Rowe & Matusek Ready to Rock at Real Pro Mod’s ‘First Blood’

(2-26-2016) JUPITER, FL – Danny Rowe and Steve Matusek, two of fast doorslammer racing’s biggest personalities, couldn’t be more excited to get the 2016 racing season underway, but not simply because they’re eager to get behind the wheel of their respective Agave Underground Tequila and Aeromotive Fuel Systems-sponsored Pro Mods.

Danny Rowe Palm Beach 2016Of course, Rowe and Matusek are excited to put their legendary crew chief Jimmy Rector’s offseason efforts on display, yet it’s the event this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) itself that has them already swelling with pride.

“This is big for Pro Mod,” said Rowe, checking in from the pits at PBIR, where his team has been testing all week. “To have a world-class facility like the one here in Palm Beach reach out to us and specifically want to bring in the Real Pro Mod (RPM) group and have a race, in my opinion, really shows you how far we’ve come with this brand of drag racing. Not only did they reach out to us, they put together a national event-level purse and secured a title-rights sponsor in Bennett Auto Supply.

“To be able to hold an event like this – with a bunch of the best drivers, cars and teams in the sport, at a top-notch facility with a legit purse – is a huge feather in our cap as a group,” continued Rowe. “It’s been great to let the clutch out a few times this week and start getting ready for the 2016 J&A Services NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, too. We’ve already made some good eighth-mile runs and with the weather conditions down here, which are unbelievably good, I think we’re going to see some really impressive performances.”

Matusek echoed Rowe’s sentiment.“We’re top billing,” said Matusek. “Our brand of drag racing, what we created – Real Pro Mod – is what they’re trying to sell, it’s the product they’re putting in front of their fans, and they see big value in it. It’s rewarding. To put all this time and effort into the group, having a dream of seeing Pro Mod as a standalone show – it’s extremely rewarding. It feels like we finally have a lot of momentum, and to get some recognition like this is great.

“There’s also something to be said for the inventory of cars we have,” Matusek continued. “These aren’t cars that are crossing over or bouncing around; these are teams that are dedicated to RPM, that have set the standard for Pro Mod that everyone has adopted. Again, it’s truly exciting to see our collective vision become a reality.”

Qualifying for Real Pro Mod “First Blood” starts at 4:00 PM on Friday, February 26th, with a second session slated for 6:00 PM. Qualifying then continues on Saturday with sessions at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Elimination rounds will start at 11:00 AM on Sunday.

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Watkins Dominates 2015 Southern Shootout

(11-21-15) ROSEMARK, TN – Drag racing, like many things in life, can be humbling at times. That was not the case for Outlaw Pro Modified front runner Dwayne Watkins in 2015. Watkins and his fan favorite ’57 Chevy dominated the Promodifieds.US Southern Shootout, winning five events enroute to the 2015 points championship.

The Southern Shootout series hosts no rules, outlaw Pro Mod racing at several facilities across the southern states. This type of no holds barred racing still thrives with the Southern Outlaws, a moniker bestowed years ago to the fearless group of outlaw racers doing battle at small racetracks in the region.

DeWayne WatkinsWatkins is no stranger to outlaw racing, winning many events throughout the years. But even he was admittedly surprised by the level of success experienced this season. The Southern Shootout consisted of nine events amongst venues from Memphis, TN to Atmore, AL. Of those nine events, Watkins advanced to no less than the semi-finals, reaching the final round of seven while winning a total of five races. The championship was clinched with two events remaining, and when the dust settled, Watkins compiled nearly double the points as his closest competitor.

As if that wasn’t enough, Watkins was also #1 Qualifier at five events. He claimed the Sullivan Farms Low ET Bounty on the strength of his 3.713 elapsed time during qualifying at Memphis International Raceway. The Glass Doctor Showdown, a mid-season shootout amongst points leaders at Huntsville Dragway, was also claimed by the Rosemark racer.

“Domination is the word that comes to mind,” stated Brian Cupp, owner of Promodifieds.US. “With the power these screw-blown beasts are making, clean runs can be a challenge on small tracks. In those cases, driving skills are at a premium. Dwayne clearly demonstrated his tuning skills by the number of huge runs he made during the season, but the number of round wins he obtained pedaling the car clearly illustrates excellent driving skills!” added Cupp. “There was no doubt who the favorite was at each event when Watkins rolled through the gates.”

There is an extra measure of satisfaction that comes with self-made success. The photogenic ’57 Chevy was assembled by Watkins in-house, utilizing a McAmis Race Cars chassis kit. All the fabrication and maintenance of the PSI screw-blown BAE Hemi, Lencodrive and Strange rear section is performed by Watkins and crew.

“This was an amazing year for us, just unbelievable the amount of success we have had,” stated Watkins. “This is a family effort and I cannot thank my wife Sheila, son Bubba and grandson Chris enough. Our crew is comprised of great friends Paul Raffanti, Eddie Hodgson, Rusty Shelton and Janice Frost, all of which pitched in to make this possible. I also would like to thank the man upstairs for blessing us with a safe, successful year.”

Watkins would like to send a special thanks to Baskin Auto Sales, RBS Construction, Rusty Shelton, Randy Cagle, Jeff Balton and the Kerley Family for their support in 2015.

Watkins Racing will return to action in 2016 looking to defend their 2015 Promodifieds.US Southern Shootout Championship.

Knowles Earns J&A Service Pro Mod Victory at St. Louis

Mike Knowles Pro Mod St Louis(09-27-2015) MADISON, Ill. –Mike Knowles powered to his first victory of the season Sunday in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

In the final round, Knowles earned his second career victory with his winning performance of 5.901 seconds at 242.71 mph in his ’67 Ford Mustang to the losing run of 5.953 at 244.52 for two-time world champ Rickie Smith.

Knowles also defeated Mike Castellana, Steven Whiteley, and Troy Coughlin in earlier rounds. This is second career victory at Gateway Motorsports Park.

“It’s been pretty good to us, we like it. It’s fun and it’s great for the team,” said Knowles. “Friday we had some engine damage and instead of rushing back up and trying to make the run, we just stopped and regrouped and the team made some good decisions and we came back and made a good run, qualifying to get in the show, and here we are.”

Points leader Mike Janis lost in the second round to Bob Rahaim and his lead over second place racer Troy Coughlin is 28 points going into the final race of the season.

The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season concludes at the NHRA Toyota Nationals, Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada.

Rowe Earns J&A Service Pro Mod Victory at Charlotte

Danny Rowe C7 NHRA Carolina Nationals Win(09-21-2015) CONCORD, NC – Danny Rowe raced to his first victory of the season Sunday in the J&A Service Pro Mod portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. It is the eighth of 10 events in the 2015 NHRA Pro Mod season.

Rowe introduced a brand new supercharged Agave Underground Tequila Corvette into competition at this event and he put it to good use, powering past the competition from the No. 2 qualifying position. He outran Dan Stevenson, Jim Whiteley and Steven Whiteley to advance to the final.

In the final he defeated Eric Latino to earn his fifth career victory with a performance of 5.941 seconds at 245.09 mph. Latino trailed with a 5.950 at 244.92 in his ’69 Camaro.

With the victory, Rowe moved to seventh in the points standings, 107 back of series leader Mike Janis, who was defeated in the opening round of eliminations. Janis is followed in points by Troy Coughlin and Billy Glidden.

The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series continues next weekend with the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

Final round-by-round results from the Eighth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the eighth of 10 events in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE — Clint Satterfield, Pontiac Firebird, 6.161, 242.80 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 10.716, 90.90; Eric Latino, Chevy Camaro, 5.936, 246.39 def. Troy Coughlin Jr., Chevy Corvette, 6.091, 252.33; Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 10.279, 88.30 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, foul; Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.930, 245.54 def. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.942, 246.08; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.923, 247.79 def. Chip King, Dodge Charger, 9.379, 94.22; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.998, 246.26 def. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 6.514, 205.22; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.935, 253.99 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, broke; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.034, 245.72 def. Mike Knowles, Mustang, foul;

QUARTERFINALS — alBalooshi, 5.982, 243.41 def. Satterfield, 8.987, 123.27; Latino, 5.929, 245.23 def. Coughlin, 6.012, 231.08; Rowe, 6.004, 245.14 def. J. Whiteley, 10.114, 86.73; S. Whiteley, 5.932, 247.52 def. Glidden, 6.024, 240.59;

SEMIFINALS — Rowe, 5.911, 245.90 def. S. Whiteley, 5.993, 245.85; Latino, 5.941, 245.58 def. alBalooshi, 6.093, 244.12;

FINAL — Rowe, 5.941, 245.09 def. Latino, 5.950, 244.92.

Hard Overtakes McCurdy In NEOPMA Pro Mod Points Race

(09-19-2015) LONG ISLAND, NY – This has become a battle of the team-mates for number one and two since the NEOPMA Pro Mod Series began this year. Tyler Hard in his Nitrous McAmis Camaro and Kevin McCurdy also McAmis but with Supercharger power have been on each others tails dominating the points series from day one.

tyler-hard-points-leader-neopma-pro-modified-seriesVery few races have not had at least one car from “Hard Racing” in a final or semi final racking up precious points. Kevin McCurdy as of the last race at Capitol which was rained out after one qualifier on Friday night and leading Tyler Hard by the most minimal of numbers took the extreme measure using Tyler Hard’s earlier ride, a T/S Camaro to gain points. Many racers advanced in points also during the last two races, notably Fredy Scriba in the “Scorcerer Vette” coming on strong in the later races after a tough first half.

Steve Assenmacher in what anyone would have to consider to be THE QUICKEST 738ci Pro Mod out there hangs tough in number four also. Stay tuned as the NEOPMA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series has two remaining dates for racers to gain momentum into the Season Finale’ At Atco Raceway.


September 25th – 26th NEOPMA 3rd Annual MDIR Pro Mod Challenge “Supercharger Showdown”

October 17th NEOPMA Series Season Finale’ Atco Dragway’s “OUTLAWS AT ATCO” Featuring The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods 1/4 Mile Drag Racing

Atchison Claims AutoPro Ultimate Showdown Series Championship!

Rob Atchison Champion(09-10-2015) LONDON, ON –Three time IHRA Alcohol Funny Car Champion Rob Atchison added another championship to his resume this past weekend at the AutoPro Ultimate Showdown at Grand Bend Motorplex’s Teamster’s Union sponsored “Thunder by the Beach”.

Qualifying # 1 with a 5.976 elapsed time in the extreme heat Rob was the only car to dip into the 5’s followed by Derek Hawker’s 6.03. Round one saw Rob face off against # 8 qualifier Sam Cammisuli Corvette. Rob drilled the tree and motored down the track to a career best 5.93 elapsed time which was quickest pass of the weekend. The Semi’s had Rob facing # 4 qualifier Bruce Boland and Rob had a .006 red light handing the victory to Boland the eventual race winner.

On the back of his victories in the first two races Rob clinched the title with his # 1 qualifier and first round win.

Thanks to Autopro/NAPA for a great series, our sponsors Atchison Machine, Mattress Depot and Westcoast Transportation along with product sponsors Dewalt Tools,Felpro Gaskets, Flatout Gaskets, Hoosier Tire Canada, JET Tools and Equipment, Lenco Transmissions, Mahle/Clevite Bearings, NGK Spark Plugs, Permatex Canada, Speed Pro Rings and Wiseco Pistons.


(09-04-2015) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Veteran driver and team owner Danny Rowe will be behind the wheel of his brand-new Agave Underground 2015 Chevrolet Corvette when the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series takes to the quarter mile this weekend for the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, near Indianapolis.

Danny Rowe Corvette 2015“Not only are we excited about the new car, but Mike Ivey and Fran Vincenzio and all the gang from Agave Underground are going to be here to share the experience and excitement of running the U.S. Nationals with us,” Rowe says. “We’ll also have Matt Riha here, who gave the new car an absolutely fantastic paint job. If it runs as good as it looks I know we’ve already got a winner.”

Championship-winning crew chief Jimmy Rector will be calling the shots on the new Tim McAmis Race Cars-built Corvette and Rowe promises they’re looking forward to going a few rounds on race day.

“It’s swing-for-the-fences time,” the California-based businessman says. “It’s time to pull out all the stops, go for broke, make it happen, however you want to put it, we’re ready to visit the winner’s circle again and there’s no better place to do that than Indy.”

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing class is populated by historic muscle cars like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late-model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended Pro Mod door cars travel the quarter mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.

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Atchison & Gervais Capture Showdowns Titles

(08-12-2015) NEW HAMBURG, ON – The second round of the NAPA AUTOPRO ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN DRAG RACING SERIES wrapped up at Grand Bend Motorplex, with Rob Atchison repeating his winning ways in Pro Modified. While Marc Gervais from Sudbury, Ontario captured the $10,000 Showdown title in the Top Dragster / Top Sportsman run-off.

Rob Atchison - Marc GervaisAtchison from London, Ontario, was able to qualify his 1963 Corvette Pro Modified entry in the field in the number 3 position, then work his way past Chris Brohman’s Camaro in round one, and a sidelined Derek Hawker to move into the final round against  many time Pro Mod winner Bruce Boland.

Boland ended up the number one qualifier, at 5.926 seconds at over 242. mph. He worked his way around Bob Nagy in round one, then defeated Al Martorino’s Mustang in the semi-finals.

In the Pro Mod final Boland’s 1941 Willys experienced clutch problems not far off the starting line, causing him to slow to a 6.30 elapsed time on the run. Rob Atchison was able to repeat his earlier consistent performance, with a solid 5.97 at 238. mph for his second consecutive win in the Ultimate Showdown Drag Racing Series.

The Atchison Machine Service, Mattress Depot and West Coast Transportation sponsored Corvette, now has increased it’s points lead in Pro Modified, with one more race to go this season. Rob was obviously happy with his second straight win in the USDS Series, and celebrated in the winners circle with his Dad Bob and crew members Kyle, Tim, Fraser, and Mike.

In the NAPA AUTOPRO Ultimate Showdown Top Dragster side of the 32 car class, qualifying was once again led by Lyle Williams, in the Williams Racing, Supercharged Chrysler Hemi powered rear engined Racetech dragster. Lyle laid down a stout 6.076 elapsed time at 227.96 mph to lead the field into eliminations. The Top Dragster bump spot was a 6.788, held by Jim Rubino fro Buffalo, NY.

During eliminations, it was number two qualifier Glen Vardy out of Burlington, Ontario, who worked his way into the T/D final after eliminating Sydnie Hyde, Tom Orr, and Jim Rubino, to set up his match with the 1932 Austin Bantam altered of Kyle Harris, from Burford. Harris not only worked his way into the final round of T/D, with his supercharged altered, but was also doing double duty, working as a full-time crew member on Rob Atchison’s Pro Mod winning Corvette! Harris had defeated Bill Moloughney in the first round, then got around the altered of James Lichty in round two.

That set up the final between the Procharger equipped dragster of Vardy, and the supercharged Chevy powered entry of Harris.  In that race Vardy didn’t leave much at the tree with a .001 reaction time to Harris’ .037 light. Glen Vardy was able to chase down the Kyle Harris wheeled altered for a 6.33 (6.29) victory  over an early shut-off 6.78 (6.47).

On the Top Sportsman side of the ladder, the number one qualifier was the twin turbocharged 2008 Chevy Cobalt of Fred DeJonge. Fred laid down a 6.350 elapsed time at 239.80 mph. The bump spot on the Top Sportsman side was 7.219, held by Mike Beska.

The Top Sportsman eliminations unfolded with number 3 qualifier Marc Gervais in his 1968 big block powered Camaro, defeating Dave Bell in round one, before eliminating “MotorCity” Mike Sowards in round two. Gervais edged out Rob Gray in round three, and was headed to the T/S final against Wes Goddard in his twin turbo powered 1958 Nash Metropolitan. Goddard had qualified 4th with his twin turbo Nash, and defeated Phil Sampson, Bob Bauer Jr, and Darrin Grubb to earn his way into the final.

In the Top Sportsman final, there was only a tenth of a second difference in dial-ins, between Goddard (6.85), and Gervais (6.75). At the green, Goddard’s Nash instantly broke loose, losing traction, while Gervais  went .011 at the tree and laid down a 6.80 at 206 mph for the win.

That set up the NAPA AUTOPRO Ultimate Showdown final race for $10,000. to win, between Glen Vardy, and Marc Gervais. In that race, Vardy dialed his dragster in at 6.29, while Gervais also kept his dial-in the same at 6.75. Gervais’ Camaro left on green, but Vardy left just 9 thousandths too early (-.009) to hand the win to Gervais, at  6.776 at 199.37 mph.

Gullqvist Wins at Hockenheim NitrOlympX

Gullqvist Wins at Hockenheim NitrOlympX(08-11-2015) HOCKENHEIM, DE – Eliminations for the 30th NitrOlympX at the Rico Anthes Quartermile were run under good conditions, and as the heat was not as intense as it was in qualifying, most teams could step up to their qualifying performance. Eliminations were even more interesting as there were many surprising outcomes.

A dramatic first round in Pro Modified as Robert Joosten, Marcus Hilt and Norbert Kuno had to withdraw from eliminations after mechanical problems in qualifying, and David Vegter had problems at the line and could not start too. Championship leader Mats Eriksson had a bye run in the quarter final, and after defeating Tero Laukkanen in the semi-final, the number one qualifier and championship leader was in the final. Number two qualifier Michael Gullqvist had a bye run in the quarter final as Jean Dulamon could not come back after his first round win. In the semi-final Gullqvist had to face Bruno Bader, the number two in the championship, but stepped up to a storming 6.01 seconds to advance to the final.

The final was a close race, but as Gullqvist could almost repeat his semi final performance (now 6.03 seconds), the multiple Pro Mod champion defeated Eriksson (6.13). With his win Gullqvist, who started the race as the number four in the championship, held his championship dream alive. Eriksson is still in the lead with Bader in second position.

Kerunsky Takes Nitro Jam Pro Mod Victory in Edmonton!

(7-22-2015) NISKU, AB – The 2015 IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports was a huge success despite a little weather setback, with the entire Friday program being flushed, literally down the drain. The WDRL Unique Concrete Pro Mods presented a stout field of 16 cars to run for the WDRL points and an IHRA Ironman trophy.

Glen Kerunsky IHRA Nitro Jam WDRL Pro Mod WinFirst round was not without upsets. Number one qualifier, Mike Gondziola (6.02) shook off the line and the car took a hard right and that was it, and number 16 qualifier Tom Reithmayer in his Mustang went on to round two. Also having a hard time in round one, was defending Champion, Calgary’s Joe Delehay, who was having issues all weekend and only qualified number thirteen. Delehay also had a violent start against Fort St John B.C. native, Jeff Doyle. Doyle went on to take the round.

Not making the call for round one was Doug Hesch, from Swift Current, Sask. Hesch, had troubles with the former IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock entry and could not make it work after round one of qualifying. Also breaking in round one was, Edmonton’s Gary Urlacher and Wade Sjostrom.

The rest of the rounds were pretty predictable as Glen Kerunsky (6.15) took out Dale Pederson (6.28), Paul Glandon (6.19) took down Patrick McNally (9.53), Garry Weslosky (6.70) running down Tom Reithmayer, with Reithmayer crossing the center line as that car took another violent turn across the track for the second time on the weekend, and Ross Hogenson (6.32) eliminated Jeff Doyle (6.34), as round two came to a close.

Round three was set to be a classic, Boost against Boost and Nitrous against Nitrous. Glen Kerunsky, Roots Supercharged ’53 Corvette, once again looked to be a bracket car as he took out Paul Glandon’s ’69 Twin Turbo Camaro with 6.10 at 234mph to Glandon’s 6.14, 237mph run. It was a goody! The other pair was also set to be close but Garry Weslosky’s ’69 N2O Camaro had other plans. Things didn’t quite come together and ran a 7.25 to Ross Hogenson’s ’63 N2O Corvette’s 6.29 at 230mph. The final is set. Blower vs N2O.

The final didn’t come off without some drama. Kerunsky did his burnout, then Hogenson did his. The yellow ’53 vette was ready to go into the prestage and as Kerunsky was set, he saw the prestage light of Hogenson go on, not knowing that it was Hogenson’s crew member sticking his foot in to check the location of the beam. Kerunsky took the prestage as a go and set the second stage light on and got on the throttle. Meanwhile Hogenson is still back in the staging area and creaping to the beams. Kerunsky had to sit and burn while Hogenson entrered the beams. The tree activated quickly and Hogenson was late on the start and handed the win to Kerunsky. It was exciting to say the least.

Congratulations to the Kerunsky/Mason team for a great weekend and the biggest Unique Concrete Pro Mod win of the season.

Courtesy of Western Drag Racing League