COX, SALEMI AND POWERS HEADLINE QUALIFYING AT PDRA GALOT SEASON-OPENER
The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) kicked off its 10th season with two of the quickest and tightest Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost fields in series history Friday night at the Summit Racing Equipment PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park.
Home track hero Jay Cox fired off a 3.632-second pass at 207.11 MPH to claim the No. 1 spot in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, while Melanie Salemi recorded a 3.58 at 206.10 to qualify No. 1 in WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2 Contracting and Ty-Drive for the second consecutive year at this race.
Chris Powers (Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition), Amber Franklin (M&M Transmission Pro 632), Meshal Al-Saber (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle), and Bill Riddle (Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by Afco) also earned No. 1 qualifier honors in the professional classes.
The low qualifiers in the sportsman classes are Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by PAR Racing Engines, Pete Maduri in Laris Motorsports Insurance Elite Top Dragster, Eric Burnett in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman presented by Corbin’s RV, and Brian Maine in Laris Motorsports Top Dragster.
The Jr. Dragster classes also completed their two scheduled qualifying sessions for the day, with a final session set for Saturday morning. In Coolshirt Systems Pro Jr. Dragster presented by PRP, past world champion Brayden Davis is the provisional low qualifier with a 7.901. Davis is also making his debut in Pro Nitrous Motorcycle riding his father Travis’ championship-winning Timblin Chassis Hayabusa. Florida’s Victoria Beaner is leading Classic Graphix Top Jr. Dragster presented by PRP with a .003 reaction time in her ’20 Mike Bos dragster.