Robert Vogler had a lot to celebrate after the ADRL’s Dragstock IX at zMAX Dragway. The N.C. native, whose hometown of Lewisville is just an hour north of zMAX, had plenty of friends and family on hand to watch a brilliant performance from start to finish.
Vogler had a remarkable qualifying time of 7.900 to qualify in the top spot, and then went through five rounds of eliminations in the 32-car PJD shootout. Vogler capped it off with a 7.91 (and a .002 reaction time) in the finals, warding off local racer Noah Strickland to get into the winner’s circle for the second time in three races.
â€œIt was amazing to win (the U.S. Drags V) at Virginia Motorsports Park this year, but winning the ADRL race at Z-MAX Dragway was really something. I never would have thought that I would win two of the biggest races on the ADRL Tour. I’m still in shock about winning at Z-MAX Dragway. Itâ€™s absolutely amazing,” Vogler said.
Of course, when Vogler races in PJD it is always a family affair, as his younger sister, Janna also competes in the class. At Dragstock IX, Janna qualified No. 3 with a 7.903, advancing to the semifinals. She was also happy for her older brother.
“We almost had a all Vogler final. That would be our dream to race each other in the final round of a ADRL event,” Janna said. “I am so proud of my brother, heâ€™s one of my best friends and as much as I would like to win, itâ€™s okay as long as one of us wins. I am so happy for him and I know he will have a long racing career.”
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)