Chris Garner-Jones scored an emotional Pro Nitrous Motorcycle win Saturday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) North vs. South Shootout presented by Line-X at Maryland International Raceway. It’s Garner-Jones’ first PDRA win since winning here at Maryland in 2015, and the first since losing his father, teammate, and PDRA legend T.T. Jones to cancer a year ago.
“It’s been so long since I’ve had a win at the PDRA,” Chris said. “Seeing that Father’s Day was a week ago, this one means a lot. Happy heavenly Father’s Day again to my dad.
Garner-Jones started the weekend with his first No. 1 qualifying effort of the season, a 3.999-second blast—the only 3 in qualifying.
“It felt good because we came into the weekend kind of struggling a little bit,” Garner-Jones said after qualifying. “We ended the day on a good note, though. We came to win. Hopefully we can keep it up. With my brother William calling the shots, I’m confident we can go after that win.”
Three other riders came within thousandths of a second of joining Garner-Jones in the 3-second zone. Brad McCoy posted a 4.002 at 175.50 to qualify second, followed by defending world champion Travis Davis with his 4.006 at 173.85. Motorcycle drag racing veteran Paul Gast ended up just outside the top 3 with his 4.008 at 175.57.
Garner-Jones ran Terry Wynn in the opening round, winning that match with a 4.024 at 179.14, then backed it up with a 4.024 at 177.74 in the semifinals to beat Gast’s 4.343 at 129.67.
Racing out of the No. 2 spot, McCoy defeated Mohammed Alawad’s 4.145 with a 4.092. He coupled a slightly quicker reaction time and a 4.042 to knock down Davis and his 4.043 to move on to the final round.
Garner-Jones nailed a 4.007 at 176.67 aboard his T.T. Jones Racing Suzuki to knock out McCoy and his 4.044 at 174.93.
“Big thank you to my little brother William,” said Chris. “He tuned his ass off this weekend. Paul Gast helped us out a little bit and got our clutch set up. After that, we’ve been running fantastic.”
story and photos courtesy of PDRA