Pro Extreme; Other Eliminations Postponed at PDRA World
DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 21, 2017) – Pro Extreme driver Terry
Leggett backed up his No. 1 qualifying effort when he won
the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World
Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park Saturday night. All
other professional-class final rounds and sportsman
eliminations were postponed until Sunday morning.
In addition to deciding the Pro Extreme event winner, the
PDRA crowned world champions in four of the five
professional classes during the completed rounds of
Leggett drove his supercharged Leggett Logging & Trucking
’71 Mustang to a 3.542-second pass at 214.45 mph to defeat
Swedish driver Mattias Wulcan’s 4.672 at 91.92 in the Pro
Extreme final round. It was Leggett’s second consecutive
event win over Wulcan, who needed to win the race to pass
points leader Mike Recchia for the world championship.
“I’ve got such a good group of people around me,” Leggett
said. “I don’t really know how to put it into words. The
car is great, the motor is great, the people who support
me are great – not only my team, but manufacturers like
Charlie Buck and Shannon Davis who come out to the races.”
Leggett, who beat Sweden’s Stefan Holmberg and Australian
John Zappia before the final round, finishes the season
third in points with three No. 1 qualifier awards and the
two most recent event wins on tour.
“It’s a lot of icing cake. It’s a good way to go back to
the house, kick your feet up over the winter and think
about it all,” Leggett added.
Recchia fell in the second
round, but earned the 2017 Pro Extreme world championship on the strength
of his event wins in his supercharged Agrow Fresh “Chicago Muscle” ’69
Camaro at the GALOT spring race and the Mid-America Indy Showdown.
The final round in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC will
feature the two quickest and fastest drivers in class history. Lizzy Musi
used a 3.679 pass at a record-tying 206.54 in Frank Brandao’s “King Kong
6” ’15 Dodge Dart to defeat John Hall in the semifinals. In a semifinal
race for the world championship, Tommy Franklin drove his Musi-powered
“Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro to a 3.669 at 205.29 over Jay Cox’s 3.702 at
201.10 in his Buck-powered “Pumpkin” ’69 Camaro.
“It’s pretty special to get the championship because my daughter, Amber,
won the Pro Junior Dragster championship, and my youngest daughter
finished fourth in her first year in Top Junior Dragster,” Franklin said.
“I’m so proud of them both.”
Franklin reset the elapsed time national record with his 3.653 pass in
qualifying. He’s appeared in all but one final round this season, and he
and Musi have a 1-1 record against each other in 2017 final rounds.
After qualifying No. 1, resetting the elapsed time national record, and
securing the Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost world championship, Jose
Gonzales and Q80 Racing/El General Racing teammate Eric Dillard will not
run the final round on Sunday. Gonzales fired off the record 3.638 at
215.34 in his turbocharged “Eleanor” ’67 Mustang to take out Jeremy Ray in
the semifinals. Dillard in the Pro Line-powered ’69 Camaro followed
Gonzales with a 3.654 at 215.89 to set the speed national record and
defeat championship runner-up Ty Tutterow in the supercharged GALOT
Motorsports “Tomcat” ’69 Camaro.
“I’ll be honest – I was probably more surprised than our competition with
the runs we were making today,” Gonzales said. “When I saw the scoreboard
after making that last run, I went on the radio and asked if the numbers
were real. I truly didn’t think we could run that fast. It just goes to
show that when you have a person like (tuner) Steve Petty, an engine built
by Pro Line, and a crew like I have, anything can happen. The car was
working perfectly every run.”
Gonzales won the first two races of the year at Valdosta and GALOT, where
he was also the No. 1 qualifier.
EXTREME PRO STOCK
Finalists Cary Goforth and John Montecalvo ran their PDRA-best and
season-best elapsed times in the semifinals to earn their spots in the
Extreme Pro Stock final round. Montecalvo ran a 4.02 at 179.76 to defeat
GALOT spring race winner Chris Powers, while newly crowned world champion
Goforth drove to a 4.022 at 179.25 over Jeff Dobbins. Goforth is seeking
his fourth consecutive event win, and Montecalvo is seeking his second
victory of the season.
PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE
A late-season push has Q80 Racing rider Brad McCoy chasing his second
consecutive event win in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. He used a
holeshot advantage and 4.037 pass at 174.82 to defeat low qualifier Chris
Garner-Jones in the semifinals. Waiting for McCoy in the final round will
be Canadian dairy farmer Terry Schweigert, who previously took out T.T.
Jones with a 4.058 at 174.32.
Travis Davis was crowned the 2017 Pro Extreme Motorcycle world champion,
even though he lost to title runner-up Eric McKinney in their first-round
matchup. McKinney bowed out in the second round, preventing him from
earning enough points to pass Davis.
The PDRA’s four sportsman categories, as well as East Coast Auto Transport
Extreme Outlaw 632 and Pilot Electric Outlaw 10.5, will continue
eliminations which began Saturday afternoon. Outlaw 10.5 is down to the
semifinals, where John Carinci will face Dale Collins Jr. and Mike Decker
Jr. will race his son, Mike Decker III. Extreme Outlaw 632, MagnaFuel Top
Sportsman, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, Campers Inn RV Pro Junior Dragster, and
MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster will resume with the second round of
Sunday’s continuation of eliminations at the 3rd annual Brian Olson
Memorial PDRA World Finals will begin with the second round of Edelbrock
Bracket Bash at 10 a.m.
ABOUT THE PDRA
With offices in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and Saltillo, Mississippi, 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 Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock,
Pro Boost, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in
drag racing. The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events. For
more information on the PDRA, visit www.PDRA660.com.
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