• Featured Image 2014 Nitro Jam Pro Stock Champion – Cary Goforth

    Winning a championship, that is certainly no easy task in the high-stakes world of professional drag racing. Winning two? Now you are getting into something special. Winning two championships on the same day? Well, there really aren’t many ways to describe such a monumental feat. Winning five championships with four different sanctioning bodies? Who is this guy?

    The racer in question is none other than Holdenville, Oklahoma’s very own Cary Goforth. A three-time Pro Stock World Champion entering the 2014 season, Goforth added two more championships to his resume this year including his most prized possession yet – an IHRA championship. But it was how he won those championships that made headlines.
    Goforth entered the final weekend of the IHRA and PDRA racing seasons as the points leader with both organizations. Needing to at least start both races to clinch the championships, Goforth began the World Finals weekend in Richmond, Virginia on a Friday night, getting the start in one car before flying back to Memphis, Tennessee to make the start and finish the weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway the following day.

    That overnight haul helped Goforth clinch both championships, giving him five for his career. But it was his championship with IHRA, known as home of the Mountain Motor Pro Stock division, which really made the year special.


    “It has been a special year, no doubt about it. We took on an ambitious schedule, from helping Richie Stevens in NHRA for a few races, to getting my daughter a new Junior Dragster and taking on a schedule racing with two organizations, the situation just presented itself and we decided to go for it,” Goforth said. “Winning two championships, of course that is a hard thing to do. And winning two on the same weekend, I am not sure many people will ever have an opportunity to do something like that again. But five championships? Wow. You are getting up there with the Rickie Smiths of the world, and that is big time.

    “This is the kind of stuff, if I quit tomorrow, I can tell my grandkids about. Five championships and winning with the IHRA, something I dreamed of doing as a kid, that is really special for me.”

    By making the start in Memphis, Goforth formally clinched the IHRA Pro Stock World Championship, holding off the Black Diamond Motorsports duo of John DeFlorian and Kevin Bealko in the process. Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding the double race weekend left Goforth in an unfamiliar car and an unfortunate first round exit in the race, putting a slight damper on an otherwise successful weekend.

    “When we got to Memphis I jumped in the GXP because our Camaro was on the way, which took some adjusting. And because we made our qualifying pass in the GXP, I couldn’t get out of that car,” Goforth said. “We ended up losing in the first round, which I really would like to have had back, but it was still a great weekend. We actually ended up finding what was wrong with the car later in the weekend, so there were a lot of good things to take away from Memphis. Getting the car down the track, winning the championship, doing what we needed to do Friday night and getting enough points, it was quite a weekend.”

    While Goforth wasn’t able to escape a disappointing first round exit in the finale, he was able to capture three wins on the season. Goforth had wins at the season-opening Southwestern Nationals in Tucson, Arizona, followed by wins at the Southern Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park and a win in the rain-delayed Pittsburgh Nationals, completed later at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.



    On the year Goforth accumulated 829 points, 75 points clear of second place DeFlorian. Both Goforth and DeFlorian spent the majority of the season trading the championship lead, with never more than a couple rounds difference between them.

    DeFlorian and his Black Diamond Motorsports teammate Kevin Bealko, who finished third in the championship standings, had two wins and seven total finals on the year in their AMSOIL-sponsored Camaros. DeFlorian also rewrote the Pro Stock history books, setting both ends of the class record with a 6.224-second elapsed time at 226.70 mph set at San Antonio Raceway in March.

    Goforth’s teammate Todd Hoerner finished fourth in the standings, with former IHRA champion Pete Berner rounding out the top five. Goforth Racing patriarch Dean Goforth finished sixth.

    In addition to an exciting championship battle, the season was a success in a number of ways, including the much-anticipated return of the Pro Stock class to its rightful home with the IHRA.

    “Everything is starting to turn around for this class, which is pretty exciting,” Goforth said. “The support we have received has been exceptional. We are really trying to show our support for this class and the IHRA in bringing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Racing back to the forefront and where it belongs with the IHRA.”

    Goforth attributes much of the success of this year and his previous championships to his father, Dean, who has helped keep the Goforth Racing Team at the top of the Pro Stock world for some time. In fact, the team fielded a competitive three-car operation in 2014 in two different series, with all three teams finishing in the top six in IHRA points.

    And it was Dean who was the driving force behind the ambitious schedule that resulted in one of the most unlikely endings you will ever see.

    “It was something we certainly didn’t want to have happen, but the closer we got to the end of the year, we knew we were going to end up having to do the double,” Goforth said. “It costs a lot of money to get a plane from here to there; luckily I have a dad who is as crazy as any 20-year-old trying to do this. He always thinks outside of the box and I am appreciative of that.

    “Everything he has done for us has been a blessing. It was crazy. Three cars, multiple series and to end it all flying from Virginia to Memphis for two different races, what a year.”


  • Featured Image No Rest for XPS Champ Cary Goforth

    cgoforthAfter winning two Championships in two different organizations in one weekend one might think that Cary Goforth is off on a much-deserved vacation. Instead, the driver of the Dean’s Casing Service Camaro is doing more of what got him to this level of success. He’s testing at his local track, already working toward 2015.


    When bad weather ended his hopes of securing his PDRA Extreme Pro Stock Championship at Dragstock XI, Goforth knew he was heading for what he calls “controlled chaos”. In order to ensure his domination in both the PDRA and IHRA Goforth needed to qualify at both organization’s final events. Being in two places at once is improbable at best, but for the Goforth family it wasn’t entirely impossible. More rain in the forecast at Richmond made things trickier still, but the father and son duo were determined to beat the odds.


    Cary managed a qualifying run at Richmond on Saturday that clinched his role as the first ever PDRA XPS Champion. Then he and crew chief Jeff Dobbins flew straight to Memphis where they made it just in time for their final qualifying session for the IHRA event.


    “We were hauling the mail,” relayed Cary. “We got off the plane in Memphis. Dad and the TV people were there. We got our stuff off the plane and went right over to the track. I walked in the trailer, put my fire suit on was right out the door to the staging lanes. If we were 10 minutes later we wouldn’t have made it.


    “In hindsight that weekend doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but all this running back and forth really started at Rockingham even before it started to rain. Maybe it was all in my mind because I wanted it to be over, but it just didn’t seem like things were going fast enough to get the race done in time. Plus we were having some issues with the car. Of course we found [the issue] Saturday night in the last qualifier. We barely got in, and that was another nail biter there. They called us up to the lanes for first round knowing it was about to rain. I needed to get that round in [for the Championship] but it didn’t happen. Then I have a month to stress out over that. Then we got to Virginia and it actually went as smooth as it possibly could have, other than the rain. We made our qualifier and we knew we were going to be in, and I thought it was done. But then when I was talking to people about loading the car up, I found out the person I had adding the points up for me was adding an extra round per race. Then we thought that Pluchino still had a chance of catching me. But Bob [Harris, PDRA Race Director] assured me there was no way he could catch me now.


    “With the way the events worked out with the rain delays we almost came back to Richmond to try to finish that race just in case there was still a chance Pluchino could catch me. But they ended up running in Virginia before we could have got there. We came within an inch of coming back. It was crazy.


    “Looking back at it, it seems like it all went pretty smooth, but at the time it didn’t seem smooth. It just couldn’t happen fast enough for me. The only time I got really bad edgy this year was Rockingham and Richmond. It’s just impossible to be two places at once, but we did everything we could. It was organized chaos. That’s about the only way I can describe it. It’s something I don’t ever care to do again.”


    With the chaos behind him and Championships in hand, Goforth is able to set aside the nerves, reflect and be grateful.


    “Dad told me that this is something that’s not going to happen to many people,” he continued. “I’m very proud of that, but I try to keep things in perspective. Things can turn on a dime and you can have one of those years you don’t want to have. I’m very proud of it, though, that’s for sure. I’m very appreciative of that situation and the opportunities we’ve had. I think it took about five years off my life, but it might be worth it.


    “We all thank God and I thank God first and foremost for everything, even though I may be one of the biggest sinners and screwups on earth. I believe in Christ and I don’t have to worry about that part of it. But I don’t believe the Lord gives you round wins. I pray for safety. I don’t pray for round wins. But I do believe that it takes some God-given talent to drive all these cars that we wield. That goes for everybody. You just can’t do it without some help from above. That’s what I thank the Lord for, that and for all the safety, everybody’s safety.


    “I want to also thank my mom and dad for sure, my family, my kids and all the family support I have. My mom and my sister take turns watching my daughter. Of course, my crew, Jeff Dobbins.  Everybody knows that story by now, but there’s not too many people outside of my team that really knows what kind of bad situation we got put in. I definitely have to thank Jeff and Cindy and Jeffrey for coming on. Also my brother Chris, Jason Roberts, Keith Harr and everybody that’s helped us.


    “I can’t leave out our sponsors – everybody at Dean’s Casing Service, Pay Pro who is actually our payroll service, Lithium Pros Batteries, Alan Cape at Flying A Motorsports for everything he does for us, and I definitely want to thank Jerry Haas for a great car and Sonny Leonard for the horsepower. I’ve had a lot of support from all these people.”


    Although the dust from the season’s end hasn’t even settled yet, Team Goforth is already working toward 2015 and Cary wants the competition to know he’s not looking to let up anytime soon: “I just want everybody to know that nobody knows when their last day of doing this stuff is. So Thursday and Friday we’re going to Tulsa to test some stuff we’re working on. I’m not letting up on these guys. We’re starting 2015 in a couple of days. They better be up on the wheel because we’re going to be there. I need a nap but I ain’t getting one.”


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  • Featured Image Cale Aronson Wins Rockingham event at VMP


    Cale Aronson

    It took five weeks, four rain delays and racing at two tracks in neighboring states, but the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) finally crowned winners of its postponed Dragstock event from North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway Oct. 12, at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), near Richmond.

    PETERSBURG, Va. - Summary of eliminations in Extreme Pro Stock at the 2014 Professional Drag Racers Association Tour, PDRA Dragstock XI:

    Round 1:
    Richard Penland, Belmont NC, '10 Mustang, Right lane, (0.186) 4.084 178.21 was unopposed
    Doug Kirk, Lenore WV, '13 Mustang, Right lane, (0.062) 4.729 126.77 def. Trevor Eman, Pos Chiquito AW, '11 Mustang, NT-No Show
    John Pluchino, Commack NY, '06 Escort, Right lane, (0.050) 4.135 176.35 def. Brian Gahm, Lucasville OH, '13 Mustang, (0.093) 5.200
    John Montecalvo, Center Moriches NY, '14 Camaro, Right lane, (4.126) 17.493 177.16 def. Cale Aronson, Chillicothe MO, '10 Mustang,
    (0.064) 88.000 41.07
    Round 2:
    C Aronson, Right lane, (0.108) 4.148 173.67 def. D Kirk, NT-Broke Before Staging
    R Penland, Right lane, (0.113) 4.615 162.57 def. J Pluchino, (0.081) 9.394 79.16
    Round 3:
    C Aronson, Right lane, (0.062) 4.100 174.45 def. R Penland, (0.114) 4.729 138.66
     Low ET:    Dean Goforth 4.076 seconds
     Top Speed: Richard Penland 178.21 MPH

  • Featured Image IHRA wraps up 2014 season with crowning of champions at IHRA Summit World Finals


    Finally in Pro Stock, Cary Goforth did the unthinkable by winning two championships in one weekend with the IHRA and PDRA racing series. Goforth made the start Friday in Richmond, Va. with the PDRA, clinching the championship with that organization, before boarding a plane and maing the trip back to Memphis, Tenn. for the IHRA World Finals. When Goforth secured his spot in the field in Memphis, Goforth officially clinched his second Pro Stock championship of the weekend and fifth overall title in the class.

    “Crazy is a good description for this weekend. It was certainly not the most ideal of situations, but we knew this is something we had to do,” Goforth said. “We knew when we took on this ambitious schedule that this was a possibility, but luckily I have a dad who is just as crazy as any 20-year-old trying to do this. He likes to think outside of the box and I am appreciative of that. Everything he has done for us has been a blessing.”


    Despite the ultimate outcome of the weekend, Goforth ended up going out in the first round, setting the stage for a final between Brad Waddle and Kevin Bealko. Bealko left early on the tree, handing Waddle his second win of the season. But it was Goforth’s amazing ride that captured headlines on Sunday.

    “I don’t know if something like this is ever going to happen again, so we are really going to embrace this,” Goforth added. “What really hit me was winning five championships, that is really something special. There are not a lot of people who can say that. That is the big time and that is really what hits home for me.”

    Pro Stock – Brad Waddle, Salina, Kan., ’13 Mustang, 9.473, 96.42 def. Kevin Bealko, Bridgeport, W.Va., ’14 Camaro, foul

  • Featured Image DeFlorian lead qualifying on soggy opening day at IHRA Summit World Finals


    The IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals kicked off on Friday with one round of Nitro Jam professional qualifying and one round of eliminations for most sportsman classes until Mother Nature took over on a soggy evening at Memphis International Raceway.

    In Pro Stock John DeFlorian, driver of the AMSOIL-sponsored Black Diamond Motorsports 2012 Camaro, placed his machine in first on a tricky track with a 7.482-second lap at 142.42 mph. His teammate Kevin Bealko was second with an 8.295 at 118.16.

    Cary Goforth, driver of the Goforth Racing entry, was Friday’s other big storyline, flying from Richmond, Virginia – where he wrapped up the PDRA championship earlier in the day – to qualify for the IHRA Summit World Finals in his attempt to wrap up two separate championships in one weekend. Goforth currently has a 99-point lead over DeFlorian.

  • Featured Image Two Championships in One Weekend?

    To say that Cary Goforth, driver of the Dean’s Casing Service Pro Stock Camaro, has a good year, would be an understatement at best. This season alone he’s had numerous wins across two organizations. He currently holds a sizeable points lead in both PDRA Extreme Pro Stock and IHRA Pro Stock. While this is a new year for all classes with the PDRA’s inaugural tour, it is also a ‘welcome back’ year for Pro Stock with IHRA, after a four year hiatus. Both organizations have just one race left to determine the 2014 Champions. And these races will be held on the same weekend, one just outside of Richmond, Virginia and the other close to Memphis, Tennessee.

    While mathematically Cary Goforth stands a pretty good chance of winning both the PDRA Championship and the IHRA Championship without showing up to either event, he’s not willing to take that chance. It’s clear he’s had to go to great lengths and put in long hours to be in the position that he is, but his greatest task might still lie ahead of him.

    “For the Championship in each organization, Cary has to run two guys named John,” explained Cary’s dad and team owner Dean Goforth. “In the PDRA it’s John Pluchino. We have to show up at Richmond and make one run down the race track. That’s all we have to do. John Pluchino would have to win both of the races, qualify number one and set a world record. That would be pretty impossible, but we know John Pluchino, and he’s pretty good. He could possibly do all these things. Sure as the world we wouldn’t show up, and he would do all those things, and we would lose the Championship.

    “Cary is going to take his car, in a smaller trailer with a dually pickup, to Richmond. And he’s going to make one run. About a mile north of Richmond track there’s an airport, and, thank God, we just happen to have a little ol’ airplane. So he’s going to leave the track Friday, get on the plane there, and fly to Memphis that night. I’m going to be in Memphis with two cars- my car and our back up car. All he’s gotta do at Memphis is the same thing he’s gotta do at Richmond. At Memphis, though, it’s a different John, John Deflorian. John Deflorian has got to do about the same thing John Pluchino’s got to do, but if we didn’t show up he might do it. And this is the kind of thing that ain’t gonna happen to a person too many times in their life- getting the chance to run for two championships in one year. But, hey, you’re pretty fortunate to get to run for one.

    “Anyway, I got two guys coming with Cary to Richmond,” Dean continued. “And as soon as they get the car in the trailer they’re going to take off back to Memphis and try to get that car back to Memphis for Cary so he won’t have to drive the backup car. But I’m taking the backup car just in case, because Cary will only get one qualifying session at Memphis. The first two will be run Friday night when he’s in Richmond. We’re trying to cover every base.”

    If it’s possible to run two events in one weekend that are over 800 miles apart, it’s Team Goforth that can pull it off. Cary explains how they overcame difficulty at the beginning of 2014 to have their best season yet:

    “We had our crew chief from the last three years quit on us right before the Tucson race after telling us all winter he was on board. That left a bitter taste in my mouth and I think it will for a long time. I don’t think anybody can blame me for that. On a day and half’s notice Todd Hoerner said he thought he could get Jeff Dobbins to come. Jeff said ‘Let me get some stuff together and get stuff arranged and I”ll get out to Tucson.’ This is a relationship that has been really good, and I hope it will last for years to come. Jeff and Cindy and Jeffrey are really good people. They’re really sharp at doing what they do. We’ve had a good year. We’ve had an outstanding year. Actually, we’ve had the best year we’ve ever had with Jeff on board. We feel like we gave away three or four races, but that’s normal. That’s hard to gripe about. I’m very appreciative of my crew. We think, how can next year get better than this and we used to think how can this year be better than what we had last year. I wanna be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Everybody has rough years, but I’m going to fight to keep that from happening. You would be an a-hole to gripe about this year. It started out shaky, of course, but we got Jeff to come over here and we picked up right where we left off. It’s been an incredible year.”

    “Hey, we’re tickled to death to be where we are with both sanctions,” added Dean. “We’ve not missed but one race either side with both organizations. We’ve been gone as long as five weeks in a row. And now Cary is helping Richie Stevens in NHRA. I don’t think we’ve seen him since Rockingham. We’ve had a very busy season.”

    “Since I was a little kid all I ever wanted to do was drive a Mountain Motor Pro Stock car and I’ve already done way more than I ever thought I would do,” Cary voiced. “Winning races was way more than I thought I would do. I got to thinking about it a couple weeks ago and I got to adding this up and I thought, pulling this off is gonna make you a five time champion in Pro Stock. Right now that comes to mind more than anything, because that puts you in company that’s pretty elite. Everybody says how do you want to be remembered? When it’s comes that my time’s done, I just want people to know I gave all my heart and all my soul to this deal. The sacrifices we’ve had to make, being away from family, the sacrifices they’ve had to make without us there. Five championships – thinking about what it takes to do that – we were gone a helluva long time away from home since we started this back in 2006. It took three years for us to start doing well. Kids these days want to start out winning immediately. They don’t want to work their way up the ladder or pay their dues, but it just don’t work that way, especially in drag racing. You’ve got to have a program and that just takes time. It takes a lot of heartache and parts break, too. Right now, I wouldn’t say I know what I’m doing, but I’ve learned a heck of a lot since I started in 2006.

    “Dad told me first round at Rockingham [PDRA Dragstock] – we had car trouble and I barely got in. I was number eight and he was one – he said, ‘I’m going to give you this round and you’re going to win this Championship.’ That’s not something we normally do. I told him I didn’t want him to do that. He said, ‘I don’t care. You have no choice, you have no say. Look, Cary, everything I’ve done here in this deal is for you. It’s not for me; it’s for you. If I win a race or qualify number one every now and then that’s just a bonus.’ And, ya know, what do you say to that? First thing you want to do is cry. Everybody on this team has worked hard. I’ve worked hard, but he’s been the one to make the most sacrifices and put in the hours that I could never do. I don’t have what he has, and I wish I did. He’s a great man for working hard and doing what it took to be competitive again. It took almost 20 years to get back to the top. That’s a long time. There was a lot of hard work, sacrifices, late nights, 24/7, 365. No birthdays, holidays, no time off. That’s just the way the industry is. I’m so thankful to him for giving me that chance.”

    Cary had hoped to clinch his PDRA Championship at the Dragstock event in early September. However, when the event was rained out and postponed until the PDRA Championship Finals, he was one short round away from making that dream come true. Now, however, he has the opportunity to win two Championship from two organizations in the same weekend.

    “Jason and Mitchell Scruggs, Bob Harris, Gene Hector, Tommy Franklin, Roger Hinson – they all took on a new organization, including us [Pro Stock] when they didn’t have to,” continued Cary. “Being the first champion of an organization like that, that sticks in your mind. And being the first IHRA champion since they’ve had us back is on my mind, too. You’re kinda shooting for two perks here. Hopefully, with the good Lord’s help we can do that.

    “We appreciate both sanctions,” added Dean. “Both of them have worked hard to keep us both running and we are thankful that we’ve had the opportunity to compete in the PDRA and IHRA and now have a chance at two Championships.”

    Watch Cary’s PDRA Championship run on the Motor Mania Live Feed beginning October 9th.

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  • Featured Image Nitro Jam championships on the line in Memphis


    IHRA_WorldFinalsIHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will wrap up the 2014 season with some intriguing battles and some great racing entering the final event of the year at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals October 10-11 at Memphis International Raceway.

    Pro Stock will feature IHRA’s only other un-claimed championship, as Oklahoma native Cary Goforth brings a healthy 99-point margin over John DeFlorian into the final event of the season. Goforth, in the Dean’s Casing Service 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, has amassed three wins in 2014, while DeFlorian, in the AMSOIL-sponsored Black Diamond Motorsports Camaro, has one win and reset to IHRA Pro Stock elapsed time and mile per hour records earlier this year.

    The pair will be joined in Memphis by Goforth Racing teammates Todd Hoerner and Dean Goforth, Black Diamond Racing’s Kevin Bealko, Scott Hintz, Brad Waddle, Matt Bertsch, John Konigshofer and more.

  • Featured Image RACE TO THE 3.90s

    jmcamaroPDRA Extreme Pro Stock teams have been waiting for their perfect chance to break the 4 second barrier. They have been as quick as 4.024 (Cary Goforth, Rockingham Dragway, April 2014) and as fast as 180.81 MPH (John Montecalvo, Rockingham Dragway, April 2014), but the elusive 3.99 has avoided these fierce naturally aspirated machines.

    This weekend the PDRA heads to Virginia Motorsports Park for the Championship Finals. Temperatures will drop down into the 50s for the evening sessions, making for prime record-setting conditions. A 3.90 elapsed time in Pro Stock has never seemed closer.

    John Montecalvo, current MPH record holder, is hoping he’ll be the first to capture the title of First in the Threes. “We feel we have all the right ingredients and believe that the conditions at Richmond will warrant a 3 second run,”stated the two time Champ. “There are several teams out there capable of doing that and we hope to be the first. We’ve got good Sonny’s power and a good RJ car. Justin’s been doing a great job of tuning the car. William Cavallo is on data acquisition and we’ve got Jeff Owen on the clutch. Of course, Lois Anne will be there putting her touch on the car as well. We’ve got a great team. Hopefully we hit it right and we’ll be the first ones to hit that 3.”

    Sonny Leonard Racing Engines, besides powering the quickest and fastest XPS machines in the PDRA, is also sponsoring the Sonny’s 3-Second Club. The first three competitors in XPS to run a 3.99 or quicker will receive a monetary reward, commemorative plaque and a personalized Sonny’s 3-Second Club ring.

    “We appreciate Sonny stepping up to sponsor the 3-Second Club,” continued Montecalvo. “He is a huge part of our success and we hope to be the first to join his club.”

  • Featured Image IHRA announces 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule

    2 races, 9 states, 2 trips to Canada and 1 additional international date still to come – check out the official 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule!

    February 6-7 Southwestern International Raceway (Tucson, AZ)
    March 13-14 San Antonio Raceway (San Antonio, TX)
    April 17-18 Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, FL)
    April 24-25 Palm Beach International Raceway (Jupiter, FL)
    May 29-30 Cordova Dragway Park (Cordova, IL)
    June 19-20 Maryland International Raceway (Budds Creek, MD)
    June 26-28 Grand Bend Motorplex (Grand Bend, ON)
    July 10-11 Spokane County Raceway (Airway Heights, WA)
    July 17-19 Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, AB)
    August 7-8 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, MI)
    September 11-12 Dragway 42 (West Salem, OH)
    October 9-10 Memphis International Raceway (Millington, TN)