Deflorian Wins Martin ADRL Race
Text by Toyse Woody ~ Photo by Rogers Richards
John Deflorian selected and assembled every piece in his Black Diamond Motorsports 2012 Camaro in the evening hours after work at Jerry Haas Race Cars with several goals in mind , qualifying number one, setting a record and winning a race in American Drag Racing's League's (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class.
In its sixth pass in competition the Jerry Haas Race Cars 2012 Camaro driven by John and his Black Diamond Motorsports crew qualified number one in the second session with 4.105 elapsed time (ET) at 175.91miles per hour (MPH) at ADRL Spring Drags III in Bristol then upped the ante with a 4.091 ET at 176.05 MPH in the third session to cement his first number one qualifying position .
John accomplished another of his goal's in the third session of qualifying at ADRL's Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe held at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis his home track . John ran the fastest ET and MPH of Extreme Pro Stock class racing with a 4.018 ET at 179.92 MPH capturing both records in the sixteenth pass on the Camaro .
"This is beyond, far beyond my wildest dreams and having it happen here makes it so much sweeter," DeFlorian said. "I know so many people here and having them out here at this race just makes it so special,"I'm almost speechless. This is just unbelievable and that's not even a big enough of a word to describe it."
John sprang forth with a celebration after the twenty-ninth pass in the Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Haas Race Cars Sonny's Racing powered 2012 Camaro in the winner's circle after picking up his first career ADRL win at Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.. John went 4.086 at 174.78 mph to beat Matt Bertsch in a match-up of first-time finalists .
"I'm never speechless, but I'm almost speechless over this," DeFlorian said. "This is just an amazing thing. This is something I've dreamed about. I've been trying to get one of these things for so long.
"I have to thank Kevin and Karen Bealko for just giving me this opportunity. This is something I've always wanted to experience and it's beyond my wildest dreams."
"We couldn't seem to get all the pieces of the puzzle together and then Virginia couldn't have been any worse," DeFlorian said. "We had to get our act together and we finally put it all together for this race. It's an incredible bunch of guys on this team."
The seventh stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour takes place Aug. 3-4 at the state-of-the-art zMAX Dragway in Charlotte for ADRL Dragstock IX.