(Photos by David Whealon) – In the world of NHRA drag racing there are two categories that stand apart in their brutally tight and precise nature. Those two categories are pro stock car and pro stock motorcycle. In many ways, they are the most driver/rider-centric of the entire series and they are always the ones that produce the closest race day results. Many times over the course of a weekend we’re talking about hundredths and thousandths of a second separating these cars and motorcycles in both qualifying and elimination runs. It’s awesome to watch, especially those that continue to rise to the occasion and succeed like Bo Butner who is dominating the category this year.
Pro stock motorcycles run a 14 race schedule each year with the pro stock cars running 18 race schedule starting this year. It has caused some confusion among casual fans who did not get the widely publicized news but on the positive side it has brought cars out that otherwise would not be competing for a championship. Fields have been strong, bump spots have been the norm, and the competition has intensified with the shortened schedule for the class. Overall, it worked.
Here’s a load of photos from Virginia featuring the screaming cars and motorcycles!