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Mississippian Jason Scruggs and his family have been major players in the ADRL and the Pro Extreme class since its inception, setting records and winning championships. Jason and his team unexpectedly struggled during most of the 2011 season to find the level of dominance they have enjoyed in the past. But a great performance at the ADRL’s World Finals from the team indicates they may be back.
On the final drag race of the ADRL season, Scruggs put together a classic performance on Sunday, Oct. 23, running a 3.604 at 208.59 miles per hour to knock off 2010 ADRL champion Frankie Taylor 3.719/178 in the finals of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Texas Motorplex. Taylor had qualified number one with a mind-blowing 3.581.
“We’re just thankful we’ve got a good car right now,” Scruggs said. “When we were down, everybody was helping us and I can’t say enough about all the people who helped us get back on track.”
The highlight-filled race served as a fitting end to the 2011 season. Cary Goforth (Extreme Pro Stock), Ashley Owens (Pro Extreme Motorcycle) and Mike Castellana (Pro Nitrous) had already clinched world championships going into the last race of the season. Joining them after completion of the event as 2011 ADRL World Champions are Pro Extreme standout Jason Hamstra, who clinched his title with a first-round win, and Dan Millen, who became the Extreme 10.5 world champion the same way by winning in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
Millen carried that momentum to earn a World Finals VII win on Sunday, joining a list that also included Shannon Jenkins (Pro Nitrous), Dave Vantine (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), Tony Gillig (Extreme Pro Stock), Chanse Bullock (Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman) and Lee Adkins (Pro Modified).