PDRA : Rain Forces Cancellation of Summer Nationals
Tulsa Raceway Park
August 10-12, 2017
PDRA Summer Nationals
Rain Forces Cancellation of PDRA Summer Nationals
Persistent rain showers on Saturday and a rainy Sunday forecast forced Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to cancel the remainder of the PDRA Summer Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park. The all-eighth-mile series was set to enter first round of eliminations before rain entered the Tulsa area Saturday morning.
“With the weather we’re dealing with this evening and the forecast calling for a 95-percent chance of rain on Sunday, it’s just not possible to complete the event,” said PDRA race director Bob Harris. “Our rulebook requires us to be into the semifinals in order to push back the remainder of an event to the next race. Since we were unable to start eliminations this morning, it’s only right to cancel the event.”
All participants who qualified for the event will receive qualifying money, entry points and first-round points.
“We absolutely regret having to make this decision,” Harris continued. “It’s unprecedented in the four-year history of the PDRA; we’ve never had to completely cancel an event. All of the PDRA and Tulsa Raceway Park staff worked hard in attempting to dry the track, but the weather was just working against us.”
Three rounds of qualifying were contested Friday night. The PDRA Summer Nationals low qualifiers were Mattias Wulcan in Pro Extreme, Jim Laurita in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, Jose Gonzales in Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost, John DeFlorian in Extreme Pro Stock, and Terry Schweigert in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. In the PDRA’s sportsman classes, the No. 1 qualifiers were Billy Albert in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Jimmy Sackuvich in Lucas Oil Top Dragster, Mia Schultz in Campers Inn RV Pro Junior Dragster, and Arellyn Garner-Jones in MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster.
The next stop on the 2017 PDRA tour is PDRA Drag Wars, Sept. 7-9, at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina.
Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle
Longtime Pro Extreme Motorcycle rider Terry Schweigert jumped to the top of the qualifying order during the second session, recording a 4.042 at 174.66 aboard his Canadian flag-themed ’12 Suzuki. The Abbottsford, BC, resident is chasing his first low qualifier award of the season.
“It’s a nice way to go to sleep, being No. 1,” Schweigert said. “We’ve been struggling a bit this year, so it’s nice to be on top for the day. We’re going to bed as the low qualifiers, but there’s one more round of qualifying tomorrow. I think it’s going to take lower than a 4.04 to hold the top spot by the time qualifying is over.”
Indy No. 1 qualifier Chris Garner-Jones tails Schweigert in second with his 4.047 at 173.27 on his T.T. Jones Racing ’15 Hayabusa. Three-time and defending world champion Eric McKinney isn’t far behind in third on his McKinney Motorsports entry with a 4.053 at 176.10.
Results courtesy of www.dragracecentral.com
1 730 Terry Schweigert, Abbotsford BC, '12 Suzuki 4.042 174.66 2 110 Chris Garner-Jones, Harvest AL, '15 Suzuki 4.047 173.27 3 1 Eric McKinney, Hamersville OH, '12 Suzuki 4.063 176.10 4 5 Ashley Owens, Decatur AL, '11 Suzuki 4.094 172.47 5 1111 Jeff House, Keller TX, '11 Suzuki 4.101 171.99 6 185 Travis Davis, Douglas GA, '12 Suzuki 4.106 173.07 7 613 Burke Forster, Ft. St. John BC, '15 Suzuki 4.142 171.93 8 123 T.T. Jones, Harvest AL, '15 Suzuki 4.161 169.15
PDRA Moving Forward with Summer Nationals Despite Tulsa Thunderstorms
This weekend marks the late-season return of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) to Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park for the PDRA Summer Nationals, Aug. 10-12. Despite challenging weather forecasts for the weekend, the all-eighth-mile series and its teams will move forward with the sixth of eight races on the 2017 PDRA Tour.
“It’s not just Tulsa being affected by these storms,” said PDRA race director Bob Harris. “It looks like the whole eastern U.S. is getting hit with these thunderstorms. We just feel like we’ll work around them. With the exception of the tropical storm we faced at Bradenton last year, we’ve never had to postpone a race due to rain in the four-year history of the PDRA. We have Sunday to fall back on as a rain date if we need to do that. We’re flexible and we’ll do everything we can to make this race happen.”
Headlined by the world’s quickest and fastest eighth-mile doorslammers in Pro Extreme and Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, the PDRA Summer Nationals will also feature the supercharged and turbocharged stars of Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost, the naturally aspirated Extreme Pro Stock machines, and the two-wheeled titans in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. The PDRA’s sportsman racers will also be showcased in the form of MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, Campers Inn RV Pro Junior Dragster, MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster and Edelbrock Bracket Bash.
“Even with the forecast, I’m expecting a good car count,” Harris said. “Our competitors are diehard racers and they won’t let a little rain stop them from coming out and putting on a show. It’s Tuesday afternoon and we already have cars on the grounds here at Tulsa. With the combination of our touring regulars and local teams, I think we’ll have strong fields this weekend.”
A full day of testing for all PDRA competitors will take place on Thursday, July 13, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday’s activities will begin with the driver’s meeting at 11 a.m., followed by Sportsman qualifying sessions at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Professional qualifying is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. A final qualifying session for sportsman (11 a.m.) and professional racers (1 p.m.) will set the fields for eliminations, set to begin at 4 p.m. for sportsman classes and 6 p.m. for professional categories.
SATURDAY – AUGUST 12
GATES OPEN 8:00 AM
9:30 AM CHURCH SERVICE GODSPEED MINISTRY
Q 4 – 11:30 AM SPORTSMAN, BB, (TD Q3), TJ, (TS Q3), PJ, BB
Q 4 – 1:30 PM PROS, PXM, XPS, PB, PN, PX
3:03 PM – PREP TRACK
4:30 PM – ELIMINATIONS RD 1 TD, BB, TJ, TS, PJ and GASSERS
6:00 PM – SMALL TRACK PREP, NATIONAL ANTHEM, PRAYER
6:30 PM ELIMINATIONS RD 1 PROS PXM, XPS, PB, PN, PX
ELIMINATIONS RD 2, ELIMINATIONS RD 3
SUNDAY Rain Date (Only If Needed)
If eliminations have started on Saturday and rains out it will continue the next day on Sunday.
If all rounds are completed up to the semi-finals, race will be completed at the next PDRA event during qualifying.
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.