ATI Performance Products racers represented the brand well during the PDRA Summer Shootout at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Chris Rini in his nitrous-powered ATI Performance Products Camaro scored his first-ever PDRA Pro Nitrous win Sunday night at the PDRA Summer Shootout at Virginia Motorsports Park. Rini’s .006 reaction time and 3.732-second, 202.97 MPH pass gave him the win over finalist Dane Wood. “It means a lot because we put a lot of years into Pro Nitrous prior to this year,” said Rini. “There are some tough and fast cars here,” Rini continued. “At the end of the day, these are the fastest 1/8-mile cars out there. The competition is stiff.” Rini has bragging rights on running the quickest Turbo 400 in the field, thanks to ATI.
Ty Kasper took the win in Pro Street over the number one qualifier, Nick Agostino. This was Kasper’s second career PDRA Pro Street win. “I feel the same as I did last time, I’m so excited. I need to thank Victus Baseball, Vibrant Performance, ATI Transmissions, and JNE Automotive. It feels like the first time winning again. I don’t think this will ever get old, it feels great,” Kasper said.
Dan Whetstine was runner-up in the Super Street class behind the wheel of his ProCharged 1993 Mustang. Dan is the crew chief for defending PDRA Pro Street world champ Tim Essick. Vince Fourcade Jr, a veteran racer who graduated through the ranks of Jr. Dragster, Brackets, Super Gas, and Super Street, showed that practice does pay off. Fourcade cruised to a win in the Bracket Bash class, running a 5.286 on a 5.28 dial-in in the final to beat Ben Jones.