FIRST LOOK: Lizzy Musi’s New Jerry Bickel-built Dodge Dart

Pro Nitrous star Lizzy Musi’s brand new 2015 Dodge Dart just made its way from Jerry Bickel Race Cars in Moscow Mills, MO to Pat Musi’s shop in Mooresville, NC, and Drag Illustrated was on hand to bring you the first extensive photo gallery of this one-of-a-kind machine.

The color scheme and graphics were created by Rod Burke, and master painter Jeff Hoskins applied the stunning paint and airbrush work. Ryan McCoy at 1320 Media finished the look with vinyl graphics and lettering for car owner Frank Brandao’s “King Kong 6”.

Of course, power (and lots of it) will come from a new Pat Musi 942 EFI powerplant and will be transmitted through a Bruno-Lenco drivetrain setup. With the power, technology, and aerodynamics at this car’s disposal, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Lizzy become the first to break the 3.60-second barrier in PDRA Pro Nitrous.


Lizzy Musi’s Sleek New Bickel-Built Pro Nitrous 2015 Dodge Dart


There’s no question that second-generation drag racer Lizzy Musi has come a long way from her tumultuous start in Top Sportsman three years ago, and as if she and her father, crew chief and engine builder Pat Musi, weren’t enough of a handful for the PDRA Pro Nitrous contingent in Lizzy’s rookie debut a season ago, they’re about to step things up to an entirely new level in the months ahead with the debut of a spectacular new race car.

At the close of last season the Musi’s, along with team owner Frank Brandao, revealed their plans for 2015, as they commissioned Jerry Bickel Race Cars to construct a brand new 2015 Dodge Dart built specifically for the eighth-mile Pro Nitrous style of racing. Last year, Musi made the second-quickest run in the class all season with a 3.74, despite wheeling a five-year old Dodge Stratus that was built with quarter-mile racing in mind.

The Musi’s got their first look at the completed Dart this week, which features the very same body used by Allen Johnson in Pro Stock, albeit stretched to reach a 110-inch overall wheelbase. Noted painter Jeff Hoskins applied the flashy new scheme, which features an illustration of King Kong, continuing a theme that Brandao has had on his previous Mopar-bodied race cars. The car will sport an even larger 942 cubic inch, EFI-equipped mill between the fenders in 2015 as they aim to take “King Kong 6” to the winners circle and perhaps even the PDRA championship in Lizzy’s sophomore season behind the wheel of a Pro Nitrous car.

Lizzy Musi Walks Away Following Terrifying Crash

PDRA Pro Nitrous superstar Lizzy Musi and veteran Ron Muenks were involved in a terrifying high-speed accident during the opening round of Pro Nitrous qualifying for the season-opening PDRA Texas Nationals at the Texas Motorplex outside Dallas. Fortunately, Musi and Muenks were uninjured, but rain showers quickly followed the incident forcing the cancelation of the evening’s on-track action for the night.’s Les Mayhew scored this fantastic footage of the terrifying ordeal.

POPEYE POPS THE TOP: Pat Musi on Lizzy’s New Car, Competition Amongst Engine Builders & Nitrous Racing

“It’s been a while since I’ve been that pissed off,” admits Pat Musi, referring back to late June at the PDRA Summer Drags in Martin, Michigan, where his 23-year-old daughter, Lizzy, was forced to shut off on the starting line during her first-ever Pro Nitrous final round. “I was so mad—a bad solenoid, really? I couldn’t believe something like that got past us, and to tell you the truth, I stayed mad about it all the way up until the win light came on [at the next race] in Virginia. When we won that race, I finally got over it.”

In all fairness, they all “got over it.” Collectively, the whole team got over the hump, breaking through to score their first victory in inarguably one of the most competitive classes in drag racing: PDRA Pro Nitrous.

“I’d been saying, ‘man, we’ve got a car that can win, we’ve got a driver that can win, we’ve got a team that can win,’ but I knew it was going to take a different kind of focus, we were going to have to take it to another level, and we did,” Musi says. “We won.”

Now, though, having done the deed once, Musi, daughter and crew have a new level of expectations when they roll into the race track. The performance displayed by Lizzy’s 903-cubic-inch Pat Musi Racing Engines-powered Dodge Stratus, as well the slew of other top-tier Pro Nitrous teams running Pat Musi power, including five-time event winner Jason Harris (beaten only by Lizzy in the Virgnia final), has captured the attention of everyone in fast doorslammer racing and painted a massive target on Pat’s back. Sitting down at Musi’s Mooresville, North Carolina-based engine shop, the racer, engine builder and businessman spoke about the fast-approaching end of the PDRA season, what it’s like to see his daughter succeed, and what it takes to stay at the top of the qualifying sheets.

You’re no stranger to success, but after that first Pro Nitrous victory with Lizzy behind the wheel, are you guys more driven than ever, or does winning a race take the pressure off?

Yeah, we’re driven, more driven. Like I told my brother a long time ago, unfortunately, we don’t go to the race track to make friends. Just like if we were boxing, we’re trying to knock these guys out of the ring. Well, that’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s how you have to approach it at this level. We could eat and have beer or whatever later. I’m all good with that; I’m OK with that. But when I’m at the race track, it’s a whole different deal.

What do you think has flipped the switch for Pro Nitrous? This was a class that was seemingly drying up last year, and now it looks—at times—as strong as it’s ever been.

I’ve been saying it for a long time, and I hate to be the guy to say, ‘I told you so,’ but they had to put a minimum weight on the class. You had guys with these super lightweight cars—a couple of them—and now you’ve got an even playing field. I know there’s guys bitching about the cubic-inch deal, but guess what? The 5.300-inch bore space puts a limit on it.

It had gotten out of control. Not a lot of people can spend the money that was being spent on these light cars and, telling the truth, they don’t last. You take this car that Lizzy’s driving right now; this thing’s a rolling chassis from 2010, built before the lightweight deal. It was built for NHRA, and it’s still a good car. If that was a lightweight car, it’d be two years max, and that’s if you don’t shake it to death; one year if you go up there and shake it every time you go up there.

The engine builder wars in Pro Mod, particularly amongst nitrous racers, has really heated up with a lot of the biggest names in drag racing sending their best pieces into battle. What’s it like to go out every weekend in that kind of highly competitive environment?

I love it, and I’ve dealt with it before. Back in Pro Stock, back in 1981, everyone was at each other’s throats. I’ve dealt with it. Look, I know they’re coming. These guys are working hard and we all want the same thing. Guys are asking me why I’m working on new heads, why I’m working on new camshafts—because they’re coming. I know they’re coming.

We’re going to get caught, but I want to be one step ahead of them by the time they catch up. Once you get an edge, you need to try to hold onto it. I’ve been in this business a long time and it’s hard to hold onto it, but we’re going to try to hold onto it as long as we can.

Staying hungry is the name of the game, right?

It is. But let me tell you it’s not all about parts and pieces. It’s about good people and hard work. Over in Qatar last winter, we made 150 laps between three cars and we learned some stuff, and we’re continuing to learn.

We’ve got the best guys involved with this program, Dick Maskin, Danny Jesel. The best guys are doing our heads, the best guys are doing our camshafts, and the best guys are doing our valvetrain. We’ve just got good, good people.

And the good people extend to our customers, which I truly believe are the best bunch of guys we could ever want to be racing our stuff—Tommy Franklin, John Hall, Mike Bankston—then we’ve got Jason Harris, who has the PDRA Pro Nitrous championship sewn up, the world’s quickest and fastest nitrous car in the eighth mile with Khalid Mohammed and EKanoo Racing, and last year’s NHRA Pro Mod champ and the quickest and fastest nitrous racer in the quarter mile, Rickie Smith. We’ve got great guys. Rickie’s been a big part of our program these last few years and that relationship has really brought us ahead a ton. We laugh that he’s firewall-back and I’m firewall-forward. With this group, unfortunately for some of these guys, we’re going to be tough to beat for right now.

How validating is it to have the kind of success you’re having right now? At PDRA Under the Lights in Tulsa, all four of the Pro Nitrous semifinalists were running Pat Musi power; was that a pretty surreal moment?

For me, personally, the real stunner was back in Virginia when we went up there for that Friday-night qualifying session. That was a moment that literally dropped my jaw. We went up there, figured we’d go a 3.77, maybe .78, had the car kind of safe. We’d gotten a little lost, Rickie [Smith] came over and calmed us down and told me to put a baseline deal in the thing and it’d go fast. When that 3.74 came up on the board, you could have heard a pin drop, first off. I never heard a race track get so quiet. I said, ‘You got to be kidding me.’ I just couldn’t believe the run that thing made.

I’m not sure how to say it, but my problem has always been that I’m a racer at heart. I started racing, okay? I happened to be good at it. I ran IHRA, Pro Street, where I ran, I ran good. You might say, ‘Pro Street, well, that ain’t big time.’ Well, guess what? Whoever was out there was sending their best stuff to outrun us. My problem, what I’m trying to explain, is that I wanted to race more than I wanted to build engines. Yeah, I wanted to build engines, but I really wanted to go racing. After my wreck I was forced to sit on the sidelines and it gave me time to think. Now, I’m totally focused on these engines and making them better. Every day I’m making them better, all day, all night, all weekend. It’s the only thing on my mind.

Speaking of Lizzy, you have to be proud of how well she’s done this year, right?

Look, she’s doing a good job; she’s driving good. I hate to say it and it sound, you know, because she’s my daughter I’m going to catch heat for it, but I’m dealing with one of the best drivers we could have right now. So that’s it—period. She’s just … focused. She listens.

I’m really proud of her. She’s gone out and she’s gotten sponsorship and, honestly, in a lot of ways she’s basically another customer for us. I happen to be the crew chief right now, but next year we’ll have a dedicated crew chief for her car and I’ll just be the engine builder. We’re actually going to revamp the whole deal. We’re getting—and I’m kind of letting the cat of the bag here—a new 2015 Dodge Dart from Bickel.

Jerry Bickel Race Cars is on it right now. The body is there; they’re on it right now. So she’s going to have a new car. She’s got enough funding, thanks to Frank Brandao, Lucas Oil, Drag 965, Edelbrock; she’s got a good deal and she’s going to be out there with a new car soon. This is only going to get better from here.

Exclusive Lizzy Musi Interview

Lizzy Musi is the real deal. She’s been on the cusp since the start of the season, but finally broke through with her first career win in the highly-competitive Pro Nitrous field during the recently completed PDRA U.S. Drags at Virginia Motorsports Park. Musi paced the field with a jaw-dropping 3.74-second, number-one qualifying pass and then worked her way through a murderer’s row of big-name Pro Nitrous racers to earn her winner’s circle debut. Musi sat down with less than 48-hours removed from her big day to talk about how it felt, what it meant and what she thinks the future looks like for her racing career.

Lizzy Musi Rewrites the Record Books & Scores Career-First Win

In just her fifth race in the category, Lizzy Musi earned her career-first Pro Nitrous victory in the inaugural Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) U.S. Drags at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) in Dinwiddie, VA. The historic win was also the first for a female driver in the 89-race history of the Pro Nitrous division.

Musi_PDRA_VMP_actionThe 23-year-old phenom has certainly been impressive in her Pro Nitrous rookie season, having eclipsed the 3.70-second and 200 MPH performance barriers and appearing in the final round at the previous PDRA race in Martin, MI, but her performance July 25-26 at VMP was especially memorable. In qualifying Musi laid down a Pro Nitrous-record 3.740-second elapsed time that rocketed her to the top of the quickest field in the history of the class, which featured a 3.889-second bump spot thanks to 32 of the best nitrous cars in the world attempting to qualify for the 16-car field. The eighth-mile run was also the quickest-ever on American soil by a doorslammer not utilizing a supercharged engine.

“We struggled during testing and the first two qualifying runs, so we just wanted to get down the track and get qualified in the Friday night session. We didn’t even have a heavy tune-up in it,” Lizzy said. “But when I let go of the button it took off like I’ve never felt before and I couldn’t believe it when the scoreboard read ‘3.74’. My crew chief, Gary Henry, came on the radio yelling ‘3.74! 3.74!’ and I was going crazy inside the car. It was an awesome moment.”

“We got lost in testing, and Rickie Smith came over and talked to Lizzy and got her confidence back up, and he helped us sort out the chassis,” said Pat Musi, Lizzy’s father and a doorslammer drag racing legend. “I get frustrated because I’m a motor guy. He came in and got us pointed in the right direction. I don’t think he knows what that means to Lizzy and myself. I give him 110% on the motor stuff and he gives me 110% when it comes to the car, and that’s something we’ve been doing since I won the NHRA Pro Mod race in Norwalk in 2010.”

As awesome as the qualifying run was, Musi and her team were more focused on completing the job and bringing home the win.

“From the day we got back to the shop after the race in Martin to the day we left for VMP, I was determined to get this win,” said Pat Musi. “We’ve battled little gremlins all season that have cost us races and we really shot ourselves in the foot in Martin. I gathered the team together and told them we simply could not have any mistakes if we wanted to win. After Martin, I knew we had the car and the driver, we just had to put it all together.”

Musi with her mother, Elizabeth, and father, Pat.

Musi with her mother, Elizabeth, and father, Pat.

The team, which consists of Gary Henry, Joe Dunne, Ryan Lowry, and Musi’s mother, Elizabeth, gelled after Rickie Smith’s pep talk and guided Lizzy through eliminations, where she defeated David Campbell and Jay Cox in the first two rounds before lining up against John Camp in the semi-finals. Musi’s car shook the tires early in the run and it appeared Camp was streaking to the finals when a massive engine explosion erupted from his ’69 Camaro, allowing Musi to get back in the throttle and drive around Camp.

“I drove that car for several years and it can be a handful,” Pat Musi said of King Kong 5, Frank Brandao’s Jerry Bickel-built 2009 Dodge Stratus. “But Lizzy did an awesome job pedaling the car and getting the round win. She can drive, there’s no doubt about it and she proved it there. She doesn’t get rattled. She’s the real deal.”

In the final round Musi would face off with Jason Harris, the man who has steered his Robert Hayes-built, Musi-powered ’68 Pontiac Firebird to four consecutive Pro Nitrous wins. Both cars struggled with traction early in the run, but Musi again pedaled her car to the stripe like a seasoned veteran and became the first to put Harris on the trailer in 2014.

“When I made the turn-off and came to a stop, I just had to sit there for a couple minutes and gather my emotions,” Lizzy said. “It was a combination of relief and joy, but also pressure to go out and perform like this the rest of the year. Everyone is gunning for us now, but I have all the faith in the world in my dad, my team, and my car. I’m so thankful to have the support of Frank Brandao, Lucas Oil, Edelbrock, Shaikh Mohammad Al Sabah of Kuwait and his Drag 965 team, and our newest sponsor, Mike Bankston and Bankston Racing. We’ve had so much help getting here and it’s just been an unbelievable year so far.”

“Every decal on that car has helped us,” Pat Musi added. “We’re loyal to our manufacturers and they’re loyal to us, and it’s paying off. For example, the Edelbrock fuel injection, which is something that has evolved so much over the last year and is only available through Pat Musi Racing Engines. And people like Tommy Franklin, who really helped us get this ball rolling over the winter by selling one of our 903 EFI engines back to us at a tremendous discount and working with us to do some research and development. We’ve got a new cylinder head program and we’re creeping up on some things with the camshaft, and we’d never be able to do all of this on our own.”

Lizzy Musi’s impressive season may surprise a lot of people, but Pat Musi is certainly not one of them.

“I expected her to have success, and she’s had it right from the start,” Pat Musi said. “I’m so proud of her. She grew up around this stuff and has just soaked it up. She’s a natural. I try to help her all I can; we talk racing all day at the shop and then all night at home. I try to share my experiences with her. She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with for a long time.”

Photos by Mike Carpenter & Ian Tocher

Lizzy Musi Breaks Through To Lead PDRA Winners In Virginia


Lizzy Musi, the 23-year-old daughter of doorslammer drag racing legend Pat Musi, earned her career-first win Saturday night in the inaugural Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) U.S. Drags at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), near Richmond. Musi beat points leader Jason Harris in the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous final, ending Harris’ undefeated streak from all four PDRA races previously held this year.

Also picking up pro class wins were Brandon Snider in the NAS Racing Pro Extreme class, Cary Goforth with his third Extreme Pro Stock victory of the season, Kevin Rivenbark in Precision Turbo/Proline Pro Boost and veteran rider Billy Vose with his first PDRA win in Pro Extreme Motorcycle.

Sportsman class victories went to Bruce Thrift in Magnafuel Top Sportsman, Derrik Sholar in STT Safety Equipment Top Dragster, and Preston Tanner and David Roloff in Huddleston Performance Pro Jr. Dragster and Top Jr. Dragster, respectively.


Musi qualified her Frank Brandao-owned 2009 Stratus in the number-one position over a PDRA record 32 Pro Nitrous entries with a career-best 3.74 seconds at 199.23 mph over the VMP eighth mile. Harris started from the second position after posting a 3.79-seconds qualifying pass.

In eliminations, Musi beat David Campbell, Jay Cox and John Camp to reach the final, while Harris raced through George Williams III and Tommy Franklin before catching a break in the semis when Chris Patrick left too early to throw away a 3.87 run that easily would’ve beaten the 4.20 posted by Harris when the engine in his ’68 Firebird sustained damage.

In the final round, Harris left first with a slight .007 advantage, but Musi won with another solid 3.88 performance at 181.64 mph, while Harris faded to a 4.24 at 136.90-mph effort.

Pro Extreme champ Brandon Snider.

Musi was overcome with emotion at the top end of the track after the win, remaining in her car for several minutes while gathering her thoughts and composure. “This is unbelievable, like a dream come true. Well, it is a dream come true,” she said upon exiting. “I’ve been dreaming a long time about winning a race and for it to finally come true is, well, I don’t even know what to say.”

The Mooresville, NC-based driver went on to praise her crew for their hard work and dedication to getting the job done, singling out crew chief Gary Henry and her father for making the right calls both at the shop and in the pits. Pat Musi said he “couldn’t be prouder” of his daughter.

“That kid, she deserves this win. I couldn’t be happier for her right now,” he said. “She’s put in the work and learned what she needed to and everyone on this team recognized that and that’s why they all work so hard to help her. We know we have the car, we know we have the driver, so now all we have to do is go out there get it done again.”


Operating on probably one of the tightest budgets in the Pro Extreme class, Snider showed up in Richmond without a screw blower to bolt atop his alcohol-burning Hemi, but was able to borrow a spare from fellow competitor Neal Wantye that helped the former Marine earn his first PDRA trophy after reaching his second-straight Pro Extreme final.

After qualifying third with a 3.58-seconds pass at 211.10 mph, behind only pole sitter Bubba Stanton (3.53/217.18) and Dubai racer Badir Ahli (3.56/213.84), Snider ran 3.63 to win his first elimination round over Randell Reid, whom he’d lost to in the final a month earlier at Martin, Michigan. Snider, from Atmore, Ala., then got quicker with each successive trip to the starting line in his ’63 Corvette.

A 3.60 at 209.49 dispatched Terry Leggett from round two before Snider went 3.57 at 210.90 to win in the semis against Ahli, who left with a -.113 red light. That set up a final-round match against number-four qualifier Tommy D’Aprile, who steered his Mel Bush-owned ’05 Corvette to preliminary wins over Eric Dillard and a redlighting Todd Martin before advancing from the semis with a holeshot win over Stanton.

After posting nearly identical reaction times, D’Aprile ran 3.60 at 208.30 mph, but it was Snider’s 3.56 at 209.95 that took the win home to Atmore, Alabama.

“This was a collective effort,” Snider insisted later. “First of all I want to thank God; He already knew who was going to win this race; Tommy and I were just here for the ride.

“But I have to thank Neal Wantye for helping me out, Ken from Motorsports Unlimited, Jimmy Crenshaw, Michael Elsberry, Steve Holloway, all my crew, Joey Martin; these guys just did what they had to do and I just drove it, man. I had the easy job.”


Just as he was at the previous PDRA race a month earlier in Martin, Mich., Brian Gahm was quickest in Extreme Pro Stock qualifying for the PDRA U.S. Drags with a 4.06 pass at 177.44 mph in his 2013 Mustang. John Montecalvo placed second at 4.09, Dean Goforth was third at 4.10, while his son and points leader Cary Goforth finished up the top half of the eight-car field with a 4.11-second pass at 177.49 mph.

Pro Boost victor Kevin Rivenbark.

All but Dean Goforth advanced from round one of racing, but it was Cary that went the distance for the win, beginning with an epic, three-minute staging duel in round one with John Pluchino, then taking out Gahm in the semis to meet sixth-place qualifier Lester Cooper in the final.

Cooper took a slim .008 lead with his ’09 Mustang off the start and made his quickest run of the weekend at 4.18 and 172.30 mph, but Goforth’s 2014 Camaro laid down a 4.10 at 176.67 to earn his third PDRA win of the year.

“You know, I hate that Dad lost to him in round one, but Lester keeps going to these finals and he’s going to win one of them one of these days,” Goforth pointed out. “We struggled a bit with my car this weekend, but my guys kept working at it and working at it and I feel fortunate to be standing here right now. This one wasn’t easy, but then, none of them are. This is a tough class.”


Through qualifying and eliminations Wallace, NC’s Kevin Rivenbark kept going quicker each round in his supercharged ’67 Mustang until securing his first PDRA Pro Boost win with a 3.86-seconds pass at 191.40 mph in the final against Florida’s Joe Baker. Rivenbark’s teammate and crew chief Todd Tutterow paced a Pro Boost record 23 entries with a 3.84 at 191.51 in qualifying, followed by Baker, NHRA regular Mike Janis and Rivenbark at the head of the 16-car race-day field.

In eliminations, Rivenbark exactly matched his 3.92 qualifying pass to beat Jim Bell’s twin-turboed Camaro, then improved to 3.90 in beating Tommy D’Aprile’s blown ’62 Chevy Bel Air, and improved again to run 3.89 in the semis to defeat Tutterow and his supercharged ’69 Camaro.

Baker, meanwhile, drove his supercharged ’53 Studebaker past Tommy Gray, Andy Beal and Janis in a very tight semi final that saw Baker edge ahead of Janis’ blown 2013 Camaro by just three-thousandths of a second at the eighth-mile stripe.
It wasn’t nearly that close in the final, however, as Baker’s ride shook the tires for the first time all weekend and coasted to a 5.70 lap at just 83 mph.

“I didn’t see Joe, so I didn’t know what happened to him at all,” Rivenbark said. “But it feels good to finally get out of the semis and win one. Hopefully this is the start of something big and we can get after it in the points now, too.”


After the fields were tentatively set by two rounds of qualifying on Friday (July 26) at Virginia Motorsports Park, only past class champion Ashley Owens in Pro Extreme Motorcycle was able to force a change at the head of the lists in Saturday’s last-chance qualifying session with a stellar 4.05-seconds pass at 174.37 mph in the heat of the day on Saturday.

In one of the most dramatic races of the event, Owens fell in the opening round to teammate and points leader Eric McKinney, however, after both riders posted identical 4.090 runs, with McKinney’s .014 starting-line advantage translating to the same margin of victory 660 feet later. Two-time class champion McKinney then beat Jay Fisher in the semis to reach another former champion in Billy Vose for the final.

Vose, who qualified sixth for the eight-bike field in his first PDRA appearance, scored a first-round win over Canada’s Terry Schweigert, then beat Ron Procopio with a 4.08 pass in his own semi-final match to earn lane choice over McKinney.
When the green light flashed, Vose took a .018 lead off the start, then led stripe to stripe, going 4.11 at 172.32 mph to beat McKinney’s 4.17 at 146.50 package after his bike’s engine broke shortly before the finish line.

Cary Goforth, Extreme Pro Stock winner at Richmond.

“We like to use a scuffed tire and our last tire had some 60 or 70 runs on it and it was starting to chunk on us, so we were on a brand-new tire here,” Vose explained later. “That’s why we were slow in qualifying (4.15/171.69), but I felt like if we could get it scuffed in time we’d be okay and that’s what happened.”


Aaron Glaser, the most recent PDRA Top Sportsman winner from Michigan last month, continued his momentum with a career-first three-second pass (3.987/181.57) to earn the number-one spot in Virginia, but it was number-six qualifier Bruce Thrift standing tall with the winner’s hardware when the racing was over.

While Glaser lost in the opening round, Thrift successfully turned back challenges from Tim Lawrence, number-two starter Ronnie Davis, and John Lassiter before beating close friend Glenn Butcher for the win after Butcher redlighted by nine thousandths in the final.

In Top Dragster Derrik Sholar started from the 13th qualifying slot, then drove his 2008 Race Tech car past Alan O’Brien, a redlighting (-.001) Danny Payne and Craig Sullivan to set up the final against 14th-place qualifier Travis Harvey.

Both drivers dialed in 4.19 to set up a heads-up start, where the race was ultimately decided as Sholar left with an excellent .006 reaction leading to a 4.201 pass, while Harvey ran on the number with a 4.194, but his .022 at the tree translated to a nine-thousandths deficit at the finish line.

With the win in Pro Jr. Dragster,  Preston Tanner of Renssalaer, Ind., finished one position better than his result in the Michigan PDRA race last month, while Willowbrook, Ill’s. David Roloff won a double-breakout Top Jr. Dragster final.