GALOT Racing Team Sets Radial Record, Wins $101K Challenge

GALOTMPWorthington, Ohio---WPI/NTPA heartily congratulates GALOT Motorsports driver Kevin Rivenbark and team owners Earl and Peggy Wells on both their $101,000-winning Finals victory and world record-setting qualifying run in the Sweet 16: Radial vs. the World event in Valdosta, Georgia March 21-24. (Watch the video here.)

GALOT Motorsports' home track in benson, North Carolina is home to the Mule City 300 NTPA Grand National event. The 2019 edition is set for Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1.

On Thursday, March 21, Rivenbark and the GALOT Team's ProCharger-boosted, Pro Line Racing-powered 1969 Camaro ran South Georgia Motorsports Park's eighth-mile in 3.587 seconds, the first sub-3.60 run ever recorded on radial tires. The team owed its success to a 0.917-second time in the first 60' and a 2.39 in the 330' to reach 206.67 miles per hour. Though Rivenbark's nighttime mark was eclipsed Friday morning by Daniel Pharris Motorsports' 3.57/214.11 in their 2017 Ford Mustang, the GALOT Team can always lay claim to the first "50" on radials.

“It still hasn’t set in yet,” Rivenbark told Drag Illustrated Online. “I’m still trying to comprehend all of it.”

Rivenbark earned a first-round bye with the record pass and then proceeded through the brackets to the final round in which he defeated Norman Bryson with a 3.63/204 to claim the six-figure cash prize.

After only two months' experience driving on radial tires, Rivenbark has now set the world record twice. A month before at the same facility in the Lights Out 10 event, his 3.613-second, 205.01 mph held that title. And make it three such records for the car, which was previously part of the Pro Line Racing stable and was driven by Eric Dillard to a then-record 3.67 in late 2018.

"There’s no words for it," DIO quoted Rivenbark. "I’ve set records before but I’ve never been the first to something like the 3.50s. It’s pretty unbelievable."

The Radial versus the World challenge is the brainchild of SGMP promoter Donald "Duck" Long and was staged before a limited-access crowd of around 500 spectators consisting mostly of racing crewmembers. Racing vs. the World is Long's signature headliner and paid $50,000 to win at Lights Out 9 last year.

After hoisting the trophy, Rivenbark was sure to recognize the accomplishments of his team owners and teammate in a certain other motorsport.

"I have to thank Mr. and Mrs. Wells for supporting us for everything," Rivenbark told DragZine. "Earl and Peggy Wells, they own GALOT Motorsports Park and they do well in tractor pulling and are very, very generous to give us the chance to do this. John [Strickland] has been the NTPA national champ three years in a row now driving for them."

(h/t Competition Plus, Drag Illustrated Online, DragZine, Pro Line Racing, RacePages Digital.)

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