(Updated After Semifinals)
It will be an all-Virginia final in the Summit Racing Equipment "Clash of the Titans," as William Brown III will meet Terry Teets. Brown went 4.352 and beat Stacy Hall by a mere 10 inches. Teets knocked off Tim Molnar with a 4.476, helped in part to an .016 reaction time.
Burton Auxier and Doug Riesterer will meet in the Pro Nitrous finals after both ran in the 3.80s. The Pro Extreme finals will include Mick Snyder and Tim Tindle, while the other finals are Dean Goforth vs. Richie Stevens Jr. (Extreme Pro Stock), Eric McKinney vs. Casey Stemper (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Brad Brand vs. Alan Pittman (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5).
Fredy Scriba had the first upset in the semifinal round, knocking off No. 1 qualifier Rickie Smith in the Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified semifinals. Scriba ran a 3.98 and will beat Todd Tutterow, who advanced to the finals after Naiser went red.
Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman Clash of the Titans Third Round
At his home ADRL track, William Brown III is one step closer to the $10,000 prize in the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans." Brown advanced to the final four with a 4.371. He will race Stacy Hall, while the other semifinal will feature Tim Molnar and Terry Teets.
Jay Diedrich's magical run in Pro Extreme continues after he beat Todd Tutterow with a 3.96 to advance to the semifinals for the first time in his ADRL career. He will face Tim Tindle, who continues to set career-bests. This time he went 3.665 at 206 mph to beat Tommy D'Aprile. Mick Snyder went 3.65 to advance to the semifinals.
Robert Mathis advanced to the semifinals in Pro Nitrous thanks to a career-best 3.86 at a career-best 196.36 mph. He'll face Burton Auxier, who went 3.85 in a winning effort against Rickie Jones. The big upset came via a second straight holeshot for Jason Harris, whose 3.96 stood up against Stan Allen. He'll face Doug Riesterer, who had a round-best 3.84.
Paul Gast is having a standout weekend in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. He advanced to the semifinals after going 4.16. He'll have a tough task after Casey Stemper went 4.04 for the second straight round. Terry Schweigert advanced with a 4.10, while Eric McKinney also won with a 4.08 in a great side-by-side race with Scott Gray and his 4.09.
It was a huge pedal-fest, but Richie Stevens Jr. topped Pete Berner with a 5.46 and moved to the Extreme Pro Stock semifinals. He will meet Matt Bertsch, who had another fortunate round, going 4.81 to beat Brian Self. It is the first semifinal for Matt Bertsch. The other semifinal will feature Todd Hoerner and Dean Goforth after they went 4.10 and 4.11, respectively, in impressive showings.
Chris Nyerges continues to have momentum following his win earlier this month in St. Louis. He won his second-round matchup of the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman "Clash of the Titans" after beating Ricky Adkins with a 4.464. Other winners were Tyler Hard, Terry Teets, Keith Raftery, William Brown III, Stacy Hall, Michael Kaufman and Tim Molnar.
Mick Snyder delivered a run of 3.68 and advanced in the first round of Pro Extreme eliminations. The bigger story was Jason Scruggs, the No. 1 qualifier, shutting down after the burnout, handing the victory to No. 16 qualifier Jay Diedrich. He will face Todd Tutterow, who won with a 3.80. The other big story was Danny Lowry going 3.802 at 203.40, making it the quickest 1/8-mile pass in drag racing history for a turbo car. He gets a bye run to the semifinals, too!
Jim Halsey put together an awesome qualifying pass, going 3.829 at 194.99 mph to keep his top spot. His eliminations run wasn't as good, as he limped to an 8.73, but he advanced after Jamie Hancock left before the tree was activated. The big story was Doug Riesterer advancing and beating No. 2 qualifier Jim Laurita.
Alan Pittman erased his weekend struggles in the first round of Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, even if he didn't have to do much. No. 1 qualifier Billy Glidden smoked immediately and Pittman pedaled to the win. He will face Dan Myers in the semifinals of the 8-car field, while the other semi features Brad Brand and Chuck Ulsch.
It's been a strong Saturday thus far for Casey Stemper. He became the No. 1 qualifier Saturday morning with an incredible 4.034 at 174.21 mph, by far the quickest pass of the year in the class. He followed it up with a 4.04 in the first round of eliminations, setting up a second-round matchup with Billy Vose.
Brian Self's first race in 2012 is proving to be a good one. The crew chief for Dean and Cary Goforth picked up a huge first-round upset, going 4.184 on a holeshot victory against No. 1 qualifier Elijah Morton after both had took part in a lengthy burndown. Speaking of the Goforths, Dean beat Cary in a first-round matchup, though the best run of the round came with Richie Stevens Jr.'s 4.12.
Jeff Naiser advanced to the second round in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified, going 3.97 in a win against Brad Brand. The real news was that his second-round opponent - Todd Tutterow - handed Mike Castellana his first loss of 2012 after Castellana had trouble early. The other semifinal will feature Fredy Scriba and Rickie Smith, the top qualifier.
Well, the first round of eliminations in the Summit Racing Equipment "Clash of the Titans" certainly delivered. No. 1 qualifier Chuck Mohn was upset, while No. 2 qualifier Travis Harvey knocked off Ronnie Davis. Also falling was points leader Marco Abruzzi, as the 32-car field delivered some amazing action.
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)