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Franklin, Harris, Drinkwater, Melnick, Kincaid and Denton Race to Victory at PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge

NORWALK, OH – A pair of two-time PDRA Pro Nitrous world champions, Tommy Franklin and Jason Harris, reached the winner’s circle at the third race of the PDRA’s 10th season Saturday night at the DeCerbo Construction American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies. Racing at Summit Motorsports Park, Franklin earned his first Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous win of the season, while Harris was victorious in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive for the first time in his career.

The series also awarded professional class “660 Man” trophies to first-time winners Alan Drinkwater in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Scott Kincaid in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco, and Blake Denton in Afco Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports. Ohio’s own Jeff Melnick, who won the season opener in M&M Transmission Pro 632, collected his second win in three races.

Sportsman victories at Norwalk went to Donny Urban in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Pete Maduri in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster, Gary Wojnowski in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and TG Paschal in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster.

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Halsey, Harris, Gillig, Nicholl, Riddle and Denton Earn Low Qualifier Spots at PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge

NORWALK, OH – Four-time and reigning Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey closed out Friday qualifying at the DeCerbo Construction PDRA American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies with a weekend-best pass to qualify No. 1 going into Saturday eliminations. Halsey’s 3.639-second pass at 207.66 MPH gave the points leader his second consecutive low qualifier award at the PDRA’s third race of the season.

Halsey’s fellow low qualifiers in the pro classes are Jason Harris in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, Tony Gillig in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Doug Nicholl in M&M Transmission Pro 632, Bill Riddle in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco, and Blake Denton in Afco Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports.

The sportsman classes also completed three Friday qualifying sessions, with No. 1 spots going to Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Craig Addis in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster, Vonnie Mills in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Steve Furr in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster.

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PDRA to Take Over Norwalk for American Doorslammer Challenge

NORWALK, OH – A cast of emerging stars and tried-and-true veteran drivers in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) are ready to put on a show at the third annual DeCerbo Construction American Doorslammer Challenge presented by Callies Performance, May 25-27, at Summit Motorsports Park. It’s the third race of the 2023 season, and valuable Summit Racing Equipment ProStars points and world championship points are on the line in almost a dozen professional and sportsman categories.

“We always look forward to our annual visit to the Bader family’s Summit Motorsports Park,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “This is a world-class facility with world-class fans. While we’re still early in our history at this track, many of our racers have been competing here for years – decades in some cases. They’ve built strong, passionate fan bases in this area, and we’re excited to give those fans a thrilling weekend of racing at the American Doorslammer Challenge. Additionally, we’re proud to have the continued support of two local companies, DeCerbo Construction and Callies Performance.”

All of the PDRA’s four-wheeled professional categories will be in competition, while Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle will take the weekend off. The PDRA’s newest class, Afco Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports, will compete for the second time this season.

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Fulton, Pro Line and Allen Early Frontrunners in PDRA Engine Builder Challenges

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – After the first two races of the 2023 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season, Fulton Competition Engines, Pro Line Racing, and Allen Competition Engines have emerged as the early leaders in the series’ engine builder challenge programs. Fulton, the reigning Structural Concrete Nitrous Wars champion, is on top yet again, with Pro Line leading in Boost Wars and Allen leading in Horsepower Wars.

This season, the PDRA engine builder challenge program rewards the top engine builders and their respective drivers through a season-long competition. At each race on the schedule, the top four qualified drivers/engine builders from the previous event square off in a two-round shootout in qualifying. The winning driver earns four points for their engine builder, the runner-up earns three points, and so on.

In Nitrous Wars, four-time and defending Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey has swept the first two races in his Fulton-powered “Daddy Shark” ’68 Camaro. He defeated Albert Racing Engines’ Dane Wood in the final round at the East Coast Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park and Pat Musi Racing Engines’ Jay Cox in the final at the Mid-Atlantic Showdown at Virginia Motorsports Park. Albert and Musi are tied for second with five points each, and Sonny’s Racing Engines is also on the board with two points.

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Laris Motorsports Insurance Expands Partnership with PDRA

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Expanding on a partnership that began in 2022, Laris Motorsports Insurance signed on as the title rights sponsor of the Elite Top Dragster and Top Dragster classes in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) for the 2023 season. The company is also offering contingency and “Perfect Run” bonuses for its customers competing in the series.

“Laris Motorsports Insurance was a fantastic partner for the series last season,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “They wanted to build on their program for this year, and we worked together to find ways to reward their customers who excel in PDRA competition. We’re proud to have them continue on as the official insurance provider of the PDRA, as well as the new title sponsor of our Top Dragster classes.”

Laris Motorsports Insurance is an extension of the Laris Insurance Agency, a fourth-generation south Louisiana multiline insurance agency. Members of the Laris family have been drag racing for over 30 years, with numerous NHRA sportsman racing accomplishments to their name. The family created Laris Motorsports Insurance to offer policies to racers that would specifically cover race cars and racing equipment, with coverage extending from the race shop to the racetrack. On-track coverage is also available.

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Red Line Oil Joins PDRA as Title Sponsor of Carolina Nationals at Darlington

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Red Line Oil, a leading manufacturer of motor oils and lubricants, has signed on as the title sponsor of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Carolina Nationals, series officials announced today. Held Sept. 14-16 at Darlington Dragway, the Red Line Oil Carolina Nationals is the sixth of eight championship points races on the 2023 PDRA schedule.

“We’re honored to bring in a brand like Red Line Oil to the PDRA family,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “As we continue to celebrate our 10th season, it means a lot to have the support of industry leaders and companies that offer the products and support our racers need. From 4,000-horsepower Pro Mods to our Jr. Dragster classes, Red Line Oil has products for all of our racers. We’re excited to begin this relationship with the Red Line Oil team.”

In 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil began creating lubricants for the racing industry. Today, the company manufactures more than 100 quality products, including motor oils, gear oils, assembly lubes, fuel additives and the popular WaterWetter cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine and industrial markets.

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SP Tools Joins PDRA as Official Tool

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – SP Tools, an Australian manufacturer of a wide variety of tools and equipment, is now the Official Tool of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), series officials announced today. Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions, the exclusive distributor of SP Tools in the United States, is facilitating the PDRA partnership.

“We’re thrilled to welcome SP Tools to the PDRA family as we continue to celebrate our 10th season,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Our racers use top-of-the-line engines, race cars, parts, and equipment. They also need the best tools available to put those components together and keep them running to their potential. SP Tools offers a range of tools and equipment that will appeal to our teams.”

SP Tools are available in the U.S. exclusively through Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions, an Alabama-based company that specializes in diagnostic tools and equipment. When the company decided to expand its offerings to include hand tools, power tools, tool storage, and automotive specialty tools, its commitment to customer service excellence guided them to SP Tools. SP Tools and SP Air are represented by over 40 international agents in 30 countries.

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Halsey, Harvey, Powers, A. Franklin, Garner-Jones, Riddle, and Mota Secure Victories at PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – Two of the most prolific drivers in nitrous Pro Modified racing, Jim Halsey and “Tricky” Rickie Smith, squared off in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final round Sunday afternoon at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix. Racing at Virginia Motorsports Park, Halsey won when Smith went red. Halsey recorded a weekend-best 3.646-second pass to go back-to-back at the second stop on the 2023 PDRA tour.

The professional class winners also included Travis Harvey in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, Chris Powers in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Amber Franklin in M&M Transmission Pro 632, Chris Garner-Jones in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle, Bill Riddle in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco, and Derek Mota in Afco Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports.

The sportsman winners were Donny Urban in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Steve Furr in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster, Chad Traylor in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and TG Paschal in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster. Rick Hustwayte picked up the win in Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams.

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PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown Eliminations to Continue Sunday

DINWIDDIE, VA – An afternoon of heavy rain showers put a stop to Saturday eliminations at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix at Virginia Motorsports Park. Eliminations will continue Sunday.

“We’ve been expecting this rain all week, and we’ve done as much as possible to get ahead of it,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “By starting eliminations on Friday night, we put ourselves one round closer to finishing before the rain came in, but we just ran out of time. Fortunately, Sunday’s forecast is promising. Our PDRA and VMP teams will work through the night to rebuild the racing surface to provide our racers with the conditions they need to complete the Mid-Atlantic Showdown.”

Before the rain started, the second round of eliminations was completed in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive, Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, M&M Transmission Pro 632, Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle, Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco, and Afco Super Street.

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Low Qualifiers Harvey, Halsey, Pluchino, A. Franklin, Essick, Garner-Jones, and Denton Highlight First-Round Winners at PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

DINWIDDIE, VA – With several hours of rain in the forecast for Saturday afternoon, Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials moved the first round of eliminations up to Friday night at the Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Classic Graphix at Virginia Motorsports Park. The low qualifiers in several classes continued their success with first-round wins.

After three qualifying sessions – one on Thursday night and two on Friday – the No. 1 qualifiers were Jim Halsey in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Travis Harvey 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, Amber Franklin in M&M Transmission Pro 632, Chris Garner-Jones in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle, Tim Essick in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco, and Blake Denton in Afco Super Street presented by Menscer Motorsports. All seven drivers won their first-round matchups.

In the sportsman classes, the low qualifiers were Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Victor Puglia in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster, Barry Daniluk in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Frank Falter IV in Laris Motorsports Insurance Top Dragster.

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