Chris Demke and Maddern Racing Play the Right Tune to Gatornationals Victory

Chris Demke and his Peen Rite/801 Racing Top Alcohol Dragster Win the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville.

Gainesville, FL, March 16, 2012 --( Chris Demke and his merry band of brothers did it again. The Maddern Racing Team not only repeated as event champs at the Gatornationals, but they also went back to back at National events. The sweet supercharged music from the Peen Rite/801 Racing Dragster had everyone doing the winner’s circle dance.

Winning a race is often related to qualifying well. After Friday’s first session, Demke was in the #1 spot with a 5.309 at 270.64 mph. The second qualifying session saw the team turn the knobs to eleven and the resulting shake and spin left them with a third place slot. Saturday’s one and only qualifying session was huge. Demke blasted out a 5.250 at 271.13, which is the third best run by a blown alcohol dragster. In fact, the Maddern Team owns three of the top five elapsed times by a blown dragster. Just the way the team wanted it going into eliminations.

“The crew gave me a monster of a car,” said Demke. “It gave me so much confidence, they are a dream team. It was great to rip off those nice numbers and find the edge.”

Demke and the Maddern Team definitely had the edge going into eliminations. In round one, Aaron Tatum was treated to 5.280/269.56 song and dance. Continuing on Sunday, Demke unleashed a 5.274/270.10 on Sidnei Frigo for another round win. The team was looking forward to continuing the concert, but Mother Nature and her rainstorms had other ideas. Racing was cancelled for the day. The concert would have to be rescheduled for Monday.

“I have got to hand it to the NHRA and the Safety Safari,” added Demke. “They provided us an excellent racetrack after the rainout.”

In the semi-finals it was Dan Page’s turn to step up and try to dethrone the champ. Demke laid down the law with a bracket-car consistent 5.268/270.43. Now it was on to the finals and a meeting with five time series champion Bill Reichert. Demke was fast enough to garner lane choice for the big show.

For a final chorus, when the green light flashed, Demke was out in front and never looked back. The Maddern Racing Dragster’s 5.306/271.19 beat Reichert’s 5.318/265.2 and sealed the deal for their second consecutive Gatornationals event win.

“Bill had the quickest car out here, but I knew we had the car to take the win in the finals,” said Demke. “He doesn’t scare me, there’s a new Sherriff in town. Our dragster was so easy to drive. It was a smooth trip right down the track - an extremely fast trip! “

Crew Member Joe Cole, who also does the bottom end of the motor for the Maddern Team, credited the 801 Racing 70Wt Racing Oil with CleanBoost Technology. “There was not a mark on the bearings all weekend, the oil kept the motor happy. It was unbelievable, you couldn’t ask for a better race.”

Newly self-appointed Sherriff Chris Demke has not traded his steering wheel and firesuit for a six-shooter and tin badge. What the Maddern Racing driver did do is trade up their stake in the national points, and set the tone for 2012. With his band belting out the tunes, Sherriff Chris Demke his trusty Maddern Racing Steed will be singing a winning song into the sunset.

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