VOLUME XX, NUMBER 5 - MAY, 2018
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ET DRAG RACING
Results courtesy PDRA
Photos by Tara Bowker
A mix of first-time winners and past world champions collected victories Saturday night, May 5, at the Professional Drag Racers Association (www.PDRA660.com) North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway. The all-eighth-mile series crowned winners in six professional categories and seven sportsman classes at the second stop on their eight-race 2018 tour.
Randy Weatherford (lead photo) and his WS Construction team have been consistently dialing in their clutch-equipped ’69 Camaro over the last few seasons in Pro Nitrous competition. He’s qualified No. 1 and raced deep into eliminations, but he had yet to reach the winner’s circle before he piloted his Musi-powered entry to a 3.882 at 163.57 over John Hall’s 3.899 at 155.17 in the North-South Shootout final round.
“This is my first PDRA win, and it’s been a long struggle to get to this point,” said Weatherford, a past champion in various regional series. “The car was always real good. All the parts and pieces worked right. I had a good program last year, I just couldn’t put it together right. This year I’ve got a better program together. I’ve always said clutch cars are faster and I think the scoreboards showed it.”
Weatherford recorded three of the best passes of his career on his way to the final round. He posted a 3.699 over Tommy Mauney, a 3.701 over Johnny Camp and a 3.675 over Chris Rini.
Hall also experienced a career-best weekend in his Clayton Murphy-tuned ’68 Camaro, as he ran a 3.745 over Tony Wilson, a career-best 3.704 at 205.19 over past world champion Jason Harris, and a 4.017 in the semifinals.
Racing in just his second Pro Extreme event since 2015, Adam Flamholc earned the North-South Shootout event win when he recorded his third consecutive 3.6-second pass and defeated No. 1 qualifier Terry Leggett in the final round. Leggett, who fired off a 3.552 at 216.97 on his first-round bye run, slowed to a 4.063 in the final round, while Flamholc ran 3.63 at 214.62 to take the win in his 5-Day Plantation Shutters & Blinds ’63 Corvette. Flamholc, a Swedish native, qualified No. 2 and defeated Scott Farley before facing Leggett in the final round.
Former Pro Extreme star Tommy D’Aprile further solidified his status as a serious threat in Pro Boost this season when he and tuner/car owner Al Billes fired off one of the quickest supercharged passes in class history to win the event. D’Aprile recorded a 3.66 at 203.31 to beat Chuck Ulsch’s 3.75 at 198.58 in the final round.
“This win was all about teamwork,” said D’Aprile, the No. 1 qualifier for the second time this season. “This team is amazing. If I had an unlimited budget and I could go anywhere and pick my team, I couldn’t pick it any better than this. God has put this team together. I make no bones about my faith. I’m a man of faith; I walk that, I talk that and I’m proud of that. I love this team. We have a brotherhood here that is just amazing. We’re blessed.”
D’Aprile dodged a bullet in the opening round when his Roots-blown ’69 Camaro slowed to a 3.874 over Eric Donovan, but his performance picked up again with a 3.701 over Raymond Commisso and a 3.67 over Brazil’s Roderjan Busato in the semifinals. Ulsch was running right with D’Aprile throughout eliminations, posting a 3.716 over Junior Ward, a 3.707 over Marc Caruso and a 3.715 to beat Jerico Balduf on a holeshot in the semifinals. Ulsch was appearing in his second consecutive final round.
EXTREME PRO STOCK
Longtime mountain motor Pro Stock driver Steven Boone didn’t have the quickest car of the weekend, but he did have the quickest car when it mattered. In the final round he drove his Boone Motorsports ’07 Cobalt to a 4.066 at 178.57 mph, the second-quickest pass of eliminations, to deny Elijah Morton his second consecutive Extreme Pro Stock event win.
“Elijah is a good driver and he’s very tough, but I had to forget who’s in the other lane,” Boone said. “Both cars in the final were powered by Allen Competition Engines, which is the best power in my opinion. It’s big power. Elijah is a class act. I knew I had to be on my game to beat him. I pulled a good light on him, then we just laid down a good number and got the win.”
Boone’s final-round elapsed time was one thousandth of a second quicker than the ET he used to defeat No. 1 qualifier John DeFlorian in the semifinals. Boone ran 4.104 over 2016 world champion John Pluchino in the first round. Morton previously faced Jeff Dobbins and Lester Cooper before meeting Boone.
PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE
Three-time Pro Extreme Motorcycle world champion Eric McKinney missed the season-opening PDRA East Coast Spring Nationals, but he came back swinging this weekend aboard his McKinney Motorsports Suzuki. The Ohio rider powered to a 3.998 at 177.70 in the final round, but it was his superior reaction time that allowed him to overcome the quicker 3.973 at 175.87 by Maryland’s Ronnie Smith.
“My lights were horrible all weekend. I thought whether we get beat or not (in the final round), I’m going to get fired,” McKinney laughed. “I pulled one out there in the final. To come back to the PDRA and win the first one we come back to is awesome. I just really appreciate Drag 965 and the other class sponsors, as well as Vance & Hines, Fast by Gast, and my family for their support.”
McKinney qualified No. 5 and used a series of 4.0-second passes to defeat Terry Wynn and Paul Gast. He was set to race his tuner, teammate and No. 1 qualifier Ashley Owens in the semifinals, but Owens chose not to swap motors after wounding his engine in the previous round. Smith, the No. 7 qualifier, appeared to be the rider to beat as he posted a 4.022 and a pair of 4.002s before recording the quickest pass in class history in the final round.
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