BENSON, NC (April 1, 2017) – The PDRA tour made its way to the GALOT Motorsports Park for the East Coast Nationals, which is the second race of the season. Several Pro Line Racing-powered teams, from multiple countries, joined in on the action.
In Pro Extreme, the Q80/El General Racing (EGR) C7 Corvette ran 3.59 at 219 MPH, which was enough to claim sixth qualifying position. The Q80/EGR team, who was coming off of a runner-up finish last race, had their sights set on Jason Scruggs in first round of eliminations. Unfortunately the Q80/EGR C7 Corvette made a move to the left and had to pull the chutes early. It was a tough loss for the team, but 219 MPH in the eighth mile alludes to the power on tap from the twin-turbo PLR Hemi between the rails.
Pro Boost was a completely different story for more than one PLR-powered car. Twenty-three teams were vying for a seat at a table that only seats 16, and the Q80/EGR Pro Boost Mustang made it a point to sit at the head of that table with a 3.71-second pass to claim number one qualifier. Not one to be left out, Shane Molinari snuck the PLR Hemi-powered Molinari Bond Motorsports Firebird into the 15th spot by running a 3.86 at 200 MPH in NHRA-legal trim.
Both PLR-powered cars won their first round matchups, yet the Molinari Bond Motorsports team ran into issues and could not make the call for second round. The Q80/EGR Mustang was not ready to call it a day and ran a 3.69 at 214 MPH to win round two, and then ran a 3.71 at 213 MPH to earn lane choice on the final round against John Strickland in the GALOT Camaro on his home track. The pressure was high for the Q80/EGR Mustang, yet so was the boost on the Steve Petty-tuned PLR Hemi and the Mustang made a searing 3.68-second charge to claim victory over Strickland who ran a 3.71. That makes two back-to-back PDRA Pro Boost wins for the Q80/EGR team!