DINWIDDIE, VA – A record turnout of nearly 400 cars was on hand for Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Performance records were also set as the all-eighth-mile series completed three professional qualifying sessions.
The provisional No. 1 qualifiers going into Saturday’s final session are Terry Leggett in Pro Extreme, Tommy Franklin in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, Jose Gonzales in Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost, Cary Goforth in Extreme Pro Stock, and Chris Garner-Jones in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle.
NORTH DINWIDDIE, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association has reached the end of its fourth season. This weekend’s World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park is every team’s last chance to make their mark on the season.
Trevor Eman and the Aruba.com Extreme Pro Stock Mustang currently hold the number three spot in points. It’s been a great season for Team Aruba with a win at Darlington Dragway, followed by a runner up at Maryland International Raceway. They would like nothing more than to cap the season off with another win.
“We’re excited to be back here in Virginia chasing another 660 Man,” Eman said, referring to the PDRA national event trophies. “We would love to end our season with another win and keep up our standings in the points.
NORTH DINWIDDIE, VA – Just in time for this weekend’s PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), PDRA co-owners, Tommy and Judy Franklin, are excited to announce the purchase of the central-Virginia facility, currently sanctioned by NHRA.
As longtime racers, the Franklins upped their investment when they co-founded the PDRA in early 2014. Over the last three and a half years, the Virginia natives have continually shown their commitment to eighth-mile drag racing as well as the entire sport in a variety of ways. Their purchase of VMP allows them to further support the racing community in Virginia, the PDRA and beyond.
VMP was built in 1994 and features a quarter-mile dragstrip, motocross and BMX facilities, a mud pit for tractor pulls, and an autocross course. The dragstrip hosted the first-ever, national-level event in Virginia. Over 250,000 people attend VMP events annually. The track has been sanctioned under both IHRA and NHRA in the past, and is currently sanctioned with NHRA.
MADISON, IL – With just two races left in his season, Top Dragster drag racer Mike Coughlin is hoping this weekend’s All-American Hot Rod Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park will be enough of a success that he can further zero in on this year’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series world championship.
Coughlin currently ranks third in his class, both nationally and in the North Central Division, and a successful outing in St. Louis could be pivotal in his dream of earning his first national title and third divisional crown.
“We were here just two weeks ago and walked away with a runner-up result so considering I can start bettering a previous finish in the first round, we are very optimistic,” Coughlin said. “We didn’t do much to the JEGS.com Dragster since we left other than a very slight update to the tune-up. The weather will be better so we wanted to adjust to that change. Otherwise, nothing needed to be fixed.
Robert Hight, Brittany Force, Jason Line, Eddie Krawiec, Steve Torrence, John Force, Jimmy Prock, and Alan Reinhart on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro
Plus, exclusive on location audio from Steve Torrence after his horrific crash, and Winners Circle interviews with Jimmy Prock and John Force after the second JFR NHRA double win.
Jason Line talks Pro Stock championship hopes, and Eddie Krawiec details his 3rd victory of the countdown.
NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the AAA Texas Fall Nationals.
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PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association is proud to announce that the versatile and entertaining Outlaw 632 category will be a part of the PDRA program again in 2018, with a fresh name, Pro 632. East Side Auto Transport will retain title rights of the category, which will be run at five of the eight races on the 2018 tour.
The class, birthed in Florida, has enjoyed a strong following by both racers and fans during its time with the PDRA. Named for the max cubic inch size allowed, East Side Auto Transport PDRA Pro 632 provides a more cost effective option while still allowing racers to tour and compete for a championship in a national series.
Santa Ana, CA -The VP Racing Fuels NMCA West Drag Racing Series championship season concluded with the completion of the 6th Annual Mickey Thompson NMCA West Coast World Finals at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, October 13-15. NMCA West championships were on the line, as racers pulled out all of the stops while battling major winds that caused many of the classes to be run at the eighth-mile race distance. In addition to the straight-line action, the Hotchkis Auto X presented by Nitto Tire put on a great show as always, with many of the drivers competing for the Hotchkis Grand Champion award.
In ProCharger Outlaw Street competition, Johnny Coleman led qualifying with 4.571 elapsed time at 159.55 mph, and he would improve on that with a 4.56, but in the final round, it was Tom Marshall taking the win and the trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle with a hole-shot victory over Lafayette Williams, 5.121 to 5.119.