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30TH ANNUAL THUNDER NATIONALS GEARING UP

Date posted: 4/24/2013 10:57:33 AM

Presented by NAPA Auto Parts, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series will begin its fifth year of competition. Last year at this race the Top Dragster of Jeff Moser of Bamberg, Ontario, won over Rob Gray of Ingersoll, Ontario in the Wilson & Gray Top Sportsman Cavalier

Going into its third year, and presented by Wiseco Performance Products, John Orfanidis of Toronto, Ontario won the Martin race on his Pro Bike over the Pro Sled entry of Bill Anderson of Seaforth, Ontario.

The Thunder Nationals will begin Friday, May 10 with qualifying at 6 pm. Qualifying will continue Saturday, May 11 at 2 pm with eliminations scheduled to begin at 7 pm. Also featured will be Jet Car action, Top Fuel Dragsters, and Super Stock racing.

US 131 Motorsports Park has been in providing top drag racing for over 50 years, and this year's Thunder Nationals is the track's 30th running of this popular opening event. For more information, go to www.us131msp.com.

This event will be the first of six events in 2013 for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the PBSS, and the first of eight races for the PMRA.

The PMRA www.PMRA.ca, races in conjunction with its companion series, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts www.Quick32.ca, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products www.PBSS.ca throughout the year, presenting an exciting and colorful package of drag racing action.

For more information contact Bruce F. Mehlenbacher at Bruce@PMRA.ca

Photo Credit:Brennan Shortall ~ www.DragRaceCanada.com andGreg Bunsold

 About the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA):

The Pro Modified Racing Association, www.PMRA.ca, was organized late in 2004, and the first race event was held in May of 2005.

 For 2013, the PMRA will provide the best in Pro Modified racing in its ninth consecutive season. 

Since its inception, the PMRA has grown in stature and popularity, and is one of the top Pro Modified drag racing series in North America, holding premier events throughout the race season to the delight of a solid race fan following.

The PMRA is a self-governing organization with input from its teams, and adheres to the technical and safety rules as outlined by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). 

Cars in the PMRA are the ultimate hot rods. Pro Modified cars are one of drag racing's most exciting and colorful classes, offering a diverse group of race cars with 3,000-plus horsepower engines in supercharged, nitrous-powered, or turbocharged format.

With appealing and colorful classic body styles sitting on top of the most modern mechanical and safety equipment, constructors are permitted, within established rules and parameters, to modify and enhance the cars in both appearance and performance. The cars are fuelled by gasoline or methanol, propelling them down the quarter-mile in under six-second times at over 240 miles per hour. PMRA competitor and Champion Mike Stawicki presently holds both time and speed records in the PMRA, with a 5.739-second posting, and a 255.75-mph speed. With quarter-mile racing such as that, the PMRA provides drag race fans the opportunity to see, hear, and experience the utmost in the popular Pro Modified class, known as "the world's fastest door slammers".

The PMRA events are run in conjunction with the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, www.Quick32.ca, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS), www.PBSS.ca, offering fans a great diverse show of drag racing.

About the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts:
Early in 2009 the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, www.Quick32.ca, was instituted as an alternative for high-horsepower Sportsman-class teams to compete on a regular basis, and will begin its fifth season in 2013.

The Series is comprised of 32-car qualified fields of the 16 quickest open wheeled cars (Top Dragster) and the 16 quickest door cars (Top Sportsman), and presents the best in ET-style, dial-in drag racing, competing on a Sportsman ladder. After eliminations in both classes, the final Top Dragster entry and the final Top Sportsman entry pair off to determine the event Champion.

Both Top Dragster and Top Sportsman cars are capable of passes in the low six-second range with speeds over 200 mph.

Competitors in this exciting Series must comply with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Safety rules and regulations, with a maximum dial-in of 7.95 seconds for the quarter-mile.

The Series provides $3000 to win for each event and $5000 for the annual Championship Point Award Series Champion, payouts very popular with competitors which leads to large fields of race cars.

The Quick 32 Sportsman Series is committed in providing a professional atmosphere for its teams. It also provides solid media and logistic support, ensuring itself as one of the most popular drag race series running Top Sportsman and Top Dragster race cars.

The Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts competes with the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), www.PMRA.ca, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS), www.PBSS.ca, offering fans a great show of drag racing.

About the Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS):
The Pro Bike & Sled Series, www.PBSS.ca, presented by Wiseco Performance Products was organized early in 2011, was established for Motorcycle and Snowmobile teams to compete on a regular basis in an organized and professional racing environment. After two successful six-race racing seasons, the PBSS will return to a full schedule for 2013.

The Series is comprised of a qualified field of Motorcycles and Snowmobiles, and presents the best in ET-style, dial-in drag racing, competing on a Sportsman ladder.
 
Competitors in this exciting Series adhere to the technical and safety rules as outlined by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). The maximum dial-in will be 9.99-seconds for the quarter-mile and competitors will race in the eight-second range at speeds of 150 mph and above. During its first two seasons, the 150-mph mark was obtained many times, and speeds approaching 175 mph were recorded on several occasions. 
 
The Series provides $1000 to win for each event and $2500 for the annual Championship Point Award Series Champion, payouts very popular with competitors and will provide large fields of race vehicles.
 
The Pro Bike & Sled Series is committed in providing a professional atmosphere of competition for its teams. The Series also provides solid media and logistic support, ensuring itself as one of the most popular drag race series running these types of race vehicles. Racer safety is paramount in the PBSS, and the Series provides safety and medical equipment, along with trained personnel at all events for any racing emergency.
 
The Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products competes in conjunction with the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), www.PMRA.ca, and the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, www.Quick32.ca, in six weekend-long events throughout the 2013 racing season, offering race fans a solid, well-rounded performance of drag racing action.

For more information, please contact:

Bruce F. Mehlenbacher                                               Tim Miller

Director of Operations                                               Media Director

Telephone: (905) 772-1800 Ext. #22                         Telephone: (905) 870-1456

E-mail:Bruce@PMRA.ca                                              E-mail:Tim@PMRA.ca