The PDRA Season kicked into life with fierce intensity on the 7th April. Testing for this first event – East Coast Nationals at Galot Motorsports Park was conducted on for 2 days prior to going straight into qualifying on Friday and eliminations on Saturday. The forecast was looking good overall, although there was a slim chance of rain showers late Saturday night.
The PDRA hosted the 2020 Championship Banquet locally at the Broadslab Distillery on Thursday night as the celebration event was postponed, due to PRI being cancelled in December 2020.
All champions and standout performance trophies were awarded in a gorgeous setting with lots of atmosphere and a nostalgic environment.
Galot Motorsports team patriarch, John Strickland, picked up his Pro Boost Championship trophy and, true to form, he dedicated it to his team as he “only drives it”. "I couldn't have done this without the support for Mr Earl and Ms Peggy Wells, of Galot Motorsports, my wife Dana and the world class team at Proline Racing. I am honored to have been the driver of this 69 Procharged Camaro and to have competed in such a high caliber field of racecars. I'd like to thank Mr and Mrs Wells, NGK Spark Plugs, Hoosier Tires and Procharger just to name a few of the people behind this championship."
The weather was hot and steamy for qualifying, however the late qualifying session on Friday night proved to be the session that counted, clocking some fast and close times. What ensued was the fastest field for Pro Boost ever and our Proline customers vied for top spots honors. Randy Weatherford ran an identical ET as Todd Tutterow but just missed out by 2 miles an hour terminal speed.
The final qualifying sheet put Proline customers in 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 & 15 qualifying spots.
Saturday eliminations dawned, following a storm overnight, it washed away a good part of the pollen but once the rain went away a hot and steamy race followed.
Proline customers faced each other in some cases, the ET’s and MPH being fierce in the very tight field.
The first round of eliminations saw Kevin Rivenbark beat Jason Harris with a 3.70 to a 3.721, Randy Weatherford ran a 3.662 over Stan Shelton’s 3.74, John Camp beat Don Tolley with a 3.689 and Daniel Pharris got over Jamie Chapell with a 3.662.
Round 2, delivered a good deal of upsets as Daniel Pharris lost on a holeshot to John Camp, Randy Weatherford got around Kurt Stedding and Rivenbark took out Todd Tutterow who crossed the center line.
3 out of the 4 semi-final contenders were Proline customers. With John Camp faced Randy Weatherford and got to the stripe first with a 3.652, the only non-PLR customer, Jason Lee squared up with Kevin Rivenbark who delivered a 3.662 to win the race.
The final round was a nail-biter that handed Johnny Camp his first win for the PDRA Pro Boost season, he delivered his 2nd holeshot win of the day running a 3.668 to Kevin Rivenbark's 3.6448 (which was also quickest time of the event).
Team Hells Bells had their game face on all weekend, with Brandon Stroud tuning a fast hotrod and Johnny Camp driving himself to the win!!
The next PDRA kicks off on Thursday 29th April at Bowling Green, Kentucky.