Kick Off 10th Season at Summit Racing Equipment East Coast
Nationals presented by FuelTech
(March 27, 2023) – The 2023 season will be the
Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) 10th year of
all-eighth-mile drag racing, and it all begins this
weekend, March 29-April 1, at the Summit Racing Equipment
PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT
Motorsports Park. It’s the first of nine races on the PDRA
schedule – eight championship points races, plus the
race-your-way-in third annual Summit Racing Equipment PDRA
ProStars race in July.
The series is rolling out new programs, as well as
expanding existing programs, to celebrate the milestone
“PDRA has seen a number of changes across the 10-year
period from creation to now being at the top of the
doorslammer drag racing world,” said Tyler Crossnoe,
series director, PDRA. “This begins my fifth season
involved with the series, and to see the growth that has
occurred in just that amount of time is wild. The racers
are great, the fan base is continuing to grow, and the
competition on track is unmatched.”
GALOT Motorsports Park made its debut on the PDRA schedule
in the fall of 2016. The historic track started hosting
the season opener in 2018. Since then, fans have filled
the stands and racers have packed the pits for the
incredible racing provided by smooth track conditions and
cool spring weather.
“The East Coast Nationals is always a great way to start
the season,” Crossnoe said. “GALOT Motorsports Park has
been a fantastic track partner over the last several
years. The fans in this area are super-passionate about
drag racing, especially eighth-mile doorslammer racing.
Many of our racers hail from the Tar Heel State too, so
it’s a perfect fit.”
This year’s East Coast Nationals is supported by Summit
Racing Equipment and FuelTech. Summit has continued to
expand its support of the series as it enters its second
year as a national event sponsor. FuelTech is now in its
fifth year as the presenting sponsor of the East Coast
“We’re so fortunate to have event sponsors who
consistently step up and renew their support of the series
and our racers,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA.
“Whether it’s the Summit Racing PDRA ProStars or the
contingency program, Summit Racing Equipment has made a
big impact in their first few years as series sponsors.
FuelTech has also been a huge part of what we do, from
supporting events to providing quality products and tech
support to our racers.”
Starting at the East Coast Nationals, racers in the top
three professional classes will all compete in a special
Engine Builder of the Year challenge. Switzer Dynamics Pro
Nitrous will continue its Structural Concrete Nitrous
Wars, while WS Construction Pro Boost presented by P2
Contracting and Ty-Drive will start Boost Wars and
Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED
Competition will begin Horsepower Wars. These challenges
will include shootouts in qualifying, with the driver with
the most points at the end of the season earning the
Engine Builder of the Year title for their respective
The East Coast Nationals will also feature M&M
Transmission Pro 632, Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle,
Menscer Motorsports Pro Street presented by AFCO, and the
series’ newest class, AFCO Super Street presented by
Sportsman racers from near and far will compete at the
East Coast Nationals in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman
presented by PAR Racing Engines, MagnaFuel Top Sportsman
presented by Corbin’s RV, Laris Motorsports Insurance
Elite Top Dragster, Laris Motorsports Insurance Top
Dragster, and Edelbrock Bracket Bash presented by COMP
The pros aren’t the only racers who will compete for bonus
money and bragging rights in a new program. Laris
Motorsports Insurance is introducing a “Perfect Run” Bonus
for sportsman racers available to Laris customers who make
a perfect run in eliminations. One $1,000 bonus will be
available per event.
Since the beginning, PDRA has provided a place to race for
the sport’s rising stars in the Jr. Dragster ranks. That
continues this season with Coolshirt Systems Pro Jr.
Dragster presented by PRP and Classic Graphix Top Jr.
Dragster presented by PRP.
Another new program that will begin at the East Coast
Nationals is PDRA Raceday, a new pre-race show streamed
live by the official PDRA livestream partner, FloRacing.
Hosted by Courtney Enders, PDRA Raceday will be filmed
live on the Vendor Midway on Saturday at 1 p.m. at every
race. The show will include a look back at qualifying
highlights and a look ahead at marquee matchups for
“FloRacing has really stepped up in a big way this
offseason with the PDRA,” Crossnoe said. “Courtney, Chris,
Tom, and the entire team is ‘all-in’ on making the PDRA a
staple on their ever-growing platform of drag racing
livestreaming. The partnership between the series and the
broadcasting platform is continually growing and we're
proud to work with FloRacing for yet another season with
Spectator tickets are available for $20 on Thursday, $25
on Friday, and $30 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under get in
free. Tickets can be purchased at PDRA660.com or at the
Pre-race testing will kick off the East Coast Nationals
weekend with Wednesday open testing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Thursday structured testing from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will start qualifying
Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with one session, while the Jr.
Dragster classes will start qualifying Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Pro qualifying kicks off Friday at 2 p.m., with Friday
Night Fire and its two pro sessions starting at 5:30 p.m.
Jr. Dragster qualifying will wrap up Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
before starting eliminations. Pre-race ceremonies and
first round of eliminations will begin at 3 p.m.
ABOUT THE PDRA
Celebrating its 10th season in 2023, the Professional Drag
Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the
United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing.
The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Boost, Pro
Nitrous, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Nitrous Motorcycle, Pro
632, and Pro Street. The series also features sportsman
racing in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Jr. Dragster
and Top Jr. Dragster. The 2023 PDRA schedule consists of
eight national events, plus the Summit Racing Equipment
PDRA ProStars. For more information on the PDRA, visit