MOORESVILLE, NC — Another outstanding racing season has led to more accolades for Pat Musi Racing Engines, as the company has claimed the PDRA Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars for a fourth consecutive year. The Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars trophy is awarded to the engine builder who claims the most No. 1 qualifiers in the PDRA’s Pro Nitrous class, and Pat Musi Racing Engines has now enjoyed an incredible four-year run of success in the talent-heavy class.
This season’s success has been even more noteworthy for the Mooresville, NC-based engine builder, as the company claimed the No. 1 qualifier at four of the first five PDRA races this year. With two races still remaining in the season, Pat Musi Racing Engines has already secured the title, which makes this Nitrous Wars victory the most satisfying yet for Musi.
“It’s certainly exciting to win the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars for a fourth straight year, but what’s really satisfying is doing it with this many races left in the season,” Pat Musi said. “We’ve never sewn it up that early and that continues to show the progress we’re making with our engines. We haven’t become content with our success and it’s important for us to continue to push forward and stay out in front in Pro Nitrous.”
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PITTSBORO, NC – While two races remain on the 2018 PDRA Tour, Musi Racing Engines customers have so thoroughly dominated the season that It’s now become impossible for anyone to top Musi Racing Engines in the 2018 version of Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars. The Musi engines camp has achieved four of the five low qualifier awards, but, thus far, only one driver has repeat this feat.
Tommy Franklin scored both low ET of the recent Drag Wars and won the event with solid command of the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC competition. His 959 Musi engine powered him to a pack-leading 3.710 at 202 MPH. This was Franklin’s second pole of the season, having led off the year with his first #1 qualifier. Fellow Musi customers, Jason Harris and Randy Weatherford have also scored low qualifiers throughout the season.
BENSON, NC – Moroso Pro Boost No. 1 qualifier Tommy D’Aprile charged to his second win of the season Saturday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Drag Wars at GALOT Motorsports Park. D’Aprile used a slight holeshot advantage to hold off Marc Caruso in a race determined by just 13 thousandths of a second.
The No. 1 qualifiers in three of the other professional classes also swept the weekend, as Tommy Franklin (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC), Ronnie Smith (Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle) and Johnny Pluchino (East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632) also won. Contrarily, Jeff Dobbins won from the No. 16 spot in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock.
The PDRA Drag Wars trophies in the sportsman classes went to Aaron Glaser in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Ed Foley in Top Sportsman 32, Tom Martino in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, and Johnny Grubb in Top Dragster 32. Tim Williams in his ’17 Race Tech dragster defeated Benson’s own William Roberts in his ’94 Mustang in the Edelbrock Bracket Bash final round.
Franklin, D’Aprile, DeFlorian Jr., Smith and Pluchino Secure No. 1 Qualifying Spots at PDRA Drag Wars
BENSON, NC – Two-time and defending world champion Tommy Franklin led the field in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC Friday night at PDRA Drag Wars at GALOT Motorsports Park. Franklin used a 3.71-second pass at 202.12 to earn his second No. 1 spot of the season.
Also leading the professional classes going into Saturday eliminations are Tommy D’Aprile in Moroso Pro Boost, John DeFlorian Jr. in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ronnie Smith in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, and Johnny Pluchino in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632.
With a third and final qualifying session left to run Saturday morning, the PDRA’s sportsman classes are currently topped by Billy Albert in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Erica Coleman in Top Sportsman 32, Jeremy Creasman in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Bruce Mullins in Top Dragster 32. Kaylee Love is the provisional No. 1 qualifier in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster with her 7.903-second pass, while Brandon Guiderise is leading Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster with a .006 reaction time.
Sonny’s to build charity engine for Sunnen Sweepstakes at PRI
From humble beginnings in December of 1968, Sonny Leonard rose in prominence thanks to his innovative engine designs and uncompromising performance. Sonny’s has over 100 national and world records on land and sea. In Mountain Motor Pro Stock alone, Sonny’s engines have amassed 17 World Championships across PDRA, IHRA and ADRL. A Sonny’s engine won the first Pro Stock Championship with Ricky Smith in 1987. Additional MMPS Championships have been racked up by customers Billy Huff, Doug Kirk, Tommy Mauney, John Montecalvo and Cary Goforth.
While many drag race fans are well aware of Sonny’s Racing Engines accomplishments on the eighth and quarter miles, they may be surprised to find out the company has had a broad impact on boat racing and truck pulls, as well. A Sonny’s Racing Engine has won five out of six National Championships in the NTPA 4 wheel drive truck pull category.
BENSON, NC – The eighth-mile racers of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will converge at GALOT Motorsports Park this weekend for the PDRA Drag Wars. The sixth of eight races on the 2018 PDRA Tour, Drag Wars will feature competition in the PDRA’s five professional classes and numerous sportsman categories as the racers fight for world championships.
GALOT Motorsports Park, which also hosted the season-opening PDRA East Coast Spring Nationals in April, is known for drawing a large crowd of fans and participants. While the spring race was impacted by rain storms, Drag Wars is benefiting from a warm, dry forecast for the weekend.
“It looks like we’re going to have a really good weather weekend, which is exciting for us,” said Bob Harris, PDRA race director. “We’ve fought rain all season, so it’s great for the teams and fans to go into the weekend knowing we can race without dodging raindrops. I’m expecting this forecast to help us pack the stands and fill the pits with race teams from around the country.”
PITTSBORO, NC – The 2018 PDRA season is now halfway over and points battles are starting to shape up with clear leaders. Three races remain for teams to make their push for a PDRA Championship. In CoolShirt Pro Junior Dragster Makala Stevens and Anthony Suppers are tied for first with 1058 points each. Most of the field remains close behind, and it’s still feasible for any of the top 10 Pro Junior drivers to make a run at the 2018 Championship. What’s even more impressive for these young drivers is that it’s both Makala’s and Anthony’s first year following the PDRA tour.
“This is my first time doing PDRA, so this is crazy for me,” told Makala, who one day hopes to drive a Top Fuel Dragster. “We go to every PDRA, no matter how far it is, me and my dad. It’s a great bonding experience for us.
“We have a few friends that do it and they told us it’s very fun, and we would love doing it. We wanted to try it before but we never really had the chance. This was our year to travel and try new things. It’s paid off.”