The PDRA has added in Extreme Pro Stock and Outlaw 10.5 classes for it’s upcoming Summer Drags event lineup….

In addition to the four professional classes, two sportsman, and two junior dragster classes contested at each stop on the PDRA tour, Extreme Pro Stock and DiSomma Racing Engines Outlaw 10.5 will join PDRA at the upcoming Summer Drags.

The Summer Drags, held June 9-11 at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich., will be the second of five events Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) will run with the PDRA this season. XPS had an impressive first outing during the Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway with several of the naturally aspirated machines covering the eighth-mile in less than 4.10 seconds. North Carolinian Richard Penland took home top honors at the event, his home stop on the tour. Penland dedicated the win to his father, who passed away just the week before the event. He’ll be looking to continue his winning ways and hold on to his early season points lead, but he’ll have to get through the likes of former World Champs John Montecalvo and Brian Gahm, among a host of other heavy hitters.


DiSomma Racing Engines Outlaw 10.5 will make its 2016 debut with the PDRA at the Summer Nationals, as part of their larger schedule with the Mickey Thompson Tires Outlaw 10.5 National Championship Series. This will be the sixth stop on their tour of ten total events. These cars are always a thrill to watch, often driving much more than the 660 feet of the eighth-mile and still getting down the track in under four seconds. Defending series champion Mike Decker has been on a roll again this season. Event sponsor Anthony DiSomma will be looking to improve his points standings and be the stumbling block for Decker. Mo Hall and John Carinci have also knocked off wins this season. It’s a tight field with incredible side-by-side racing. They will join the PDRA for a second time at the North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway, July 14-16.


NAS Racing Pro Extreme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, GALOT Motorsports Pro Boost, Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Ronne Davis Top Sportsman presented by MagnaFuel, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, Talbert Pro Junior Dragster and MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster will be contested at the Summer Drags, showcasing drivers aged 8 to over 60, some traveling at speeds over 230 MPH. New this year, the Bracket Bash is open to any car running a 4.99 or quicker. The action is topped off with a pair of jet cars plus a wheelstander show down.

A full of day of testing kicks off the event on June 9. Qualifying begins Friday, June 10 with one final round of qualifying Saturday morning before eliminations begin Saturday afternoon. Complete event details and tickets can be found at Every run of the Summer Nationals will be broadcast via the PDRA Live Feed.

Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Jr. Dragster, and Top Jr. Dragster. The 2016 PDRA schedule consists of nine national events.

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Posted by Lisa Collier