BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- After the rain delayed action Saturday, race fans were treated to an incredible showdown as the stars of the X-DRL stayed through Sunday to finish what they started and give the Budds Creek fans what they deserved. Royce Miller, the legendary track operator of MIR led the combined track team from 4:00 am Sunday morning to replicate the incredible track surface from the previous two days of qualifying.
Racing action began under cloudy skies with a fast track. Fans hoped the conditions were good for some quick runs and Stupid Fast Racing's Paul Taylor confirmed the numbers were favorable with 2100 foot air conditions. The team kept turning screws on the Mesquite Logistics Corvette all weekend, doing everything they could to get into the 3.50's. Despite their best effort the 50's were not to be had, but the two 3.604 passes in qualifying were the fastest of the event and produced a new Pro X-Treme record for the X-DRL while capturing the track record for the famed Budds Creek facility.
The fans were not disappointed as the drivers put on a great show with some close racing. Masters Entertainment was at Budd's Creek to film for the X-DRL Velocity TV show and brought the "High Speed" photo-finish camera to shoot the 660"stripe producing awesome frame-by frame film for the show. The X-DRL racers put them to good use in the Pro X-Treme semi-finals when Frankie took the hole shot win over Todd Martin with a 0.033 reaction time to Martin's 0.069. The elapsed times were close with Taylor going 3.641 to Martin's 3.629.
Tim Tindle was hoping to make it to his second X-DRL Pro X-Treme final in a row but came up short against Terry "Legbone" Leggett who ran his career best 3.610 in qualifying Friday night and followed it up with impressive times all weekend long. His 3.693 in the semi-final round was just enough to edge out Tindle's 3.712.
The action in the pits almost trumped the action on the track as the "Madman" broke a rocker arm in his 3.641 semi-final and needed a new set of lifters as well. The Lethal Threat team of Pesz and Martin along with his opponent in the final Terry Leggett came to his aid and helped him get the famed Corvette back on the track producing another close match.
"Legbone" ran 3.693 in the heat at 207.11 mph but it wasn't enough as Taylor ran a blistering 3.613 at 207.59 mph. Frankie said he always wanted to win a close one and he certainly got his wish. He also got his first X-DRL trophy to go with his new X-DRL record of 3.604.
"We tried some new things to make the car run the 60 foot better and they worked out. We've been good on the back half, so we knew if we could improve our performance early we were going to be tough to deal with," said Rahaim.
The Holdenville, OK resident had his work cut out for him, defeating his dad in the semi's and then low qualifier John Deflorian in the final. It was rewarding for Cary to win one for the team. They had their patience tried this season and he was happy to bring the win home to Brian Self, Chuck Samuel, Chris Goforth, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr, Matt McKee and team owner, Dean Goforth (points leader) who has been supportive all season long as the team has worked to get things right. Cary's winning time was 4.134 at 174.28 mph.
"We missed two qualifying rounds to work on the car and it gained power with each pass. It was extremely smooth," said Rivenbark. His 3.936 against Gray in the semis was an improvement over his qualifying and the 3.906 in the final was his best time of the week-end.
Teets had a tough road to the final, facing the low qualifier Woodard in the semi final round and defeating him with a 4.956 at 139.78. In the final round, he faced Campbell who had been strong through-out eliminations but edged him out with a 4.963 at 140.65 mph.
Pat Musi Racing sponsored half of the Top Sportsman entry fees and put up an additional low qualifier award making it an exciting week-end for sportsman racing. Pat was also on the property to support all of his racers.
"It was great to be at Budds Creek. Royce Miller and his group run a top-notch organization and we were thrilled with our first time at MIR. We can't thank Royce enough for his help as interim race director and the fantastic job he did with this event," said X-DRL president and owner Jeff Mitchell.
"This was our first event with Blue04 as our title sponsor and I think we will see great things in the future with this partnership. We were able to pay the purse at the event and I think it went smoothly and the racers were pleased with the process, " said Mitchell.
The next stop on the 2013 tour is September 20-21 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the Thunder in the Heartland. The X-Treme Shoot-out will be contested at this event. Top eight finishers at the Bash on the Bayou in Pro X-Treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock will compete for a $75,000 purse in addition to the regular event purse. Look for more exciting announcements about this event in the coming weeks.
Final results from the Mayhem at the Creek at Maryland International Raceway:
PRO X-TREME: Frankie Taylor, Chevy Corvette, 3.613, 207.59 def. Terry Leggett, Ford Mustang, 3.693, 207.11
SWITZER DYNAMICS PRO NITROUS Bob Rahaim, Chevy Camaro, 3.824, 196.39 def. Danny Perry, Camaro, 3.838, 197.05.
X-TREME PRO STOCK Cary Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.134, 174.28 def. John Deflorian Jr., Chevy Camaro, 7.592, 61.68.
PRECISION TURBO & ENGINE PRO TURBO Jim Bell, Mustang, 4.098, 191.29 was unopposed.
X-TREME PRO MOD Kevin Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 3.906, 188.81 def. T.J. Tindle, Ford Mustang, 3.940, 187.99.
OUTLAW 10.5 Mo Hall, Camaro, 4.179, 179.90 def. Jarry Buck Jarvis, Camaro, DQ.
TOP DRAGSTER Clint Mills, Dragster, 4.498, 149.81 def. David Collison, Dragster, 4.357, 162.39.
SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN Charlie Cooper, Ford Mustang, 5.499, 128.21 def. Craig Hankinson, Mustang, 5.804, 121.80.
TOP SPORTSMAN: Glenn O Teets III, GTO, 4.963, 140.65 def. Mark Campbell, Chevy Corvette, 4.916, 141.98
PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER: Morgan Torres, Halfscale, 7.907, 82.90 def. Patrick Weatherford, Halfscale, 7.891, 80.49