Pro Boost Champ Kevin Fiscus Loses Major Sponsorship Days After Awards Ceremony

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 24, 2015): In late 2014 Kevin Fiscus accepted an invitation to partner with Jim Bell for a multi-series 2015 race season with the expectations of running both Bell cars in a two car race team. However, Bell’s Mustang was not completed in time to compete in the season so the sole focus was switched to the Fiscus/Klugger-owned, JB’s Power Centre-funded Pro Boost Mustang. The partnership produced incredible results including three final round appearances and the 2015 PDRA Pro Boost World Championship. Days after the PDRA Awards ceremony...
Rickie Smith in a League All His Own

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 18, 2015): It started in 1976. Twenty-three year old Rickie Smith had only been in racing two years when IHRA opened up a class called Super Modified. The heads up nature of the class appealed to the young North Carolina native, who had, by that time, been bitten by the racing bug. Rules called for small block, single carburetor horsepower, what Smith calls “miniature Pro Stocks”. Smith dominated the class in ‘76, winning his first championship, just one of many to come. The following year, he not only successfully defended his championship, but defended it so...
Congratulations To Our PDRA Drivers Included in Drag Illustrated’s 30 Under 30 List

Drag Illustrated Releases Inaugural 30 Under 30 List - KIRKSVILLE, MO (December 8, 2015) – Drag Illustrated magazine announced today the inaugural members of its highly anticipated ’30 Under 30’ list. Celebrating some of the brightest young people in drag racing, the list and its members are the subject of Drag Illustrated’s Tomorrow Issue, which will be released at the upcoming Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis. “This has been one of the most exciting projects we’ve ever tackled,” Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Wes Buck said. “We set out to reward and celebrate...
PRI Show Sets Stage For Pro Mod Unavailing for Craig Sullivan Motorsports

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 7, 2015): Craig Sullivan has been actively involved in motorsports since he was sixteen years old. In the midst of preparing for the 2016 NHRA and PDRA season, Craig finds himself pursing the sport of drag racing with the same tenacity that drove him as a teenager. The 2015 season for Sullivan proved to be a successful one by qualifying number one twice within the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Top Dragster category and finishing third overall in the world standings. “Of course, American...
PDRA Congratulates Salemi On a Great Season Salemi to Close Out Rookie Pro Mod Season with Appearance at PRI

December 7, 2015: Melanie Salemi's rookie season in Pro Modified has been story book to say the least. A season that only could be captured in dreams but as it unfolded was clear as the day is light. With a national event win in PDRA's ultra competitive Pro Boost class, a 5.88 second quarter mile run and most importantly respect from her driving peers. "It's been an awesome experience to say the least. I know it's cliché but my team is so great. I don't really feel that there is another team as versatile as ours. Every aspect...
PDRA Pro Extreme Champ Jason Scruggs is Already Looking for More

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 4, 2015): The newly crowned PDRA Pro Extreme World Champion, Jason Scruggs, just officially entered the off season from his day job as a farmer and already he’s back in race mode, testing the Jerry Bickel ‘69 Camaro that took him to five national event wins this season. For Scruggs, keeping status quo is never an option. Few people on earth work harder than farmers. Perhaps this is why Scruggs continually pushes the limits. His work ethic in his race team, his farming and equipment businesses, and his ventures with the PDRA is never ending. It’s really no surprise, then, that he’s...
Boone Racing and Jason Harris Will Debut New PN Corvette in 2016

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 30, 2015): The inaugural PDRA Pro Nitrous Champion, Jason Harris, will pursue his next Championship behind the wheel of a 2016 Corvette. The fiery red Firebird that took Harris to the 2014 Championship has become synonymous with the driver, but now the 35 year old North Carolinian is ready for an updated look and another winning year, teaming up once again with Boone Racing and Robert Hayes Motorsports. The Corvette will sport the same ‘racing red’ that has covered Harris’ machines for years, and, also like the Firebird, is being built by Robert Hayes...
Meet the 2015 PDRA Racing Champions

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 11, 2015): The dust has settled on the PDRA World Finals and rising from the sophomore year’s finale is a new regime of Champions. Nine drivers have proven they are the best in their individual classes and now emerge as the reigning World Champions of the PDRA. These racers are as varied and unique as the cars they drive. They will lead the PDRA into its third season, setting the competition bar in 2016. The youngest star among these elite drivers is Alexis ‘Lexi’ Tanner. The day after she turned 13, she became the first female competitor to win a PDRA Championship, as she settled the Huddleston...
Consistently Quick Schweigert Wins at VMP

November 3, 2015: Canadian dairy farmer and Pro Extreme Motorcycle racer Terry “Milkman” Schweigert delivered a remarkably consistent series of quick laps to take the win at the Professional Drag Racing Association’s Brian Olson Memorial and World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. After qualifying 4th with a 4.037 at 173 mph, Schweigert ran 4.034 to beat Ronnie Smith in round 1 of eliminations, 4.054 to beat teammate Burke Forster in E2, 4.035 (with a .001 light) to beat Chris Garner-Jones in the semi, and a 4.030 to beat Chuck Wilburn...
The PDRA Congratulates Their 2015 World Champions

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 27, 2015): With the close of the PDRA World Finals, the series’ sophomore season is in the books, and the second set of champions has been crowned. The PDRA thanks its staff, tracks, racers, sponsors and fans for a successful season and congratulates the new champions. In the PDRA’s marquee class, NAS Racing Pro Extreme, PDRA part owner and farmer by trade Jason Scruggs sealed the championship by winning first round. NAS Racing team member Badir Ahli finished second in points, ending the season on a high note by winning the...
Ahli, Musi, Frigo and Schweigert Win PDRA World Finals at Richmond

PETERSBURG, VA (Oct. 25, 2015) -- The winner's list for the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season ender Oct. 24, at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) displayed a distinct international flair as racers from the United States, Dubai, Brazil, and Canada prevailed in the pro classes for the Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals presented by Mel Bush Motorsports. Olson was the PDRA's popular trackside announcer who unexpectedly passed away early in August. Dubai's Bader Ahli won the premier NAS Racing Pro Extreme class, while Lizzy Musi from North Carolina took the Switzer...
Two Young Females Battle For PDRA Top Junior Dragster Championship

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 22, 2015): Automotive racing is one of the few sports in which male and female compete directly against one another. In the Junior Dragster ranks, female competitors are as common as male competitors, marking an increase in female participation in the sport. PDRA drivers such as Lizzy Musi and Melani Salemi continue to pave the way in the professional ranks, but this year only in Junior Dragster will you find females vying for a championship. In Top Junior Dragster (TJD) the championship has been narrowed down to two ultra-competitive, incredibly talented racers, who both...
A Fight to the End in PDRA Pro Extreme

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 21, 2015): As home to the quickest and fastest machines of the PDRA, NAS Racing Pro Extreme is always a must-watch class and 2015 was no different. The competition continually pushed the limits, causing fans to both hold their breath in excitement and shout loud the thrill of victory. Teams made incredible sacrifices and gains all throughout the season. NAS Racing Team member Mustafa Buhumaid led the points early after winning the first event and going to the finals again at the second stop on the tour. A mid-season setback for Buhumaid then allowed past champion Jason...
PDRA Unveils 2016 Schedule

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 21, 2015): The Professional Drag Racers Association paves the way for their third season with the release of the 2016 schedule. The nine race schedule will make stops at many facilities familiar to the PDRA. These tracks are major powerhouses in the industry, providing both top notch racing surfaces and great markets. Maryland International Raceway and Texas Motorplex are back on the schedule for the second year in a row. Tulsa Raceway Park rejoins the schedule after a one year hiatus. Several of the PDRA staples are on the schedule for the third year...
Armor Coat Ceramic Header Coating to Sponsor PDRA TD Low Qualifier Award at Virginia

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 20, 2015): Armor Coat, backed by parent company Aesthetic Finishers, is providing an extra incentive to PDRA Top Dragster racers at the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by Mel Bush Motorsports. The low qualifier in Top Dragster (TD) will receive an extra $300 thanks to Armor Coat. This will be no easy feat for TD competitors, as the competition level continues to increase and fields are the quickest in the history of the class. “As racers ourselves, we understand the importance of receiving individual service,” explained Aesthetic Finishers...
Smith Doesn’t Count Franklin Out in Pro Nitrous Championship Bid

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 14, 2015): It’s been an exciting season for PDRA Pro Nitrous. We’ve seen new threats rise to the top, behind-the-scenes rivalries played out on the big stage, power wars, and an intense championship chase. Now the focus is on two men. Heading into the PDRA Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by Mel Bush Motorsports the championship battle is boiled down to points leader Rickie Smith and part owner of the PDRA Tommy Franklin. Franklin was the early season favorite, winning the first event, resetting the national elapsed time record, and gaining the early points lead. But with...
Less Than One Round Separates #1 and #2 in Pro Boost

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 8, 2015): Precision Turbo Pro Boost is a unique animal in the Professional Drag Racers Association class lineup. While the other professional categories are grouped together by similar motor combinations, Pro Boost has a mix of configurations competing against each other. Despite the variety of the class, it is proving to be the most tightly contested. With just one race left in the PDRA tour, less than one round separates Kevin Rivenbark’s blown 2015 Corvette from Kevin Fiscus’ twin turbo 2012 Mustang...
Championships on the Line at PDRA World Finals

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 2, 2015): The world’s quickest and fastest eighth-mile drag racing series is coming to Virginia Motorsports Park, October 22-24. The Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals presented by Mel Bush Motorsports is the last event in a year long battle, brought to you at speeds over 200 MPH. Drivers from across the world have fought hard all year to be in Championship contention and a chance at top dog bragging rights. They’ll be laying it all on the line as they vie to be the next World Champion. In NAS Racing Pro Extreme continual front-runner Jason...
Southern Racers Vie for Top Dragster Title

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 2, 2015): In the quickest and fastest sportsman category in drag racing, two racers with roots deep in southern, eighth-mile bracket racing are going toe-to-toe to be crowned the next PDRA Top Dragster World Champion. While Gleason Tennessee’s Justin Melton has a three round lead over North Carolina native, Derrik Sholar, both racers believe this Championship is far from over. Local racers picked off early season wins, but PDRA series followers began adding up points as the year went on. Melton won the North-South Shootout at Maryland...
Craig Sullivan, A Sportsman Racer with a Professional Attitude

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 29, 2015): Most racers count their biggest wins by the number of trophies or oversized checks lining their shop walls. But for PDRA Top Dragster racer Craig Sullivan, winning often means something different altogether. Although he continually finishes in the top five of whatever division he races, his “big wins” can’t be measured on the track. “I won the Jon Kaase Shootout at Norwalk in 2004,” Sullivan told, recounting one of his best memories from racing. “That was a special time because my wife and all three...
TS Points Leader Ronnie Davis Makes Astounding Offer

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 27, 2015): There’s one event left in the PDRA’s sophomore tour, which means championships are on the line and a year’s worth of racing boils down to four short rounds. In Top Sportsman Ronnie “The King” Davis leads the pack, 185 points over current reigning champion Dan Ferguson. Ferguson has been no slouch competitor this year, leading the points from the season opener, where he won, up until the Memphis Drags. This means that the young, self-funded driver from Pennsylvania was the sole points leader for Top Sportsman for...
PDRA Gears Up for World Finals and More

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 19, 2015): In just one month the Professional Drag Racers Association will close out their sophomore season and crown their second round of World Champions at the PDRA World Finals presented by Mel Bush Motorsports. Throughout this year, hundreds of teams have vied for a PDRA event title, but only a few have earned the right to compete for World Championship bragging rights. As momentum from the PDRA’s stellar opening season carried into 2015, teams continued to make record-breaking runs, fan counts increased and partnerships with some of the best...
Smith Repeats at 'The Rock;' Scruggs Also Wins at PDRA Dragstock XII

ROCKINGHAM, NC (Sept. 13, 2015) -- North Carolina's own "Tricky Rickie" Smith won a PDRA Pro Nitrous race for the second time this year at Rockingham Dragway, repeating his spring victory with the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Dragstock XII title. Also scoring pro class wins Sept. 12, at the eighth of nine scheduled events for the all-eighth-mile series, were points leader Jason Scruggs in Pro Extreme, Melanie Salemi with her breakthrough victory in Pro Boost, Chuck Wilburn with his first Pro Extreme Motorcycle victory and Jody Stroud for the second time in Pro...
Young Gun Looks to Stake His Place in Pro Boost

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 9, 2015): It’s only Tylor Miller’s second season behind the wheel of a Pro Boost machine, but don’t tell him that. He believes he was born to do this and has been driving accordingly. Ever since he could remember Miller has wanted to go fast. And even now, his best time of 3.843 isn’t fast enough. He still wants more. Like many kids who grow up around racing, Miller begged his dad Russell for a Junior Dragster. Unfortunately the family wasn’t financially able at the time, but that didn’t stop the elder Miller from getting his son involved. They worked on restoring an...
A Self Made Man Knows How to Pick Himself Up

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 8 2015): It’s been just over three months since Pro Boost racer Jeremy Ray tagged the wall at the PDRA Mid-America Open, but for Ray the event is no more than a distant memory now. “I’ve been racing a long time, 18 years,” he remarked. “I didn’t have any problems getting back in the car. I was ready to go. It’s kinda one of those things. If you drive a Pro Mod, you’ve got to be prepared for that. If something like that happens you’ve got to be tough enough to get back in the car. If you can’t handle it then you probably don’t need to be driving one of those types of cars anyway. They’re very...
Smith Proof That Dinosaurs Still Reign In Racing  ‘Tricky Rickie’ Aims for PDRA Title in September Return to Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The original dinosaurs were the earth’s dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years. Rickie Smith’s reign has been somewhat shorter, but the man considered drag racing’s last real dinosaur is no less formidable a presence in his realm than T-Rex was in his. The 61-year-old veteran from King, N.C., is old school in every sense. In an era of specialization, “Tricky Rickie” remains the essential Renaissance Man of the Mechanical Age. Forty years into one of the most remarkable careers in motor racing, Smith still is the auto racing equivalent of a one-man...
Terry Leggett Challenges the Young Blood  One of the originals of Pro Mod has still got it

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 31, 2015): “The first car I ever had was one just like it- a ‘71 Mustang, red and black. It looked identical, other than it wasn’t fast,” he laughed. “I always thought they made really good race cars, and judging by how good this one has done, I’d say that was right.” Terry Leggett’s gorgeous 1971 Pro Extreme Mustang has certainly proven to be just as impressive on the track as off. Leggett went all the way to the final round of the recent PDRA Memphis Drags where he lost an extremely close, side-by-side race against points leader Jason...
Longtime MDIR Announcer Joins PDRA Team

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 30, 2015): Fifteen years ago local Maryland racer, Chris Matters, had a hunch he would make a great drag race announcer. So when Maryland International Raceway put out the call for a new announcer, he put his name in the hat and was hired on the spot. Matters has been a regular MDIR announcer ever since. Now he has been named the newest member of the Professional Drag Racers Association announcing team. Matters will join Carl Robinson as a tower announcer, while Derrick Beach will remain the roving pit reporter for PDRA...
Scruggs, Franklin, Rivenbark and Schweigert Win PDRA at Memphis

MILLINGTON, TN (Aug. 23, 2015) -- For the fourth time in 2015, Jason Scruggs visited victory lane at a Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) event, taking the NAS Racing Pro Extreme trophy home to Saltillo, Mississippi, from the 2nd annual PDRA Memphis Drags. Also scoring wins at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) were Tommy Franklin with his second Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous title of the year, Kevin Rivenbark with his second this year in Precision Turbo Pro Boost and Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle racer Terry Schweigert for the first time with the PDRA...
Ron Muenks Hoping for First Pro Nitrous Win in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 20, 2015): The season started out a little rocky for Pro Nitrous driver Ron Muenks when Lizzy Musi tagged his ‘68 Camaro owned by Dave Pierce during a qualifying run at the season opener in Ennis, Texas. Thankfully, both drivers were fine, and Muenks was even able to patch his car back up for eliminations. The team made more permanent repairs once the car was back at their shop in Oklahoma. They quickly refocused their energies and have been hunting their first PDRA Pro Nitrous win since.
PDRA Sponsor Spotlight: Brad Anderson Enterprises

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 19, 2015): Brad Anderson Enterprises (BAE) sponsors the Pro Extreme #1 Qualifier Award at each PDRA event. The company has been pivotal in a myriad of racing success stories since its inception in 1982. It’s only fitting, then, that BAE honors the top qualifier in the premier class of the PDRA. Anderson earned three championships during his days competing in Alcohol Funny Car, and two others with his son behind the wheel. The greater amassment of championship in which BAE played a factor is astounding, with Anderson himself having lost count, although he estimates that...
Former Pro Extreme Champ Tackles Top Sportsman with Groundbreaking EFI Combination

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 14, 2015): Champion racer Mick Snyder has been sidelined thus far for the 2015 PDRA season while waiting on a new ‘68 Camaro to be completed. Snyder had big plans for his new whip, including a first-of-its-kind supercharger/electronic fuel injection combination. When it became apparent the Camaro wasn’t going to be completed for the majority of the season, Snyder went about switching over his tried-and-true “Orange Menace” Powersource Transportation Corvette to test his innovative combination in Top...
Derrick Beach Named PDRA Senior Vice President of Marketing

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 4, 2015): Derrick Beach, a beloved PDRA and NHRA announcer, has just stepped up in his role with the PDRA, taking a position as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Beach joined the PDRA as a commentator for the 2015 season, working alongside veteran announcer Brian Olson. It quickly became evident that Beach was not being used to the fullness of his potential. The Ohio native is working toward a degree in accounting and sports marketing from Ohio State University and has cut his teeth in his own Beach Marketing Solutions company. Now Beach is ready to use his expertise in branding...
Godspeed Brian Olson

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 3, 2015): Our beloved announcer and friend, Brian Olson, passed away early Sunday morning, August 2, 2015. We are deeply saddened by this loss. Words cannot adequately express our grief or condolences for Brian’s family and friends. On July 3, 2015 Brian was in a severe motorcycle accident while on his way to a drag race near his Peru, Indiana home. He was recently released from the hospital and was recovering at home when he passed away unexpectedly. He celebrated his 58th birthday on July 6, while in the hospital. Brian announced for the PDRA since its inception in 2014 as a 30 year drag...
Mel Bush Motorsports Named Title Sponsor of PDRA Sunshine State Shootout

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 28, 2015): Team owner Mel Bush has made evident just how dedicated he is to the growing Professional Drag Racers Association by stepping up to sponsor the organization’s ninth event in the 2015 tour. Bush has supported the PDRA thus far by contesting cars in NAS Racing Pro Extreme and Precision Turbo Pro Boost with driver Tommy D’Aprile. After a complete overhaul of his program during the off season, Bush got a late start in PX this year and is still waiting for updates to be completed on his 409 bubble top Chevy for Pro Boost. However, the Florida...
WORD FILMS ACQUIRES AWARD-WINNING ‘ADRENALINE’ FOR DISTRIBUTION

International Christian Film Festival winner starring John Schneider set for late summer  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 21, 2015) – Word Films proudly announces it has reached a distribution deal with the makers of “Adrenaline,” the International Christian Film Festival winner starring John Schneider and written, produced and directed by Joseph Quinn Simpkins. “Adrenaline” is the story of a drag racer whose life is changed forever by a near-fatal car crash that leaves him partially paralyzed, forcing him to face new circumstances as he ultimately learns to race...
Multi-time Winners Dominate PDRA North-South Shootout in Maryland

BUDDS CREEK, MD (July 18, 2015) -- A parade of familiar faces made its way through victory lane at Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) Saturday night after a long, hot weekend of eighth-mile drag racing in the inaugural NAS Racing PDRA North-South Shootout. Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) superstar star Jason Scruggs led the march with his third NAS Racing Pro Extreme event title this year. "Everybody I ran today was tough; there are no easy rounds in Pro Extreme anymore," Scruggs said after defeating Lorenzo "Killer" Brooks, Mustafa Buhumaid, Wesley Jones and Badir Ahli in the final. "I was a little late on the tree against Mustafa, so I guess that was my lucky round, but other than that everything went pretty much like we...
Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Are Hotter Than Ever  Thanks to PDRA Competition

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 13, 2015): The Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories provide some of the tightest and toughest competition in drag racing. As the fastest and quickest sportsman level categories, these bad boys of bracket racing judge times dialed in to a hundredth of a second at speeds over 200 MPH. The ability of the drivers and crew to predict their cars performance and then gauge the finish line at those speeds is mind boggling. Don’t be fooled by the ‘sportsman’ title of these classes. Racing at speeds at or above 200 MPH, these...
NAS Racing Named Title Sponsor for PDRA North-South Shootout in Maryland

PITTSBORO, NC (July 13, 2015) – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) has announced NAS Racing as the title sponsor for this weekend’s (July 16-18) inaugural NAS Racing PDRA North-South Shootout at historic Maryland International Raceway (MDIR), in Budds Creek, MD. NAS Racing also sponsors the PDRA Pro Extreme class, the world’s quickest and fastest doorslammer class in eighth-mile drag racing. Additionally, NAS Racing fields a pair of Pro Extreme ’69 Camaros, piloted by Dubai’s Mustafa Buhumaid, winner of the PDRA season opener in Texas, and current points leader Badir Ahli, who won...
Inaugural PDRA North-South Shootout Coming to Maryland International Raceway

PITTSBORO, NC (July 11, 2015) – It’s time to pull out all the stops for Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) competitors, as the all-eighth-mile series begins the second half of its 10-event season next weekend (July 16-18), at storied Maryland International Raceway (MDIR). With more than $120,000 on the line for five professional classes and four sportsman classes, the inaugural PDRA North-South Shootout also offers points leaders the opportunity to solidify their positions, while those chasing are beginning to feel the pressure of a season with its end...
M&M Transmission Joins PDRA as Presenting Sponsor

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 8, 2015): The list of PDRA partners continues to grow as M&M Transmission joins the team. M&M Transmission, based in Jefferson City, MO, is an innovator of high performance transmissions, components and torque converters. Their transmissions have contributed to countless race wins and national championships in classes across the board. “Numerous customers of ours run the PDRA and we want to support those that support us,” told M&M Transmission Service Manager Mike Dippold. “We want to thank our customers. This is our way...
Street Outlaw Stars Will Race with PDRA at Memphis Drags

PITTSBORO, N.C. July 6, 2015: Discovery Channel’s hit reality show, Street Outlaws, has been the source of much controversy, and the show’s colorful stars welcome it with open arms. Street Outlaws hot-headed and confrontational characters draw attention on and off the screen. Now, two of the stars are ready to join PDRA action for the Memphis Drags, August 20-22. Daddy Dave and Chuck will run a best of three match race in conjunction with the second annual event at Memphis International Raceway. Chuck is widely known as the hothead of the Oklahoma City street racing scene. His ‘89 fox body Ford Mustang...
The PDRA Brings Top Pro Mod Action to MDIR

PITTSBORO, N.C. July 1, 2015: The world’s quickest and fastest Pro Modifieds return to Maryland International Raceway July 17-18. The Professional Drag Racers Association brings the baddest eighth mile action in the country with 200+ MPH blown, turbo and nitrous machines. Watch the biggest names in Pro Mod racing battle it out for crucial PDRA points down the historic MDIR track at the first annual PDRA North-South Shootout. MDIR has always been a favorite home for doorslammer action and now the world’s premier doorslammer organization will make its MDIR debut. Pro Extreme...
Stoken Adds PDRA Summer Drags Title; Ahli, Pittman, Garner-Jones Also Win

MARTIN, MI (June 28, 2015) -- Twenty-four hours after making the first 3.60s eighth-mile pass in Pro Nitrous history to qualify first for the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Summer Drags, Pat Stoken left U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, located halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo in Western Michigan, as the event winner, too. "Wow, what a weekend. It's like a dream; only dreams end like this," the logging company owner from Eureka, MT, said. "To become the quickest nitrous car in the world and then to win the race, geez, it's just unbelievable. I'm not even sure I could believe if we...
Dragstock XII Will Return to Rockingham Dragway

PITTSBORO, N.C. June 22, 2015: PDRA Dragstock XII, originally on schedule to be run at GALOT Motorsports Park, will now return to Rockingham Dragway, September 11-12. GALOT Motorsports Park’s expected completion date for the track overhaul has been pushed back to 2016, and as a result the track was forced to cancel all races on schedule for this year. PDRA Race Director, Bob Harris, reached out to Rockingham Dragway, the home of Dragstock in recent years, quickly securing the facility for the PDRA’s marquee...
RYCO 24•7 Joins Hill Family Racing

Valparaiso, IN (June 16, 2015) – NHRA, IHRA and PDRA Top Sportsman rookie Ryan Hill and the Hill Family Racing Team are proud to announce a new partnership with RYCO. Hill will debut a new RYCO 24•7 look at the upcoming PDRA Professional Drag Racers Association race at US131 Motorsports Park near Kalamazoo MI. RYCO 24•7 is a new mobile service division serving customers in the hydraulic industry worldwide. “We're excited to work with RYCO to promote their RYCO 24•7 service. Quick, reliable service is just as important in the hydraulic industry as it is in drag...
Keith Haney records personal-best numbers at Mid-America Open

TULSA, Okla. (June 10) -- The next time the Professional Drag Racers Association stages an event, Keith Haney and the Keith Haney Racing Pro Nitrous team are sure to be one of the favorites. Haney is coming off a spectacular showing at the Mid-America Open at Gateway Motorsports Park, where he set his personal-best elapsed time and speed. "I've got a lot more coming for all of them," Haney said. "They just got to see a little bit of us in St. Louis. They're fixing to get the whole ball of wax. "Now, instead of people taking me for granted, I've made a statement. You've got to know when you go to the line next to me that...
KIRK ENCOURAGED BY ST. LOUIS PDRA OUTING

LENORE, WV (June 8, 2015) – A runner-up finish in the Top Dragster consolation race during the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Mid-America Open last weekend meant rookie driver Justin Kirk was able to leave Gateway Motorsports Park feeling satisfied with the performance of his supercharged ride and looking forward to the next PDRA race later this month in Michigan. Despite struggling with a new torque converter in the car through Thursday’s test session at the track near St. Louis, Kirk’s crew opted to leave it in for qualifying on Friday and Sunday...
Tommy D’Aprile Gets Set for PDRA Return with New Perspective

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 22, 2015: For seven years Tommy D’Aprile was the hired gun for Mel Bush Motorsports. When a turn of events sidelined D’Aprile early this year, he quickly turned what could have been viewed as a sour situation into a positive, character-building opportunity. “You know how racing is: here today and gone tomorrow,” D’Aprile told. “This was a faith-growing tool for me. The focus was not on what was taken away, but being thankful for all that I had. This wasn’t anything that was bad. This was a business decision for Mel to help him afford to run his racing program. Mel and I never had...
PDRA ‘Nitrous Wars’ Escalate as Series Heads to St. Louis

PITTSBORO, NC (May 22, 2015) – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) brings its unique brand of doorslammer competition to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis May 28-30, where its hotly contested “Nitrous Wars” will be front and center for the inaugural PDRA Mid-America Open. In addition to growing driver rivalries, no fewer than six engine builders are represented in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class, which features engines as large as 960 cubic inches throwing flames above the roofs of the cars as they speed down the eighth mile in 3.7 seconds at well...
Capano Scores First Ever Victory

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 20, 2015: Pro Boost competitor, Gerry Capano, has been competing professionally in heads up competition since 2010 with Northeast Outlaw Association and then paving the way in Pro Boost with the PDRA since the organization’s inception last year. He has made steady progress each year, finishing in the top 10 last season. Capano rebounded after a disappointing start to the season that included a DNQ due to parts breakage and a first round loss. Putting that behind him, Capano forged ahead earning his first ever victory by claiming...
Simpson Joins the PDRA as the Newest Performance Partner

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 19, 2015: Simpson Performance Products, a name synonymous with driver safety in all types of racing, has joined the host of Professional Drag Racers Association sponsors. A vast majority of PDRA teams utilize a Simpson product to keep them safe while reaching speeds of over 200 MPH in the eighth mile. Simpson is an American company that has been in business since 1959. They provide a wide selection of helmets, racing suits, gloves and shoes as well as fire retardant underwear. They are the most trusted source for head and neck restraint technology...
Royal Purple Joins Forces with Lowmad PX Team and Huddleston Performance

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 18, 2015: Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants is continuing to expand their reach in the motorsports market place in 2015. The most recent addition to their team is the world famous Lowmad Pro Extreme entry driven by Thomas Huddleston. A world leader in the lubricants department, Royal Purple’s involvement with the Lowmad Team will see them target opposite ends of the spectrum in 2015. Not only will Royal Purple become the exclusive liquid used in the PDRA contested Lowmad, but they will also be the exclusive motor oil of Huddleston Performance, a leader...
Brad McCoy Takes a Different Approach to PXM

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 16, 2015: PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle competitor Brad McCoy has made the trek from his Cleveland, N.C. home to each of the first three stops on the 2015 tour. This means he’s already traveled over 4500 miles this season, but he’s prepared to follow the PDRA tour for its entirety, a commitment not seen by many other PXM teams thus far. McCoy is invested in his program and believes that the PDRA provides the best place for bike racers to compete on a national level. “We made a decision over the winter that we were going to try to run all the races provided...
Kryptonite Kustomz Hosts Pizza Party at PDRA Mid-America Open

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 15, 2015: May 28-30 the Professional Drag Racers Association will visit Gateway Motorsports Park for the Mid-America Open, the fourth stop on their 2015 tour. On Thursday, Official Wrap Provider of the PDRA, Kryptonite Kustomz, will host a free pizza party for racers and crew from 7pm until the pizza runs out. Kryptonite Kustomz is known for their head-turning wraps that cover everything from golf carts to semi rigs and race cars of all shapes and sizes, as well as banners and interior walls for corporate offices or race....
From Exotic to Traditional, Ric Fleck has the Experience to be a Pro Boost Hitter

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 15, 2015: When the world was introduced to Pro Modified competition back in 1990, the 1941 Willys immediately became a cornerstone of the class. Top racers such as Scotty Cannon, Tommy Mauney, Shannon Jenkins, Mike Ashley, Alan Pittman and many others made their bones behind the wheel of a Willys, and now, a quarter of a century later, the trend continues unabated. Enter Columbia, South Carolina’s Ric Fleck, who has brought a beautiful example of the classic Willys Pro Mod machine to the PDRA and the Precision Turbo Pro Boost...
Rickie Smith Keeps a Hands On Approach to Racing and Winning

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 14, 2015: Two decades ago it was commonplace for most Pro Mod champion drivers to drive their rig to the race, call the tuning shots, make many of the necessary changes in setup between rounds, tear down and drive home. Today, Pro Mod has risen to a new level of competition where many high profile teams consist of a fully staffed crew and a capable driver who has little to distract him or her from the main job of driving. For multi time Pro Mod Champion Rickie Smith, the job is as hands on today as during his first round of Championship accruing...
Mike Castellana Savors Pro Nitrous Success

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 13, 2015: When veteran doorslammer racer Mike Castellana posed in the winner’s circle at the recent PDRA Cajun Nationals at Thunder Road Raceway Park, it was a whole new experience for the man from Long Island, New York. Just to clarify, during his long and successful career Castellana has celebrated major wins, as well as championships, at race tracks around the world. But that night at Shreveport, Louisiana, he was savoring his first victory with the Professional Drag Racers Association, the sport’s premier eighth-mile...
RCD Engineering to Reward 2015 Pro Extreme World Champion with Blower Starter

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 12, 2015: RCD Engineering, an innovator in original racing products, has joined the ever-growing list of sponsors in the Professional Drag Racers Association. RCD is a company focused on rewarding their customers, and with that in mind have committed to honoring the 2015 Pro Extreme World Champion with a brand new “Black Out” lightweight blower starter. RCD will also reward the Pro Boost class winner at each event this season with a new blower belt, provided the participant uses RCD Engineering Gates blower belt throughout the event, runs the approved RCD...
Racing a True Family Affair for Jim Sackuvich

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 12, 2015: PDRA fans likely will remember the wild ride Jim Sackuvich took during the first round of Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous eliminations at last season’s PDRA event at Tulsa Raceway Park. Jim walked away from the violent crash unscathed but his beautiful black 2013 Camaro wasn’t as lucky. It’s another year and another racing season, however, and Sackuvich is now back in the middle of the PDRA Pro Nitrous action. Over the winter he commissioned the folks at Jerry Bickel Race Cars to build him a brand-new...
Mustafa Buhumaid Tops PDRA Pro Extreme Points After First Three Events

PITTSBORO, N.C. May 11, 2015: Just three races into the Professional Drag Racers Association’s sophomore tour and Mustafa Buhumaid has already been to two Pro Extreme finals, success that has given him the lead in Championship points. Buhumaid, who is the Executive Director of the NAS Racing Team, scored the first Pro Extreme victory of the year at the season opener in Ennis, Texas. He followed that up with a runner up finish at the PDRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, North Carolina. It was just one year ago that Buhumaid attended Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School to earn his professional...
First-Time Winners Visit Victory Lane at PDRA Cajun Nationals

GILLIAM, LA (May 3, 2015) -- Beneath a full moon shining brightly over the flatlands of northwestern Louisiana, Jason Scruggs and Mike Castellana scored victories May 2, in Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous, the top two classes in the inaugural PDRA Cajun Nationals at Thunder Road Raceway Park, near Shreveport. It marked a welcome change for both former class champions as neither had previously reached victory lane with the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association since its inception early last year. Also picking up pro class wins were Gerry Capano with a career-first title in Pro Boost and reigning class...
Classic Graphix Provides #1 Qualifier Award in Pro and Top Junior Dragster

PITTSBORO, N.C. April 16, 2015: Number one qualifiers in PDRA Pro and Top Junior Dragster will get an extra one hundred bucks at each event this season thanks to the folks at Classic Graphix. Classic Graphix is the Official Apparel Company of the PDRA and also operates the PDRA Souvenir Trailer. Their catchy, modern designs have been a big hit with PDRA racers and fans. Many teams also utilize Classic Graphix for crew uniforms and team t-shirts. The company has already been giving back to the racers by sponsoring the PDRA Best Appearing Crew Award. Now, they are further increasing their involvement by sponsoring...
Home-State Heroes Win PDRA Spring Nationals

ROCKINGHAM, NC (Apr. 12, 2015) -- At the end of a rare three-day event for the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), North Carolina drag racing legends Todd Tutterow and Rickie Smith won in Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous, the top two classes for the 2nd annual PDRA Spring Nationals at the state's historic Rockingham Dragway. Also picking up pro class wins in the all-eighth-mile event were pole sitter Anthony Disomma in Pro Boost, reigning Pro Extreme Motorcycle Champion Eric McKinney, and top qualifier Phil Esz in the debut of Pro Open Outlaw. Sportsman class victories...
Lizzy Musi Will Run Rockingham, Gene Hector Still Regrouping

PITTSBORO, N.C. April 9, 2015: While much anticipation surrounded the start of the Professional Drag Racers Association sophomore season, things did not go according to best laid plans. Mother Nature wreaked havoc on qualifying, canceling sessions and pushing the race finish to Sunday. While racers, fans and staff were forced to dance to Mother Nature’s beat, however, rain was the least of worries for two PDRA standouts. Pro Nitrous racer Lizzy Musi and Pro Extreme racer Gene Hector both debuted brand new cars at the Texas Nationals. During the opening round of Pro Nitrous qualifying, Musi was...
Dart Machinery Signs On as PDRA Top Dragster Class Sponsor

PITTSBORO, N.C. April 9, 2015:PDRA officials are pleased to announce that Dart Machinery has signed an agreement to sponsor the organization’s Top Dragster class. The Troy, Michigan-based company, which has been in business since 1981, was founded by mechanical mastermind Richard Maskin. Maskin is well known to drag racing fans as the man whose engines have won NHRA Pro Stock championships and dozens of national events. Like many successful entrepreneurs, Maskin turned his passion for drag racing into a thriving enterprise. From humble...
Speed City Signs as Official Performance Parts Distributor of the PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. April 8, 2015: One of the fastest growing parts distributors in the industry, Speed City, has partnered with the Professional Drag Racers Association as the organization’s Official Performance Parts Distributor. Speed City specializes in supercharged alcohol and nitromethane racing, with several highly recognizable brands such as Star Racer Belts and Magnum Fuel Systems. The Ohio-based company will have parts available at each PDRA event in 2015 through Pro Extreme racer Wesley Jones. “As a company that is run by racers, for racers, Speed City is a great fit for an organization that operates on the same...
PDRA ready to roll at ‘The Rock’ with new schedule, new class

PITTSBORO, N.C. April 3, 2015: The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will hold one of its rare three-day events Apr. 10-12, as it presents the 2nd annual PDRA Spring Nationals at North Carolina’s historic Rockingham Dragway. Headlined by the NAS Racing Pro Extreme and Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous classes, the second of 10 scheduled events in the PDRA’s 2015 season will also feature Precision Turbo Pro Boost, along with Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Dart Top Dragster and two Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster...
Two Champions Join Forces for PDRA Pro Nitrous in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 27, 2015: The Drag 965-backed Championship team of Jason Harris is joining forces with Travis Harvey and his team owners Vaughn Myles and Jimmy and Brad Boone for the remainder of 2015. These two longtime competitors will now be working as one, looking to be double trouble for competitors in PDRA Pro Nitrous. Harvey finished eighth in Pro Nitrous points in 2014, but he really proved his driving prowess in Top Dragster, becoming the first-ever PDRA Top Dragster Champion. Jimmy and Brad Boone are supplying Harvey’s ride, a 2014 Jerry Bickel Camaro, formally...
Three and the Win for McKinney in Dallas

ENNIS, TX  March 23, 2015: “Man, I really want our bike to run a 3,” Scott McKinney said last week. His McKinney Motorsports team was on their way to the Texas Motorplex near Dallas for the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season opener. There hadn’t been a 3 second Pro Extreme Motorcycle eighth mile pass at a PDRA race ever, and its predecessor ADRL had seen only one 3 second racer—Ashley Owens. But that was before a minimum weight rule of 625 pounds for bike and rider was set up, and Owens’ combination when he rode...
Race Results: PDRA Texas Nationals: BUHUMAID, FRANKLIN, FISCUS AND McKINNEY WIN PDRA TEXAS NATIONALS

ENNIS, TX  March 22, 2015: It looked for a time like Mother Nature was going to be the only winner at the inaugural Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Texas Nationals, but perseverance by PDRA officials and race teams overcame persistent rain showers that completely eliminated Friday's schedule and drastically shortened Saturday's action. In the end, qualifying and a full day's worth of racing were completed on Sunday, Mar. 22, highlighted by Mustafa Buhumaid of the United Arab Emirates winning the first Pro Extreme race of his career.
PDRA Announces Shriners Hospitals for Children as Official Charity

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 20, 2015: The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) is proud to announce Shriners Hospitals for Children® as its Official Charity. As a family-oriented organization, the PDRA believes that the partnership with Shriners Hospitals is fitting and hopes to bring greater awareness to the their mission to send Love to the rescue®. The PDRA will incorporate Shriners Hospitals into activities at each of their ten events in 2015 to increase awareness and provide fundraising opportunities. PDRA will provide “Shriners Hospitals for Children, Official...
Vance & Hines to Reward PDRA PXM #1 Qualifiers

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 18, 2015: Vance & Hines will reward Pro Extreme Motorcycle number one qualifiers at 2015 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) events with a $500 bonus. Amongst other products for high performance motorcycles, Vance & Hines produces a crankshaft used in the large displacement, heavily nitrous oxide-assisted, Suzuki GS motors run by many in the class. “Vance & Hines is happy to be a sponsor in the bike class at PDRA,” said Eddie Krawiec, the three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion and Vance & Hines representative. “Our key...
Defending Champ Says 2015 Will be Toughest Year Yet in Pro Nitrous

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 16, 2015: Pro Nitrous has never been a class for the faint of heart. With a host of committed, passionate, top notch teams, this fire-breathing division of Pro Mod took required a profusion of guts and was stingy on the glory. Last season, Jason Harris made Pro Nitrous look more like a cakewalk, going to the final of every PDRA National Event, claiming six overall event wins and a clear Championship victory. Looks can be deceiving, however, and Harris believes things will only get tougher from...
PSI Superchargers Posts PDRA Contingency, Commits to Strong Presence at 2015 Events

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 16, 2015: PSI Superchargers is a name synonymous with blown Pro Mod applications. Their superchargers can be found dominating many venues at racetracks around the world. The company is reestablishing their commitment to their customers and is taking that commitment a step further by posting contingency with the Professional Drag Racers Association. PSI will post contingency in Pro Extreme, Pro Boost, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. “We’re happy to be involved with the PDRA and support the racers that have supported us...
Kooks Headers and Exhaust Latest to Join PDRA as Contingency Sponsor

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 13, 2015: Located in Statesville, North Carolina, Kooks Headers and Exhaust is the latest performance industry entity to sign on as a PDRA supporter for the 2015 season. The history of the company dates back to 1962 when George Kook (Papa Kook) used his gas torch to build his first set of headers for his family race car. Involved heavily in racing, his talents did not go unnoticed by all the local racers. Papa Kook competed week in and week out at area drag strips. The business of building high-quality...
MBE Cylinder Heads & Manifolds Partners With PDRA

Owner Matt Bieneman Weighs in on MBE Successes, Performance Based Racing and the Direction of the PDRA - PITTSBORO, N.C. March 13, 2015: MBE is the leading induction specialist in the country, with cylinder heads and intake manifolds used in championship winning programs from NASCAR and NHRA Top Fuel, to Sprint Cars, Dirt Late Models, NHRA Pro Stock and more. Owner Matt Bieneman began his education on his father Dave Bieneman’s Top Fuel car while he was still in his pre-teen years. From that young age, the Detroit native has never...
Meet the First-Ever Miss PDRA, Jessica Clemons

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 12, 2015: Small town country girl turned model and soon-to-be TV star, Jessica Clemons, has been named the first-ever Miss PDRA. Born and raised in Alabama, Jessica loves the country life and all that goes with it. She was raised on the sports of hunting and stock car racing, and has combined those with her beauty and poise to develop an impressive modeling career with organizations such as NASCAR and Realtree. Now, Jessica brings her years of experience and racing passion to the Professional Drag Racers Association.
Wesley Jones Puts Joey Martin in PX for Dallas

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 10, 2015: Wesley Jones jumped back into the Pro Mod scene in 2014 after taking a three year hiatus from the driver’s seat. His return showed great progress in his Pro Extreme program with a ninth place finish in national points standings. He’s positioned for an even greater showing in 2015, but will get a late start at the PDRA Pro Extreme Championship chase due to a detached retina. Healing from surgery to fix the issue will prohibit Jones from racing at the Texas Nationals next weekend. It won’t keep him from being present, however, as Jones has made an agreement with famed PX racer...
Chassis Engineering Commits to Top Sportsman as Sponsor of Fast Four

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 9, 2015:  The Professional Drag Racers Association Top Sportsman (TS) category was a hit with racers and fans alike in the series’ inaugural season. The appeal of the class comes from the challenge it takes to qualify for the 16 car field and then bracket race a doorslammer at speeds close to 200 MPH. Top Sportsman is top of the line for sportsman racing, the fastest class available before moving to professional categories. To add even greater draw to the class, the PDRA instituted a race within a race with the Top Sportsman Fast Four. Each PDRA National Event the...
PDRA Welcomes Heintz Performance As Series Sponsor

PITTSBORO, NC - March 6, 2015 - For over 40 years Heintz Performance has been one of the most respected names in the automotive performance world in the Southeast and beyond. The Professional Drag Racers Association is proud to announce that the Statesville, North Carolina-based company has signed an agreement with the PDRA to participate as a performance partner for the upcoming 2015 season. Heintz Performance has its roots in the mid-1970s when brothers Steve and Mike Heintz pursued their love of competition and all things automotive by building a drag car that they raced at tracks near their...
Maxima Racing Oils Joins Growing List of PDRA Partners

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 6, 2015: Maxima Racing Oils has been a powerhouse in motorsports for over three decades. The name Maxima Racing Oil is fairly new to the drag racing scene, however, and they are partnering with the Professional Drag Racers Association to build relationships with racers and engine builders in the industry. “Maxima has been in business for 35 years,” relayed Gene Jones, head of East Coast Business Development for Maxima. “Our roots started in power sports, but we have been making automotive products for several years...
PDRA to Open 2015 Season at Texas Motorplex

PITTSBORO, NC - March 5, 2015 - The world champions of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) will begin their title defenses Mar. 19-21, in the season-opening PDRA Texas Nationals at the famed Texas Motorplex in Ennis, just south of Dallas. This will be the first visit to the Lone Star state for the all-eighth-mile series that will hold 10 races this year after expanding from eight events in its inaugural 2014 season. "To be honest I can’t wait to bring PDRA drag racing to the great fans in Texas because I know they’re going to love what they see,” said PDRA Race Director...
Brad Anderson Enterprises Joins PDRA For 2015

PITTSBORO, NC - March 5, 2015 - The PDRA is pleased to announce that Brad Anderson Enterprises has signed on as a performance partner for the upcoming racing season. The company will be paying the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Extreme at all PDRA national events in 2015. BAE, located in Ontario, California, is an industry leading manufacturer of racing engine components. They specialize in aluminum engine blocks and billet cylinder heads for all motorsports. Longevity, dedication, professionalism, innovation and success describe only a handful of people in the sport of drag racing, and without...
Professional Drag Racers Association Partners with Pilot Flying J to Curb Travel Costs in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. March 5, 2015: The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) is proud to announce a unique and valuable program with Pilot Flying J that will provide a fuel discount card valid at all Pilot Flying J owned and operated travel centers to PDRA teams. The 250+ race teams that participate in the PDRA Series will travel through dozens of states, logging thousands of miles to reach the destinations of the 2015 schedule. The PDRA will issue each series driver a fuel discount card to be used at most Pilot Travel Centers or Flying J Travel Plazas across...
Pro Extreme Heats up with Return of Alex Hossler

PITTSBORO, NC - March 5, 2015 - There’s no arguing the fact that there's some pretty tough competition in the PDRA's NAS Racing Pro Extreme class, and it’s going to get a whole lot tougher in 2015 when Alex Hossler, one of the undisputed top guns in the category, throws his hat into the ring. Already the domain of some of the wickedest doorslammers and most talented drivers in the world of eighth-mile competition, Hossler brings experience, a championship-winning attitude and a brand-new blown Corvette to the PDRA wars...
Stevie Fast Returns to Pro Nitrous Full Time in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 27, 2015: The 2013 Pro Nitrous World Champion, Steve Jackson, is returning to competition in 2015 and is hungry to defend his 2013 title. After a wild ride to the 2013 Championship and a trip to race with the Arabian Drag Racing League during the offseason, Jackson was handed a rude awakening, when he, along with several other high-profile teams, were suddenly dropped from Al-Anabi sponsorship. This sidelined Jackson for much of the 2014 season, prohibiting him from defending his hard earned...
The Split Racing ‘Fast Family’ Adding Another Driver - Heather Capano to Compete in PDRA Top Dragster in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 26, 2015: Gerry Capano has steadily worked his way through the paces of doorslammer racing to reach the height, thus far, of his career in PDRA Pro Boost and NHRA Pro Mod. He began in 1995 in a local outlaw series in the Pro Street division. In 2010 he was crowned the NEOPM Rookie of the Year and in 2014 he earned a very respectable eighth place finish in PDRA Pro Boost. Standing faithfully behind Gerry for many years was wife, Heather, who acts as Team Manager and takes care of duties that range from head chef to back up girl and car maintenance...
Bob Harris Inducted into the NC Drag Racing Hall of Fame

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 22, 2015: This past weekend the PDRA’s own Bob Harris joined an elite group of North Carolina Drag Racing persona. He was chosen for induction into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Harris joined the likes of Roy Hill, Doug Herbert, Buddy Martin, Sox and Martin, Rickie Smith, Charles Carpenter and other NC Drag Racing Hall of Famers during a ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday, February 21. A North Carolinian by birth, Harris was raised in Pittsboro, NC and began racing as soon as he was legally able at the age...
DiSomma Racing Engines Steps Up to Sponsor Pro Outlaw 10.5 for PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 19, 2015: Following the recent announcement that Pro Outlaw 10.5 will be contested at two PDRA events in 2015, DiSomma Racing Engines has committed to sponsoring the class at both the North-South Shootout in Maryland and PDRA Finals in Virginia. The experts at DiSomma Racing Engines (DRE) build engines for turbo, nitrous, blower and naturally aspirated applications. They also build custom engines for specific classes such as Outlaw 10.5 and X275 Drag Radial. Anthony DiSomma, head mastermind at DRE, explains that sponsoring...
Penske Racing Shocks Partners with PDRA in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 17, 2015: Penske Racing Shocks has joined the growing list of PDRA contingency sponsors for the quickly-approaching 2015 season. A world leader in suspension technology, Penske Racing Shocks has been a manufacturer of high-end suspension components for the drag racing industry for several years through their Precision Racing Suspension division. Penske Racing Shocks Drag Racing Representative, Shane Sweigart, stated, “We are happy to be partnering with Precision Racing Suspension as a contingency sponsor of the PDRA. Penske Racing...
Mickey Thompson Tires Outlaw 10.5 Series Will Run with PDRA for Two Events in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 13, 2015: The Professional Drag Racers Association is excited to announce that Pro Outlaw 10.5 will be contested at both the North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway, July 16-18, and at the PDRA Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, October 22-24. These two events will also act as official points events for the Mickey Thompson Tires Outlaw 10.5 National Championship Series. The PDRA Finals at VMP will be the final event for the Outlaw 10.5 Series, where the Outlaw 10.5 National Champion will be crowned along with champions in all other...
PDRA Secures Traction Twins for 2015 Season

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 12, 2015: With Cody and Cale Crispe managing the 660 ft stage where PDRA racers come to do their own unique brand of volatile entertainment, competitors breathe a little easier. The “Traction Twins,” as they are better known, bring a level of comfort and confidence to PDRA drivers and teams. The Twins’ expert track prep and watchful eyes ensure that the 200+ MPH machines of the PDRA have the safest racing surface possible on which to compete. Not just for safety, tracks prepared by the Traction Twins are sure to withstand anything the cars...
PDRA Welcomes Pro Line Racing Back For 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 11, 2015: The PDRA is proud to announce that Pro Line Racing will once again be supporting the sport of drag racing’s top-rated eighth-mile sanctioning body as a performance partner. Located in Ball Ground, Georgia, Pro Line Racing has, since its inception in 2005, earned a worldwide reputation for building the most potent twin-turbo powerplants in all of drag racing. With PLR power under the hood numerous racers have shattered long-standing performance records and earned prestigious wins and championships. Just a decade ago...
Get Ready for a Wild Ride with PDRA in 2015 - Season Opener at Texas Motorplex Just Weeks Away!

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 10, 2015: The countdown is on to the Professional Drag Racers Association 2015 kickoff. The series inaugural season was full of historic wins, wild rides, blown records and incredible, side-by-side, professional eighth mile drag racing. Excitement is building for their second year - which promises even greater car counts and the best outlaw drag racing action in the country. The season kicks off at the world famous Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Tx. on March 19-21 with the Inaugural Texas Nationals. All of the exciting PDRA classes will be there including Pro Extreme - the quickest and fastest doorslammers...
JESEL Posts PDRA Contingency for Shaft Rocker Systems

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 6, 2015: JESEL, a major performance parts manufacturer in the world of competitive motorsports, has stepped up its support of the PDRA and its racers as the organization heads into its second year of competition. JESEL has announced that it will be posting $300 to win and $150 runner-up money for competitors utilizing JESEL shaft rockers in 2015. To qualify for this contingency, cars must be running JESEL rockers and display JESEL decals on both sides of the vehicle. Not only does it pay in the winner’s circle to run JESEL rockers – it is a great way to ensure...
Tim McAmis Race Cars & Performance Parts Joins Forces With PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 4, 2015: In the fast doorslammer world the name Tim McAmis is universally recognized. In 1990 McAmis won the inaugural IHRA Pro Modified World Championship and two years later he opened Tim McAmis Race Cars in Hawk Point, Missouri. The same powerful work ethic, innovative spirit and drive to know every aspect of a race car that lead Tim to win championships, combined with superior products and the “greatest customer service in the business,” have allowed Tim McAmis Race Cars & Performance Parts to remain a trusted source and industry leader...
Drag Life Returns to the PDRA Tour in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 5, 2015: Drag racing and really cool apparel just naturally go hand in hand, and the PDRA is pleased to announce that the folks from Drag Life will again be offering their wild custom designs to fans who attend PDRA events in 2015. Drag Life, based in Fort Payne, Alabama, is owned by Brian Mince, who has had a love of racing and hot rods all of his life. “My dad drag-raced when I was a kid and I just naturally got hooked,” Mince said. “I have always liked fast cars and there was never a time when I didn’t have some kind of hot rod in the garage. I have built everything from...
Checking In With Bubba Stanton

PITTSBORO, N.C. February 4, 2015: We’re less than two months away from the kickoff for the PDRA’s inaugural tour. Teams are in high gear getting things in place for the season opener, the Texas Nationals March 19-21 where the 2014 Champions will have their first opportunity to sport the coveted number 1 on their cars. While being the reigning champ has its perks, that number 1 can also act like a bullseye with everyone gunning to put themselves in that spot this season. Reigning Pro Extreme Champ, Bubba Stanton, is about as humble and unassuming as they come. If his car didn’t portray his elevated...
PDRA Extends Partnership With VP Racing Fuels - VP to Continue as Official Fuel Through 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX (February 2, 2015) The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) today announced it has extended its partnership with VP Racing Fuels, which will be designated “Official Fuel of PDRA” through 2017. As part of the agreement, VP will provide trackside fuel service for the all-eighth-mile drag racing series and post season awards up to $1000 in each class for the series championship. “We are excited that VP Racing Fuels has not only returned, but stepped up their commitment to the PDRA in a major way,” said Mike Congdon, PDRA Senior Vice President...
PDRA Top Sportsman Racers Have Extra Incentive to go for Low Qualifier in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. January 31, 2015: The Professional Drag Racers Association is known for its highly competitive eighth mile doorslammer racing. Though considered a sportsman class because of its bracket racing format, Top Sportsman (TS) is arguably one of the toughest and most fascinating classes in the series. Qualifying competition is fierce, requiring the top 16 to run a 4.160 or better to make the PDRA Finals in Virginia last October. Once qualified these men and women must dial their cars in running 4.10s or better, judging the finish line at around...
White Safety Equipment Committed to PDRA Racer Safety in 2015

PITTSBORO, N.C. January 29, 2015: There is nothing more important to competitive racers than safety. Not a new car, not massive amounts of horsepower, not even winning races and championships. Without an environment that is as safe as humanly possible nothing else matters.Carl White understands this, and he lives it every day. A longtime racer and provider of safety equipment, White, through White Safety Equipment, is committed to using his experience and knowledge to make well-designed, quality safety equipment available...
Sonny's Racing Engines Announces Pro Nitrous Low Qualifier Challenge

January 28, 2015: Sonny's Racing Engines is proud to announce that they will once again be providing support to PDRA competitors with the Sonny's Pro Nitrous Low Qualifier Challenge. Building on the success they had as an integral part of the PDRA's inaugural 2014 season, Sonny's Racing Engines, of Lynchburg, Virginia, has stepped up once again to the tune of $33,000 in contingency and bonus payouts. This season the Sonny's Pro Nitrous Low Qualifier Challenge will pay $500.00 to the No.1 qualifiers in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous category, regardless of what engine...
Andy McCoy Race Cars Steps Up to Sponsor PDRA Live Feed ‘Driver Showcase’

January 23, 2015: The Professional Drag Racers Association is stepping up their Live Feed coverage by Motor Mania TV for their sophomore season. PDRA TV was a huge hit in 2014 with an average of 22,000 viewers per race. For the 2015 season, Andy McCoy Race Cars is joining the PDRA team of sponsors as the presenter of the Driver Showcase portion of the Live Feed. The Andy McCoy Race Cars Driver Showcase will feature an inside look at the unique and storied drivers of the PDRA, taking fans behind the scenes of all their favorite...
Derrick Beach Joins PDRA Announcing Team

January 22, 2015: One of the youngest standouts in motorsports broadcasting is joining the Professional Drag Racers Association for 2015. Derrick Beach started announcing when he was just 12 years old at his home track, National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. At the age of 16 he then joined the NHRA as Division 3 announcer. At just 18 years of age, he went on the NHRA national event tour, where he announced for two years. Last year he stepped back from the busy travel schedule and focused on specialty events, such as the Spring Fling at Bristol Dragway. Now in 2015, he joins the PDRA...
Pat Musi’s Rise to Dominance in Pro Mod Competition

January 21, 2015: If Pat Musi Racing Engines wasn’t a household name among racers before 2014, it certainly is now. Although Musi has been a successful businessman and racer for decades, racking up a slew of awards and championships, 2014 may have been the greatest standout year of his career. Pat Musi Racing Engines won championships in nearly every major professional Pro Mod organization. Jason Harris had a dominating year in the new Professional Drag Racers Association, storming Pro Nitrous and securing his first Pro Mod Championship. Tommy Franklin finished second to Harris...
Hoosier Tire Returns as PDRA Sponsor for 2015

January 19, 2015: Industry support for the Professional Drag Racers Association has continued to increase since the organization’s inception one year ago. New companies have come on board and companies that were involved in the inaugural season are stepping up with greater commitment for 2015. Hoosier Tire continues their role and will again be supporting the PDRA in their sophomore season. “We are grateful for the commitment of companies like Hoosier,” stated PDRA’s Bob Harris. “They have a great reputation in the industry and it means a lot for them to back us as we...
PDRA Announces New Class for 2015: Powershield Coatings Pro Open Outlaw

January 15, 2015: In only their second season as the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing association, the PDRA is already expanding their class line up. Pro Open Outlaw will debut at select events on the PDRA tour in 2015 with an eight car field. Powershield Coatings, a division of Toefco Engineered Coating Systems, has stepped up to sponsor the class. Pro Open Outlaw (PO) will be a unique addition to the PDRA lineup of professional categories. As signified by the class name this will be a true outlaw class, open to dragster and altered body types. Few rules will govern the class. Other than the obvious...
Melanie Simmons Salemi Moves to Pro Boost in 2015

January 13, 2015: Canadian-turned-New Yorker, Melanie Simmons Salemi, will be pulling the next gear in her racing career, moving from Top Dragster to Pro Boost in 2015. Pro Boost quickly became one of the most sought after classes in the PDRA, among racers and fans alike. The class has had only one female competitor (Carol Long) prior to Melanie campaigning in the PDRA 2015 season. The 30 year old is teaming up with fellow Canadian and Pro Boost racer, Jay Santos. Both Salemi and Santos will have new ‘69 Camaros for the 2015 season built by Melanie’s...
Ronnie Davis Building New Top Sportsman Corvette For 2015

January 13, 2015: Veteran Top Sportsman racer Ronnie Davis, who is known by the nickname "The King," has earned an enviable and well-deserved reputation throughout his career by winning IHRA championships in 1990, 1991, 1997, 2000 and 2002 as well as taking NHRA titles in 2006 and 2010. These days Davis runs in and is a key part of the Professional Drag Racing Association’s eighth-mile racing program. He not only competes in Top Sportsman, the class that has defined his career for the last 25 years, but he also supports PDRA through his Davis Golf Carts Sales operation, which is the official pit vehicle provider...
Bryant Marriner Puts Up Five Thousand Dollar Pro Nitrous Bonus

January 7, 2015: “I want to give five thousand dollars away. I can’t wait to hand the cash to a PDRA driver.” So says Pro Nitrous team owner Bryant Marriner as the PDRA prepares for its sophomore season of eighth-mile competition. In an effort to see history made in the Pro Nitrous class, Marriner is prepared to hand over five thousand dollars in cash to the racer who breaks into the 3.60s in 2015. Marriner, owner of Morrisville, North Carolina-based Bryant Industrial Crane & Rigging, wants to see the barrier broken, and he’s ready to get behind the effort by offering a major incentive...

Rick Jones on Quarter-Max, the PDRA and an Unbelievable Season

January 5, 2015: When Rick Jones teamed up with Elite Motorsports a few years ago he probably never dreamed of the day he’d be sitting on the other side of an astronomical year with multiple race wins, records set and a Pro Stock Championship to the team’s credit. As co-crew chief for the Elite Motorsports Camaro driven by Erica Enders, Jones’ cup was overflowing in 2014. His RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max businesses continued to thrive, Quarter-Max increased involvement to support the budding Professional Drag Racers Association throughout the season, and Rick and...

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