Drag Illustrated Issue 179, November / December 2022 - Page 56

Special Section

PDRA TO CELEBRATE 10TH SEASON WITH EIGHT POINTS RACES , PLUS PRO STARS IN 2023

US 131 Motorsports Park , Darlington Dragway return to PDRA tour

BY NATE VAN WAGNEN | PHOTOGRAPH BY TARA BOWKER

The PDRA will celebrate 10 years of alleighth-mile championship drag racing with an eight-race tour in 2023 . The 2023 schedule includes stops at staple PDRA facilities like Virginia Motorsports Park and GALOT Motorsports Park , as well as returns to U . S . 131 Motorsports Park and Darlington Dragway . Along with eight points races , the 2023 PDRA schedule features the third annual Summit Racing Equipment PDRA ProStars specialty race .

“ I ’ m truly excited about the 10th Anniversary schedule in 2023 for the PDRA ,” said Tyler Crossnoe , series director , PDRA . “ Introducing familiar faces back on tour is always exciting , especially being two racing surfaces that are known for being fast and giving consistent racing all weekend long , pairing with the returning facilities from this season . Marking the 10-year anniversary of the
PDRA is an important milestone , and with the schedule line-up below , we feel it could be the most competitive and exciting season yet for our racers and fans .”
The season will kick off with the traditional season opener , the East Coast Nationals , March 30-April 1 , at GALOT Motorsports Park . Virginia Motorsports Park will then host its first of three races , the Mid- Atlantic Showdown on April 22-24 . The series continues on to Summit Motorsports Park for the third annual American Doorslammer Challenge , May 25-27 , and Maryland International Raceway for the North vs . South Shootout , June 15-17 .
Midway through the season , the race-your-way-in Summit Racing Equipment ProStars will take over VMP as a part of the track ’ s Night of Fire on July 21-22 . Drivers earn ProStars points through attendance and on-track accomplishments , with the top 8 in ProStars points in several pro , sportsman , and Jr . Dragster classes earning their way into the event .
“ Summit Racing Equipment ProStars was hands down my favorite event of the year in 2022 ,” Crossnoe said . “ The atmosphere with the live concerts and Night of Fire exhibition elements , the drama with the chip draws and random pairings , and being able to put all of our focus on the top supporters of the PDRA for a one-day entertainment event was an incredible experience for fans , racers and even our staff . Every racer that I ’ ve talked to has stated the importance to make ProStars and how the event rekindled the fun that is our sport . Pro Street and Super Street make their debut into the program this season , which adds another exciting element to the program . We have a few more updates and announcements
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