PITTSBORO, NC – Competition in both GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost and Ronnie Davis Top Sportsman presented by MagnaFuel will have a little more flavor at the upcoming Mel Bush Motorsports Sunshine State Shootout in Bradenton, Florida. Mech-Tech Institute trains and retrains individuals in areas of metals, electricity, mechanics, refrigeration, and electronics, and is positioned as the leading U.S. college in the exclusive “Top-10 list” of the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3.net).
Since the early 1990s, Mech-Tech has also fielded a very successful import racing team. As the PDRA ventures south toward Mech-Tech’s Orlando campus the team has chosen to throw its hat in the ring with the quickest and fastest eighth-mile doorslammers on the planet.
PITTSBORO, NC – Since Steve Jackson and Reher-Morrison Racing Engines broke the Musi Racing Engines #1 qualifier streak in Pro Nitrous at the PDRA Summer Drags in June, Musi’s regime has resumed its reign, once again dominating the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars.
For the second time this year, Lizzy Musi topped the Pro Nitrous leader board in qualifying. At the North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway, the President of Musi Racing Engines took her 2015 Dart to a 3.758 at 204.48 miles per hour to set the tone for the rest of the competition. Fellow Musi Racing Engines driver Tommy Franklin went on to win the event, ensuring Musi engines’ domination throughout the weekend. Franklin continued his trend at the next event, the PDRA Memphis Drags.
BENSON, NC – The stars of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) were shining bright on Saturday night as all five professional class winners at PDRA Dragstock XIII were decided on the starting line. All of the exciting racing played out in front of the largest crowd in PDRA history.
Tommy D’Aprile scored his second win of the season when Brandon Snider red lit in the NAS Racing Pro Extreme final round. Lizzy Musi and Brunson Grothus used reaction time advantages to win their event titles in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC and Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, respectively. The GALOT Motorsports Park Pro Boost winner was also decided on a holeshot, as points leader Kevin Rivenbark beat Tylor Miller in a North Carolina vs. South Carolina final round. PDRA Extreme Pro Stock winner Doug Kirk joined his son, Justin, in the winner’s circle after a massive holeshot victory.
PITTSBORO, NC – Although the PDRA Pro and Top Junior Dragster categories are made up of competitors who range in age from 8 to 17, they take their sport no less seriously than many of the seasoned professionals. In both categories a world championship is on the line, and the PDRA’s youngest competitors are giving it their all in vying for the titles.
Texas racer Kendal Little hasn’t made an appearance at every PDRA event this season, but each time he’s at the track he’s ready to do battle in Talbert Pro Junior Dragster. He came out swinging, winning the first two events of the season. At the most recent stop on the tour, the Memphis Drags, Little found his way to the semis. His consistency in going rounds has given him a slight lead over Virginia’s Amber Franklin, who also went to the semis in Memphis.
BENSON, NC – A record crowd was on hand at GALOT Motorsports Park Friday night to see the stars of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) compete at PDRA Dragstock XIII, the seventh of nine races on the PDRA 2016 tour. After three qualifying sessions, Brandon Snider leads the NAS Racing Pro Extreme field with a 3.596-second pass at 215.07 mph. Part-time competitor Randy Weatherford jumped to the top of the qualifying order in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC. Hometown hero John Strickland topped the GALOT Motorsports Park Pro Boost field, and Eric McKinney snagged the number one spot in Drag 965 Pro Stock Motorcycle. Richard Penland is the provisional number one qualifier in PDRA Extreme Pro Stock.
In the PDRA’s sportsman classes, Randy Perkinson raced to the top in Ronnie Davis Top Sportsman presented by MagnaFuel, Jody Stroud led in Lucas Oil Top Dragster, and Carson Brown and Coolidge Rivenbark qualified number one in Talbert Pro Junior Dragster and MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster, respectively.
PITTSBORO, NC – The naturally aspirated, factory hot rod machines of Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) will rejoin the Professional Drag Racers (PDRA) 2016 tour as the organization heads to its marquee event of the season, Dragstock XIII, held September 8-10. XPS points leaders John Pluchino, Richard Penland, and Brian Gahm are all expected to be in attendance, along with other XPS favorites as the class makes its fourth appearance this season.
At least one new entry will be in attendance at the highly acclaimed GALOT Motorsports Park for the 13th running of Dragstock. Team “O” Motorsports will attend its inaugural PDRA event, returning to Pro Stock competition after a long layoff. The team remained sidelined during the various transitions that Mountain Motor Pro Stock has been through in recent years. Team “O” Motorsports owner Richard Otwell has faith in the PDRA program and decided it was time to put his car back in competition. The Chevrolet Cobalt has been given a complete makeover, including new windows, paint and fresh engines and is now ready for battle against the toughest eighth-mile Pro Stockers on the planet.
BENSON, NC – For the first time ever, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) and its racers will converge on the new GALOT Motorsports Park for PDRA Dragstock XIII, Sept. 8-10. The storied race will be the first national-event for the North Carolina track after being purchased and completely rebuilt by track owner Earl Wells, who also owns the three-car GALOT Motorsports team.
“I think everybody is going to enjoy our facility that John (Strickland) and his crew have built. John’s been down a lot of tracks and he can attest to what we have to offer,” said Mr. Wells.