The clouds have rolled in but the rain is holding off this Saturday morning at Maryland International Raceway for the PDRA North-South Shootout. We’ve seen some great racing from classes such as Top Dragster, Jr Dragster and Top Sportsman. Pro Eliminations for today were set to begin around 3:30 but due to chance of precipitation, the officials here have decided to move eliminations up to 12:30. We will keep you updated as the race unfolds.
First round of Pro Boost eliminations saw Tommy D’Aprile take out Eric Donovan, 3.87 to a 4.25. Roderjan Busato went 3.76 at 209 mph to beat Shane Novak’s Procharged Camaro. Marc Caruso tree’d Rick Fleck for the win with a 3.78 at 197 mph and Jerico Balduf went 3.73 to beat Gene Capano, in his ‘Batman’ Chevelle.
Pro Nitrous had an interesting first round of eliminations, with Tommy Franklin facing off against David Campbell; both racers had mechanical issues and had trouble making a pass down the track, but Campbell red lit which allowed Franklin to move on to the next round after coasting his Pat Musi-powered Camaro through the finish. Lizzy Musi made a solid pass to beat Danny Sauro with .008 reaction time and a 3.75 at 204 mph to Danny’s 3.77 at 198 mph. Chris Rini and Jim Halsey faced off in the first round and had a tremendous side by side race, with both racers leaving the line within four- thousandths of each other, Chris Rini took the win with a 3.73 at 201 mph to Jim’s 3.74 203 mph.
For Pro Extreme Adam Flamholc will be facing off against Terry Leggett’s screw-blown ’71 Mustang. Both racers have been making excellent passes all weekend; in the last round Terry took his Mustang to a 3.55 at 216 mph. These cars are both ridiculously fast and should make for a great final round. Stick around Dragzine for updates as the race continues.
Pairings for Pro Boost Semi-finals will be Tommy D’Aprile against Roderjan Busato — both racers have been extremely consistent this weekend. The other pairing will be Chuck Ulsch against Jerico Bulduf, who took out Marc Caruso in the second round of eliminations.
Lizzy Musi will race against John Hall in the Pro Nitrous Semifinals; she made a hell of a pass against Scott Blake with a 3.745 at 204 mph to Blake’s 3.77 at 198 mph. Chris Rini will be paired against Randy Weatherford; Rini had some issues earlier this weekend with low voltage, but seems to have gotten that all worked out. He took out Tommy Franklin in the second round with a 3.72 at 201 mph to Tommy’s 3.74 at 203 mph.
We’ve had a some rain here at Maryland International Raceway, but the track officials have worked hard to get the track dry and we should have Pro Finals under way very shortly.
New pro Class Outlaw 632 is jam packed full of clutch-dumping, gear-shifting 632-inch nitrous assisted Top Sportsman-looking cars. Dillon Voss has worked his way through the eliminations today in his Voss Racing Engines ’17 Corvette to face Ken Quartuccio in his drag radial-tired ’69 Camaro. Ken is the only racer in the class this weekend who is racing on drag radial tires instead of the typical big slick tires you’d see on the back of the rest of the class.
Tommy D’Apprile will be running Chuck Ulsch in the Pro Boost final. Roderjan peddled the car after carrying the wheels to half track in the semi’s and Tommy drove around him for the win. Chuck Ulsch and Jerico Balduf had a great semifinal race — both cars were side by side the whole way down and Chuck just nudged Jerico out with a 3.71 at 197 mph to Jerico’s quicker 3.70 at 201 mph; this race was won on reaction time with a .042 reaction time from Chuck and a .094 from Jerico.
In the semifinals of Pro Nitrous, John Hall took the win against Lizzy Musi who appeared to have some sort of mechanical failure as she staged her car but never left the beams. Randy Weatherford and Chris Rini had a great race, with the win going to Randy Weatherford.
Dillon Voss took the win against Ken Quartuccio in the Pro Outlaw 632 final; Ken spun the tires off the line and had to let out of it, while Dillon made a great pass going 4.19 to the eighth mile.
Randy Weatherford took the win in Pro Nitrous against John hall. John got loose at mid-track and had to let out of it allowing Randy Weatherford to drive around him with a 3.88 at 163 mph to John’s 3.89 at 155 mph.
Tommy D’Aprile was deadly consistent all weekend — he faced Chuck Ulsch in the Pro Boost Final and took the win with a blistering 3.66 at 203 mph.