Defending Champs Primed for Opener

The defending 2013 champions for the PMRA, Quick 32 and PBSS drag racing series’ are gearing up for successful title defences beginning mid May…

Rocky Di Lecce, Wilson & Gray and Dan Cryderman will start that mission when action for 2014 gets underway for the RPM Magazine/Lucas Oil Mayhem at the Bend event this coming May 16-18.

This will be the first event on the calendar for the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series as the three series take to the track at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

“We’re excited to be opening our season at the Grand Bend Motorplex, and be a part of the track’s RPM/Lucas Oil Extreme Event,” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS. “We have a great working relationship with Grand Bend. Our teams have been preparing for opening day all winter and will be ready to race.”

Defending series champ -Rocky Di Lecce

Defending series champ -Rocky Di Lecce

“This will be the start of our 10th season for the PMRA,” Mehlenbacher continued. “And we look forward to another exciting and solid year of racing in all three Series.”

This year is a benchmark for the PMRA, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the popular Pro Modified series has grown substantially over the decade. Cars in this class compete in heads-up racing, and can obtain speeds in excess of 240 mph in under six seconds down the quarter mile with their 3000-plus horsepower engines.

The Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, will be going into its sixth year with its winning formula of pitting Top Dragster entries against Top Sportsman entries with a wide variety of cars and engine combinations. Entries, whether dragsters or “door-cars,” race under a dial-in, indexed format, which provides an even playing field no matter if the entry is powered with a naturally-aspirated, turbocharged, or supercharged engine. Maximum dial-in for both Top Dragster and Top Sportsman cars is 7.95 seconds in the quarter mile, and cars can obtain speeds of over 200 mph.

Wilson & Gray TS Chevy

Wilson & Gray TS Chevy

Started in 2011, the PBSS is comprised of Pro Motorcycle and Pro Sled competitors who also race in a Sportsman-style dial-in environment with machines built solely for drag racing. Presented by Wiseco Performance Products, racers in the PBSS are allowed a maximum dial-in of 9.99-seconds for the quarter-mile race in the eight-second range at speeds of 150 mph and above.

Champions for all three series will be returning for 2014. PMRA champ Rocky Di Lecce of Mississauga, ON will be back, as well as the Top Sportsman team of Bill Wilson and Rob Gray from Ingersoll, Ontario in Quick 32 Sportsman Series action, and 2013 PBSS champ Dan Cryderman of Thamesville, Ontario with his Pro Bike entry.

The PMRA, Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and PBSS race at the same events several times each season, offering an exciting and colorful package of drag racing action.

The Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), enters its 10th season of popular Pro Modified racing this year, while the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, will begin its sixth season, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS) presented by Wiseco Performance Products, begins its fourth year of operation. Several times during the race season all three series compete at the same weekend events, offering a colourful, diverse, and exciting package of drag racing action.

PBSS rider Dan Cryderman

PBSS rider Dan Cryderman

The 2014 season for all three series opens May 16-18 at the Grand Bend Motorplex with the running of the RPM Magazine / Lucas Oil MAYHEM at the BEND Presented By Mickey Thompson Tires.

Posted by: Tim Miller

For more information contact Bruce F. Mehlenbacher at

Photos by: Brennan Shortall ~ and Dave Erauw Photography ~