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PDRA Postpones Season-Opening East Coast Nationals in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) has decided to postpone the series’ season-opening East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C, series officials announced today. Originally scheduled for April 2-4, the race will be made up at a date to be determined later.

“We waited an extra week to see if things would calm down, but at this time we feel it’s best to postpone the East Coast Nationals,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “Without knowing what’s going to happen next with this coronavirus, it’s hard to lock down a make-up date. As time passes and we get closer to knowing when this will be over, we’ll look at our options and we’ll announce a new plan as soon as it’s safe to get back to racing.”

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DeCerbo Construction, Callies Performance Products Sign on as Sponsors of PDRA All-American Doorslammer Challenge

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – DeCerbo Construction, an Ohio-based commercial construction company, will serve as the title sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) inaugural All-American Doorslammer Challenge, series officials announced today. Racing engine component manufacturer Callies Performance Products has been named the presenting sponsor of the event, which takes place June 11-13 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

“Who better to support our first trip to Norwalk than two local Ohio companies,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “[Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous racer] John DeCerbo wasted no time in supporting this event with his DeCerbo Construction firm when we added Norwalk to our 2020 schedule. Callies is back on board as an event sponsor for the second consecutive season. We’re glad to have both companies helping us enter this new market.”

DeCerbo has competed in select PDRA events for the past few seasons with his Switzer Dynamics-equipped ’68 Camaro. As the president of DeCerbo Construction, which builds hospitals, nursing homes, banks and other large projects involving carpentry, he doesn’t get to attend as many races as he’d like. However, he does hope to hit all eight PDRA races.

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$hameless Racing Steps Up as Title Sponsor of PDRA Pro Outlaw 632

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – $hameless Racing, a Pro Outlaw 632 team led by driver Wes Distefano, will serve as the class sponsor for the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Pro Outlaw 632 class, series officials announced today.

Pro Outlaw 632 is a big-tire doorslammer class allowing naturally aspirated and nitrous-assisted combinations.

“Wes and his family are always a pleasure to work with,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Wes is a major proponent of the PDRA as a series and Pro Outlaw 632 as a series, so it was no surprise when he came to us and wanted to get involved in a bigger way as the sponsor of the class.”

Based in Waterford, Michigan, $hameless Racing is a Pro Outlaw 632 team led by Wes Distefano, who drives the team’s Musi-powered ’68 Camaro. The team joined the PDRA in 2019 and quickly showed support for the series, signing on as the presenting sponsor of the final two races of the season. Continue reading

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ProCharger Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – ProCharger, an industry-leading manufacturer of centrifugal superchargers, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) sixth of eight races on the 2020 No Warning Labels Tour. The 2020 PDRA Fall Nationals presented by ProCharger will take place Sept. 10-12 at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C.

As a part of their 2020 marketing partnership, ProCharger is also a new contingency sponsor with the PDRA, offering contingency support to racers in eligible classes at all eight races. The eligible classes are Penske Racing Shocks/Precision Racing Suspension Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, and the PDRA’s new class, Pro Street.

“ProCharger and its racers made big waves in the PDRA pond last season,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “ProCharger was involved with a few of our top drivers in 2019, and we’re thrilled to see them step up their involvement with the PDRA as an event presenting sponsor and new contingency sponsor.”

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WS Construction Named Presenting Sponsor of PDRA Pro Boost

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – WS Construction, a construction firm specializing in pre-engineered steel buildings and erection service, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s Pro Boost class, series officials announced today. WS Construction joins the class’ title sponsors, Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension.

“[WS Construction President] Randy Weatherford has always supported PDRA as a racer,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Now, it means a lot to everyone at the PDRA to have his support as the presenting sponsor of our quickest and fastest class, Pro Boost.”

WS Construction was founded in 1988 and currently operates out of Danville, Virginia. The company is involved in projects throughout Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee. Benefits of WS Construction’s pre-engineering buildings include faster occupancy, highly competitive costs, energy efficiency and easy expandability.

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Johnny Pluchino Renews Strutmasters.com Sponsorship for 2020 Mountain Motor Pro Stock Season

OAKDALE, NY – Johnny Pluchino, a second-generation Mountain Motor Pro Stock (MMPS) driver, announced today his plans to run a combination of NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock races and PDRA Extreme Pro Stock events this season. The 29-year-old recently renewed his partnership with Strutmasters.com to serve as the primary sponsor on the 2013 Ford Mustang owned by his father, 2016 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock world champion John Pluchino.

“I couldn’t be happier to extend my partnership with Chip Lofton and Strutmasters.com,” said Pluchino. “I really want to get them a couple Wallys this year. We also have the continued support of Jon Kaase Racing Engines, Ram Clutches, Book Racing Carbs and Precision Racing Suspension. We have two new partners this year that we’re excited to work with, Hoosier Racing Tires and NGK Spark Plugs.”

Pluchino’s 2020 schedule is made up of five of the six races on the NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock schedule, plus a selection of events on the to-be-announced PDRA Extreme Pro Stock schedule. Pluchino will run the NHRA races in Charlotte (spring race), Richmond, Chicago, Brainerd and St. Louis.

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Jamie Fowler Planning 2020 Return with Support from NGK Spark Plugs, LAT Racing Oils

COLUMBIA, SC – Jamie Fowler, a PDRA Elite Top Sportsman driver who was robbed at gunpoint during an offseason engine sale, announced today he will make his 2020 return with continued support from NGK Spark Plugs and a new partnership with LAT Racing Oils. The South Carolina native will compete in PDRA Elite Top Sportsman and the Carolina Xtreme Pro Mod series at Darlington Dragway.

Fowler and two team members were held up at gunpoint in November 2019 when they were meeting with someone who pretended to be a racer wanting to buy Fowler’s engine, transmission and torque converter. A group of five thieves made off with the goods, worth an estimated $50,000, putting a serious dent in Fowler’s plans for the 2020 season.

“We have some real challenges ahead of us as we work to rebuild,” Fowler said, “which makes the support from NGK Spark Plugs, LAT Racing Oils and Gopher Utility Services mean that much more. To still have companies of this caliber willing to stand by and support us on our timeline to get back out there is truly amazing and humbling.”

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