BENSON, NC – Father-son racing duo John and Johnny Pluchino earned a long-awaited double-up at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park. John Pluchino won in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock and Johnny Pluchino started his 2018 championship defense with a win in Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by Precision Chassis.
The other professional class event champions were Kevin Rivenbark in Moroso Pro Boost and Jim Halsey in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous. The first-ever Classic Graphix Pro Mod Challenge victory went to Todd Fontana. Mo Hall secured the victory in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 presented by Drag 965.
Also earning the East Coast Nationals “660 Man” trophies in the sportsman classes were Ken Ellison in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Kellan Farmer in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Dave Miller in Top Sportsman 32 and Aaron Roberts in Top Dragster 32.
BENSON, NC – Local favorite Jay Cox reset the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous elapsed time world record Saturday night on his way to winning first round of eliminations at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech. Cox ran a 3.637-second pass at 204.26 mph in his Butner Construction ’69 Camaro to cap off the action-packed round at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.
Racing was put on hold for the night after all classes ran first round of eliminations. Other highlights from first round include Kevin Rivenbark’s 3.661 at 205.07 in Moroso Pro Boost, Jeff Dobbins’ 4.043 at 179.09 in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock and Wes Distefano’s 4.195 at 173.27 in Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by Precision Chassis. Mo Hall had the quickest pass in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 presented by Drag 965 with his 3.853 at 192.49.
Sportsman racers also completed first round in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster presented by Knoxtown Products and Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster, while Edelbrock Bracket Bash racers were able to run two rounds before falling temperatures led PDRA officials to call it a night. Pro Boost and Pro Nitrous non-qualifiers also ran a round in the Classic Graphix Pro Mod Challenge, a second-chance race.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The upcoming start of the 2019 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season also means the start of the fourth annual PDRA Nitrous Wars competition. A season-long program recognizing Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous racers and their engine builders, Nitrous Wars will begin at the PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech, April 4-6 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.
“2019 will be a good year for Nitrous Wars,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “It’s a cool deal for the Pro Nitrous drivers to go after and create some rivalries between the drivers and between the engine builders as the season goes on. You’ve got Musi, Buck, Sonny’s and all the other engine builders, then you add in the personalities like Jay Cox, Tommy Franklin and Lizzy Musi, and you can’t ask for much better.”
Pro Nitrous racers earn a Nitrous Wars point for their engine builder whenever they qualify No. 1 at each of the PDRA’s eight races. The No. 1 qualifier at the East Coast Nationals will also receive the PDRA Nitrous Wars nitrous bottle, a trophy continuously handed off to the next low qualifier as the season progresses. The trophy – and bragging rights – are ultimately awarded to the Nitrous Wars champion at the end of the season.
BENSON, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Road to the Finals begins this weekend at the first of eight races on the 2019 PDRA Tour, the PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech, April 4-6 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C. Entering its sixth season, the PDRA will debut its new “Friday Night Fire” and “Main Event” formats.
The all-eighth-mile drag racing series restructured its daily event schedule over the offseason in an effort to give fans more of what they want. PDRA Friday Night Fire will kick off at 6 p.m. with back-to-back qualifying sessions for the PDRA’s professional classes. The Main Event begins Saturday at 4 p.m. with pro eliminations and the completion of sportsman eliminations.
“The Friday Night Fire and Main Event formats will hopefully make our schedule a little more fan-friendly,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “This new event schedule will make it easier for fans to finish work on Friday or go to their kids’ ball game Saturday morning and still get to come out and watch an evening of pro drag racing.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Lithium Pros, manufacturers of lithium-ion racing batteries, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s return to South Georgia, series officials announced today. The PDRA Summer Nationals powered by Lithium Pros is scheduled for June 27-29 at South Georgia Motorsports Park near Valdosta, Ga.
“We’re fortunate to have the support of Lithium Pros Batteries as we return to South Georgia,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “It’s always exciting when we can partner with manufacturers who are passionate about our form of drag racing and create products that meet the needs of our racers.”
Lithium Pros was established in 2011 with a management team boasting over 20 years of experience in racing. The company’s engineers, chemists and machinists focus on developing high performance, ultra-lightweight lithium-ion batteries for customers in the racing, EV, marine, fleet and specialty markets.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – LINE-X, a global leader in protective coatings development and availability, has been named the presenting sponsor of the third race on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) 2019 tour. The PDRA North-South Shootout presented by LINE-X Protective Coatings will take place May 2-4 at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Md.
“PDRA is excited to welcome LINE-X Protective Coatings as the presenting sponsor of our Maryland event,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “They’re a new PDRA event sponsor, but they’re not new to the PDRA scene. We’re glad to have LINE-X involved in this new expanded role.”
With over 25 years of industry experience and technical expertise, LINE-X is known as a market leader in spray-on truck bedliners. LINE-X is the largest automotive aftermarket retail franchise in North America, while the LINE-X Franchise Network has operations expanding around the globe.
Precision Chassis, East Side Auto Transport sign on as presenting sponsors
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Schwing America, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of concrete production and handling equipment, has signed on as the title sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Pro Outlaw 632 class. The presenting sponsor role will be split by Precision Chassis and East Side Auto Transport at the class’ seven races on the eight-race PDRA schedule.
“It’s very exciting to have a major corporate sponsor like Schwing America sign on to support our Pro Outlaw 632 class,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “This is a big step for Pro Outlaw 632 as it continues to grow in terms of racer participation and support from sponsors.”
Established in 1974 as a member of the Germany-based Schwing Group, Schwing America offers industry-leading concrete boom pumps, stationary pumps, truck mixers, truck-mounted conveyors, reclaimers and genuine parts for distribution in North and Latin America. Schwing pumps have been used in numerous noteworthy construction projects, including major league sports venues, the Panama Canal expansion and Freedom Tower.