JR CARR HEADLINES PDRA VMP WINNERS WITH SONNY LEONARD MEMORIAL WIN
Mountain Motor Pro Stock veteran JR Carr earned a meaningful win at the Sonny Leonard Memorial Race contested at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Summer Shootout at Virginia Motorsports Park. Racing in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition, Carr used a 4.091-second pass at 175.07 to defeat defending world champion Johnny Pluchino’s 4.102 at 177.04 in the final round.
Defending world champion Jim Halsey (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), Kevin Rivenbark (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), Daryl Stewart ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632), Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) and Tim Essick (Drag 965 Pro Street) also earned pro class victories at the fifth of eight races on the 2021 PDRA tour.
The event winners in the sportsman classes are Donny Urban in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Tom Martino in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Chevy Floyd in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32, and Dickie Smith in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 32. Stephen Osborne defeated Donald C. Webb in the final round of Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP Cams.
Reaction times made the difference in the PDRA’s Jr. Dragster classes. Shawn Nardi used a quicker reaction time to win over Nyck Shirkey in the Coolshirt Systems Pro Jr. Dragster final round, with Nardi running 7.95 and Shirkey going 7.921, both on a 7.90 dial-in. In the Classic Graphix Top Jr. Dragster final, Brandon Jenkins went red, allowing Katelyn Page to win with an 8.974 on an 8.94 dial-in.