ADRL to feature four-car Top Sportsman exhibition for Penske Truck Leasing inaugural Northeast Drags at Maple Grove
O’FALLON, MO – The world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league will offer even more racing this weekend.
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced on Wednesday that it will run a four-car Top Sportsman exhibition at Friday and Saturday’s Penske Truck Leasing Inaugural Northeast Drags, which takes place at Maple Grove Raceway.
The four-car Top Sportsman exhibition will feature Tyler Hard, Marco Abruzzi (pictured, below), Glen Butcher and Ronnie Proctor (pictured, top), all of whom are recognized standouts in the widely-popular Top Sportsman class.
Top Sportsman is a popular class for full-bodied cars, with competitors running in a dial-in E.T. format.
“We’re thrilled to have these top sportsman competitors coming to Maple Grove Raceway,” ADRL Director of Competition Tom Grooms said. “Many of our drivers came up through the Top Sportsman ranks and it’s only natural for our organization to expand to get back to the grassroots of our sport.
“The ADRL is responding to the wishes of the fans as well as the racing community with a class and format that is an excellent fit to our fast and exciting show.”
Currently, this special exhibition is only scheduled to run at Maple Grove, but its inclusion at the Penske Truck Leasing Inaugural Northeast Drags sets up the possibility of adding a new ADRL class in the future.
The Penske Truck Leasing Inaugural Northeast Drags at Maple Grove Raceway is the third stop on the nine-race 2011 ADRL Tour.
“There are literally hundreds of these cars sitting in shops looking for a place to race, and the ADRL may be the place to provide them an opportunity to race and compete,” Grooms said. “Top Sportsman provides great racing and I’m sure ADRL fans will love the diversity it brings to our program.”