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PDRA : Garner-Jones Takes Season Opener Win

PDRA - Professional Drag Racing Association
PDRA Nationals
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park
March 17-19, 2016

The Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle raced to completion at Tulsa, where number-one qualifier Chris Garner-Jones prevailed on two wheels in the final over defending class champion Eric McKinney.

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ELIMINATIONS

Round 1
W – Terry Schweigert 0.096 4.037 173.41
L – Burke Forster 0.076 4.080 172.72





W – Eric McKinney 0.047 4.071 177.42
L – Ashley Owens 0.120 5.447 86.16

W – Chris Garner-Jones 0.046 4.032 175.57
L – Jeff House 0.052 4.154 170.75

W – Mark Rendeluk 0.031 4.151 173.99
L – Chuck Wilburn No Time
Round 2

W – Eric McKinney 0.066 4.036 177.81
L – Mark Rendeluk 0.065 4.179 170.32

W – Chris Garner-Jones 0.059 4.021 177.00
L – Terry Schweigert 0.157 4.074 170.26
FINAL ROUND

W – Chris Garner-Jones 0.074 4.045 176.60
L – Eric McKinney 0.054 4.082 176.44

 

QUALIFYING

1 Chris Garner-Jones, Harvest AL, ’15 GSXR 1100 4.004 176.58 176.58
2 Chuck Wilburn, Tupelo MS, ’14 Suzuki 4.024 174.39 174.39
3 Eric McKinney, Hamersville OH, ’12 Suzuki 4.053 176.14 176.14
4 Burke Forster, Ft. St. John BC, ’15 Timblin 4.056 171.49 172.39
5 Terry Schweigert, Abbotsford BC, ’13 Suzuki 4.057 170.67 172.63
6 Ashley Owens, Decatur AL, ’11 Suzuki 4.079 174.82 174.82
7 Mark Rendeluk, Oklahoma City OK, ’10 Timblin 4.157 169.17 169.17
8 Jeff House, Keller TX, ’11 Suzuki 4.353 167.78 167.91

Not Qualified

9 T.T. Jones, Harvest AL, ’15 Suzuki 4.622 113.51 113.51

Cold Postpones Tulsa Nationals

Mother Nature got the better of the PDRA Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park this evening, as dropping temperatures made the track too cold to safely continue elimination rounds for the all-eighth-mile Professional Drag Racers Association.

“It’s a call we never want to make, especially after all these great Oklahoma fans came out and supported us all weekend, but with the racing surface at 45 degrees and still dropping it was just getting too cold for these 200-mile-an-hour cars to safely go down the track,” PDRA Race Director Bob Harris explained. “The safety of our competitors is the number-one concern for the PDRA, so with only the semi-finals and final rounds left to run for most classes we made the tough decision to wrap them up next month at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina.”

Only the Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Talbert Top Jr. Dragster classes were raced to completion at Tulsa, where number-one qualifier Chris Garner-Jones prevailed on two wheels in the final over defending class champion Eric McKinney. Oklahoma’s own Brooklyn Staab won the Jr. Dragster final when Arellyn Garner-Jones was disqualified for leaving before the green light flashed.

When the announcement came shortly after 8:30 p.m. that the PDRA’s Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost cars would complete their semis and finals Apr. 8th within qualifying for the PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham, racers from the series’ sportsman teams asked that their remaining rounds also be postponed.

 

The PDRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway Apr. 7-9, will open with a full day of testing, three rounds of qualifying on Friday and eliminations for all classes on Saturday. Additionally, the naturally aspirated, mountain-motored Extreme Pro Stock class will make its first of five appearances this year with the PDRA.

 

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ABOUT THE PDRA
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, 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. For more on the world’s premier eighth mile drag racing organization visit www.pdra660.com. Follow the PDRA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.

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