On April 4th 2020, drag racing lost a leading light in the form of Bunny Burkett who was the first woman ever to win both IHRA and NHRA National Events, and in 1986, was crowned an IHRA World Champion. Bunny’s home track of Maryland International Raceway has her Championship car sitting on top of the Hot Rodz Diner for all to see and remember. And this was where PDRA Racing’s next stop of the ‘tour’ for 2021 was run and it was a race that did not disappoint any racer, fan, or promoter!
It was arguably the best event of the season so far from a weather and scheduling perspective; the racing did not falter all weekend long.
The qualifying action was as hot and humid as the weather with Team Proline being represented by the Galot Motorsports duo of Daniel Pharris and Kevin Rivenbark, John Camp, Randy Weatherford, Ken Quartuccio, Jason Harris and Stan Shelton.
Johnny Camp in his Hells Bells Camaro set the benchmark every qualifying pass leaving the best to last, stamping out a 3.639 ET and claiming #1 position.
|Qual Post.||Driver / Team||E.T.||MPH|
|#1||Johnny Camp / Hells Bells||3.639||208.20|
|#2||Kevin Rivenbark / Galot Motorsports||3.662||206.48|
|#4||Ken Quartuccio / Serial Killer 2.0||3.674||206.48|
|#8||Jason Harris / Party Time Racing||3.695||204.54|
|#10||Daniel Pharris / Galot Motorsports||3.699||206.04|
|#16||Stan Shelton / Team Shelton Motorsports||3.772||204.32|
First round for Pro Boost started around 3.30pm and the heat continued to be intense making the track a little tricky to navigate. A few of the Team Proline cars were paired against each other unfortunately. Daniel Pharris 3.817 defeated Randy Weatherford’s tire spinning 5.366 and Johnny Camp’s 3.71 got over Stan Shelton’s 3.793 neat A to B run.
Ken Quartuccio holeshot Derek Ward with a .031 to .075 to win, Jason Harris had a nice pass beating James Beadling with a 3.730, and Kevin Rivenbark held onto his lead from the start line to the finish line against David Monday even if it was the long way round!
E2 brought about the usual surprises with both John Camp and Kevin Rivenbark being on the wrong side of a holeshot even though the margin of victory was very slight, and both ran great ETs! Both also bowed out to the eventual final round contenders of Jason Harris and Daniel Pharris.
Ken Quartuccio led from the start line leaving a .018 reaction time but couldn’t outrun Todd Tutterow’s 3.695 on this occasion. It was a great event for the Serial Killer and they will no doubt be taking home a trophy soon.
The semifinals put our remaining Proline team members against the different competitor Blown entries. Daniel Pharris 3.692 beat Mike Decker Jr.’s 3.731 and Jason Harris ran a 3.729 against a red light and ET of 3.730 from Todd Tutterow.
The final round was a spectacular race and there was much anticipation of the outcome. Daniel Pharris left first, cutting a .30 over Jason’s 0.58 and was out front all the way running a 3.715 against Jason Harris’s 3.717.
Congratulations to all of our Proline teams and a special applause for the Daniel Pharris, Andrew Alepa and Galot Motorsports collaboration for winning the event. A first in PDRA for Pharris and Alepa.
The points standings have changed as a result of this event with Kevin Rivenbark on top by a very slim 4 points over Randy Weatherford and John Camp only 99 points off the top position. Next stop is Virginia which will no doubt prove to be another nail biter!