PDRA World Finals
3rd annual Brian Olson Memorial Race
Virginia Motorsports Park
October 19-21, 2017
Result Data Courtesy of Dragracecentral.com
Pro Extreme Motorcycle
During the last eight months, Professional Drag Racers Association racers have traveled the country chasing win lights. Results from the seven events already contested on the 2017 tour have proclaimed three new world champions. The PDRA is known for its incredible competition and side-by-side racing. While this lends to spectacular action at each event, it also often provides tight points battles that come down to the final rounds of the final event of the year.
Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle has been dominated by Eric McKinney for the entire four PDRA seasons. This year, McKinney once again has the chance to continue this monopoly, but he’ll have his work cut out for him. He’s 199 points behind leader Travis Davis. Chris Garner-Jones, Ashley Owens and Chuck Wilburn sit in the third through fifth spots, but the battle for the PXM title will be only between Davis and McKinney.
Eliminations Round 1
W – T.T. Jones / 0.052 4.107 171.71
L – Burke Forster / 0.107 4.068 172.85
Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 41 percent, barometer 30.05 inches, adjusted altitude 1,797 feet, track temperature 103 degrees. This is the first time Jones and Forster have faced each other in eliminations. Jones with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. T.T. Jones’ MOV: 0.0167 seconds (approximately 4 feet).
W – Eric McKinney / 0.021 4.065 177.16
L – Travis Davis / 0.039 4.086 175.23
McKinney is 5 – 4 against Davis in prior events.McKinney with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Eric McKinney’s MOV: 0.0393 seconds (approximately 10 feet). McKinney has to win the next two rounds to the win the Championship.
W – Spencer Allen / 0.036 4.114 171.23
L – Ashley Owens / 0.065 4.210 151.22
This is the first time Owens and Allen have faced each other in eliminations. Allen with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win.
W – Brad McCoy / 0.072 4.052 175.73
L – Shane Eperjesi / 0.043 4.147 169.64
This is the first time McCoy and Eperjesi have faced each other in eliminations. Eperjesi with the starting line advantage, but McCoy has the difference made up by 200 feet and takes the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. He will have lane choice over Allen in the next round.
W – Terry Schweigert / 0.100 4.051 174.71
L – Terry Wynn / 0.076 4.192 170.84
Schweigert is 1 – 0 against Wynn in prior events. Wynn with the starting line advantage, but Schweigert has the lead by the time they go by the Christmas tree and never trails from there on for the win. He will have lane choice over McKinney in the next round.
W – Brunson Grothus / 0.083 4.045 174.01
L – Brody Grothus / 0.683 No Time
This is the first time B. Grothus and B. Grothus have faced each other in eliminations. Brother vs brother and Brody breaks on the starting line, and Brunson gets the win. He will have lane choice over Jones in the next round.
W – Chris Garner-Jones / 0.079 4.032 176.07
L – Ronnie Smith / 0.167 8.336 50.16
This is the first time Smith and Garner-Jones have faced each other in eliminations. Garner-Jones with the starting line advantage and the win. Smith has problems early and clicks it off. Garner-Jones will have the bye in the next round.
Eliminations Round 2
W – Brad McCoy / 0.071 4.058 174.89
L – Spencer Allen / 0.089 4.084 173.03
Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 73 percent, barometer 30.09 inches, adjusted altitude 1,041 feet, track temperature 87 degrees. McCoy is 1 – 0 against Allen in prior events. McCoy with the starting line advantage and the win. Brad McCoy’s MOV: 0.0443 seconds (approximately 11 feet).
W – Terry Schweigert / 0.008 4.043 174.93
L – Eric McKinney / 0.030 4.122 176.07
McKinney is 4 – 1 against Schweigert in prior events. Schweigert with a great light and the win. Davis wins the Championship with McKinney losing here.
W – T.T. Jones / 0.043 4.041 173.56
L – Brunson Grothus / 0.042 4.065 173.49
Grothus with a tick advantage on the tree, but Jones takes the win. T.T. Jones’ MOV: 0.0234 seconds (approximately 6 feet). Jones with his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. he will have lane choice over Schweigert in the semifinal.
W – Chris Garner-Jones / 0.129 4.037 175.87
L – BYE
Garner-Jones with the bye and he runs low E.T. of the round. He will have lane choice over McCoy in the semifinal.
Eliminations Round 3
W – Terry Schweigert / 0.128 4.058 174.32
L – T.T. Jones / 0.070 7.903 53.66
Weather conditions: air temperature 63 degrees, relative humidity 72 percent, barometer 30.11 inches, adjusted altitude 709 feet, track temperature 77 degrees. Schweigert is 2 – 0 against Jones in prior events. Jones with the starting line advantage, but then has problems right off the starting line and Schweigert with another great pass for the win.
W – Brad McCoy / 0.050 4.037 174.82
L – Chris Garner-Jones / 0.068 4.028 177.37
Garner-Jones is 2 – 1 against McCoy in prior events. McCoy with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. McCoy will have his lane choice in the final.
Eliminations Round 3
W – Brad McCoy / 0.044 4.041 175.37
L – Terry Schweigert / 0.099 4.062 163.97
Weather conditions: air temperature 63 degrees, relative humidity 66 percent, barometer 30.14 inches, adjusted altitude 1,023 feet, track temperature 68 degrees. Schweigert is 3 – 0 against McCoy in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round.
McCoy with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. He wins his second consecutive event. He gets the win on his birthday.
Chris Garner-Jones was attempting to join an elite list of Pro Extreme Motorcycle riders who have dipped into the three-second zone when he fired off a 4.004 at 177.18 in the third session. After coming so close, the 28-year-old rider believes his Jones Racing Hayabusa has a chance to break out of the fours on Saturday.
“We were definitely looking for a three, but our 60-foot time was off a bit,” Garner-Jones said. “We picked up performance at the 330-foot mark and picked up speed, but the early number wasn’t there. But now we know that a three-second run is definitely possible tomorrow. We’re focused on getting the win, but a three would be nice.”
Brunson Grothus, who won twice on the PDRA tour last year, is second with a 4.04 at 175.68 aboard his Indocil Art entry, followed closely by Terry Schweigert and his 4.041 at 174.80. Q80 Racing rider Brad McCoy, the most recent winner on tour, is fourth with a 4.061 at 174.03.
1 110 Chris Garner-Jones / Harvest AL, ’15 Hayabusa 4.004 177.18
2 426 Brunson Grothus / Davenport IA, ’14 GDB 4.040 175.68
3 730 Terry Schweigert / Abbotsford BC, ’12 Suzuki 4.041 174.80
4 1234 Brad McCoy / Cleveland NC, ’15 Hayabusa 4.061 174.03
5 5 Ashley Owens / Decatur AL, ’11 Hayabusa 4.067 171.58
6 185 Travis Davis / Douglas GA, ’12 Suzuki 4.069 174.12
7 613 Burke Forster / Ft. St. John BC, ’15 Suzuki 4.072 173.25
8 123 T.T. Jones / Harvest AL, ’15 Hayabusa 4.075 171.99
9 1 Eric McKinney / Hamersville OH, ’12 GS 1150 4.082 174.89
10 2513 Spencer Allen / Cape Coral FL, ’15 Hayabusa 4.100 170.13
11 430 Shane Eperjesi / Lake Dallas TX, ’16 GDB 4.125 168.83
12 115 Terry Wynn / Jacksonville FL, ’14 Suzuki 4.192 167.78
13 674 Brody Grothus / Davenport IA, ’15 GDB 4.201 173.90
14 1934 Ronnie Smith / Pasadena MD, ’16 GS 4.703 144.09
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