Defending world champion Jim Halsey gained ground in his quest for a second Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous world championship when he qualified No. 1 Friday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing Brian Olson Memorial World Finals. Racing at Virginia Motorsports Park, Halsey shot to the top spot with a 3.638-second pass at 208.46 mph. 
Championship contenders John Strickland (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction) and Dillon Voss ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) also qualified No. 1 in the pro classes, as well as JR Carr in Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock, Ashley Owens in Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle and Tim Essick in Drag 965 Pro Street. 
There are also some tight championship battles in the PDRA’s sportsman categories, where the No. 1 qualifiers are Buddy Perkinson in MagnaFuel Elite Top Sportsman presented by Tejas Borja, Michael White in Lucas Oil Elite Top Dragster, Andrew Johnson in Teets Memorial Top Sportsman 48 and Kellan Farmer in Lucas Oil Top Dragster 48. 
In the Jr. Dragster classes, a perfect 7.900-second pass gave Manassas, Virginia’s Christopher Suppers the No. 1 spot in Coolshirt Pro Jr. Dragster. Hunter Smith was almost perfect with a .001 reaction time, putting the Oakwood, Virginia-based driver in the No. 1 spot in Gilbert Motorsports Top Jr. Dragster.