The first event will air on March 29 and will feature coverage of the Safety-Kleen Dragpalooza V from Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.
In each episode, viewers will be taken inside the National Guard ADRL family of racers with on-going storylines, features on the series many colorful personalities, easy-to-understand technical segments, as well as stories that spotlight the dedicated team members working behind the scenes. Following the season opener on March 29, additional airdates (all episodes will air Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern) are May 3; June 7 and 21; August 2, 16 and 23; September 6 and 27; November 8 and 22. Dates and times are subject to change.
"Airing our events on VERSUS is an important step in the evolution of the National Guard ADRL and we are enthusiastic about this opportunity to deliver our television product in a way that appeals to a national audience, attracts new fans to the National Guard ADRL, and is highly entertaining for all," said Jeff Fortune, Executive Vice President of the National Guard ADRL.
Each episode will be shot in high-definition (HD) with 5.1 sound and hosted by veteran drag racing commentator Brian Olson with ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling providing the color commentary. Drag racing historian and television personality Bret Kepner will handle both finish line and pit interviews.
FlA Says: The ADRL recently got my attention because of the below links on the NHRA vs. ADRL fiasco. I understand the ADRL's President reached a temporary agreement with NHRA so they could hold their March 6-7, 2009, ADRL Safety-Kleen Dragpalooza V at Houston Raceway Park and not put the track owner in a bad position regarding the upcoming NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. I have not reviewed this situation to understand who is right. However, NHRA thinks God gave them the right to control nitromethane use in all forms and organizations of drag strip racing. Matters became nasty last season with the wholesale nitro shortage and legendary mega-team owner Don Schumacher fined $100,000 by NHRA(largest fine in history) for having four barrels of unauthorized nitromethane fuel in his pit area - Articles: (1), (2)
In my well supported opinion, NHRA is involved in nitromethane predatory price gouging. All NHRA nitro teams can only buy from NHRA's one authorized supplier, which there is an "interesting" relationship, and their prices are ridiculously unreasonable compared to other suppliers with the exact same nitro. Last season, nitro hit $29.75 per gallon. Nitro dragsters consume 8-10 gallons per full power run. Further, I have never liked Graham Light who is NHRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. He's a bureaucrat and the key reason NHRA has serious drivers safety issues. Graham hit an all-time low with his conduct in this Schumacher fiasco. In the media, and without warning, the clown tried to chop Don off at the knees. What I like about Don Schumacher is that he doesn't kiss NHRA's royal rump, like some other NHRA legends and team owners who will remain nameless.
02.25.09: NHRA threatens ADRL, Houston Raceway Park with loss of sanction and '09 Spring Nationals
03.03.09: ADRL and NHRA in Turf War
-- I am glad the writer wrote this statement: "The last thing the NHRA needs is another out-of-court settlement like they had with Darrell Russells widow." <> The NHRA clearly had culpable liability in (Texan) Darrell Russell's horrific top-end Top Fuel dragster crash, June 27, 2004, at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. Madison, IL. In my opinion, Graham Light personally tried to cover up NHRA's liability. One year after Darrell's death, his widow Julie sued NHRA et. al. in a Texas civil court alleging negligence, fraud, and civil conspiracy. And, Julie had plenty of legal muscle that assist her on a pro bono basis. NHRA eventually settled out-of-court to avoid a trial and public exposure. ~ fla