DINWIDDIE, VA (October 22, 2020) — Musi Racing hasn’t had many opportunities to run the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart during the second half of the 2020 season, which is why the team is looking forward to this weekend’s PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
It marks the season finale for the PDRA and the first Pro Nitrous race Lizzy Musi and her team have attended since June. Musi Racing spent the bulk of the summer in the Midwest filming the new season of the Street Outlaws TV series on Discovery, but the group is ready for a strong finish to end an interesting 2020 campaign.
“It’s good to be back in this car and Lizzy is excited about driving,” Pat Musi said. “You like to go out running well to end the year. We’ve struggled at the last couple of races, but we’re getting there. This car has proven to be a little finicky, but it’s a lot faster in good air. We should have that, so that’s in our favor and I’m confident we’ll get it figured out.”
Musi raced at the COMP Cams Shakedown Nationals XVIII last month at VMP, but this marks the first PDRA race since early summer.It’s a welcome return to a track where Musi has had plenty of success and set records over the years. Should conditions present themselves, Musi won’t hold back, and he’s ready to put together a showing that matches the team’s performance in January when it rolled to the win at the U.S. Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL.
“It’s a fast car and Lizzy’s a great driver. We saw that at the first race of the year,” Musi said. “You have to catch a few breaks and have it all come together at the same time. But we haven’t been able to run this car much, so we’re anxious to get back out there. Frank Brandao wants to see his car run, too, so it’s good to be back at it. We’re looking forward to the weekend.”
While Musi Racing hopes for success this weekend, the Pat Musi Racing Engines customer base continues to enjoy an incredible fall. Musi customers swept the radial racing doubleheader at South Georgia Motorsports Park, with J.R. Gray winning the Sweet 16 in Radial vs. the World and Marcus Birt following with a victory at No Mercy 11 in RvW.
Tommy Franklin also has the opportunity to clinch a third world championship in Pro Nitrous, having already won four times in 2020.
“We couldn’t be happier to see all of our customers performing on a high level,” Musi said. “You see all those names and wins, it’s pretty exciting. Tommy has been running well, so hopefully we can get him a championship this weekend.”
The PDRA World Finals kick off with prerace testing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Qualifying will begin Friday at 10 a.m., with pro sessions at 12:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday’s qualifying will also start at 10 a.m. and include pro sessions at 12:30 and 5 p.m. Pro eliminations start at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, and the race will conclude Sunday evening.
Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as one of the nation’s premier designers, manufacturers and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive aftermarket. Edelbrock produces their core products in the United States of America using state-of-the-art equipment in their world class manufacturing facilities. Edelbrock, LLC encompasses five locations in Southern California and one location in North Carolina totaling more than 500,000 square feet. For more information, visit www.edelbrock.com.
About Lucas Oil
Forrest and Charlotte Lucas started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Lucas Oil has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. For more information, visit www.lucasoil.com.
About Pat Musi Racing Engines
Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Pat Musi Racing Engines is a one-stop shop for sportsman engines with a Pro Mod pedigree. Pat Musi Racing Engines controls every component of the engine, from in-house manifolds to custom cylinder heads. Pat Musi has been at the forefront of electronic fuel injection (EFI) technology for over two decades, and that experience is available to every customer with custom-designed EFI systems, exclusive software and individualized tuning. Whether going rounds in Super Comp or setting records in Pro Nitrous, each customer receives the same quality and workmanship Pat Musi Racing Engines is known for worldwide. For more info, please visit www.musiracing.com.
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