Atchison Victorious at Inaugural NAPA AUTOPRO Ultimate Showdowns Event
(7-14-2015) CAUGA, ON – The NAPA Auto Pro Ultimate Showdown Drag Racing Series (USDS) launched its first ever event at Toronto Motorsports Park, with a strong turnout of racers, and a packed house to take in the racing action, at the Canadian Nitro Nationals.
The AUTOPRO USDS crowned its first Champions in Pro Modified, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster on Sunday, following two days of intense qualifying, and tight elimination action.
There were 14 Pro Modified teams in attendance, all vying for a position in the 8 car qualified field. When qualifying was completed, it was many time Pro Mod winner Bruce Boland leading the field with a stout 5.888 @ 245.76 mph. Five of the eight cars that qualified, ran in the fives.
During eliminations, it was former Alcohol Funny Car World Champion, Rob Atchison from London, who worked his way into the final round with consistent performances from his Atchison Machine Service supercharged 1963 Corvette built by Tim McAmis Race Cars. Atchison had defeated Al Martorino’s Mustang in round one, then took out a strong running Derek Hawker and his 1968 Firebird in the semi-finals.
Atchison’s final round opponent was Gen Musto, who was wheeling his nitrous equipped 864 cubic inch 1968 Camaro.
Musto, out of Goodwood, Ontario, found himself inserted into the Pro Mod field as an alternate, and facing low qualifier Bruce Boland in round one. In that match up, Boland’s 1941 Willys acted strangely during the run and was not able to hold off the Camaro of Musto, who captured the upset win. In the semi’s, Musto laid down a 6.648 elapsed time, to take out a red-lighting Jeff Roth.
That set up the first ever NAPA ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN SERIES Pro Modified final, between Rob Atchison and Gen Musto. Back at the burn box, Bob Atchison stood right next to son Rob’s Corvette, ready squirt the injector and fire up for the final. In the other lane, Gen Musto’s team began to scramble for assistance, as the Mountain motored Camaro would not fire up. After different attempts to get the car fired, all that failed, Musto conceded, and told the TMP starter, to let Atchison run alone for the single, and the victory. Atchison fired his Corvette up, completed his burn-out, staged the car and drove it out the back door to a 5.96 at 240.12 mph to become the first ever NAPA AUTOPRO USDS Champion.
Real Pro Mod Association Named Presenting Sponsor of NHRA Pro Mod Event at Norwalk
(7-2-2015) GLENDORA, CA – NHRA announced today it has named the Real Pro Mod Association (RPM) as the presenting sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, July 2-5, in Norwalk, Ohio. The race is the sixth of 10 events for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2015.
“I’m really proud of the accomplishments of the RPM,” RPM board member Danny Rowe said. “It’s amazing how much we’ve grown over the last two years. We want to thank the drivers, sponsors and fans for all their support in getting where we are today. We have seen some of the most exciting doorslammer action these last few months. The competition among Pro Mod is just so close and that really makes it entertaining for the fans.”
The RPM Association was created by Pro Mod team owners and drivers to preserve and promote the future of Pro Mod drag racing. All members are self-made businessmen that actively participate as drivers, team owners and/or crew chiefs who understand how to make a venture successful. The formation of the RPM Association highlights not just a passing fancy, but instead a commitment by the stars of the sport to shepherd the future of this class.
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 highlighted 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 door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.
The 2015 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is showcased in a 10-race schedule that includes stops at several NHRA national events across the country. Veteran racer Rickie Smith of North Carolina is a two-time and reigning world champion of the class.
Each event will be televised on the Velocity Channel, which is owned by the Discovery Network. Each race will air in a half-hour show, produced by Masters Entertainment Group, and will air during 10 consecutive weeks in the fourth quarter of 2015.
For more information, visit RealProMod.com
Curfew Ends Capitol Raceway NEOPMA Final; Hard vs. McCurdy To Be Run At Later Date
(6-4-2015) CROFTON, MD – The third leg of the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) took to the surface of Capitol Raceway this weekend. The track has been gaining notoriety over the past few years and rightly so as the Bradshaw’s have taken this track to a new level of performance capabilities. The track prep easily handles big horsepower and sub six second passes and MPH’s over 240+, its grounds are clean and well-manicured. The staff is well versed in their work and fans love this venue for great nighttime racing. Hosting the NEOPMA Series Jim Bradshaw had this track on kill and racers found it wanted tons of power, not the opposite.
NEOPMA titled this race as the “Paul Woods Sr. Memorial” in respect of our late racer/team owner Paul Woods Sr. whose team showed up Saturday to receive a plaque for Paul’s dedication to the series and sport.
NEOPMA racers entered into this third race with 18 cars ready for the 1320 battle. All power adders were represented well again. Dwayne Wolfe in his Supercharged “Andy McCoy Race Cars” Camaro would take the top honors with a blistering in the heat of the day 5.956 @ 239 followed up in number two spot Tommy Gray and his stellar 5.993 @ 238 in the “Undertaker” supercharged Corvette.
Chuck “Skull Gear Racing” Mohn entered his first NEOPMA race of the series with a powerful 900+ nitrous assisted charge of 6.029 @ 232 in his gorgeous 69′ Camaro. Kevin McCurdy would fall off his as of late typical sub six second passes with his “Tim McAmis” 68 Camaro breaking the beams at 6.038 @ 239. With only one qualifying pass taken, Robert Patrick Jr. in his “Purvis Ford” 903ci nitrous assisted “Super Snake” made a “safe tune” 6.053 @ 243 to also capture TOP MPH. The rest of qualifiers would be as follows: #6 Tyler Hard 6.079 @ 235, #7 Derrick Townes 6.124 @ 236, #8 Steven Assenmacher 6.268 @ 224, #9 Jeff Rodgers 6.400 @ 223, #10 Casey Stemper 6.539 @ 214, #11 Fifi Montrond 6.618 @ 228, #12 Matt Deitsch Jr. 6.783 @ 201, #13 Wayne Patton 6.889 @ 201, #14 Allan Juhasz 6.941 @ 194, #15 Ed Burnley 7.038 @ 198, #16 Frank Patille 7.616 @ 142. Alternates, #17 Craig Pio 8.813 @ 112, #18 Fredy Scriba 9.073 @ 100.
Round One Eliminations:
Dwayne Wolfe would capture his first round win with a stout .053 – 5.938 @ 240 overtaking Frank Patille in his first time out for this season in his gorgeous 57 Buick Roadmaster. Frank lit the boards with a very good .082 – 6.148 @ 214 driving through tire shake. Steven Assenmacher “Juice Junkie” Ford Probe .065 – 6.570 @ 218 who had been battling tire shake all season stuns Jeff Rodgers “Executioner” Mustang .077 – 6.643 @ 209 in his loss. Kevin McCurdy .111 – 6.228 @ 235 takes the win over Wayne Patton’s blown Camaro 6.896 @ 203. Robert Patrick Jr. would put the fans on their feet and a big grin on track manager Jimmy Bradshaw’s face as he blazed the track’s surface in the “Purvis Ford Super Snake” pumping a trail of flaming heat to the tune of a new track record and a win with a .120 – 5.90 @ 247 against Fredy Scriba who would enter in as an alternate after not qualifying pretty much most of this season battling various tire shake problems and though in a loss found his way back with his signature fire in the pipes 6.03 @ 234. Tommy “The Undertaker” Gray would come out on top with a powerful .024 – 5.99 @ 232 over Ed Burnley in Ken Wiley’s 57 Chevy “Ed Burnley is in the process of making changes to his own car, just wait until you see this coming soon”. Derrick Townes would take an easy win .105 – 6.108 @ 238 as Craig Pio launched a little too quickly -.002 – 6.498 @ 167. Chuck Mohn .059 – 6.055 @ 233 snags up his first NEOPMA round win against a very consistent Allan Juhasz .016 – 6.846 @ 203. Tyler Hard would finish the round and Fifi Montrond’s day with .095 – 6.225 @ 233.
Round Two Eliminations:
The way the ladder paired up it looked like there were going to be some really tough races for fans of certain teams, upsets were definitely in the making to come in this round. Steven Assenmacher would take a HUGE win over Dwayne Wolfe .081 – 9.950 @ 86. A broken driveshaft for Dwayne Wolfe would end his day after a quick torque converter repair in the pits it looks as if the added efficiency of that converter found the next weakest link. Assnemacher’s “Juice Junkie” Probe would move to its first Semi Final .035 – 6.416 @ 208. As soon as the ladder came out everyone knew this was going to be a fight between Kevin McCurdy and Robert Patrick Jr. a repeat of last month’s finals Robert Patrick Jr wanted this badly. Patrick .073 is out first on McCurdy .110 but McCurdy is driving hard to the finish ahead with a winning 6.111 @ 239 as Patrick falls of his earlier pace not able to put all that power down losing with a 6.22 @ 229 making this 2-0 for McCurdy vs. Patrick this season. Tommy Gray’s day looked very positive in the “Undertaker” Vette until the red light bit him -.006 – 6.006 @ 236 Gray does have the power to do some damage this season, so keep an eye out. Derrick Townes takes this win falling off a bit in the heat .072 6.309 @ 195. Chuck Mohn would also be bitten by the dreaded red bulb in his pairing with Tyler Hard. Mohn left early -.005 and backed it off 8.112 @ 119 while Tyler Hard would see a win light from the hit, he also saved his pass slowing on the top end .035 – 6.860 @ 171.
With eliminations running smoothly throughout the day, turn around for each elimination session was brisk and on point until Derrick Townes clipped the wall in the Semi’s adding time to clean up a little more than curfew would allow as 11PM was setting in soon. McCurdy had already won his round against the nitrous entry of Steven Assenmacher when Derrick Townes suffered a hair raising crash during his Semi Final elimination round against opponent Tyler Hard. The result would be Tyler Hard’s spectacular nitrous flaming Camaro taking the win 6.00 @ 236 and Derrick Townes making contact with the wall in Hard’s lane right behind him. Both racers were almost dead even from the launch to the 1/8th when Townes (No Time) began moving quickly towards the wall on his side and shooting across the track. Townes quick thinking and years of experiance already deployed the parachutes to try and straighten the car out which kept the impact much less than it could have been at 200+ ending up on the track near the top of the shutdown. Derrick suffered a sprained ankle and his stunning supercharged Camaro had some damage to the headers, side and front. Derrick is in high spirits and intends to return FAST.
With an all “Team Hard Racing Final” set to be run for the second time this year; Both Kevin McCurdy and Tyler Hard faced each other at the NEOPMA Season Opener at MDIR and McCurdy took that win. The rivalry is STRONG between these team-mates and both wanted to put themselves in the beams for this round (smack talk between them is great!!). Though the fans didn’t get to see a final as Tyler Hard was busily trying to repair a freak occurrence with an engine diaper strap finding its way onto a glowing front brake rotor they couldn’t get the hardened mass off in time and damage was done to the rotor as curfew was very near. The fans at Capitol are diehards and both racers felt it would be lackluster to have McCurdy simply break the beams for a win. McCurdy stated “I’m not taking the tree unless I at least have a chance to lay the smack down on Tyler and the games began in the pits all in fun” Team Hard racing is clearly dominating early gaining series points and the loyal respect of their fans who will surely enjoy this final to be run during qualifying at the next NEOPMA Capitol Raceway Event on July 31st – August 1st.
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Kenny Lang Takes Pro Mod Victory at NHRA Southern Nationals
(5-18-2015) COMMERCE, GA – Kenny Lang raced to victory Sunday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at Atlanta Dragway was presented by Pro Line Racing and the Real Pro Mod Association.
In the final round, Lang powered his Summit Racing 1969 Camaro to a 6.061-second pass at 244.07 mph, defeating Troy Coughlin’s 7.392 at 142.94 in his JEGS Mail Order Corvette. It was Lang’s second career NHRA Pro Mod win and he now sits eighth in the points standings. Lang was the No. 12 qualifier and defeated defending world champ Rickie Smith, Eric Latino and Houston winner Don Walsh on his way to the final.
Coughlin entered eliminations as the No. 10 qualifier. He defeated Gerry Capano, Mike Castellana and Danny Rowe on the way to the finals.
The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series heads to Englishtown, N.J., for the Toyota NHRA Summernationals, June 4-7. The event is the fourth of 10 races in the 2015 NHRA Pro Mod season.
Photo courtesy of PTen/Real Pro Mod
Mob Edition Mustang Takes Home NHRA Excellence in Engineering Award
(4-20-2015) GRAND JUNCTION, CO – At the season opening Amalie Oil Gator Nationals in Gainesville, Florida Mike Knowles and his Blown Money team debuted their long awaited Mob edition Mustang to rave reviews from fans, racers, and the NHRA tech department.
The Aerospace Components/NHRA Excellence in Engineering Award, formerly known as the Best Engineered Car Award, is presented at 12 NHRA Mello Yello Series races in 2015. The prestigious award specific Wally is presented to an individual who brings a unique edge in craftsmanship and technology to each NHRA national event. The award is voted on by the NHRA Tech Department and past winners have included unique chassis builders, drivers that feature distinctive parts and individuals who work to design and test unique concepts.
“This was a really cool honor for everyone involved in this car. All the people at Tim’s shop, Justin Spencer, who first put the concept to paper, Jeff Hoskins, who did an incredible job on the paint, and my crew for making this one of a kind “Show Car” a true race car. With the new way the award is given out and it’s prestige, it really means a lot to me and the people who were involved with this build. Now it’s time for Howard (Howard Moon) to tune her up so we can go after a ‘Big Wally’,” joked Knolwes.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals held in Houston, TX the weekend of April 24th-26th will mark the second race for Howard Moon as the tuner for the Blown Money team. Also joining Bart Sunn and Bill Rice on the crew is Mac Burnet. The team has full confidence in the TMRC built machine and with direction from Moon they are hoping for several Wally’s this season.
Second Generation Tutterow Makes Pro Mod Debut
(4-7-2015) LEWISVILLE, NC – Ty Tutterow, son of Pro Extreme racer Todd “King Tut” Tutterow, made his debut in Pro Mod at the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod (EOPM) Spring Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park this past weekend making an impressive first outing.
Ty qualified 5th with a 3.84 et @ 192 mph to take on Chirs Patrick in the first round, Tutterow blasted out a 3.85 et @ 192 mph taking the win over Patrick to give him lane choice in the semifinals against Jay Cox. Tutterow got a holeshot lead against Cox to lead to the 330 but Tutterow’s 3.84 et @ 192 mph just wasn’t enough to hold off the 3.76 et @ 199 mph of Cox’s bigger and lighter power plant.
Ty Tutterow is 20 years old is from Lewisville, NC and works for GALOT Motorsports. Ty has been around drag racing all of his life and said, “I never thought that I would get the opportunity to drive a Pro Mod. It gives you a new respect for just how much power that a Pro Mod car has and how it feels to try and get a handle on it. I need to thank my dad for tuning for me, my mom for buckling me in the car and praying for my safety and the rest of my crew, Greg Vogler, Kristian Blackburn, Wayne and Jake Bailey.
Todd “KingTut” Tutterow said, “We are very proud of Ty’s performance this weekend, he did everything I asked of him, I just didn’t have enough for him but we will be ready for the next EOPM race.”
Photos by Benoit Pigeon
CED To Debut 2015 Z06 Corvette Pro Mod
(03-16-2015) BATON ROUGE, LA –Darryl and Cassandra Felps, owners of Competition Engine Designs, LLC (CED) a family based business located in the heart of Louisiana, are excited to announce the first 2015 Z06 themed C7 Corvette Pro Mod. Staying true to the Z06 all aluminum supercharged engine, CED has designed and built an all aluminum big block Chevy based power plant utilizing a CED customized, coated and blueprinted R980 Whipple supercharger.
Featuring a lightweight carbon fiber body and Chrome-Moly chassis kit from the industry respected Tim McAmis Race Cars shop in Hawk Point, Missouri. The chassis is being constructed by Darrell Escoyne, owner of Escoyne Fabrication in Arnaudville, Louisiana, his craftsmanship will aid in bringing the vision of this car to life.
Fans will be excited to see the 2015 Z06 badging and styling cues carried out in this fresh approach to Pro Mod styling, setting ourselves apart from other C7 Corvettes. This specialized 3M custom wrap will showcase the look of a high gloss paint job designed by Kryponite Kustomz located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Kris Horton from Corona, California caught CED’s eye because of the true to life creativity of his work. Both Kryptonite Kustomz and Kris Horton have taken to social media to express their appreciation to partner with CED on this project. “I think it looks pretty clean…in an insane sort of way.” Kris Horton posted recently on Facebook
Danny Rowe Unveils New C7 Pro Mod
(02-06-2015) LAGUNA HILLS, CA – Danny Rowe, driver and owner of the fan-favorite Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod team, announced today plans to debut a new 2015 Chevy Corvette Pro Mod at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, on June 4th.
The new C7 Corvette will come from celebrated chassis builder Tim McAmis and his Tim McAmis Race Cars shop in Hawk Point, Missouri, and will feature a custom vinyl wrap designed by renowned artist Rod Burke of Burke Designs.
“It’s a big departure, but it’s exciting,” says Rowe, who has exclusively campaigned vintage hot rods throughout his professional drag racing career, including his legendary 1938 Chevy coupe and the ’68 Chevy Camaro he’s raced the last several years. “As racers, you’re looking for every advantage you can get and we feel like there’s some aero benefits to this new Corvette body, but the fact is that we just love the looks of this new ‘Vette and we’re excited about being out on the track with something late model, something different, something a little bit more relatable.
“We’ve always had a great relationship with Tim [McAmis], so we’re excited about this new car,” continued Rowe. “Above all, Tim is dedicated to safety, and that’s a sentiment that we share and appreciate.”
TMPP Joins Forces With PDRA For 2015
(02-05-2015) PITTSBORO, NC – In the fast doorslammer world the name Tim McAmis is universally recognized. In 1990 McAmis won the inaugural IHRA Pro Modified World Championship and two years later he opened Tim McAmis Race Cars in Hawk Point, Missouri.
The same powerful work ethic, innovative spirit and drive to know every aspect of a race car that lead Tim to win championships, combined with superior products and the “greatest customer service in the business,” have allowed Tim McAmis Race Cars & Performance Parts to remain a trusted source and industry leader for over 20 years. Today, TMRC’s dedicated staff continues to design, build and manufacture state-of-the-art drag racing parts, components and race cars catered to a customer’s specific needs.
Tim McAmis Performance Parts is dedicated to quality and excellence. TMPP provides customers with the same parts and components used on their championship and award-winning race cars.
For 2015 Tim McAmis Performance Parts and the PDRA are pleased to announce that TMPP has come aboard as a performance partner. In this capacity the company will offer series-wide support to racers in all doorslammer categories. From chassis components to bodies, composites and tools, TMPP products can be found on almost every doorslammer that competes in the series.
“Through the formation of the PDRA and during the inaugural season I worked with the organization and its ownership group from an advisory standpoint,” McAmis said. “Now that the series has had its first successful year and has shown that it has a solid foundation, it was decided that Tim McAmis Performance Parts would step up to support the organization from a financial standpoint as well. By doing so, we hope to help the organization continue to grow and become a stable series in which racers can compete for years to come.”
“Having Tim McAmis and his outstanding operation team up with the PDRA this season is a huge deal,” said PDRA Race Director Bob Harris. “Tim is one of the most well-known and successful doorslammer racers in the sport, and the products and services his company provides are top quality and state-of-the-art all the way. We are thrilled to have them with us this season.”
ABOUT THE PDRA
Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Jr. Dragster, and Top Jr. Dragster. The 2015 PDRA schedule consists of ten national events. For more on the world’s premier eighth mile drag racing organization visit www.pdra660.com.
Pro Modified Returns To IHRA In 2015
(01-07-2015) NORWALK, OH – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are thrilled to announce the return of one of IHRA’s most treasured classes, Pro Modified, to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing series in 2015 with a brand new class sponsor, Crower Racing Products.
Debuting with the IHRA in the early 90s and born out of IHRA’s revolutionary Top Sportsman class, the stars of Pro Modified will return to the IHRA in 2015 led by class sponsor Crower Racing Products. The class will feature quarter-mile competition and an open field at most all Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events.
This landmark announcement will partner one of IHRA’s original and most exciting classes with an already thrilling lineup of nitro-driven competition in Nitro Funny Car and Nitro Harley, plus US Bounty Hunters Mountain Motor Pro Stock and the world’s only jet dragster championship as the IHRA brings together the best of both worlds in entertainment and competition within the drag racing industry.
“This is a very exciting time for us here at the IHRA as we welcome another fan-favorite class back to the fold in Pro Mod. It is no secret that Pro Mod is one of drag racing’s most popular classes, and with the roots of this class deeply intertwined with the history of the IHRA, we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this class back to where it all began,” said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. “With Pro Mod and Pro Stock back together, along with our incredible Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Harley and Jet Dragster classes, I would pit the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series lineup against any racing series in America as far as shear entertainment value. And with a great partner like Crower coming on board to support this class, it should make for one incredible season in 2015.”
With the return of Pro Mod to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, the IHRA continues its commitment in returning to its traditional drag racing roots within the professional ranks while also continuing to provide a concise and entertainment-driven event for fans of all ages.
“Pro Mod was born in the IHRA, so to us that is where it belongs. IHRA is bringing the class back to its roots and we are all very excited about that,” said Dina Parise, driver of the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Pro Mod. “This is a great opportunity for all of us in the Pro Mod community to be back where it all started and to be able to run the full quarter-mile. Eighth-mile racing is nice and they are running some fabulous numbers, but there is nothing like running that back half. Fans will love it and the racers will certainly love being back with the IHRA. We can’t wait to get back on the track and be back with the IHRA.”
“It is awesome to have Pro Mods back in the IHRA with an innovative and trusted name in racing like Crower,” said Steven Cole, IHRA Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “Their participation and race winning technology will for sure take this already competitive class to another level.”
2015 IHRA Crower Pro Mod Schedule
April 17-18 | Southern Nationals (Bradenton Motorsports Park)
April 24-25 | Palm Beach Nationals presented by Sunoco (Palm Beach International Raceway)
May 29-30 | Summer Nationals (Cordova International Raceway)
June 19-20 | President’s Cup Nationals (Maryland International Raceway)
June 26-28 | Mopar Nationals (Grand Bend Motorplex)
August 7-8 | Northern Nationals (US 131 Motorsports Park)
September 11-12 | IHRA Nationals (Dragway 42)
October 9-10 | Summit Racing World Finals (Memphis International Raceway)