The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has been on thin ice the last few years – who hasn’t – but the multi-class sanction announced it’s closing its doors and shutting down, effective immediately.
After holding a four-day (including testing) extravaganza at Texas Motorplex in May of this year, ADRL announced, effective August 23rd, that the 2022 Extreme Racing Oil & Fuel ADRL Tour presented by RJS Racing is canceling the two remaining dates. The ADRL as a drag racing sanction is being shuttered.
ADRL’s 2022 schedule included its US Drags September 16-17 and being part of the week-long Stampede of Speed October 11th, both at Texas Motorplex outside Dallas. With the departure of ADRL general manager Andy Carter, who recently signed a contract with a new organization, one that does not permit working with other drag racing teams or associations, Carter has released a statement regarding the cancellation of the 2022 season and closure of the sanction:
“Regretfully, today we have made the decision not to move forward with the remaining dates of the ADRL’s 2022 season,” Carter said.
“I have taken a new role within our industry that comes with a strict no-compete clause. Trying to manage an organization like ADRL is a big endeavor, and rebuilding the brand makes it even tougher. Mel Roth, who ran the day-to-day operations, and I have discussed every option out there, and between his business, the races he already promotes, and other commitments, it would be impossible for him to continue running the sanction on his own,” he explained.
“We are saddened to have to make this decision. Mel and I both believed in the brand and wanted to be able to rebuild the organization. Finally, and most importantly, good luck to all the racers. You guys are really what drag racing is all about,” Carter concluded.
ADRL has had its ups and downs over the years. It paused operation for a time but intended to return to action in 2020 under the supervision of Roth, who has operated the Premier Street Car Association for more than two decades. Roth, together with Carter, were expected to revive the series and give it strength. Most of the original ADRL staff were expected to return, including Bubba Corzine, vice president of competition and longtime vice president of technical affairs, Rick Moore.
The pandemic had other ideas for this group. While ADRL did race in 2021, including one event at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR), ADRL was unable to make its commitment to a total of four dates, including one at WWTR in early August.