David Wilson

Community sports | Professional Drag Racers Association event at Bradenton Motorsports Park washed away by rain

Bradenton Motorsports Park's inaugural PDRA Racing Series event will have to wait one more year. Rain throughout Manatee County this summer rendered a portion of the track at BMP unusable and earlier this month the Professional Drag Racers Association and Bradenton Motorsports Park were forced to cancel the event that was originally scheduled from Oct. 1-3.

Bradenton replaced Tulsa, Okla., on the schedule for the PDRA's second season and will be included next year. A date will be announced with the rest of the PDRA schedule.

"We would like to thank the entire team at PDRA for their support and professionalism in working with us on this issue," said a statement by BMP officials. "Based upon the schedule for repairs the parties have collectively decided to move the PDRA Motorsports Sunshine State Shootout to 2016 at Bradenton Motorsports Park."

The torrential rain in Bradenton caused sinkage in a narrow section at the quarter-mile area of the track as well as scattered surface damage. BMP hopes to have repairs done by Oct. 1, but this didn't leave the track enough time to prepare for hosting a PDRA event.

BMP, however, ensures the repairs will lead to a superior track. Once the quarter-mile mark is fixed, BMP will do a "full track grind followed by a full track polish, resulting in the best race surface available," according to the release.

The PDRA's next event will be Oct. 22-24 at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Va., for the Brian Olson Memorial PDRA World Finals.

Mustangs, Wildcats win big

Three of the Manatee Mustangs' four teams won Saturday -- two by a shutout -- during the fifth weekend of the Pop Warner season, while the Manatee Wildcats added four

victories of their own.

The Mustangs' junior pee-wee and pee-wee teams each scored at least 28 points in shutout wins against the New Tampa Tigers and the mighty mites scored a 28-6 win of their own. Manatee's unlimited team was the only one to lose.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, won in the mighty mites, pee wee, junior midget and unlimited divisions, and dropped a junior pee wee game to the East Tampa Bandits. The mighty mites also dropped both games of a doubleheader to the South Pasco Predators and Tampa Pal Patriots.

The East Manatee Bulldogs went 3-2 with a win by forfeit. The pee wee Bulldogs blew out the Hardee Wildcats 35-6 and suffered losses in mighty mites and a 7-6 defeat in junior pee wee.

Playing at home, the Palmetto Trojans only managed to score a victory in mighty mites, falling to the Silver Raiders in junior pee wee, pee wee, junior midget and unlimited. Three of the four losses were by seven points or fewer.

The North Manatee Storm also managed only one win, beating the Wesley Chapel Cowboys 18-14 in the junior midget division. The Storm lost to the Cowboys in mighty mites, junior pee wee and pee wee, and fell to Liberty City in unlimited.

David Wilson, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7057. Follow him on Twitter @DBWilson2.

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