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The PDRA rolled into Norwalk, Ohio over the Memorial Day weekend and brought along some of the fastest eighth mile racers in the country! The racers and crews put on an amazing show for the crowd despite major weather setbacks.
With a large rainstorm threatening Friday’s qualifying session, Tyler Crossnoe and the PDRA officials made the call to start qualifying early on Thursday night, the storm cancelled all racing on Friday and a second round was held Saturday.
Team ProLine was represented by the Galot Motorsports duo of Daniel Pharris and Kevin Rivenbark, Bahrain1 Racing’s Khalid Al-Balooshi, John Camp, Randy Weatherford, Ken Quartuccio, Jason Harris, and Robert Gallegos.
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On Saturday night the first round of eliminations brought the quickest run of the event, when John Camp tied Randy Weatherford’s current E.T. record with a 3.597 to defeat Melanie Salemi’s 3.67. PLR-Tuner Brandon Stroud has had Camp’s ProCharged Camaro making nice laps every race congrats to John, Brandon, Chris, and Chuck on this huge accomplishment!
Other first round winners included; Weatherford defeating Beadling in a very close race, 3.630 to a 3.639. Rivenbark with a 3.636 on a broke bye run, Quartuccio taking out Jason Harris, and Pharris with the win over Matt Hutter. Unfortunately, Al-Balooshi lost to Chuck Ulsch on a holeshot.
The action continued on Sunday in E2 when Rivenbark and Quartuccio squared off in a super close race. Quartuccio had the advantage at the starting line .002 to Kevin’s .027, but Rivenbark was able to catch up with him at the stripe with a .0079 margin of victory. Pharris suffered a -.005 red light against Jason Lee. and Weatherford defeated Camp with a 3.65 to a 3.67.
In the semifinals we saw another pair of our customers matchup against each other. This time it was Weatherford and Rivenbark. Both drivers pulled into the staging beams at the same time and the tree dropped immediately. Randy’s car had a slight advantage at the light and Rivenbark shook the tires as Weatherford went 3.66 and moved on to his second consecutive final appearance.
In the final Weatherford faced Jason Lee, Randy again had a quicker light .040 to Lee’s .52 but Lee caught up to him at the finish line 3.65 to a 3.67 and a .0012 margin of victory.
Congrats to Randy, Steve Petty, Justin, Taylor, Eddie, Andy, and everyone else involved with this great race team. They now have a one round lead in the PDRA Pro Boost points standings going into MDIR!