Updated After Semifinals
Tim Tindle advanced to the final in Pro Extreme, going 3.636 to knock off Jason Scruggs. Tindle will be seeking his second win of 2012, as will his finals opponent, Alex Hossler, who beat a red-lighting Neal Wantye. Hossler is looking to repeat on his 2011 win in Norwalk as well.
Stan Allen is in the Pro Nitrous finals after a red light from Robert Mathis in the semifinals in Norwalk. Allen will face Bob Rahaim, who is in his fifth finals after going 3.83 to beat Randy Weatherford. He will be seeking his third win.
Doug Kirk is in his first ADRL final of 2012, running a 4.08 to get a holeshot win over close friend Brian Gahm in the Extreme Pro Stock semifinals. He will face another first-time 2012 finalist in Elijah Morton, who went 4.086 to beat John Pluchino.
Dave Roemer is in the finals at his home track, as he went 4.087 to beat Monroe Guest in the Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified semifinals. It will be the second finals appearance for Roemer. He will meet Pat Musi, who went 3.905 to beat Adam Flamholc and advance to his second ADRL final.
What a finals matchup we will have in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, as Ronnie Davis will meet points leader Marco Abruzzi in the title round. Davis went 4.172 to beat William Brown III, while Marco Abruzzi went 4.189 to land in the finals.
Alex Hossler is in the semifinals in Pro Extreme after going 3.719 to beat points leader Mick Snyder, who got loose almost immediately. Hossler will face underdog Neal Wantye, who beat Frankie Taylor. The other semifinal will feature Tim Tindle and Jason Scruggs, who can nab the points lead with a win. Scruggs went 3.613 in his second-round win.
It was the closest race in the history of the Pro Nitrous class, and it was Robert Mathis who advanced by a mere .0001 over Rickie Jones, going a career-best 3.818 to slip past Rickie Jones in an absolutely incredible race. Mathis moves into the semifinals with the memorable win, where he will race Stan Allen. The other semifinal will feature Bob Rahaim, who went 3.84 in a holeshot win against Jim Laurita, and Randy Weatherford, who got a solo run after Doug Riesterer broke.
Terry Schweigert is in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle finals for the first time in 2012 after putting together a 4.15 to beat No. 1 qualifier Dave Vantine. Schweigert will face Eric McKinney, who went 4.083 to beat Paul Gast in the other semifinal.
Elijah Morton used a holeshot on a run of 4.106 to beat Dean Goforth and advance to the Extreme Pro Stock semifinals. It's the first time a Goforth won't win the Ohio Drags. Morton will meet John Pluchino in the semifinals, while the other pair will be close friends Brian Gahm, who ran a 4.076, and Doug Kirk.
Lizzy Musi advanced to the semifinals for the second time in 2012 in Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman after she ran 4.102 to beat Bruce Thrift. She will face points leader Marco Abruzzi, while the other semifinal will feature William Brown III and Ronnie Davis, the two drivers chasing Abruzzi in the points race.
Neal Wantye had an incredible run and certainly one of the best of his career, as he went 3.66 to pull off an upset against Bubba Stanton and advanced to the second round in Pro Extreme. He will face off with Frankie Taylor, who was one of three drivers to go 3.62. The others were Mick Snyder and Jason Scruggs, who remain neck-and-neck in the points chase.
Robert Mathis went a round-best 3.83 in the first round of Pro Nitrous, as he beat Steve Vick to advance to the quarterfinals. He wil face off with Rickie Jones. Another key matchup is points leader Bob Rahaim facing off with Jim Laurita. Both went 3.86 in first-round wins.
Billy Glidden went an event-best 3.88 to advance to the finals in Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5. He will meet Alan Pittman.
Paul Gast put together one of the best passes of his career during a first-round win in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, running a 4.078 to advance to the semifinals of the 8-bike field. He will meet points leader Eric McKinney, who also ran a 4.078. The other semifinal features Dave Vantine and Terry Schweigert after both ran 4.10.
Scott Hintz pulled off the biggest upset in an upset-filled first round in Extreme Pro Stock, beating No. 1 qualifier John DeFlorian on a 4.099 thanks to a holeshot. In fact, the first eight qualifiers lost in the opening round, including the top three drivers in the points standings (Cary Goforth, Richie Stevens Jr., Todd Hoerner).
Just like his daughter Lizzy did in Summit Racing Top Sportsman, Pat Musi won a first-round matchup, with his coming in Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified. Musi went 3.922 at 192.99 mph to beat Jeff Naiser. He will meet Adam Flamholc in the semifinals, while the other semifinal will feature Dave Roemer and Monroe Guest, who upset No. 1 qualifier Raymond Matos.
Marco Abruzzi started eliminations on the right foot, winning with a 4.203 in the first round of Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman. Racing at his home track (Summit Motorsports Park), Abruzzi, the points leader, will face Joshua Vettel in the second round. Vettel backed up his incredible 3.975 with a 4.009 in his first-round win, giving him the new world record in the process.
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)