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Halsey, Weatherford, DeFlorian, Holdorf, Garner-Jones and Essick Close 2021 PDRA Season with World Finals Victories

DINWIDDIE, VA – Newly crowned world champions Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Chris Garner-Jones (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) and Tim Essick (Drag 965 Pro Street) bookended their championship seasons with victories at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by ProCharger at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Randy Weatherford (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), John DeFlorian (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), and Chris Holdorf ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) also won in the pro classes.

The sportsman event champions were Jeremy Creasman in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Kellan Farmer in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Joe Roubicek in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 48, and David Petrofske in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32. Michael Robbins won in Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams, defeating Brianna Lukhard in the final round.

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Rain Washes Away Final Pro Qualifying Session at PDRA Brian Olson Memorial World Finals Presented by ProCharger

DINWIDDIE, VA – Saturday afternoon rain showers and cool temperatures led Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to cancel the final pro qualifying session at the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by ProCharger.

“Between the rain we got, the rain that’s coming, the cool temperatures and the sun going away, it wasn’t going to be possible to get the track back into shape tonight,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Our racers are competing for championships, so we really want to give them the best track possible. The PDRA and VMP teams will work through the night to get the track ready for championship Sunday.”

The series did complete a third round of qualifying in all classes on Saturday, as well as the first round of eliminations in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 48. All classes will go into eliminations on Sunday morning, beginning with Classic Graphix Top Jr. Dragster at 10:15 a.m.

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Franklin, Camp, DeFlorian, Stewart, Al-Saber and Schroeder Take Provisional No. 1 Spots at PDRA World Finals

DINWIDDIE, VA – Virginia’s own Tommy Franklin threw down a 3.638-second pass to grab the provisional No. 1 spot in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous on Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by ProCharger. Two Saturday qualifying sessions remain to set the fields for Sunday eliminations at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Johnny Camp (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), John DeFlorian (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Daryl Stewart ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632), Meshal Al-Saber (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) and Nick Schroeder (Drag 965 Pro Street) also took the provisional No. 1 spots in the pro classes.

In the PDRA’s sportsman categories, Buddy Perkinson (MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja) Kellan Farmer (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Bryan LaFlam (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 48), and Blake Denton (Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32) topped their respective fields.

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Eight Points Races, ProStars Specialty Race Return for 2022 PDRA Schedule 

DINWIDDIE, VA – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will return to all six tracks it visited this season in 2022, as the all-eighth-mile series announced its 2022 schedule today during the drivers meeting at the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by ProCharger. The 2022 PDRA schedule is made up of eight national events and the second annual Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars specialty race. All events will be held on the same weekends they were held this season.

“This season, we hit on a schedule that works well for our racers, fans, sponsors and track partners,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “We’re building on the success we had this year by returning to the same markets on the same weekends in 2022. This consistency will help racers and fans alike lock these events into their racing schedules as the series continues to grow.”

The PDRA will begin its ninth season with its traditional season opener, the East Coast Nationals, April 7-9 at GALOT Motorsports Park. The tour will continue with sophomore stops at Beech Bend Raceway Park for the second annual Doorslammer Derby, April 28-30, and Summit Motorsports Park for the second annual American Doorslammer Challenge, May 26-28.

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PDRA to Decide 2021 World Champions at Brian Olson Memorial World Finals Presented by ProCharger

DINWIDDIE, VA – Nearly all of the 2021 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) world championships are still up for grabs as the all-eighth-mile series rolls into Virginia Motorsports Park for the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by ProCharger, Oct. 14-17. It’s the eighth and final race for the drivers and teams competing in the series’ professional, sportsman and Jr. Dragster categories.

“It’s been a thrilling season of competition, and it all comes down to this weekend at the World Finals,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Racers from Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost to the Jr. Dragster classes will be giving it all they’ve got to close out the season with a win and maybe even a world championship. This is going to be a can’t-miss weekend of racing, that’s for sure.”

Three drivers already clinched 2021 world championships going into the World Finals, securing their spots in the history books one race early.

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Franklin, Pharris, Gillig, Distefano and Davis Race to Victory at PDRA DragWars

BENSON, NC – Two-time world champion Tommy Franklin scored his first Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous victory of the season Saturday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing DragWars presented by Modern Racing. Franklin in his “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro defeated fellow two-time world champion Jason Harris in the final round at GALOT Motorsports Park.

Daniel Pharris (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), Wes Distefano ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) added victories to their 2021 scorecards, while Tony Gillig scored his first Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition victory in the debut of his new family-owned car.

In the sportsman classes, Buddy Perkinson (MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja), Steve Furr (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Joe Roubicek (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32), and Dickie Smith (Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32) claimed the event wins. Steve Corker in his ’69 Camaro won in Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams, defeating Michael Smith in the final round.

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Halsey, Camp, Carr, Holdorf and Davis Take No. 1 Spots at PDRA DragWars

BENSON, NC – For the sixth time in seven races, defending world champion Jim Halsey qualified No. 1 in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous after recording a 3.64-second, 207.02 mph pass to conclude Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing DragWars presented by Modern Racing at GALOT Motorsports Park.

Johnny Camp (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), JR Carr (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Chris Holdorf ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) also qualified No. 1.

The PDRA’s sportsman classes completed two qualifying sessions, with a final third qualifying session set for Saturday morning. The provisional low qualifiers are John Benoit (MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja), Peter Maduri (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Barry Daniluk (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman), and Blake Denton (Lucas Oil Top Dragster).

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