell, Katie Gilbert and Robin Whiteford-Gantt; each of these ladies received a $50 gift certificate to Victoria's Secret and a $50 donation made in their name to "Men Against Breast Cancer" an organization that helps men help the women they love deal with the issues of this devastating illness. It is ProTorque's intention to continue to sponsor activities and fund raisers throughout the year, spotlighting members of our teams, charities that are near and dear to the hearts of our team members, and the fun and sheer joy of the sport of drag racing..
Winner of the 2012 drawing
Winner of the 2012 drawing
|Robin Whiteford Gantt
Winner of the 2012 drawing
ALL Team ProTorque Finals, Radial Revolution No Mercy III
Winner and runner up ALL Team ProTorque final in both Radial vs The World and Outlaw 10.5
Tim Lynch ProTorque and the Pro Line Racing crew put together 5 runs between 4.241 and 4.211 to earn the win Ultimate Converter Concepts Outlaw 10.5 at the 2012 No Mercy III, September to Remember. Hailing from Woodstock, Georgia he faced off with Coral Springs, Florida racer Mark Kyger in his twin turbocharged show stopper 66 Chevy II. Lynch took the advantage on the tree and laid down a 4.211 @ 183, his best pass of the day, to Kyger's 4.69 @ 167. This makes two wins in two races for the team with the Shakedown at E Town next on the schedule
Outlaw10.5 runner up honors go to Mark Kyger from Coral Springs, Florida. The show quality 66 Chevy 2 has seen duty in NMCA Super Street for several years though he now travels the outlaw circuit on a more limited schedule.
Elimination Round 1
15 out of 32 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Elimination Round 2
7 out of 16 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Elimination Round 3
4 out of 8 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Elimination Round 4
2 out of 4 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
2 out of 2 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Low ET 4.22 Tim Lynch Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Top Speed 187 Jason Enos Running ProTorque Racing Converters
5 out of the top 10 qualifiers Including #1 & #2
Radial Vs The World
PTC Radial vs. the World Winner Kyle Huettel put his 894 ci Fulton beast in the winners circle after qualifying in 16th with a 4.575 @ 162. He met up with Steve Jackson in round two putting a tree on him and running a 4.304 @ 175 for the nitrous ET record, sending Jackson to the trailer early. A 4.32 in the next round took out the double entered and Outlaw Radial winner Scott Husted.
In the final he would meet Yellow Bullet Nationals Radial winner Frank Soldridge who was .002 better on the tree. Huettel's 4.353 @ 172 was enough to get by Frank's 4.365 ET, his best run of the weekend.
Elimination Round 1
17 out of 32 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Elimination Round 2
11 out of 16 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Elimination Round 3
6 out of 8 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
Elimination Round 4
4 out of 4 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
2 out of 2 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
8 out of top 10 qualifiers Including #1 & #2
Low ET steve Jackson
Top Speed 185 mph
4 out of top 10 qualifiers Including #2 Running ProTorque Racing Converters
#1 Qualifier John Kolivas Running ProTorque Racing Converters
New NOS Drag Radial Record 4.30 Kyle Heutell Running ProTorque Racing Converters
New LSX Motor 4.58 Keith Berry
New PERSONAL BESTS
John Kolivas /Joel Greathouse
Mark Kyger 4.52 @ 173MPH
Mark Woodruff 4.503
Team ProTorque Dominates Major Events in September
Team ProTorque lived up to its mantra of "Total Domination" at the big races in September, scoring NHRA Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5 and Drag Radial victories at major events all across the country.
ProTorque's REVOLUTION torque converters powered NHRA Pro Mod racers to three victories with Brad Brand capturing Indy, Leah Pruett on top in Charlotte and Troy Coughlin sealing the deal in Kansas. Adding to this dominating performance, Donnie Walsh qualified number one at all three consecutive races.
Nothing showcases ProTorque's ability to manage power delivery better than "small-tire" racing. The much-anticipated and anxiously-awaited "Radial Revolution No Mercy III" showdown at South Georgia Motorsports Park pitted the world's fastest Outlaw 10.5 and Drag Radial cars against each other. When the smoke finally cleared, Team ProTorque's Tim Lynch had posted low ET at 4.22, then plowed through a tough 32-car Outlaw 10.5 field to defeat ProTorque Teammate Mark Kyger in the final.
In Radial vs the World, Team ProTorque teammates Kyle Heutell and Frank Soldridge met in the final with Kyle taking the win and Frank the runner-up spot. Other ProTorque highlights at No Mercy included Jason Enos posting the top speed of 187 mph in Outlaw 10.5, Kyle Heutell setting the NOS Outlaw 10.5 ET record at 4.30 seconds and Steve Jackson qualifying number one in Radial Vs The World.
September also saw many Team ProTorque racers set new milestones including Sal Patel's Viper becoming the first IRS car in the sixes with a 6.98 at 207-mph run at MIR. Here's a partial list of Team ProTorque's outstanding success in September:
No Mercy III Outlaw 10.5 - Tim Lynch W / Mark Kyger R/U
No Mercy III Radial Vs The World - Kyle Heutell W / Frank Soldridge R/U
Yellow Bullet Nationals Outlaw 10.5 Winner - Tim Lynch
Yellow Bullet Nationals Outlaw Drag Radial Winner - Frank Soldridge
ADRL Pro Mod Memphis Winner - Todd Tutterow
ADRL XTF Memphis - Dennis Sugrue W / Lamar Swindoll R/U
WCHRA X275 Points Champion - Kelly Henry
2012 Street Machine Shootout True 10.5 - Mark Woodruff
Northeast Pro Mod Association Points Champion - Steve Drummond
NMCA West Garrett Pro Street - Mike Bowman
HOT ROD Magazine Drag Week - Jeff Lutz - Fastest Speed Ever 212 mph!!!
Holley LS Fest Drag Radial - Mark Koehler
With a couple of big races yet to go, ProTorque enthusiastically congratulates Team ProTorque on their hard work, dedication and incredible domination.
Sal Patel Viper first IRS car in the 6's MIR 6.98 @ 207 mph
Twin Promod 90mm Turbos
Powerglide Trans / ProTorque Converter
Independent Rear Suspension
Drummond Race Cars
WALSH CARRIES PRO MODIFIED DOMINATION INTO SUNDAY
Don Walsh raced to his third consecutive No. 1 qualifying position and then claimed an opening round victory in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals when Scott Ray was unable to make the call in his '53 Corvette following his top end crash yesterday.
Walsh took the No. 1 qualifying position with a track record performance of 5.816 seconds at 255.43 mph and then sped to the opening round win by powering his late-model Ford Mustang to an effort of 5.856 at 252.57.
Other first round winners included track speed record holder Troy Coughlin, series points leader Mike Castellana and Charlotte winner Leah Pruett.
Second round pairings include Walsh vs. Mike Janis, Danny Rowe vs. Castellana, Donald Martin vs. Pete Farber and Pruett vs. Coughlin. Eliminations for the NHRA Pro Mod Series continue Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m.
First-round Pro Mod results from the Inaugural AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx :
ROUND ONE -- Mike Janis, Ford Mustang, 5.883, 245.00 def. Raymond Commisso, Chevy Camaro, 5.964, 248.11; Troy Coughlin, Camaro, 5.910, 257.97 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.966, 243.55; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 6.353, 218.19 def. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 11.229, 77.20; Donald Martin, Camaro, 5.875, 247.16 def. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 6.006, 241.20; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.293, 229.31 def. Steve Matusek, Mustang, 6.358, 183.00; Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.921, 245.49 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, 6.039, 243.11; Leah Pruett, Mustang, 5.894, 251.95 def. Harold Martin, Chevy Corvette, 6.147, 211.76; Don Walsh, Mustang, 5.856, 252.57 def. Scott Ray, Corvette, broke;
COUGHLIN RACES TO FIRST NHRA PRO MOD SERIES VICTORY IN ST. LOUIS
Troy Coughlin raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx victory Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Coughlin outran Danny Rowe in the final round to score his first career victory in the high-horsepower doorslammer category and move to third in the points standings with only one race remaining in the NHRA Pro Mod season.
Coughlin powered his turbocharged JEGS.com '68 Camaro to a final round performance of 5.873 seconds at 257.58 mph to take the victory over Rowe, who had problems getting his supercharged Sterling Bridge '68 Camaro to start for the final. Once Rowe got his machine fired, the car had issues going down the track and finished in 6.732 at 179.42.
"When I let the button go at the starting line in the final, I knew it was over when I didn't see him, because those blower cars accelerate fast," Coughlin said. "From then on, I just focused on making a clean run. It was just our time to win."
Coughlin defeated Rickie Smith, Charlotte winner Leah Pruett and Pete Farber to advance to the final round. Coughlin is a three-time winner in NHRA Pro Stock competition and he claimed a 2005 Pro Mod exhibition victory in Englishtown, N.J., but this is his first Wally in official NHRA Pro Mod competition.
"My guys Steve Petty, Bryan Metzenheim, Mike Rees, Nick Gaylord, all the folks at JEGS.com deserve all the credit in the world," Coughlin said. "Pro Line, our engine shop, has given us a fantastic race car all year. We beat a five-star team today."
Coughlin moves to third in the points standings, 42 back of leader Mike Castellana and one point back of second-place Smith.
"Going into the last race out in Vegas with this kind of momentum is important," Coughlin said. "There are still some spots up for grabs and everything is still pretty tight. Any time you can go to the end of an NHRA season and be in the running for a top three for four spot in your class, that's saying something."
The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx world champion will be crowned at the season-finale, Oct. 25-28, during the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NMCA West, Bowman And Wallace Win With ProTorque
In Garrett Pro Street John Scialpi set the high-water mark in his screw-blown '57 Chevy with a 6.17 at 229 miles per hour. As the class whittled down, Scialpi found himself in the final round facing Mike "The Showman" Bowman. Scialpi left first but Bowman pulled past and took the win as Scialpi slowed on the top end, running a 6.85 to Bowman's 6.40.
ARP Outlaw 8.5 was the Cedric Washington show, as he took the top qualifier spot with an 8.42 at 137 miles per hour, and then proceeded to the final round. There, he faced T. Wallace. Wallace took the reaction time advantage, but Washington was able to run him down on the top end and take the win light.
Steve Drummond Wins Northeast Promod Association Final AND Points Championship
On the Blower / Turbo side the finals were even more AMAZING.
Steve Drummond's beautiful 2008 twin turbo powered Mustang and Tim O'Hare's consistent and great looking 68 Camaro Blower powered cars were staged .
This Championship round would be a good one as both cars were just about even. From the starting line you could see the spectators on their feet. Steve ran an amazing 5.966 @ 242 (winning $ 6,000.00) with a .014 reaction time wining to Tim's unbelievable R/U 5.967 at 238 MPH with a reaction time of .078.
What a race ...the spectators that were on their feet and went wild. Tim and Steve are very serious competitors / rivals. Last year Tim was our champion and this year is the first time that a Turbo car entry (Steve Drummond) has won the 2012 Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods Blower / Turbo points championship.
Mark "Woody" Woodruff wins the 2012 Street Machine Shootout in True 10.5 class at Ozark Raceway Park
Mark "Woody" Woodruff unleashed an astounding series of runs on true 10.5 tires, Woodruff's show-quality '67 Corvette blazed to a 4.69 @ 160 against Martin in the finals. Woodruff's Pro Line Racing-prepped twin-turbocharged 565-inch big block also hit 1.26-second "sixties".
Kyle Huetel Dominates The Inaugral X275 HMP
Kyle Huetel dominates the inaugral X275 race this weekend at HMP.
Kyle and crew set low ET @ 4.90 and take the win with his TRE 588 second race out with EFI also.
Kyle Huetel is one of our proud ProTorque Drag Racing Torque Coverter Customers
ATCO Super Saturday Drag Racing And Team ProTorque Converters
Atco is well known for its competition in the Northeast, it's no wonder that racers in this area demand the best Torque Converter for their applications.
ProTorque gives them this advantage !! In an all ProTorque Final in Drag Radial and The 8.50 Index, racers showed the performance advantages made them consistent and gave the winning combination the required durability of this Ultimate Torque Converter.
In Drag Radial, Marcus Thompson took the win over Konstantine Zografos for the fisrt of two All ProTorque Finals.
Second would be Crag Buscio over Previous Yellow Bullet Nationals Champ Angelo Valla, talk about reliability, Valla is honing his best racing seaon yet. Notables from this weekend were many personal bests.
Drag Radial X275
Rob Carujo 5.34 @ 132 Drag Radial 275
Bill Mitchell "New Personal Best" - 4.29
Shawn Zubler "New Personal Best" - 4.22
Joe Copson "New Personal Best" - 4.46
Five of the last eight men standing in Outlaw 10.5 Use ProTorque Converters.
MIR Midnight Madness, Patel, Fox and Diaz
Sal Patel runs his best ever 1/8th mile at MIR plus wins the Shootout at MIR's Midnight Madness. Patels Viper ran an exceptional 4.69 @ 158 (New Personal Best) while Rick Fox took the "Outlaw Drag Radial" session by storm. The flamed Mustang shot to the title of Champion. Ronny Diaz posts up some great numbers 4.77 @ 147 also grabbing a "new personal best" for Team ProTorque, Racers using the best Drag Racing Torque Converters.
Team H&H Racing WCHRA X275 Champions!
Based out of Southern California, Team H&H Racing took this year's West Coast Hot Rod Association's X275 championship with their stock suspension 25.5 chassis '91 Mustang. Powering the Fox body is a Dart based 525ci big-block Chevy with a Brodix BB3 top end and a Vortech V28-123 supercharger that's producing in excess of 2,000 horsepower; all through a Carb Shop modified 4150 carburetor.
The team is comprised of driver and builder Kelly Henry, Tony Politano, Dustin Granger, Frank comer, and owner Henry D. Team H&H would like to thank and acknowledge the people who have supported them throughout the season; Rocco Acerrio of A.R.E Performance & Machine, the Vrbancic brothers at The Carb Shop, Chris Alston Jr. from Component Drive Systems, Bob Endress from Vortech Engineering, tuner Eddie Rios, Joe Rivera from Pro Torque converters, Damon Rivetti, Paul Bartlett from Little People Customs, and Dave Murray from Murray's Performance Garage.
During their first full season of competition, they've gone as quick as 4.91 at 154 mph in the eighth-mile with short-times in the 1.18 range at well over 3,400-pounds. When asked what it took to win the championship, Kelly Henry Stated "We made every effort to attend each event and did our best to go rounds."
H&H Racing is already freshening up the bullet for the upcoming NMCA West finals in Bakersfield, California, including the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can also expect to see the team in 2013, where they will continue to run the powerful Vortech V28-123 supercharger in an effort to defend their title.
To get the latest H&H Racing updates and video clips, be sure to check out their Facebook page under www.facebook.com/pages/HH-Racing .
Josh Klugger WINNER At Bradenton Heads Up Madness Outlaw Drag Radial
Thanks everybody, it's great to be back. However we couldn't do this without the help from our sponsors, and I couldn't do it without the help of a good partner and a hell of a tuner "Kevin".
A big thanks to;
Dave @ Performance Racing transmissions
Proline race engines
Joe @ pro torque
Mickey Thompson tires
VP race fuels
Eric and Mark from afco
If their is anyone I forgot to mention I'm sorry.
Jeff Lutz Hot Rods Drag Week Runner Up And Fastest Drag Week Pass Ever With ProTorque Converters
Don't anyone ever forget Jeff Lutz with the WORLD's second fastest most legit street car! He ran 7.00 and 212 mph at Drag Week, and missed beating Larson by a five-day average of just 0.0092 seconds! Lutz, also a bad, bad man! Using The Best Drag Racing Torque Converters "ProTorque"
Mike Stavrinos Darlington Dragway TOTAL DOMINATION Race
I would like to congratulate Mike Stavrinos, Dino Stavrinos, Rick Martinez on a race to the victory lane in there Shepard built Nelson Competition powered race car! I would like to thank Michael Hill and all of his crew for making a opportunity like this happen, the most laid back people (well respected) couldn't of gone any smother. Will be looking forward to the opportunity's in the future to race with such great racers. Thank You all!
Justin, Nelson Competition
Leah Pruett NHRA Pro Mod Win - 5 Of Top 10 Use ProTorque Converters
NHRA and ProTorque Racing Torque Converters 5 out of 10 top qualifiers using ProTorque Including Number 1 qualifier Donnie Walsh with the bonus of Leah Pruett taking the win.
After a week chock full of headlines regarding her future racing plans, NHRA Pro Modified racer Leah Pruett decided to take the stories in a different direction.
Pruett raced to her first victory of the season Sunday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx portion of the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries. The victory marked her second victory in three final round appearances at zMAX Dragway, as well as her third career victory by outrunning Mike Knowles in the final round. With the victory she moves to fourth in the points standings.
"It feels phenomenal," Pruett said. "To think that the three times I've been here in this car, I've reached the finals all three times and won twice. At the beginning of this race, I had a good feeling about getting to the final round and back in the winner's circle."
Pruett, who qualified ninth in her ProCare Rx Ford Mustang, raced to early round wins over team owner Roger Burgess, top qualifier Don Walsh and Kevin McCurdy. In the final she powered her Mustang to a winning performance of 5.936 seconds at 246.44, while Knowles shut off his '68 Camaro near mid-track.
"That final round was one of the edgiest passes I've had in this car in a long time," Pruett said. "If it would have been anything but a final round, there would have been a little bit of lifting going on. It was pretty gnarly. All I knew was that I didn't see him, which means I was in front of him. All that meant I had to keep going. That would have been the worst feeling in the world to see someone go flying by you."
Mike Castellana advanced to the semifinals and maintained his series points lead over second place Rickie Smith, who lost in the first round.
The penultimate race in the 10-event NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx will be held Sept. 28-30 with the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at the Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.
Brad Brand NHRA Pro Mod Win
Driving the same car that Eric Dillard drove to victory at Indy last year, Brad Brand raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx victory Sunday from the No. 16 qualifying position at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus, the world's most prestigious drag race.
The Georgia-based driver defeated top qualifier Don Walsh with a powerful run in his R2B2 Racing 1953 Corvette in the opening round and never looked back as he took his first career victory at the rain-delayed event at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Brand started the rain-delayed event as the crew chief for the R2B2 Racing's two turbo powered entries in the NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx. When the rains pushed racing to a second weekend, driver/team owner Roger Burgess couldn't make it back to resume the race.
The figurative keys to the ProCare Rx Chevy Corvette were turned over to Brand with one opportunity to make the field.
"I really thought I'd be able to get down the track," Brand said. "The air was so good yesterday that we had more power than we've had for this car all season. I missed it pretty bad."
So bad, in fact, that Brand qualified No. 17 and initially didn't make race. Luckily, some racers who were at Lucas Oil Raceway for the first weekend, couldn't make it back for the second. Brand, as first alternate, got into the field as the No. 16 qualified car.
"We got lucky," Brand said. "I knew if we turned the power down, we'd still go fast."
Brand was fast enough to beat No. 1 qualifier Don Walsh in the first round on Sunday morning then followed it up with wins over Steve Matusek, Rickie Smith and finally Mike Castellana in the final.
"I think it's safe to say we made some good calls today," Brand said. "Good calls, great team, no parts breakages. It's a pretty nice feeling. We've been so close this year, I'm so glad it all came together today and Roger saying for me to treat the car like it's my own."
In the final against Castellana, Brand made his second-best pass of the day: a 5.914 second lap at 251.63 mph. Castellana shook the tires at about 100 feet and limped home with a pass of 12.763 seconds at 83.97 mph.
Brand's teammate, Leah Pruett, got to exorcise some Indy demons herself, getting a first-round win over Donald Martin before falling in the second round to Smith.
"I'm thrilled I got to the second round," Pruett said. "And you couldn't ask for anything better than having your team win the race. I feel like I'm now back on a upward swing. We're really getting the cars figured out the way we want them to.
"I've been really impressed with the unity of our team, it can be rare to have a group where everyone gets along and enjoys working together."
Against Martin, Pruett had her best pass of the event with a lap in 5.920 seconds at 248.25 mph. Martin had problems and ran a 12.940 at 63.62 mph.
In the second round, Pruett lost to Smith on a hole shot. Smith enjoyed a solid advantage out of the gate (.037 seconds to .060 for Pruett) and held off Pruett's 5.958 second charge at 248.84 mph. Smith ran a 5.967 at 242.98 mph, using his starting line advantage to get the win.
With the runner-up finish, Castellana moved to first place, four points ahead of Smith in the season points standings.
The NHRA Pro Mod Series continues this coming weekend (Sep. 14-16), with the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, NC.
Dennis Sugrue Secures ADRL XTF Win At Memphis All ProTorque Final
A pair of unlikely combatants settled the Extreme 10.5 final Sep. 8, at Memphis International Raceway, where ADRL rookie Dennis Sugrue defeated Lamar Swindoll Jr. to take the Memphis Drags III title home to Austin, TX; Both Team ProTorque Members Running Our Converters.
"I really don't know what to say other than it was all about these guys," Sugrue said in victory lane, gesturing toward crew chief Craig Pullin, chassis specialist Bill Buck and first-time helper Johnny Mueller. "They got me here, it's all about them."
Former class champion Billy Glidden clearly was the class of the field in Memphis, qualifying in first place with a track record 3.937-seconds at 188.15 mph in his nitrous-boosted 2010 Mustang.
Swindoll qualified his twin-turboed '68 Camaro fourth with a 4.118 at 193.16 pass and Sugrue started sixth of just seven entries with a 4.198 at 189.31 in his twin-turbocharged '04 Cavalier.
Swindoll, from Pasadena, TX, narrowly defeated teammate Todd Moyer with a .014 holeshot in round one, going 4.068 at 200.86 against Moyer's 4.058 at 200.35 mph, while Sugrue opened with a 7.378 win over California's Dan Myers, who redlighted away his chances in his supercharged '57 Chevy.
Glidden opened with a 3.969-seconds solo pass at 187.50 mph, but his day ended with traction woes in round two against Swindoll, who ran 4.075 at 195.82. Sugrue advanced to the final with a 4.410 solo pass after points leader Alan Pittman's screw-blown '09 Mustang broke on the line.
In the final, Swindoll left first with a solid .027 light, but slowed to a 5.380 run at just over 95 mph, while Sugrue had a dismal .166 reaction, but made his best run of the weekend at 4.029 seconds and 192.93 mph.
"This is a great feeling. We have to remember it and internalize it," Sugrue said. "This is the big leagues and to win something like this is amazing for us; really, really special."
TUTTEROW TAKES ADRL PRO MOD WIN TO INDY
Todd Tutterow had little time to enjoy the accolades Sep. 8, after winning the Pro Modified title at the ADRL Memphis Drags III, as his twin-turbocharged '70 Duster went straight to the trailer and his crew loaded up for a 500-mile, on-through-the-night dash to Indianapolis where they were already qualified to race in the rain-postponed U.S. Nationals.
Still, the 2009 ADRL Pro Extreme champ did say he's gradually learning how to run turbocharged combinations after managing nitrous and supercharged engines for many years.
"Yeah, I think we're getting a handle on it," the Yadkinville, NC-based veteran allowed after nearly matching his top qualifying time of 3.906 seconds with a 3.909 victory at 199.02 mph against Swedish racer Adam Flamholc in the Pro Mod final at Memphis International Raceway.
With only an eight-car field, Tutterow beat Dave Roemer and Mike Janis to reach the final, while Flamholc, who also headed to Indy right after the Memphis final, handled Rick Stivers with a holeshot win and beat Pat Musi in the semis.
Mark Koehler - 2012 Holley LS Fest LSx Drag Radial Winner
After his shutoff pass in the opening session, Mark Koehler came back for round two and made a big statement, running 7.679 at 183.05 MPH to put an even larger gap between himself and the rest of the field.
Mark Koehler stepped it up in the final session, storming to a great 7.559 at 189.18 MPH to solidify his top qualifying spot going into this afternoons eliminations.
Mark Koehler got the benefit of another break single, legging it out to a mostly nice and straight 7.612 at 185.21 MPH. In the final round, he'll face #2 qualifier Steven Fereday, who was slow to get rolling but had enough to chase down Adam Preston on the top end, 7.998 at a booming 190.57 MPH to a game 8.194 at 168.85.
The Drag Radial final ended up just as it should be, with the top two qualifiers and the only two cars to dip into the 7's all weekend facing off for all the marbles. Mark Koehler was dead late, but made his best run of the weekend to top Steven Fereday, whose 7.932 was no match for Koehler's 7.511 at 189.60 MPH.
ProTorque Racing Torque Converters Win Big At Yellow Bullet Nationals 2012
Cecil County Dragway, Rising Sun, Maryland, August 31 - September 2nd, 2012
Whatever class you were running in, a ProTorque racing torque converter most likely made you a top competitor. The third annual Yellow Bullet Nationals have become quite the phenomenal success in what one would consider a very short time. The combination of the largest Internet drag racing forum "yellow bullet.com" and a worldwide member's base, Monty Mikho has the resources to bring this race to the forefront of outlaw drag racing. Members, viewers, and an all-around superior following is a guaranteed success each year.
ProTorque racing torque converters considers itself to be one of the proud sponsors along with many others to reach out the racers at the track during this three-day event.
Racer support, torque converter diagnostics, and interaction with customers and potential clients were handled throughout the weekend by the staff of ProTorque. Joe Rivera, Larry Cernilli and Jeff Sherman handled all types of troubleshooting, torque converter tuning and related performance pluses and inquiries in sponsor's row.
Customers of ProTorque got exactly what they expected, excellence in service, and superior customer support throughout the weekend. The racers of team ProTorque proudly hung the custom-made team banners in their pits, displaying their cars letting everyone know they are using the baddest torque converter you can buy.
This author had a genuine pleasure of being invited by the staff of ProTorque racing torque converters to report back and follows the customers that use the product with photography and words. I of course obliged as a representative of ProTorque. My focus was intended to be just on the customers yet I could not deny myself the horsepower fix I needed, being sucked into this awesome event that is now gracing the pages of the newly released RPM magazine October issue in a related article.
I had the opportunity to see firsthand the expert knowledge of the staff being fed between them and the racers using advanced data analysis to finely tune their combination. The racers benefited as you can see by the consistent performance, the advantages gained throughout rounds and into the winter circles with what would be one of the most important factors.
The combination of excessive horsepower finely tuned to the rear wheels by ProTorque converters through dynamic fluid coupling was indeed what garnered many of the top spots and wins.
Read The Complete Yellow Bullet Nationals Results From 2012 Here
Joe Rivera And ProTorque Converters In Drag Illustrated
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2012 Yellow Bullet Nationals With ProTorque Converters
For Immediate Press Release
The team of ProTorque Racing Converters will be on hand as not only a supporting sponsor but also to provide racer support. As a returning sponsor of this well know race now in its third year at Cecil County Raceway known worldwide as the ultimate drag racing experience both quarter-mile and 1/8th mile.
The staff including Joe Rivera, Joe Rivera Sr., Jeff Sherman and Larry Cernilli will be prominently providing racer support, answering the toughest of tech questions, giving detailed information on their racing converter line of products for not just drag racing applications but all types of vehicles from street applications down to motorhome's and RV's.
Look for Team ProTorque in the pits and on the track as racers are ready to field most of the classes with our products, see their performance's and of course look for them in the winner's circle. The staff is proud to announce they are again a part of this grand race series in the Mid-Atlantic States.
Look also for "After Race Coverage" with extensive photo galleries included of all classes to come swiftly.
Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial, X275 Drag Radial, 8.50 Index, Ultra 275, Outlaw Big Tire, Top Sportsman, Pro Dial, 10.00 Index & 11.50 Index, Super Street & Pro Street and don't forget the Golf Cart Race
Get The Latest Information On The 2012 YellowBullet Nationals August 31st - September 2nd At Cecil County Dragway - Rising Sun, Maryland Here At www.yellowbullet.com
Cecil County Saturday Street Car Shootout: Frank Soldridge, Bill Dutka, Anthony DiSomma, John Schroeder Show Off ProTorque Muscle
Frank Soldridge Wins Drag Radial Cecil County, All Team ProTorque Final Against Bill Dutka
Frank Soldrige wins Drag Radial Cecil county for an all Team ProTorque Final against Bill Dutka ...also new personal best.
In the semis Bill Dutka who is going rounds at each Streetcar Shootout shows why he is the current points leader ran Steve Willingham taking him down with a 4.70 to a 4.95. The next pair up was a battle of Team PSI with the owner Frank Soldridge taking on Robby George. George had some issues and slowed to a 9.35 and Soldridge gets his car into the 4.40's with a 4.496 at 176.
The Finals saw #1 and #2 in the points do battle and Soldridge who is #2 and deadly consistent today took home the win with a 4.52 at 175 to Dutka's 4.94 at 153.
Anthony Disomma Runner Up In Outlaw 10.5
The Semi-Finals saw three of the four with twin turbo combinations. First up was Kenny Doak and Anthony DiSomma. Doak turned on the redlight giving this win to DiSomma who ran a slower but winning 4.461 to Doak's 4.412. Billy Gordon and Bill Mitchell were up next and Gordon went low for the event with a 4.213 over Mitchell's 4.38.
The finals saw Billy Gordon's 2004 Mustang taking on Anthony DiSomma in his 2002 Camaro. DiSomma had a low MPH on his 4.450 run of 169 to take the loss to Billy Gordon's 4.23 at 192.
John Schroeder Runner Up In Big Tire
John Schroeder and Charlie Boy up next and although Charlie Boy steps up his E.T. it wasn't enough to overcome Schroeder's 4.50. In the finals we saw Tarsia and Schroeder.
Schroeder ran into some issues but Tarsia matches Sam Gottier's track record with a 4.46 to take home his second consecutive win.
See The Complete Cecil County Saturday Street Car Shootout Coverage By Bill Bill Robaey - GoneDragRacing.com Here
Rick Fox MIR Drag Radial Trifecta
Ricky Fox Wins THREE races in ONE week and four in a row !!!, MIR Wednsday Friday and SUNDAY
"I won my last four races I've been to. I won 75/80 run what ya brung, I won cecil county's sso race, I won MIR last man standing on 275's, and won ODR last night. I just want to say thanks to a few people.
First on the list is Fulton, Bad MF, pro torque, and team Z. There all helping me get the job done. Thanks."
ADRL Dragstock: Brad Brand XTF Champion
THE WINNING BRAND - xtf winner If Brad Brand had his way, he may not have won the Extreme 10.5 (XTF) class at Dragstock IX.
"I hadn't been down the track good at all and if it hadn't been for one of my crew guys I probably wouldn't have made it again," the Loganville, GA, racer admitted after beating Dan Myers in the XTF final at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC. "He convinced me to turn things down and I'm glad he did."
With a 3.984-seconds pass at 197.59 mph, Brand qualified his twin-turbocharged 2007 Mustang third in the eight-car field behind Billy Glidden and polesitter Alan Pittman, but once eliminations began he fought to find traction on the hot zMAX racing surface.
A tire-spinning 4.442 at 171.93 managed to boost Brand past an even more traction-challenged Todd Moyer in round one and a 4.497 at just 139.57 still advanced him from the semis when Glidden got out of shape and had to shutoff and coast to a seven-second finish.
"This morning in the first round when we smoked the tires I thought, 'Man, it's going to be a rough day,' but it turned out to be okay. But seriously, we struggled all day and I'm just kind of stubborn about turning this thing down. But I just had to turn it down for the final and it worked," Brand said after posting a winning 4.069 at 195.28 against Myers' 4.727 at 119.98-mph effort.
"Man, I pedaled and it went into a big, turbo-like wheelstand just past half-track," Myers said of his screw-blown '57 Chevy from Ramona, CA. "I had to get out of it just to save the car."
Three times Brand has raced the Mustang with the ADRL this year and three times he's reached the final round, recording a runner-up finish to Pittman in April at Bristol, TN, but beating Pittman in June at Richmond, VA, before scoring again at zMAX.
Brand also was racing a turbocharged '53 Corvette for R2B2 Racing at Dragstock IX, but narrowly missed getting it into the eight-car Pro Mod field for eliminations after he and Pete Farber ran identical 4.009 ETs in qualifying. At 191.10 mph, however, Farber was faster by .40 to take the final spot.
"I don't even touch this car (Mustang) between races and it almost seems like I can do nothing wrong with it," Brand said. "But the Vette is completely another story. I'm behind the eight ball with that thing. I've got a lot of testing to do with it."
NMCA / NMRA SUPER BOWL ProTorque Converters: Walsh, Murillo, Nesbitt, Kinzer, LaFerriere, Demarco, Urist, Orsini Make ProTorque Racing Converters Racer Highlights
Pro Street Super Bowl Winner Don Walsh Jr.
In Kooks Custom Headers Pro Street Don Walsh Jr., a former NMRA Pro 5.0 champion, reclaimed his spot on top after beating former PSCA champ, Clint Hairston in a battle of turbocharged entries.
Hairston was the number one qualifier with an impressive 6.03 at 245 MPH, while Walsh, Jr., coming off a recent NHRA Pro Modified win at Norwalk, Ohio, had some trouble figuring the car out in qualifying, but showed the car's power with a series of 250 MPH passes.
And on Sunday, when it counted most, Walsh Jr., and his team, had the car figured out.
All ProTorque Final: Mike Murillo over Donnie Walsh
After breaking a valve in the semifinals of Super Street/Pro Outlaw 10.5W, everyone thought they'd seen the last of Mike Murillo.
That was, until he rolled out from underneath the Route 66 tower alongside Pro Street champ Don Walsh Jr. as the designated representative of the NMRA squad.
Walsh had the quicker reaction time and was tracking down Murillo in a hurry, but the Precision turbo machine made one pass too many this weekend, letting go with a loud 'pop' at half track and trailing a long plume of smoke through the shutdown area as Murillo sailed to victory at 7.07-seconds, 189.23 mph to give the NMRA it's fifth overall title in seven editions of this exciting annual showdown.
And the NMRA team, as they say, went wild!
All ProTorque Final: Super Street / Pro Outlaw 10.5W - Eric LaFerriere Over Dave DeMarco
In Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5W, Eric LaFerriere faced Dave DeMarco in the final with LaFerriere holding off DeMarco in a 6.86 221 MPH to a slowing 7.95 by DeMarco. Number one qualifier and series points leader, Mike Murillo ended up dropping a valve, when he tried to start the car in the staging lanes before his semifinal race against DeMarco.
ProTorque Racing Converters NMCA / NMRA Super Bowl Top Four Qualifiers In Pro 10.5 - Low ET / Top MPH
Mike Murillo 6.635 @ 219
Tony Nesbitt 6.655 @ 210 new Personal best and new NMCA NOS record
Willard Kinzer 6.672 @ 209
Dave DeMarco 6.692 @ 224
John Urist for the win in NMRA SSO and a new MT 275 record of 7.09 @ 201MPH
Mario Orsini New Personal Best
We would like to congratulate Mario Orsini on setting a new personal best with a great run of 6.15 at 234 MPH.
Boosted by a pair of Precision Pro Mod 88 turbochargers.
You can expect to see even quicker passes from Mario in the future!
See The Complete Coverage At Dragzine Here The 2012 NMCA / NMRA Super Bowl Joliet
WALSH CLAIMS FIRST EVENT WIN AT SUMMIT NHRA NATIONALS IN NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING | ALL PROTORQUE FINALS
ProTorque Claimed Three of the four qualifiers, Low ET and high MPH, And an ALL ProTorque Final. WALSH CLAIMS FIRST EVENT WIN AT SUMMIT NHRA NATIONALS IN NHRA PRO MOD DRAG RACING.
1 24 Troy Coughlin,'68 Camaro 5.949 250.64 250.64
2 43 Rickie Smith, '12 Camaro 5.951 241.50 241.50
3 3382 Donald Walsh, '11 Mustang 5.983 248.71 250.74
4 272 Roger Burgess, '53 Corvette 6.001 249.90 249.90
Three of the top four qualified drivers had two things in common: they were running Precision turbochargers and using Pro Torque converters! It was Troy Coughlin who took the number one honors with his 5.949 at 250.64 MPH pass in his '68 Chevy Camaro, while Don Walsh, Jr. ranked third with a 5.983 at 248.71 MPH run in his '11 Ford Mustang. Roger Burgess of R2B2 Racing was the number four qualifier after having gone 6.001 at 249.90 MPH in his '53 Corvette and his teammate Leah Pruett was eighth overall with a run of 6.098 at 248.25 MPH. Steve Matusek was unable to break into the Top 16 but still had a solid run.
In the first round of eliminations, Walsh had a great run and scored a win with his 5.955 at 252.14 MPH trip, while Burgess was also victorious going 6.159 at 219.69 MPH. Coughlin's opponent broke at the start so he had an easy victory, but still put in a strong pass of 6.180 at 223.32 MPH. Pruett was first off the line in her match but was unable to hold off her challenger, going 6.328 at 240.55 MPH.
In round two, all three remaining Precision boosted drivers won their races and would all advance! Walsh went 5.896 at 246.21 MPH, Coughlin went 5.909 at 250.83 MPH and Burgess went 6.024 at 249.26 MPH. Moving on the semi-finals, Coughlin faced off against Burgess and Coughlin's flawless run straight down the groove resulted in a 5.973 at 250.74 MPH pass, putting him into the finals. Walsh took out the only non-PTE car left with a huge 5.887 at 253.85 MPH run and would face off against Coughlin.
The final round was all Precision-powered and incredibly exciting as this was the first time that Coughlin and Walsh would face each other in eliminations. Coughlin had the early starting line advantage but the car started to get sideways and forced him to shut it down. Walsh launched hard and went straight down the center of the track, running a 5.893 at 251.95 MPH pass - the second quickest and fastest pass of the event, for the win!
Congratulations to Don Walsh, Jr. on his first National event win in only his second final round! With this victory, Walsh moves to fourth in the series points standing. He runs twin NHRA legal Precision Pro Mod 88 turbochargers, a Big Stuff 3 Powertrain Management System and a Pro Torque converter.
Cecil County Street Car Shootout July 7th, Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial And Heavy Street | ProTorque Racing Torque Converters.
The Northeast as much of the country was under oppressive heat over many days during the beginning of July 7th Weekend. The pavement at Cecil County Dragway was not impervious to the blazing temps that swelled up over the Saturday Street Car Shootout Series By Finishline Performance.
Without a doubt, heat, takes its toll on parts like Torque Converters but ProTorque Racing Torque Converters showed their muscle and durability in temps ranging upwards of 130+ degrees on the well managed surface of Cecil County Dragway adding again to the list of clients that now have more winners circle appearances or runner ups and best of for the season.
Inevitably it comes down to a complete effort by teams such as to be mentioned that their work and choice of converters plus the other main ingredients make a sound combination to move through rounds consistently.
Outlaw Drag Radial "ALL Team ProTorque Final" Fox Wins, Dutka Runner Up:
Ricky Fox with his wildly flamed nitroused Mustang took the Win in Outlaw Drag Radial in an "ALL Team ProTorque Final" against Bill Dutka.
Fox also garnered the number 1 Qualifier, Low ET and finished it off with Top MPH throughout the race sessions endning in the final with "Wild Bill" Dutka in his Twin Turbo Malibu. Ricky Fox 0.036 4.77 @ 151 had this race won as Bill Dutka 0.481 11.40 @ 69 had issues on the starting line leaving Fox to run it out for the "W", this was Ricky Fox's first win at this series.
Outlaw 10.5 "Steve Gorman, Larry Wood and Billy Mitchell" Outstanding!! :
Outlaw 10.5 is the toughest class at Cecil County, the track is there and the racers are simply TOUGH!. Team ProTorque members took the top three spots in this heavily contested field and put our Racing Torque Converters to the test.
Steve Gorman 0.201 4.34 @ 188 would be beaten on a holeshot by TJ Kasper 0.025 4.39 @ 181, "Kid Kwick" is killer on the tree.
Steve Gorman also collected the number one qualifying spot followed by the stunning ZR1 Corvette of Larry Wood 4.45 @ 173 out of K&K Advanced Door Car Technologies, Larry Wood is best know for his HUGE win at the 2011 Shakedown at E Town.
Billy Mitchell posted an exceptional time for third in the qualifying ladder 4.48 @ 178 and is just making more and more out of his new Corvette with only a few races tattoo'd on it. Mitchell continues to slaughter his ET and MPH with each race. This car is super fresh and progressing well from one of the original "Quick 8" racers of the northeast. Mitchell has been running this evolving class since its inception.
Charlie Boy Micalef , Heavy Street / Big Tire!! :
Although long time big tire / heavy street racer Charlie Boy Micalef couldn't pull off the victory by way of the dreaded red bulb in the finals against Tim Tarsia, Micalef put up the top spots in all categories.
The Chevelle that has been in many winners circles with Charlie Micalef -0.058 4.62 @ 158 was not dismayed at the loss against Tarsia 0.063 4.79 @ 160.
The New Team ProTorque member has many things to brag about, as in his killer numbers all day long in the blistering heat.
ProTorque Torque Converters proudly recognizes the achievements of our racers on this outing and in this well-known series showing that we stand behind our title "Proven Performance, Guaranteed Reliability, Unbeatable Value" through many versatile Drag Racing classes "Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial And Heavy Street" putting the power down properly and efficiently.
Fastest Diesel Truck 1/8 Mile | Wade Moody:
Congrats to Wade Moody on his new Personal best And new UNOFFICIAL Title of Worlds Fastest Diesel Truck !!! here is his message to ProTorque Racing Torque Converters:
"Hey guys just wanted to update you on our testing last night we went from high 5.20's in the 1/8th to a 4.95 @ 145!! That is the single fastest pass in Diesel truck Drag Racing history in the 1/8th!!! We will be running a full 1/4 mile soon, we are working on bettering the front half.
Thanks for all you help and support!"
Worlds QUICKEST Turbo Pro Mod Car ADRL Virginia | Danny Lowry 3.802 @ 203.40mph:
RICHMOND, VA (June 23rd) -The ADRL U.S. Drags V event at Virginia Motorsports Park was full of ups and downs for Pro Extreme racer Danny Lowry. However, the ups far outweighed the downs as he and the Pro Line Racing crew sent out a message to the racing world. RECORD SETTING VIDEO INCLUDED HERE!!
With one marvelous run, ADRL Pro Extreme driver Danny Lowry became the guy everyone will look up to in the turbo world.
Lowry, though, will admit to having plenty of help to reach his current pinnacle.
At the recent ADRL U.S. Drags V at Virginia Motorsports Park, Lowry put together the quickest turbocharged pass in drag racing history, running an incredible 3.802 en route to a first round win in Richmond.
The remarkable 3.802 eclipses Grant McCrary's 3.84 for the quickest 1/8-mile pass for any turbo-powered car. It also tops the 3.844 and the 3.868 that NHRA Pro Mod drivers Brad Personett and Melanie Troxel ran, respectively, during their passes of 5.772 at Englishtown in 2011.
Troxel set the NHRA Pro Mod record with her 5.772 in the quarter-mile, but Lowry and his 2009 Mustang built by Joey Martin Race Cars can now lay claim to the quickest 1/8-mile turbo pass in the history of the sport, something he doesn't take lightly.
"It's something that, being a turbo guy, I've dreamed about for a long time. I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to do this, but I'm also able to do this for a lot of reasons," said Lowry, a Griffin, Ga. native. "It's a credit to Eric Dillard at Pro Line Racing, Harry (Hruska) at Precision Turbo and Joe Rivera at Pro Torque Converters.
"His combination of torque, the power of the Precision Turbo, Pro Line engines and Rossler Transmission, it really gives you the opportunity to do this. I think something like this is a testament to the entire turbo community. Now that we've figured this out, we're going to run really fast."
Lowry is already there, clocking an impressive 203.40 mph during the record-breaking run after qualifying No. 14 with a 3.85 at 198 mph.
The run is made all the more eye-opening when the conditions are taken into account as well, as the track temperature neared 120 degrees during the 3.802.
The run also gave him a first-round win against Alex Hossler, though Lowry is still kicking himself over what happened a round later.
Potential opponents Todd Martin and Brandon Pesz both broke, giving Lowry a bye run to the semifinals. But, with the sun making the tree hard to see, Lowry left before the tree was activated, throwing away a run he guessed to be in the "low-to-mid 3.70s."
"We figured low-to-mid 3.70s at 207 or 208 mph. But I bumped the car into the second bulb and I could barely see the light. I thought the tree had dropped, but I left too soon and made a mistake," Lowry said. "When you get down to it, it was driver error and I didn't do my job.
"We pulled through the first 60 feet and the front split a lot better, and (tuner) Steve (Petty) could sense it was a fast run."
The real payoff could come next week at the ADRL Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
Lowry left Virginia disappointed over the end outcome in Virginia, but he remains fully confident in the potential still to be tapped in his turbo Mustang.
"I fully anticipate rolling the car out in Martin and running a mid-3.70s at least," Lowry said. "From there, our goal is to qualify in the front half of the field and dip into the 3.60s. I don't want to act like a jerk or like I'm bragging or anything, but that's our expectations."
It's not arrogant, but rather just Lowry's aggressive mindset, which dates back to his outlaw 10.5 racing days.
After Martin built the standout lightweight Mustang for the ADRL's Pro Extreme class, Dillard and Lowry, who had worked closely in Lowry's 10.5 racing days, felt as though it would be a perfect car to become a turbocharged standout.
After plenty of work and finding the right combination for the lightweight car, Lowry made his ADRL debut in Bristol in April after only two test sessions.
The car showed promise, running a 3.933 at 188 mph, but it wasn't enough to qualify.
Lowry, Dillard and Petty made the necessary changes, tweaking the converter and chassis and left Virginia with a record and a standout performance.
Lowry, though, is certain the best is yet to come.
"These guys in the ADRL are really, really good and I have a great deal of admiration for them as drivers," Lowry said. "But I think our turbo combination is going to be really good and hopefully it's going to be hard to beat when we get it where we want it."
Brad Brand ADRL Extreme 10.5 (XTF) Champion:
"Bad Brad" Brand, also known as "Triple B," pulled double duty June 21-22, driving both his own car in Extreme 10.5 (XTF) and Roger Burgess' twin-turbocharged '53 Corvette in the Pro Modified class for the ADRL U.S. Drags V.
He didn't last long in Pro Mod, falling to Jeff Naiser in round one, but Brand made it all the way to the winner's circle at Virginia Motorsports Park in spectacular fashion with his twin-turboed, RJ Race Cars-built 2007 Mustang.
"I wish I could've had a little more test time with the Vette because I think we could've done some more there, but it was kind of a last-minute deal," Brand explained. "This car, though, since last year has been flawless. We haven't done anything to the motor; Jon Kaase does the work on it, since Vegas last fall when we set a 10-inch tire record with it. We took it to the ADRL race at Bristol, ran it here and got the win. One for two, that ain't bad."
Billy Glidden qualified first in the eight-car XTF field with a career-best 3.859 at 191.70 in his Mickey Thompson-backed, nitrous-huffing 2010 Mustang, but Brand was right behind in second place after a 3.938 at 197.94-mph run. Glidden lost in the first round, however, to the screw-blown '09 Mustang of Alan Pittman, who after beating a tire-smoking Dan Myers with a 4.046 pass at 192.82 in the semis, would meet Brand in the XTF final.
After dispatching Dennis Sugrue from the opening round of eliminations, Brand earned lane choice for the final with a 3.972 at 197.83 win over Chuck Ulsch and his screw-blown '68 Camaro. Brand ran low ET in each of three rounds of eliminations.
Pittman, who won the season's first two races (including at Bristol where he won over Brand in the final), left first with a .031 reaction to Brand's .075, but his 4.022 at 194.63 was no match for a wheelstanding 3.949-seconds pass at 185.72 mph by the Loganville, GA, driver.
"It got out there and stood up and I had to pedal it again," Brand said. "It kind of got near the wall, but I felt pretty comfortable it would come down okay so I just stayed in it. It was a good run." See The Highlight Wheelie Videos On The ADRL TV Channel Here (Brad Brand At 2.00 Minutes In)
NMCA WEST | ProTorque Converters Grab Wins And Records - Greg Seth Hunter, Mike Bowman, Al Jimenez:
Greg Seth Hunter NMCA WEST Pro Street Winner
The NMCA WEST wrapped up the first race of their inaugural season with the conclusion of the Lucas Oil Muscle Car Nationals at Auto Club Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield, Calif.
The first race of the Flowmaster NMCA WEST Drag Racing Series.
With championship battles forming early in this year's four race season, every round win counts, especially when NHRA "Wallys" are up for grabs as a part of NHRA Unleashed presented by Aerospace Components.
In Garrett Turbochargers Pro Street, Greg Seth-Hunter, who qualified fourth in his turbocharged Mustang, defeated number one qualifier Mike Bowman in the semifinals after Bowman had trouble staging the car, and then Seth-Hunter went on to beat the blown big-block powered S10 of John Durden in a 6.61 at 215 MPH to 7.07 at 210 MPH final.
This also marked a new "Personal Best" for Mike Bowman in Pro Street
WINNER NMCA WEST Al Jimenez for the quickest leaf spring pass in the country 7.14 Top MPH 205 Record
WINNER NMCA WEST Al Jimenez for the quickest leaf spring pass in the country 7.14 clicking it off early. and then to go back and get the MPH record of 205 mph !!! AND THEN WIN THE RACE !!!!
In the True 10.5' / Outlaw Drag Radial class, Al Jimenez brought his leaf-spring suspended 1971 big block Camaro to wage war against all in attendance. Al, using his ProCharger F-3R-136 and close to 40 psi of boost, qualified number one and won the race. While doing so, Al and his F-3R-136 crushed the all-time fastest leaf-spring suspension world record by running an unheard of 205 mph blast in the finals!
Jason Carter Wins Super Chevy St. Louis ProTorque Converters:
We won Super Chevy St. Louis over 100 deg ,track temp over 150 deg it was africa hot .
I want to go & say thank you to race team Chad, Mark, Eric, Frank. Without you guys I would quit racing.
Andrew Demarco First To The 200's On MT 275's | ProTorque Converters Records:
The evolution of horsepower and performance in the heads-up doorslammer drag racing world in recent times has been nothing short of staggering, and each year, heck, each week it seems another benchmark is shattered that was once considered a pipe dream at best.
Well, now we've got another one to add to that list.
On Saturday, Massachusetts native Andrew DeMarco reeled off what we believe to be and what our good friends at Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels have confirmed as the first 200 mph pass on a pair of 275 Drag Radial tires in his turbocharged '86 Ford Mustang GT with what's being described as an "easy" 7.82 at 201 mph on a set of the new M/T Radial Pro tires at the New England Dragway.
DeMarco, running out of the DMC Racing shop along with his brother, David, who competes in the NMCA Super Street 10.5W class, debuted the sinister Fox body in the NMRA back in 2010 in the Super Street Outlaw category and quickly became one of the frontrunners in the "10-Inch Tire Freak Show" with his Proline-powered mount. DeMarco, however, recently stepped away from the NMRA scene and has focused his attention on the bustling X275 eliminator that's all the rage up in the Northeast near his Malden, Mass. home.
With personal bests in Super Street Outlaw trim in the very low seven-second range, there's no question that DeMarco eased his way to "just" a 7.82-second lap, thus leaving to question just how much more the car has left in it. If the Radials are indeed quicker and faster than the True 10.5's (and many believe that they are), we could soon see the first six-second pass on 275's in the very near future, as well.
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NMCA Racing June 9th |
Bill Lutz Makes Quickest Pass In NMCA History At 5.97:
If there's one event on the Flowmaster NMCA Muscle Car Nationals schedule where records exist for the sole purpose of being broken, it's the series annual visit to the always-quick Maryland International Raceway in early June. Last year, in the NMCA's inaugural visit to the Miller families speed palace in Mechanicsville, Md., records were shattered, and Pro Street ace Bill Lutz continued the tradition as the series returned over the weekend, carrying his twin-turbocharged 1969 Camaro to a pair of new national records and the quickest elapsed time in the history of the class.
In the third and final qualifying session under the lights on Saturday evening, Lutz tripped the 60-foot clocks at 1.017 and covered the first 660-feet in 3.987-seconds at 194.27 MPH on his way to a thundering 5.978 at 247.43 MPH. That effort by the Winchese, Ohio native surpassed the all-time best 5.98 recorded by Chris Rini last fall in Indianapolis and also outpaced his 6.02 in qualifying in Maryland to leapfrog him into the No. 1 qualifying slot. The NMCA/Fastest Street Car Magazine crew captured the footage of the record run - See The Video Here
Because Lutz had run a 6.03 earlier in the day during the second qualifier, he already had the backup in hand to make the 5.97 the first ever sub-six second national record in NMCA history. An earlier trap speed of 246.84 also served as the required backup for the national speed record that's still a couple digits shy of Steve Matusek's 250 MPH shot last season.
Just to put an exclamation point on the weekend, Lutz downed the other Lutz - Jeff (no relation) - to earn the Pro Street crown on Sunday afternoon, rolling to a 6.09 at 241.37 MPH as Jeff slowed on the top end.
All ProTorque Final Mike Murillo vs David Demarco NMCA Super Street 10.5:
All ProTorque Final Mike Murillo vs David Demarco Super Street 10.5
In Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5W Mike Murillo grabbed another win over number one qualifier David DeMarco in a battle of nerves, as both drivers slid around the track in the heat of the day. Murillo ended up on top with a 6.90 to DeMarco's 8.28
Missing from the first two Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5W qualifying sessions was David DeMarco, but rather than kicking back in the toterhome, he was working to remedy engine and electrical issues. After having parts delivered over night, he finished just in time to make the final qualifying session, where he laid down a 6.52 at 231 in his Proline-built 540 cubic-inch twin Precision turbos car. He was forced to lift during his first round bye-run, but blasted to a 7.12 at 187 in the second round for the win over a troubled Brian Hicks.
"A lot of crew, racers and friends really stepped up, and Proline really stepped up and worked hard, and a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders," said DeMarco. "I have to thank my crew chief, Jamie Miller, and my crew, including Doug, Sondra, Big Money and George Rumore and also Victory Racecraft."
MIR Midnight Madness | Another ALL ProTorque Final Fiscus Vs Fox:
The Fiscus/Klugger Racing team has been on quite a roll this season. With Josh Klugger's 1st win in the bag and a handful of record breaking passes, this team is harder to be than ever!
They showed up to Outlaw Drag Radial event called Midnight Madness, held on Friday, May 25th at MIR. Kevin Fiscus resumed driving duties of the PLR 632ci BBF powered Mustang. Fiscus started the day nicely with a 4.43 @ 176mph to take the #2 qualifying spot behind Maryland native, Ricky Fox.
Fiscus defeated Rich Bruder with a 4.40 @ 175mph and Brad Edwards with a 4.40 @ 177mph! In the final round Fiscus had to face ANOTHER ProTorque customer Ricky Fox. Fox left the line first with a .033 advantage, but his 4.45 @ 169mph was not enough as Fiscus drove by with an impressive 4.35 @ 178mph!
We'd like to congratulate Kevin, Josh and the whole Fiscus/Klugger Racing team on another big victory this year!
Winner Kevin Fiscus over Kyle Huettel Would be next for the team with another All ProTorque Final in The Texas Vs the World
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ProTorque Launches New Drag Illustrated Customers Ad:
Everybody reads, it, everybody knows it "Drag Illustrated. The need for this style of advertising is essential when you have record setters as ProTorque does. We try to update this with our finest performers so the world can see the effects of our Torque Converters and how much we appreciate their hard work and racing.
The image enlarges to a bigger size in a new window upon clicking it. More of our racers can be seen in many sections of this website.
ProTorque States on Facebook. So there are some changes to this ad with some new players making the ad including Chip King, KH Balooshi, Craig Pio, Ricky Fox and Mike Michael Martin, Looks like the NOS guys are making a SPLASH largely !!
The ever growing and updating "Team ProTorque Page" and in our popular "Customer Testimonials" area and our newest "updated" Drag Racing Video Theater. Also don't forget to "Like Us" on our "Official Facebook Page", many more friends including thier own information as Facebook does. Enjoy the ad.
Steve Drummond Win And New MPH Record MIR Mountain Motor Nationals:
In front of a "Packed House" at MIR (Maryland Internaional Raceway) Steve Drummond "Drummond Race Cars" lit up the Mountain Motor Nationals on the "Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Sessions" side of the classes in the quickest of them all Supercharger / Turbocharger feature. Drummond has been massaging this "Shop built Mustang" to its potential and looks to have found its sweet spot with another MPH record and of course the WIN!!". These cars run the full quarter mile in the NEOPMA series which brings even more to the game, bg MPH and top end charges and MIR seems to be the place where it's geting done. Owner Royce Miller knows how to make the records happen. We believe it's the first "Turbo Car" win in this associations long history. Drummond's response is included below - Steve Drummond picked a great time to set a new speed record during the 34th Annual Mountain Motor Nationals at Maryland International Raceway on Saturday night. Drummond put up a 6.008 second/254.58 mph quarter mile run in the final round of eliminations for the Blower Pro-Mod class.
Drummond Stated "We knew we better turn it up a little bit," Drummond said. "Saved it for the final, make sure you put a good run in the final. We struggled in the middle of the track and it was just a matter of getting the car set up. We're still working with it. It was trucking on the back half, from half-track on it was getting busy."
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Bill Dutka Wins ATCO Drag Radial, Bill Mitchell Debuts New Outlaw 10.5 Corvette:
Atco Raceway's vaunted "Super Saturday" is a leader in many classes of Competition all running on a one day outing. Bill Dutka took the final round win in Drag Radial as the hometown favorite with J&E Performance Racing Engines stoking the power behind this ride. Bill Dutka is a long time competitor in many classes at Atco, this is one sweet win for Bill.
The much awaited debut of Bill Mitchells Corvette was seen also that day. Mitchell is well known for his superb previous ride, a twin turbo Chevy S10. Bill Mitchell made the swap to the sleeker body over the course of a year or more, he also owns a repair shop just minutes away from Atco, good things should be coming soon from this team as they begin wringing it out on the area tracks. Bill and Wendy Mitchell are a couple of the most well know racing husband and wife teams in New Jersey.
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John Urist NMRA SSO Winner And New Record - Andrew DeMarco Personal Best MIR:
Procharger Super Street Outlaw saw an amazing side-by-side qualifying effort between Kenjo Kelley and John Urist. Urist was .006-second quicker to the stripe for the number one spot at 7.083 seconds.
When it came down to the final round, It was another Andrew DeMarco who had his personal best ET so far 7.08 -John Urist showdown. As the pair staged, DeMarco jumped in deep, and unfortunately when the tree dropped DeMarco turned on the red bulb by .008, while Urist streaked to a 7.02-second victory, backing up the 7.015 he ran in the first round of eliminations.
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R2B2 Race Cars Promo Video Featuring ProTorque Customers Leah Pruett, Brad Brand, Melanie Troxel.
ProTorque customers Leah Pruett, Brad Brand, Melanie Troxel are featured in the winning turbocharged Pro Mods in NHRA through this promotional video by R2B2 race cars with a look at the cars; in car video, top end, fastest times and a detailed shop tour of R2B2 race cars, welding of chassis, use of titanium, lift off Pro Mod bodies and more dubbed over by Metallica. Video included..
Cecil County Street Car Shootout Season Opener And ProTorque Customers.
During the off season in the northeast one of the most successful series of the Mid Atlantic, Northeast states was getting a track upgrade for them to race on, The Finishline Performance Saturday Street Car Shootout at Cecil County Dragway would get some new concrete. Jim Halsey "a contractor himself" had already set into motion the revamp of the track surface by tearing it up to 800+ feet and laying down a full concrete track with a transition to blacktop afterwards, a totally new track. Jim Halsey, a Pro Modified owner / driver in ADRL, IHRA, knows what the track needed to get the most out of some of the quickest cars in the northeast.
The first race of the season was delayed as the track had not yet been finished to handle these cars and the series. The last week in April would suffice albeit a severe chance of rain would halt the action as rounds began. Prior to the opening, ProTorque Torque Converter equipped racers put the rubber down on Friday for a test and tune flowing into qualifying on Saturday created on both days some of the best times and low ET's of their careers. Some New Personal Best Times are as follows: Craig Pio 4.14 (new track record) Outlaw 10.5, Shawn Zubler 4.24 @ 184MPH Outlaw 10.5, picked up .04 and 9 mph, Tommy Kasper 4.17 Outlaw 10.5, Steve Gorman 4.19 Outlaw 10.5, Bill Dutka Drag Radial new personal best 1.22 60ft 4.62
Granted much work had been done to the cars during the winter months, engines, tuning and more but you have to get the power to the ground and a ProTorque Converters shows it gets it done. Below are some statistics of ProTorque Racers accomplishments at Cecil County in no particular order, we're just glad they benefited from our Torque Converter. Don Bailey DCB ENTERPRISES, INC Race review and highlight comments below:
Don Bailey DCB ENTERPRISES, INC Cecil County Street Car Shootout Race Review:
Owner: Big Willie
Engine: DiSomma Racing Engines BBC twin 94 Alcohol
Transmisson: Bruno/Lenco 3 speed. ProTorque experimental line, VERY TIGHT!
Driver: Anthony DiSomma
Tuner: Don Bailey DCB ENTERPRISES, INC.
Highlights: The first outlaw 10.5 car to ever go 200 MPH was out testing and racing again. This season has picked up right where last year ended. The team, under the guidance of Tuner, Don Bailey had an impressive test session and race running a string of 4-teen passes all at over 191 MPH. DiSomma power once again dominated the scoreboard with high mile per hour for both days at the track including testing, qualifying and elimination. Punisher racing qualified number 2 with a 4.181 at 192 MPH and won round 1 of the rain shortened event with a 4.181 at 192 in eliminations.
Gil Christie Motorsports LLC
Driver: Tom Kasper
Engine: DiSomma Racing Engines BBC twin 94mm gasoline
Transmission: ProTorque/Rossler 3 speed
Tuner: Don Bailey DCB ENTERPRISES, INC.
Highlights: The 2011 Cecil County Champion was back to defend his title with a vengeance. Tom unloaded on Friday's test session to run his quickest and fastest passes of his career; 4.197 at 188.46, and then 4.174 at 189.02. The team credits the increase in performance to the new DiSomma Racing Engines billet heads and valve train. DiSomma power has clearly set the world on notice. Tom Kasper would go on to qualify with a 4.19 at 190 on race day and then defeat Mo Hall in round 1 of eliminations. The race was ended due to rain.
Gil Christie Motorsports LLC
Driver: TJ Kasper aka "KidKwik"
Engine: DiSomma Racing Engines BBC twin 94mm gasoline
Transmission: ProTorque/Rossler 3 speed
Tuner: Don Bailey DCB ENTERPRISES INC.
Highlights: TJ piloted the cars to an impressive and consistent set of passes over the two days, running between 4.21 and 4.24, all weekend and at 188 MPH. The DiSomma Racing Engine was updated over the winter with new billet heads and valve train, and the performance was evident. Special thanks to Anthony DiSomma for amazing and reliable power! TJ qualified with a 4.21 at 188 and won round 1 in the rain shortened event.
Owner/Driver: Shawn Zubler
Engine: 532 BBC twin 91mm Gasoline
Transmission: Bruno/Liberty 4 speed, ProTorque
Tuner: Don Bailey DCB ENTERPRISES, INC.
Highlights: Shawn Zubler and the KOS crew came out with a pile of new parts from Joe "The Game Changer" Rivera and his ProTorque torque converters. The results were nothing short of astounding! Shawn first test pass with the new converter was 1.053 sixty foot and 2.91 330'! Don Bailey, Tuner, immediately recognized the potential at hand and on the next pass, Shawn set his new person best 1.080, 2.89. 4.24, 184.04 mph in the first round of qualifying and then went on to run another 4.24 in round 1 of the rain shortened event. The team picked up 9 MPH over last year, on nothing other than a converter swap! Look for increases in MPH and decreases in ET from Shawn this year as the KOS Firebird has several fine tuning options from ProTorque that are sure to increase performance.
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Holly Springs Outlaw Drag Radial Review ProTorque, Fiscus, Jackson, Kolivas
Kevin Fiscus with the first TURBO Drag Radial cars 4.27 at 190 mph ( unfortunately Kenny Hubbard a blower car with another brand of converter actually took the record this weekend L )
The first official 4.2X run was a 4.283 at 179.95 MPH and was then backed up with a shocking 4.267 at 179.50 later that night. After that performance Friday night Hubbard went on to capture the Drag Radial elapsed time record, running a 4.275 at 179.64 in the final qualifying session as the No. 1 qualifier in Patriot Performance True 10.5. Not to be outdone, Kevin Fiscus put the Hurricane Performance twin turbo Mustang on kill, running a 4.278 at 187.27 during the test session Friday, making his run the quickest and fastest for a legal Outlaw Drag Radial car.
Steve Jackson Runner up against John Kolivas Win at Holly Springs
Steve Jackson Is Quoted "I want to thank some folks for their help this weekend. We broke our rear end on the first run and Kenny Hubbard immediately brought their spare center section over and let us borrow it. He wouldnt take a dime for rental. Also thanks to Dennis Bailey. He brought us a drum of Nitro to the track sunday morning because we ran out.
My crew worked their asses off this weekend. Kolivas was a gentleman before and after kicking my ass in the final. The crew at Holly springs worked their butts off keeping the track on kill. I hate it that we werent ready to take advantage of such an awesome track. We showed up with our dirt road setup and it took a whole day to get the car turned around and ready to haul ass. Next time we come to Holly Springs, we will have our big boy pants on when we roll through the gate.
Congrats to Hubbard and Fiscus on an awesome back and forth show of 4.20 passes. You guys deserve everything that you get. Both are nice folks and pilot bad ass hotrods".
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Balooshi Sets New Automatic Nitrous Pro Mod Record 3.838 In Qatar
Since this news is so fresh, ProTorque would like to be the first to congratulate our customer Khalid Al Balooshi on the new Automatic equipped Pro Nitrous record set in Qatar using ProTorque Converters.
Balooshi stepped on the pedal, the car responded with a stunning 3.838, pipes ablaze with nitrous power. Video included..
Proline Racing Engines Debut ADRL Pro Extreme Mustang:
Pair the best torque converter with the most elite of racing engine's "ProLine Racing Engines" and you make a ride worthy of press the second it rolls out the trailer door. Everyone has been waiting for this new car out of ProLine to see the asphalt and make a pass with its precision turbo boosted 481x motor between the frame rails backed by a revolution series torque converter and Rossler trans.
The new car made its debut at ADRL Bristol this past weekend working out bugs with Danny Lowry at the wheel. Don't expect the new car bugs to last longer than one of the usual ADRL Pro Extreme passes, this is ProLine Racing we're talking about !!
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MIR Door Warz Race Recap Of ProTorque's Racers
The rain may have dampened the weekend with an early rain expected before it could finish but as usual it showed how well our converters again performed in one of the first real races of the season with classes combined in Outlaw 10.5, Outlaw Drag Radial and the beasts of the 1/4 mile "Pro Modifieds".
The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association opened its season with record speeds laid down by Steve Drummond "Drummond Race Cars" and his 540ci, twin Precision turbo powered Mustang putting up a new MIR track record of 245.76 MPH. Steve Drummond unleashed the reins on the stunning burgundy Mustang hooking hard on Hoosiers right down Broadway to this electrifying number. MIR "Maryland International Raceway" has been said to be one of the quickest and fastest tracks in the Mid Atlantic States.
Michael Martin may become a household name if his NOS powered Camaro and his teams stay this course topping the ladder in Outlaw 10.5 with the number one qualifying spot of 4.263 @ 170.32 to the 1/8th mile.
Outlaw Drag Radial also saw ProTorque customers Paul Major "turbocharged" 4.474 @ 180.94 and Ricky Fox "nitrous" 4.510 @ 167.14 qualify number one and two respectively in the 1/8th mile competition before the day had to end. Expect More ProTorque Converter Racers to find their way into the winners circle or grab a new record. The season is just beginning.
NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS PRO MOD DRAG RACING "BRAD BRAND"
Congratulationss to Brad "TRIPLE B" Brand debut in the NHRA Promod Corvette of R2B2 and Roger Burgess this weekend and going to semi finals and being #2 Qualifier: Brand, qualified Burgess' turbo-charged '53 Corvette second on the grid with a 5.918 at 248.84 mph
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Michael Martin Outlaw 10.5 | First Outlaw 10.5 Nitrous in the TEENS!!
Congratulations To Michael Martin 4.143 @ 175.27; Testing counts as you see in the video, Michael Martin doesn't get it down broadway clean with a 1.027 60ft, 2.743 at the 330 and the big prize "4.143 @ 175.27" getting this awsome number as the season begins. It takes a great tuner, team, and converter to make records like this happen. Michael Martin is now the first car in the teen's on NOS which doesn't suprise anyone with the their tenacity and fortitude. Martin has held the nitrous records consistantly for the past years in his striking orange 69 Camaro, His previous record was 4.23, NOS is alive and well in Outlaw 10.5.
Scorching 4.14 Video On YouTube Here
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Q80 Racing Team Sets Outlaw 10.5 MPH Record
Congratulations to the Q80 Racing Team was able to make Outlaw 10.5 history. They went 6.33 @ 238.44mph, which stands as the new Outlaw 10.5 1/4 mile speed record! On the next pass, they set a new personal best E.T. with a 6.29 @ 215mph even thought he had to lift near the end of the run.
Rick Fox First NOS Outlaw Drag Radial In The 6's
Rick Fox New ODR NOS record first NOS in the 6's. Rick Fox in the flamed ODR Mustang on spray set down new record six second pass in ODR 4.43 1/8th Mile and 6.82 1/4 Mile during an April 1st test session at Maryland International Raceway.
Topping the list of his newest accomplishments Fox also took the winners spot in Outlaw Drag Radial during MIR's Midnight Madness April 13th. "Rickey Fox recently strolled down Broadway establishing 4 world records at the same time. For a NOS stock Suspension car, he now is the fastest and quickest in the 1/8 and 1/4 miles. 4.432 @ 169mph and 6.821 @ 182mph makes him the first NOS car in the 6's!"
John Urist Claims Sixth NMRA Championship
Urist closed out qualifying in the third slot with a 7.38 effort, and would face Chris Burleson in the opening round. After sending Burleson and round two opponent Travis Franklin home early, John received a competition bye in the third round that would place him straight into the final. But in an interesting turn of events, Macdonald experienced parts breakage in round two and was unable to meet Chip Havemann in the third round, and the door was then wide open for Urist and Team Hellion to make their move. In the final round, Havemann was no match for Urist, as John blasted off into the darkness for the win that earned him enough points to claim his sixth NMRA crown.
Said Urist, "Winning our sixth championship was not only incredibly exciting but also extremely rewarding. After all the seasons ups and downs, we were able to win our 6th for not only team Hellion, but for all our sponsors as well. Without their support we could not have won this year. We look forward to defending our championship next year!"
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2012 NMCA All Star Nationals, Mike Murillo NMCA Win
Mike Murillo NMCA Win and new world record 6.49 @ 232 mph.
In Mickey Thompson Super Street 10.5W action, defending class champ, Mike Murillo, who qualified his turbocharged Mustang with a staggering 6.49, claimed his first win of the year by beating Eric LaFerriere in a very close 6.70 to 6.73 affair.
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Eric Leferriere New Personal Best 6.54 @ 231mph NMCA
Eric LeFerriere had luck go his way on route to the final with Mike Murillo in an NMCA vs. NMRA final. After a round one opponent broke bye, Jim Monson bursting the intercooler losing water and coming up light on the scales in round two and a near miss accident as Frank Meshaw crossed the center line and went over on his roof in the semis one might say he had an easy road but the car runs very well and Laferriere put up a game race in the final with Murillo taking the win by about .06 at the stripe.
New Best for David Demarco 6.51 @ 219
Willard Kinzer Top MPH 234 NMCA
The PTP crew has Willard Kinzer all buttoned up this morning after a late night making repairs and swapping engines. When the trans exploded yesterday the engine saw some extreme RPM's and lost a valve.
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Debut of Jeff Lutz's New Camaro
Jeff Lutz has his new car here for it's race debut as well. A brand new car out of the Jerry Bickel shop featuring a true double frame rail design. The engine is 540 ci BBC from Pat musi fed by twin GT55/88 Precision turbos. sponsors on the car include Big Stuff 3, Precision Turbo, PTP Racing, Mickey Thompson and Stainless Works. Paint is by Jeff Thompson Auto Body.
Congratulations to Tony Nesbitt Midnight Racing NMCA / NMRA
on their Career best this weekend at the NMCA / NMRA Race in Atlanta
02 CORVETTE NELSON 737 TONY NESBITT LOMBARD IL 6.715 209.33 NMCA Super Street Outlaw
Stevie Fast New Limited Street Track Record and Runner up
Stevie Fast New Limited Street Track Record and Runner up 4.48 @ 176 mph both ends of the record Huntsville Dragway
Sondra Leslie- the unofficial fastest 2011 coyote motor in NMRA Factory stock running a 11.37
Sondra Leslie- the unofficial fastest 2011 coyote motor in NMRA Factory stock running a 11.37 on her 3 pass ever with this set up. Great job Sondra Leslie, David DeMarco for putting together this amazing machine. This car also has been tuned by Chris Jones of Blow By Racing. I see 10s very soon!!!
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