DARLINGTON, SC — It was a record-setting weekend for Lizzy Musi and the Musi Racing team in Darlington, as the Pro Nitrous star raised the bar for performance in the class at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway.
Musi, who already held the speed record of 209.23 mph in the class, put a complete stamp on the quickest and fastest marks in Pro Nitrous thanks to her record-setting pass of 3.615-seconds at 208.62 mph on Saturday in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart. If the conditions presented themselves, a new record was the goal and Musi accomplished it in style.
After qualifying fourth, Musi opened eliminations with a 3.637 at 207.95 mph. She put together the record-breaking pass of 3.615 a round later, following it up with a pass of 3.618 at 208.72 mph in the semifinals to back up the record. After an up-and-down season, setting the new E.T. mark was a definite highlight as the conclusion of the season nears.
Rivenbark, Halsey, Montecalvo, Distefano and Gast Earn Victories at Record-Setting PDRA Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing
HARTSVILLE, SC – Points leader Kevin Rivenbark secured his second victory of the season in Moroso Pro Boost at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing at Darlington Dragway Saturday night. The win helped the 2016 world champion pad his points lead as the all-eighth-mile series heads to the season finale, the PDRA World Finals presented by Pro Line Racing and $hameless Racing, in two weeks.
The low qualifiers in the PDRA’s four other professional classes parlayed their Friday success into Saturday victories, as Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), John Montecalvo (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock), Wes Distefano (Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by East Side Auto Transport) and Paul Gast (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) won as well.
In the sportsman class final rounds, Dewayne Silance defeated Jamie Fowler in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Norris Willis defeated Bill Yates in Top Sportsman 32, Nick Hamilton defeated Carson Brown in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Brooke Hall-Gary defeated Blake Denton in Top Dragster 32, Mia Schultz defeated Makayla Stevens in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster presented by Knoxtown Products, and Lane Morgan defeated Connor Shields in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster. Michael Morton won the Edelbrock Bracket Bash.
HARTSVILLE, SC – Pro Boost newcomer Randy Weatherford took his centrifugally supercharged WS Construction ’18 Camaro to the No. 1 qualifying spot to start off the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing at Darlington Dragway Friday night. The former Pro Nitrous driver fired off a 3.663-second pass at 204.64 mph to lead the field in his Moroso Pro Boost debut.
Also qualifying No. 1 in the professional classes were Jim Halsey in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, John Montecalvo in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Wes Distefano in Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by East Side Auto Transport and Paul Gast in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle.
After two of three qualifying sessions, the provisional low qualifiers in the PDRA’s sportsman categories are John Benoit in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman with a 3.832 at 198.33 in his nitrous-assisted ’17 Camaro and Jody Stroud in Lucas Oil Top Dragster with a 3.711 at 201.16 in the supercharged “Zombie” Spitzer dragster.
The provisional low qualifiers in the Jr. Dragster classes are Brooks McMath in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster presented by Knoxtown Products with his 7.906 elapsed time and Logan Westmoreland in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster with a .0013 reaction time.
HARTSVILLE, SC – The tense championship battles in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will tighten up this weekend as the all-eighth-mile series heads to Darlington Dragway for the penultimate race on the 2019 Road to the Finals, the Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing, Oct. 3-5.
The PDRA had to cancel their most recent event, PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing at GALOT Motorsports Park, because of Hurricane Dorian. Racers with a solid points lead breathed a sigh of relief, while competitors trying to move up in pursuit of the 2019 PDRA world championships will be feeling the pressure as they have just two races left to gain ground on the points leaders.
“Those round wins went from important to very important real quick with losing Drag Wars,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “We hated to lose that event – Drag Wars has always been a staple on the PDRA calendar – but Darlington is up next and the Fall Nationals will be solid as well. The points championships are going to be as dramatic as they’ve ever been now that four rounds are off the table.”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – $hameless Racing, a Michigan-based Pro Outlaw 632 team, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) final two races of the 2019 season, series officials announced today.
The PDRA Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing is set for Oct. 3-5 at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C., while the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by Pro Line Racing and $hameless Racing will close the eight-race season Oct. 17-20 at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va.
“Wes Distefano and his $hameless Racing team came to us and wanted to get involved with the PDRA on a bigger level,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Wes has been a strong competitor in our Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by Precision Chassis and East Side Auto Transport class all season, and now it’s exciting to have him and $hameless Racing on board as the presenting sponsor at the Fall Nationals and World Finals.”
BENSON, NC – PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., has been canceled, race officials announced today. The path of Hurricane Dorian changed since the PDRA’s original decision to move forward with the event, with the storm now expected to directly hit the Benson area.
“We are very sorry to make this decision after saying that we are going racing, but when the storm changes and tells you that you need to look again, we did just that,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Safety will always and continue to be priority in our racing series, on and off the track. As much as we all want to race, we just do not see it being possible and we do not want to have anyone stranded or away from their families during this potential natural disaster. All of us at the PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused and as noted earlier in the week, both GALOT and Virginia Motorsports Park facilities are open for housing rigs that need to get away from the storm.”
BENSON, NC – The sixth of eight races on the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Road to the Finals, PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, will continue as planned despite inclement weather related to Hurricane Dorian, race officials announced today. Originally scheduled for Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., Drag Wars will be completed using an abbreviated Friday-Saturday schedule.
“PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park officials have all watched the storm tracks long enough and according to meteorologists across the board, we appear to have a window to make this sixth race on the Road to the Finals happen for our racers and fans,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Everybody stay safe in their travels and we will do our best to accommodate everyone to the best of our abilities. The PDRA Racing series is looking forward to another event at GALOT Motorsports Park and we hope to see you all coming out to a great event at a wonderful facility.”