Thunderstorms have deferred the PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown Final Rounds…… 

Rapidly approaching thunderstorms prevented Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) race officials from completing the final round of eliminations (May 4th) for the PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Modern Racing. The Virginia Motorsports Park event will be completed at the PDRA North-South Shootout presented by Line-X May 30-June 1 at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland.

“Based on the PDRA rulebook, we’re deep enough into eliminations that we’ll carry those results over to the next race,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “I hate that we couldn’t get it done and crown champions here at Virginia, but we’ll crown the Virginia champions at Maryland at the end of the month.”

Crossnoe and the PDRA race officials will determine the run schedule for the remaining eliminations to run at the North-South Shootout, but the tentative plan is to run the final rounds during Friday’s second qualifying session.

“We definitely don’t want those guys to lose a nighttime run that they’re all going to want,” Crossnoe said. “We may put them in at Q2 to finish the finals for most of the classes, but we’ll see what makes the most sense once we get there. We’ll make the best decision possible for the racers that were still in the game here at Virginia.”

Racing progressed to the final round in nearly all of the PDRA’s professional and sportsman classes: Moroso Pro Boost, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle, MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Top Sportsman 32, Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster presented by Knoxtown Products and Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster. Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by Precision Chassis raced to the semifinal round, while Tim Williams (Top Dragster 32) and Noah Johnson (Edelbrock Bracket Bash) were crowned event champions.

PRO BOOST — Defending Pro Boost world champion Tommy D’Aprile will take on fellow Floridian Jerico Balduf in the final round at Maryland. D’Aprile drove his Al Billes-owned-and-tuned ’69 Camaro to a string of 3.70-second passes on his way to the final round: a 3.770 over Terry Leggett’s 3.837, a 3.720 over Kevin Rivenbark’s 3.733 and a 3.708 over Melanie Salemi’s 3.737. D’Aprile will have lane choice over Jerico Balduf in the “Batman” ’69 Chevelle, who was consistent with a 3.818 on a first-round bye and a 3.811 over Bubba Turner before posting a 4.289 in a semifinal pedalfest over Tylor Miller.

PRO NITROUS — Points leader Jim Halsey will square off against two-time world champion Tommy Franklin in the Pro Nitrous final round. Halsey, who won the season-opening East Coast Nationals in his Brandon Switzer-tuned ’68 Camaro, continued his early season success with a 3.729 over Johnny Camp’s 4.892, a 3.668 over Lizzy Musi’s 3.937 and a 3.670 over Chris Rini’s 3.763 on his way to the final round.

Franklin started eliminations from the No. 2 spot in his Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro and posted a 3.781 over Dane Wood’s 3.978, a 3.695 over a red-lighting Todd Fontana and a 3.668 to defeat defending world champion Jason Harris and his 3.712 in the semifinals.

Posted by Nate Van Wagnen – Photo courtesy Tara Bowker