FREDERICKSBURG, VA – $hameless Racing, a Michigan-based Pro Outlaw 632 team, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) final two races of the 2019 season, series officials announced today.
The PDRA Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing is set for Oct. 3-5 at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C., while the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by Pro Line Racing and $hameless Racing will close the eight-race season Oct. 17-20 at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.
“Wes Distefano and his $hameless Racing team came to us and wanted to get involved with the PDRA on a bigger level,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Wes has been a strong competitor in our Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by Precision Chassis and East Side Auto Transport class all season, and now it’s exciting to have him and $hameless Racing on board as the presenting sponsor at the Fall Nationals and World Finals.”
BENSON, NC – PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., has been canceled, race officials announced today. The path of Hurricane Dorian changed since the PDRA’s original decision to move forward with the event, with the storm now expected to directly hit the Benson area.
“We are very sorry to make this decision after saying that we are going racing, but when the storm changes and tells you that you need to look again, we did just that,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Safety will always and continue to be priority in our racing series, on and off the track. As much as we all want to race, we just do not see it being possible and we do not want to have anyone stranded or away from their families during this potential natural disaster. All of us at the PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused and as noted earlier in the week, both GALOT and Virginia Motorsports Park facilities are open for housing rigs that need to get away from the storm.”
BENSON, NC – The sixth of eight races on the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Road to the Finals, PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, will continue as planned despite inclement weather related to Hurricane Dorian, race officials announced today. Originally scheduled for Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., Drag Wars will be completed using an abbreviated Friday-Saturday schedule.
“PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park officials have all watched the storm tracks long enough and according to meteorologists across the board, we appear to have a window to make this sixth race on the Road to the Finals happen for our racers and fans,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Everybody stay safe in their travels and we will do our best to accommodate everyone to the best of our abilities. The PDRA Racing series is looking forward to another event at GALOT Motorsports Park and we hope to see you all coming out to a great event at a wonderful facility.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will build on its reputation as a family-oriented, charitable organization next month when it hosts a Wigs for Kids donation event during PDRA Drag Wars, Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C. The event was chosen because September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“We are super excited to do an event like this at a drag race and it goes to show how the PDRA is such a family-oriented organization,” said Judy Franklin, co-owner of the PDRA. “We are more than just a racing series, we are about helping others.”
The PDRA has previously held fundraisers and raised awareness for causes like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Make-A-Wish, and the official charity of the PDRA, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“Crystal Corbin, our head of registration, suggested we do a Wigs for Kids event at GALOT,” Franklin said. “I reached out to Dana Strickland at GALOT to get her take on the idea and she loved it! Her daughter, Janalee Strickland, and GALOT employee Lyndsey Teachey are both hair dressers and Dana offered for them both to do the haircuts for this event.”
MOORESVILLE, NC — When Tommy Franklin raced to the Pro Nitrous win at the most recent Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) event in Ohio, he did so by going an impressive 3.69 at 204.36 MPH in the final round.
But he also did so in weather conditions that weren’t exactly conducive to fast performances. Franklin, though, credited the work of Pat Musi Racing Engines, who continue to set the bar in the class when it comes to performance and success.
“It’s just a testament to what Pat’s doing over there,” Franklin said. “We ran that 3.69 at a density altitude of almost 4,000 feet. I had no inkling it would go that fast. It was making a ton of power. I’m really excited to see what we can do when we get killer air and really good weather for the next three races.”
WEST SALEM, OH — Facing hot-weather racing conditions all weekend long at Dragway 42, the Musi Racing team couldn’t find their footing at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) inaugural Northern Nationals in West Salem, Ohio.
Lizzy Musi suffered a close first-round loss in Pro Nitrous driving the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart. Racing Todd Fontana in the opening round, both drivers ran into trouble, but Musi couldn’t quite track him down, running 4.656-seconds at 147.40 mph to Fontana’s 4.561 at 163.22.
It proved to be a frustrating weekend for Musi, who qualified eighth with a run of 3.776 at 202.07. After three straight victories on the Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings circuit, Musi is still searching for her first victory of the 2019 PDRA season through five races. However, the team remains determined to make it happen over the final three events of the 2019 campaign.
WEST SALEM, OH – The No. 1 qualifiers in all three professional classes parlayed their qualifying success into event victories Saturday evening at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Northern Nationals presented by Callies Performance at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. Kris Thorne (Moroso Pro Boost), Tommy Franklin (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous) and John Montecalvo (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) left the northern Ohio facility with trophies.
Walter Lannigan Jr. earned the largest payday in Pro Outlaw 632 history, as he won the special non-points Pro Outlaw 632 Shootout presented by $hameless Racing. The win came with a $7,500 prize.
Also earning the Northern Nationals “660 Man” trophies in the sportsman classes were Glenn Butcher in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Zack Fisher in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Buddy Perkinson in Top Sportsman 32 and Noah Johnson in Top Dragster 32. Joe Soucek Jr. won the Edelbrock Bracket Bash competition.