HALSEY, BEADLING, POWERS PACE FIRST DAY PDRA DRAGWARS QUALIFYING
by Nate Van Wagnen; Photos by Tara Bowker Sat, 2020-10-10 07:07
Defending Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world champion Jim Halsey picked up his third No. 1 qualifier award in five races Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) DragWars presented by Modern Racing at GALOT Motorsports Park. Halsey came within thousandths of a second of his own E.T. world record with his 3.618-second blast at 208.88 mph.
Halsey was joined by first-time No. 1 qualifier James Beadling in Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction, Chris Powers in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Wes Distefano in $hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632 and Ashley Owens in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle.
In a proactive move to get ahead of hurricane-related weather on Saturday, the all-eighth-mile series also completed all three rounds of qualifying for the sportsman and Jr. Dragster classes. Buddy Perkinson (MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja), Michael White (Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster), Zachary Houser (MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32) and Nick Meloni (Lucas Oil Top Dragster 16) are the sportsman low qualifiers.
In the Jr. Dragster classes, Arellyn Garner-Jones used a 7.902 to qualify No. 1 in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster, where the top eight qualifiers all ran 7.90s. Spencer McGee’s perfect .000 reaction time gave the South Carolina native the No. 1 spot in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.