PDRA Driver Phil Esz Top Dragster Record
Phil Esz sets top dragster record. The Ultrasonic Top Dragster ‘Ultra 4’ Shootout has been one of the most exciting points of the class in the Professional Drag Racers Association’s inaugural year. One of the biggest draws for Top Dragster and Top Sportsman alike is the need to push the limits to qualify and then turn around and be able to bracket race at incredible speeds on race day. The Ultra 4 Shootout provides even greater incentive to be a top qualifier by providing a race within the race. The quickest four qualifiers compete in a no-dial-in event where whoever crosses the finish line first wins.
Phil Esz, whose company UltraSonic,LLC sponsors the Ultra 4 Shootout, also competes in the class and recently proved to be the quickest competitor in Top Dragster.
“I wanted to give something back to racing and let it help grow my business, which it started doing before I sponsored the UltraSonic LLC Ultra 4 Shootout,” Phil Esz said of his commitment to the shootout. “Marty Chance at Neil Chance Racing Converters had bought a machine last year. I also liked the PDRA two day race format and eighth mile racing. It’s a safe place to race with an awesome track and great people to deal with. Ron [Bales, team co-owner] and I both love heads up drag racing. There are several really fast dragsters that feel like we do, so hopefully it can grow into another class at PDRA.”
At the PDRA Summer Drags, Phil Esz laid down an astounding 3.696 to reset the Top Dragster elapsed time world record. This also awarded him the number one qualifying position and a spot in the Ultra 4 Shootout.
“I think Ron was more excited than me. We only have 15 runs on the car this year. We made some mistakes and did a real big wheel stand in Q2 which really could have ended ugly, but luck, a blessing and some driving saved the day.
“We have the best crew,” added Esz. “Without them we just could not do it. Lauren, my fiancé, and my friend Jim Casto are awesome. My son Tristan is the video man and then Shadow keeps a watch while we are making runs.This hot rod is a beast and we are looking for some faster times yet.”