O'FALLON, Mo. -- by Mickey Thompson The fall season may mean cooler temperatures, but it also means that things will be hotter than ever going into the final two American Drag Racing League (ADRL) races of 2012.
It starts this weekend with the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio and will come to an incredible finish at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at Texas Motorplex in Dallas.
Cool conditions are expected in Norwalk, which could mean record performances and outstanding runs. It will also mean amazing chases in a variety of classes heading into a memorable finish on the 2012 ADRL Tour.
They've combined to win six of the eight races in the class, and now it seems they will decide a championship. Von Smith is still in the hunt at 626 points back, but this seems like it will come down to Snyder and Scruggs, and who will perform better in Norwalk and Dallas.
With mid-60s expected for Norwalk, it may take runs in the 3.50s to go rounds.
Of course, Riesterer is second in points (156 points back), meaning that matchup was huge. In essence, it's a 406-point lead for Rahaim, as he is in line to get 250 bonus points for attending all 10 races while Riesterer missed an event earlier this year.
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Glidden is capable of some amazing things, but should he slip past Pittman, it would rank among the greatest performances of his career.
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It's not officially clinched, as McKinney still needs to go to Dallas to clinch the 250 bonus points, but another dominant performance in Norwalk would make that a moot point. The most interesting subplot for Norwalk is seeing whether McKinney, who went a fantastic 4.02 in Memphis, can break into the 3-second zone.
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It started to look a little more clear after Memphis, as he opened up a 436-point lead against Richie Stevens Jr. after Stevens was upset in the first round. Stevens came on strong to end 2011, and will likely need at least a finals berth in Norwalk to make things extremely interesting heading to Dallas.
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Castellana won't be in Norwalk, meaning Naiser has a golden opportunity to become the favorite heading into Dallas. He had a great opportunity in Memphis as well, but failed to qualify, meaning things will be even wilder over these next two events. With the bonus points, Pat Musi only trails by 354 points, which should only add to the excitement over these next two races.
Should both Musi and Naiser do well in Norwalk, it will create some must-see action in Dallas, where Castellana is expected to compete.
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As we've also seen in class, almost anything can happen on any given weekend, meaning this one is totally up for grabs. Abruzzi didn't qualify in Charlotte, but came back to win in Memphis, putting him back in the points lead. Racing in Norwalk means he's also at his home track, giving him a great opportunity to add to his points lead.
Currently, he leads William Brown III by 171 points, Chuck Mohn by 277 points, Earl Folse by 355 points and Ronnie Davis by 434 points. All are capable of catching him, meaning this race will be incredibly thrilling in Norwalk and Dallas.
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