event: ADRL Kansas National Guard Independence Drags V
when: June 17-18, 2011
where: Heartland Park Topeka, Kansas, USA

Schweigert Leaves Topeka on a Roll

story Tim Hailey

photos by Genie Muldoon

Terry “Milkman” Schweigert and the DTM Performance Pro Extreme Motorcycle team left the ADRL Kansas National Guard Independence Drags at Heartland Park Topeka with a two race win streak in tow. Although Topeka marked Schweigert’s first ever American Drag Racing League win, the reigning Arabian League points champion was fresh off a MIRock series win the weekend before at Maryland International Raceway.

DTM builder/tuner Dan “The Man” Wagner had two horses at the top of the Topeka field. Schweigert qualified number 1 with a 4.16 with fellow DTM customer David Vantine second with a 4.18 on the Vantine Imaging Suzuki. Vantine lost when he spun and short shfted in round 2 against Carlos Wilkerson, who went on to the final to face Schweigert. "Shoulda/coulda beat Carlos," said Vantine.

Dan “The Man” Wagner

After lining Schweigert up for the final, Wagner walked dejectedly from the starting line. The nitrous system on the Road End Farms Suzuki refused to purge, indicating a failure in the system. Sure enough, when the tree came down the bike slugged slowly away on motor alone. Schweigert sat up in the seat, his body language telling the story—telling that he hadn’t seen the winlight in his lane! Wilkerson, usually razor sharp on the tree, cut it a shave too close this time with a -.002 redlight.

Terry Schweigert interviewed by Brian Olson whle the tough guys of the Vantine Imaging crew look on

And now Schweigert has an ADRL Minuteman trophy to keep his Arabian Racer trophy company, not to mention the sweet MIRock Christmas Tree he picked up in Maryland. Add to those the AMA Dragbike, SEMDRA and Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association awards and you have a trophy cabinet at Schweigert’s house with hardware from every series he’s raced in. “I’ve wanted one of these for so long,” Schweigert said about the ADRL’s Minuteman. “We were fortunate in the finals, but we were ready to get this win. I felt like it was our time, and this is just an excellent feeling. I can’t thank my team enough—Dan Wagner, Kathie McGregor and Al Lash. Also thanks to all my sponsors— Schnitz Racing, Mickey Thompson Tires, Robinson Industries, and Worldwide Bearings.”



Schweigert leads all-DTM "Front Row"

story and photos by Tim Hailey

Dan "The Man" Wagner tuned Terry Schweigert and David Vantine to the top two qualifying spots in Topeka

Arabian Drag Racing League points champion Terry Schweigert went 4.162 in the Saturday Pro Extreme Motorcycle session to take a commanding #1 qualifying spot over fellow DTM Performance customer David Vantine's 4.180. Casey Stemper is the only other bike in the teens, as many bikes opted out of the long trip west to Topeka, Kansas.

Paul Gast, whose rider Ashley Owens dominates the class, is reportedly pissed at the way the ADRL ended—or didn't end—the Maple Grove event. Couple those feelings with a commanding points lead and an expensive trip west and you've got Paul leisurely eating pancakes in Grand Island on Saturday morning, teeing off for a round of golf in the aftrenoon and spending the evening with Maggie Rose.

Also missing is Eric McKinney, Robbie Hunnicutt, Ronnie Procopio, Billy Vose, etc. In a special week for rumors, it is reported that the ADRL will do away with the class unless some of those profiting from it step up as contingency sponsors. That's just a rumor, mind you, and rumors are rampaging right now.

Joey Martin is #1 in Pro Extreme Car with a 3.653, Dearborn Dan Millen #1 in Extreme 10.5 with a 3.926, and Al-Anabi's Mahana Al-Naemi #1 with a 3.849.

KH in the Driver's Seat

KH two weeks ago at Englishtown with Pro Nitrous driver Khalid Al-Balooshi just over his shoulder

The drag racing world has been on pins and needles all week after the announcement from Matt Smith that A-Anabi pulled his sponsorship "and many other teams." As idiotic hatred spewed on Yellow Bullet and predictions of a falling sky abounded, conflicting information has been the rule of thumb. Despite rumors of a complete Pro Extreme pullout, JR Todd told me "My car will be flying Al-Anabi colors this weekend." True enough it is, and the man everyone has been looking to for any tell tale sign of his intentions is in the seat of his own Pro Extreme Camaro. Sheikh KH Al-Thani shows that he's not just the ghost in the machine but the hands on the wheel as well. Was this just a Matt Smith thing or are there more shoes to drop?

ADRL Maple Grove 2011