Taylor Fast In His X-DRL Debut
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In his first race with the X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) at its debut appearance at Bristol Dragway, Pro X-treme standout Frankie Taylor left an immediate impression at X-DRL Thunder Valley Madness.
Taylor dipped into the 3.60s right off the trailer and then ended the day with an even bigger bang, closing out three rounds of qualifying on Friday with an incredible 3.646 at 209.07 mph.
“It was good to start off on that note. We ran well right off the trailer and that’s always a great thing,” Taylor said. “That last run, it was nice and smooth, and went right down the track.”
Other top qualifiers through three sessions in Bristol included Jim Laurita (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Cary Goforth (X-treme Pro Stock), Todd Moyer (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo), Dan Stevenson (X-treme Pro Modified), Ronnie Davis (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and Kevin Fisher (Top Dragster).
Joining Taylor in the 3.60s was Tommy D’Aprile, who also made his X-DRL debut by going a terrific 3.655 at 206.10 mph, and Brandon Pesz, who checked in with a 3.693 at 204.45 mph.
While Taylor enjoyed the 3.646, he was just as pleased with the consistency heading into eliminations.
“We were trying to finish with more than just the one good run, so putting together that final pass was good. It’s nice to get a couple of good passes under our belt,” Taylor said. “The car is running well right now.”
The final qualifying session takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday with eliminations to follow in the X-DRL’s first appearance at Bristol Dragway.
Jim Laurita had a new car and switched to a clutch for the first time, but the results in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous were impressive. Sporting a Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro, Laurita made a spectacular pass during the second qualifying session, going 3.898 at 194 mph.
“That was our first full pass in the car and it was pretty fun,” Laurita said. “We wanted to try something different, and driving a clutch car was a lot of fun. The guys on the team think there’s a lot of potential and we’re just getting comfortable with it.”
Laurita was the only driver in the class to reach the 3.80s, but Pat Stoken, Bob Rahaim and Billy Glidden are all right behind with a 3.90, 3.91 and 3.92, respectively.
It’s a dynamic change for Laurita in switching to a clutch from an automatic, but the early results were strong.
The new Reher-Morrison engine with an EFI set-up from Switzer Dynamics provided splendid results, giving Laurita confidence heading into eliminations.