PITTSBORO, N.C. (October 27, 2015): With the close of the PDRA World Finals, the series’ sophomore season is in the books, and the second set of champions has been crowned. The PDRA thanks its staff, tracks, racers, sponsors and fans for a successful season and congratulates the new champions.
In the PDRA’s marquee class, NAS Racing Pro Extreme, PDRA part owner and farmer by trade Jason Scruggs sealed the championship by winning first round. NAS Racing team member Badir Ahli finished second in points, ending the season on a high note by winning the World Finals.
Taking home top honors in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous was Pro Mod legend and North Carolina native Rickie Smith. Although number two man in points, Tommy Franklin, put forth a valiant effort towards the championship by resetting the PN elapsed time record, he ended his chances with a round two loss, effectively handing the championship to Smith.
The points battle was tighter in Precision Turbo Pro Boost than in any other PDRA category. In a battle of turbo versus blower between Kevin Fiscus and Kevin Rivenbark, a first round win for Fiscus and loss for Rivenbark meant that the 2015 PB Championship was sealed for the twin-turbo Mustang
Eric McKinney made it back-to-back PDRA Championships in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. With another incredible season, McKinney had his championship locked up before heading to the World Finals.
Toefco Powershield Coatings Pro Open Outlaw toured with the PDRA for five events this season, adding further variety to the PDRA class line up. Standout Jody Stroud came away with the 2015 Championship while class originator, Phil Esz, finished second.
There was no shortage of action in the PDRA sportsman ranks as intense points battles ended with winners Ronnie Davis in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Justin Melton in Dart Top Dragster and brother/sister teammates Preston and Alexis Tanner taking home the championships in Pro and Top Junior Dragster, respectively.
“We are incredibly proud of our 2015 Champions,” told PDRA CEO/Race Director, Bob Harris. “The battles were hard fought. Each race provided intense competition. All our racers should be proud of their accomplishments this season. We couldn’t be happier for our Champions and look forward to celebrating them at our banquet in December.”
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 2015 PDRA schedule consists of ten 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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