PDRA Announces 2014 Event Schedule

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PDRA_logo640A new organization has been formed to provide racers, fans and manufacturers involved with professional-level outlaw doorslammer drag racing a promising future in 2014 and beyond.

The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), founded by well-known racers Jason and Mitchell Scruggs, Gene Hector, Roger Henson and Tommy Franklin, aspires to create a solid foundation for eighth-mile Pro Mod-style drag racing and offer their racing brethren a stable, safe and competitive venue for the quickest and fastest doorslammers on the planet.

“Our goal is to give outlaw doorslammer racers, as well as all the fans, track operators and sponsors who have supported this kind of racing over the years, an organization they can be proud of,” says longtime racer Jason Scruggs. “The PDRA is racer owned and racer operated, and while we understand that there will be a building process, we’re looking forward to a strong series in 2014.”

The 2014 PDRA series tour will feature eight races starting with the season-opener on Friday and Saturday, April 4th-5th at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina. The series will then move to South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Georgia, on May 9th-10th, Memphis International Raceway in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 23rd-24th, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, on June 27th-28th, Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Virginia, on July 25th-26th and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a unique “under the lights” race on August 15th-16th before returning to Rockingham Dragway on September 5th-6th. The series will then return to Richmond, Virginia, on October 10th-11th for its conclusion at Virginia Motorsports Park.

At each stop on the 2014 PDRA series tour there will be eight eliminator categories contested, including Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Boost, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Junior Dragster.

Longtime racers Bob Harris and Rick Moore, both of North Carolina, have been called upon for PDRA’s day-to-day operations and will spearhead the upstart organization’s forward progress.

“There are still a few details to work out, but we are thrilled at the support that has already been shown by racers, track operators and potential sponsors behind the scenes,” says Harris. “I’ve been a racer for over 30 years, involved with Pro Mod for the last 5-6 years with a son who races, and I’ve seen this type of racing really grow. Truthfully, it’s very important that we preserve it, and I think the sport needs an organization like PDRA.

“I’m looking forward to working with Rick, who I’ve worked closely with before, and – bottom line – we’re going to make this deal better than anything that’s out there currently. We’ve got all the tools to do so, and we’re committed to making PDRA the premiere eighth-mile drag racing association in the world.”

Rules, purse structure and various other items will be announced in the coming days and weeks, as well as the creation of an official PDRA website or call Bob Harris (919-880-4962) or Rick Moore (336-382-9516) for more information.


  1. Is this going to be Pro racing or is it going to be pro and the back yard racing. Sportsman racing as well. Sportsman have taken a backseat for so long now and they are the very people that what got this started Drag racing. Thanks for listen. Billy Nelson

  2. Both I and our customers are very exited to have a new pro drag race organization owned by pro heads up racers that are famous for their achievements over the years. should draw lots of fans and racers. thanks from all of us and keep up the good work.

  3. Both I and our Race Engine Customers are so excited to have the New Pro Drag Race Association owned by the by the Professional Race Car Drivers, who have accomplished so much throughout the years! Since this organization is based on the fastest door slammers in the world, It should draw a great number of fans that love and appreciate heads up racing! Keep up the good work! There is no doubt that both the fans & racers will BE grateful to you!!! THANKS FROM ALL OF US, FANS, AND RACERS TOO!!!

  4. Please don’t blow the winnings before the race and blame your sponsors for your bad judgement. I hope you get all the TV time that the NHRA lost for all drag racing fans. Good Luck PDRA. All you need to do is add “True Street” with a 30 mile drive and it could be a perfect event.

  5. I think this will be a great thing for 1/8 mile drag Racing. BROWNRACING will be supporting and winning T/S in the new PDRA so bring your a game fellas 🙂

  6. Jrs. Going to run by age group? Indexes and a PRO Tree? To Keep With The Program! Or is it going to be Just 7.90?

  7. Will be so good to have an organization to keep Heads up Racing in the fore front where it belongs! Looking forward to hitting several races. would be available to help in any capacity like working with Tech inspection or Track crew!


  9. Been a racer for 25 years now a track operator for 35 years get a good plain make sure you have a bottom line don’t let your ego steer you wrong.Be carefull of want to be

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