When it comes to close finishes, it will be hard to top the one that will take place in Pro Extreme this weekend between teammates Mick Snyder and Jason Scruggs at this weekendâ€™s ADRL World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex.
Heading into the weekend, the final race of a memorable 2012 ADRL Tour, Snyder leads Scruggs by a mere six points, meaning everything will be on the line this weekend in Dallas.
It presents a thrilling finish for the Pro Extreme class and that it happens to be in the worldâ€™s quickest and fastest doorslammer class in the world simply makes it that much more exciting.
â€œItâ€™s really going to be anybodyâ€™s race,â€ Scruggs said. â€œThe racing in this class is so tough, you have to have good lights and you have to run fast.
â€œEither way, itâ€™s going to be a good weekend because the team will win a championship. At the end of the day, we want to beat them and they want to beat us, but I will be proud of them if they end up winning as well.â€
Snyder feels the same way, and if he canâ€™t win, his next choice would certainly be Scruggs.
But as he enters the weekend, he also has the perfect scenario mapped out.
â€œI just think we need to get both cars to the finals and race it off. That would be awesome,â€ Snyder said. â€œOn a positive note, one of the teammates is going to win and thatâ€™s cool, too. Obviously we would like for it to be the orange car and Jason would like it to be the red car.â€
Scruggs also noted how exciting that would be, but no matter what happens, things will certainly be thrilling in Dallas.
Since just six points separate them, there will be a small margin for error for both drivers, both of whom have experienced an outstanding season.
Snyder won three straight races earlier in the year and was the first â€“ and only heading into the 10th race â€“ to run in the 3.50s, showing tremendous progress in just his third year of Pro Extreme.
After being in the points race for most of 2011, Snyder took it up a notch this season and has been at the top of the standings for most of the year.
â€œYou keep looking at the progress and itâ€™s pretty dang exciting. We keep changing everything. We never go to the track with what we had at the track at the previous race. Weâ€™re always in test mode,â€ Snyder said.
â€œIn order to stay ahead, you have to keep doing something. Everybodyâ€™s car is running better and everybody is figuring it out. Itâ€™s pretty awesome to see how quick and how fast these cars are going now. Itâ€™s pretty amazing when you think about it.â€
Scruggs echoed that sentiment as he chases after his third career Pro Extreme world championship.
As the class continues to get more impressive by the race, Scruggs continues to be brilliant. He has won three times in 2012 and takes plenty of momentum into Dallas.
â€œI consider it the most important race of my career, but thatâ€™s how I consider every race. But obviously itâ€™s the most important one of the year,â€ Scruggs said. â€œItâ€™s going to be an exciting weekend and weâ€™ve had good luck in Ennis.
â€œBut anybody in this class can take you out at any time. Weâ€™re both going to have to be on our game.â€
And even with all the pressure, Snyder will have a great time at the World Finals VIII presented by CarSafe at the Texas Motorplex.
â€œItâ€™s a blast. You canâ€™t find a better family than the Scruggs family and weâ€™ve got a great team, too. That always makes it fun,â€ Snyder said.