The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) was in the middle of professional class eliminations at the East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech when a lengthy oildown and popup rain shower halted the action Saturday night. The race is slated to continue Sunday at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C.
“We’ve been fighting the weather all week, and it bit us again tonight,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “We really appreciate our racers sticking it out and working with us to make this race happen. Sunday’s forecast looks like it will make for a smooth, fast day of racing.”
Before the rain came, the series completed the first round of eliminations in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Penske Racing Shocks/Precision Racing Suspension Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock and Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle. An oildown in the first pair of $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632 put racing on pause before the rain started.
Jim Halsey (Pro Nitrous), Randy Weatherford (Pro Boost), JR Carr (Extreme Pro Stock) and Travis Davis (Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) recorded low elapsed time of the round to move on to Sunday’s continuation of eliminations.
PRO NITROUS MOTORCYCLE
Despite not running his Timblin-built Hayabusa since October when he won the Pro Nitrous Motorcycle world championship, Travis Davis didn’t show any signs of rust with his Saturday evening performance. Davis only qualified No. 3 in the four-entry field, but he fired off a 4.053 at 175.02 to defeat Chris Garner-Jones’ 4.08. He’ll take on Paul Gast in the final round.
“We started out the day struggling some with this air,” Davis said. “We hadn’t been out since October last year and hadn’t changed anything on the bike since then. Just adjusted for the air and it went .05, and looks like there’s more left in it. Maybe we can pick it back up and get it back in the 3.90s – I hope.”
First-round results: Travis Davis 4.053 def. Chris Garner-Jones 4.08, Paul Gast 4.098 def. Brunson Grothus 4.492
The East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech will continue Sunday at 10 a.m. Visit www.PDRA660.com orwww.Facebook.com/PDRARacing for schedule updates and results.
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