Glenn Teets Jr. isnâ€™t the first to speak highly of the new Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).
But the latest class winner did come up with one of the more unique comparisons in the winnerâ€™s circle at Virginia Motorsports Park.
With his family flanked around him, Teets couldnâ€™t say enough good things about the Summit Racing Top Sportsman class in the ADRL after winning the Speedtech U.S. Drags IV earlier this month.
â€œThis is just great. Iâ€™ve never felt anything like this,â€ Teets said. â€œItâ€™s like heaven.â€
High praise, indeed, but those types of words are becoming commonplace from racers in the Summit Racing TS class.
- Ford Drive One Summer Drags VII winner Glenn Butcher: â€œThis is just a blast. I love racing, but for the ADRL to bring us here, itâ€™s just amazing. The fans are awesome, the people are so nice and the ADRL has just taken great care of us. Iâ€™ve been everywhere and raced everywhere, but this is it. This place is incredible.â€
- Ronnie Davis: â€œI really enjoyed racing with the ADRL in (Summit Racing Equipment) Top Sportsman. I thought it was a very well-run race. Plus, I love doorslammers and it was a lot of fun to be around strictly doorslammer cars.â€
- Tyler Hard: â€œThereâ€™s a lot of really good Top Sportsman cars around and the ADRL is now a top place for these cars to race. It does provide more great racing for the fans, too. This is going to be exciting for our class and for the ADRL.â€
The response has been remarkable and it should lead to more fields like the one at the Speedtech U.S. Drags IV over the final three races of the season.
With a strong car count at VMP â€“ something that is expected at next weekâ€™s Dragstock VIII at Rockingham Dragway â€“ fans were treated to outstanding racing throughout the weekend from the class.
Davis was the No. 1 qualifier, running a 4.091 at 180 miles per hour and then a host of drivers delivered standout action in eliminations.
Sandy Wilkins knocked off Davis in the semifinals thanks in part to a .000 reaction time, but nobody was more consistent than Teets, the dedicated family man who lives less than three hours from VMP.
He went 4.373 in the finals against Wilkins and was able to celebrate moments later.
As for the high praise, Teets listed a variety of reasons why the Summit Racing Top Sportsman class provided incredible entertainment for fans and an exciting opportunity for drivers.
â€œJust the atmosphere at these races and all the fans that are out here, this is the kind of racing I love,â€ Teets said. â€œAll weekend you saw quality, fast cars that wanted to race. It was just a great scene and I was glad to be part of it.â€
There was also another major reason why Teets so thoroughly enjoyed his weekend at VMP.
His wife, Valerie, was able to join him for the race, but thatâ€™s just the start of the family theme that Teets has successfully utilized.
His daughter, Mandy, is considered the crew chief on the team and has a number of responsibilities throughout the racing weekend. Teetsâ€™ sons, Jason and Glen III, and his son-in-law, Corey, were also on hand and lent a willing hand en route to the victory, making it one of the most fulfilling races in Teetsâ€™ successful career.
Throw in his feelings towards the ADRLâ€™s Summit Racing Top Sportsman class and it ended up as the perfect racing weekend.
â€œTo have all of my family here for this, it meant a lot,â€ Teets said. â€œIâ€™ve won some memorable races but this, right here, is at the top of it.â€
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)