PITTSBORO, NC – Earlier this year, PDRA announced new partners for its Pro Extreme category including title sponsor Bryant Industrial Crane and Rigging, presenting sponsor ProLine Racing and sponsor of the Low Qualifier Award, Quick Drive. Companies, racers and the PDRA recognize the value of the class which boasts the quickest and fastest eighth-mile cars on the planet. It was the premier class when eighth-mile Pro Mod racing got its start and is still a fan favorite. PDRA has been committed to the class since the organization began and is not wavering in their devotion.
This is highly evidenced by the Bryant Industrial Pro Extreme presented by ProLine Racing payouts. The winner takes home $10,000. First round losers get $1000. Payouts like that are found nowhere except the PDRA.
“We’re proud of Pro Extreme, and we are 100% committed to the class in 2018,” stated PDRA’s Bob Harris. “We don’t make it hard to run the class. Our rules are lenient and the payout can’t be beat. There have been rumors that we’re discontinuing the class, but that’s not true. We have great sponsors on board this year and we’re excited about what the class can do in a place we consider to be home for Pro Extreme. It’s a fan favorite for obvious reasons and we’d love to see the class thrive in the PDRA and continue its role of our top class.”
PITTSBORO, NC – With two races complete on the 2018 PDRA Tour, there’s no clear favorite yet in the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars. The East Coast Nationals winner came as no surprise since Musi Racing Engines has dominated the Wars with various customers since the program began. But Buck Racing Engines quickly answered back at the North-South Shootout, staking their claim in the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars with impressive runs by Jay Cox.
Longtime Musi customer and back-to-back Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC World Champion Tommy Franklin took home the coveted nitrous bottle trophy for the PDRA season opener in April. He and Cox and have set themselves up for an epic rivalry this season. The competitors ran side-by-side throughout qualifying with Franklin edging Cox out for the number one spot with a 3.668 at 204.50 to Cox’s 3.671 at 201.64. Not to be outdone, Cox went on to win the event. Franklin/Musi left the event with the lead in the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars and Cox/Buck left with the championship points lead.
Flamholc, Weatherford, D’Aprile, Boone, McKinney and Voss Take Home PDRA North-South Shootout Trophies
BUDDS CREEK, MD – A mix of first-time winners and past world champions collected victories Saturday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway. The all-eighth-mile series crowned winners in six professional categories and seven sportsman classes at the second stop on their eight-race 2018 tour.
Moroso Pro Boost low qualifier Tommy D’Aprile swept the weekend when he scored the victory, while Adam Flamholc (Bryant Industrial Pro Extreme presented by Pro Line Racing), Randy Weatherford (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC), Steven Boone (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock), Eric McKinney (Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle) and Dillon Voss (East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632) also earned professional class wins.
The sportsman class victories went to Billy Albert in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Vonnie Mills in Top Sportsman 32, Nick Hamilton in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Kevin Roof in Top Dragster 32. In the PDRA’s Jr. Dragster classes, Nicole Zuccarelli ran 7.903 on a 7.90 dial-in to defeat Jarrod Kissinger’s 7.969 on a 7.90 dial-in to win Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster. Local racer Kaiden Groves used an 8.985 on a 8.98 dial-in to claim the Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster victory over Brooke Miller, who broke out with a 7.957 on a 7.97 dial-in. Dennis James defeated Mike Reavis in an all-dragster Edelbrock Bracket Bash final round.
BUDDS CREEK, MD – Pro Modified veteran Tommy D’Aprile raced to a 3.701-second pass at 200.20 mph Friday night to earn his second Moroso Pro Boost No. 1 qualifier award in as many races at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway.
Joining D’Aprile as low qualifiers at the North-South Shootout were Terry Leggett in Bryant Industrial Pro Extreme presented by Pro Line Racing, Jay Cox in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, John DeFlorian in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ashley Owens in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Dillon Voss in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632. The professional classes will go into eliminations Saturday afternoon.
The PDRA’s sportsman classes received two of their three qualifying sessions on Friday. Billy Albert drove Stan Nance’s ’17 Camaro to a 3.878 at 192.99 to take the provisional No. 1 spot in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman. Chaz Silance in his supercharged Worthy dragster topped the Lucas Oil Top Dragster field with a 3.811 at 190.00. Mason Allen used a 7.909 to hold the No. 1 spot in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster, while Christopher Suppers leads Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster with a .006 reaction time. The sportsman classes will receive one final qualifying session Saturday morning before moving into eliminations.
PITTSBORO, NC – The first callout of the PDRA season goes down at the upcoming North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway. New Yorker Marc “The Rodfather” Caruso called out young gun Floridian Jerico Balduf. It’ll be a true Mason Dixon battle and one for the books.
“Yeah, I called Jerico out,” said Caruso, who recently ran a career best 3.72 in route to a semi-final finish at the PDRA season opener. “This is going to be fun. They’re a good group of guys.”
This is the first callout grudge match for both Caruso and Balduf. “When he called me out, I said, ‘Yeah you old man you ain’t got nothing on me,’” said Balduf, who is 20 years Caruso’s junior. “We went a 3.75 at Bradenton at the beginning of the year. It’s a brand new car and every time we go out we go faster with it.
“Instead of the North versus the South you should make it the young people versus the old people,” Balduf joked. “Even if he does run faster than me, I’ll still have him on the tree by a day and a half.”
BUDDS CREEK, MD – Competitors from around the country are heading to Maryland International Raceway this week for the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) North-South Shootout, May 3-5, the second of eight races for the all-eighth-mile series. A stop on the schedule since 2015, the North-South Shootout has become a battle of the East Coast’s best racers at a classic Pro Mod venue.
Among the many PDRA competitors representing the South will be the points leaders in two of the series’ headlining classes, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC and Moroso Pro Boost. Pro Nitrous star Jay Cox, Smithfield, N.C., is riding the momentum of a season-opening win at the PDRA East Coast Spring Nationals, as is Lugoff, South Carolina’s Jeremy Ray in Pro Boost.
“I always start off well,” said Cox, driver of the “Pumpkin” ’69 Camaro. “It gives me a lot of momentum starting the season off well because it puts me in a good lead, puts me out front a little bit. My goal this year is to stay out front. I always have that one race that just bites me in the tail – a part breaks or something goes wrong. My goal is to eliminate that this year. Last year I broke a driveshaft at the first GALOT race in the second round – I had the whole field covered. That was the one race that cost me. To be out front is huge, but my main focus in the championship chase is to eliminate that one race where something breaks and costs me in the points.”
PITTSBORO, NC – Racing is certainly about competition, but no one denies the fact that it’s also built on entertainment. The PDRA believes strongly in the entertainment value it offers. This year the organization debuted a unique competition within each race for Pro Stock and Top Sportsman. During the last round of qualifying run on Friday night, Pro Stock and Top Sportsman show off their long, smokey burnouts through a burnout competition.
Race Hard Apparel is sponsoring the Pro Stock Burnout Competition. Classic Graphix has stepped up to sponsor the Top Sportsman Burnout Competition. The winner of each class receives $300 and a trophy. At the season opener at GALOT Motorsports Park Jeff Dobbins won the Pro Stock Burnout Competition.
The PA announcers judge the winners, but the fans have the hardest job. They help determine the winners by their reaction to each burnout. If fans are happy to see long burnouts return, they can show appreciation by cheering on their favorites at each event.