Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars Proves Good Indicator for Overall Success

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 27, 2017): The guys and gals of Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC depend on their engine programs as a large part of the equation for their success. The engine builders, even if not in the driver’s seat, take winning as seriously as anyone. While the quickest and fastest car isn’t always the one in the winner’s circle, it’s proving to be true more often than not in this season of Pro Nitrous. Three times in the five events held thus far this year, the Flatout Gaskets Pro Nitrous Wars winner, that is, the pole sitter, has went on to win the event.

At the season opener in Valdosta, Georgia and again in Budds Creek, Maryland, Jay Cox and his Buck Racing Engines-powered “The Pumpkin” Camaro won both the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars and the event. He won again at Indy, despite having an uncharacteristic performance in qualifying.

The other clear contender in the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars is Musi Racing Engines, represented by several top teams, namely Lizzy Musi, Tommy Franklin and Randy Weatherford. Lizzy Musi took her “King Kong 6” to the top qualifying spot at GALOT Motorsports Park. Tommy Franklin followed up with another top spot for Musi Engines in Darlington, going on to win the event in “The Jungle Rat”. He also took Nitrous Wars honors at Indy, but just missed sweeping the event, falling in the final round to Jay Cox. While fellow Musi Engines customer Randy Weatherford has yet to take home the coveted Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars nitrous bottle trophy, he has consistently been in the top three in qualifying and currently sits third in championship points standings, closely following Cox who sits in first and Franklin in second.

“I’m just in a rhythm right now,” stated Cox, who claimed two Nitrous Wars victories this season, as well as two event wins. “I take pride in that No. 1 spot. It’s just a good rivalry we have going with the Musi cars. I’m just tickled for (engine builder) Charlie Buck and all of my sponsors.”

There are three events left to determine the overall Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars Champion, a title completely independent of the points standings, with its own set of bragging rights. Buck Racing Engines has two of five wins, while Musi Racing Engines holds the other three.

“The Flatout Gasket Nitrous Wars creates a race within a race and we are so thrilled to be able to compete for this bottle for the PDRA,” added Franklin. “The competition is stiff with Jay Cox, Randy Weatherford, Lizzy Musi, Jason Harris, and many others, so it is an honor to take our Musi Racing Engines powered ‘Jungle Rat’ to the number one qualifying position. We may be over the halfway point of the season, but you can guarantee the intensity is only getting higher. I just thank the Lord that I can do this and I thank the PDRA and all of its sponsors that allow us to compete for something so great.”

Even through the heat of the summer, it takes a sub-3.70 pass to top the Pro Nitrous field. The extremely competitive class will continue to be one to follow as the events get into the cooler fall weather.

The upcoming PDRA Summer Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park might not offer a reprieve from the heat, but the scheduled night racing will showcase these flame-throwing nitrous machines the way they’re truly meant to be enjoyed. Watch only at www.SpeedVideo.com or find ticket information at www.PDRA660.com.

Visit www.FlatoutGaskets.com for more on their high performance gaskets.

Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with several sportsman and various exhibition categories. The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events. For more on the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing organization visit www.pdra660.com. Follow the PDRA: Facebook, Instagram, Youtube.

Photo: Roger Richards

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