BENSON, N.C. – Records were broken and championships were decided as the Professional Drag Racers Ass’n crowned the Drag Wars event champions at GALOT Motorsports Park Saturday night.
Lizzy Musi set the elapsed-time and speed national records on her way to the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC win, while Cary Goforth secured the Extreme Pro Stock world championship along with his victory.
Also victorious in the professional classes were Terry Leggett in Pro Extreme and Brad McCoy in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle. Dillon Voss earned his second consecutive event win in East Coast Auto Transport Extreme Outlaw 632.
In the PDRA’s sportsman categories, Aaron Glaser drove his ’68 Camaro to the win in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman Elite, while Kris Gilbert won in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman Quick 32. Dennis Rinehardt claimed the Lucas Oil Top Dragster victory.
In Campers Inn RV Pro Junior Dragster, Zach Pennington ran 7.92 on a 7.90 dial-in to defeat Amber Franklin, who secured the Pro Junior Dragster world championship earlier in the day. Arellyn Garner-Jones used a .003-second reaction time and perfect 7.92 to earn the MegaCorp Top Junior Dragster win over Wallace Wilson.
The Pro Nitrous final round was bound to be one of the quickest and fastest side-by-side runs in class history, as the semifinals saw Tommy Franklin reset the elapsed-time record with his 3.658 and Musi demolish the speed record with a 206.54 mph pass. While Franklin encountered trouble in the final and ran a 3.741 at 195.99 mph, Musi bettered the et record with a 3.656 at 206.42 mph in the Frank Brandao-owned AAP/Lucas Oil ’15 Dodge Dart.
“Running that 206 in the semis, everyone just flipped,” Musi said. “We never thought it would go faster than 205. We were hoping for a 206 maybe in Virginia with the cool weather, so it was very exciting to run 206 twice tonight. Running against Tommy, we knew we were going to throw everything we had at it because Tommy would be doing the same thing. We knew we just had to do our deal. He was probably on the same run – the early numbers were close.”
Musi qualified No. 2 and used a perfect .000 reaction time to defeat Danny Perry in the opening round, then posted a strong 3.679 at 204.48 mph to knock down points leader Jay Cox. She defeated Pro Stock racer Richie Stevens Jr in the semifinals. Franklin in his Pat Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro led the field in qualifying before beating Buddy Perkinson, Jim Halsey and Randy Weatherford on his way to the final round.
Terry Leggett added a race win to his illustrious GALOT Motorsports Park history. Leggett, who was the low qualifier at the GALOT spring race, drove his screw-blown Leggett Logging & Trucking ’71 Mustang to a 3.548-second pass at 217.53 mph in the final round of the Pro Extreme division. His opponent, Mattias Wulcan, left before the tree activated.
“For some reason, we just really run good here,” Leggett said. “We just love the place. It’s a heckuva facility, the people are great, and we have a really strong following here. This is my home race, so we have lots of friends and family here. All of that just plays into making it a great weekend.”
Racing out of the second spot, Leggett posted a 3.555 at 218.80 mph over Jose Gonzales in the first round, then a 3.570 at 217.95 mph over points leader and spring race winner Mike Recchia. Wulcan was the No. 1 qualifier and drove his “Black Bird” ’69 Camaro to round wins of 3.572 at 213.03 mph over fellow Swede Stefan Holmberg and 3.56 at 211.33 mph over Australian Pro Mod star John Zappia before facing Leggett in the final.