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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (August 2, 2018): Three generations of the New York-based Caruso family are headed to the WSOPM on the mountain in Denver (August 10 & 11) with only one thing on their minds. Winning!

Family Patriarch Joe will watch over his son Marc and granddaughter Camrie when the family racing team head to the Bandimere Speedway Denver CO this month.

Marc has recently stepped up his Pro Mod program in the PDRA Pro Boost category with the purchase of an Ex-Todd Tutterow '69 Camaro, and the fitment of an Al Billes' fed Noonan 4.9. The switch to Billes Superchargers & Fuel Systems and the revolutionary 4.9 Noonan Race Engineering Hemi came about after the Noonan brains-trust assisted with getting both of the family's hotrods to the PDRA Firecracker Nationals PDRA race in June.

"Noonan Race Engineering, Renee & Jamie Noonan and Lee White went above and beyond to assist our team to get back on track for the VMP round of PDRA. With Jamie and Lee working on both cars at the track, their service and assistance is second-to-none, both on and off the race track. They truly are good people."

The presence of Al at the races was also a determining factor in the switch to a Billes Blower and Fuel System. "Al is a great guy and very knowledgeable. Working with this awesome group is what we believe we need to do to move to the front-of-the-pack in the very competitive world of PDRA Pro Boost." explains Marc. "The ability for our long time crew-chief Angelo Aceto to bounce ideas off him in real time face to face is a win win for us moving forward."

Taking on the Bandimere Speedway 1/4 Mile and the Mountain for the first time is not something that Marc and the team decided upon lightly. As much as Marc has confidence in his ability to mix it with the best Pro Mod drivers in the world, he hasn't been to the mountain nor driven a Pro Mod over the 1/4 mile. "Lee White's confidence in our ability to go there and make an impact was a key determining factor in us accepting...
Matt Sackman entered last weekend’s Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway with just a handful of Top Alcohol Dragster passes under his belt. Late Sunday evening, he left the event with five additional passes, the No. 1 qualifier award and the NHRA North Central Region event victory.

“To be able to qualify No. 1 and win the race in my debut is pretty unbelievable,” said Sackman, a cylinder head specialist on Don Schumacher Racing’s Antron Brown-driven Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “It definitely shows there’s light at the end of the tunnel, that all of the hard work is worth it. This opportunity will hopefully lead to more opportunities in the future. I’m just very fortunate that everything worked out the way it did.”

Driving one of the potent Randy Meyer Racing entries, Sackman, 25, kicked off his Top Alcohol Dragster debut Friday evening with a 5.26-second pass at 275 mph. A strong 5.31 at 274 mph followed during Saturday’s rain-shortened qualifying, but it was the first pass that held up for the top spot out of the 13 cars trying to qualify for the eight-car field.

“I knew Randy had the car running well because Justin Ashley qualified No. 1 in it at Indy the week before,” said Sackman, whose teammate, Julie Nataas, qualified No. 2. “Running that 5.26 in hot air on the first pass definitely got my attention. I couldn’t believe the guys when they told me it ran 5.26 at 275.”

Sackman notched his first Top Alcohol Dragster round win Saturday evening when he used a .048 reaction time and 5.326 at 274.39 to defeat J.P. Gutierrez and his supercharged entry.

“It felt great to get that first win light out of the way,” Sackman admitted. “Both of my qualifying passes were singles, so first round was my first time driving an A/Fuel car with another car in the other lane. I was fairly nervous about that because I didn’t want to mess up my routine or hang JP out. Fortunately, it ended up working out.”

Man and machine were...
The Martin Family, Will, Cindy, Andrew, & Alaina alongside Ron & Hunter Williams and the Martin’s new Gen 4 Victory Race Cars Built Chevrolet Camaro TA/FC

When the Martin’s made the decision to step away from Nostalgia Funny Car racing at the end of the 2017 season, a lot of people thought they were done with drag racing. At that time, little was known that Will, with the encouragement and support of his wife Cindy decided to pursue a class that he has always wanted to compete in… Top Alcohol Funny Car.

“We had just completed a test session at Auto Club Famoso Raceway with the Speed Racer in September of 2017. My husband had just started to make the tuning decisions and the car was showing results. “On the way home from that test session Will and I talked and I heard him say how the class as a whole has changed.” Before he built the nostalgia car, his original dream was to expand upon his previous success in alcohol racing and move up to Top Alcohol Funny Car said team President Cindy Martin”. It was during that car ride home we decided that now was the time to make the switch and begin the process of chasing that unrealized dream.

“I can remember as a kid running from my parents pits to the fence at Pomona, late at night to watch guys like Brad Anderson, Lou Gasperelli, Jett Field and others run their TA/FC’s” said Will Martin. Thought they were so cool when I’d hear the drivers bringing the rpm’s up then dropping the clutch.

The Martin’s have taken a ground up approach to this entire project. The Martin’s chose Victory Race Car to build their new car. “My last 2 cars were built in Indiana”, said Will Martin. “While those cars were good, my involvement in the build process was always very minimal. The car I received was always the same as our competitors. How could we ever have a potential performance advantage if we do things the exact same way? This was a main deciding factor as to why we chose Victory. Their experience...