Red Deer Racer Tops at PDRA Shootout

Canadian racer Barry Daniluk won the Top Sportsman Ultimate Shootout last Saturday night during the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Dragstock event at Rockingham Dragway…

Boyd Beyer and his supercharged 2004 Mustang qualified number one in Top Sportsman with a 4.065-seconds pass at 180.91 mph, but fell victim to number-four starter Daniluk in the opening round of the shootout. Beyer got away first, but soon lost traction and coasted to an 8-second finish while Daniluk ran 4.105 at 175.16 to advance in his naturally-aspirated ’68 Camaro.

On the opposite side of the ladder, Suwanee, GA’s Ronnie Davis posted a 4.061 at 184.19 in his nitrous-boosted ’63 Corvette to handily defeat the 4.418 at 166.46 run by Don Klooster in a similar ride out of Kalamazoo, MI.

Daniluk got the jump in the Top Sportsman shootout final, then won with a 4.119 effort at 175.23 mph while Davis struggled to a 4.303 at just 145.52 as his engine appeared to be eating itself up as it powered down the Rockingham eighth mile.

“To win anything against the level of competitors and cars we have in the PDRA is a big deal,” said Daniluk, a machine-shop owner from Red Deer, Alberta, ¬†“And to say we did it with no nitrous, no power adder on our motor–the only one out here, by the way–makes it that much more satisfying. It gives us good momentum going into eliminations tomorrow, too.”

Additionally, the first round of eliminations was completed Saturday night for all PDRA classes at Dragstock and while Daniluk will continue to race on Sunday.


Barry Daniluk (near lane) beat Ronnie Davis in the TS Shootout held during the PDRA’s DragStock event

Posted by Ian Tocher

Photo by:  Roger Richards