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PDRA : World Finals Live Coverage from VMP


2016 PDRA World Finals
3rd Annual Brian Olson Memorial presented by NAS Racing
Virginia Motorsports Park
October 20-23, 2016

The last race of the 2016 season and the last chance to battle it out for points position! Come join us at the 3rd Annual Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by NAS Racing! Brian Olson was the PDRA’s popular trackside announcer who unexpectedly passed away early in August 2015.

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About Brian OlsonBrian Olson

On July 3, 2015  Brian was in a severe motorcycle accident while on his way to a drag race near his Peru, Indiana home. He passed unexpectedly, at the age of 58, while recovering at home after the accident.

Brian announced for the PDRA since its inception in 2014 as a 30 year drag racing commentator veteran. He was often the face of the PDRA, doing Motor Mania TV interviews and commentary. He summed it up in an interview in early 2014 when he said, “I think that’s the most important part of this – the friendship and camaraderie.” He was certainly a great friend and was deeply loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the PDRA and across the industry.

Besides announcing for the PDRA, Brian announced for countless other high profile series and events. He also was a driver himself, a custom car painter, team manager and television spokesman. He lived life to the fullest, embracing each of his roles and the people around him.

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Meet the stars of Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Outlaw 10.5, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, and the future of our sport- Pro Juniors & Top Juniors! Bracket Bash will also be run on Saturday!

Don’t miss this event! Grab the family and join us at the 3rd Annual Brian Olson Memorial World Finals presented by NAS Racing at VA Motorsports Park!

Bradenton Final

A third PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle world championship isn’t out of the picture for Eric McKinney just yet, but he has a tough and narrow road ahead of him. The Ohio rider is about two rounds behind points leader Chris Garner-Jones entering Sunday eliminations, which he’ll start from the number one spot.

“It’s just amazing to be number one with three 4.03s at the top, and ours was the quickest,” McKinney quipped. “To go number one is always awesome, but especially now since we’re still chasing the championship. I think I’m two rounds and eight points behind Chris, so we need him to lose first round and we’d need to win the race in order to take the championship.”

McKinney stressed the tight competition in the class. Teammate Ashley Owens and Canadian dairy farmer Terry Schweigert closely followed McKinney in the qualifying order with their identical 4.034 passes. Owens grabbed the second spot since his run was just over one mph faster than Schweigert’s.

“This PDRA Pro Extreme Motorcycle class is just unreal. The first three guys ran 4.03, and it took a 4.10 just to qualify. It’s amazing to be a part of it, let alone be the number one qualifier.”

McKinney also appeared in the final round from the Bradenton race, falling to Garner-Jones in a 4.059-to-4.065 race.

W – Terry Schweigert 0.432 4.066 171.25
L – Spencer Allen No Time

W – Eric McKinney 0.025 4.066 177.09
L – Lance Hines 0.048 4.130 170.82

W – Ashley Owens 0.095 4.066 174.44
L – Kim Morrell No Time

W – Chris Garner-Jones 0.018 4.049 175.94
L – T.T. Jones

W – Eric McKinney 0.060 4.028 177.77
L – Ashley Owens No Time

W – Chris Garner-Jones 0.045 4.036 175.41
L – Terry Schweigert 0.017 8.329 51.89

W – Chris Garner-Jones, Right lane, (0.001) 4.059 173.29
L – Eric McKinney, (0.057) 4.065 176.19



Round 1:

W – Spencer Allen, Cape Coral FL, ’15 Suzuki, Left lane, (0.072) 4.088 172.50
L – Chris Garner-Jones,Harvest AL, ’14 Suzuki, (0.059) 4.101 173.78

W – Terry Schweigert, Abbotsford BC, ’12 Suzuki, Left lane, (0.091) 4.058 172.08
L – Paul Gast, GrandIsland NY, ’16 Suzuki, (0.052) 4.134 173.34

W – Ashley Owens, Decatur AL, ’11 Suzuki, Left lane, (0.052) 4.092 174.19
L – Travis Davis, Douglas GA, ’04 Suzuki, (-0.004 foul) 4.105 173.43

W – Eric McKinney, Hamersville OH, ’12 Suzuki, Left lane, (0.058) 4.025 177.00
L – David Norris, Bryans Road MD, ’81 Suzuki, (0.040) 4.108 170.54

Round 2:

W – Ashley Owens, Left lane, (0.015) 4.060 175.55
L – Terry Schweigert, (0.070) 4.027 174.82
W – Eric McKinney, Left lane, (0.060) 3.997 178.10
L – Spencer Allen, (0.085) 4.180 170.13

Round 3:

W – Eric McKinney, Left lane, (0.083) 3.986 178.12
L – Ashley Owens, NT – No Show



1 1 Eric McKinney, Hamersville OH, ’12 Suzuki 4.033 177.70 177.70
2 4 Ashley Owens, Decatur AL, ’11 Suzuki 4.034 175.62 175.62
3 730 Terry Schweigert, Abbotsford BC, ’12 Suzuki 4.034 174.44 174.44
4 2513 Spencer Allen, Cape Coral FL, ’15 Suzuki 4.056 173.49 173.49
5 110 Chris Garner-Jones, Harvest AL, ’14 Suzuki 4.068 172.50 173.07
6 133 Paul Gast, Grand Island NY, ’16 Suzuki 4.082 165.38 171.21
7 185 Travis Davis, Douglas GA, ’04 Suzuki 4.100 173.27 173.27
8 99 David Norris, Bryans Road MD, ’81 Suzuki 4.106 169.68 171.73

———— Not Qualified ————

9 613 Burke Forster, Ft. St. John BC, ’15 Suzuki 4.157 167.16 167.16
10 154 Lance Hines, Dublin GA, ’14 Suzuki 4.166 169.70 169.70
11 123 T.T. Jones, Harvest AL, ’13 Suzuki 4.178 167.26 167.26
12 44 Wes Hawkins, Catllett VA, ’14 Suzuki 4.698 149.13 149.13




FRIDAY – October 21

Qualifying Begins: 10am (All Classes)
Class Run Schedule:
3 Rounds of Qualifying All Classes!
(2nd and 3rd qualifying session will pair the Semi Finals and Finals completing the Bradenton Event)
Friday Night! N/T 29/315 Shakedowns & Grudge Racing
JET CARS!! Nighttime Side by Side PLUS!! Wheel Stander Show!

SATURDAY – October 22

Final Qualifying Sessions Begins: 9am (All Classes)
Pre-Race Ceremonies: 2pm
Eliminations: 3pm
Saturday Night! N/T 29/315 Shootout
JET CARS!! Nighttime Side by Side PLUS!! Wheel Stander Show!

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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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