Event: RacingJunk.com DRAGPALOOZA II
Location: Houston Motorsports Park, Houston, TX
Dates: March 2, 2006
Saturday, March 4:
Professional Qualifying: Two rounds at 12 Noon and 2 p.m.
Eliminations Round 1: 4:00 p.m.
Final Eliminations: 6:30 p.m.
Pro Nitrous Championship Standings (after 2 of 8 events*)
1. Keith Baker 518
2. Harold Martin 506
3. Shannon Jenkins 416
4. Rickie Smith 409
5. Ken Thomas 408
* Points include results from last race of 2005 season, as per ADRL
Martin Preps to Double his ADRL Pleasure in Houston
After winning the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season-opener in Valdosta, GA two weeks ago, Harold Martin and the ACDelco Pro Mod Pontiac Racing team returned to their shop in New Hudson, MI to prepare for their next event. Based on their success, one would think normal maintenance procedures would be in order, but the Martin Motorsports crew had other ideas.
Determined to continually raise the bar, the team spent considerable time since the last race looking for ways to improve their performance even further. Based on these efforts, they head into this weekend's RacingJunk.com DRAGPALOOZA II in Houston, TX, with their sights set on a quick return to the winner's circle.
"We learned some very useful information in Valdosta and have worked extremely hard since then, analyzing the data and further expanding the set-up that we were racing there," stated Martin. "The ADRL really puts on a good show with superior competitors and it provides an excellent venue for our ACDelco Pontiac Pro Mod team to win a race in front of some great fans, while simultaneously testing new set-ups and comparing performance levels against some tremendous race teams."
Two factors potentially complicating Martin's plans for scoring consecutive victories are the event's compressed schedule and the unfamiliar racing surface. This weekend's race will be the "EFI Wizard's" first experience at Houston Motorsports Park, and with the first qualifying session and the start of eliminations scheduled to take place within a tight four-hour span, there will be little room for error.
However, armed with a vast library of tuning notes on his 2,400-horsepower hot rod, and with the support of his closely knit team behind him, Martin heads to the Lone Star State confident of repeating his winning performance.
"Ironically, this weekend we find ourselves in a situation quite similar to the last race," said Martin. "We had never raced at Valdosta, but the fruits of our labor paid off with a tremendous win, and we are hoping for the same outcome in Houston.
"Having said that, we will not be fearful of racing new set-ups in our ACDelco Pro Mod Pontiac at Houston Motorsports Park. After all, information gathered at this juncture, when the impact on our championship aspirations is not necessarily as great, could prove extremely valuable later in the year, when risking an unproven combination could have long-lasting effects. With every event, we continue our journey of validating our winter developments, as we establish a firm foundation for the remainder of this race season."