Madison, Illinois - This past weekend's American Drag Racing League Dragstock XI event at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison is in the record books. The colorful, fast-paced show included Pro Mods, Extreme Pro Stocks, Alcohol Dragsters, Top Alcohol Funny Cars, Pro Extreme Motorcycles, Outlaw Pro Mods, Jet Cars and fireworks.
John Deflorian Jr. of Arnold, Missouri won the $4,000 Extreme Pro Stock final over Brad Waddle of Salina, Kansas. Waddle scored a much better reaction time on the starting line but his car left the groove and skated toward the outer wall, forcing him to shut down.
Rickie Smith of King, North Carolina defeated Dan Stevenson of Bolingbrook, Illinois in the $4,000 Real Pro Mod final. The pair turned in near-identical reaction times on the starting line but Smith won the heads-up race to the finish line, 4.862 sec., 231.00 mph to Stevenson's 4.936 sec., 232.51 mph.
Howard Cook of Festus, Missouri won what probably was the craziest race of the night. Cook met Steve Pearson of St. Charles, Missouri in the final round of the inaugural Les Nowling Memorial Super Pro Challenge Presented By Taylor's Auto Salvage. As Cook left the starting line, his car experienced mechanical failure and what looked like a sure win for his opponent saw a reversal of fortune as Pearson broke out at the finish line and lost the race.
The ADRL will return to GMP twice in 2017.
Final-round results with Winners and or Runner-ups on Hoosier Tires
OUTLAW PRO MOD
Winner: Eddie Rogers (Berryville, Arkansas) 1969 Chevelle .087 3.860 sec. 187.94 mph.
Runner-up: Jonas Aleshire (Manito, Illinois) 2006 Corvette .039 3.984 sec. 160.56 mph.
REAL PRO MOD
Winner: Rickie Smith (King, North Carolina) 2015 Camaro .075 4.862 sec. 231.00 mph.
Runner-up: Dan Stevenson (Bolingbrook, Illinois) 2015 Camaro .076 4.936 sec. 232.51 mph.
EXTREME PRO STOCK
Winner: John Deflorian Jr. (Arnold, Missouri) 2015 Camaro .070 5.228 sec. 206.54 mph.
Runner-up: Brad Waddle (Salina, Kansas) 2013 Mustang .017 10.769 sec. 61.04 mph.
PRO ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Winner: Rob Pfuesler (Crestwood, Kentucky) 2004 Camaro .110 4.804 sec. 234.49 mph.
Runner-up: Tony Bogolo (Hamilton, Ohio) 2001 Avenger -.020 (fouled) 4.965 sec. 232.55 mph.
INSANE PRO MOD
Winner: Jon Stouffer (Neosho, Missouri) 1971 Barracuda .124 3.749 sec. 199.88 mph.
Runner-up: Brandon Pesz (The Woodlands, Texas) 1958 Corvette .103 3.774 sec. 204.05 mph.
INAUGURAL LES NOWLING MEMORIAL SUPER PRO CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY TAYLOR’S AUTO SALVAGE
Winner: Howard Cook (Festus, Missouri) 2015 Racecraft dragster .171 18.892 sec. 52.96 mph.
Runner-up: Steve Pearson (St. Charles, Missouri) 1977 Vega .048 6.717 sec. 104.87 mph.
Winner: Doug Woody (Independence, Missouri) 1967 Camaro .018 6.153 sec. 168.81 mph.
Runner-up: Troy Finner (Rockford, Illinois) 1968 Camaro .045 5.895 sec. 177.35 mph.
Winner: Matt Sackman (Channahon, Illinois) 2010 Spitzer dragster .029 5.098 sec. 196.50 mph.
Runner-up: Justin Kirk (Lenore, West Virginia) 2014 Spitzer dragster .000 5.126 sec. 212.03 mph.
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