Points leader Ronnie “Pro Mod” Smith added to his reputation as the quickest nitrous-assisted Pro Extreme Motorcycle as he rode his Innovative Performance ’16 Hayabusa to a 3.975 at 175.41, nearly beating his own national record of 3.973 during Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. He wasn’t only the quickest nitrous bike, he also beat out a handful of turbocharged entries for the provisional top spot.
Chasing Smith in second is Canadian dairy farmer Terry Schweigert with a 3.979 at 179.97 on a turbocharged ’18 Hayabusa. Another turbocharged motorcycle, piloted by Williford Racing rider Ehren Litten, is third with a 4.004 at 182.30.
The 4th annual Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals will continue Saturday morning with sportsman final qualifying at 9:45 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies will kick off professional eliminations at 7 p.m.