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.
PDRA Announces Membership Program and Class Changes at PRI Press Conference

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 10, 2016): At the Dec. 9 PDRA press conference, held in the series’ booth at the PRI Show, the world’s premier professional eighth-mile organization announced a new membership program. More than just a racing organization, the PDRA views itself as a family made up of those passionate about drag racing. The membership program, optional to fans and racers alike, helps PDRA “family” members stay connected. The program also comes with many special perks available only to member card holders.
PDRA Announcing Team Returns to Voice 660 Action

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 7, 2016): The same team that storied the Professional Drag Racers Association’s historic third season will be back again in 2017. Al Tucci, Carl Robinson and Lee Sebring will voice all the 660 action through the public address system and on the live feed for all eight events next season. Earlier this week, the PDRA announced a new partnership with SpeedVideo to produce the internet broadcast of PDRA events in 2017 and beyond. In the SpeedVideo broadcast, available free at www.SpeedVideo.com,  Sebring will continue delivering instant driver reactions to their runs, wins or losses through...
PDRA Continues to Grow in International Racers - Swedish Wulcano Racing Team Plans to Run Entire 2017 Schedule

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 6, 2016): The 2014 F.I.A. Pro Mod Champion will give PDRA Pro Extreme racers a new challenge in 2017. Wulcano Racing Team, led by driver Mattias Wulcan and crew chief Pelle Eriksson, plans to run the entire PDRA series next season with their blown ‘69 Camaro. The team has only been together since 2010, but has accomplished much in that short time. In 2013, Wulcan finished second in the FIA European Championship and proceeded to follow that up with the championship title in 2014. At the end of 2014, Wulcano Racing began their international racing...
PDRA & SpeedVideo Team Up for Multi-Year Live Stream Broadcast Partnership for PDRA Drag Racing Series

MURRIETA, CA (Dec. 5, 2016) - SpeedVideo and the PDRA are excited to announce a multi-year agreement to live broadcast PDRA drag racing events, starting with the 2017 season. The PDRA (Professional Drag Racers Association) is a premier professional eighth-mile organization, home to the world’s fastest eighth-mile doorslammers. The growing series features five professional categories, some of which top 230 miles per hour in just 660 feet. With SpeedVideo, drag racing fans all over the world will be able to enjoy the excitement and experience of PDRA’s biggest stars in HD with studio-quality audio.
Mia Schultz’s Top Junior Dragster Championship Makes 10th Overall

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 17, 2016): Winning comes easy to 14 year old Mia Schultz. Every track or series championship won, she won in her first year competing for the title. That was until she got to the PDRA. In the series’ inaugural season she finished a very respectable fourth. Last year, she battled hard and finished second. Her determination never wavered, however, and in her third shot at a PDRA World Championship, she succeeded. This was Mia’s transition year, the only year in which she would qualify to run both Top and Pro Junior Dragster. She took full...
Little Wins Big in Talbert Pro Junior Dragster

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 18, 2016): In 2015, Kendal Little earned top honors in the junior dragster category at his home track, Little River Dragway in Holland, Texas. After winning that track championship, Little and his father decided to begin the 2016 season competing at the PDRA season opener in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the second closest stop to them on the tour. When that event was postponed until the Spring Drags in Rockingham, N.C. the Littles decided to make the trip east. It turned out to be a good decision. Little not only won the postponed season opener, he won the Rockingham Spring...
Big Changes Led to Championship for Kirk

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 15, 2016): “Everything was still going wrong” is how Justin Kirk described the start of his 2016 season. Early exits marked the first half of the year for the third generation racer. He and car owners Randy and Cathy Kelly fought their dragster all season until the Kellys made a daring decision to switch cars and motors mid-season. After that Kirk began to dominate the competition, winning his first ever national event, following that up with another win and a semi-final finish all en route to being crowned the PDRA 2016 Lucas Oil Top Dragster World Champion.
Dan Ferguson is Back on Top

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 14, 2016): Dan Ferguson never quite imagined that in three years of running the quickest and fastest sportsman doorslammer category, he’d rack up two championships and a second place finish in points. He took a leap of faith into the world of PDRA’s Ronnie Davis Top Sportsman presented by MagnaFuel and it turns out he was pretty good at it. Going to the semi-finals at the 2014 season opener in Rockingham, NC led to traveling to more, which led to a runner up, more traveling and many more round wins, which eventually earned Ferguson the 2014 Top Sportsman World...
John Pluchino Becomes Underdog Champ in PDRA Pro Stock

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 13, 2016): After a one year hiatus, the PDRA welcomed back Extreme Pro Stock with a five race schedule. The racers and organization greeted each other with open arms, welcoming the reunion. With a small schedule, XPS racers knew each run could play a major role in the 2016 PDRA Pro Stock World Championship decision. With wins early in the season New Yorker John Pluchino and North Carolinian Richard Penland set themselves apart as championship contenders. They each continued a strong push, with Penland going to two additional finals to take the points lead over...
Eric McKinney Continues Reign in Drag965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 11, 2016): Looking at the last three championships in PDRA’s Drag965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, one would assume that Eric McKinney has had complete and total domination. But that is only part of the story. While he walked away with the championships in ‘14 and ‘15, this year almost didn’t happen. McKinney’s season started off well, with two final round appearances early in the year. But then, McKinney says, “We got a little sidetracked.” Chris Garner-Jones took over McKinney’s familiar number one place in points and stayed there for much of the...
Switzer Dynamics PN presented by MoTeC was the Class to Watch this Season  Franklin Silenced Naysayers and Won it All

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 10, 2016): The Nitrous Wars, both the unofficial smack talk between drivers/engine builders and the official Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars, were clearly beloved by fans this season. Pro Nitrous was the class to watch. It provided one of the tightest points races and competition levels of the season. There was no determining winners before the final round was run. Even the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC World Championship title came down to the final two runs of the season. It’s the stuff dreams are made of and, for Tommy Franklin, those dreams came true.
GALOT Motorsports Claims Its Second PDRA Pro Boost Title Kevin Rivenbark Won Six Events en route to Championship

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 8, 2016): It was a once-in-a-career type of season for GALOT Motorsports’ Pro Boost teams. Between drivers Kevin Rivenbark and John Strickland each of the nine national event titles to be had this season went home to GALOT Motorsports. The drivers traded trips to the winner’s circle with Kevin taking the first and last three, while Strickland’s car mastered the hot weather tune ups, taking home wins during the summer months. Domination to that extent by a single team is almost unheard of in drag racing. Rivenbark, who was runner up in points the first two season...
Snider Crowned Champion of PDRA’s Quickest and Fastest Category

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 8, 2016): It’s never an easy thing to jump behind the wheel of a machine that can power from 0 to over 230 miles per hour in just 660 feet. To perfect this feat, both in tuning and driving, going to six final rounds and winning three in just nine events in a single year is, quite simply, remarkable. Brandon Snider has done just that to be crowned the 2016 NAS Racing Pro Extreme World Champion. Snider’s always had a love of fast cars and his passion quickly led him to the local track where, in the mid ‘90s, he began honing his skills. He raced local quick 8 events until he decided...
The PDRA Applauds Its 2016 Champions

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 3, 2016): As the sun sets on the Professional Drag Racers Association’s third season, the growing series applauds its next regime of World Champions. Many faces are new to wearing the laudable #1, while a few returners welcome the badge of honor with familiarity. Battles were hard fought over the nine race series between hundreds of worthy competitors, but only eight gentlemen and one lady would rise to the top. The 2016 PDRA World Champions are: Brandon Snider (pictured) (NAS Racing Pro Extreme), Tommy Franklin (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC), Kevin...
Rini/Buck Sneak in a Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars Title Amidst Franklin/Musi Domination

PITTSBORO, N.C. (November 1, 2016): Take 16 of the quickest and fastest nitrous oxide-assisted doorslammers on the planet, pair them with a half dozen of the top drag race engine builders and watch it all play out in 660 feet. The PDRA is home to these Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars that garnered much attention in the inaugural season as an official competition among engine builders and their respective teams. Despite much parity among the top five in PDRA points representing four engine builders, Musi Racing Engines consistently proved to have an advantage during qualifying. Throughout the season, a Musi-powered...
Mel Bush Motorsports Sunshine State Shootout Winners Played Big Roles in Championship Decisions

PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 28, 2016): The NAS Racing PDRA World Finals was arguably the most pivotal event of the year, especially considering that the Mel Bush Motorsports Sunshine State Shootout was completed in the same weekend, having been postponed from its original date in Bradenton, Florida. After all was said and done, the PDRA crowned its third set of World Champions at Virginia Motorsports Park and would like to congratulate Brandon Snider (PX), Tommy Franklin (PN), Kevin Rivenbark (PB), Eric McKinney (PXM), John Pluchino (XPS),...
Musi Powers Franklin to PDRA Pro Nitrous Championship and ET Record

(October 28, 2016) MOORESVILLE, NC — After settling for runner-up in the championship standings at the conclusion of the first two seasons of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), Tommy Franklin was tired of playing second fiddle. This season he decided to do something about it. Not only did he win the 2016 Pro Nitrous championship, he did so by winning the final event of the year and smashing the national elapsed time record in the process, all with power from Pat Musi Racing Engines. Musi engines dominated the 2016 Pro Nitrous Wars, but the points battle was still largely undecided heading into...
There’s Still Time to ‘Ask the Pros’

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 29, 2016): The PDRA Live Feed, produced by Motor Mania TV, has been one of the most well received features of the organization since its inception. Live side-by-side racing could be, and regularly has been, viewed around the world. When Quarter-Max began presenting Starting Line and Top End Zones featuring live interviews with racers, those watching on computers, tablets, and phones were given the inside scoop straight from the horse’s mouth. This year, Musi Racing Engines added the ‘Musi Minute’ with Pro Nitrous driver Lizzy and Andy McCoy Race Cars (AMRC) brought...
Kirks Make History, Double up at Dragstock

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 28, 2016): Racing, especially within the PDRA, is a family affair. Many of the professional drivers have sons and daughters that also race in the PDRA ranks. And while any of these drivers are capable of winning, having a parent and child do so on the same day is a difficult task. Almost three full seasons into the PDRA’s existence, the Kirk family is the first to make it happen. Longtime Extreme Pro Stock powerhouse, Doug Kirk, is no stranger to winning. His son, Justin, entered the Lucas Oil Top Dragster scene last season and quickly...
D’Aprile Set to Square off with Jet Dragster at PDRA Sunshine State Shootout

BRADENTON, FL (September 26, 2016) – Fresh off of his recent win at PDRA Dragstock XIII earlier this month, Pro Extreme star Tommy D’Aprile has announced that he will face off against a jet dragster at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Sunshine State Shootout presented by Mel Bush Motorsports, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The rare doorslammer versus jet dragster match race is just one of the reasons why D’Aprile is looking forward to his home race at Bradenton Motorsports Park, the eighth of nine stops on the PDRA 2016 tour.
Defining A Champion

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 24, 2016): For drag racers, fall is arguably the most exciting time of year. After the ‘dog days’ of summer, fall brings with it cooler temperatures and more opportunities to improve times, break records, and, most importantly, define what it means to be a champion. With two races left in the PDRA’s 2016 season, what it means to be a champion is being carefully carved in stone by the best eighth-mile racers in the world. After fighting a hard fight for seven months, the champion will increase his or her intensity. When pressure is at its highest, the champion...
Mech-Tech Racing Brings Two Import Cars to PDRA

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 22, 2016): Competition in both GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost and Ronnie Davis Top Sportsman presented by MagnaFuel will have a little more flavor at the upcoming Mel Bush Motorsports Sunshine State Shootout in Bradenton, Florida. Mech-Tech Institute trains and retrains individuals in areas of metals, electricity, mechanics, refrigeration, and electronics, and is positioned as the leading U.S. college in the exclusive “Top-10 list” of the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3.net). Since the early 1990s,  Mech-Tech has also fielded a very successful import racing team. As the PDRA ventures south...
Musi Racing Engines Continues to Dominate Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 16, 2016): Since Steve Jackson and Reher-Morrison Racing Engines broke the Musi Racing Engines #1 qualifier streak in Pro Nitrous at the PDRA Summer Drags in June, Musi’s regime has resumed its reign, once again dominating the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars. For the second time this year, Lizzy Musi topped the Pro Nitrous leader board in qualifying. At the North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway, the President of Musi Racing Engines took her 2015 Dart to a 3.758 at 204.48 miles per hour to set the tone for the rest of the competition. Fellow Musi Racing Engines driver Tommy Franklin...
PDRA Junior Dragsters: Not Just Child’s Play

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 7, 2016): Although the PDRA Pro and Top Junior Dragster categories are made up of competitors who range in age from 8 to 17, they take their sport no less seriously than many of the seasoned professionals. In both categories a world championship is on the line, and the PDRA’s youngest competitors are giving it their all in vying for the titles. Texas racer Kendal Little hasn’t made an appearance at every PDRA event this season, but each time he’s at the track he’s ready to do battle in Talbert Pro Junior Dragster. He came...
Strickland, GALOT Motorsports Welcoming Teams and Fans to Home Track for PDRA Dragstock XIII

BENSON, N.C. (September 6, 2016) – For the first time ever, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) and its racers will converge on the new GALOT Motorsports Park for PDRA Dragstock XIII, Sept. 8-10. The storied race will be the first national-event for the North Carolina track after being purchased and completely rebuilt by track owner Earl Wells, who also owns the three-car GALOT Motorsports team. “I think everybody is going to enjoy our facility that John (Strickland) and his crew have built. John’s been down a lot of tracks and he can attest to what we have to offer,” said Mr. Wells.
Team “O” Motorsports Makes PDRA XPS Debut at DRAGSTOCK XIII

PITTSBORO, N.C. (September 1, 2016): The naturally aspirated, factory hot rod machines of Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) will rejoin the Professional Drag Racers (PDRA) 2016 tour as the organization heads to its marquee event of the season, Dragstock XIII, held September 8-10. XPS points leaders John Pluchino, Richard Penland, and Brian Gahm are all expected to be in attendance, along with other XPS favorites as the class makes its fourth appearance this season. At least one new entry will be in attendance at the highly acclaimed GALOT Motorsports Park for the 13th running of Dragstock. Team “O” Motorsports will attend...
PDRA Adds Outlaw 632 to Sunshine State Shootout Competition

PITTSBORO, N.C. (August 19, 2016): Outlaw 632 has deep roots at Bradenton Motorsports Park. The class was created there through a collaboration between racers and the facility. It has increasingly grown in popularity among Florida racers and is now spreading across the country. The Professional Drag Racers Association will head to Bradenton Motorsports Park for the Mel Bush Motorsports Sunshine State Shootout September 29 through October 1. Along with the PDRA’s usual all star line up of classes, Outlaw 632 will make a PDRA debut at the track it calls home.
Small Budget, Big Personality  Frankie Taylor Topping PX Competition Once Again

PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 6, 2016): Frankie “Mad Man” Taylor has been in a self-proclaimed slump lately, but with a runner up at the PDRA Texas Nationals, followed by a win at the PDRA Summer Drags, he seems to be rising quickly back to the top of NAS Racing Pro Extreme competition. ​“I’m adamant on getting the record back,” explained the Mad Man, who has held the PX record at 3.65, 3.62, 3.59 and 3.58 seconds. “Competing with the best means you have to beat the best. In Michigan, we did just that, beating Jason Scruggs and Brandon Snider....
GALOT Drivers Dominate in GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 30, 2016): There have been only two unique winners in GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost this season and both of those also happen to come from the GALOT Motorsports camp. Kevin Rivenbark came out swinging this year, winning the first three events. Teammate John Strickland ran beside him in the Dallas final. At the most recent Summer Drags at US 131 Motorsports Park, Rivenbark went out in round two, meaning that for the first time this year someone else would walk away with the Pro Boost trophy. Strickland continued....
Jay Cox Sits on Top of Pro Nitrous Points as Season Nears Halfway Point

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 19, 2016): Although a relative newcomer to PDRA Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC frontrunners, Jay Cox has found himself right at home in the winner’s circle this season. With four races complete, Cox has been in three finals, securing wins twice. This has been enough to put him in first place, just over 400 points ahead of Travis Harvey. The Carolina good ‘ol boy says he never dreamed he’d be in this position. “When I was playing baseball I used to tune in and watch all these guys running Pro Nitrous,” told the former minor league player. “I always dreamed about doing it and...
Battle Rages on in Flatout Gaskets Pro Nitrous Wars

PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 17, 2016): Four events have thus far produced only two unique engine builder wins in the PDRA Flatout Gaskets Pro Nitrous Wars, which awards the number one qualifier at each event with the coveted Nitrous Bottle Trophy to parade and adorn, giving team bragging rights until the next event. Musi Racing Engines swept the first three events showing incredible power. The fourth stop on the PDRA tour finally saw an end to Musi’s reign as Steve Jackson took his Reher-Morrison engine to the number one spot. Tommy Franklin swept the first event as number one qualifier and inaugural Nitrous Wars...
Quarter-Max® Celebrates Launch of All-New Responsive Webstore with a GRAND OPENING SALE!

Find the parts you need, even faster at the all-new quartermax.com. ​ After 10+ months of development to enhance their customers' shopping experience, Quarter-Max® Chassis & Racing Components is pleased to officially announce the GRAND OPENING launch of their new webstore at www.quartermax.com. ​ Create your new account and use the coupon code: GRAND to instantly save 10% OFF your first online order! ​ (Hurry, offer expires 06/05/16.) “At quartermax.com our goal is to provide racers quick access to thousands of in-stock parts with guaranteed low prices. ​ From bracket racing to the pros, from...
Pro Mods Return to the Motorplex

PITTSBORO, N.C. (May 7, 2016): The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) brings the quickest and fastest eighth-mile doorslammers on the planet to Texas Motorplex, May 19-21. Pro Mods of every make and model will take to the track, going from 0 to 230 MPH in just 660 feet in less than 4 seconds. Blown, nitrous-oxide assisted, turbo and naturally aspirated cars will all take on the legendary eighth-mile to see who will be crowned this year’s Texas Nationals Champions. Missile-like Jet Cars will be going head-to-head in a unique jet car match race and the PDRA is thrilled also to feature...
PDRA Top Sportsman Dedicated to Memory of Ronnie Davis

PITTSBORO, N.C. (May 6, 2016): Ronnie Davis was one of the most prolific Top Sportsman racers the category has ever seen. When Davis succumbed to injuries after a wreck in the final round of qualifying at the PDRA Spring Nationals in early April, the entire racing community felt the shock of his untimely departure. To honor Davis’ contributions to the class he championed many times, PDRA Top Sportsman has been renamed Ronnie Davis Top Sportsman presented by MagnaFuel. “We could see no better way to honor the memory of our friend, competitor...
Tocher Continuing Strong Recovery

PITTSBORO, N.C. (May 6, 2016): On April 9, 2016 Drag Illustrated Senior Editor, Ian Tocher, was photographing the PDRA Spring Nationals from the top end of Rockingham Dragway. He was located past the quarter-mile, well beyond the eighth-mile finish line, shooting the Top Sportsman category as he’d done hundreds of times before. Reigning PDRA Top Sportsman World Champion Ronnie Davis came up for his final qualifying pass. Davis was uncharacteristically on the outside-looking-in of the 16 car field. This would be his last chance to make it in. As good friends, Tocher was pulling for...
MBE a Consistent Part of PDRA Success Stories

PITTSBORO, N.C. (April 7, 2016): In professional categories across all series in drag racing, top teams choose MBE Cylinder Heads and Manifolds. Owner Matt Bieneman and his team make the choice easy with performance gains that can’t be denied. The company’s continued innovations have led to gains for teams in PDRA Pro Extreme and Pro Boost, along NHRA Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel that are almost unheard of in drag racing. MBE’s latest innovation gave current customers an additional 2.5 MPH, while new customers are seeing a pick up of...
PDRA Live Feed Special Segments Begin at Rockingham

PITTSBORO, N.C. (April 1, 2016): The PDRA Spring Nationals will be the launching point for two new segments on the PDRA Live Feed. In addition to the very popular Quarter-Max Top End Zone and roaming pit interviews, the PDRA will now feature Andy McCoy Race Cars Ask the Pros and Musi Racing Engines Musi Minute. Ask the Pros will be featured at every race, beginning with the Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway, April 7-9. Andy McCoy will offer an expert look at anything from chassis function to turbo performance. Each event, McCoy will...
Mountain Motors Return to ‘The Rock’ with PDRA Spring Nationals

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 28, 2016): Again and again Rockingham Dragway has been the site for historical Mountain Motor Pro Stock runs. After a one-year hiatus these naturally aspirated beasts will return to Rockingham Dragway, running in the Extreme Pro Stock class of the PDRA Spring Nationals, April 7-9. Several of the biggest names in the field will be making their return to professional racing with this event. Two-time world champion John Montecalvo, fellow New Yorker John Pluchino, and Dwayne Rice’s Mountain Motor Mafia entry will all take to historic Rockingham...
Quarter-Max Support Brings PDRA Action to Live Feed

PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 28, 2016): One of the best features of the PDRA, for both racers and fans, is the Motor Mania Live Feed. With every run down the track broadcast anywhere there’s an internet connection, historic wins, record breaking runs and competition rivalries are played out on phone, tablet, computer and television screens across the globe. Add to that candid driver interviews and the Live Feed delivers PDRA action like nothing else. One company in particular is largely responsible for bringing the Live Feed to PDRA. Quarter-Max has supported PDRA efforts from...
PDRA Welcomes Extreme Pro Stock Back to Roster for Five Events

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 29, 2016): The naturally aspirated kings of drag racing will make their return to the PDRA at five select events in 2016. During Extreme Pro Stock’s one-year hiatus, racers, fans and staff felt the class’ absence and worked diligently to ensure it would once again be contested on the eighth-mile circuit. “We are excited to welcome Extreme Pro Stock back,” stated PDRA Race Director, Bob Harris. “Last season we got many phone calls, emails and questions about its absence. It’s a fan favorite with a rich history and we are excited to make it a part of the PDRA...
Flatout Gaskets NITROUS WARS Takes Center Stage in 2016  “The biggest buzz of 2015-16!”

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 24, 2016): PDRA’s Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC class has always been a fan favorite, but in recent years has gained even greater popularity as the class develops more of an elite status. Just qualifying for an event puts racers in an exclusive club thanks to the tightest competition of any class in the PDRA. On race day, it would be no surprise to see any of the 16 qualifiers make it to the final round. The field is often separated by less than a tenth. These flame-throwing cars of all makes and models capture the attention of fans while...
PDRA Recognizes Returning Sponsors and Welcomes New Sponsors for 2016 Season

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 18, 2016): Now entering its third season, the Professional Drag Racers Association is proud to recognize its 2016 sponsors. Several of the class sponsors are returning for the second or third year. NAS Racing has not only once again committed to the Pro Extreme class but will also sponsor the PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, October 20-22. For the third consecutive year Switzer Dynamics brings Pro Nitrous action to the PDRA. Drag965 is returning to back Pro Extreme Motorcycle, as will MagnaFuel with Top Sportsman. Mel Bush Motorsports is continuing...
Tucci Returns to PDRA Announcing Team

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 11, 2016): One of the most sought-after announcers in the industry returns as ‘The Voice’ of the PDRA. Al Tucci has one of the longest running commentator careers in drag racing with his own unique, personable style of entertainment. After a one year hiatus from the PDRA, Tucci will join the 2016 tour to bring fans and racers a fresh, engaging, high-energy address of each event. Tucci joins Carl Robinson and Lee Sebring to cover events from the tower, the top end, and in the pits. The PDRA will also continue its coverage through the Live Feed...
Siblings Share the Spotlight in PDRA Junior Dragster

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 10, 2015): People often say drag racing is in the blood. Perhaps it’s also in the genes. Racing - and winning - would appear to be a part of the Tanner family genetic makeup. Siblings Preston and Alexis ‘Lexi’ Tanner have been bringing home Junior Dragster trophies since they began competing in the ranks. And while no one was surprised to see them in the hunt for the Pro and Top Junior Dragster PDRA Championships this season, no one expected them to pull off the feat they did. Preston secured his Huddleston Performance Pro Junior Dragster Championship at Dragstock XII, putting enough...
Chris Rini Readies for Battle with ‘Black Magic’ Camaro

PITTSBORO, N.C. (February 3, 2016): PDRA Pro Nitrous has been a hotbed of big talk this offseason. The class has risen to elite status in recent years. Just qualifying for an event deserves ample accolade, which at times, has given birth to ample ego among competitors, as well. Not all Pro Nitrous drivers are alike, however. Chris Rini isn’t one for all the talk, but that doesn’t mean he’s not more than ready to prove himself on the track. In 2016 he’ll follow the entire PDRA Pro Nitrous circuit for the first time, and the competition can be sure that while his mouth may not be hard at work, his racing...
Winning is Business to PDRA Top Dragster Champ

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 30, 2016): PDRA Top Dragster 2015 World Champion Justin Melton will probably not be defending his title at the PDRA’s 2016 series opener in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His opportunity to pilot an M&M Race Cars dragster owned by good friend Danny Payne was a venture with good results, perhaps a little too good, in fact. The Melton/Payne partnership produced a Championship-winning season, which had the by-product of an increase in business at M&M Race Cars, the Melton family business that not only builds chassis, but also engines with a unique combination that is overtaking fast...
PDRA Returns to Tulsa Raceway Park for Action-Packed Series Opener

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 26, 2016): The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) series opener promises to be a marquee stop on the 2016 tour. After a one year hiatus from the schedule, the PDRA returns to famed Tulsa Raceway Park (TRP), March 10-12 bringing professional heads up eighth mile drag racing back to Tulsa fans. The PDRA’s one-of-a-kind experience goes hand in hand with TRP’s mission to give their fans the best drag racing experience in the nation. You’ve watched street racing on TV. Now come see what cars were meant to do on the strip!
Ronnie Davis Enjoys Being in a Familiar Spot

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 25, 2016): For the eighth time in his illustrious career Ronnie Davis will spout the number one and reign as Top Sportsman Champion. By capturing the 2015 PDRA MagnaFuel Top Sportsman World Championship, Davis earned his eighth divisional or national level championship across three organizations (PDRA, IHRA, NHRA). At the PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park in October of 2015, Davis had what he calls a “clean sweep” by winning the event and securing the World Championship in the same weekend. Amazingly...
PDRA Drivers Give Back Through Drag Race for a Cure

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 23, 2016): A few years back Florida racer David Pike had an idea to get together with a few buddies and raise money for the local cystic fibrosis (CF) foundation while at the track. His own daughter battles CF and he had recently learned of a young girl his daughter’s age who lost her battle with the disease. Kayla James was a two time Junior Dragster Track Champion at Immokalee Dragway. Life was taken from her at just 17 years old. Once Pike’s idea reached other racers and those affected by CF, it exploded. In 2015, the first annual Drag Race for a Cure was held at Orlando Speed World...
Jackson Seeks New Racing Partners for 2016

EVANS, GA (Jan. 20, 2016) — The new year just threw drag racer “Stevie Fast” Jackson its first curveball with unexpected news that racing partner Jeff Sitton of SEI Oilfield Services in Ft. Worth, TX, is scaling back his involvement in the sport. Citing business turndowns, Sitton informed Jackson he has to immediately withdraw financial support from Jackson’s Killin’ Time Racing, which fields a top-running entry in the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Pro Nitrous class. “Jeff called me yesterday and delivered the news,” Jackson confirmed. “I’m very appreciative of...
Eric McKinney Becomes First PDRA Driver with Back-to-Back Championships

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 20, 2016): With the close of the 2015 season, the Professional Drag Racers Association crowned its second round of World Champions. Each of the PDRA’s eight classes welcomed a new regime, except one. Eric McKinney reigns as Drag965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle World Champion for the second year in a row, making him the only PXM World Champion in the PDRA’s budding existence. As one of the most successful drag bike racers in history, McKinney has worked to advance both his own program and the Pro Mod bike class. There is little he has not done within...
Newly Formed Harris-Boone-Hayes Brings C7 To PDRA Pro Nitrous In 2016

(January 18, 2016) Perhaps one of the most competitive and exciting categories in the professional door-slammer ranks has been Pro Nitrous. It is an eighth-mile eliminator that is associated with the outlaw Pro Modified group dubbed the Professional Drag Racing Association, aka PDRA. The excitement comes from the growl of the massive engines with displacements often times exceeding 900c.i. in the top runners while the exhaust pipes breath fire as the estimated 2,800hp is chemically fueled with five stages of nitrous oxide. Adding to the excitement is the diverse crowd of racecar bodies that...
PDRA Hires Will Smith As Marketing & Promotions Coordinator

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 13, 2016): As the Professional Drag Racers Association prepares for its third national tour, the staff and ownership continue to increase their commitment to sponsors, racers, and fans alike. The PDRA is proud to welcome its newest marketing team member, Will Smith. Smith will work alongside entertainment veteran production and marketing executive Shawna Brakefield, also recently hired to expand PDRA’s marketing and promotional efforts. Smith will work closely with PDRA sponsors in fulfillment and engagement, as well as further race promotions...
McKinney Celebrates 5th PXM Championship

Hamersville, Ohio (Jan. 13, 2016) - Eric McKinney celebrated his second straight Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) championship at the organization’s lavish 2015 banquet, held in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It’s the 5th Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM) championship (2 PDRA, 2 ADRL, 1 AMA/Dragbike) for the 30 year-old Ohio racer and his McKinney Motorsports team, but this one was more of a struggle than the previous titles. “We come off last year pretty good,” said McKinney. “The first two races this...
Jody Stroud: Nine Lives and One Championship

PITTSBORO, N.C. (January 12, 2016): “Artie with Powershield Coatings pulled it out of his own pocket to give us a place to race. None of us would ever be able to thank him enough. He had kind of a horrible year racing himself, but he sponsored the class anyway. I’m sure he could have used that money for something else.” Before mentioning anything else, Jody Stroud, the 2015 Toefco Powershield Coatings Pro Open Outlaw World Champion, expressed gratitude to the class sponsor for bringing the class to the PDRA. As a special invitational class for the 2015 season, Pro Open Outlaw depended on the sponsorship in order...
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