PDRA Extreme Pro Stock teams have been waiting for their perfect chance to break the 4 second barrier. They have been as quick as 4.024 (Cary Goforth, Rockingham Dragway, April 2014) and as fast as 180.81 MPH (John Montecalvo, Rockingham Dragway, April 2014), but the elusive 3.99 has avoided these fierce naturally aspirated machines.
This weekend the PDRA heads to Virginia Motorsports Park for the Championship Finals. Temperatures will drop down into the 50s for the evening sessions, making for prime record-setting conditions. A 3.90 elapsed time in Pro Stock has never seemed closer.
John Montecalvo, current MPH record holder, is hoping he’ll be the first to capture the title of First in the Threes. “We feel we have all the right ingredients and believe that the conditions at Richmond will warrant a 3 second run,”stated the two time Champ. “There are several teams out there capable of doing that and we hope to be the first. We’ve got good Sonny’s power and a good RJ car. Justin’s been doing a great job of tuning the car. William Cavallo is on data acquisition and we’ve got Jeff Owen on the clutch. Of course, Lois Anne will be there putting her touch on the car as well. We’ve got a great team. Hopefully we hit it right and we’ll be the first ones to hit that 3.”
Sonny Leonard Racing Engines, besides powering the quickest and fastest XPS machines in the PDRA, is also sponsoring the Sonny’s 3-Second Club. The first three competitors in XPS to run a 3.99 or quicker will receive a monetary reward, commemorative plaque and a personalized Sonny’s 3-Second Club ring.
“We appreciate Sonny stepping up to sponsor the 3-Second Club,” continued Montecalvo. “He is a huge part of our success and we hope to be the first to join his club.”