(Updated After Semifinals)
Mick Snyder advanced to the finals in Pro Extreme, beating Von Smith with a 3.661. Tommy D'Aprile will join him after going 3.68 on a solo run after Frankie Taylor couldn't make the call. It's the second straight final for D'Aprile.
Robert Patrick and Burton Auxier both had a pair of 3.81s to advance to the Pro Nitrous finals. In a wonderful drag race, Patrick went 3.811 to beat Jim Laurita's 3.83. Auxier had a 3.815.
Eric McKinney (pictured) will take the win, no matter how it happens. In the Pro Extreme Motorcycle semifinals, McKinney went 4.08 but lost on a holeshot to Scott Gray, who went 4.09. But Gray's foot actually touched a cone on the centerline, disqualifying the run and sending McKinney to the finals. He will meet Ron Procopio, who had a .006 reaction time and won via holeshot with a 4.161.
Dean Goforth (pictured) is headed to the finals thanks to a massive holeshot. Goforth had an .026 reaction time, holding off another amazing run from Jonn DeFlorian, who went 4.04 in a losing effort. Goforth will beat Brian Gahm, who knocked off Doug Kirk by 4 INCHES with a 4.075.
Mike Castellana continued his brilliance in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, going 3.854 to move into his third straight finals and stay unbeaten in 2012. He'll get Mike Janis in the finals after Janis, making his first ADRL appearance of 2012, went 3.90 to beat Jeff Naiser. In Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Ray Baymond and Chip Forman will meet in the finals.
Tommy D'Aprile is loving life these days. In the Pro Extreme second round, D'Aprile visited the 3.60s again, this time going 3.67 to beat Todd Tutterow. He'll meet Frankie Taylor in the semis after a wild second round for Taylor. The Madman couldn't get the car out of reverse, then finally got the issues worked out only to get a win via a peddlefest against Brandon Pesz. The low round belonged to Mick Snyder, who went a 3.636. That's the lowest round of the year in PX and another career-best for him.
Robert Patrick (pictured) and Jim Laurita continued to improve on career-bests in Pro Nitrous. Laurita had a marvelous run, running 3.846 to win on a holeshot against Shannon Jenkins. The Iceman went 3.819 but couldn't quite track down Laurita, who will face Patrick after he went 3.841 to beat Stan Allen. Burton Auxier had low time of the round, going 3.825 to set up a semifinal race with Bob Rahaim, who is seeking his third straight trip to the finals.
Chuck Ulsch (pictured) was on a solo run during the Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 semifinals, but he made it count, running a 3.859, a new track record. Alan Pittman's undefeated streak in the class also came to a close when he couldn't get his Mustang in reverse following the burnout. The gave a bye run to Billy Glidden, who went 3.88 to advance to his first final of the year.
Ron Procopio (pictured) had a huge win in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle quarterfinals, running a 4.186 after No. 1 qualifier Casey Stemper broke during the run. The round truly belong to Eric McKinney, who went a blistering 4.09 to beat Billy Vose and set up a race with Scott Gray, who went 4.125. Dave Vantine went 4.153 to earn a race with Procopio.
Doug Kirk advanced to the semifinals in Extreme Pro Stock, knocking off Cary Goforth in somewhat of an upset. He'll meet close friend and fellow Mustang driver Brian Gahm, who went 4.094. Dean Goforth had a strong 4.082 and will meet John DeFlorian, who is into the semifinals with a 4.073.
Ray Baymond (top) had a brilliant .001 reaction time to advance to the semifinals of Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman. Other winner included Chip Forman, John Bartunek and Marco Abruzzi.
Todd Tutterow has been incredibly consistent this weekend, and he continues to improve in Pro Extreme. Tutterow went 3.65 in a first-round win against Terry Leggett. Also in the 3.60s were Mick Snyder, Tommy D'Aprile and Frankie Taylor, all of whom won. Quain Stott picked up a big holeshot win in knocking off Alex Hossler with a 3.70.
The Iceman cometh! Shannon Jenkins put it together for the first time, doing it in eliminations with a 3.86 in Pro Nitrous. Robert Patrick impressed with a 3.84 to advance, but Jenkins will have a tough race in the quarterfinals. He gets Jim Laurita, who handed Rickie Jones his first loss of 2012 with a career-best 3.856. And, oh yeah, Burton Auxier topped them all with a 3.814 during his solo run.
After struggling much of the weekend, Billy Glidden was back to being Billy Glidden in the first round of eliminations in Extreme 10.5. He went 3.936 to beat Dan Myers and set up a juicy semifinal match-up with Alan Pittman, who is undefeated in 2012. Chuch Ulsch has a bye to the finals after going 3.917.
Scott Gray had a killer run in the first round, going 4.12. He will meet the latest even winner, Japel Heard, in the quarterfinals. Eric McKinney had the low for the round with a 4.116.
In what ended up being a phenomenal round of eliminations in Extreme Pro Stock, David Schorr had the biggest performance. Despite Berner's 4.075, Schorr won on a massive holeshot in a remarkable race. John DeFlorian, the No. 1 qualifier, had the top run of the round (and in 2012 in the class) with a 4.055 to advance.
Mike Janis won via holeshot in the first round in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified. Janis went 3.937 to nip Pat Musi in what was a great drag race between two talented drivers in the class.
Glenn Teets with a big upset in round one in Summit Racing Top Sportsman. Teets knocked off No. 1 qualifier Chuck Mohn.
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)