PITTSBORO, NC – The dust has settled on the PDRA World Finals and rising from the sophomore year’s finale is a new regime of Champions. Nine drivers have proven they are the best in their individual classes and now emerge as the reigning World Champions of the PDRA. These drivers are as varied and unique as the cars they drive. They will lead the PDRA into its third season, providing the marks to shoot for in 2016.
The youngest star among these elite drivers is Alexis ‘Lexi’ Tanner. At the spry age of 13, she became the first female competitor to win a PDRA Championship, as she settled the Huddleston Performance Top Junior Dragster points battle with a decisive win at the World Finals. Adding further notoriety to the family, Lexi’s older brother Preston won the Huddleston Performance Pro Junior Dragster Championship, making them among the first, if not the first sibling duo to ever win national-level drag race championships in the same year. As a high school sophomore Preston has already amassed numerous junior championships, but it’s safe to say that winning this alongside his sister is one of the highlights of his budding career.
PITTSBORO, NC – With the close of the PDRA World Finals, the series’ sophomore season is in the books, and the second set of champions has been crowned. The PDRA thanks its staff, tracks, racers, sponsors and fans for a successful season and congratulates the new champions.
In the PDRA’s marquee class, NAS Racing Pro Extreme, PDRA part owner and farmer by trade Jason Scruggs sealed the championship by winning first round. NAS Racing team member Badir Ahli finished second in points, ending the season on a high note by winning the World Finals.
PITTSBORO, NC – Automotive racing is one of the few sports in which male and female compete directly against one another. In the Junior Dragster ranks, female competitors are as common as male competitors, marking an increase in female participation in the sport. PDRA drivers such as Lizzy Musi and Melani Salemi continue to pave the way in the professional ranks, but this year only in Junior Dragster will you find females vying for a championship. In Top Junior Dragster (TJD) the championship has been narrowed down to two ultra-competitive, incredibly talented racers, who both happen to be female.
Alexis ‘Lexi’ Tanner is currently sitting atop the points after winning the PDRA’s most recent event, Dragstock XII in Rockingham, N.C. Sitting in second is Mia Schultz, who has two runner up finishes to her credit this year. With less than two rounds of competition separating the two, the TJD Championship is far from over.
PITTSBORO, NC – As home to the quickest and fastest machines of the PDRA, NAS Racing Pro Extreme is always a must-watch class and 2015 was no different. The competition continually pushed the limits, causing fans to both hold their breath in excitement and shout loud the thrill of victory. Teams made incredible sacrifices and gains all throughout the season. NAS Racing Team member Mustafa Buhumaid led the points early after winning the first event and going to the finals again at the second stop on the tour. A mid-season setback for Buhumaid then allowed past champion Jason Scruggs to take over the points lead. However, the team from Dubai wasn’t done yet, and Buhumaid’s teammate Badir Ahli began charging on Scruggs, going to three finals in four races.
Going into the final event of the PDRA’s sophomore season, the points battle is now between Scruggs and Ahli. With five wins this season, Scruggs has an impressive lead, but if anyone is up to the challenge of taking him out, it’s NAS Racing.
PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association paves the way for their third season with the release of the 2016 schedule. The nine race schedule will make stops at many facilities familiar to the PDRA. These tracks are major powerhouses in the industry, providing both top notch racing surfaces and great markets. Maryland International Raceway and Texas Motorplex are back on the schedule for the second year in a row. Tulsa Raceway Park rejoins the schedule after a one year hiatus. Several of the PDRA staples are on the schedule for the third year in a row.
The 2016 tour will kickoff at Tulsa Raceway Park just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 11-12. Rockingham Dragway will remain the second stop on the tour, April 8-9. Then May 20-21, it’s time to head west again to the famed Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. US 131 Motorsports Park retains its familiar spot in June before the PDRA returns to Maryland International Raceway in July for the halfway point of the season.
PITTSBORO, NC – Armor Coat, backed by parent company Aesthetic Finishers, is providing an extra incentive to PDRA Top Dragster racers at the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by Mel Bush Motorsports. The low qualifier in Top Dragster (TD) will receive an extra $300 thanks to Armor Coat. This will be no easy feat for TD competitors, as the competition level continues to increase and fields are the quickest in the history of the class.
“As racers ourselves, we understand the importance of receiving individual service,” explained Aesthetic Finishers Inc. President, Bill Coomer. “From our large accounts to our engine builders, hot rodders and racers, we want folks to be aware that we are always looking for ways to make things more convenient for them. The bottom line is that we take pride in making sure our customer service is as personal as possible.
Tommy Franklin displayed his record-setting Camaro for military
PITTSBORO, NC – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) is expressing its appreciation for the military by extending free tickets to any military personnel (retired or active duty) who present their military ID at the upcoming World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Petersburg, Virginia, October 22-24. To personally express this gratitude to the military, one of the series standouts took time out of his competition schedule to visit the service men and women stationed at Fort Lee.
Virginia native Tommy Franklin is in the thick of the championship hunt for one of the PDRA’s toughest classes for the second year in a row. His eye-catching ‘69 Camaro has twice reset the Pro Nitrous elapsed time record. Though the Camaro wasn’t topping its usual speeds of over 200 MPH, it turned heads sitting perfectly still at the recent display event at the Fort Lee military base in Fort Lee, Virginia. For Franklin and the PDRA, this was the perfect opportunity to give back.