Garret Race Cars Wins XDRL Debut Event

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Brandon Pesz drove his Garret Race Cars-built 1958 Corvette to the Pro Extreme win Apr. 7, in the debut event for the X-treme Drag Racing League (XDRL) at Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma.

Pesz, from The Woodlands, Texas, qualified third, directly behind teammate and car owner Todd Martin in his own Garret-built ’68 Mustang. Also driving Garret Race Cars entries in the 16-car Pro Extreme field were Randell Reid, who qualified sixth with his ’57 Chevy, and 11th-place starter Mike Recchia in the competition debut of his ’67 Camaro.

That Martin was racing at all was a testament to the Garret Race Cars crew in Marble Hill, Missouri, who worked through the recent Easter weekend to repair damage from a testing crash at the Tulsa track just days earlier.


“The whole front clip and rear quarter panel was pretty badly torn up; there was quite a bit of damage,” said Garret Livingston, founder and president of Garret Race Cars. “We had an awful lot to do and I want to thank my guys for all the work they put in to get Todd back out there in time for the race. We’ve been working pretty much around the clock as it is, so to put that on top of everything, well, I just appreciate the extra effort.””

Reid and Recchia faced off in round one of racing, with Reid earning the win, but he met up with Pesz in round two, while Martin made it as far as the semis before also falling to Pesz. In the final round, Pesz outdistanced Tim Tindle for his career-first pro class win with a 3.769 pass at 198.88 mph.

“It means a lot to us whenever one of our customers win and I want to congratulate Brandon and Todd and the rest of their team on winning the very first XDRL race; that’s a pretty big deal,” Livingston said.

“I also want to congratulate all of our Garret customers at Tulsa because they all did a great job and I appreciate every one of them. I just wish they didn’t have to race each other so much!””

Garret Race Cars produces state-of-the-art race cars with handcrafted workmanship at its shop in Marble Hill, Missouri. Everything from design to engineering to fabrication to final assembly is done with uncompromised attention to detail. Whether it’s an Outlaw Pro Mod, Top Sportsman, Competition Eliminator, Super category car or a high-horsepower Outlaw 10.5 entry, producing one that is “best of class” is always the goal at Garret Race Cars.

For more information visit Garret online at or call (573) 238-3055.


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