FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Over the course of the last two Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) seasons, Jim Halsey has experienced two very different paths to the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world championship: leading the points all season and chasing the points leader all season.
This season, Halsey was the chaser, but he was in the hunt the whole time in his Fulton-powered ’68 Camaro. He traded blows with two-time world champion Tommy Franklin, taking runner-up honors to Franklin at two of the first five races before trading roles at the penultimate DragWars event in October.
“Besides running 3.50s, [repeating as the champion] was the only goal we had this season,” Halsey said. “We struggled a little bit, especially at the first two or three races. After that, we finally got our act together. There was a little luck involved in a couple races with Tommy losing early and not qualifying well at the Finals helped us. You take it however you can get it sometimes.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will hold eight championship events during its eighth season, as the all-eighth-mile drag racing series revealed its 2021 event schedule today.
The season will kick off at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina, April 8-10. GALOT will also host the penultimate race of the season Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond will host two events, one July 15-17 and the World Finals Oct. 14-17. Another longtime PDRA host facility, Maryland International Raceway, will hold a PDRA race June 24-26.
“These tracks are mainstays on the PDRA tour,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Our racers enjoy racing at these tracks and the local fans always show up to watch some great racing. We’re eager to return to GALOT, VMP and MDIR in 2021.”
The major change on the 2021 PDRA schedule is a brand-new stop, historic Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The PDRA will head there for the second race on tour, April 29-May 1.
“It’s always fun to add a new track to the mix, and we found a perfect addition to the tour in Beech Bend Raceway Park,” Crossnoe said. “It’s such a unique, historic place and it’s been known to have record-setting conditions when we’re set to race there. I’m sure our racers will run some big numbers and make a major first impression on the local fans.
DINWIDDIE, VA – After three days of waiting out inclement weather, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) declared the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals complete on Tuesday afternoon. Continued rain sprinkles and high humidity levels prevented the series from completing the semifinal rounds in two classes and final rounds in three classes.
“We’ve done everything we can to try to get this race in, but the weather just won’t cooperate,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “This certainly isn’t the way we wanted to end the season, especially with championships still on the line. We appreciate our racers’ determination to finish the race.”
The final rounds left to complete included Jim Halsey vs. Matt Guenther in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Johnny Camp vs. Kurt Steding in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, and Alyssa Rabon vs. Coolidge Rivenbark in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Humid conditions and intermittent light showers put the brakes on Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials’ attempts to prepare the Virginia Motorsports Park track surface for the Monday completion of eliminations at the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals. With world championships still undecided in two classes, the series and the racers in title contention elected to try again on Tuesday.
“This has been a trying weekend for everyone involved,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Our track crew went to work this morning in an effort to get the track surface ready to go racing this afternoon, but the nearly 100% humidity and some sprinkles have made it impossible. Our racers want to race for championships and trophies, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to make that possible.”
Drivers in some classes decided to split the purse and points, while drivers in five classes decided to stay at VMP for the race’s completion.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Persistent rain showers Sunday morning combined with more rain in the forecast forced Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to postpone the completion of the semifinal and final rounds of the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race will continue Monday with a projected 3 p.m. EST start time.
“With a completely saturated racetrack and more rain in the forecast for the rest of the day, we had no choice but to write off today,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Moving forward, our options were to split the payout and points among the racers left in competition – with a couple championships still in play – or finish the event on Monday. During our driver’s meeting this afternoon, we had enough drivers who wanted to finish the race that we felt it was the right decision to make.”
While several 2020 PDRA world champions have already been decided, there are still a handful of titles left up for grabs, plus various points positions.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Defending world champion Jim Halsey gained ground in his quest for a second Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world championship when he qualified No. 1 Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals. Racing at Virginia Motorsports Park, Halsey shot to the top spot with a 3.638-second pass at 208.46 mph.
Championship contenders John Strickland (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction) and Dillon Voss ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) also qualified No. 1 in the pro classes, as well as JR Carr in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ashley Owens in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle and Tim Essick in Drag 965 Pro Street.
There are also some tight championship battles in the PDRA’s sportsman categories, where the No. 1 qualifiers are Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Andrew Johnson in Teets Memorial Top Sportsman 48 and Kellan Farmer in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48.
DINWIDDIE, VA – A 2020 season shortened and shifted by the COVID-19 public health crisis will conclude this weekend as the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will crown its world champions at the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals, Oct. 22-25 at Virginia Motorsports Park. It’s the series’ sixth race in a season that was originally set to include eight events.
“There’s nothing like closing out the season with our biggest race of the year,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “In terms of car count and excitement, this race is always huge. We’re going to crown our 2020 world champions, hopefully set some new records and see some incredible racing.”
Two world championships have already been decided. Johnny Pluchino won the DragWars event two weeks ago, securing his place as a Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock world champion, joining his father, John, who won the title in 2016. Two-time and defending Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle world champion Travis Davis also won at DragWars and locked up his third title in the process.