Pro Stock VW Drag Racing: PRA ’94, from Ocean Street Video

This is racing action from the PRA ’94 videotape; the Pro Stock class. The drag racing action starts off with passes from the 1993 season, when Ron Lummus Racing and the Mike Stewin/JayCee crew were slugging it out in the points title chase. The rivalry continued into 1994, but with Jack Sacchette doing the driving against RLR. Most of the Pro Stock participants were experienced drivers; Super Street was the place where you cut your teeth on heads-up VW drag racing.

One of the most experienced drivers on the circuit was Larry Kelley. He had been racing Volkswagens back in the ’60’s, and when the import drag racing scene blew up in the mid ’90’s, both he and his son Scott Kelley hit it big time. They are still doing it in 2015, this time with the NHRA: http://www.competitionplus.com/drag-racing/news/20169-here-come-da-bugs

Ray Medrano ran his car in this all-motor PRA Pro Stock class, and shortly thereafter put nitrous to it. He would drive up from L.A. to the Sacramento Bugorama, with a small dog for a crew chief. He would run big numbers, then pack the dog and the car up, and drive home. These days you’ll probably find him racing Super Comp at Fontana.

The PRA Pro Stock VW drag racing class was a pounds-per-cubic-inch, tube chassis class. Perhaps it could be said that the halcyon days of the class were in the early ’90’s, but regardless of the turnout, some people considered it to be the pinnacle of VW drag racing.

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