British Columbia’s Terry Schweigert earned some history last weekend while winning on the PDRA circuit….
The Abbotsford, BC Pro Extreme Motorcycle racer won during the PDRA’s 1/8th mile event held at Memphis Tennessee to become the first Canadian rider to win in that circuit’s 2-year history.
Schweigert, who is a dairy farmer back home in BC, and who had won events racing his nitrous-injected Suzuki previously within the now defunct ADRL circuit, was convincing during his victory at the PDRA Memphis Drags. In fact he won from the pole position over 11 other class entries in the Drag 965 presented category.
After qualifying number one with a 4.069 secs run at 173.09 aboard his 2013 Suzuki, Schweigert ran through defending class champion Eric McKinney, three-time 2015 race winner Chris Garner-Jones and veteran rider Travis Davis to secure his first PDRA event title.
“You’ve got Eric, who’s the top guy in the class, defending champion, winner of the first three races this year; then Chris, who’s been on a roll of his own lately and then Travis, who really is one of the best, so what more could I ask for,” the 58-year-old Schweigert asked with a huge grin. “It’s a great feeling, a really good feeling.”
Davis went red by -.026 in the final, automatically handing the win to Schweigert, who ran 4.08 at 172.08 mph.
“I didn’t see the red light, so I thought he had left on me and I wasn’t going to catch him,” Schweigert admitted. “Then I crossed the finish line and looked up (at the scoreboards) and saw my (win) light was on. That’s when I realized I had won.”
Posted with files and photos from Ian Tocher & Bruce Biegler