Itâ€™s not a stretch to call this weekendâ€™s Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman â€œClash of the Titansâ€ as part of the ADRLâ€™s U.S. Drags V at Virginia Motorsports Park one of the biggest events in Top Sportsman history.
The 32-car qualifying field will hand out nearly $30,000 in prize money, with the winner getting an unprecedented $10,000.
They will have earned it, grinding through four rounds of qualifying and five rounds of eliminations, but the special event has drawn rave reviews on the heels of the highly-anticipated event.
Abruzzi certainly isnâ€™t the only one anticipating the â€œClash of the Titans.â€
A total of 35 drivers were entered heading into qualifying, with all of them echoing Abruzziâ€™s excited tone.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to this event. Itâ€™s so awesome that the ADRL is giving such a big spotlight on the Top Sportsman drivers and that is really exciting,â€ Lizzy Musi said.
Said Chuck Mohn, who has been the No. 1 qualifier at the first four Summit Racing TS events in 2012: â€œThis date has been circled on my calendar since I first heard about the event and I’m sure a lot of other racers have done the same.
â€œThis race is going to bring out a lot of great race cars that might not normally make the trip, so I expect the field to be big. Â For the past two weeks I have done all I can to get ready for this race. I want this one, big time!â€
Every driver will certainly be doing everything they can to end up on top, but ADRL sponsor Summit Racing Equipment is also to be lauded for the â€œClash of the Titansâ€ event.
They became the official sponsor of the ADRLâ€™s Top Sportsman class last year and that has continued in 2012, along with an even greater show of support.
â€œThey love the class and are very strong supporters of the ADRL,â€ ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said of Summit Racing Equipment. â€œThey were on board for the â€˜Clash Of The Titansâ€™ and they wanted to make it the richest Top Sportsman event ever.
â€œItâ€™s going to be such a crowd-pleaser and having it in Richmond, it couldnâ€™t be a better to have this.â€
Virginia Motorsports Park has always been a hotbed of excitement when it has come to ADRL races, and the â€œClash of the Titansâ€ will help bring a fervor pitch to the fifth stop on the 2012 ADRL Tour.
Top Sportsman drivers have latched onto racing in the ADRL from the outset, with all of them holding high praise for how things have gone in the worldâ€™s premier eighth-mile drag racing league.
â€œThe place to race Top Sportsman is the ADRL. Theyâ€™re getting all the top racers, the tracks are incredible and itâ€™s the best racing Iâ€™ve ever been a part of,â€ Abruzzi said. â€œItâ€™s the best thing going right now for Top Sportsman.â€
As far as winning the Summit Racing Equipment â€œClash of the Titans,â€ nothing will come easy in a talented field.
Abruzzi, along with several others, is trying to become the first to win two races in the ADRL, but the Ohio-based racer knows it wonâ€™t be easy.
â€œThere wouldnâ€™t be a better weekend than this one to get my second win, but itâ€™s tough racing,â€ Abruzzi said. â€œItâ€™s fast qualifying and everybody out here has high-quality cars. The track preparation is perfect and itâ€™s just good racing.â€
Mohn agreed and, with five rounds of eliminations, consistency will be vital to have an opportunity for the $10,000 prize and a celebration to remember in the winnerâ€™s circle.
â€œThe key to this race will be being consistent, knowing your car and getting really good reaction times on the tree,â€ Mohn said.