Drag Illustrated Issue 177, July / August 2022 - Page 66

THE PDRA TOP 3 LIST IS AN EVER-CHANGING LIST OF THE BIGGEST NEWSMAKERS AND POWER PLAYERS IN THE PDRA ’ S PROFESSIONAL CLASSES . THIS EDITION , REPRESENTING PERFORMANCES FROM THE DECERBO CONSTRUCTION AMERICAN DOORSLAMMER CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY CALLIES , MAY 26-28 , AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK , DOES NOT REFLECT THE CURRENT POINTS STANDINGS , THOUGH MOST OF THE DRIVERS WHO APPEAR ON THIS LIST CAN ALSO BE FOUND NEAR THE TOP OF THE POINTS STANDINGS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CLASSES .
PHOTOGRAPHS BY TARA BOWKER
PRO NITROUS
PRO BOOST
EXTREME PRO STOCK
PRO OUTLAW 632
PRO NITROUS MOTORCYCLE
TOMMY FRANKLIN JIM HALSEY JOHN DECERBO
MELANIE SALEMI TODD TUTTEROW JOHNNY CAMP
JR CARR JOHNNY PLUCHINO TONY GILLIG
AMBER FRANKLIN WALT LANNIGAN JR . LEXI TANNER
PAUL GAST ASHLEY OWENS CHRIS GARNER-JONES
From a sentimental standpoint , two-time Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Tommy Franklin had maybe his best weekend ever as he and daughter Amber both qualified No . 1 and won , making them the first father-daughter duo to win at the same event in series history . Franklin in his Musi-powered “ Jungle Rat ” ’ 69 Camaro used a 3.654 to drive around defending champ Jim Halsey and his 3.679 in the final . Halsey ’ s Fultonpowered “ Daddy Shark ” ’ 68 Camaro qualified No . 2 just thousandths behind Franklin with a 3.689 . Event sponsor John DeCerbo takes the third spot on the list after qualifying No . 6 and reaching the semis .
Following a record weekend at the season opener , Melanie Salemi was back in the headlines in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive at the third race on tour . Salemi qualified No . 1 in Eddie Whelan ’ s roots-blown ’ 19 Camaro and ran pass after pass in the 3.60s , but Johnny Camp was just a little quicker in the final round . Camp posted a 3.634 in his Pro- Charger-boosted “ Hells Bells ” ’ 69 Camaro to beat Salemi ’ s 3.647 . Camp won on a holeshot in the semis over No . 2 qualifier Todd “ King Tut ” Tutterow , who won the first two races . Tutterow ’ s consistency keeps him solidly on the Top 3 list .
PRO STREET
JR Carr has consistently had the best car in qualifying in Liberty ’ s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition , but things finally came together in eliminations for him at Norwalk . The low qualifier improved in every round , cracking off a 4.067 in his Frank Gugliotta-tuned ’ 20 Camaro in the final to knock out Tony Gillig and his 4.077 . Gillig qualified No . 2 in his family ’ s Dayco / Gillig-Wagner Motorsports ’ 10 GXP before running a trio of 4.08s to reach the money round . Fresh off a win in Kentucky , Johnny Pluchino qualified third and was similarly consistent to Gillig , but came up short in a side-by-side race with Gillig .
TIM ESSICK | BILL RIDDLE | TY KASPER
Amber Franklin rolled into Norwalk as a recent firsttime winner in $ hameless Racing Pro 632 , and she left with yet another PDRA “ 660 Man ” trophy . She earned a first-round bye as the low qualifier , then left first in all three matchups , including the final round . Franklin in her Musi-powered “ OG Jungle Rat ” ’ 69 Camaro ran a 4.17 to beat Walt Lannigan Jr .’ s 4.238 . Lannigan was appearing in his second final in the Musi-powered $ hameless Racing ’ 68 Camaro after qualifying third . Lexi Tanner , who raced Franklin in the Bowling Green final , reached the semis in her Oakley-powered “ Thunder ” ’ 15 Camaro to face Franklin in a rematch .
Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle saw some shakeups with some riders making their season debut and others sitting out the race . Paul Gast and Ashley Owens made their first PDRA appearance of 2022 and raced to the final . Other than Q1 , Gast dipped into the 3.90s on every pass on his Fast By Gast Hayabusa , capping it with a 3.998 over Owens ’ 4.026 in the final . It was Owens ’ best run of the day on one of two McKinney Motorsports entries after running 4.03s in prior rounds . The upset of the event was defending champion and No . 2 qualifier Chris Garner-Jones bowing out to Meshal Al-Saber in the first round .
Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by AFCO also saw some shakeups in its second of six appearances on the eight-race PDRA schedule . Defending world champion and low qualifier Tim Essick dipped out in the second round in his nearly invincible ProCharger-boosted “ Brown Sugar ” ’ 18 Mustang . Meanwhile , Bill Riddle had a breakout weekend in his supercharged Corrigan Race Fuels ’ 89 Camaro , running a string of careerbests to get his first win . He fired off a 4.009 in the final to defeat Ty Kasper and his 4.091 . Kasper got a couple lucky rounds , but he pulled out a weekend-best run in the runner-up effort .
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