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Low Qualifiers Thorne, Franklin and Montecalvo Add Victories at PDRA Northern Nationals

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.

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Franklin, Thorne and Montecalvo Earn No. 1 Spots at PDRA Northern Nationals Presented by Callies

WEST SALEM, OH – Two-time world champion Tommy Franklin topped the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous field by just two ten-thousandths of a second Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Northern Nationals presented by Callies Performance at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. Franklin tripped the eighth-mile clocks with a 3.702-second pass at 205.10 mph in his “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro.

Kris Thorne (Moroso Pro Boost) and John Montecalvo (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) also qualified No. 1 in the other professional classes. Walter Lanningan qualified No. 1 for the Pro Outlaw 632 Shootout presented by $hameless Racing, a special non-points race.

In the PDRA’s sportsman categories, Aaron Glaser leads MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman and Jody Stroud tops Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster going into their third and final qualifying session Saturday morning.

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Pat Musi Racing Engines Leads PDRA Nitrous Wars at Midseason Point

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The most competitive battle in Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Nitrous Wars history is heating up in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous after the first four of eight races. The special competition for engine builders, where drivers earn points for their power supplier by qualifying No. 1, is currently led by Pat Musi Racing Engines, with Fulton Competition Race Engines and Buck Racing Engines tied for second.

Musi, who’s dominated the Nitrous Wars competition with three championships since the program started in 2016, has two points with No. 1 qualifying efforts by Lizzy Musi and Randy Weatherford. Gene Fulton’s Fulton Competition Race Engines has one point courtesy of points leader Jim Halsey, while Charlie Buck and Buck Racing Engines have one point with Jay Cox. Albert Racing Engines, Sonny’s Racing Engines and Reher-Morrison are also competing in Nitrous Wars.

“It’s always cool to see the difference between the engine builders,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Pro Nitrous was really a battle of engine builders in the early days of the class and it created a lot of drama and excitement. It’s starting to become that again as Gene’s come back into play and Charlie Buck’s running better than he ever has with Jay Cox and Chris Rini and all his other customers. Then you have Pat, who’s been at the front for a while. The other guys have been chasing the target on his back, and it’s going to be exciting to see how the rest of the season plays out.”

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D’Aprile, Halsey and Dobbins Lead Tight Championship Battles Entering PDRA Northern Nationals

WEST SALEM, OH – As the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) enters the second half of its 2019 Road to

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the Finals schedule, championship points leaders in the three headlining professional classes carry a narrow lead into the PDRA Northern Nationals presented by Callies Performance, July 18-20 at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio.

“I love updating points because I get to look at how many great racers we have that are coming to race with us every race,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “The pro classes are incredibly tight, then you look at the sportsman side and they’re as tight, if not tighter. Going into the second half of the season, this is a very important race.”

Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous) and Jeff Dobbins (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) lead the points by less than one round, while Moroso Pro Boost defending world champion Tommy D’Aprile leads by less than two rounds.

All three drivers will try to pad their leads with strong performances at Dragway 42, a new track for the all-eighth-mile drag racing series.

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PDRA Adds Pro Outlaw 632 Shootout presented by $hameless Racing to Northern Nationals Lineup

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Racers in the Professional Drag Racers Association’s Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 class will have the chance to race for big money without the pressure of a points race at the upcoming PDRA Northern Nationals presented by Callies Performance, July 18-20 at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. The Pro Outlaw 632 Shootout presented by $hameless Racing will pay $7,500 to the winner, marking the largest purse in class history.

“The Pro Outlaw 632 class has really taken off over the last few years,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “The Northern Nationals wasn’t originally on the schedule for the class, so it was a big deal for everyone involved when Wes Distefano and $hameless Racing came on board to put together this big-money shootout to run during our northernmost event.”

Distefano, who joined the PDRA tour this season with his Musi-powered ’68 Camaro, is second in Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 points after runner-up finishes at the East Coast Nationals and the North-South Shootout. He previously raced in Outlaw 632 at his home track, Milan Dragway, near Detroit.

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Pat Musi Racing Engines Enjoys All-Musi Pro Nitrous Final Round at PDRA Summer Nationals

MOORESVILLE, NC — Pat Musi Racing Engines continued their impressive reign over the Pro Nitrous class in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), summed up by their customers’ dominant performances at last weekend’s PDRA Summer Nationals Ignited by Lithium Pro Batteries at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Pro Nitrous finalists Jason Harris and Tommy Franklin are both Pat Musi Racing Engines customers, and each showcased Musi power as they reached the final round in Valdosta. Harris, the defending world champion, took the win in the Boone Racing entry against Franklin in what was a challenging weekend for all competitors.

In his runner-up effort, Franklin put together a strong day in eliminations, posting a stunning 3.653 elapsed time at 207.94 MPH in the first round, a run that was the quickest of the weekend. He provided the second-best run of the event a round later with his pass of 3.685 at 207.27 MPH.

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Despite Strong Run, Musi Dealt an Early Exit at PDRA Summer Nationals

CECIL, GA — Sometimes it’s just not your weekend, which seemed to sum things up for Musi Racing at the rain-soaked Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Summer Nationals Ignited by Lithium Batteries at South Georgia Motorsports Park.

Despite a strong run of 3.700-seconds at 207.18 mph in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart, Lizzy Musi fell in a close first-round matchup in Pro Nitrous against Tommy Franklin. He went 3.653 at 207.94, which was the quickest run of a race that stretched to three days because of inclement weather.

After qualifying seventh with a 3.845 at 203.74, Musi and the rest of the field raced in more ideal conditions during eliminations on Sunday. Musi’s run would have topped anyone else during first-round action and all but one other run of eliminations, but it wasn’t enough against Franklin as she fell to sixth in points.

It also snapped her streak of three straight final round visits – counting her back-to-back wins in Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings – but Pat Musi remains confident.

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