(Updated After Semifinals at Dragstock IX at zMAX Dragway)
Quain Stott and Tim Tindle matched up in the Pro Extreme finals. Stott went 5.001 to slip past Brandon Pesz, while Tindle is in his second final in 2012 after going 3.709 to beat Terry Leggett. Tindle is searching for his first ADRL win.
Doug Riesterer has a chance for three wins in four events, as he moves to the Dragstock finals by beating Stan Allen, who had serious tire shake. Shannon Jenkins will meet him in the finals after going an impressive 3.893 to beat Chris Juliano.
Dan Myers will have a chance for his first ADRL win, running 4.001 to advance to the finals in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5. He will face Brad Brand, who beat Billy Glidden with a 4.442.
It's another 1-2 battle, this one in Pro Extreme Motorcycle as points leader Eric McKinney will be shooting for his fourth win, while Casey Stemper, who is second in points, will be seeking his third win. Stemper will get lane choice after going 4.11.
The finals in Extreme Pro Stock is going to be an incredible one, as it features points leader Cary Goforth and Richie Stevens Jr., who is No. 2 in points. Stevens went 4.154, while Goforth will get lane choice after an impressive 4.116 against Brian Gahm.
Dave Roemer put together an incredible 3.962 and just missed swiping the wall to beat Pete Farber in the semifinals of Aeromotive Pro Modified. Roermer will face off with Mike Janis, who had a great 3.919 to beat Jeff Naiser from start to finish.
Ronnie Davis' turnaround in Summit Racing Top Sportsman continues, as he went 4.07 to chase down William Brown III in a great semifinal duel. Davis is looking for his first ADRL Top Sportsman win, while he will face Chip Forman, who went 4.17 to beat Travis Harvey. Forman can become the first driver in the class to win twice with a victory.
Quain Stott went 3.813 to move into the semifinals in Pro Extreme and he will have lane choice against Brandon Pesz. Terry Leggett advanced to the semifinals in a great side-by-side race against Alex Hossler, running 3.75 to Hossler's 3.76. Tim Tindle was the fourth semifinalist thanks to an incredible 3.68, which topped Mick Snyder's 3.71.
Stan Allen didn't finish as the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Nitrous, but he did beat points leader Bob Rahaim in the second round of eliminations, running a 3.93 to top Rahaim and set up a semifinal date with Doug Riesterer, who went 3.83 (the best run of the weekend). Shannon Jenkins went 3.93 to advance and will race Chris Juliano, who pulled off another upset, this time against Robert Patrick.
Ron Procopio went 4.139 in the second round of Pro Extreme Motorcycle, knocking off David Norris and advancing to the semifinals. He will meet Casey Stemper after his 4.091. Eric McKinney turned in the top run of the round, going 4.085 to set up a semifinal race with Terry Schweigert.
Brian Gahm advanced to the Extreme Pro Stock semifinals, running 4.182 in a second-round win against Trevor Eman. He will face Cary Goforth, who had a round-best 4.133 in his victory against John DeFlorian. The other semifinal features Richie Stevens Jr. and David Schorr after both went 4.15.
William Brown III had a perfect light in the second round of eliminations in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman and the reward is a trip to the semifinals after he went 4.274 in a winning run against Bob Gulitti. He will face Ronnie Davis, who went 4.077 in his win. The other semifinal features Travis Harvey, who went 4.12, and Chip Forman after he went 4.18.
Richard Holt got a huge break and picked up his first round win in the process, beating Frankie Taylor in the first round of eliminations in Pro Extreme when Taylor had problems during the burnout. Clint Thompson also had his first round win in his ADRL career, going 3.862 to advance. Jason Scruggs, the No. 2 qualifier, had trouble as well and was forced to be pushed off to send Alex Hossler to the quarterfinals.
Robert Patrick put together a solid 3.96 to beat Steve Vick in a great side-by-side drag racing in the first round of eliminations in Pro Nitrous. He will face Chris Juliano, who ran a 4.04 and pulled off a huge upset when Burton Auxier couldn't get the car in reverse after his burnout. John Hall also put together a solid 3.93 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Dennis Sugrue found himself in the semifinals after points leader and 3-time event winner in 2012 Alan Pittman couldn't get his Mustang started in the first round of Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5. He will face Dan Myers in the semifinals. The other semifinal will feature Billy Glidden and Brad Brand.
Terry Schweigert got a lucky break, but advanced to the second round in Pro Extreme Motorcycle after Dave Vantine wasn't able to leave the starting line. He will meet Scott Gray, who impressed with a 4.167.
David Schorr impressed in the underdog role in the first round of Extreme Pro Stock eliminations, running a 4.162 out of the No. 13 qualifier position to send Pete Berner home. Schorr was one of only a few to get down the track, as a number of drivers won on peedlefests. Schorr will get Todd Hoerner in the second round, while another great quarterfinal matchup features points leader Cary Goforth, who went a round-best 4.14, and the most recent winner in the class, John DeFlorian.
It wasn't the most eye-pleasing of runs and it was one of many peddle-fests that dotted the first round in all classes, but Pete Farber gladly took a berth in the final four of Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified after running a 4.93 to upset No. 1 qualifier Adam Flamholc. He will meet Dave Roemer, while the other semifinal features Mike Janis and Jeff Naiser, who had the best run of the round with a 4.065 in an upset of Rickie Smith.
Bob Gulitti advanced in the first round of eliminations in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, knocking off Don Klooster after qualifying No. 6. Gulitti will meet William Brown III in the quarterfinals after Brown went 4.26. Brown has advanced to back-to-back finals.
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)