Scruggs Taking Time Off, Maintains Support of PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 7, 2017): As co-owner of the PDRA, Jason Scruggs has been in staunch support of the organization from day one, never missing a race in his Pro Extreme “Mississippi Missile”. And while he is maintaining his partial ownership, the upcoming PDRA Summer Nationals will look a little different as Scruggs announces he is taking some time off from racing. “I have a whole lot going on with business and my family right now and just going to take a break from racing for a while,” Scruggs explained. “I’m still behind the PDRA one hundred percent. I want to clear the air and don’t want any rumors to start flying about PDRA.
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.
Classic Graphix Honors Ferguson’s 3.79 Run

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 20, 2017): At this past weekend’s PDRA Mid-America Nationals, Dan Ferguson, driving the Henry Dogay-owned ‘68 Camaro, made history as the first Top Sportsman to make a sub 3.80 run. Ferguson, aided by Dogay and crew chief Rick Fogle, made the most of the post-sundown run on Friday night to take the “Cajun Nightmare” where no Top Sportsman car had gone before. Despite still having high humidity and water grains in the air, the Musi Racing Engines 959 powerplant plumbed with four stages of nitrous had enough umph to slide into the elusive 3.70-range. Ferguson recorded...
Cox/Buck and Musi First to Score Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars Wins in 2017

PITTSBORO, N.C. (April 15, 2017): The Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars puts legs to the underlying tension between Pro Nitrous engine builders. With competition so close any one Pro Nitrous entry can win on race day, the battle for bragging rights isn’t an easy one. Sub 3.70 numbers are the new norm for the class. It took a 3.67 at both the season opener in Valdosta and the East Coast Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park to score the pole position. At South Georgia Motorsports Park, Jay Cox laid down a 3.679 at 200.71 MPH to get the first Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars win of the season for his engine builder, Charlie Buck. Lizzy...
Sonny’s Racing Engines Puts Racers in the Winners Circle at PDRA East Coast Nationals

LYNCHBURG, Va. (April 17, 2017): Sonny’s Racing Engines helped two customers win their first Professional Drag Racers Association event. James Hancock took home top honors of the ultra-competitive Pro Nitrous category and Chris Powers was triumphant in Extreme Pro Stock at the East Coast Nationals. While both racers have years of experience, the PDRA is a new challenge for them, but their Sonny’s power was up to the task. Hancock qualified in the middle of the pack and used consistent low 3.70 runs to weave through the competition. In the final, he met reigning world champ, Tommy Franklin. Hancock...
Team Aruba Flies to the Number One Spot

BENSON, N.C. (April 8, 2017):  Trevor Eman and the Extreme Pro Stock team from Aruba showed they mean business this season at the recent PDRA East Coast Nationals, the team’s first race of the season. The Aruba Airport Authority backed team qualified at the top of the Extreme Pro Stock pack, their 4.04 effort flying past the other 13 cars present. The Mustang had the top MPH, too, at 178.24. The team moved into eliminations with lane choice, which proved to be helpful with the uncertain weather conditions of the weekend. Eman used an incredible .009 reaction...
Recchia, Hancock, Gonzales, Powers and Davis Score PDRA East Coast Nationals Titles

BENSON, NC (April 1, 2017) – First-time Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) winners Mike Recchia (Pro Extreme), James Hancock (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC) and Chris Powers (Extreme Pro Stock) joined past PDRA event winners José Gonzales (Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle) as the 2017 PDRA East Coast Nationals event champions. A series of lengthy delays at the GALOT Motorsports Park-hosted event forced racing to continue past the local 11 p.m. curfew, allowing the completion of the five professional classes. Competition in the four sportsman
The History of PDRA’s Official Hauler, Flying A Motorsports

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 30, 2017): Flying A Motorsports has been involved with professional eighth-mile drag racing for nearly a decade and has been the “Official Hauler of the PDRA” since the series’ inception. Flying A’s owner, Alan Cape, originally started in the sport nearly 30 years ago, selling toterhomes, motorhomes, trailers and more. “We’ve been in business since 1988,” Cape storied. “Back in that timeframe not everybody was doing this. We were right next door to Jerry Haas, Tim McAmis, Jeffers, Bickel, so we had good traffic coming by and got to connect with a lot of racers. We were the big players back then.”
Big Things Expected From MagnaFuel Top Sportsman in 2017

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 28, 2017):  The PDRA has broken the mold with the redesigned MagnaFuel Top Sportsman category this year. The new format allows for a potential 48 car field divided into an elite 16 car field and a 32 car field for cars that may not be able to qualify for the extreme bumps of the top 16 cars. MagnaFuel is back as the title sponsor for the class, once again. Since 1995, MagnaFuel has designed and manufactured premium high-performance fuel systems, which the company continues to develop working with professional racers. MagnaFuel systems have been on board for historic runs such...
Campers Inn RV PJD and MegaCorp TJD Gear Up for Season Opener
Classic Graphix to Sponsor Junior Low Qualifier Awards

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 28, 2017): The PDRA welcomes Campers Inn RV to the growing community of partners in 2017. Campers Inn RV presents the Pro Junior Dragster category this year. The series also welcomes back MegaCorp has title sponsor of Top Junior Dragster for the second consecutive season. Classic Graphix is also showing support for PJD and TJD by backing the Low Qualifier Awards for each class.
East Coast Nationals is First of Two GALOT Races for PDRA

BENSON, NC (March 28, 2017) – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) returns this weekend to the track where the all-eighth-mile series experienced its attendance record in 2016. The PDRA East Coast Nationals, March 30-April 1, will see the stars of Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost and nine other classes compete on the GALOT Motorsports Park eighth mile for the first of two GALOT races in 2017. The PDRA returns to the Benson, NC, facility for the PDRA Drag Wars, Sept. 7-9. “We’re thrilled to have two races at GALOT Motorsports Park this year after a record turnout at PDRA...
King Kong Unleashed at Season Opener to Reset Pro Nitrous MPH Record

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 24, 2017): Lizzy Musi had held the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC National MPH Record since May of last season. But after a wildly successful winter season overseas, she was ready to do it again. Musi won two of the six races in the Arabian Drag Racing League series, becoming the first woman to win a Pro Nitrous event there. Her first event back on American soil, they took the car straight off the plane to Mad Mule at GALOT Motorsports Park. What happened next shocked them all, as she and “King Kong” went a 3.66. The Musi Racing Engines performance continued...
PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals Eliminations Recap

VALDOSTA, Ga. (March 12, 2017) – The legendary South Georgia Motorsports Park eighth-mile played host to the record-breaking doorslammers of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) this weekend, with Florida’s Tommy D’Aprile scoring the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals event win in Pro Extreme. Also earning pro class wins Saturday night were Jay Cox in Pro Nitrous, Jose Gonzales in Pro Boost, John Montecalvo in Extreme Pro Stock, and Eric McKinney in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. The sportsman class winners at the PDRA’s 2017 season opener were Tom Vanbeek in Top Sportsman, Mario Boesch...
PDRA Partner Support Brings Value to Racers

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 9, 2017): As PDRA racers, staff and fans descend upon South Georgia Motorsports Park for the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals, much is at stake - and much is up for grabs. Thanks to the family of PDRA of partners and sponsors, the series that is “by racers, for racers” is better  equipped than ever to support the racer base. “Our racers are the backbone of this organization,” stated PDRA Director of Marketing, Will Smith. “The PDRA is a family and that includes not only our racers, but our sponsors, manufacturers, fans and staff. We are all in this together because we’re passionate about drag racing.
Bracket Bash Continues in 2017 with New Sponsor Edelbrock

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 8, 2017): The Bracket Bash category the PDRA instituted in 2016 was popular with series followers and local racers, alike. The class will continue in 2017 with exciting new changes. Most notably, the PDRA welcomes Bracket Bash title sponsor Edelbrock. Edelbrock has a longstanding history and has been a pivotal company in the evolution of drag racing. The California manufacturer is continuing its grassroots support through sponsorship of the Bracket Bash. The company also pays contingency in PDRA.
Classic Graphix ‘Reset the Record’ Bonus Available to PX, PN and PB

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 8, 2017): Classic Graphix, the Official Souvenir Provider of the PDRA, is continuing to support the series in a variety of ways. The California-based company will, once again, be at every PDRA event with one-of-a-kind souvenirs, but is also maintaining a sponsor role to support the series’ racers. Classic Graphix is presenting the Low Qualifier Award for both Junior categories, as well as a record-setting bonus for racers in Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost. The Classic Graphix ‘Reset the Record’ Bonus will award...
Lucas Oil Brings Top Dragster Action to PDRA Again in 2017 / Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Sponsors Low Qualifier Award for Both TD and TS

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 4, 2017): As the stand-alone full-size dragster category in the PDRA, Top Dragster holds a great deal of weight with fans and racers, alike. The class has garnered great support at tracks across the country, leading to sub-four second qualifying bumps and a national ET record of 3.696 In 2017, Lucas Oil Products will once again bring Top Dragster action to the PDRA 660. “Top Dragster is a very good fit for Lucas oil Products,” expressed Lucas Oil’s Tom Bogner. “Not only is the class very fast and exciting to watch, it is also a class that utilizes...
Miller Brothers Productions to Assist in PDRA Track Prep at SGMP

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 3, 2017): Miller Brothers Productions (BMP) has been contracted by PDRA to assist in track prep for the series’ kickoff at South Georgia Motorsports Park, March 9-11. The Miller family has been highly involved in every aspect of racing and is known for hosting some of the nation’s best doorslammer events at Maryland International Raceway, which the family owned for years. Jason Miller worked closely with track prep throughout the family’s ownership of the track. Now, he’s going to bring that expertise to the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals.
VP Racing Fuels Continues Fuel Program for PDRA Racers in 2017

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 2, 2017): The PDRA welcomes back VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of the PDRA for the fourth consecutive year. VP will continue to provide trackside fuel service and post-season awards up to $1000 in each class for the series championship. The pre-order process VP implemented last season will continue this year. This program ensures racers’ desired fuel is delivered right to the track in the quantity needed. Racers are encouraged to access the Fuel Pre-Order forms online at  VP’s Tech Support staff is also available to field tech...
Penske and PRS Provide Winning Suspension Solutions

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 26, 2017): Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension (PRS) work closely together to deliver winning suspension solutions to drag race teams across all applications. Adam Lambert, founder of PRS, was a lead technician and manager of the drag racing market at Penske for years before stepping out into consulting. Penske and PRS have become the largest and winningest suspension combination chosen by PDRA Teams. “Last year we won three out of the five pro championships - Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Pro Stock,” told Lambert. “We have a suspension package for...
Eastside Auto Transport Outlaw 632 Teams and Partners Gear Up for Inaugural Season with PDRA
Chassis Engineering Sponsors Low Qualifier Award

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 24, 2017): Originating in Florida, the Outlaw 632 class steadily gained support and exposure. After a one-race appearance with the PDRA in 2016, the class was added to the series for four races this year and promises to be a great addition. Eastside Auto Transport joined as class sponsor and now Chassis Engineering has come on board to present the Low Qualifier...
Pro Stock Racers Choose PDRA  Total Seal to Sponsor PS Low Qualifier Award

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 20, 2017): The PDRA is proud to welcome Extreme Pro Stock to the full 2017 schedule. During the off season, a large majority of class racers agreed to pursue the PDRA this season, choosing to continue building upon the five promising appearances they had with the series in 2016. The class has traveled rocky ground for the better part of a decade, but many racers feel the class is headed in the right direction now. To show their commitment to the class, Total Seal Piston Rings has stepped up to sponsor the XPS Low Qualifier Award for 2017. “Total Seal is proud to...
Strong Support for Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle in 2017

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 15, 2017): The PDRA welcomes back Drag 965 as the title sponsor of Pro Extreme Motorcycle for the fourth consecutive season. The Kuwait drag racing powerhouse that is Drag 965 is a global standard of team unity and motorsports. Sheikh Mohammad al Sabah, head of Drag 965, has done much good for the sport in both Kuwait and the U.S. and continues that effort with the ongoing sponsorship of PDRA’s Pro Extreme Motorcycle category. Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle expects to see a few new riders this season, marking a likely resurgence in the class.
Switzer Dynamics and MoTeC Continue Pro Nitrous Support  JESEL to Sponsor Low Qualifier Award

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 12, 2017): The strength of the PDRA Pro Nitrous program can largely be attributed to the support the class receives from sponsors, manufacturers, fans, and racers. Switzer Dynamics has been the cornerstone sponsor of the class since the series’ inception. The committed nitrous innovator will be back as the title Pro Nitrous sponsor in 2017. “The PDRA is a very professional organization. We like how it’s owned by the racers. The way it’s ran and the professionalism is top notch. Judy and Tommy Franklin and the Scruggs family are some of the...
PDRA Starts New Facebook Live Program - PDRA’s “Live with Lee”

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 8, 2017): The PDRA is proud to announce that Lee Sebring will join PDRA staff as the series’ Promotions Director. The first order of business for Sebring, who has been the Quarter-Max Top End Zone reporter since late 2015, is to host PDRA’s “Live with Lee” a new Facebook Live program that will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm eastern. The first show will be Thursday, February 9th. “I’m excited to expand my involvement with the PDRA through this position,” stated Sebring. “PDRA’s ‘Live with Lee’ will be an exciting inside look at current happenings...
MVM by GALOT Becomes the Official Wheelie Bar of the PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 8, 2017): MVM by GALOT Motorsports makes its first public move since the company changed ownership in October. The innovative wheelie bar manufacturer was started in 2012 by Mike Valerio. When the company was purchased by GALOT Motorsports everyone knew there were good things ahead. The first of new things for the company is a partnership with the PDRA to become the Official Wheelie Bar of the eighth-mile doorslammer series. GALOT Motorsports representative and 2016 PDRA Pro Boost World Champion, Kevin Rivenbark, has been heading up MVM by GALOT with Valerio’s...
Andy McCoy Race Cars Sponsors Pro Boost in 2017  Rossler Transmissions Provides Low Qualifier Award

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 3, 2017): Andy McCoy Race Cars has been a staunch PDRA supporter since the series’ inception. Now the premier chassis builder is increasing involvement by stepping up to sponsor PDRA’s Pro Boost category for the 2017 season. As well as backing the incredible Pro Boost action this season, Andy McCoy Race Cars is sponsoring the ‘Ask the Pros’ segment on the PDRA/Speed Video Live Feed for the second consecutive year. Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost has been a wildly popular category, both in terms of racer participation and fan response. Pitting different power adders against one another, Pro Boost...
Hoosier Racing Tire Returns ‘Official Tire of the PDRA’ for Fourth Consecutive Season

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 2, 2017): As the PDRA enters its fourth season, several partnerships founded in 2014 continue to be critical pieces of the PDRA puzzle today. Hoosier Racing Tire joined the PDRA story as the Official Tire in 2014 and retains that title now for the fourth consecutive season. Hoosier also posts contingency awards in all Pro and Sportsman classes, as well as special event classes. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with PDRA and the racers that compete in this series this year,” said Faron Lubbers of Hoosier Racing Tire. “Our continued support...
PDRA Live Feed Continues to Bring Excitement and Inside Stories

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 21, 2017): Online viewing of drag races has transformed a major aspect of the sport, exponentially expanding the marketing reach. The Professional Drag Racers Association has always taken advantage of streaming events live, but refuses to stop there. Every PDRA live stream features candid interviews with racers and fans that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look. It’s one of the easiest ways for fans and followers to get to know the PDRA story first hand, despite any distance to the event.
Pilot Flying J Continues Partnership with PDRA Teams

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 13, 2017): For the third consecutive year Pilot Flying J is showing its support for PDRA teams, helping reduce travel costs to and from events. The program that began in 2015 allows teams to obtain a fuel discount card to automatically save $0.03 on every gallon of gas or diesel fuel. The discount card is valid at all Pilot Flying J centers across the U.S. “The Pilot Flying J program has been extremely popular among our racers,” stated PDRA Director of Marketing, Will Smith. “We appreciate the ongoing support from the great...
Expect to See More Imports at PDRA in 2017

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 12, 2017): Robert Tighe Racing has announced its plans to run the majority of the PDRA events this year. The team fields an 07 Toyota Scion TC, Toyota 2jz inline 6 cylinder,  94mm gen 2 Turbo by Garrett and driven by Robert Tighe III. Team owner Robert Tighe (pronounced TIE) says the North Carolina-based team will compete at the six eastern-most events on the tour and to expect to see several other import teams join the Pro Boost ranks this year. Teams like Mech-Tech and EKanoo Racing brought their unique import flavors to the mix in 2016, with their solid performances...
PDRA Introduces Elite 16, Makes Adjustments to Entry Fees

PITTSBORO, N.C. (Jan. 10, 2017): At the PRI Show in early December, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) announced that the highly popular Top Sportsman category will undergo a slight makeover for 2017. The class, which has brought as many as 88 entries to qualify for 16 spots, will now offer the chance for 32 or 48 cars to qualify for every event. All TS entries will qualify together, as normal. Once qualifying has been completed, the top 16 qualifiers will be drafted into a semi-pro class. This ‘Elite 16’ category, besides coming with greater prestige, will also pay more to win. The remainder of the field will run...
Dogay and Ferguson Team Up for 2017 TS Championship Chase

TRANSFER, Pa. (January 5, 2017): From the beginning of his national-level Top Sportsman racing endeavors, Dan Ferguson has always raced on a little bit of faith, help from some good friends, and a whole lot of hard work. With his shoestring budget, it was never certain where money would come from for the next trip. But, somehow, he always made it work. Two championships and a runner up finish later, Ferguson was back to the drawing board. Having completed a one year stint as driver for Dale Pittman, Ferguson decided to fix up his trusty old Firebird, a car that’s a decade older than that of most of his competitors’.
Returning to Drag Racing Roots to Keep it Great in 2017 - PDRA Puts Emphasis on Personas

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 4, 2017): Nicknames were synonymous with drag racing in the initial heyday of the sport. The names Raymond Beadle and Harry Schmidt may not be widely familiar, but say “Blue Max” and any number of drag racing fans can immediately picture a blue funny car with white stripes and gold lettering. Let’s be honest - drag racing, as much as it’s identified by cars, has always been about the people. But the people are known by their personas, personas that are often emblazoned on the sides of their hotrods.
Outlaw 632 Joins PDRA at Four 2017 Events

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 20, 2016): After a successful outing with the PDRA at the 2016 Sunshine State Shootout, the Florida-based Outlaw 632 series will expand its reach, competing with the national series for four events in 2017. Outlaw 632 will compete with the PDRA at GALOT Motorsports Park Mar. 31-Apr. 1, Darlington Dragway May 19-20, the second stop with GMP Sept. 8-9 and the World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park Oct. 20-21. Eastside Auto Transport has stepped up to sponsor the class for 2017.
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