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Top Sportsman racer Aaron Glaser went from the lowest of lows a month ago in Houston to an extreme high by winning the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman class at Bristol.
After not qualifying at the first race of the season, Glaser went back to his old car and it proved to be the winning combination, as he went 4.235 at 163.33 mph to beat Dylan Stott. This turnaround put Glaser back into the battle for the ADRL’s Summit Racing Top Sportsman Championship.
“We needed this and it’s just an awesome feeling,” Glaser said. “I love the ADRL and the atmosphere is just great. This is where it’s at for Top Sportsman racing, and we just came down here and got the job done.”
Japel Heard’s first win in Pro Extreme Motorcycle was remarkable in a number of ways. He beat Casey Stemper (in foreground above) with a 4.16 at 163.91 mph.
The win gave Heard the ultimate birthday present and it also proved to be a great dedication to chassis builder and former ADRL world champion Dan Parker, who was seriously injured in a recent crash.
“This win is for Dan,” Heard said. “It's just a blessing to get this.”
Heard reclaimed the No. 1 qualifying spot earlier Saturday with a 4.10 and then went as quick as 4.12 during eliminations before gutting it out against Stemper in a final where both riders pulled out all the stops.
Ford Mustang competitor Bo Butner also kept a perfect record in the new SuperCar Showdown class with a dominant performance driving his 2012 Cobra Jet into the finals and the winner’s circle on Saturday. Butner recorded a 5.88 at 109.48 mph, and ran down Ray Skillman’s Mustang in the final to keep his hot streak going.