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Leah Pruett Wins NHRA Finale
The 2011 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge came to a close last weekend at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even with the season coming to an end and champions already crowned, the competition was as intense as ever!
The R2B2 Racing team came into this final race with every intention to continue their winning ways and bring home another Wally. Three R2B2 Pro Mods made the long haul from Atlanta to Las Vegas. Each of their cars are powered by our record setting PLR 481x turbo combination.
The current NHRA Pro Mod record holder and driver of the R2B2 '53 Corvette, Melanie Troxel, started the race in the #3 qualifying spot with a 5.89@253mph! She went 5.93@253mph to take out Clint Hairston in round 1 of eliminations. Round 2 faced Troxel against Donald Martin. She left the line with a slight advantage and never looked back, running a 5.90@253mph to Martin's 5.95@243mph! The third round set up a much anticipated rematch between Troxel and one of her teammates.
Coming off of a dominant performance at the O'Reilly Nationals in Charlotte, Leah Pruett, with the unbeaten R2B2 2010 Mustang, was ready to take on the world. Pruett started the race nicely by taking the #2 qualifier spot with a 5.85@252mph! First round spelled trouble for Pruett as she had some problems at the starting line, but Lady Luck was on her side as her opponent Joe Lepone Jr. left before the tree dropped allowing Pruett to coast for the win! Pruett defeated Pete Farber in the second round with a 5.92@249mph to Farber's 6.15.
The 3rd round of eliminations held the exciting rematch between Troxel and Pruett. The winner would move on to the final round to face Danny Rowe. Pruett made the first move off the line, Troxel started to catch up to her but ran out of room as they crossed the 1320ft line. Pruett barely took the holeshot win as both cars ran a 5.89 (only a .007 margin of victory)!
In the finals, Pruett and Danny Rowe would do battle for the final Wally of the year. Rowe beat Pruett off the line, but not by much(0.062 to 0.068). Rowe began to pull away early but Pruett finally caught up to him around the 1000ft mark and passed him for her second consecutive event win!
The R2B2 Race Cars 2010 Mustang is still UNDEFEATED (12-0) in eliminations and Pruett has once again proven that she is a major player in the NHRA! Congrats to Pruett(Driver), Roger Burgess(Owner), Steve Petty(Tuner), Justin Belfance(Crew Chief), and the rest of the R2B2 crew. What a great year for this team!
Photos thanks to Mark Rebilas
El General and Larry Wood Win at E'Town!
The 9th annual Shakedown at E'Town brought together the best racers from the North and South to do battle for a big payout and bragging rights for the year! This year's Shakedown was completely different from the races in the past. The Outlaw 10.5 and Drag Radial classes switched from 1/4 mile to 1/8 mile, which led to some ultra-competitive racing on race day. Larry Wood, driver of the electric blue 2010 Outlaw 10.5 Corvette, came to the Shakedown looking to prove what this car can do! Owner of the car, Ron Schlessinger, had a great deal of confidence after watching his car consistently break into the teens at our test session at MIR. The PLR 670ci engine, paired with twin Precision Pro Mod 94's, is certainly doing its job!
In qualifying, Wood made a great pass to take the spot as #3 qualifier with a 4.16@190mph! He followed that run with a 4.24@188mph in a first round bye. In the 2nd round, Wood faced Michael Martin. Wood went 4.23@188mph to Martin's 4.38@167mph.
In the semifinals, Wood matched up against the always dangerous Chuck Ulsch. This had the potential of being the race of the weekend, but as the light dropped, Ulsch's blower belt broke at the starting line. Wood, on the other hand ran a 4.19@188mph to move on to the next round!
The final round of eliminations had Wood against Rick Snavley. Wood blasted off a 4.21@188mph to secure the win! Wood and Schlessinger brought home a victory from the biggest 10.5 race of the year and we, here at Pro Line Racing, know that this is just the beginning for this racing team! Congrats to Larry, Ron, and their entire crew!
The Shakedown also offered the 1/4 mile Blown Pro Mod class. One of our newest Pro Mod customers made their turbo debut at this race. The "El General" racing team brought their orange GTO with a new power-plant under the hood. It is now powered by the PLR 481X with twin Precision Pro Mod 94mm turbochargers!
El General started it off nicely by qualifying #4 with 5.96@230mph! He ran a 5.99@249mph in the first round of eliminations. Crew chief, Steve Petty, had the car running consistent 5 second passes and the future was looking bright!
He faced Dwayne Wolfe in the second round and went 5.96@246mph to Wolfe's 6.29@223mph! During the semifinals he faced Steve King. El General took the win, but slowed down due to a minor electrical problem.
In the final round he lined up against Timothy O'Hare and his supercharged Camaro. The El General team saved the best run for last. He went 5.93@252mph as O'Hare had to abort the run at half track.
PLR Testing at MIR Updates
We are live from the test session being held at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD. Several drivers are here testing for this weekend's race at the Shakedown at E'Town. We will work hard to bring you all of the updates as happen, so stay close to your computer!
Jason Enos and his Outlaw 10.5 '67 Mustang started the day off nicely. Right off the trailer, Jason went 4.15@188! Here's the video!
Tim Lynch and Steve Petty are present with their Outlaw 10.5 Corvette. Lynch came out early and ran a strong 4.18@190mph!
Larry Wood and Ron Schlessinger brought their electric blue Outlaw 10.5 Corvette to the track to show what it is capable of. Woods made a great pass with a 4.18@183mph! There's more where that came from!
John Carter showed up early on Thursday and ran a strong 4.37@182mph! The car went straight as an arrow and John made it look easy. We can't wait to see how fast this corvette will go!
Larry Wood just blasted off with a 4.15@190mph! That car is flying!
Enos Takes Ult. Outlaws Championship
As another year of the Ultimate Outlaw Shootout series came to a close, class champions needed to be crowned. With huge car counts and a strong public following, this series held some of the most competitive and exciting Outlaw 10.5 racing we've seen all year.
Jason Enos received the honors of Outlaw 10.5 Champion for finishing the series with the most points. Throughout all four races, Enos qualified no lower than #2 and boasted his new personal best with a email@example.com! He won the Milan race and runnered-up at Piedmont and Cecil County.
Enos' 1967 Mustang is powered by the PLR 670ci engine and twin 94mm turbos. Look forward for Enos to be a major player at the rest of the races this year.
Congratulations to Jason (driver), Jamie(Crew Chief), Doug and Steve(Crew) and everyone else involved!
Photos courtesy of GoneDragRacing.com
Leah Pruett Wins O'Reilly Nationals
The most recent stop for the Get Screened America Pro Mod class was the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC. The R2B2 Racing team hauled both of their turbo Pro Mods with one thing on their mind, another Wally for the trophy room! They also brought two drivers with the skills to get the job done!
Melanie Troxel, driver of the Pro Line powered "In-N-Out Burger" '53 Corvette, looked to continue the success she's had all year. Troxel's tuner, Steve Petty, had the Vette ready to once again, show what our engine/turbo combination is capable of. By the end of qualifying, Troxel sat at the #1 spot with a firstname.lastname@example.org, which stood strong as the low E.T. and high MPH of the event!
In the first round of eliminations, Troxel faced Kenny Lang in his '69 blown Camaro. Troxel took off and never looked back as Lang struggled and crossed the centerline. She went 5.83@253mph and moved on to face Rickie Jones. During this matchup, Troxel had the advantage off the line, but an electrical gremlin almost cost her the race. Lucky for her, Jones had a problem as well. She ran a 6.23@195mph to Jones' 6.30@225mph and coasted to a victory.
The R2B2 crew fixed the electrical issue before the next round where Troxel matched up against Jay Payne. Payne qualified #4 and had been running 5.80's all weekend. Troxel took the tree and ran a 5.85@254mph to Payne's 5.94. She made it to the final round and it looked so easy!
The newest female driver in the GSA Pro Mod class, Leah Pruett, is also the newest driver of the R2B2 Race Cars 2010 Mustang. This is the same car that Eric Dillard drove to win the NHRA U.S. Nationals. Just like Dillard, Pruett looked to get a victory the first time she drove the Mustang.
Pruett and her tuner, Petty, made it clear that this car will not be a one hit wonder by qualifying #2 with a email@example.com! Her first opponent would be Raymond Matos and his 1970 nitrous-powered Barracuda. Matos left the line first, but Pruett quickly took the lead and the win light with a firstname.lastname@example.org to Matos' 6.14. She really showed her poise in the second round as she faced "Tricky" Rickie Smith. Smith double-bulbed Pruett, but she wouldn't be rattled, she staged quickly and took the win. Pruett went 5.85@254mph to Smith's 6.01@238mph!
The third round of eliminations paired her with Pete Farber and his radical '69 Daytona. Farber was a little slow on the tree and never had a chance to catch up to Pruett, who ran a 5.84@253mph to Farber's 5.97. This set up the first ever all-female final round in NHRA Pro Mod history!
Pruett and Troxel knew that no matter the outcome, R2B2 would get a win. On the other hand, they are racers and have a natural desire to hold that trophy high in the air! As the tree dropped, Troxel had a slight advantage, but Pruett managed to catch up with her halfway down the track. Troxel's 5.91@247mph wasn't enough to stop Pruett's 5.84@253mph and with a .0293 margin of victory (approximately 11 feet), this was one of the closest races of the weekend! The R2B2 Racing team demonstrated how consistency and pure speed wins races. The Mustang stands undefeated in competition, and we can't hardly wait to see what's next! Congrats to Leah Pruett (Driver), Melanie Troxel (Driver), Roger Burgess (Owner), Justin Belfance (Crew Chief), Steve Petty(Tuner), and the rest of the hard working R2B2 Racing crew!
Eric Dillard Wins NHRA U.S. Nationals
Many people consider the annual U.S. Nationals to be the most important race of the year, and if you were there in the stands or watching it from home you probably know why. Every day of this 4-day event, each driver left their pit area with no intentions to hold back or give up. On top of the many stress factors that come with this race, the weather made it one of the most challenging races for the Get Screened America Pro Mod class all year. The racers would battle the record-high heat for the first two days and a quickly dropping cool for the last two days of the 57th annual U.S. Nationals race.
The R2B2 Racing team has made some big changes to their stable over the last year. They came to Pro Line Racing wanting to convert one of their blower combinations to a competitive twin turbo setup. Now, after changing 3 of their Pro Mods to the new combo, they hold the NHRA Pro Mod world record for E.T. and MPH!
Melanie came into this race as public enemy #1, and for good reason. The last two races that she drove her Pro Line Racing powered '53 Corvette, she shattered the ET and MPH records at Englishtown and took home a Wally at Bristol! She started the U.S. Nationals race by taking the #1 qualifier position with a 5.90@251mph! Melanie and her crew chief, Steve Petty, set the bar for the class.
In eliminations, Melanie showed the others in the class how consistent she and her car could be. In round one, she faced the other beautiful '53 Corvette, driven by Scott Ray. Scott cut a perfect light but Melanie's turbocharged Corvette was too much for him to handle as she ran a 5.91@250mph to Ray's 6.11@234mph! Round two held a great challenge for Troxel, 2009 NHRA Pro Mod and 2010 ADRL Pro Nitrous champion, Burton Auxier. In the 1st round, Auxier went a 5.92, only a hundredth slower than Mel. Once they staged, Burton left the line first and Melanie drove around him with a 5.91@249mph for the win! She really took control of the car as it tried to get loose down the track. The ladder was setup for an all R2B2 semifinal round!
Eric Dillard, co-owner of Pro Line Racing, made his NHRA debut in a brand new race car at the biggest race of the year. The R2B2 Race Cars 2012 Mustang had only a few test passes under its belt before the U.S. Nationals but Pro Line Racing tuner, Steve Petty, said it was ready to rock and roll.
In qualifying, Dillard took the #5 qualifier spot with a 5.97@251mph! Eliminations wouldn't be an easy task at all, facing Kenny Lang in the 1st round. Eric reacted first and got the lead with a 5.86@252mph, as Kenny spun the tires and aborted the run. "Tricky" Ricky Smith was waiting for Dillard in round 2 with his nitrous powered 2012 Camaro. Smith took nearly all 7-seconds to stage his car to try and shake Dillard, but ending up fighting some nasty tire shake as Dillard went straight down the track with a 5.84@252mph to take the win.
The 3rd round of eliminations was the highlight of the race with a matchup between Eric and Melanie! Both driving under the R2B2 name and both running identical Pro Line Racing 481X engine combinations. Eric and Mel ran identical E.T.'s at 5.847 but Dillard had a slight advantage off of the tree. His .026 reaction time was the deciding factor for his win, a .0384 margin of victory (approximately 14 feet)! What an incredible race!
With excitement running high, Eric went on to the final round to face Mike Castellana. A true veteran and excellent driver, Castellana had his nitrous powered Al-Anabi Camaro ready for a final round battle. Mike left the line first but Steve Petty's tune-up had too much fire-power for Castellana. Dillard went email@example.com to Mike's firstname.lastname@example.org to take the win!
An emotional celebration followed in the winner's circle as R2B2 and Pro Line Racing shared a U.S. Nationals win with a proven race car combination! Congratulations to Eric Dillard (driver), Steve Petty (tuner), Roger Burgess (owner), Justin Belfance(crew chief) and the rest of the crew on an impressive outing!
New R2B2 Pro Mod Mustang Testing
Steve Petty, Eric Dillard, and the R2B2 Race Cars crew set up a late night private test and tune session for the most recent turbo Pro Mod to leave the R2B2 stable, a brand new 2011 Mustang! In one full session, they were able to get the car to go 5.91 @ 248.34!!!
This Mustang is the 4th Pro Mod with a Pro Line Racing engine class that we have gone 5.90's in and there is much more to come...
Saturday Night Shootout Results
We travel to several races throughout the year and we always have a great time. Some races, however, linger in our memories for a long time. The Saturday Night Shootout on July 29th and 30th at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, GA was one of those races. With track temps reaching around 150°F, the real action started as soon as the sun went down and continued almost until the sun came back up!
This race offered an $8000 purse for both the Outlaw 10.5 and Limited Street winners. Outlaw 10.5 featured a few of the fastest 10.5 cars in the world! Three PLR 670ci owners entered the field; Tim Lynch, Danny Lowry, and Jason Enos were ready to take the money and run!
Danny Lowry qualified #6 with a 4.41 @182mph and made it to the second round where he unfortunately red-lit to end his night early.
Jason Enos and his crew drove almost 1200 miles from Massachusetts to Georgia for a shot at the money and bragging rights. His 1967 Mustang has proved to be difficult to beat all year. Jason started the race by taking the #1 qualifying spot in a matchup against Tim Lynch. Enos went email@example.com to Tim's firstname.lastname@example.org! An impressive side by side qualifying race for the fans!
In eliminations, the '67 Mustang bullied its way into the finals for a rematch with the Lynchmob 2010 Corvette!
Even under extreme pressure, Tim Lynch and Steve Petty always show their poise on the track. The Lynchmob qualified #2 with a 4.32@182mph and a string of 4.20 passes found them in the final round against Jason Enos. Jason and his crew knew this would be more difficult than their previous matchup so they loaded a tune to take Lynch down! As the tree fell, Lynch left the line first and Jason spun the tires. Tim went a 4.27@184mph to take the win!
The Limited Street class showed its popularity with a 22 car field and a race inside of a race between slick tires and radial tires. The slicks seemed to have an advantage over the radials in the beginning. Scotty G from New York had a stranglehold of the class throughout the race, up until the semifinal, he was the only racer to go into the 4.50's.
Kevin Fiscus qualified #9 with a 4.80@166mph and made it all the way to the 3rd round where he faced Scotty G. Kevin spun the tires and Scotty blasted off a 4.55 to move on and face another Pro Line heavy hitter!
Eric Dillard, driver of the Berry Motorsports 1991 Mustang, had an uphill battle to fight as he qualified #12 with a 4.83@166mph. Once the track temp started to fall, Eric got in the groove and improved with every run. The semifinals had him paired with Scotty G, turbo vs. nitrous, radials vs. slicks! Dillard went 4.52@177mph to Scotty's 4.56@163mph. Eric's margin of victory was .01! He then met Carlton Thompson in the finals and Eric won with a 4.56@176mph!
This race ended around 4am and there was no lack of action. Two Pro Line winners and one runner-up was the end result and we couldn't be happier for our customers!
Saturday Night Shootout Coming Up
We hope to see a big turnout at this weekend's race, the Saturday Night Shootout at Silver Dollar Raceway! There will be a handful of Pro Line customers present and all of them are looking for a win. This will be a spectacular event for the racers and fans.
Pro Line Racing will be there selling t-shirts, hats, and decals, we will also be there to answer any questions you might have about our engines or EFI packages. So, while you are enjoying the race with family and friends, stop by our booth and say, "Hi!"
Ultimate Outlaws Shootout - Cecil
The Pritchett Bothers' Ultimate Outlaw Shootout at Cecil County Dragway was one of the biggest races we've seen all year, and Outlaw 10.5 was a major source of action. Some of the fastest Outlaw 10.5 drivers in the world were present, including TJ Kasper and Jason Enos. These two put on a show for the crowd as they fought their way to an epic final dual for the victory.
Jason Enos and his crew just came off of an impressive win at Milan Dragway and they planned on making this outing a repeat.
Jason's 1967 Mustang is powered by the PLR 670 and twin Precision Pro Mod 94mm turbochargers. Enos started the weekend with a 4.35@181 mph which qualified him in the #2 spot! Round 1 paired him against Tommy Deez, where he went 4.38@177mph and moved on to the 2nd round. There he defeated Charlie Dolbin with a 4.32@184mph. Jason's impressive email@example.com against Richard Sexton was enough to take him to the finals to face TJ Kasper.
TJ, driver of the 2002 Mustang with a PLR 670 and twin 94 turbos, qualified at #8 with a 4.47@173mph. He took the high MPH of the event in the 1st round with a firstname.lastname@example.org against Lou Sciortino. He faced #1 qualifier Billy Gordon in round 2 and moved on with a 4.44@177mph. A email@example.com pass against Michael Martin secured TJ an appearance in the finals with Jason Enos.
In the final elimination round Jason took the low ET of the event with a firstname.lastname@example.org, but lost on a holeshot to TJ's email@example.com. "Kid Kwik" won by a margin of victory of .05!
We'd like to congratulate both racers and the crews on an exciting race till the end!
Photos Courtesy of Nicole79
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