Cox Headlines PDRA North-South Shootout Winners

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Jay Cox picked up the victory in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class during the PDRA North-South Shootout. (Tara Bowker Photo)
Jay Cox picked up the victory in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class during the PDRA North-South Shootout. (Tara Bowker Photo)

BUDDS CREEK, Md. – An eventful weekend of racing at the PDRA North-South Shootout presented by Line-X at Maryland Int’l Raceway concluded early Sunday morning when Jay Cox defeated Lizzy Musi in a rerun of the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final round.

The original final round had to be rerun after debris blew through the sensors, tripping the eighth-mile beams in Cox’s lane.

The final round in Pro Nitrous was one of two final rounds that had to be rerun due to debris blowing through the eighth-mile sensors. The win light came on in Jay Cox’s lane during the first running, though his scoreboard posted an invalid time next to Lizzy Musi’s 3.655-second run at 206.95 mph.

Around an hour later, Cox turned on the win light again, this time with a 3.677-second pass at 206.48 mph in his Buck-powered Butner Construction ’69 Camaro. Musi was aggressive off the starting line, but slowed to a 5.878-second pass at 79.52 mph.

“It’s really rewarding any time you can win,” Cox said. “This is a max-effort racing class. It isn’t something you can take lightly. Pat (Musi) stood on his and I stood on mine. That’s all that motor had. My guys work hard, they deserve every chance to win. I hate that the deal ended up like that, but at the end of the day it is what it is.”

The North-South Shootout victories in the other professional classes went to Kris Thorne in Moroso Pro Boost, Todd Hoerner in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock and Ronnie Smith in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle.

Class veteran Paul Major picked up the win in Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 presented by Drag 965. Dane Wood defeated Fredy Scriba in an all-nitrous Classic Graphix Pro Mod Challenge final round.

The sportsman winners were Scott Moore in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman, Glen Teets III in Top Sportsman 32, Camrie Caruso in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster and Marty Martin in Top Dragster 32. Kendall Payne earned the win over Duane Allen in Edelbrock Bracket Bash.

The Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster presented by Knoxtown Products win went to Brayden Davis, who ran 7.88-second run to defeat Connor McGee’s 7.864-second pass, both on a 7.90 dial-in.

Earlier in the day, McGee won the final round from the rain-delayed Mid-Atlantic Showdown. Local racer Nathan Tanner, who won the Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster final round from the PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown Saturday morning, also went on to win the Maryland race, running 7.984-second pass on a 7.90 dial-in next to a red-lighting Zach Shirkey.