WHITELEY RACES TO PRO MOD SERIES LEAD AT NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS
(09-14-14) CHARLOTTE, NC – Steven Whiteley raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The Pro Mod Series racing at this event is sponsored by Powerocks and it is the eighth of 10 events in the 2014 season.
Whiteley powered his supercharged Y-Not Racing ‘68 Chevy Camaro by Tim McAmis to a leading performance of 5.875 seconds at 246.26 mph. Danny Rowe qualified second in his Tim McAmis-built supercharged Agave Underground Tequila ’68 Camaro with a 5.894 at 246.08. Indy No. 1 qualifier Don Walsh was third with a 5.919 at 249.35 in his turbocharged late model Camaro.
Series points leader Rickie Smith, a native of nearby King, N.C. and winner of the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis two weeks ago, qualified fifth in his new nitrous-injected IDG ’68 Camaro, posting a run of 5.968 at 245.00.
The final Pro Mod qualifying session is Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and will be followed by the first round of eliminations at 2:30 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue on Sunday at approximately 2 p.m
Rojas Races to NEOPMA Victory at Maple Grove Raceway’s Pro Mod Wars
(9-8-2014) MOHNTON, PA – Isaias Rojas and the Mech-Tech Team had their 08’ Tim McAmis Pro Mod Cobalt ready for action and proved it with an impressive win at the Latin American Sports Compact III Event at Maple Grove Raceway this past weekend. Isaiah’s consistency was awesome, running two 5.95’s in elimination’s and a 5.94 in the final to win and set the Maple Grove track record.
Conditions were awesome for elimination’s on Sunday, but Saturday’s weather had a few thunderstorms pass through in combination with a few Import oil downs and incidents cut three qualifiers down to two. The big story Saturday was points leader Fred Scriba not qualifying leaving the door open for Dwayne Wolfe and Craig Pio to close the gap on the points leader.
“This event was in partnership with Ivan Mejias, club sponsor and owner of USA Auto Supply at his 3rd annual Latin American Sports Compact III event,” said John Mazzorana NEOPMA President. “It was a well-organized event with thousands of fans in attendance and loving the action. Overall for the year, we have had 50+ different Pro Mods attend at least one of our events. That says something positive about quarter mile Pro Mod action on the East Coast.”
Fred Scriba maintains First place in points, with Dwayne Wolfe 41 points behind and Craig Pio a little over two rounds behind with one point’s event remaining October 18th at Atco Dragway. That event will determine the 2014 NEOPMA Champion.
Story courtesy of NEOPMA
Knowles Ready for Return to NHRA Competition at Indy
(8-29-2014) GRAND JUNCTION, CO – It’s no secret that Pro Modified racer, Mike Knowles, has been a HUGE supporter of the NHRA Pro Modified series for many years but, it’s also no secret that Mike is a man that speaks his mind. In recent months Mike has been very vocal of his displeasure with the pre-entry list process for the Pro Modified class but because of his love for the sport and the class Knowles has decided to make a return to NHRA completion at Indy.
“We recently went to an 1/8th mile PDRA event in Tulsa with the expectation of using that time as testing for Indy but, I’ll tell you once you’re at an event like that you get caught up in the event. There are so many great cars, good people and an amount of fans like I’ve never seen before. After we ran some real good numbers in qualifying we decided to back off the testing and go after winning the race. My guys had their stuff together and we ran some high 3.80’s and went for it but, we ended up losing in the semifinals to Kevin Rivenbark by less than a hundredth. That’s a very strong car that, that in my opinion, SHOULD be at Indy. No matter what, we’ll be there loaded for whatever it takes,” stated Mike Knowles.
Mike Knowles and his Blown Money Tim McAmis Race Cars Pro Modified Camaro will will compete in the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at historic Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana this August 27-September 1st. To follow all the action, log onto www.dragracecentral.com or you can follow along at NHRA.com. The first rounds of qualifying for the Pro Modified class will be Friday at 5:30 PM. The second and third rounds of qualifying are set for Saturday at 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM respectively. The final round of qualifying is scheduled for 10:30 AM Sunday with the first round of eliminations set to go off at 2:00 PM. The final day of eliminations for the Pro Mods is set to begin at 1:00 PM Monday.
NHRA’s Quickest Pro Mod Pass in History!
(07-30-2014) SONOMA, CA- Lined up alongside one another, Maggio ripped off a stunning 5.706 at 261.07 MPH, with Meadors right on his heels with a 5.747 at a likewise booming 257.48 MPH. With the advantage out of the gate, Meadors actually took the win light, but it was the numbers that truly got everyone’s attention. And to our knowledge, but unconfirmed, it was the quickest side-by-side Pro Mod pass in history.
Delehay Captures Iron Man at IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals
(07-08-2014) Edmonton, AB –The big winner at IHRA’s Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals was Joe Delehay, who set both ends of the track record and topped a few personal bests on his way to capturing the Ironman in Pro Modified. Driving a beautiful blue and silver ’68 Camaro, Delehay qualified first and was the quickest and fastest driver all weekend on his way to his first win at the Rocky Mountain Nationals.
“We have been away from this race for three years and it was great to once again put on a show for these fans,” Delehay said. “Tim McAmis built us a great racecar. It goes right down the track every time, straight as an arrow, and has been really good to us. We came here in August of last year and won the race. We went to Las Vegas and won the race. Now we come here and win again to make it three-in-a-row. That is not too bad.”
With everyone on the property gunning for the weekend’s number one qualifier, Delehay’s final-round opponent, Garry Weslosky, got ahead of himself, going red and allowing Delehay to make a victory pass of 6.086 at 238.72 for the win.
Delehay, trying to put down the first five-second Pro Mod pass in Castrol Raceway history, flirted with the record all weekend long, coming as close as 6.001 Saturday evening. But on Sunday, Delehay shifted his focus from records to an Ironman as he weaved his way through Kerry Stone and Glen Kerunsky on his way to the win.
“We actually hadn’t run this car since November. We put the car together, put a new blower on it, new gear ratio, new combination and started the weekend pretty safe in our setup, but we stepped it up as the weekend went along,” Delehay said. “We were so close to that five-second mark. We thought we were there a couple of times, but we just came up short. Still, we set a few records and came away with the win and we are pretty happy about that.”
Courtesy of the International Hot Rod Association
Rowe & Matusek Expecting Fireworks in Norwalk
(07-03-2014) NORWALK, OH – Coming off yet another strong outing during the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod drivers Danny Rowe and Steve Matusek are ready to make some noise this weekend at fan-friendly Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
“This is as wound up as we’ve been prior to a race,” says Matusek, who earned his career-first NHRA Pro Mod Final round appearance two weeks ago at Bristol Dragway. “I’ve been saying it a lot lately and it’s not meant to discount anyone else’s program, but I truly believe that Danny and I would have the best cars on the property right now anywhere we unloaded them. Jimmy [Rector, crew chief] and this crew are second to none and they’ve got a handle on these Agave Underground hot rods – there’s no way around it. We’re ready to get after it; I had a taste there in Bristol with our trip to the final, but we want to put a bow on it this time around.”
Matusek, founder and president of industry-leading high performance fuel system manufacturer Aeromotive, Inc., is also looking forward to his annual trip to Norwalk based on he and his company’s long running relationship with Summit Racing Equipment and their participation this year in Aeromotive’s “Dealer of the Race” program.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to have Summit Racing Equipment involved with this program,” says Matusek. “It’s a great opportunity to not only carry the Summit flag on the side of our supercharged Pro Mod Camaro for the weekend, but also to bring all the Summit Racing Equipment guys into the pits and show them a good time. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Danny Rowe, team owner and driver, is looking to capitalize on the nearly unrivaled performance of his Jimmy Rector-tuned ‘68 Camaro thus far in 2014.
“We’re very happy with the way things have gone in the first half of the year,” says Rowe, who has qualified no lower than fourth in the last three races and number one at the season-opener. “Bringing in Steve and having the success we’ve had with both cars has been very encouraging, but we’re looking at our weekend in Norwalk as a great opportunity to get the job done and put one of these Agave Underground cars in the winner’s circle.
“We’re fourth and fifth in the points, so a final round appearance for each of us would be a great way to send us into our summer break,” continues Rowe, speaking of the nearly two month layoff for the NHRA Pro Mod Series after Norwalk and before the U.S. Nationals. “With only 10 races you have to do everything you can to keep your team in the hunt all year and not fall too far out of contention. We’re in a really good place right now and we’re excited to spend our Fourth of July weekend at the drag races.”
The Real Deal On The C7 Pro Mod Body
(06-30-2014) HAWK POINT, MO- It seems that over the last few days, a couple of renderings of a brand-new C7 Pro Mod Body have popped up on the internet with quite a bit of false information. As we’ve got a hotline to one of the guys developing the product, one Tim McAmis of Tim McAmis Race Cars, we went right to the source for information. In fact, we’ve been sitting on actual photos of development process and body for several weeks now, while Tim and team prepare to divulge the product’s specifics.
According to McAmis, “There seems to be some confusion circulating regarding the 2014 C7 body that is soon to be released. To set the record straight, here is some factual information. Tim Hodgins of Cynergy Composites is responsible for the development of the C7 in conjunction with Tim McAmis Race Cars. Currently, no bodies are available. Tim McAmis Performance Parts will be the exclusive distributor for the C7 and will begin accepting orders in late July or early August. Velocity Composites will manufacture all C7 bodies which will be available in fiberglass, carbon fiber and light weight carbon fiber. This rendition was created from the actual plug. The others circulating were some of the early concepts created by Stu Wotypka of ID Motorsports Designs who also worked with Tim Hodgins through the entire design and development process of this body.”
As the C7 is finalized for production in the coming weeks, we here at Dragzine will be posting an exclusive, behind the scenes look detailing the cutting-edge process used to create this product. McAmis says, “Anything published elsewhere can be considered a rumor, or entirely false.”
Article Courtesy of Dragzine
Moits Racing’s Mustang First Pass
(06-27-2014) MARTIN, MI – Check out the video of Paul Mouhayet’s first full pass in his new TMRC-built Moits Racing Mustang!
Rob Atchison wins PMRA race & 23rd Ironman Trophy
(06-24-2014) GRAND BEND, ONTARIO – He’s been to the winner’s circle many times in his drag racing career, but his first win in the Pro Modified Racing Association was special and jubilant for Rob Atchison.
Driving the Atchison Racing 1963 Corvette Pro Modified, Atchison won the PMRA race during the MOPAR IHRA Nitro Jam Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex over the weekend.
The win was his first in the PMRA, and the win also gave him his 23rd IHRA Ironman trophy.
“This was great finally being able to get the Pro Modified up and down the track,” said a pleased Atchison after the final round. “It was great to be able to finally succeed.”
Atchison is no stranger to winning in the sport. The London Ontario driver is a three-time IHRA Funny Car World Champion and won 22 national events during that time. He and his team went PMRA Pro Modified racing three years ago, and after struggling with the car, their work came to fruition at Grand Bend.
“Driving a Pro Modified is so much different from the Funny Car,” he explained. “But we got it all together this weekend. The car was awesome.”
In the final round, Atchison was paired with number two qualifier Jeff Roth of New Hamburg Ontario. Roth had good laps throughout the event, but got sideways right out of the box and had to back out of it, while Atchison went on to a 6.070, 236.28 winning pass.
Atchison led qualifying with the Corvette, posting a 6.021, 237.96 to lead going into eliminations. Roth with his 1941 Willys was next, followed by Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek Ontario.
In the elimination rounds, Atchison defeated number eight Paolo Giust of Osgood Ontario in a close first-round match, and fourth-seeded Toronto’s Mike Yedgarian in the second round to meet up with Roth. Meanwhile Roth shut down Denis Lachance of Quebec City who qualified seventh in another close first-round race, and then eliminated number six qualifier Jason Kalso of Clarkston Michigan in the semi. Boland and number five qualifier Derek Hawker of Corbyville Ontario were both first-round victims.
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Article Courtesy of PMRA.ca | Photo Credit: Brad Turk and IHRA