Jason Harris takes Musi power to Championship victory
PITTSBORO, NC – The 2018 Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars is one for the history books. Although a quick look at the 2018 season Pro Nitrous pole setters shows incredible parity in the class, all but one of those drivers relies on Musi Racing Engines power. When it was all said and done after Virginia, a Musi driver was on top of the pack seven out of eight events, with Jay Cox giving Buck Racing Engines one lone #1 qualifier award at the second tour stop.
The incredible part of the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars dynamic is that only one driver was able to repeat the pole position all year. Tommy Franklin topped Pro Nitrous qualifying at the season opener and then again at the Drag Wars. Other #1 qualifying awards in the first half of the season went to Musi customers Jason Harris and Randy Weatherford.
At the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway, Lizzy Musi went to the top with her 3.677 effort at an incredible 207.28 MPH, becoming the first female of 2018 to hold bragging rights with the coveted Nitrous Bottle Trophy.
DINWIDDIE, VA – The 2018 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season came to a dramatic close Monday afternoon as world champions were crowned and world records were broken at the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Event champions were also decided at the weather-delayed conclusion to the season finale. The PDRA 660 Man trophies in the professional classes went to Jason Harris in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, Melanie Salemi in Moroso Pro Boost, Chris Powers in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, and Paul Gast in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. The remaining competitors in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632 split the purse after first round Saturday night. Ken Quartuccio Jr. earned the Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 victory.
The World Finals victors in the PDRA’s sportsman categories were John Prime in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, William Brown III in Top Sportsman 32, Chaz Silance in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragser, and David Batchelor in Top Dragster 32. Jonathan Edwards picked up the win over Al Burkett in Edelbrock Bracket Bash.
Harris, D’Aprile, Boone and Pluchino Clinch World Championships as PDRA World Finals Stretches to Monday
DINWIDDIE, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) crowned world champions in four of its five professional categories Sunday evening at the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle and sportsman world championships will be decided Monday at the weather-delayed conclusion of the event.
First-time PDRA world champions Tommy D’Aprile (Moroso Pro Boost), Steven Boone (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) and Johnny Pluchino (East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632) joined 2014 Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC world champion Jason Harris as the drivers clinching world titles.
Race officials decided to postpone the balance of eliminations during the second round of Pro Outlaw 632 competition Sunday night. Racing will resume Monday at 11 a.m. The PDRA will crown the World Finals winners and decide the world champions in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Top Sportsman 32, Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Top Dragster 32, Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster and Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Dew set in on the cold Virginia Motorsports Park eighth-mile Saturday night, leading Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to postpone final qualifying at the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals.
Qualifying in several classes was completed, while the remainder of Pro Nitrous final qualifying will kick off Sunday’s racing at the World Finals. The scheduled start time is 10 a.m.
“Even after the rain, we had every intention of finishing qualifying tonight and going into first round in the morning since this is the World Finals, but the conditions became unsafe,” said Bob Harris, PDRA race director. “The temperature was dropping and dew was coming off the cars as they went down the track. We want to finish this race on time, but not if it means sending our racers down a cold, unsafe track.”
DINWIDDIE, VA – Recent first-time Pro Nitrous winner Danny Sauro continued to impress when he topped Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Sauro’s near-record 3.658-second pass at 204.35 mph led the 18-car Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC qualifying order after two sessions.
The other provisional No. 1 qualifiers in the professional classes are Tommy D’Aprile in Moroso Pro Boost, Jeff Dobbins in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ronnie “Pro Mod” Smith in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, and Johnny Pluchino in East Side Auto Transport Pro Outlaw 632. Tim Essick is the provisional low qualifier in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5.
After two sportsman qualifying sessions, the provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Scott Moore in Top Sportsman 32, Camrie Caruso in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Tony Positano in Top Dragster 32. Defending world champion Amber Franklin holds the top spot in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster with a 7.901, while Connor McGee leads Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster with his .001 reaction time.
DINWIDDIE, VA – In-demand track prep specialist Tyler Crossnoe has been named the track manager at Virginia Motorsports Park, it was announced today by track owners Tommy and Judy Franklin during a pre-race driver’s meeting at the PDRA World Finals. Crossnoe has also signed on for another season as the track prep director for the PDRA.
“I’m really excited to come over here to VMP,” said Crossnoe, 26. “Tommy and Judy are some of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to know personally, so to have this opportunity to work at their facility full time is an honor. I look forward to building the team that’s already here and growing with the facility.”
Crossnoe has worked extensively with the Franklins this season as the track prep director for their eight-race PDRA series in addition to helping with a handful of events at Virginia Motorsports Park. He displayed a strong work ethic and broad knowledge of event operations, leading the Franklins to offer him a full-time position for the family’s second year of track ownership.
DINWIDDIE, VA – The eight-race Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season culminates this weekend at the all-eighth-mile series’ biggest race of the year, the 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, Oct. 18-21.
The race schedule has been expanded to four days to accommodate the largest fields of the season in the PDRA’s five professional classes and seven sportsman categories, plus Outlaw 10.5 and an eight-car No-Time Shootout.
“We always have a huge car count at this event,” said Tommy Franklin, the PDRA’s principal owner and a Pro Nitrous standout. “Everyone wants to come out for this race, and we love that. Rather than being off schedule or having to adjust the schedule during the race, we decided to build Sunday into the official event schedule so the fans can see the show that they came out to see.”
A cool, dry forecast for the entire World Finals weekend has drivers and tuners amped up for the potential to reset the PDRA’s elapsed time and speed records. Several existing records were set at past VMP events, while some were reset earlier this month at the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway.