Your agent enjoyed a recent feature on Pro Extreme standout Von Smith, which appeared on Competition Plus.
Smith was the runner-up to fellow Al-Anabi Racing driver Alex Hossler at last month’s CarSafe Dragpalooza VIII in Houston, which already puts him in better position than any point during a forgettable 2011 season.
His Barwa Racing ’68 Camaro from Tim McAmis Race Cars impressed from the start, as Howard Moon and Smith, and the rest of the team appear to have things in order. Smith was the No. 2 qualifier, running a 3.68 and went 3.65 on two occasions during eliminations.
In this outstanding feature, Smith talked about what happened in the finals when his car didn’t back up after finishing the burnout.
â€œWhen my car wouldnâ€™t back up I just went on down the track and clicked it off,â€ Smith said. â€œBut, I also couldnâ€™t get it out of forward drive, so it just slowed down and stopped on the track and I couldnâ€™t get out of his (Hosslerâ€™s) way, so they wouldnâ€™t let him run. I felt awful. He just had to trip the green (light) and get the win. It was team car, so Al-Anabi Racing won regardless.â€
Smith also talked about his big goals for the season.
â€œWe have been hit and miss in the ADRL and we have not run the whole (series),â€ said Smith, who is driving a 1968 Camaro in ADRLâ€™s Pro Extreme class for Al-Anabi Racing. â€œNormally, we have something else to do with the Prince (the Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thanbi), but this year as far I know we are running it all (the 2012 ADRL series). I know Iâ€™m supposed to be politically correct and what have you, and say if we finish in the top 5 (in the ADRL) thatâ€™s good, but we want to win it (an ADRL championship). Thatâ€™s all there is to it.â€
Up next is the Spring Drags III at Bristol Dragway next week, which is close to home for the accomplished Smith.
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(Photos by ADRL/Richards)