It’s Harris Again At U.S. 131

Jason Harris grabbed win No. 4 on Saturday at U.S. 131. (PDRA photo)
Jason Harris grabbed win No. 4 on Saturday at U.S. 131. (PDRA photo)
Jason Harris grabbed win No. 4 on Saturday at U.S. 131. (PDRA photo)

MARTIN, Mich. – Jason Harris kept his perfect record going June 28, with his fourth straight Pro Nitrous victory at the inaugural Professional Drag Racers Association Summer Drags at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

Prior to the start of the PDRA Summer Drags, Jason Harris had driven his ’68 Pontiac “Warbird” to victory at each of the three PDRA races held so far in its inaugural year.

Given the level of competition in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous class, even Harris was surprised at his continued perfection. After the Summer Drags, he made a 3.776-second solo pass at 197.25 mph to take his fourth-straight win

After getting past Todd Martin and Mike Recchia, 12th-place qualifier Randell Reid’s good fortune came into play in the semis when number-one starter Jason Scruggs redlighted to throw away a 3.592 at 212.74 mph, while Reid struggled to a 3.744 at 165.42-mph pass.

“We broke the lower pulley for the blower drive on that pass,” explained Reid, the overall winner. “We got lucky there, but that’s what it takes sometimes to get a win.”

It’s been a long time since Brian Gahm last visited an Extreme Pro Stock victory lane, but at the end of the inaugural PDRA Summer Drags title, that’s where he was headed.

“Man, it feels good to pick this up,” Gahm declared as he was handed the PDRA trophy after a .044 holeshot allowed his 4.093 at 175.62 to beat Cary Goforth’s quicker and faster 4.081 at 176.78-mph pass in the final round.

The Pro Boost final between Eric Latino and Todd Tutterow may be remembered as much for what came before it as how it ended with Latino taking the PDRA Summer Drags hardware home to Whitby, Ontario.

As the final rounds began with the Jr. Dragster classes, both drivers were waiting in the staging lanes at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park when Tutterow suddenly dropped to the ground, writhing in pain and begging for help to relieve a sudden, stabbing headache. Track medical personnel quickly ran to Tutterow’s side, where they discovered some sort of insect had burrowed into the driver’s ear, causing severe pain and affecting his equilibrium.

They were able to extract the bothersome bug with water and after Tutterow’s balance quickly returned, PDRA officials decided he could still compete, but delayed the Pro Boost final to the last race of the event.

“I had never felt pain like that before in my life. It felt like someone was drilling straight into my ear,” Tutterow said.

“It’s my team, though, they got the job done,” Latino added. “I’m happy to have won this for them.”

Past two-time class champion Eric McKinney was pretty pleased when he unloaded his 2012 Suzuki for pre-race testing at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, where it promptly ran 4.04 at 177 mph with the same tune-up still in it after winning the previous PDRA event a few weeks earlier at Memphis.

“Other than the most basic maintenance, changing the oil and plugs, we didn’t even touch the motor since Memphis,” McKinney said.

He won a championship last season, but the inaugural PDRA Summer Drags in Martin, MI, represent the first event win for Top Sportsman driver Aaron Glaser in the ’69 Camaro he purchased late in 2012 from Pro Nitrous star Bob Rahaim.

Sportsman class victories went to Aaron Glaser with his breakthrough Magnafuel Top Sportsman win, Jeff Mandell for the second consecutive event in STT Safety Equipment Top Dragster, and Isaac Evans and Scottie Taylor in Huddleston Performance Pro Jr. Dragster and Top Jr. Dragster.