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Gender, Ethnic and Mechanical Variety On Display in Third Annual Summer Drags

MARTIN, Mich. – There’s little wonder that the PDRA Pro Modified Series, which returns this week to US 131 Motorsports Park, has emerged as a favorite destination for adrenalin junkies and sports fans alike. 

After all, the world’s premier eighth-mile series provides the instant gratification young Americans crave minus the boring sameness of modern Pro Stock racing in which the choices usually are Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Camaro with an occasional Dodge Dart all but one of them driven by male Caucasians.

What a contrast to the PDRA which boasts black, Hispanic, Arabic and anglo drivers and car owners.

Not only is their diversity among drivers and crew members that encompasses both ethnicity and gender, but the theme also extends to the race cars that will compete Friday and Saturday in the third annual PDRA Summer Drags.

Consider this.  At some point during qualifying or eliminations, Ric Fleck’s 1941 Willys could roll to the starting line opposite Pro Boost point leader Kevin Rivenbark’s thus far unbeaten 2015 Corvette; Turky al-Azafiri, the runaway favorite for the long distance award (he’s from Kuwait City) could find his 1969 Camaro up against John Stanley’s 2014 Cadillac CTS-V in Pro Extreme; and Tommy Franklin’s ’69 Chevy could roll up beside the late model Camaro of US 131 track record holder Pat Stoken in Pro Nitrous.

The PDRA series is unique in that it features three distinctively different classes of Pro Mods that address the individual preferences of the racers: Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost.

In addition, champions also will be crowned Saturday in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, two Jr. Dragster classes and a newly-added Bracket Bash category for cars that cover the standard eighth-mile course in fewer than 5.00 seconds.  That includes non-qualifiers in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.

The streamlined PDRA format calls for three qualifying rounds Friday with side-by-side jet cars after the third session (approximately 9:30 p.m.).  On Saturday, there will be a last chance qualifying session at 10:30 a.m. with pre-race ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. and the first round of eliminations at 4 p.m.  The jets will return for a final time after eliminations.

Adult tickets, which include pit passes, are $25 each day although a $5 discount is available on-line at www.pdra660.com. Children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult and parking also is free.