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).
PDRA Returns to GALOT Motorsports Park for Late-Season Action at Proline Racing DragWars Presented by Modern Racing
BENSON, NC – The 2021 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) world championship points battles are coming down to the wire as the all-eighth-mile series returns to GALOT Motorsports Park for Proline Racing DragWars presented by Modern Racing, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. It’s the seventh of eight races for the series’ professional and sportsman racers, so the Benson, North Carolina, event could be a make-or-break race for championship contenders.
“It’s been over a month since our last race, but the PDRA racers and teams are fired up and ready to get back on track in pursuit of the 2021 PDRA world championships,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “This race plays a crucial role in the championship chase. The weather is starting to cool off, the racers are as competitive as ever, and GALOT is a world-class racetrack. When all that comes together, the result is some incredible, side-by-side racing for the fans.”
Proline Racing, known for building and tuning some of the quickest and fastest boosted engines in a variety of classes, is the title sponsor of DragWars. Modern Racing, a one-stop-shop for motorsports electronics, wiring and fabrication services, is continuing its role as the event’s presenting sponsor.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – It’s been the Jim Halsey Show in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous for most of the 2021 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season, but two-time world champion Tommy Franklin shook things up in Nitrous Wars presented by Structural Concrete by qualifying No. 1 at the recent P2 Contracting Northern Nationals presented by P2 Racing.
“It’s no secret that we’ve been struggling, so to go out there and make a good run and put it up front feels good,” Franklin said. “It’s good for the team and everybody involved. Pat Musi Racing Engines has been there for us the whole time. I’m really happy with it. The goal right now is just to get a couple back to back.”
Driving his Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro, Franklin qualified No. 1 with a 3.752-second pass at 202.58 mph. It was the first time in the first six races of the season that a driver other than Halsey has qualified No. 1 in Pro Nitrous.
MOHNTON, PA – Pennsylvania native “Mountain Man” Mike Achenbach worked through numerous challenges to earn his first-ever Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous victory at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) P2 Contracting Northern Nationals presented by P2 Racing at Maple Grove Raceway. He won on a holeshot in the final round Saturday night, defeating Ed “Ironman” Burnley in a side-by-side 3.70-second race.
The other professional class winners were Kevin Rivenbark in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, JR Carr in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Wes Distefano in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632, and Tim Essick in Drag 965 Pro Street.
The Northern Nationals also included the PDRA’s full lineup of sportsman classes, where the winners were Steve Drongowski (MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja), DJ Cox (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Nick Meloni (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32), and Stacy Hall (Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32). Joe Ithieu won in Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams, defeating Martin Flegal in the final round.
Franklin, Salemi, Carr, Distefano and Schroeder Lead Rain-Shortened Qualifying at PDRA Northern Nationals
MOHNTON, PA – Two-time Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Tommy Franklin earned his first No. 1 qualifying award in over a year when he took his “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro to the top spot at the PDRA P2 Contracting Northern Nationals presented by P2 Racing Friday night at Maple Grove Raceway.
A rain storm prevented the series from completing a third qualifying session for the professional categories. Melanie Salemi (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), JR Carr (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), and Nick Schroeder (Drag 965 Pro Street) also claimed No. 1 spots in the pro classes. Wes Distefano is the provisional low qualifier in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632, which will get a second qualifying session Saturday morning.
The sportsman classes also completed their two scheduled Friday qualifying sessions, and their fields have been set. The low qualifiers are Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Brian McHattie in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Bryan LaFlam in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, and Dickie Smith in Lucas Oil Top Dragster.
PDRA Tour Rolls on to Maple Grove Raceway for P2 Contracting Northern Nationals presented by P2 Racing
MOHNTON, PA – The Professional Drag Racers Association [PDRA] entered the 2021 season with three first-time stops on its schedule. After successful first impressions at Beech Bend Raceway Park and Summit Motorsports Park earlier this season, the all-eighth-mile series rolls into its final new track, Maple Grove Raceway, this weekend for the P2 Contracting Northern Nationals presented by P2 Racing, Aug. 12-14.
“This has been an exciting season with memorable performances at some new tracks, and we’re looking forward to continuing that this weekend at Maple Grove,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “This historic track has played host to some of the quickest and fastest drag racers in the world. I know our racers are excited to join that group and to put on a show for the Pennsylvania fans.”
The PDRA is just a couple weeks removed from the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars race, where racers in the professional and sportsman classes faced off for over $50,000 in prize money at Virginia Motorsports Park’s Night of Fire. Jim Halsey (Pro Nitrous vs. Pro Boost), Johnny Pluchino (Extreme Pro Stock) and Wes Distefano (Pro Outlaw 632) were among the winners.
DINWIDDIE, VA – Defending Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) world champions Jim Halsey, Johnny Pluchino and Wes Distefano reigned supreme at the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars race Saturday night at Virginia Motorsports Park’s Night of Fire. The specialty race featuring the top 8 drivers in ProStars points paid out over $50,000 to the winners in the professional and sportsman classes. All pairings were determined by a random chip draw.
Halsey was the winner of a special 16-car shootout pitting the top Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous drivers against the top Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction drivers. Pluchino won in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition and Distefano was victorious in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632.
Larry Roberts won in an all-dragster final in the MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja vs. Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster shootout. Stacy Hall earned the win in the MagnaFuel Top Sportsman vs. Lucas Oil Top Dragster race.