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Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series Returns to Norwalk for American Doorslammer Challenge

NORWALK, OH – Summit Motorsports Park, one of the premier dragstrips in the world, will play host to the third of eight races on the 2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series schedule this weekend, the Smokies Garage American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies Performance. Racers in professional, sportsman, and Jr. Dragster categories from up and down the East Coast and throughout the Midwest will converge on the Norwalk, Ohio, facility May 23-25 for a Memorial Day Weekend celebration of speed.

“Summit Motorsports Park is an incredible place to have a drag race,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “Bill Bader Jr. and his whole team are some of the best in the business, and they provide our racers with a world-class experience. Fans also love Norwalk. This is an area that has grown to love Pro Modified racing over the last couple decades. The fans are in for a show this weekend. Along with our touring regulars, we’re looking forward to seeing many of our part-time racers who join us when we’re in this part of the country.”

Four-time Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey rolls into Norwalk as the points leader after getting his first win of the season at the last stop on tour, the Mid-Atlantic Showdown at Virginia Motorsports Park. Racing his new Fulton-powered “Daddy Shark” ’68 Camaro, Halsey defeated Tommy Franklin in the final round. Franklin, the defending event winner and defending world champion, is second in points in his Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro. Fredy Scriba, who’s on the cusp of his first Pro Nitrous win, is just a few points behind Franklin in his Musi-powered ’69 Camaro. Continue reading

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Smokies Garage Supports PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge as Title Sponsor

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Smokies Garage, a private hobby garage specializing in custom race cars, hot rods, and motorcycles, has signed on as the title sponsor of the upcoming PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies Performance, May 23-25, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The American Doorslammer Challenge is the third of eight points-earning races on the 2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series schedule.

“Mike Clark and the Smokies Garage team have become a special part of the PDRA family over the last few seasons,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “The Smokies Garage team always rolls into the track with one of the nicest setups in the pits. They’re a family-based group dedicated to performing well but also looking good and having fun while they’re at it, which fits right in at the PDRA. We appreciate Mike and his group supporting the series and the American Doorslammer Challenge.”

Fueled by a passion for cars and motorcycles, Canadian high-rise construction specialist Mike Clark launched Smokies Garage as his own private workshop where he could turn his visions for custom hot rods and motorcycles into reality. Clark expanded that to include numerous race teams, including a Pro Modified team with driver Scott Wildgust and tuner Brandon Snider. The Smokies Garage team will compete in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, adding another layer of support for the American Doorslammer Challenge. Continue reading

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Halsey, Hyde, Pluchino, Nicholl, Essick and Mota Race to Victory at PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – In a final-round battle between the two winningest drivers in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, four-time world champion Jim Halsey collected his first win of the 2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series season when he defeated three-time and reigning world champion Tommy Franklin on a holeshot. Halsey charged to a 3.628-second pass at 208.33 MPH to finish ahead of Franklin and his 3.613 E.T. Saturday night at the Kaeser Compressors Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Spencer Hyde earned his first-ever WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive win to join Halsey and fellow multi-time pro class winners Johnny Pluchino (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Doug Nicholl (PDRA Pro 632), Tim Essick (Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco Racing), and Derek Mota (Afco Racing Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports) in the winner’s circle.

Sportsman class victories went to Glenn Butcher in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Kellan Farmer in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster presented by Greenbrier Excavating & Paving, Jeff Melnick in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Chad Traylor in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster presented by Younce RV. Richie Allen in his ’70 Mustang defeated Keith Dunkum Jr. in his ’91 Mustang in the Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams final round. Continue reading

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Salemi, Halsey, Pluchino, A. Franklin, E. Steding and Mota Top Friday Qualifying at PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – Multi-time No. 1 qualifier Melanie Salemi fired off a 3.585-second, 209.01 MPH pass Friday night at the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series Kaeser Compressors Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix to qualify No. 1 atop the quickest field in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive history. After just two qualifying sessions at Virginia Motorsports Park, the 16-car Pro Boost field was separated by just .053 seconds.

An evening rain shower led to an abbreviated qualifying program, with all professional classes completing two of three scheduled qualifying sessions to set the fields for Saturday eliminations. Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Johnny Pluchino (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Amber Franklin (PDRA Pro 632), Ethan Steding (Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco Racing), and Derek Mota (Afco Racing Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports) also qualified No. 1 in the pro classes. Continue reading

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Record Setters and Race Winners Head to Virginia for PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – Two weeks after a record-setting start to the 2024 season, the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series will be back on track this weekend at the Kaeser Compressors Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix. Set for April 18-20, the Mid-Atlantic Showdown will feature a wide range of racing action in the PDRA’s professional, sportsman, and Jr. Dragster classes as racers from across the country compete at the series’ “home track,” Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP).

“It’s always fun to welcome everyone to our home turf at Virginia Motorsports Park,” said Tyler Crossnoe, PDRA series director and VMP vice president. “VMP has been a staple on the PDRA tour since the very beginning of the series in 2014. Virginia fans know when the PDRA is coming to town, and they’re in for a show this weekend. The season opener in North Carolina was off the rails with excitement, and you do not want to miss the second edition of the PDRA this season.”

The two quickest and fastest categories in the PDRA, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, both enter the Mid-Atlantic Showdown with brand-new elapsed-time national records. Four-time world champion Jim Halsey lowered the Pro Nitrous record that he already held to a 3.608-second effort, and Derek Ward charged to a 3.555 to set the new Pro Boost record. Continue reading

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Shrader, Tutterow, Pluchino, House, McKinney, Kincaid and Denton Score Season-Opening Wins at PDRA East Coast Nationals

BENSON, NC – Longtime nitrous doorslammer racer Brian Shrader broke through to claim his first Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous victory Saturday night at the season-opening Summit Racing Equipment East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park. Pro Nitrous was guaranteed a first-time winner, as Shrader defeated Fredy Scriba in the final round at the first of eight championship points races on the 2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series schedule.

Shrader was joined in the winner’s circle by professional class winners Todd Tutterow in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, Johnny Pluchino in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Andy House in PDRA Pro 632, Eric McKinney in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Scott Kincaid in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco Racing, and Blake Denton in Afco Racing Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports.

Sportsman class victories went to Randy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Michael White in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster presented by Greenbrier Excavating & Paving, Ron Whitlock in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Danielle Gonzalez in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster presented by Younce RV. Amanda Manual picked up the win in Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams, using a 6.108 on a 6.10 dial-in in her ’99 S10 to defeat Will Holloman in his ’21 American dragster.

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Ward, Halsey, Carr, A. Franklin, Garner-Jones, Green and Mota Qualify No. 1 at Season-Opening PDRA East Coast Nationals

BENSON, NC – Derek Ward’s fast-paced start to the 2024 Pro Modified season continued Friday night when he lowered the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Pro Boost elapsed time national record to qualify No. 1 at the Summit Racing Equipment East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park. Racing at the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series season opener, Ward recorded a 3.555-second pass at 211.76 MPH in the final qualifying session to set the record and claim his first No. 1 qualifier award in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive.

Four-time Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey also went quicker than his own E.T. national record with a 3.608 at 208.84 to qualify No. 1. He’ll need to run within 1% of that performance to back up the record during eliminations.

No. 1 qualifiers in the PDRA’s additional pro classes are JR Carr in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Amber Franklin in PDRA Pro 632, Chris Garner-Jones in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Ron Green in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco Racing, and Derek Mota in Afco Racing Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports.

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2024 Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series Season to Kick Off at East Coast Nationals

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – This week marks the beginning of a new decade for the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), which became the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series over the winter. The series will begin its 11th season of all-eighth-mile drag racing April 3-6 at the Summit Racing Equipment East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park. It’s the first of eight points-earning races for the professional, sportsman, and Jr. Dragster drivers competing for the 2024 PDRA world championships.

“The best in the business will be in North Carolina at GALOT Motorsports Park this weekend as the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series kicks off for 2024,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “As exciting as it was to celebrate 10 years of the PDRA last season, we’re even more excited about moving into decade two with our new series title sponsor, Red Line Oil, and all of the initiatives that we believe will take the series to the next level. We have some of the best racers in the world, and we’re looking forward to introducing them to even more fans this season.”

The East Coast Nationals will include all 12 categories that compete within the PDRA, spread out across professional, sportsman, and Jr. Dragster categories. Teams will have the opportunity to test for two days before starting Friday qualifying and Saturday eliminations.

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Kaeser Compressors Named Title Sponsor of PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown; Official Air Compressor of PDRA

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Kaeser Compressors, one of the largest providers of compressed air systems and solutions, has signed on as the title sponsor of the Red Line Oil PDRA Drag Racing Series’ second race of the 2024 season, the Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix, April 18-20, at Virginia Motorsports Park. Kaeser Compressors has also been named the Official Air Compressor of the PDRA.

“The Kaeser Compressors team are no strangers to drag racing, but we’re thrilled to welcome them to the PDRA as an event title sponsor and the Official Air Compressor of the series,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Kaeser Compressors has been on the side of Jeff Brooks’ Henry J Top Sportsman car for many years. We’re proud that Michael Camber [Kaeser Compressors Marketing Services Manager] and the Kaeser Compressors group chose to expand their involvement in drag racing through the PDRA.”

Based in Fredericksburg, Va., Kaeser Compressors goes to market through a nationwide network of exclusive branches and distributors, each with factory-trained sales and service people. Kaeser’s complete line of compressed air system products includes industrial electric screw compressors and portable gasoline and diesel rotary screw compressors with the highly efficient Sigma ProfileTM, rotary lobe and screw blowers, compressed air boosters, and vacuum packages. Kaeser also provides an unrivaled range of air treatment and other system components including tanks, piping, and controls.

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Bracket Racing Veteran Chad Traylor Clinches 2023 PDRA Top Sportsman World Championship

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Chad Traylor went into the 2023 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season just hoping to secure a top 10 finish in the MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV points standings. Despite driving a new-to-him car and having never really competed on a full-time basis in the series, Traylor finished the eight-race season as the 2023 Top Sportsman world champion with two victories.

Over the winter going into the 2023 season, Traylor was approached by longtime friend Keith Cox with a proposal to drive Cox’s recently purchased split-window ’63 Corvette at some PDRA races. Traylor was already planning to run some of the races with his Top Dragster entry, so he added the Top Sportsman car to the lineup and went into the year with modest expectations.

The car gave Traylor and Cox fits early on, but a win at the Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix at Traylor’s home track, Virginia Motorsports Park, provided the duo with the momentum boost they needed to chase the title.

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