“It’s extremely encouraging to hear from our teams after our time away”
CAYUGA, ON – The first race may still be six months away, but a number of former PMRA (Pro Modified Racing Association) teams are first to indicate their plan to attend the June 17-18 North East Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge (NEOPM Challenge) at Empire Dragway at Leicester, NY.
This event will be the first of two races headed up by the two Pro Modified groups from the North Eastern US and Southern Ontario. The other race is scheduled for August 5-6 at Leicester with more than 20 Pro Modifieds to compete.
“I cannot describe how encouraging it is to hear from PMRA teams after our time away,” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA. “It is exciting to come back to the sport.”
Canadian Pro Modified series back on track after several years to participate in two shows at Empire Dragway
This year the NEOPMA Challenge at Empire Dragway, Leicester NY was an amazing success. In 2022 the two self governing organizations will work together to make the Empire / NEOPMA Challenges on June 17-18 and August 5-6, 2022, Pro Mod extravaganzas.
“We have been thinking about a return for a while and patiently waiting for the right opportunity,” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA.
“Our groups have worked together successfully in the past”, stated John Mazzorana of the NEOPMA. “Everyone will remember the Superchargers Showdown ‘International Pro Mod Challenge’ at Maryland International Raceway in 2013.”
Since our first race in 2005, the PMRA has produced ten champions. In six years of racing, there have been five different Quick 32 Sportsman Series champions, and in its four years of existence, there have been four PBSS champions.
In the past eleven years of operation, the three series have awarded over $1,250,000.00 to our drag racing competitors.
Since our first gathering in December of 2004, when we were asked to organize and promote a group of Pro Modified Teams, and seven years ago when the same request was made by a group of Top Dragster and Top Sportsman Teams, the series has always strived to make each season a pleasurable experience for all concerned including our loyal fans. The same attitude applies with the Pro Bike & Sled Series, which began in 2011 and has been presented by Wiseco Performance Products since that time.
Pro Bike rider plans on bettering his third-place finish of last year
Curtis BeckI have been ready for a month, noted the Milton Ontario Pro Bike rider. Everything is ready to roll.
Beck ran all PBSS events last year, and plans on competing in each race for the upcoming season as well. He rides a Suzuki 1150 with an 1150-cc engine sitting in a Koenig chassis with Lectron 44 carburetion and a 123 automatic gearbox. The Suzuki is capable of low eight-second passes on the quarter mile at speeds approaching 160 mph.
Plans include continuing with his Quick 32 Sportsman Series Top Dragster, a Top Fuel ride, plus fielding a Top Sled entry in the PBSS with Colleen Cook
BURLINGTON, ON – Glen Vardy is going to be one busy racer this season. The Burlington Ontario resident, who has competed in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series for the past five years, is planning to ramp up his racing for the 2015 season.
Not only does Vardy plan to continue racing his Top Dragster in the series, he plans on getting into the ultimate in drag racing, a Top Fuel Dragster.
And if that’s not enough, he will be heading up an effort for girl friend Colleen Cook to compete in the Pro Bike & Sled Series, and spend time with his son Gavin who will enter his rookie year in Junior Dragster.
Night of Champions honors drag racing teams in the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS
BURLINGTON, ON – The 10th annual Night of Champions was held at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Ontario to honor the winners in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.
Teams from all three drag race series were on hand to accept their awards for the final event of the 2014 season. The PMRA has now celebrated its 10th season of operation, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, its sixth season, and the PBSS, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, its fourth season.
The night included talks from several drag racing and media personalities, along with the naming of two new champions. On hand were several Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Inducted members, including Bob Slack, Norris McDonald, editor of the Toronto Star Wheels, and Bruce Mehlenbacher, who is not only Director of Operations for all three series, but was inducted into the CMHF several years ago along with his family. John Waldie was also on hand and spoke to the audience about his involvement in the sport.
Jeff Roth – Champion
This year marked the 10th season of competition for the PMRA.
Racing out of New Dundee, Ontario, Roth, driving the Roth Racing 1941 Willys, did not start off 2014 with great success with a first and second-round showing at the first two events, but made up for it for the next three races with a final-round appearance and two back-to-back event wins to take the title, his first after eight seasons with the PMRA.