Post Super Nationals RCDRL Podcast Show #44 with Guest Zack Shivers and Francisco Frontera


Welcome to the #44 episode of the RCDRL Podcast Show.  Host Michael Mercadel with Co-host Jerry Lumar welcome double-up Supers winner Zack Shivers and Top Fuel winner Francisco Frontera to today’s show. Awesome memories were created at the 2018 RCDRL 6th Annual RockStar Powder Coat US Supernationals let’s recap the fun-filled weekend! Sit back relax and enjoy the show!

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Back to Racing, North Carrier Automotive Nationals Set for July 14th, 2018

RC Drag Racing is back at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, July 14th, 2018! Teams and drivers will be there for the North Carrier Automotive Nationals, race #7 of 8 in the regular season.

*** Every Race Day is FREE to WATCH so come out and bring the whole family! ***

The RCDRL Texas gang gets back to racing after a 3-week break from the Super Nationals. This is race 7 of 8 of the regular season, the Countdown to the Championship Playoffs are right around the corner. Are you in the Top 10? It’s time to make your move in!

Remember, if you don’t make it in the playoffs, you can still race all season long and play blocker for your teammates and friends or simply hone your skills and prepare for a 2019 run at a championship!

Donnie Johnson and Matt Ray have been in the automotive repair business since 1975. Donnie worked alongside his friend Matthew for many years before they opened North Carrier Automotive in 1992.

North Carrier Automotive is located at 602 N. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

North Carrier Automotive can take care of all of your service needs. They are licensed and insured and also offer a one-year warranty on their service work. North Carrier Automotive does state inspections as well. You can reach Donnie or Matthew at (972)-237-0085. Tell them the RCDRL sent you!

Classes Racing this weekend…

Electric Top Fuel Dragster (3s)
Electric Pro Mod (2s)
Electric Pro Stock (1s)

Traxxas Pro Funny Car (3s)
Traxxas Sportsman Funny Car (2s)

Quick-16 Bracket
2.50 Index
Street Eliminator Bracket (2s)
All Run Bracket
Young Gunners Bracket

***Bring your FM RADIO – Tune in on the Action & Hear when Your Class is on Deck!***


Summit Racing Equipment of Arlington Texas a Hit on the RC Drag Racing Scene

Summit Racing Equipment, an industry leader in distribution of auto racing parts and equipment through catalogs, Internet and now a SUPER-STORE in Arlington Texas, was a hit at the 2018 RCDRL 6th Annual RockStar Powder Coat U.S. Supernationals. Sponsoring both Traxxas Funny Car classes Pro and Sportsman, Summit Racing sponsored two racers also. On the track, the Summit Racing drivers Eric Bowman and Robert St. Pierre overall had a good weekend.

“Summit Racing Equipment and their dedication to community involvement and partnerships with the league will be a rewarding combination in my opinion.  Our goal is to promote Summit Racing Equipment and their Arlington location by way of local creative marketing and targeted store side community RC racing events. We highly value Summit Racing Equipment’s mutually beneficial involvement with the RCDRL Championship RC Drag Racing Series.”  – Michael Mercadel-President of the Radio Controlled Drag Racing League.

               The Summit Racing Equipment driver Robert St. Pierre of Denton Texas, in his second qualify attempt, St.                   Pierre cut a nice .043 reaction time (RT)  and ran a 1.944-second pass down the Lone Star RC Dragway. His run was good enough to qualify for the 17th spot come eliminations. St. Pierre faced off against local racer, Davey Goff the number 8 qualifier in first round eliminations. When the tree dropped, St. Pierre was out of the gate first with a better reaction time than Goff and never looked back. Despite running slower on the track, St. Pierre crossed the finish line first and took the win by way of the hole-shot and advanced to Championship Sunday.

1st Round- #17 Robert St.Pierre· .021 RT, 1.745 ET,  75.10 MPH def.  #8 Davey Goff .079 RT, 1.729 ET, 76.9 MPH

In round #2, St. Pierre faced off against class sponsor and chassis specialist Tony Rudis of Rudis Motorsports. Once again St. Pierre cut a better light than his competition, but the horsepower from that Rudis Motorsports entry proved to be too much for St. Pierre and Rudis drove around the Summit car and ended St. Pierres hopes in Pro Stock. Notable: Robert St. Pierre continued to proudly promote his new sponsor Summit Racing Equipment through-out the weekend making it to the third round in both in Top Fuel, and Pro Mod.



 The Summit Racing Equipment Pro Funny car and pilot Eric Bowman was set to go rounds at the Supernationals. At Friday’s test and tune, Bowman ran personal best times and was consistent. Already the local points leader and a multi-event winner, Bowman was ready to take on the best of the best.

“I tried a new set up and ran the fastest numbers I have ever run. So needless to say going into Saturday’s qualifying I was confident.”- Eric Bowman             

In Q1 on Saturday morning, Bowman just wanted to see his hotrod go A to B. Looking to see what the track was going to give him, Bowman ran a 2.236 which at the end of the round had him sitting it the #2 spot. In Q2, he thought the track could hold the numbers and put in his ace tuneup.  The track was still a little to cool,  and the Summit Racing Equipment Funny car went right into tire shake and smacked the wall. Bowman would go into eliminations as the number three qualifier.

During first-round eliminations, Bowman was matched up against #14 qualifier and event title sponsor Rockstar Powder Coats very own Chad Howard. The tree dropped and Howard was late off the line with a .172 RT and a 2.250 ET to Bowmans .048 RT with a 2.192. ET.  Round one was over and  Bowman and the Summit Racing Equipment Traxxas Pro Funny car advanced to Championship Sunday.

E2 Sunday morning. Sunday was a new day and Bowman was against Paxton Pfeil From ProPfeil racing and defending Street Eliminator champion. Pfeil had his Pro Funny car freshened up with Bowman Power the week prior, so Eric knew that he had his work cut out for him. Bowman also knew Pfeil could chop the tree down on you, and cut a good light. When the tree came down, Bowman was early and clicked on the red-light and ended his hopes of advancing to later rounds. Paxton Pfeil .072 RT  2.229 ET def. Eric Bowmans (-).033 RT 2.198 ET.

  In the End, there was a Bowman Powered pilot in the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Funny Car final. “SHE” goes by the name of Heather Bowman, wife of Eric. Heather came in as the #7 qualifier and got past #10 Kelli Garca in round 1. Heather drove around #2 Dennis Forbes in round 2. In the semi-finals, Bowman blasted past #6 Paxton Pfeil to advance to the finals. Bowman was the only female finalist, went on to defeat the 2017 Supernationals champion, and #1 qualifier Scott Davis. She also reset the Nationals ET record to boot!  #7 Heather Bowman  .040 RT / 2.090 ET, def. #1 Scott Davis  .054 RT / 2.268 ET 

Notable: Eric Bowman went on to runner-up in the Reddy Ice 2.50 Index class.

One of the biggest surprises of the weekend came in the Summit Racing Equipment Traxxas Sportsman Funny Car class. Rookie driver out of the Toad Racing camp Zach Shivers came in as the #13 qualifier. Zack had never won an event before but had been grinding hard to get to the Winner’s Circle since discovering the RCDRL.

#13 Shivers on paper could not have drawn a tougher competitor, #4 qualifier Eric Bowman. In a huge upset, he got past- local points leader Bowman in round one by only 7 thousandths of a second (.007) at the finish line. In round 2, he faced off against teammate Colby Taylor, and in another good old drag race, Shivers came around Taylor in the lights for the win.

It looked like lady luck was about to end for Shivers. In the semi-finals, he was matched up against #1 qualifier and 10-time RCDRL Champion Dennis Forbes of Louisiana. When the tree dropped, Zack cut a .086 reaction time to Dennis Forbes .122, and the ZACK ATTACK never looked back! Forbes had problems and had to click off, Zack went on the run a solid 2.505 ET for the win and to advance to the finals!

On the other side of the ladder, #6 qualifier Manual Garca was making his way through the field as well. Garca took out Toad Racing driver Trace Faulkner in round 1.   Garca got past the “IceMan” Chris Hernandez in round 2, and in the semi-finals drove past #2 qualifier driver Scott Davis.
This Final on paper looked to go either way. Zack had Lady Luck and momentum on his side but Manual Garca was a proven multi-event winner and had experience on his side. When the tree drop Zack was ready and out of the gate first cutting a good .055 light to Manuels sleeping .194 reaction time. Manual then had tire shake and had to click off and Zack Shivers of Brock Texas went on to win his first RCDRL event! He did it on the biggest stage out there! The Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored class at the 2018 Rockstar Powder Coat US Supernationals!
Notable: Zack Shivers went on to also win the Street Eliminator class becoming the only “Doule Up” winner at the 2018 RCDRL Super Nationals! More on Street Eliminator in the coming days.
Photo Credit: Tommy Hays Photography

National Records at the U.S. Super Nationals Laid Down on the Lone Star RC Dragway

Despite high winds and hot temperatures, record-setting runs were laid down at the Texas Motor Speedway RCDRL Lone Star RC Dragway.

Record runs were set in the 21 car Dragrace Concepts Electric Top Fuel field by many drivers but in the end, Wilfredo Perez of Puerto Rico set the new national record with a blistering 1.183 in round 2 of eliminations, his 1% back up run came in the second round of qualifying with a 1.188.






In the 16 car Summit Racing Equipment Traxxas Pro Funny Car field, Heather Bowman of Irving Texas with her Bowman Powered Funny Car blazed to a record 2.091 in the semi-finals vs Paxton Pfeil. In the finals, Bowman lowered the boom running a brilliant 2.090 for the win and the new National record over Scott Davis of SDR! The 2.091 will serve as the back up 1% run.

In Rudis Motorsports Pro Stock class, the record was reset many times, but at the end of the day, it was the 1.538 by Dennis Guzman of Puerto Rico that walked away with the new national record. His round one, 1.552 will serve as his 1% back up run.

In Pro Mod, Johnell J. Torres Ramos of Puerto Rico took his hotrod to record numbers running a lighting fast 1.341 in Q2! Torres backed up his record within 1% with a 1.348 during Q1.





In Nitro Top Fuel, Raymond Blanchard of Greenville Texas laid down a 1.555 to grab the record in what was a fun class to watch!






Record Number 230 Entries at the 2018 RCDRL 6th Annual ROCKSTAR POWDER COAT SUPERNATIONALS

With high winds and temperatures hitting 104 degrees, it was a record-setting weekend at the RCDRL Lone Star RC Dragway June 22-24.

Here are just some of the awesome memories created from the 2018 RCDRL 6th Annual RockStar Powder Coat US Supernationals!

Special thanks to our incredible RCDRL staff: Officials-

Robert St. Pierre, Donnie Johnson, Stephen Burden, Jeff Chambers, Steve Nigri, Carl Russell, Mikey Alsobrooks, Eric Bowman, and Scott Davis.

Stat girls: Kelly Mercadel, Tessa Pfeil, and Regina Alsobrooks.

Event commentators: Michael Mercadel, Jerry Lumar, Jacquelyn Mares, and Annalisa Poddighe.

Event Special Services: Mike Pfeil, Tommie Garca, Heather Bowman, Jayme Bates, Dawn Williford, Dr. Patrick Collins and Randy Mayhew.

To our RCDRL event sponsors, a BIG THANK YOU!

Title Sponsor: 

RockStar Powder Coat and the Howard family

Class Sponsors:

Taylor Home Theater- Young Gunners Bracket

DragRace Concepts-Electric Top Fuel 

J & S Racing- Nitro Top Fuel 

Mike Smith RC Drag Racing Tires- 1/10 Electric Funny Car

Ed Stern Plastic- Electric Pro Mod

Summit Racing Equipment- Traxxas Pro Funny Car Quick 16 Bracket

Paul Miller Custom Pools- Street Eliminator 

Rudis Motorsports- Pro Stock 

Summit Racing Equipment- Traxxas Sportsman Funny Car

Reddy Ice- 2.50 Index

Gawne Racing- Quarter Scale 

Paul Miller Custom Pools- All Run Bracket 


RCDRL signs Taylor Home Theater as the Young Gunners Class Sponsor at the Supers!

Good evening RCDRL Nation, we have landed a Young Gunners class sponsor!


Please help me welcome “Taylor Home Theater” to the 2018 RockStar Powder Coat US Supernationals!

Taylor Home Theater ( is family owned and operated. They have been in the Home Theater industry since 2004 and the electronics industry since 1993.

Taylor Home Theater specializes in home theater design and installation, home theater installers, media room design, and installation. Also, plasma, LCD, LED tv installation, home theater seating, home theater systems, surround sound setup, custom home theater installation, flat screen tv mounting, whole house audio and more in many North Texas cities.

“We always treat all of our customers and your homes with respect and professionalism.”- Mike and Tanya Taylor

For Professional Home Theater Installations in Fort Worth and the surrounding cities, Call 817-594-4787 / Visit:

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