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PDRA Announces Schedule Adjustments, Rule Changes

Maple Grove race moves to Virginia on a new date

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – As the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) enters what is now the halfway point in its 2020 season, the all-eighth-mile series has announced updates to its schedule and its rulebook.

The PDRA and its racers will have to wait at least a year to make their Maple Grove Raceway debut, as local restrictions on spectator events have forced the cancellation of the PDRA Northern Nationals, originally scheduled for Aug. 20-22 at Maple Grove.

“Maple Grove Raceway was optimistic for the event and the start of a wonderful partnership,” said Sarah Gingrich-Manley, director of communications, Maple Grove Raceway. “The Pennsylvania governor has not yet lifted the 250-person gathering restriction at this time. We submitted a plan to the Department of Health in order to be granted an exception to the restriction weeks ago. However, we still have not heard back yet. In the interest of everyone’s time, money and safety, we mutually agreed to cancel the event this year. We are hopeful for a return of PDRA for the 2021 schedule.”

What was supposed to be the Northern Nationals is moving to Virginia Motorsports Park, the series home track. The PDRA Summer Shootout presented by Callies Performance Products will take place Aug. 27-29 at VMP.

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Cox, Rivenbark, Pluchino, Voss and Essick Win PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – Hard work and dozens of test passes between events paid off for Jay Cox as he took down defending world champion Jim Halsey in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final round at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Frederick Line-X Saturday night.

Along with Cox, Kevin Rivenbark (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), Johnny Pluchino (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock), Dillon Voss ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Tim Essick (Drag 965 Pro Street) collected professional class victories at the Virginia Motorsports Park event.

The sportsman event victories went to John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Steve Furr in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Stacy Hall in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 48 and Rikki Molnar in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48. Mike Shields picked up the win in Edelbrock Bracket Bash.

In the Jr. Dragster categories, North Chesterfield, Virginia’s Mallory Logan capitalized on her No. 2 qualifying position by racing to the Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster final round, where she used a holeshot advantage to win with an 8.018 to Noah Cornatzer’s 7.967, both on a 7.90 dial-in. Lane Morgan earned the Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster win over CJ Jenkins, with Morgan running 9.228 on a 9.04 dial-in and Jenkins breaking out with 9.01 on a 9.02 dial-in.

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Franklin, Strickland, Carr, Voss and Hamby Beat The Heat to Qualify No. 1 at PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown 

DINWIDDIE, VA – Home track hero Tommy Franklin will chase his third consecutive Pro Nitrous victory from the No. 1 spot at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Frederick Line-X at Virginia Motorsports Park. Franklin fired off a 3.703-second pass at 202.94 mph to lead the field.

Also qualifying No. 1 in the PDRA’s professional classes were John Strickland in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, JR Carr in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Dillon Voss in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632 and Ron Hamby in Drag 965 Pro Street.

The PDRA’s sportsman classes completed two of their three qualifying sessions. The provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Bryan Keller in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Don Klooster in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32 and Josh Duggins in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32.

In the Jr. Dragster classes, Mallory Logan threw down a perfect 7.900 in the last pair of the second session to earn the provisional No. 1 spot in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster. Maryland’s Zach Shirkey used his .004 reaction time to top the Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster field.

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PDRA, Virginia Motorsports Park Get Permission to Allow Fans at Mid-Atlantic Showdown 

DINWIDDIE, VA – Spectators will be allowed to attend the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Frederick Line-X, July 23-25 at Virginia Motorsports Park, the series announced today. The track was granted the ability to allow fans just a week before hosting the PDRA’s third of seven races on its adjusted 2020 schedule.

“A huge weight seemed to lift off of our shoulders last week when we were granted the news that we could begin having spectators again at Virginia Motorsports Park,” said Tyler Crossnoe, the PDRA series director and Virginia Motorsports Park’s vice president. “Yes, there are restrictions but let’s be honest – these are not hard rules to follow and as long as this is done, we will continue to get closer and closer to a vision of the ‘old normal’ at the races.”

Given the COVID-19 public health crisis, spectators will be required to follow new social distancing policies put in place to abide by state and local health guidelines. Standing along the fence in front of the grandstands is no longer allowed. Fans must sit in a row with a green stripe; rows with red stripes are off limits. Fans must remain six feet away from groups they didn’t travel with, and they must abide by distancing markers in line at the concession stand.

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Musi Racing Makes Strides at PDRA Carolina Showdown

HARTSVILLE, SC — With a quick turnaround on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) schedule, Musi Racing enjoyed a step in the right direction last weekend at the PDRA Carolina Showdown.

Lizzy Musi and the team made major improvements from the PDRA opener two weeks prior in Pro Nitrous, winning a round in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart at Darlington Dragway.

That was a positive move as the team made strides, while Pat Musi Racing Engines customer Tommy Franklin also enjoyed another banner weekend, winning his second straight Pro Nitrous race in his Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro.

“We came out of this weekend feeling positive,” Pat Musi said. “We finally figured what was going on and we almost snuck up on it. As a team, we’re getting there and we made some progress. We’re coming around, we just have to continue to make some adjustments. Tommy is running really well and that team has it figured out right now. I’m happy to see a customer succeed and perform at that level. Everybody gets the same power from our shop and their car is running great.”

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PDRA Maryland Race Moves to Virginia With New Date

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) third race of its revised seven-race 2020 season is moving from Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) to Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), series officials announced today.

The PDRA North-South Shootout presented by Frederick Line-X, originally scheduled for July 16-18 at MDIR, is moving back a week to July 23-25. The race is now called the Pro Line Racing Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Frederick Line-X. Virginia Motorsports Park is just two hours south of MDIR.

“This move will give us the best chance to race in front of fans, which is obviously the goal for everyone here at PDRA,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “I feel like the state of Virginia might allow us a limited number of fans by late July, and buying an extra week to possibly be able to race in front of fans is worth the gamble. The race will happen regardless of the fan status, but we absolutely want to race with fans in the stands.”

In addition to improving the chances of racing in front of fans, the new event location and date is also intended to benefit teams, especially those chasing PDRA world championships.

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Franklin, Strickland, Carr, Davis and Voss Pick Up PDRA Carolina Showdown Victories

HARTSVILLE, SC – Two-time Pro Nitrous world champion Tommy Franklin backed up his season-opening victory by securing another event win at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Carolina Showdown presented by ProCharger at Darlington Dragway Saturday night. He took out defending world champion Jim Halsey in a marquee Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final round at the second race on the seven-race revised 2020 PDRA tour.

Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle defending champion Travis Davis also went back-to-back, joining John Strickland (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), JR Carr (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock) and Dillon Voss ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) in the winner’s circle.

The Caroline Showdown also included ultra-competitive sportsman racing, where the winners were Dewayne Silance in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Steve Furr in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Chad Traylor in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32 and Steven Boone in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32. Joe Soucek Jr. was the winner in Edelbrock Bracket Bash.

In the Jr. Dragster classes, Kaylee Love ran a perfect 7.900 in her ’17 Halfscale dragster to defeat Nyckolas Shirkey in the Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster final round. Shirkey’s younger brother, Zach, had better luck in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster, going 8.965 on a 8.95 dial-in to take down Spencer McGee in the final round.

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