DINWIDDIE, Va. (October 25, 2020) – Persistent rain showers Sunday morning combined with more rain in the forecast forced Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials to postpone the completion of the semifinal and final rounds of the Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race will continue Monday with a projected 3 p.m. EST start time.
“With a completely saturated racetrack and more rain in the forecast for the rest of the day, we had no choice but to write off today,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Moving forward, our options were to split the payout and points among the racers left in competition – with a couple championships still in play – or finish the event on Monday. During our driver’s meeting this afternoon, we had enough drivers who wanted to finish the race that we felt it was the right decision to make.”While several 2020 PDRA world champions have already been decided, there are still a handful of titles left up for grabs, plus various points positions.
“At any other race, this would be a much easier decision, but this is the World Finals,” said Lonnie Grim, competition & tech director, PDRA. “Racers are competing for world championships and they’re trying to improve their spot in the points.”
The PDRA and Virginia Motorsports Park track officials will complete a full scrape of the track Monday morning to provide an ideal surface to complete the race.
“We want everyone to know we will have a full track crew in place to provide our racers with a fast, safe track surface, as well as to ensure the event is completed as safely and fairly as possible,” Grim added.
ABOUT THE PDRA
Based in Fredericksburg, Va., 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 Boost, Pro Nitrous, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous Motorcycle, Pro Outlaw 632 and Pro Street. The series also features sportsman racing in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Jr. Dragster, Top Jr. Dragster and Bracket Bash. The 2020 PDRA schedule consists of six national events. For more information on the PDRA, visit www.PDRA660.com.
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