UPDATE 9-04-2019, 9:56 AM
PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., has been canceled, race officials announced today. The path of Hurricane Dorian changed since the PDRA’s original decision to move forward with the event, with the storm now expected to directly hit the Benson area.
“We are very sorry to make this decision after saying that we are going racing, but when the storm changes and tells you that you need to look again, we did just that,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Safety will always and continue to be priority in our racing series, on and off the track. As much as we all want to race, we just do not see it being possible and we do not want to have anyone stranded or away from their families during this potential natural disaster. All of us at the PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused and as noted earlier in the week, both GALOT and Virginia Motorsports Park facilities are open for housing rigs that need to get away from the storm.”
PDRA MOVING AHEAD WITH GALOT RACE
Drag Wars, the sixth of eight races on the 2019 PDRA schedule, will not be rescheduled or made up at a future event because of schedule conflicts. Championships points will not be awarded for the event.
The 2019 PDRA Road to the Finals will pick up again next month at the PDRA Fall Nationals, Oct. 2-4 at Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, S.C.
The sixth of eight races on the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Road to the Finals, PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, will continue as planned despite inclement weather related to Hurricane Dorian, race officials announced today. Originally scheduled for Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., Drag Wars will be completed using an abbreviated Friday-Saturday schedule.
“PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park officials have all watched the storm tracks long enough and according to meteorologists across the board, we appear to have a window to make this sixth race on the Road to the Finals happen for our racers and fans,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Everybody stay safe in their travels and we will do our best to accommodate everyone to the best of our abilities. The PDRA Racing series is looking forward to another event at GALOT Motorsports Park and we hope to see you all coming out to a great event at a wonderful facility.”
Drag Wars is a critical race for drivers chasing a world championship in the PDRA’s professional class and sportsman categories. Pro classes set to compete at Drag Wars are Moroso Pro Boost, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous, Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Schwing America Pro Outlaw 632 presented by East Side Auto Transport and Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle. The event will include sportsman racing in MagnaFuel Top Sportsman, Lucas Oil Top Dragster, Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster presented by Knoxtown Products and Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.
The one standard PDRA class not competing at Drag Wars is Edelbrock Bracket Bash, which is offered to local bracket racers but does not compete for a PDRA world championship.
“We know parking is already limited at GALOT and will be limited further after the amount of rain we’re supposed to get, so we felt it was best to eliminate Bracket Bash from this event and open up 30-40 pit spots for our touring teams,” Crossnoe said.
Racers competing at PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing can park on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rather than testing on Thursday, the PDRA will offer testing for teams from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Friday’s schedule continues with a pro qualifying session at 6 p.m., Top Dragster qualifying at 7:30 p.m., a second pro session at 8 p.m. and Top Sportsman qualifying at 9:30 p.m.
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