Hernandez ready to mix it up in ADRL season finale in Kennedale
KENNEDALE, TX - The common belief is that things are larger in Texas and no one understands that better than Texan Pro Modified driver Joshua Hernandez. The rookie driver for Tommy Lipar Racing faces one of those native challenges as he enters this weekend’s GetWorkComp.com Lonestar Fall Drags hosted by Texas Dragway in Kennedale, Texas.
Hernandez, a native of Conroe which is located outside of Houston, enters the largely outlaw Pro Modified setting as one of the few entries that regularly compete within the “legal” confines of the AMS/TLR series on the NHRA POWERade tour. That’s a challenge Hernandez is more than willing to accept.
“I am excited because the ADRL events demand that everyone brings their best game to the table,” Hernandez said. “This is the kind of competition we are used to facing on the NHRA AMS/TLR Series, but a different style. These are short-track races which leave no margin for error. You have to be on your game from the hit.”
Unlike Hernandez’ usual regime of quarter-mile races, the majority of ADRL events are run on eighth-mile courses. Thus far, Hernandez has adjusted to the challenge by placing in the top ten of the points standings despite running an abbreviated schedule.
Just two weeks ago, Hernandez qualified for the Saturday Quick Eight field during the ADRL Dragstock II event. A berth in this program required an incredible three-second lap. He was also a key player in the special AMS TLR All-Stars Team Challenge against the FLOWMASTER Outlaws. In three matches against a finely-tuned team of outlaw competitors, Hernandez not only won every time but also three down the gauntlet of low elapsed time for his team as well.
By qualifying in a field that required a three-second run, Hernandez maintained a seeding for the ADRL championship run-offs, which will be held during the qualifying rounds this weekend. Hernandez is ranked seventh in the no-holds barred Pro Extreme division.
“We’ve been looking forward to this for a while, and now its time to get down to business,” Hernandez said.
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