Drag Illustrated Issue 179, November / December 2022 - Page 57

Special Section coming for ProStars , but you ’ ll just have to wait until PRI to hear what else we have up our sleeve .”
The second half of the season will begin with a return to US 131 Motorsports Park , where the series last raced in 2018 . This time , the PDRA stars will join the track ’ s legendary US 131 Northern Nationals , which typically features modern and nostalgia nitro cars , jet cars , and much more . have Pro Mod and radial teams testing here every day of the week . For the fans to know they have a full-fledged Pro Mod event coming in , along with Top Dragster and Jr . Dragster and all the other PDRA classes , it ’ s exciting . I ’ m very blessed to be here and so glad to have the PDRA back to help us in taking our next step to ‘ be legendary ’ as we like to say at Darlington .”
The season will wrap up with two mainstays on the PDRA tour , DragWars at GALOT on Oct . 5-7 , and the Brian Olson Memorial World Finals at VMP on Oct . 19-22 .
“ Being consistent is an important element in motorsports , whether it is on track or off ,” Crossnoe said . “ After a lengthy scheduling process and going back and forth with other series promoters , venues , and companies involved , I can honestly say that I ’ m excited about the consistency of the dates and the beautiful and exciting venues below .
“ Our goal is to open the door to the PDRA to as many teams and fans as possible ,” Crossnoe added . “ For racers , we ’ re offering up the opportunity to chase eight national event wins , a oneof-a-kind ProStars victory and the elusive world championship . Fans will get to cheer on their favorite driver or team at their closest stop on tour . I encourage you to mark these dates on your calendar for 2023 and either come back to another exciting and unpredictable PDRA event or check us out for the first time ! Turning the calendar to 2023 marks 10 years of the best doorslammer drag racing on the planet and we do not plan on slowing down any time soon .”
“ To say we ’ re excited is an understatement ,” said Jason Peterson , Executive VP Operations / General Manager , US 131 Motorsports Park . “ We kept the Northern Nationals going after IHRA stopped doing it . This is just going to be a huge addition to the event to take it back to what we think will be bigger and better than the former national events we used to have here . It ’ s going to add more professionalism with Pro Mod , Top Sportsman , Top Dragster , and all the other classes . It ’ s all professional stuff . The pits are going to look outstanding with great rigs and professional teams . It ’ s just going to be a great experience for our fans here at the Northern Nationals . We ’ re excited to team back up with Tommy and Judy [ Franklin ] and Tyler and looking forward to what we can do in 2023 .”
Another returning track , Darlington Dragway , will host the Carolina Nationals on Sept . 14-16 . The historic South Carolina facility has held PDRA events several times , most recently in 2020 . The track is now owned and operated by Jeff Miles .
“ Bringing PDRA back to Darlington has been on my radar since I took over the track earlier this year ,” Miles said . “ My daughters , Shelby , and Morgan , and I used to race PDRA , and I know how much of a family it is . I ’ m super excited to have them here . Darlington is known for Pro Mods . We

PDRA 2023 SCHEDULE

MARCH 30-APRIL 1 East Coast Nationals GALOT Motorsports Park – Benson , NC
APRIL 20-22 Mid-Atlantic Showdown Virginia Motorsports Park – Dinwiddie , VA
MAY 25-27 American Doorslammer Challenge Summit Motorsports Park – Norwalk , OH
JUNE 15-17 North vs . South Shootout Maryland International Raceway – Budds Creek , MD
JULY 21-22 Summit Racing PDRA ProStars Virginia Motorsports Park – Dinwiddie , VA
AUGUST 3-5 PDRA / US 131 Northern Nationals US 131 Motorsports Park – Martin , MI
SEPTEMBER 14-16 Carolina Nationals Darlington Dragway – Hartsville , SC
OCTOBER 5-7 DragWars GALOT Motorsports Park – Benson , NC
OCTOBER 19-22 Brian Olson Memorial World Finals Virginia Motorsports Park – Dinwiddie , VA
PDRA will make additional announcements in anticipation of its 10th anniversary season during the Performance Racing Industry ( PRI ) Show , December 8-10 , in Indianapolis .
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