CECIL, GA (March 12, 2017) – The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) kicked of the season with the Southern Extreme Nationals at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Pro Line Racing, based out of Ball Ground, Georgia, had three different Pro Line-powered cars fighting for home track wins, and they showed their southern hospitality with two world records, a win, and a runner-up.
There’s been a quarter-mile door car record battle going on between three different cars over the last three years, and they have all been Pro Line-powered. Turky Al Zafiri took it back in 2014 with a 5.46-second blast, Khalid Mohammed pulled it down to 5.44-seconds two weeks ago in Bahrain, and the Q80/EGR Pro Extreme C7 just brought the record back to the US with a ballistic 5.40-second ET during testing at the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals.
PDRA Pro Extreme is undisputedly the quickest and fasted door car class in the world, which makes for epic runs and tenacious competition and the Q80 /El General Racing (EGR) Pro Extreme C7 Corvette was game. In a class dominated by screw blowers, a twin turbo PLR Hemi powered the Q80/EGR C7 to a first-ever turbocharged appearance in a PDRA Pro Extreme final round match up. Even though the Q80/EGR Pro Extreme C7 ran a 3.57 in the semifinals, the respectable 3.65-second pass was not enough to overcome Tommy D’Aprile’s 3.58 in the finals. Congratulations to the Q80/EGR Pro Extreme C7 team for claiming runner-up honors and showing the world that a turbo car can run in Pro Extreme.
Two Pro Line-powered teams competed in Pro Boost. Andrew Berry came out with his Josh Ledford-tuned, PLR 481X-powered 1968 Camaro and made the show with 3.86 and then improved to a new personal best of 3.82 in round one. Unfortunately, it was not enough to beat John Strickland who rode a string of 3.70s all the way to finals. Fortunately for Team Pro Line, the Q80/EGR Pro Boost Mustang was tuned up and running 3.60s like a bracket car. The twin turbo PLR Hemi-powered Mustang set both the PDRA Pro Boost ET and MPH records with a 3.684 at 214.66 MPH and was the number one qualifier. The Q80/EGR Mustang went on to dispatch competitor after competitor with a trio of 3.68-second runs right up to the final round where John Strickland and the GALOT Camaro were waiting. In the Pro Boost final battle, the Q80/EGR Mustang slowed by two-hundredths, yet its 3.70 was still enough to run down Strickland and his 3.72 ET. The Q80/EGR Team is off to a great start with a win and runner-up in two of the fastest door car classes in the world!