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  • Dina Parise Racing Takes High Performance Luxury to the Next Level!

    DPRCad1 IMG_5750High Performance Luxury: High performance luxury can be defined as space, comfort and presence but yet, is ultimately defined by the ‘feel’ of the overall vehicle. Emotion begins to distinguish the difference between a ‘luxury’ and a ‘mainstream’ car. Well, things just became emotional!
    In the spirit of taking high performance luxury to the next level, the Dina Parise Racing team would like to present and welcome ‘Stella’, the NEW Cadillac CTS-V built by none other than Matheis Race Cars Inc.
    “This build has certainly taken a bit longer than we had planned.” Stated Dina Parise. “This was not the fault of anyone, we just ran into a few snags along the way. And besides, perfection takes time, right? Stella is perfect! We gave her that name after my Nanny Stella. She was a tough, independent, a fiery (in every sense of the word) Red-Headed Italian! It just works!” She laughs.
    Take the term ‘luxury’ out of it (for a moment) and what are you left with? Frankly, you are left with a bad ass, classy looking Pro Mod. No other way to define Stella than that. In putting the pieces of the Pro Mod puzzle together, her naming became the final piece. From the Cadillac CTS-V Body selection to the Chassis assembly through to the safety equipment as well as the paint and finishing touches, this car has been nothing short of a labor of love covered in a veil of secrecy for all involved.
    Throughout the process DPR chose to keep Stella under wraps. In the initial stages, they showed a few build photos and that turned to ‘sneak peek’ photos soon thereafter. “Keeping her a bit of a mystery was fun for us and the fans!” stated Dina. “It was a great way to pass the time as well as recognize our Marketing Partners during the process. We made the absolute best of the situation. That’s what we are best at!”
    Keeping Stella under wraps was especially tough for Rob Matheis of Matheis Race Cars Inc. “I have said before that I have been a fan of the Parise’s for a long time.” Stated Rob Matheis “So, when the opportunity arose to build the Cadillac for Dina we were all in. The fact that this car looks so close to the actual CTS-V will keep the fans wanting more. Admittedly keeping this build a secret was not easy. But in the end we are extremely proud of the product we have built for them.” Said Rob .
    During the process of the build, DPR has gained the support of a few new Marketing Partners. “We are very thankful for the Partners we currently have as well as for the additional ones that have hoped on board with DPR!” Stated Dina.“ All of our Partners have assisted to make this happen in one way or another. We are very appreciative of that and are proud to represent all of them.” Said Dina
    In recent months the DPR team released information regarding new Partner relationships. Due to the secrecy of the Cadillac project, some of their contributions (with their blessing) had been kept secret as well. Thankfully, the CTS-V is outta the bag and DPR can share the contributions made! Pay close attention, because you will definitely want to patronize these businesses once you see their work! (You can find a full list of Marketing Partners below).
    As stated the car was built by Matheis Race Cars inc. What would a Supercharged Pro Mod be without a spectacular pair of Headers fabricated by Stainless Works. DPR is proud to be enlisted in the SW Army! A powerful race car such as this needs the best safety equipment around, so DPR of course went to DJ Safety! From Fire suit to boots and belts to chutes, DJ Safety has provided DPR with the best looking most effective safety equipment on the market today. Do not forget Bell Racing for the best melon protection around! Safety and comfort makes for a great race day!
    The final stage leading to the reveal of course was making the Cadillac look as perfect as she should. That was left to Paint by Bruce Mullins with materials provided by USA Auto Supply. “Anyone who knows me knows I have a crazy attention to detail.” Stated Dina “Bruce was a partner in my insanity. From the Headlights and the grill to the personalized license plate as well as the emblems, Bruce nailed it! Stella is a stunner!” Said Dina
    Not only was the paint on Cadillac executed perfectly, but Andrew Parise and Bruce Mullins had a surprise in store for Dina as well. That surprise came in the form of a handwritten note (inside the driver’s door) from none other than IHRA Funny Car champion Bunny Burkett. ‘Set your goals high, don’t settle for less- Do it one run at a time. Be safe and win…..Your friend, Bunny Burkett.’ How cool is that?
    So, Stella is out for the world to see. The DPR team looks forward to getting her down the track in competition shortly! Always remember safety first ‘cause Stella’s so bright…. You’ll hafta wear shades!
    People always ask how the DPR team can get out there to do what they do. Marketing Partners are the key to DPR’s success! This team works hard to keep their Advertisers happy! Check out the Advertisers and go ahead and try their products and services! DPR uses them all! Thank you to NGK, LAT Racing Oils, CRC Industries, Bell Helmets, DJ Safety, Stainless Works, Speedwire Systems, USA Auto Supply, Matheis Race Cars Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire, Browell Bell Housing, Axcel Sports,Trailer Valet and Coast 2 Coast Cuisine TV for their support throughout the season and beyond! Visit here: http://dinapariseracing.com/marketing-partners for all their websites and details! Contact DPR to become a Marketing Partner as well! Let DPR work for you!

    Get Social: Be sure to join the DPR team on all their Social Media! The Website will show you the way! So please visit http://dinapariseracing.com/ to learn more about the DPR team! Then join the fun with the team on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and don’t forget Bella the Wonder Pug too https://twitter.com/ProModBella !
    Photos and Story courtesy Dina Parise Racing

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  • Dylan Stott Hoping to Add Another Championship to the Stott Name

    d-stott-1There are just two events left on the inaugural PDRA tour. Excitement is building as the time draws close to crown the first ever PDRA Champions. While all classes have produced phenomenal runs and thrilling competition, the Top Sportsman (TS) category will arguably be the class to watch as the season nears its end. There are only 190 points separating the top three competitors, making Top Sportsman the tightest points battle in the PDRA.

    Rookie driver Dan Ferguson leads the pack with 1698 points. Fellow North Carolinian Dylan Stott trails only 120 points behind, taking over number two from the veteran of South Georgia, Bruce Thrift (1508 points), with his win at the last event in Tulsa.

    Each of these drivers would like to claim their first World Championship, made all that much sweeter as going down in history as the original PDRA TS Champion. For Stott, however, a Championship would mean more than a resume` builder. It would continue the legacy of the widely known Stott name.

    Quain Stott, cousin to Dylan, lays claim to the 2006 IHRA World Championship and has been a regular top contender in the Pro Mod ranks for decades. Sadly, he was sidelined for the 2014 season due to a lack of primary sponsorship. Before Quain rose to the top of his game his brother, Mitch, took home the 2003 IHRA Pro Mod Championship.

    With Dylan’s win in Tulsa, he is one step closer to joining the fame of his cousins.

    “It was a really good weekend,” he told about the Tulsa win. “I knew there wasn’t a full field so I didn’t really lean on my stuff too much. I just put it in bracket mode to see how consistent it was. I had tough opponents. I had to run Bruce [Thrift] second round. He’s always tough. It was really big to get by him because he was head of me in points. Then I had to run Billy Albert in the finals. He’s another really good guy and a tough guy, too. I had to run him in South Georgia when I won, also.

    “My lucky break was probably first round. I was a little bit faster than we expected. I had to run Barry Daniluk. He red lighted and I was three under. The car was on after that. It was going a .29 every run.”

    Stott qualified 13th at a 4.26 in his RJ Race Cars built, Stott Ford backed ‘67 Mustang. After his lucky run against Daniluk, Stott took out Bruce Thrift who broke out by .003. In the semi-finals he faced Darrell Reid. The pair was nearly identical on the tree, but Stott was much closer to his dial. In the finals, it was a reaction time advantage for Stott that gave him the win that moved him up to second in points.”

    Despite being in a prime position for a run at the Championship now, Stott says it’s been difficult to get to this point in his season.

    “It has a been a rough year to say the least, like with everything that happened in Memphis,” Stott said, referring to a return road accident that nearly demolished his front end. “Then a couple weeks before Tulsa I was running at a local track and had a nitrous explosion and messed my front end up again. So the guys at our body shop actually had that fixed the Tuesday before we left for Oklahoma. They kinda patched everything up just to get us out there. We were hoping it would stay together.

    “It’s been a really rough year. We’ve fought back extremely hard. Hopefully it will all pay off in the end. I want to thank my dad, my grandpa, Jason Oteri, Keith Gilliland, Oakley Motorsports- they’ve been huge, Moroso and Hoosier Tire, and of course Stott Ford.”

    Dylan, who graduated from the Junior Dragster ranks, actually began competition in Top Dragster when he was 16. He added the Mustang when he was 18 and has competed in both categories for the last four years.

    “It is extremely hectic to run two cars,” Stott confessed. “But to get out of one car and go right back up with the next one is really fun. I really like it, and I actually I feel like it gives me a little bit of an advantage maybe because I’m getting an extra hit at the tree. I can see what the door car will do first and then dial the dragster off of that. It’s an advantage, but it’s really tough.”

    It’s clear that the Tryon, NC native has a preference over his two classes: “The dragster is fairly predictable. It will go straight pretty much every pass. Top Sportsman cars are so ill handling. You don’t really know what they’re going to do so you’ve always got to be on your toes, especially bracket racing one because looking over and trying to drive the finish line while you’re doing all that makes it really, really difficult – and fun.”

    Now Stott is taking his 180 MPH bracket car to Dragstock at Rockingham Dragway, where he hopes his efforts will be enough to close the gap on points leader Ferguson. “We’ve got a lot of stuff on the car that’s new. We’re trying to lose some weight to make sure we qualify for the last two because it’s probably going to get pretty crazy at Rockingham and Richmond as far as what it’s going to take to qualify. We’ve got the car set on kill, so hopefully we can get in, then set it back for bracket mode and hopefully win this deal. It’s definitely not going to be easy with Dan Ferguson and Bruce. Definitely can’t afford to give up anything.”

    The quickest time the Stott’s Ford machine has recorded so far is a 4.21. Stott predicts this won’t be fast enough to qualify for Rockingham or Richmond, but is planning on implementing a third system of nitrous to make the show. Running the third system will also take the 22 year old Parts Manager one step closer to his goal of joining his cousins among the Pro Mod ranks.

    “[Running Pro Mod] is definitely mine and my dad’s goal. We would need a lot of money to go professional racing, but that is definitely our long term goal. Seeing Quain and Mitch do that had a pretty big influence on what I wanted to do. I love the sport. I definitely want to live up to the name. For now, though, we’re focusing on the Top Sportsman Championship. We’ve got two World Champions in the family and I would like to join them. I think that would be pretty cool.”

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  • Rookie College Kid on a Budget Hangs On to PDRA TS Points Lead

    They say necessity is the best teacher. Dan Ferguson is finding that out the hard way. As a 26 year old college student, he has all of the financial woes that normally accompany college students. Unlike most college students, however, Dan isn’t satisfied playing backyard games and beach volleyball on the weekends. Dan has his sights set on the PDRA Top Sportsman World Championship.

    With necessity as his guide and hard work and determination as close companions, Ferguson has not only solely funded his racing for the year, he’s successfully led Top Sportsman (TS) points since race two of the PDRA’s inaugural tour.

    “Well, at the beginning of the season my intention was to only run two of the races on the PDRA tour,” Ferguson explained. “I was going to run the spring Rockingham race and then the second PDRA one there in the fall. This season, I was starting out with a different motor, a new combination that I hadn’t ever run before. I was just going to call it a building year and have fun, no pressure.”

    A good run at Rockingham was all it took to change Ferguson’s mind. “I ended up going to the semi finals at Rockingham. After we won first round, I said to my buddies, if I come out of here top five in points I’m going to try to go to the next race. I came out like fourth in points, so I went to Georgia. Down in Georgia I went to the finals. Dylan Stott beat me, but I was able to take over the points lead. I’ve held onto it ever since. I beat Dylan at Rockingham in second round, and he beat me at Georgia in the final, and he and I have kind of had a points battle going on most of the season. Dylan is a very good racer. He has been second and third in points since Georgia. I haven’t won a race yet, but I’ve been consistently going rounds and been hanging on just enough to keep the points lead. I’ve been trying to win one; it just doesn’t come easy when you’re racing against these guys. The competition is tough.”

    For Ferguson, nothing has been handed to him, and he doesn’t expect this Championship to, either.

    “I’m trying to get my car running a little better, more consistent mainly. It’s a 15 year old car, built by a friend of mine, Jeff Solyan. He’d never built a car before and he did  a really good job, but it was just never made to go this fast. It was built to run like mid-7s in the quarter-mile, which was highly competitive in IHRA Top Sportsman at the time. When I bought it I put double frame rails in it, and added bars to it in other places also. It’s hard to compete against the guys I race with sometimes. I paid $21,000 for my car and that

     was a fair deal for it. Most of the cars I race against are $100,000 or  $130,000 cars. Even though I added some bars, it’s still older technology. It’s just not easy. It’s temperamental. Everything’s got to be right for it to make a smooth run. It’s not very forgiving to track condition changes. Makes it hard to run your dial in.”

    Still, the Pennsylvania native turned southerner has found success with his machine. “I’ve mostly done good when I needed to, and had a lucky round here and there” he continued. “Earlier in the year my car was pretty deadly, but lately I’ve been struggling with it a little more. It’s hard to get it hooked up. I’ve been working on it, though, and it’s been coming around. I lost first round down in Tulsa because it spun a little off the starting line and killed my 60′. I had a good light, so it was a bummer. But, I know why it spun, and I think I know what to change in Rockingham to prevent that.”

    Besides being a low-budgeted points leader, Ferguson is unlike many of his racing peers in another way: “I pretty much got into drag racing on my own. My parents were never really into cars. I got into riding dirt

    bikes when I was a kid. I grew up racing Motocross. My parents were really into that. We did that from the time I was 12 or 13 until I was 19. We hit it pretty hard during that time and raced most every weekend from March-November yearly. A lot of my friends I raced with were quitting, and my family moved to North Carolina. That was pretty much the end of my Motocross. There just wasn’t as much of it going on there. I’ve been a racer since I was a kid. I don’t have a clue what else I’d be interested in if I wasn’t racing right now. But after a period of transition, cars just ended up being the next chapter.

    “I never made a run in a race car until July 2011. I used to have a street car that I would take to the dragstrip, a ‘97 Trans Am WS6. I bought it Valentine’s Day of 2005 and sold it in March of 2011. It was bone stock when I bought it, and during the time I had it, I took it from running 13.90s to 10.80s. When I sold it, I parted out all the performance parts, and sold the rolling chassis in stock form separately to get the most money out of it. I used that money to start flipping cars pretty heavy, and also rebuilding and reselling motors. I hustled a lot and was able to buy my race car. This is my first year I’ve run a full season. In 2012 I raced March through July. Then I parked my car so I could sell my 565 and save up to buy a bigger motor. I

    sold my motor and I was flipping cars and trucks again to make money. I got another motor, but it took until August of 2013 to get back out on the track.

    “I started out with that little 565 engine. It was sweet. It took my through the beginnings of my learning curve, going from low 5s in the eight mile to 4.40s. The second motor I had was a 706. I only ran it from August 2013 through the end of the season. Then I had a chance to get the motor I have now, a 765, from a good friend of mine, Dale Pittman. He gave me time to sell the 706, so I sold the 706 and got his 765; it’s been a great motor.

    “My parents are very supportive of my drag racing, but as far as all the financial responsibility – that falls on me,” Ferguson stressed. “I go to community college, so I go to school really cheap. I buy and sell late model Trans Ams and Camaros and Duramax trucks and LT1 and LS1 motors. That’s how I support my racing. I was doing good until I decided to try to tour on a national series. Now I’m always broke,” Ferguson laughed. “I want to win this championship really bad. I hope I can make it happen. That would be a dream come true.”

    Ferguson is double majoring in Business Administration and Motorsports Marketing at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with plans to be self employed upon graduation, possibly expanding his current buy and sell business.

    “It’s very tough to balance work, racing and school. The last couple of semesters with the racing, especially this spring semester- trying to come up with the money to go to Valdosta and Memphis- were very tough.”

    The driven college student also hopes future plans one day include a shot at driving a Pro Mod. “I’d love to drive a car in PDRA Pro Nitrous one day, or Pro Modified or Pro Extreme, or Pro Stock. I don’t care; they’re all awesome. As far as being on my own, I imagine Top Sportsman will probably be it for me. Teaming up with somebody down the road would be cool. For a youngster I know quite a bit about working on the car. I did all my welding, putting the bars in my car myself. I do my own motors, my own rebuilds. I had a mishap earlier in the summer. I burned up my motor really bad when one of the timing retards didn’t activate. It junked all the pistons, got molten aluminum on some of the rods, junked three of the sleeves. My good friends Ed Steffey and Ted Miller at Transfer Performance Machine did some work, but for the most part I did all the work myself. I have to. That’s the only way I’m able to race. If I don’t know how to do something, I pretty much have to learn, but I like it. That makes it so gratifying when you have a good race. I’m a hard worker. If I ever teamed up with somebody I’d be a lot more than just a shoe. I really believe I have the potential to be a good driver at a higher level one day. It would be cool if that happened sometime down the road, but I’m also happy where I’m at. Heck, I would bracket race a moped and still have fun.”

    Although Ferguson has had to handle much of what it takes to be a successful racer on his own, he says there have been many who have helped him along the way.

    “There’s a lot of people that have given me a lot of help. Whether it’s teaching me things about the car or racing, helping me work on the car, or coming to be my crew at the track, I’ve had a lot of help. Help is an absolute necessity in this sport. You cannot do it on your own. A couple of key people have been my

    grandparents and parents. They have been supportive and encourage me when I am stressed out or down. Ron and Jeff Solyan for selling me this car and teaching me how to run it and race in my early days. Marty Noir has been a big help and a great friend to me from day one. He has always been there to help, and did most of the sheet metal work on my car when I added all the bars in the chassis. John Podleyon is another great friend who has always helped me. He taught me a lot about working on cars back in my Trans Am days and is a key in how I got where I am today. Ed Steffey and Ted Miller from Transfer Performance Machine have taught me a lot about motors, and are a big part of the reason I can work on my own and do nearly any work necessary to it on my own. Bob and Darrell Dean- they’ve been a big help to me too in this

    journey. Before I did any work to my chassis, I took the car down to Quain Stott and he looked it over and told me where I needed to add bars, what sizes and thicknesses to use, and gave me a lot of pointers

    throughout that project. Without his help, this whole deal with putting a big motor in and going fast enough to run PDRA would have never even started. Jon Williams helped me get the car running fast only it’s second race out, at Rockingham this spring. We went from a best of 4.39 to running 4.12 in two races. He was a big help and still is. Dale Pittman of Pittman Engineering has been a huge help this year as well, especially when I hurt my motor earlier in the summer. He is a great friend and supporter of mine. There have been more who helped in various ways this year too, and I want everyone who has helped me through this journey to know how much I appreciate them.”

    With two races before the first ever PDRA Champions are crowned, Ferguson has his sights set on claiming his spot in PDRA history.

    “If I win the Championship I’m going to be putting that money back into my program. Maybe do more updates to my car or sell my car and put it towards getting a newer one. I have a really good motor and transmission, but having a newer car would be good if I am going to keep racing this fast stuff. I’d

    like to come back and run PDRA next year, for sure.

    “I really like racing with the PDRA. I like how fast it is. That throws a lot of other variables into winning the race. It takes a lot more than just being able to put up a good package (light and dial). I like all of the PDRA people and all the guys I race with. They’re all really good racers, some of best out there. They’re tough competitors and this points lead is going to be tough to hang onto, competing against guys like Ronnie Davis, Dylan Stott, Bruce Thrift, Aaron Glaser and others. They are all highly experienced Top Sportsman racers, former and present champions. Those guys are tough.”

    Going into PDRA Dragstock at Rockingham Dragway, Ferguson hangs on to the TS lead by 120 points over Dylan Stott, who won the last event. Bruce Thrift is just 70 points behind in Stott in third. With two races left it’s still anyone’s game in Top Sportsman. Win or lose the Championship, Dan Ferguson has had one incredible rookie year.

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  • Rivenbark Scores First PDRA Win, Sits #2 Behind Teammate Tutterow

    1149668_602554053152405_1981307853_oGALOT Motorsports has taken over Pro Boost, with teammates Todd Tutterow and Kevin Rivenbark sitting number one and two in points, respectively. Joe Baker, Larry Higginbotham and Tommy D’Aprile round out the top five, but it’s been a decidedly GALOT year in the first season of Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Boost. Rivenbark has been in the semi finals or better every race after the season opener and Tutterow has two finals to his name, as well as two number one qualifiers.

    At the latest stop on the Inaugural PDRA tour, the NAS Racing US Drags held at Virginia Motorsports Park July 25-26, Rivenbark finally broke his streak of semi final finishes and scored his first Pro Boost win.

    “It’s gone real well,” Rivenbark said of his 2014 season. “Rockingham was a little frustrating. I qualified, but couldn’t race because the supercharger messed up. But since then at Valdosta, Memphis, and Martin I was in the semi finals. I beat myself in those races. Red lit once and fell asleep on the others. But it’s gone very well. At Virginia I seemed a little slow. We were having some mechanical issues. I really think Todd should have been number one, and I should have been number two or three. Then we wouldn’t have met until the finals. But it worked out well. We went to the semi finals together. We felt great going into the finals. Overall, this season has been terrific. To go to the semi finals and finals every since Rockingham and then get a win at Virginia is great.”

    Now Rivenbark sits just 165 points behind Tutterow in Pro Boost points. With only three events left on the tour, it will no doubt be an exciting race to the finish to crown the first-ever Pro Boost Champion.

    “After Martin I went from fourth to second [in points],” elaborated Rivenbark. “I said something about it and Todd said, ‘yeah but you got one bad guy in front of you’. So yeah, we’re good teammates and play well together, but he loves winning just as much as I do. Of course he wants to win. I want to win. On our team there are no lay downs. Go out there and the best car wins, let the chips fall where they’re going to fall.

    “These last three races our focus is to be very consistent. I feel like if we can stay consistent with my car we’ll do very well. We found a little extra horsepower with my car so I think we’ll be fast the last few races, especially when it turns cooler weather.”

    Both Kevin’s and Todd’s horsepower is all done in house, as part of the GALOT Motorsports dynasty, which also includes two Junior Dragsters, three tractor pulling teams and the completely renovated GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC.

    “All of us work well together,” Rivenbark said of his team. “And it can get tough with just six people for two professional teams, especially if one car has an issue. Brad and Scott and Ty all do a wonderful job. eff Bohr helps tune my car and Todd tunes his, but they work together, helping each other with ideas and trying to make both of them better.

    “We work well together. I think that’s what it takes,” Rivenbark continued, pointing to the reasons behind the team’s success, part of which can also be attributed to team owner, Earl Wells. “Todd and I work well together. With him being a tuner as well as a driver he can relate to what I’m saying. I think the team gels well, and we’ve been doing this together for a while. Mr. Wells coming on provided the extra resources and support that has just boosted our program.

    “I appreciate Mr. & Mrs. Wells’ support in allowing us to do this. They are wonderful people. It’s rare to find a team owner that leaves you alone and let’s you do what you need to do. He pretty much leaves it up to us. And as long as we produce results he’s happy. But to be a driver at this level for someone like him is wonderful. There’s just no words to describe it. I wake up some days and have to remind myself that I really get to do this.”

    Kevin and Todd have also found success at the Piedmont Dragway Big Dog Series, but are making the PDRA their main focus. “The PDRA gives us a great place to race. You can tell it’s racer owned because they want everybody to be treated the way they want to be treated. The new Pro Boost class is a wonderful place to be. We think the PDRA is really going to thrive in the future. It’s a great place to race. I hope racers continue to support it and support it more. It would be great to get up to a 300 car count.”

    As the PDRA begins to round out its inaugural season, talks of plans for 2015 are already underway, with an event at GALOT Motorsports Park not out of the question. While the track was originally slated to open in 2014, added renovations pushed the grand reopening date to 2015. Tutterow and Rivenbark were able to make the first passes on the freshly resurfaced track on Wednesday.

    “Cale from the Traction Twins came down a couple of weekends ago and showed us how to use the new equipment they got us. We laid rubber all last week then came back on this past Wednesday and Todd made the first hit. The track has very, very good potential. The surface is smooth and it’s fast. I think all the racers are going to enjoy it.

    “The facility will officially open in 2015. We want everything to be finished and opened at one time. I think it would be a great race for the PDRA. It has the potential to draw a big crowd. We’ll see what happens.”

    For now, Kevin and Todd will focus on the final three events, looking to ensure that a GALOT Motorsports driver will be the first Pro Boost Champion. They head to Tulsa Raceway Park August 13-16 to continue the battle in Pro Boost. As always, tickets are free and fans can catch all the action via the Motor Mania Live Feed.

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  • Harris Hoping to Keep Win Streak Alive as PDRA Hits Halfway Point in Michigan

    PDRA_Harris_launchWhen the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) arrives at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI, this weekend (June 27-28), it will reach the halfway point of its inaugural eight-race season and Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous competitor Jason Harris will be attempting to keep his perfect record intact.

    After winning the season opener from the number-one starting position in April at Rockingham, NC, Harris duplicated both efforts a month later in Valdosta, GA. He slipped a little with a third-place start at Memphis late in May, but the final result remained the same with Harris taking the trophy home. Still, the Pittsboro, NC-based racer isn’t taking his early season success for granted.

    “Winning three races in a year, not even in a row, is almost unheard of in the Pro Nitrous world right now because there’s just so many good teams out there that nobody really dominates anymore,” he explains. “There are a lot of guys who can step up their game and go really fast at any race so I feel really fortunate just to be in the finals of all three races so far this year, never mind winning all three of them.”

    As a sportsman class competitor in IHRA national events at the U.S. 131 strip, Harris has made the long tow over the West Virginia mountains and then across Pennsylvania and Ohio to reach Western Michigan several times in the past and says the trip is always worth the effort.

    “It’s beautiful up there. It’s one of my favorite tracks, really wide, smooth, and Jason (Peterson, track owner) and his guys do a great job of keeping up the facility throughout the year,” he says. “It’s one of my favorite races to take my family to because it’s just a nice, scenic race track.”

    Also expected to make strong runs against Harris this weekend will be Pro Nitrous rookie Lizzy Musi, who became the first woman to exceed the 200-mph mark in her class debut at Rockingham, along with Tommy Franklin, Michigan’s own Bob Rahaim, and Pat Stoken, who respectively reached the final round against Harris at the first three events.

    Race teams from 15 different U.S. states, plus the country of Dubai, were represented in the star-studded NAS Racing Pro Extreme field at Memphis and the Michigan event should be just as diverse. Two-time PDRA winner Bubba Stanton, along with teammate Jason Scruggs, will be there, as will Frankie “Mad Man” Taylor, who made an unprecedented 3.48-seconds pass at Rockingham, marking the first time for a doorslammer to dip below three-and-a-half seconds in the eighth mile.

    Additionally, the PDRA will feature its all-new Pro Boost division presented by Precision Turbo and Proline Racing Engines, along with Aruba.com Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, STT Safety Equipment Top Dragster and two Jr. Dragster classes.

    Thursday (June 26) is reserved as an open test session day for all PDRA racers on the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park eighth mile, with Friday continuing the test session for five hours beginning at 10 a.m., followed by two complete rounds of qualifying for all classes starting at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. A third and final round of qualifying beginning at noon will open Saturday’s schedule, with a pre-race ceremony set to go at 3:30, followed by elimination rounds. A jet car exhibition will close out both Friday’s and Saturday’s action.

    Complimentary tickets to the inaugural PDRA Summer Drags are available at many retailers and commercial outlets in the U.S. 131 Motorsports Park area, or can be printed for free from the PDRA web site at http://www.pdra660.com/free-tickets/2014/summer-drags/. Parking is $20 per vehicle daily.


  • Kryptonite Kustomz to Hold Open House at PDRA Summer Drags

    KKustomsAs the Official Wrap Provider of the PDRA, Kryptonite Kustomz will have a presence at every PDRA National Event. The helpful Kryptonite Kustomz staff is available for questions and can produce sponsor decals and other small scale projects right at the track. On Thursday, June 26, at the upcoming Summer Drags, the Oklahoma-based company will be holding an Open House for PDRA teams to learn more about what Kryptonite Kustomz brings to the racing industry.

    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. One of the most innovative features they now offer is a fully functional mobile wrap unit.

    “Wraps are still fairly young in drag racing,” informed Chris Davis of Kryptonite Kustomz. “We have one of the first fully functional mobile wrap trailers. That’s virtually unheard of in the wrap world. Arrangements can be made to provide mobile services at the customer’s location.  We realize the time and mobilizing expense is not always feasible to race teams.

    “We’re excited to be a part of the PDRA,” Chris continued. “We enjoy being a part of the race family. Quality is of number one importance to us. We don’t cut corners. Just like anything else in the world there are a lot of bad wraps out there. We want racers to see what a quality job looks like. It looks almost like paint. These race teams have a large investment in their cars and have pride in their appearance. We want them to look good. We want them to be right. We use exclusively 3M products. 3M has recognized the effort we’re trying to make in the drag racing industry. Together we’re here to support the racer.”

    Racers can check out the jobs Kryptonite Kustomz has done for Todd Martin and Brandon Pesz of Lethal Threat Racing, Joey Martin and Neal Wantye, as well as Randell Reid, among others.

    Racers can learn more about this when they stop by the Kryptonite Kustomz open house on Thursday evening at US 131 Motorsports Park. Their equipment trailer will be open for viewing and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Everyone is also welcome to enjoy free pizza and soft drinks.

    Visit us at kkwraps.com or follow us on Facebook.  Contact us by phone at (918) 994-6010 or (918) 809-1888.

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  • Jason Harris’ Three-Peat Came One Stepping Stone at a Time

     JHIn the Professional Drag Racers Association’s short existence thus far, they have crowned 22 champions. But in Pro Nitrous there has only been one. Nearly halfway through their inaugural season Jason Harris has remained undefeated in the PDRA.

    “The first one kind of took us by surprise,” Harris remembered. “We qualified number one, set a record, went 200 [MPH]. Can’t ask for a better weekend in drag racing. It was one of those weekends where everything fell into place. For Valdosta we tried to race smart, just get down the racetrack, and we ended up winning that one, too. At Memphis we were going to lay off a bit and not push it hard, play it smart. Ended up getting lucky on a holeshot win against Stoken. It’s hard enough to win three in a year, much less three in a row. I feel like I’ve had a really lucky year in drag racing.”

    While some of it may be attributed to luck, at just 34 years of age, Harris already has more experience behind the wheel than many drivers decades older than him. Jason grew up at the track and, when he was old enough, began working at Piedmont Dragway with his father. He got behind the wheel when he was 15 and hasn’t looked back.

    “I grew up with Pro Mod, watching Scotty Cannon, Shannon Jenkins, Pat Stoken and those guys, and I always thought that I wanted to do that. I got the opportunity about five years ago to get my feet wet in the Big Dog series and I think that was a real stepping stone to get to where I am now. I had a lot of success as a sportsman racer and I think that makes me the driver I am today. I’ve been down the track as much as some of the older guys who’ve been in this thing a long time. Growing up in the sport and working at the race track provided me those opportunities. Race track life isn’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I want to raise my family in it the way I was raised in it.”

    That family is growing. Harris and his wife Crystal are expecting their second child, which they just found out is a boy. “My wife and I have been married 10 years this year. She came into this never having been around any kind of racing. She has come to love racing as much as I do. I respect her and she respects me. She’s my best friend. I couldn’t do what I do without my wife. She really supports me. She’s behind me all the time. We spent our tenth wedding anniversary at Valdosta. It takes a special girl to do that. Like she said, the second date we went on was to a drag strip so why not. We planned our wedding around drag racing. We planned the birth of both of our children around drag racing.”

    It’s a true family affair for the Harrises and always has been. Jason credits his dad, Bob, with much of the success he’s found in professional racing.

    “My dad kind of set the stepping stones for me in the sportsman stuff. He was real successful in the ‘80s, and then we were real successful when we raced together. As he got older he wanted to see me race more, plus it was getting to be a lot of work to keep up three or four cars, so now we just focus all our efforts on one car.”

    Jason admits that his dad doesn’t get to enjoy his victories as much this year since the eldest Harris is concentrating his efforts on the day to day operations of PDRA. Still, the family bond remains strong and Harris hopes to keep up the legacy his father began. “Hopefully I can share everything that my dad gave me with my son on the way and with my little girl. Hopefully we can keep the legacy of drag racing and the Harris name going.”

    While his father and wife are clearly the biggest supporters of Jason’s success, the manpower and horsepower can be credited to Robert Hayes Motorsports, Hoosier Racing Tires and Pat Musi Racing Engines.

    “Our success is a combination of a lot of things,” Harris elaborated. “Robert Hayes came to us about four years ago wanting to build race cars. We had a big shop so we let him use that. We all became good friends. He built an awesome race car for me about two years ago. It’s been a really good combination. He loves the sport as much as anybody and he’s got the ability on the one side to build race cars, set them up and tune them. I had the ability on the other side to drive them. So it was a perfect combination. You couldn’t ask for two guys to get along better.

    “I really want to thank Hoosier Racing Tires,” he continued. “Hoosier’s been with me since I was 18 years old. I kind of took my dad’s spot with them. They’ve always been a good sponsor, and we have a good relationship. I really respect the people behind Hoosier. They are downhome people. They take care of the sportsman as well as the pro guys.

    “I got on board with Pat about two years ago when we bought one of Ricky Smith’s old motors. We’ve had a lot of success. It’s been stepping stones. We’ve learned. Pat’s learned. They have a lot of good horsepower right now. They’ve really stepped their game up.

    “Without Robert, Hoosier, and Musi I wouldn’t have what I have today. Just the little sponsorship I have helps out tremendously.”

    Very few racers can claim to have won three consecutive National Events titles. Fewer still can claim going undefeated in an organization for any length of time. For Harris, the hard work he and his team have put in is paying off. Still, the humble man raised in the North Carolina countryside never expected three in a row and says, “I’m just glad I got the opportunity to do it.”

    “I had a couple of wrecks and I thought that was going to be the end of my career,” Harris added. “Every winter I think maybe it’s time to slow down a little bit. But unfortunately I can’t get it out of my blood. It’s the only thing I really know. Every time I think that, I end up racing harder the next year. I just keep plugging along. Maybe one day I’ll have my name up there with the greats in drag racing like Ricky Smith, Scotty Cannon, John Force. We’re going to keep going on with the Pro Mod series because I feel like that’s the grassroots of drag racing. The PDRA Is a great organization. It’s backed by a lot of good people. It’s going to keep growing and growing and growing and I want to be a part of it.”

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  • McKinney and PXM at Home with PDRA

    EMEric McKinney is a name that has become nearly synonymous with professional dragbike racing. Three championships across two organizations in a five year career has already inked McKinney’s place in motorcycle history. Dedicated to working hard both on and off the track, he and his team have not only been busy racking up trophies in the new Professional Drag Racers Association, but have been instrumental in the continuity of Pro Extreme Motorcycle.

    Since his involvement began, Scott McKinney (Eric’s father) has always been influential in building a motorcycle platform for teams to compete. He, along with rider Steve Drake, got the proverbial ball rolling for Pro Mod Motorcycle in the early 90’s. Drake would go on to be the first ever event champion when Pro Extreme Motorcycle began competition in the now-defunct American Drag Racing League. Famed rider Ashley Owens, who was then riding for Paul Gast and is now teammate and tuner for McKinney, collected the 2010 and 2011 ADRL Championships before Eric claimed the 2012 and 2013 Championships. When the PDRA started taking shape, Scott and Eric joined the team effort to make sure that PXM would continue with the PDRA. So it was rather fitting when Eric claimed victory at the first-ever PDRA sanctioned event in April of this year, the Spring Open at Rockingham Dragway.

    “PDRA has been great for us because there’s nowhere to run these motorcycles other than the PDRA now,” told McKinney. “It’s been an awesome that Dad and Jason [Scruggs] have gotten the ball rolling to give us a place to race.

    “I hope this streak keeps carrying on,” he continued, “and we can actually win the Championship this year, just for the fact that I actually like this format [of the PDRA] a whole lot better because everybody that’s involved is a racer. It’s more racer friendly. Even the tech guys are more enjoyable to be around. The whole deal is pretty awesome. I love going to the races here. The PDRA is the best thing that’s happened to motorcycles and to have won their first race is pretty awesome.”

    McKinney, who actually began his two-wheeled passion with Motocross before switching to AMA Dragbike in late 2008, has only lost two professional eighth mile races since the middle of 2012, going for 15 consecutive races without a loss. His most recent trip to the winner’s circle came at the PDRA Memphis Drags, May 23-24.

    “It was incredible,” McKinney said of his lengthy winning streak. “We have a great combination with the bike. Ashley’s an awesome tuner. The entire team is great. It just kept clicking on. We’re always working ahead and trying to change stuff. On Friday we would qualify a motor. It would run good, but we would take it out and try another one. Instead of just running the race we would be trying something else, always working to improve, and it seemed like everything that Ashley tried worked good for us.”

    McKinney and Owens run nearly identical bikes, giving the pair double the information to work with. They currently sit number one and two, respectively, in PDRA points standings. “I want to thank my whole team- my mom, my dad, my Uncle Steve’s on the clutch. Ashley Owens has been an amazing help to the team. Also, Paul Gast with Fast By Gast , Schnitz Racing, ProFab, Vance&Hines, and PMFR Chassis. They’ve really been behind us. My bike was built in 2012. Even after three years, it’s been the best thing I’ve ever rode.”

    Most know about McKinney’s ADRL Championships and are probably familiar with his AMA Dragbike Championship in 2009, as well. But McKinney has also found success in a completely different automotive sport: demolition derby. His family’s used auto parts scrap yard, which processes around one hundred tons of scrap every day, provides ample supply of cars and parts for this secondary hobby. More than that, however, it provides the means to continue pursuing Pro Extreme Motorcycle Championships.

    “It’s a pretty busy lifestyle. Come home from racing and it’s straight back to work. We work hard at everything we do whether its racing or work in general. It’s just our way of life.”

    The saying goes that hard work pays off and it certainly rings true for McKinney Motorsports. They will look to continue their winning ways at the Summer Drags, June 26-28. As always, fans can follow Eric McKinney and all their favorite riders and drivers via the Motor Mania Live Feed, which will broadcast the action live all weekend.

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  • PDRA Georgia Drags Broadcast Live

    PHOTO (1)After the success of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s first event, the Spring Open at Rockingham Dragway, many are anxious for this weekend’s Georgia Drags. The competition promises to be fierce with the baddest doorslammers, motorcycles and dragsters in the country storming South Georgia Motorsports Park. Tickets will be free, available for download online, but those unable to attend in person will have full access to all the action via the Motor Mania Live Feed. Motor Mania will broadcast their exceptional coverage live throughout the weekend.
    PDRA officials will also ensure round-by-round results are posted on PDRA660.com and the organization’s Facebook page. Eighth mile drag racing fans will have plenty of opportunities to follow all the action. Photos and stories will also be shared throughout the weekend.

     

    Qualifying starts Friday evening and will finish on Saturday. Eliminations get underway Saturday afternoon. “We’re really looking forward to our next event,” offered PDRA Race Director, Bob Harris. “We couldn’t have asked for a better inaugural event, so we have high expectations for the Georgia Drags as well. The forecast looks good, and we’ve had tons of pre-registration calls, so it looks to be a great weekend.”

     

    Print tickets and bookmark the Motor Mania Live Feed to stay tuned to the weekend’s action.

     

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  • Stacy Hall Triumphant in PDRA Top Sportsman

    The quiet and unassuming nature of Chesnee,hallwin
    South Carolina’s Stacy Hall may lead those unfamiliar with the Top
    Sportsman driver to count him out when behind the wheel. But anyone who’s
    ever lined up next to Hall in his ‘63 Corvette will be quick to tell you
    he’s a formidable opponent. A slew of victories span his 26 year racing
    career, and now he can add a Professional Drag Racers
    Association<http://www.pdra660.com/>win to that list.

    Hall qualified 13th in the PDRA Spring Open 16 car field with a 4.260. That
    paired him with number five qualifier, Chip Forman, in round one. Hall beat
    Forman on both ends of the track for a clear pass to round two. His second
    round competition would be number one qualifier, Ronnie Davis. Davis posted
    an incredible .003 light but Hall was right behind him with a .007. Davis
    would go four thousandths under his dial in for a break out loss, while
    Hall ran 4.26 on his 4.25 dial to take the win. In the semi finals, Hall
    ran another 4.26 with a .011 light to best Dan Ferguson’s dead-on run.

    Hall claims to never eat on race day, but perhaps that just makes him
    hungrier for a win. It sure looked that way as he worked through the
    competition. The final round would prove to be Hall’s easiest of the day as
    William Brown III ran into trouble early in the run and slowed off the
    pace, giving Hall an easy pass to the first ever PDRA Top Sportsman
    victory.

    “I was very excited,” Hall said of claiming his place in PDRA history. “We
    all were. We have struggled with our combination and I think we finally
    have a base to go from.” Hall, who takes the early points lead, plans to
    continue his pursuit in Top Sportsman at the Georgia Drags, May 9-10.

    For the man who almost literally eats, sleeps and breathes racing, the
    skill and passion to win started early on. He and his father, Tommy, built
    a Nova that Stacy took to a 7.11 with a .01 light on his first ever pass at
    Shuffletown Dragway. Stacy went on to become well-known for having one of
    the fastest small blocks in the southeast. In 1997 at Darlington Dragway
    Hall broke the small block record, an accomplishment that he still counts
    among the greatest of his career.

    Since his teenage years, racing has been life for this man of few words.
    Hall spends his days building engines at Fulton Competition and admits that
    “racing is the only thing I have time for.” That works well for his
    racing-centered family. Stacy’s wife, Alison, grew up at the track,
    watching her father, Jimmie Flynt behind the wheel. Hall’s three daughters
    can often be found at the track- Brooke behind the wheel of her dragster
    with Rita helping crew or taking on various jobs around the track and
    Treyana always cheering her dad and sister on to victory.

    “I have to thank, Gene Fulton, Tommy Mauney, Marco Abruzzi, all of my
    family and friends that support our racing,” Hall said, thanking those that
    helped him achieve this latest victory. “Also, my parents, Tommy and Rita
    Hall and Alison’s parents, Jimmie and Anne Flynt.”

    If you stroll past the Hall pits, you may hear the sounds of Kenny Loggins’
    “Danger Zone” blaring as the team prepares for the next round. The song is
    a favorite song for the Champion, and one can’t help but wonder if it isn’t
    also a little prophetic for the next competitor that lines up beside Stacy
    Hall.

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