PDRA : Garner-Jones Takes Second Win in a Row

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PDRA Summer Drags
U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
June 26-27, 2015

 

In Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle it was a repeat of the previous event four weeks earlier in St. Louis, as Chris Garner-Jones rode his 2014 Suzuki to the number-one starting position, then defeated defending class champion Eric McKinney (who had won each of the first three PDRA races this season) for the race win.





After three rounds of qualifying Garner-Jones led the slim five-bike field with a 4.04-seconds ride at 174.28 mph, with McKinney just four-thousandths of a second behind at 177.03 mph and Terry Schweigert third at 4.11 and 169.94 mph.
Chris Garner Jones PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle
In eliminations Garner-Jones opened with a 4.07 bye run, then defeated Schweigert with a 4.05 before turning things up for the final with a 4.02 at 174.15 to overcome a .012 holeshot leading to a 4.06 pass at 175.99 by McKinney.

“I wasn’t aware of where he was; all I know is he wasn’t in front of me. You know, (McKinney) is a great racer. I look up to the man, I really do,” Garner-Jones said in victory lane. “He’s been doing this a lot longer than me and he’s won a lot of races, so I’m going to take advantage of any chance I get and when we race it’s really going to be a race.”

Leaving the track, McKinney retained a strong lead in points over teammate Ashley Owens in second place, but Garner Jones climbed one position over Schweigert to third overall with five races remaining in the 10-event season.

ROUND 1

W – Eric McKinney / 0.04 4.064 174.89
L – T.T. Jones / 0.085 4.353 156.20

W – Chris Garner-Jones / 0.018 4.075 168.29
L – BYE

W – Terry Schweigert / 0.010 4.169 167.04
L – Ashley Owens / 0.030 4.353 156.10
ROUND 2

W – Chris Garner-Jones / 0.019 4.055 173.28
L – Terry Schweigert / 0.105 4.241 139.19

W – Eric McKinney / 0.025 4.045 176.89
L – BYE
FINALS

W – Chris Garner-Jones / 0.026 4.028 174.15
L – Eric McKinney / 0.015 4.061 175.99

PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE QUALIFYING

Building on his race-winning success at the previous PDRA event in St. Louis, Chris Garner-Jones placed on top of the Pro Extreme Motorcycle list with a 4.04 pass at 174.28 mph aboard his 2014 Suzuki. Four-thousandths of a second behind was reigning class champ Eric McKinney, with Canada’s Terry Schweigert third at 4.11 and McKinney’s teammate and tuner, Ashley Owens, currently fourth after going 4.13 at 172.88 mph.

1  Chris Garner-Jones  / 4.044 174.28
2  Eric McKinney / 4.048 177.03
3  Terry Schweigert   / 4.116 169.94
4  Ashley Owens   / 4.130 172.88
5  T.T. Jones   / 4.183 169.43

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