Rivenbark dominates The Rock!!
Rivenbark and the Galot Motorsports team traveled to Rockingham Dragway for the PDRA Spring Nationals this past looking to "Double Up" in the PDRA/Galot Motorsports Park Pro Boost class. At the end of the weekend, Rivenbark came home with 2 PDRA 660 Man trophies to add to his collection.
Rivenbark was the #1 qualifier in the Tulsa event with a class record 3.753 @199.58. A first round bye
and a second round victory over Brian Barnett found Kevin in the semifinals which were postponed until
the Rockingham event due to extremely cold temperatures in Tulsa. The final two round were contested
during the Rockingham event during Round 2 and 3 of qualifying Friday night. Rivenbark paired against
Paulo Guist in the semifinals. They left with nearly identical reaction times and the Galot machine posted
another strong 3.770 @ 199.70 mph et to Paulo's 3.906 @ 193.71 mph. This set up a final round
matchup between Rivenbark and #2 qualifier Melanie Salemi. As Kevin did his burnout, Salemi's team
had issues getting the car to fire. After a short wait and a short burnout by Melanie, the two cars staged
up. Rivenbark was away first with a .039 to .083 reaction time advantage and drove away for the win.
Rivenbark's 3.761 @ 200.02 winning et would also place him atop the qualifying sheet for the
After getting the win Friday night for the Tulsa race, it was time to concentrate on the Rockingham
event. At the end of the day, the Galot Motorsports Park Pro Boost class would see the two Galot team
cars #1 and #2 on the qualifying sheets with Kevin's 3.761 being #1 and teammate John Strickland's
3.802 @ 195.42 landing him in the #2 spot. In the NAS Racing Pro Extreme class, Team Galot's Todd
Tutterow ended up in the #2 spot with a 3.540 @ 215.48.
With elimination day being pushed to Sunday due to weather, the three Galot cars were ready for round
1. Rivenbark had a bye run as opponent Tom Bailey broke in qualifying and was unable to make the
call. The Corvette posted a strong 3.751 et @ 202.06 which equaled the ET record set during the Tulsa
event. Teammate John Strickland also posted a round 1 win when opponent Jay Santos left before the
tree was activated. Strickland's 3.814 @ 195.87 was second fast of the round behind Rivenbark’s 3.751.
In round 2, Rivenbark faced Tylor Miller in the Pee Dee Fleet Chevelle, Kevin left first and posted a
3.807 @ 202.00 et to defeat Miller's tire smoking 5.568. Strickland's second round opponent was Paulo
Guist from Cananda. Strickland left first with a .048 to .065 reaction time, but tire shake in the middle of
the run gave Guist the win by just .009 of a second. In the semifinals, Rivenbark would face Doug
Winters in the Merritor sponsored 69 Chevelle. Kevin would again leave first by a .001 margin and
carded a 3.750 2 202.36 et to Winters game 3.816 @ 196.22 mph. This would set up a final round
between Rivenbark and #3 qualifier Steven Whitely. For the third run in a row, Rivenbark left first and
never trailed and used the Galot horsepower to reset th class et record again with a 3.732 @ 203.43 to
Whitely's excellent 3.789 @ 199.82.
In the first round of NAS Racing, Tutterow would face Carl Stevens in his turbocharged 2014 Camaro.
Both cars would have traction issues and Tutterow would recover first and move on to round 2 with a
3.927 to Stevens 3.994 et. In round 2, Todd would face Mike Recchia in his Bickel built 69 Camaro.
Tutterow would leave first with a .058 reaction time to Recchia's .072 light, but his 3.630 was not enough
to hold off Rechia's 3.577 et.
Rivenbark said after the race, " There aren't word to express how i feel right now about this car and my
team. This Jerry Bickel car is unstoppable right now and the team is doing a phenomenal job. It
definitely make the driver's job easier when you have the confidence John and I have right now,
knowing that the car is going to go A to B every time you let go of the button."
The team at Galot Motorsports would like to send their condolences to the family of Ronnie Davis, died
as a result of injuries sustained from a crash during qualifying on Saturday. Tutterow stated "Loosing
Ronnie Davis is bad for drag racing in general, not just for the PDRA. Ronnie lived and breathed this
sport and was a great ambassador for drag racing." The team also wishes Ian Tocher a full recovery.
The next stop for the Galot team will be the first Mad Mule Thursday race at the new Galot Motorsports
Park in Benson, NC on May 5.
Galot Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors who help make this
Hank Thomas Performance
Goodridge Fuel Systems
Neal Chance Converters
Ross Racing Pistons
Bohr Racing Products