It was a bang-up weekend for the racers and fans of drag racing’s newest eighth-mile Pro Mod series, the Professional Drag Racers Association. In their first event, the Spring Open, held this past weekend at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina, Pro Extreme Racer Frankie “Madman” Taylor did what would have been unthinkable just a season ago by running an absolutely mind-numbing 3.48 at over 216 MPH in the eighth-mile.
The Texas racer was the first to the 50’s just a year ago, and now he’s dropped another milestone on the class from his screw-blown Pro Mod Corvette. Perhaps the most telling item of Taylor’s weekend? This was the first outing for a brand-new engine combination and only had a total of six passes on it by the end of the weekend.
One item to note about Taylor’s performance is that he’s using Davis Technologies‘ new Profiler Wheel Speed Management System, which we’ll be discussing in depth in an upcoming article right here at Dragzine. This is the quickest run in eighth-mile doorslammer history, and the Davis Profiler can also lay claim to the quickest time in quarter-mile doorslammer history with John Stanley’s 5.64 from last year’s Street Car Super Nationals.
With tuner Paul Taylor tapping the keys and Shannon Davis assisting with tuning the Profiler system, Madman knocked down one hell of a pass in front of the standing-room-only Rockingham crowd.
This event was a fantastic start for the PDRA, with insane racing action all weekend long in all classes and performances like this one on tap from all of the heavy hitters. If this is any indication of the type of racing action we can expect from the PDRA, it seems that the Pro Mod wars are over, and we have a winner right here.