A two-month delay was worth the wait for PDRA’s Travis Davis, as he opened the 2020 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season with a victory on his nitrous Suzuki.
The Pro Nitrous Motorcycle class had an unusually small field, with just four entries on the grounds, but the final round made up for it. Two-time and defending world champion Davis aboard his Timblin-built Suzuki took on drag bike veteran Paul Gast on his Fast By Gast Hayabusa. Davis’ .026 reaction time and 4.03 at 176.14 pass helped him hold off Gast’s quicker 4.013 at 175.78 to start the season with another win.
“It’s good to start the season off winning the first race,” said Davis, who thanked his wife, Brandy, and sponsors Timblin Chassis, Web Cam Racing Cams, Monster Race Heads and Fast By Gast. “I knew Paul is the record holder. At any time he can lay one down, and sure enough, he went 4.01 and I beat him on a holeshot with a 4.03. You just take ’em how you can get ’em sometimes. Everything went good. Didn’t have any mishaps, no tear-ups this weekend. Just service the bike and do it again.”
Davis improved from a 4.053 at 175.02 winning pass over Chris Garner-Jones’ 4.08 in the opening round Saturday night.
Before the final round, Gast qualified No. 1 and won first round with a 4.098 at 173.03 over Brunson Grothus, who hurt a piston to slow to a 4.492 pass.
The next stop on the PDRA’s adjusted 2020 schedule is Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C., for the PDRA Carolina Showdown presented by ProCharger, June 11-13.
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