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Records Could Fall When Pro Modified Series Returns September 11-13

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – With the PDRA Pro Modified series accelerating to its mid-point this week at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park outside Martin, Mich., work already is underway at Rockingham Dragway in anticipation of the September 11-13 return of Dragstock XII, the event that forever changed the performance landscape in professional drag racing.

It was the success of the original Dragstock that led to the launch of a full series of events for Pro Mods at an eighth-mile distance that irked some racing purists but proved to be perfect for the powerful-but-erratic short wheelbase cars that have caught the attention of the racing public like nothing since the Funny Cars of the 1960s.

“It’s a great show,” said Rockingham owner Steve Earwood. “It may be a straight track but these cars never go straight. They run right on the ragged edge every run and I think that’s what appeals to our fans. It’s amazing how much racing can really occur in three and a half seconds – but it does.”

As the eighth of 10 events in the series, Dragstock once again will play a major role in determining Pro Modified season champions in the Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost classes as well as in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman.

“The Pro Mod cars remind me an awful lot of the Funny Cars of the 1970s in the fact that they’re outlaws who kind of built a reputation on their own before they were reluctantly embraced by the NHRA,” Earwood said. “That’s the same thing that happened with the Funny Cars. The fans loved them before the establishment did.”

Another attraction of the class is its diversity. No other racing series has more diversity in drivers, in vehicles or in technology.

By way of illustration, in just the two years it has been in existence, the PDRA already has had a woman winner in Lizzy Musi of Mooresville, N.C., an African-American winner in Travis Harvey of Elon, N.C., and a winner of Arabic descent in Mustafa Buhumaid of Dubai, the current point leader in Pro Extreme.

As for the cars, they include everything from a 1955 Chevy Nomad wagon to a 2010 Nissan 350 ZX; a 1953 Studebaker to a 2000 Viper; a 1941 Willys to a 1970 Plymouth Duster; a 1957 Chevy Bel Air to a 2015 Cadillac CTS; a 1967 Mustang to a 1969 Chevelle although the vehicles of preference remain 1969 Camaros and 1963 Corvettes.

And power? The choices are equally outrageous. There are supercharged engines, nitrous oxide-injected engines and turbocharged engines. There are engines that displace as much a 903 cubic inches constructed by some of the biggest names in drag racing including Reher-Morrison, Sonny Leonard and Pat Musi.

Somehow, though, the series has remained uniquely competitive. Through this year’s first five races, only one Pro Mod driver in the three primary categories has won more than one race. That’s Jason Scruggs of Saltillo, Miss., who won back-to-back Pro Extreme races at Shreveport, La., and Madison, Ill. (St. Louis).

“We take great pride in our track prep and I think it shows in the fact that Frankie Taylor ran 3.485 at The Rock a year ago,” Earwood said. “No one’s ever run quicker.”

He could have added, “yet,” because if conditions are right in September, all the PDRA records could be in jeopardy including those set previously at Rockingham.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – PDRA point standings after the first four of 10 races in the 2015 national series:

PRO EXTREME – 1. Mustafa Buhumaid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,546; 2. Jason Scruggs, Saltillo, Miss., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,345; 3. Badir Ahli, Dubai, UAE, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,237; 4. Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville, N.C., 1967 Chevy Camaro, 1,223; 5. Brandon Snider, Atmore, Ala., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,031; 6. Terry Leggett, Pinetown, N.C., 1971 Ford Mustang, 955; 7. Randell Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, 2007 Chevy Corvette, 944; 8. Bubba Stanton, Potts Camp, Miss., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 745; 9. Frankie Taylor, Dickinson, Texas, 2004 Chevy Corvette, 720; 10. Mike Recchia, Roseville, Ill., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 696.

PRO NITROUS – 1. Tommy Franklin, Fredericksburg, Va., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,511; 2. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,307; 3. Travis Harvey, Elon, N.C., 2014 Chevy Camaro, 1,307; 4. Jason Harris, Pittsboro, N.C., 1968 Pontiac Firebird, 1,026; 5. Mike Castellana, Muttontown, N.Y., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,006; 6. Jay Cox, Smithfield, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 954; 7. Steve Jackson, Evans, Ga., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 942; 8. John Camp, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 834; 9. Jim Sackuvich, Raymore, Mo., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 735; 10. Jeffrey Cummins, Cypress, Texas, 1967 Ford Mustang, 716.

PRO BOOST – 1. Kevin Rivenbark, Wallace, N.C., 1967 Ford Mustang, 1,542; 2. Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonvlle, Fla., 2012 Ford Mustang, 1,450; 3. Ric Fleck, Lexington, S.C., 1941 Willys, 1,035; 4. John Strickland, Harrells, N.C., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1,030; 5. Anthony DiSomma, South Plainfield, N.J., 1967 Ford Mustang, 982; 6. Tylor Miller, Hartsville, S.C., 1969 Chevy Chevelle, 950; 7. Gerry Capano, Greenville, Del., 1963
Chevy Corvette, 827; 8. Jeremy Ray, Lugoff, S.C., 2015 Chevy Corvette, 740; 9. Jim Bell, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 731; 10. Colby Barber, Alma, Ga., 2000 Chevy Corvette, 728.

PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE – 1. Eric McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, Suzuki, 1,797; 2. Ashley Owens, Decatur, Ala., Suzuki, 1038; 3. Terry Schweigert, 589; 4. Chris Garner-Jones, 562; 5. Brad McCoy, Cleveland, N.C., Suzuki, 529; 6. Jeff House, Keller, Texas, Suzuki, 497; 7. Chuck Wilburn, 459; 8. Richardo Knights, 431; 9. Casey Stemper, 340; 10. David Norris, Bryans Road, Md., Suzuki, 338.

TOP SPORTSMAN – 1. Dan Ferguson, Harrisburg, N.C., 2002 Pontiac Firebird, 1,451; 2. Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., 1963 Chevy Corvette, 1, 321; 3. Bruce Thrift, Waycross, Ga., 2009 Pontiac GXP, 938; 4. Bob Gulitti, Tomball, Texas, 2011 Chevy Camaro, 902; 5. Aaron Glaser, Shepherdsville, Ky., 1969 Chevy Camaro, 815; 6. Tricia Musi, Mooresville, N.C., 2009 Dodge Stratus, 648; 7. Cheyenne Stanley, Cynthiana, Ky., 1955 Chevy Bel Air, 599; 8. Glenn Butcher, Doylestown, Ohio, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 464; 9. Dane Wood, Chesapeake, Va., 2006 Ford Escort, 398; 10. Jordan Wood, Virginia Beach, Va., 1957 Ford Fairlane, 356.

TOP DRAGSTER – 1. Derrick Sholar, Holly Ridge, N.C., 824; 2. Laramie Reid, Iowa Park, Texas, 719; 3. Bo Upton, Taylors, S.C., 661; 4. Kyle Dvorak, McKinley, Ill., 643; 5. Craig Sullivan, Avon, Ind., 617; 6. Justin Melton, McDonough, Ga., 593; 7. Wade Pennington, Ada, Okla., 582; 8. Mike Greene, Burleson, Texas, 556; 9. Lynn Ellison, Central City, Ky., 534; 10. J.R. Baxter, Waxahachie, Texas, 526.

Track owner Steve Earwood and Dieffenbach GM Super Store General Manager Jeff Dieffenbach have confirmed that the Rockingham General Motors dealership has renewed its sponsorship of the Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism, which returns to Rockingham Dragway Oct. 9-11.

The sport’s largest all-Chevy event, the Dieffenbach GM Superstore Super Chevy Show will feature bowtie action both on and off the track with a car show, swap meet and Chevrolet product displays along with a full slate of drag races.

The Dieffenbach GM Superstore, located at 1209 E. Broad Avenue in Rockingham, is a one-stop source for everything branded with the Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick logos as well as for service on all makes and models. Dieffenbach technicians are trained and equipped to handle everything from oil changes to tire rotations to brakes, batteries and multi-point vehicle inspections.

“The Dieffenbach GM Superstore is where you can get one of those Camaro 2LT coupes with the 6.2 liter V8,” Earwood said. “That’s one fast hot rod and you can bring it out to The Rock and shake it down whenever you want and maybe even bring it to the big race in the fall. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jeff Dieffenbach and his crew at the dealership”.
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