BENSON, NC – After Johnny Camp earned his first Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) victory at GALOT Motorsports Park last fall, the Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction racer earned his second victory in the series Saturday night at the East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech.
Similarly, 2020 DragWars winners Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) kicked off the 2021 PDRA season with additional wins at GALOT. Chris Powers (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Jimmy Pelcarsky ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Jesse Lambert (Drag 965 Pro Street) also picked up pro class victories at the East Coast Nationals.
In the PDRA’s sportsman classes, the victories went to Tim Molnar in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Ronnie Proctor in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32, and T.G. Paschal in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48. Billy Lawrence drove his Strutmasters ’74 Chevy pickup to the Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams win, defeating Michael Morton in the final round.
Halsey, Tutterow, Carr, Pelcarsky, Davis and Lambert Start PDRA Season as Low Qualifiers at East Coast Nationals
BENSON, NC – Defending world champion Jim Halsey picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2020 season by qualifying No. 1 in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous at the season-opening Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech. Driving his Brandon Switzer-tuned ’68 Camaro, Halsey recorded a 3.65-second pass at 207.08 mph in the third and final qualifying session at GALOT Motorsports Park Friday night.
Todd Tutterow (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), JR Carr (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Jimmy Pelcarsky ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632), Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) and Jesse Lambert (Drag 965 Pro Street) also qualified No. 1 in the pro classes.
The PDRA’s sportsman classes completed two qualifying sessions, with a third session planned for Saturday morning. The provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Zach Houser in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32 and Bill Earnest in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48.
BENSON, NC – During this weekend’s Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech, the all-eighth-mile series will officially celebrate its 2020 world champions before kicking off the eight-race 2021 PDRA season. The PDRA Championship Banquet will take place following Thursday testing, while the PDRA’s professional and sportsman racers will begin their 2021 championship bids Friday and Saturday at GALOT Motorsports Park.
“The season-opening East Coast Nationals is usually one of our bigger races, but we’re taking it to another level this year,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “We weren’t able to celebrate our champions at our usual banquet in December since the PRI Show was cancelled, so we’re doing the next best thing by getting everyone together after testing on Thursday. Then you add a full weekend of racing with a packed lineup, including some new names in several classes. That combination should make for a fun, exciting weekend.”
The PDRA Championship Banquet will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Barn at Broadslab Distillery, located just a few minutes from the track. Transportation between the track and the banquet will start at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until everyone is back at the track following the banquet. Doors open at 7 with dinner served at 7:30. The banquet is in place of the typical PDRA banquet held in Indianapolis during the PRI Show.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – As the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) prepares to embark on its eighth season, the series announced today two new class sponsors. COMP Cams has signed on as the presenting sponsor of Edelbrock Bracket Bash, while Classic Graphix is the new title sponsor of Top Jr. Dragster.
“It’s always exciting when we can start the season with new supporters,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “COMP Cams is a brand-new supporter of the series, while Classic Graphix has been involved since the beginning of the PDRA as our official apparel provider and sponsor of various programs. We’re proud to have these companies join our list of class sponsors.”
For more than 35 years, it’s been COMP Cams’ mission to produce the highest-performing products possible, provide customers with superior service, and to lead the industry in technological development. In addition to camshafts, COMP Cams offers valve train products like valve springs, lifters, rocker arms, pushrods and more.
Jamie Fowler Signs Pee Dee Fleet Truck & Trailer Center as Primary Sponsor for 2021 PDRA Elite Top Sportsman Campaign
COLUMBIA, SC – Pee Dee Fleet, a full-service truck and trailer service center, has signed on as the primary sponsor of Jamie Fowler’s PnL Motorsports ’63 Corvette, the team announced today. The Hartsville, S.C.-based company will support Fowler as he chases the 2021 PDRA Elite Top Sportsman world championship.
“Words can’t describe how I feel about having the support of Pee Dee Fleet and the Miller family,” Fowler said. “It was an unexpected blessing that came to us at just the right time. Everyone knows the price of fuel is going up, and looking at our 2021 schedule, we’ll need to do a good bit of traveling to get to some of these new races. Russell and DeeDee Miller and Pee Dee Fleet presented us with an opportunity and stepped up in a big way. We feel beyond honored, blessed and we’re looking forward to representing them to the fullest. This full season may not have been possible without their support.”
Pee Dee Fleet is a one-stop shop for big-rig truck and trailer service and repairs. The company offers 24/7 road service, complete trailer repair, engine overhauls and suspension repair, as well as a variety of services through an in-house paint booth and body shop. Pee Dee Fleet is located just minutes from Darlington Dragway, making it an ideal service center for racers.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Nitrous Wars, PDRA’s bonus program rewarding low qualifiers in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, will be presented by Structural Concrete throughout the 2021 season, series officials announced today.
“Nitrous Wars is an exciting way for us to recognize the top performing drivers and engine builders in Pro Nitrous,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA, “and we’re thrilled to have Jim Halsey, Cathy Crouse and everyone at Structural Concrete sign on as the presenting sponsor of Nitrous Wars this season.”
The Nitrous Wars trophy is a specially branded nitrous bottle that’s handed off to the latest Pro Nitrous low qualifier at each of the eight races on the PDRA tour. At the end of the season, the driver with the most No. 1 qualifiers takes home the bottle and their engine builder is also named the Nitrous Wars champion.
Owned and operated by the Crouse family since 1986, Structural Concrete Inc. specializes in residential poured concrete wall foundations. In addition to poured wall foundations, Structural Concrete also provides related services including clearing, excavation, footings and foundation coatings for customers throughout northeast Maryland and southeast Pennsylvania.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The best racers in the PDRA’s professional and sportsman classes will get the chance to square off in a brand-new event, the Summit Racing Equipment ProStars, series officials announced today. The specialty race will take place during Virginia Motorsports Park’s Night of Fire on July 31.
The top 8 racers in ProStars points will qualify to compete in the event, which requires no entry fee and will pay out over $55,000 in prize money, with a winner-take-all format in all classes. ProStars points will be determined using the final three races of the 2020 season and the first five events of 2021. Racers must attend a minimum of five PDRA national events to be eligible.
“This is a unique way for us to reward the racers who support the PDRA throughout the season,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “We have so many racers who make a point to attend every race, and now those drivers and teams will earn the opportunity to race for a nice chunk of bonus money in front of a big crowd at one of VMP’s marquee events, the Night of Fire.”