DINWIDDIE, VA – After three days of waiting out inclement weather, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) declared the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals complete on Tuesday afternoon. Continued rain sprinkles and high humidity levels prevented the series from completing the semifinal rounds in two classes and final rounds in three classes.
“We’ve done everything we can to try to get this race in, but the weather just won’t cooperate,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “This certainly isn’t the way we wanted to end the season, especially with championships still on the line. We appreciate our racers’ determination to finish the race.”
The final rounds left to complete included Jim Halsey vs. Matt Guenther in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Johnny Camp vs. Kurt Steding in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, and Alyssa Rabon vs. Coolidge Rivenbark in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Humid conditions and intermittent light showers put the brakes on Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials’ attempts to prepare the Virginia Motorsports Park track surface for the Monday completion of eliminations at the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals. With world championships still undecided in two classes, the series and the racers in title contention elected to try again on Tuesday.
“This has been a trying weekend for everyone involved,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Our track crew went to work this morning in an effort to get the track surface ready to go racing this afternoon, but the nearly 100% humidity and some sprinkles have made it impossible. Our racers want to race for championships and trophies, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to make that possible.”
Drivers in some classes decided to split the purse and points, while drivers in five classes decided to stay at VMP for the race’s completion.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Persistent rain showers Sunday morning combined with more rain in the forecast forced Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to postpone the completion of the semifinal and final rounds of the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race will continue Monday with a projected 3 p.m. EST start time.
“With a completely saturated racetrack and more rain in the forecast for the rest of the day, we had no choice but to write off today,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Moving forward, our options were to split the payout and points among the racers left in competition – with a couple championships still in play – or finish the event on Monday. During our driver’s meeting this afternoon, we had enough drivers who wanted to finish the race that we felt it was the right decision to make.”
While several 2020 PDRA world champions have already been decided, there are still a handful of titles left up for grabs, plus various points positions.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Defending world champion Jim Halsey gained ground in his quest for a second Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world championship when he qualified No. 1 Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals. Racing at Virginia Motorsports Park, Halsey shot to the top spot with a 3.638-second pass at 208.46 mph.
Championship contenders John Strickland (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction) and Dillon Voss ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) also qualified No. 1 in the pro classes, as well as JR Carr in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ashley Owens in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle and Tim Essick in Drag 965 Pro Street.
There are also some tight championship battles in the PDRA’s sportsman categories, where the No. 1 qualifiers are Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Andrew Johnson in Teets Memorial Top Sportsman 48 and Kellan Farmer in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48.
DINWIDDIE, VA – A 2020 season shortened and shifted by the COVID-19 public health crisis will conclude this weekend as the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will crown its world champions at the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals, Oct. 22-25 at Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s the series’ sixth race in a season that was originally set to include eight events.
“There’s nothing like closing out the season with our biggest race of the year,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “In terms of car count and excitement, this race is always huge. We’re going to crown our 2020 world champions, hopefully set some new records and see some incredible racing.”
Two world championships have already been decided. Johnny Pluchino won the DragWars event two weeks ago, securing his place as a Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock world champion, joining his father, John, who won the title in 2016. Two-time and defending Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle world champion Travis Davis also won at DragWars and locked up his third title in the process.
BENSON, NC – Pro Nitrous veteran turned Pro Boost rookie Johnny Camp secured his first-ever Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) “660 Man” trophy Saturday night when he won PDRA DragWars presented by Modern Racing. Racing in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, Camp recorded a 3.693 at 203.16 mph on a single when final-round opponent James Beadling couldn’t fire up.
The event victories in the other professional classes went to multi-time event winners, as Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Johnny Pluchino (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock), Wes Distefano ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) also won.
In the sportsman classes, past world champions Donny “Hollywood” Urban and Kellan Farmer won in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja and Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, respectively. JR Ward (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32) and Wallace Wilson (Lucas Oil Top Dragster) also won. Jarret Creech claimed the Edelbrock Bracket Bash win.
Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster finalists Nyckolas Shirkey and Ethan Steding both broke out on the 7.90 dial-in, but it was Shirkey’s 7.882 that won out over Steding’s 7.88. In Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster, McKenzee Hogan grabbed a significant holeshot advantage, but broke out on her 9.61 dial-in with a 9.523, allowing Kamryn Love to get the win with a 9.068 on a 9.06 dial-in.
BENSON, NC – Defending Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey picked up his third No. 1 qualifier award in five races Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) DragWars presented by Modern Racing at GALOT Motorsports Park. Halsey came within thousandths of a second of his own E.T. world record with his 3.618-second blast at 208.88 mph.
Halsey was joined by first-time No. 1 qualifier James Beadling in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, Chris Powers in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Wes Distefano in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632 and Ashley Owens in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle.
In a proactive move to get ahead of hurricane-related weather on Saturday, the all-eighth-mile series also completed all three rounds of qualifying for the sportsman and Jr. Dragster classes. Buddy Perkinson (MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja), Michael White (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Zachary Houser (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32) and Nick Meloni (Lucas Oil Top Dragster 16) are the sportsman low qualifiers.