PITTSBORO, NC – The world’s quickest and fastest Pro Modifieds return to Maryland International Raceway July 17-18. The Professional Drag Racers Association brings the baddest eighth mile action in the country with 200+ MPH blown, turbo and nitrous machines. Watch the biggest names in Pro Mod racing battle it out for crucial PDRA points down the historic MDIR track at the first annual PDRA North-South Shootout.
MDIR has always been a favorite home for doorslammer action and now the world’s premier doorslammer organization will make its MDIR debut. Pro Extreme, the bad boys of the PDRA, features racers from around the world with current points leader Badir Ahli and teammate Mustafa Buhumaid giving class heroes Jason Scruggs and Todd Tutterow a run for their money. In Pro Nitrous it’s all about the spray as these fire breathing machines rocket down 660 feet in less than four seconds. Pro Boost provides some of the tightest competition in the PDRA when turbo and blown cars face off against each other. And for bike lovers, the two-wheeled monsters of Pro Extreme Motorcycle bring their own brand of insane excitement.
PITTSBORO, NC – PDRA Dragstock XII, originally on schedule to be run at GALOT Motorsports Park, will now return to Rockingham Dragway, September 11-13. GALOT Motorsports Park’s expected completion date for the track overhaul has been pushed back to 2016, and as a result the track was forced to cancel all races on schedule for this year. PDRA Race Director, Bob Harris, reached out to Rockingham Dragway, the home of Dragstock in recent years, quickly securing the facility for the PDRA’s marquee event.
“We are disappointed that we will not run at GALOT this year,” told Harris, “but we understand that they are creating a world class facility and want it to be right before opening. We appreciate GALOT giving us enough notice to find a different facility in time and also appreciate Steve Earwood for partnering with the PDRA for a second event this season. We enjoy running at Rockingham and love the history that the Dragstock event has had at that track. We look forward to a great event there.”
PITTSBORO, NC – For seven years Tommy D’Aprile was the hired gun for Mel Bush Motorsports. When a turn of events sidelined D’Aprile early this year, he quickly turned what could have been viewed as a sour situation into a positive, character-building opportunity.
“You know how racing is: here today and gone tomorrow,” D’Aprile told. “This was a faith-growing tool for me. The focus was not on what was taken away, but being thankful for all that I had. This wasn’t anything that was bad. This was a business decision for Mel to help him afford to run his racing program. Mel and I never had a falling out. I was discouraged and disappointed a bit, but that’s just normal.”
PITTSBORO, NC – Pro Boost competitor, Gerry Capano, has been competing professionally in heads up competition since 2010 with Northeast Outlaw Association and then paving the way in Pro Boost with the PDRA since the organization’s inception last year. He has made steady progress each year, finishing in the top 10 last season. Capano rebounded after a disappointing start to the season that included a DNQ due to parts breakage and a first round loss. Putting that behind him, Capano forged ahead earning his first ever victory by claiming the Pro Boost trophy at the Cajun Nationals in Shreveport La. This well-earned win is sure to be the first of many.
Capano won his first race in style, going to his first ever pole position with a 3.86 and knocking offScott Oksas and John Strickland to meet heavy hitter Kevin Rivenbark in the finals. Capano ran a career-best number, 3.803, and walked away with the Pro Boost trophy.
PITTSBORO, N.C – Simpson Performance Products, a name synonymous with driver safety in all types of racing, has joined the host of Professional Drag Racers Association sponsors. A vast majority of PDRA teams utilize a Simpson product to keep them safe while reaching speeds of over 200 MPH in the eighth mile. Simpson is an American company that has been in business since 1959. They provide a wide selection of helmets, racing suits, gloves and shoes as well as fire retardant underwear. They are the most trusted source for head and neck restraint technology in the world and feature both the Simpson Hybrid and head and neck restraints by HANS, a Simpson company. The Hybrid Sport is a favorite among drag racers.
“The marketing partners list continues to grow as one of the most famous names in racing has joined forces with the PDRA Series,” said PDRA SVP of Marketing, Mike Congdon. “Simpson Racing Products has been keeping drivers and crew members safe for many years. Their safety equipment has been used in many motorsport genres, including drag racing, NASCAR, and the IndyCar series. We are proud to have them join the PDRA Series and look forward to having them as part of the family for many years to come.”
PITTSBORO, NC – PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle competitor Brad McCoy has made the trek from his Cleveland, N.C. home to each of the first three stops on the 2015 tour. This means he’s already traveled over 4500 miles this season, but he’s prepared to follow the PDRA tour for its entirety, a commitment not seen by many other PXM teams thus far. McCoy is invested in his program and believes that the PDRA provides the best place for bike racers to compete on a national level.
“We made a decision over the winter that we were going to try to run all the races provided that financially we could do it,” stated McCoy. “I’m going to stick to that commitment the best I can. I want to support the PDRA because they give us a really good place to come and race. There’s not many places to race with our bikes on that kind of level. I want to see the bikes do good in the PDRA so I want to support every race that I can.
PITTSBORO, NC – the Professional Drag Racers Association will visit Gateway Motorsports Park for the Mid-America Open, the fourth stop on their 2015 tour. On Thursday, Official Wrap Provider of the PDRA, Kryptonite Kustomz, will host a free pizza party for racers and crew from 7pm until the pizza runs out.
Kryptonite Kustomz is known for their head-turning wraps that cover everything from golf carts to semi rigs and race cars of all shapes and sizes, as well as banners and interior walls for corporate offices or race shops. The Oklahoma based company recently moved into a large, state-of-the-art, climate controlled facility that can house any size rig.