PITTSBORO, NC – The 2014 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show was abuzz with all the expected announcements and plans for another season. But for Professional Drag Racers Association racers, staff and supporters it was also a major occasion for celebration. The organization announced new partnerships and plans for 2015 and capped off the event with their first ever awards banquet on Saturday evening.
Besides celebrating an incredible first season, the PDRA made sure to celebrate their champions in grand style. Class Champions each received a monetary award and Championship trophy. Professional champions as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Champs also received a Championship ring. In Pro Extreme, Mississippi’s own Bubba Stanton was crowned King as the first champion of the organization’s premier class. Jason Harris celebrated his incredible season by accepting the Pro Nitrous title. Todd Tutterow, Cary Goforth and Eric McKinney rounded out the professional category champions in Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle, respectively. Sportsman champions included Dan Ferguson in Top Sportsman, Travis Harvey in Top Dragster and Isaac Evans and David Roloff in Pro and Top Junior Dragster.
PITTSBORO, NC – Several companies took the leap with the Professional Drag Racers Association as they stepped out for their debut in 2014. One of those companies was Huddleston Performance, who sponsored both the Pro and Top Junior Dragster categories. Huddleston Performance is one of the frontrunning companies for Junior Dragster racing, providing turn-key cars, engines, clutches and a full line of components for racers all over the world. Now Huddleston Performance mastermind, Bo Huddleston, and his team are ready to increase their PDRA involvement by debuting a new Pro Boost team and increasing their sponsorship involvement.
Bo’s son Thomas, a former junior driver himself, will pilot the Pro Boost car, which will be strikingly familiar to professional eighth mile followers. A few short days ago, the Huddleston family purchased the famous “Lowmad,” a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad machine, previously campaigned by David Elsberry’s team.
PITTSBORO, NC – Few racing enthusiasts are able to make it to the professional level of drag racing. Fewer still are successful. The select group who rise to international prominence, dwindles to only a handful. Among that handful is PDRA racer Adam Flamholc. Over the last several years Flamholc, a native of Sweden, has become a fixture in professional eighth mile drag racing in the US and abroad. In 2014 he competed at select events with the PDRA, managing a 16th place finish in overall Pro Boost points with just three appearances.
When not following the PDRA tour here in the US, Flamholc and team were busy chasing the European Drag Racing Series Championship in Europe. Flamholc fielded a Pro Extreme car with the SRIF and took home top honors in his class, winning the SRIF Championship.
PITTSBORO, NC – The 27th annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, held December 11-13 in Indianapolis, Ind. will be a milestone for the Professional Drag Racers Association. Not even quite a year old, the budding organization has already accomplished a successful inaugural season, developed a top-notch schedule for 2015 and has earned the respect of racers, fans, and sponsors alike. Now, it’s time to celebrate with the PDRA’s first ever awards banquet, to be held in conjunction with the PRI Show.
The banquet will honor the 2014 PDRA Champions and the combined efforts of all who made this season a success. It will be held at the JW Marriott, on the premises of the Indiana Convention Center on Saturday, December 13th, from 7pm to midnight. For more information, see the link on the homepage of www.pdra660.com.
PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association is hard at work planning the 2015 season. Although it will be tough to top their inaugural season, the owners and staff feel confident that 2015 will be even bigger and better than this year. The nine classes that began the PDRA series will also carry them into their sophomore season. Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Junior Dragster and Top Junior Dragster will be contested at all ten 2015 events.
“We had a great turn out of racers for our inaugural year,” stated Bob Harris on behalf of the PDRA owners and staff. “All classes are a big asset to the PDRA and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2015. We want to thank all our sponsors, racers and fans for a great 2014 season, as well as the media for their great coverage and support.”
PETERSBURG, VA – Rising Pro Nitrous star Jason Harris completed an almost perfect campaign Oct. 13, by going to his eighth final round in as many events this year and winning his sixth race to cap off a championship-winning run in the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA’s) inaugural season.
Also scoring pro class victories in the rain-delayed PDRA Championship Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), were Brandon Snider in Pro Extreme, Anthony DiSomma in Pro Boost, Richard Penland in Extreme Pro Stock and Eric McKinney in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. Sportsman class winners included John Lassiter in Top Sportsman, Alan O’Brien in Top Dragster, Isaac Evans in Pro Jr. Dragster and Caleb Russell in Top Jr. Dragster.
PETERSBURG, VA – It took five weeks, four rain delays and racing at two tracks in neighboring states, but the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) finally crowned winners of its postponed Dragstock event from North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway Oct. 12, at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), near Richmond.
When heavy rain interrupted race day at Rockingham early in September the decision was made to finish its eliminations within qualifying for the inaugural PDRA Championship Finals in Virginia. Unfortunately, light but steady rain also intervened at VMP on Friday night after just one round of qualifying and returned to prevent any on-track action at all on Saturday before again delaying proceedings Sunday morning.