Racing close to home at Virginia Motorsports Park, Teets capped off a terrific day with a winning 4.444 at 163.59 miles per hour in the finals of the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman â€œClash of the Titans,â€ which was held at this weekendâ€™s American Drag Racing League (ADRL) U.S. Drags V.
The win against Richmond-area native William Brown III netted Teets a Top Sportsman-record $10,000 prize and one massive winnerâ€™s circle smile.
â€œThis is the biggest win Iâ€™ve ever had. I love Summit and the ADRL for putting this on,â€ said Teets, who also credited tuner Wayne Rogers, stepdaughter Sidney Spence and his son, Chris Teets. â€œItâ€™s a big deal, too, because my brother (Glenn) won (in Top Sportsman) last year here, so we kept it in the family.â€
Other winners at the U.S. Drags at VMP included Mick Snyder (Pro Extreme), Doug Riesterer (Pro Nitrous), Brad Brand (Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5), Casey Stemper (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Richie Stevens Jr. (Extreme Pro Stock) and Fredy Scriba (Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified).
Driving a Jerry Haas Race Cars â€™04 Cavalier, Teets qualified No. 15 in the 32-car qualifying field and then persevered through five rounds of eliminations before topping Brown in a memorable and historic final round.
â€œWilliam is a great guy and a tough racer, so itâ€™s also nice to keep this in the state of Virginia,â€ Teets said. â€œThe car ran great all weekend and we just took it a round at a time. Getting to go out last and run as the final pair was really great.â€
This time, Snyder won it on the line, using an .043 reaction time to have his 3.665 at 208.23 mph hold up in a holeshot win against Tim Tindle and his career-best 3.646. The win stretched Snyderâ€™s points lead and also gave him a significant first in the class.
â€œWeâ€™ve done it three different ways. My dad gave me one (win) with some awesome horsepower, we won one on a single and this one, I got to do it. A holeshot win is always cool,â€ Snyder said. â€œTo get three in a row, itâ€™s just crazy.â€
Snyder was his usual consistent self in the Powersource Transportation Corvette and stayed in the 3.60s the entire weekend, making passes six passes just on Saturday. Tindle, though, nearly matched him with an outstanding run in his first PX finals appearance.
â€œIt rattled the tires and got out of the groove a little, but I just kept driving. It was a great race,â€ Snyder said. â€œIt was the most passes Iâ€™ve ever made in one day, but this is all of us working together.â€
Doug Riesterer again delivered a masterful performance in Pro Nitrous, winning for the second straight race for the first time in his ADRL career by running an unbelievable 3.75 at 195.11 mph to also beat Burton Auxier, who ran a strong 3.824, for a second straight time.
The career-best pass is just off Auxierâ€™s record pass of 3.74 set in 2011 at VMP, and came after some considerable adversity. Riesterer didnâ€™t make a qualifying pass until the final session, just getting into the field with a 4.24. He turned it on late, running a 3.84 and 3.85 to reach the finals, capping off a truly memorable day with the brilliant pass.
â€œIt was definitely the best win Iâ€™ve ever had, putting together a run like that in the finals. Getting back-to-back wins is so hard and Burton is as tough as they come. To run that kind of number, itâ€™s just amazing,â€ said Riesterer, who thanked Reher-Morrison and Switzer Dynamics.
â€œWe had it hopped up, but I didnâ€™t think it was going to run that. It held the front end up forever, but to get that is just unbelievable. Itâ€™s just an awesome feeling.â€Richie Stevens won the Extreme Pro Stock â€œBattle For The Beltsâ€ in 2011, but his first official event win came on Saturday after he reeled in Dean Goforth with a 4.091 at 176.33 mph in the finals, picking a perfect time to run his quickest and fastest time of the weekend.
Afterwards, he dedicated the win to team sponsor and CarSafe Owner Mark Eckman.
â€œThis feels awesome. Everybody out here is great and the competition is just incredible, so this means a lot to me. But it meant even more to get this win for Mark,â€ Stevens said. â€œThis trophy is going right to his house.â€
Stevens put together back-to-back 4.09s in his Jerry Haas Race Cars Mustang to finish his day, which followed a lucky break when he pedaled to a win in the quarterfinals against Pete Berner.
â€œWe had a good day and a couple lucky breaks, but you need that,â€ Stevens said. â€œ(Crew chief) Tom (Pierson) gave me a great car and we pulled it together when we had to. It was a good effort by everybody.â€
It might have cost some parts on the bike, but Stemper continued to fight even as his bike caught fire in the finals against Eric McKinney, holding onto the win with an impressive 4.034 at 164.77 mph.
â€œI was not going to let up. I felt the flames on my arm, but if I was that close to the win, I wasnâ€™t going to give it up in the last 100 feet. When I saw that win light come on, it was just awesome,â€ Stemper said. â€œIt was so close at the end and I thought he might get me, but that was just incredible.â€
Stemper went as quick as 4.034 to qualify No. 1 and picking up his second victory in 2012 also put him closer to points leader McKinney in the championship chase.
â€œEricâ€™s a great rider and weâ€™re always trying to chase him down. You always want to beat the best,â€ Stemper said.
Brad Brand broke through for his first ADRL victory in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, just avoiding the left guardwall en route to a 3.949 at 185.72 mph to beat Alan Pittman in a highly-entertaining come-from-behind victory.
Brand qualified No. 2 with a 3.938 and his turbo-charged RJ Race Cars Mustang went 3.972 to beat Chuck Ulsch and advance to the finals. Pittman left first on Brand, but Brand never lifted despite the scare with the wall to end up with a highly-satisfying victory.
â€œWe had been to two finals and had not won, so that felt really good,â€ Brand said. â€œWe had the low round every round in eliminations, too. We wanted to get aggressive, but we did that had to be done.
â€œWe just had to work with the track and it was definitely a satisfying win.â€
Scriba went 3.981 at 188.25 to beat Smith, the No. 1 qualifier, in the semifinals and then stepped up with a 3.972 at 188.96 to chase down Tutterow and win by two feet in the finals.
Racing in a final of his fourth different class, Tutterow knocked out Jeff Naiser and points leader Mike Castellana â€“ handing him his first ADRL loss in 2012 â€“ but Scriba overcame Tutterowâ€™s starting-line advantage.
â€œThis was really cool. It was definitely a tunerâ€™s weekend, but all the hard work we put in really paid off,â€ Scriba said. â€œIâ€™ve got a good group of guys and things really came together.
â€œWe had to play our own game and just run our race. We were running pretty consistent, going rounds and we just stuck to the gameplan. We had a lot of fun and Iâ€™m really glad they added this class.â€
Bo Butner won for the third time in the SuperCar Showdown, running a career-best 5.798 at 118.87 in the finals to outdistance Chris Holbrook.
In Pro Junior Dragster, Robert Vogler won with a 7.917 at 80.53 mph.
The sixth and next stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour takes place on July 13-14 with the Summer Drags VIII at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
PETERSBURG, Va. — Saturday’s final results from the ADRL U.S. Drags V at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race is the Fifth of 10 in the American Drag Racing League:
Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman Clash of the Titans — Terry Teets, Chevy Cavalier, 4.444, 163.59Â def. William Brown III, Pontiac Grand Am, 4.338,
Pro Extreme – Mick Snyder, Chevy Corvette, 3.665, 208.23Â def. Tim Tindle, Corvette, 3.646, 208.59.
Pro Nitrous – Doug Riesterer, Chevy Camaro, 3.750, 195.11Â def. Burton Auxier, Camaro, 3.824, 195.08.
SuperCar Showdown – Bo Butner, Ford Mustang, 5.798, 118.87Â def. Chris Holbrook, Mustang, 5.877, 119.94.
Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 – Brad Brand, Ford Mustang, 3.949, 185.72Â def. Alan Pittman, Mustang, 4.022, 194.63.
Pro Extreme Motorcycle – Casey Stemper, Suzuki Hayabusa, 4.034, 164.77Â def. Eric McKinney, 4.106, 172.92.
Extreme Pro Stock – Richie Stevens Jr, Ford Mustang, 4.091, 176.33Â def. Dean Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.166, 168.96.
Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified – Fredy Scriba, Chevy Corvette, 3.972, 188.96Â def. Todd Tutterow, Ford Mustang, 4.021, 190.16.
Pro Junior Dragster — Robert Vogler, Halfscale, 7.917, 80.53Â def. Josh Phelps, Halfscale, 7.882, 82.87.