BENSON, NC – After Johnny Camp earned his first Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) victory at GALOT Motorsports Park last fall, the Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction racer earned his second victory in the series Saturday night at the East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech.
Similarly, 2020 DragWars winners Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) kicked off the 2021 PDRA season with additional wins at GALOT. Chris Powers (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Jimmy Pelcarsky ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Jesse Lambert (Drag 965 Pro Street) also picked up pro class victories at the East Coast Nationals.
In the PDRA’s sportsman classes, the victories went to Tim Molnar in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Ronnie Proctor in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32, and T.G. Paschal in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48. Billy Lawrence drove his Strutmasters ’74 Chevy pickup to the Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams win, defeating Michael Morton in the final round.
Halsey, Tutterow, Carr, Pelcarsky, Davis and Lambert Start PDRA Season as Low Qualifiers at East Coast Nationals
BENSON, NC – Defending world champion Jim Halsey picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2020 season by qualifying No. 1 in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous at the season-opening Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech. Driving his Brandon Switzer-tuned ’68 Camaro, Halsey recorded a 3.65-second pass at 207.08 mph in the third and final qualifying session at GALOT Motorsports Park Friday night.
Todd Tutterow (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), JR Carr (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Jimmy Pelcarsky ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632), Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) and Jesse Lambert (Drag 965 Pro Street) also qualified No. 1 in the pro classes.
The PDRA’s sportsman classes completed two qualifying sessions, with a third session planned for Saturday morning. The provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Zach Houser in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32 and Bill Earnest in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48.
Devoted Wife, Mother, Businesswoman and Adventurer
Vonda was an extraordinary woman. She was born in Pennsylvania on May 16th, 1937 and grew up on her parents East Coventry Township, PA farm. That is where she developed her love of animals, appreciation of nature and taste for adventure. Vonda’s grand adventure began in her late teen’s, when she married her high school sweetheart, Walter. After the birth of her fourth child, the young dynamic homemaker decided to continue her education and become a travel agent. At the same time, she assisted Walt in every imaginable way as they established their first business, S&W Race Cars. As S&W grew, the couple started three additional businesses, which Vonda also managed. During her adult years, Mrs. Weney also worked as a bookkeeper, township auditor and logged many hours as a volunteer at the Avalon Garden Club and Pottstown, PA Hospital.
She always found a way to balance family, business and adventure. Vonda enjoyed the company of her family, beloved cat Smokey, friends and socializing at the drag races. One of her greatest accomplishments was learning how to scuba dive, because she didn’t even know how to swim. She also earned her pilots license so she and her husband could fly their small plane together. Some of her favorite hobbies included; sailing & motor boating, painting, crafts, reading, exercising & walking. Having fun was important to her, but she was very competitive when it came to skiing, golf and other physical sports. In her 60’s, Vonda finished in the top 5 of her age group, during a national rowing competition!
Jr. Dragster racer Graeme Rufenacht partners with Golf Cart King for 2021 and beyond
ROUND ROCK, TX – Graeme Rufenacht announces partnership with Golf Cart King. The sixteen-year-old Texas-based racer adds Golf Cart King to a growing list of marketing partners as he looks to add to his 100+ career win total in 2021.
Rufenacht, the 2020 DragChamp Jr. Racer of the Year, will showcase Golf Cart King on both of his dragsters while displaying Golf Cart King parts and accessories on the team golf cart. The pit vehicle recently underwent a total GCK transformation including a new body kit, seats, wheels and tires, lights, and more.
“2020 was an outstanding year where we captured four championships in the SouthWest Jr. Dragster Series along with surpassing 100 career wins,” Graeme said. “As we look to continue that momentum into 2021, it’s a privilege to have Golf Cart King on board as we travel the country. Our golf cart looks amazing with all the new parts from GCK and I’m excited to show it off this year,” Graeme continued.
Twisted Shifterz and 360 Steel Named Title Sponsor of Inaugural Nitro Chaos at Eddyville Raceway Park
Eddyville, IA – Nitro Chaos and Eddyville Raceway Park are excited to announce Twisted Shifterz and 360 Steel as the title sponsor for the Inaugural Nitro Chaos event, July 30-31st in Eddyville, Iowa! Owner Darren Foster has the door wide open with both his companies to satisfy your creative ideas to come to life in his product lines.
“All of us at Twisted Shifterz and 360-STEEL are extremely excited to be involved with Nitro Chaos and the unique opportunity it brings to the world of drag racing for the fans and racers. Events like this are exactly what are needed in this sport and we’re proud to be part of it” said Foster.
The Nitro Chaos event is a one of a kind spectacular that is open to funny cars, dragsters, altereds and doorslammers with 80% nitro in the tank in a unique one of a kind “run what you brung” format.
“We are thrilled to have Darren and his companies on board with the Nitro Chaos event. His products are as unique as the event itself and will be of great interest to our fans and racers” said Track Operator Gerald Kramer.
BENSON, NC – During this weekend’s Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech, the all-eighth-mile series will officially celebrate its 2020 world champions before kicking off the eight-race 2021 PDRA season. The PDRA Championship Banquet will take place following Thursday testing, while the PDRA’s professional and sportsman racers will begin their 2021 championship bids Friday and Saturday at GALOT Motorsports Park.
“The season-opening East Coast Nationals is usually one of our bigger races, but we’re taking it to another level this year,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “We weren’t able to celebrate our champions at our usual banquet in December since the PRI Show was cancelled, so we’re doing the next best thing by getting everyone together after testing on Thursday. Then you add a full weekend of racing with a packed lineup, including some new names in several classes. That combination should make for a fun, exciting weekend.”
The PDRA Championship Banquet will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Barn at Broadslab Distillery, located just a few minutes from the track. Transportation between the track and the banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until everyone is back at the track following the banquet. Doors open at 7 with dinner served at 7:30. The banquet is in place of the typical PDRA banquet held in Indianapolis during the PRI Show.
ANAHEIM, CA – McLeod Racing announces partnership with Import Drag Racer Ricky Silva. Silva will be piloting his 1997 Honda Civic with a commemorative 50th Anniversary McLeod Racing wrap for the 2021 season. Silva will be competing in the highly competitive Sport Front Wheel Drive (SFWD) class for import drag racing across the country.
Silva is no stranger to the import world of racing and street cars. Ricky has 20+ years of street and track experience and is currently the full-time mechanic for CLM Motorsports Inc in the tri-state area. On the track, Silva is the two-time OGS1320 SFWD champion with multiple accolades and wins throughout his racing career.
Silva’s ’97 Honda Civic EK will be equipped with McLeod Racing’s Mini Mag 7 ¼” twin disc clutch for the Honda B-series engines. These units have the only friction material designed to endure the required slippage of drag racing. It has a high clamp to wear ratio, low moment of inertia, and has an open clutch cover design to keep the unit running cooler under heavy use. These kits include a racer rebuildable disc and floater packages along with replacement part availability.