The Ohio native made a bold move last month, racing in Houston as part of CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII.
â€œThis is the furthest Iâ€™ve ever been for a race, but the ADRL is the place for Top Sportsman racing and I want to support it,â€ Abruzzi said.
The move paid off, as Abruzzi won his first ADRL race in the highly-competitive Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class.
With a dial-in of 4.37, Abruzzi went an impressive 4.379 to beat Randell Reid in the finals of Summit Racing Top Sportsman. Traveling a great distance from his Northeast Ohio residence, Abruzzi instantly threw his hat into the championship chase with the win.
Of course, that was precisely the plan when he and Glenn Butcher teamed up to make the trip to Houston for the ADRL’s first race of the season.
With a trailer large enough to haul is car as well as Butcher’s, Abruzzi jumped to the top of the points standings with a brilliant performance at Royal Purple Raceway.
That means Abruzzi takes plenty of momentum into this weekend’s Spring Drags III at Bristol Dragway, which will be much closer to home for both Abruzzi and Butcher.
The competition won’t be any easier, though, as ADRL officials are expecting a huge field in Summit Racing Top Sportsman. If more than 32 cars show up for the weekend, it will go to a 32-car qualifying field.
Still, Abruzzi is ready for the championship chase.
â€œThe first couple races, I wanted to see how I did, but now itâ€™s on. I want to go after that championship,” Abruzzi said. “I’m ready to run all the races now. This is the place for Top Sportsman racing.”
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)