Drag Illustrated Issue 178, September / October 2022 - Page 60

THE KING SPEAKS
Special Section
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 DRAG 965 SUMMER SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY CLASSIC GRAPHIX , JULY 14-17 , AT VIRGINIA 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
CHRIS RINI JIM HALSEY DANE WOOD
MELANIE SALEMI TODD TUTTEROW JOHNNY CAMP
TONY GILLIG ELIJAH MORTON DILLON VOSS
DARYL STEWART WALT LANNIGAN JR . AMBER FRANKLIN
TRAVIS DAVIS CHRIS GARNER-JONES MOHAMMAD ALAWAD
After several seasons of Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous competition , Chris Rini finally got the monkey off his back and broke through for a win . Against first-time finalist Dane Wood , Rini cut a . 006 light in his Buck-powered ATI Performance Products ’ 69 Camaro and ran a 3.732 to beat Wood ’ s 3.963 . Though points leader Jim Halsey went out in the second round , he qualified No . 1 to maintain his spot on the Top 3 list . Wood had to face two-time Pro 632 world champion Wes Distefano , Halsey , and two-time world champion Jason Harris on his way to the final round in his Albert-powered ’ 13 Mustang .
WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive elapsed-time record holder Melanie Salemi notched her first win of the season in Eddie Whelan ’ s roots-blown Slice-and-Ice ’ 19 Camaro . She left on points leader Todd “ King Tut ” Tutterow in the final round and ripped off a 3.624 to beat Tutterow ’ s 3.629 in his screwblown P2 Contracting ’ 20 Camaro . The two drivers were evenly matched all weekend , qualifying No . 1 ( Salemi ) and 2 before running matching 3.631s in the semis . Johnny Camp and his ProCharged “ Hells Bells ” ’ 69 Camaro were right there with them , but his 3.642 wasn ’ t enough to beat Salemi in the semis .
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Returning Mountain Motor Pro Stock veteran Tony Gillig has been building up a solid points total , and his first Liberty ’ s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition win of the season propelled him to the points lead . Gillig in his Kaase-powered Dayco ’ 10 GXP ran a pair of 4.09s in the semis and finals , beating a red-lighting Elijah Morton in the final . Morton ran low E . T . of the day , 4.077 , after going . 008 red in his No . 1-qualified , Allen-powered Morton Brothers Motorsports ’ 19 Mustang . Dillon Voss had a big weekend in his Voss Wheelie Bars ’ 06 Cavalier , reaching the semis after qualifying No . 9 .
South Florida racing veteran Daryl Stewart broke up the battle of the $ hameless Racing Pro 632 young guns when he got his first win of the season , defending his 2021 Summer Shootout title . He defeated Walter Lannigan Jr ., in the final round . Stewart ’ s Clayton Murphy-tuned , HRE-powered Chassis Engineering ’ 17 Camaro qualified No . 1 and progressed to a 4.147 to beat Lannigan ’ s 4.171 . Lannigan qualified No . 2 in the Musi-powered $ hameless Racing ’ 68 Camaro before advancing to his third final of the season . Points leader Amber Franklin continued her steady performance in her Musi-powered “ OG Jungle Rat ” ’ 69 Camaro , qualifying No . 3 and reaching the semis .
TY KASPER | NICK AGOSTINO | NICK SCHROEDER
Travis Davis ’ s last-minute decision to head to Virginia after his son , Brayden , went out early in the NHRA Eastern Conference Finals Jr . Dragster event in Bristol , Tennessee , paid off with a second consecutive Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle win . Running a tired engine in his Timblin Chassis Hayabusa , Davis qualified third and defeated Chris Garner-Jones in the final . Garner Jones , the No . 1 qualifier and defending world champion , went red by . 005 , while Davis was . 005 green and ran a 4.088 . For the second consecutive race , Mohammad Alawad has taken one of the TT Jones Racing bikes to the semis , running consistent 4.10s .
Ty Kasper only had to wait for the next event to score his second career win in Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by AFCO . The Maryland winner kept it rolling in his turbocharged Victus Sports “ Sinatra ” ’ 05 Mustang , posting a 4.065 in the final round . The run was also low E . T . of the event . The new points leader was unopposed in the final , as No . 1 qualifier Nick Agostino hurt his turbocharged , small-block ’ 69 Camaro on a down-track wheelstand in the semis . There , Agostino beat Nick Schroeder , whose screw-blown “ Ruby ” ’ 06 GTO was the quickest car in the challenging first round .
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