Racing Engines Posting Nearly $50,000 In Contingency In
X-DRL for 2013
(December 20, 2012) – The support for the X-treme Drag
Racing League (X-DRL) continues to grow as the new
eighth-mile sanctioning body today announced a
partnership with drag racing industry leader Sonny’s
The standout company has produced engines for many of
the top names in the sport, including multiple world
champions in Pro Stock. Its owner, Sonny Leonard, sees a
great deal potential in the X-DRL, which begins its
nine-race 2013 debut season on April 6-7 in Tulsa.
recently met with the three X-DRL owners (Jeff Mitchell,
David Hubbard and Larry Pearce) and I was impressed with
their credentials and integrity,” Leonard said. “That
means a lot and to have that in an association means a
lot. It gives people incentive to race there and all
three of them are successful businessmen, which you need
in a sanctioning body. It’s pretty exciting to have a
sanctioning body you know is going to be strong and
Sonny’s Racing Engines will be heavily involved with the
X-DRL’s inaugural season, offering a number of exciting
incentives and programs.
It will offer contingency in a number of X-DRL
professional classes, as well as a No. 1 qualifier bonus
in X-treme Pro Stock if the driver uses one of Sonny’s
popular engines, which are the product of choice for
world champions like Cary Goforth and John Montecalvo.
In all, Sonny’s will post nearly $50,000 in for drivers
who use the company’s engines or popular cylinder heads.
Additionally, Sonny’s Racing Engines will introduce the
“Sonny’s 3-Second Club,” which will honor the first five
X-treme Pro Stock drivers to reach the prestigious
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“We are thrilled to have Sonny’s Racing Engines as a
premier partner for the 2013 season in the X-DRL,” X-DRL
Account Executive Keith Goolsby said. “The product and
support they offer to the talented drivers in the sport
speaks for itself and we are excited with the programs
they have in place for the X-DRL’s 2013 season.”
Talented Pro Stock driver and Sonny’s customer John
DeFlorian nearly posted the first 3-second run in
history with an unbelievable pass of 4.01 in 2012.
Leonard is confident the first 3-second place will take
place in 2013.
“I’m sure this spring that someone will run a 3.99 and I
would say there’s 5-6 people capable of doing it, and
that’s what makes it really good,” Leonard said.
“Everyone in this class is so good and there’s so many
teams who want to be the first to do it. I think it’s
going to be a really neat deal in 2013.”
Operating out of a state-of-the-art 14,000 square-foot
facility in Lynchburg, Va., Sonny’s Racing Engines has
always been at the forefront of technology, thanks in
part to a location that features two SuperFlow
dynamometers, a porting room, two five axis CNC
machining centers, digitizing and laser scan equipment,
a fabrication and welding shop, and other racing
It has embraced EFI technology in the Pro Stock class,
and Sonny’s Sales Manager Todd Hoerner became the first
driver in Pro Stock history to win using an EFI set-up.
“The advantage of EFI is its tunability. It will respond
almost immediately,” Leonard said. “You can tune it
quickly and be happy. You spend your time on a laptop,
change cylinders and be ready to go. The bottom line is
it costs you less and the younger generation love it.”
EFI will certainly be prevalent in the X-DRL’s X-treme
Pro Stock class in 2013, and will be used by talented
drivers like Todd Hoerner, Dean Goforth Kevin Bealko and
more. Sonny’s Racing Heads and Components are also
popular in the X-treme Pro Mod class,
The 5-inch and 5.3-inch bore-spacing products are used
in the X-treme Pro Mod legal weight class and are the
choice of talented drivers like Pat Musi, Rickie Smith,
Robert Patrick, Johnny Pilcher and others.
It’s yet another reason why Leonard is excited to be
working with the new sanctioning body in 2013.
“I feel really positive about the X-DRL and where it is
headed in 2013,” Leonard said. “It gives people a good
place to race and I think a lot of people are going to
appreciate the X-DRL.
“The owners are racers, so they know what the fans and
the racers want, and I think it’s going to be a win-win
situation for everyone.”
2013 X-DRL SCHEDULE
||Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, Tulsa,
||Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
||No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.
||Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis
||Maryland International Raceway,
||Dallas Raceway, Crandall, Texas
||Montgomery Motorsports Park,
||zMAX Dragway, Charlotte, N.C.
more information about Sonny’s Racing Engines, visit
www.sonnysracingengines.com or call (434)
239-1009. For more information on the X-DRL, visit