Matusek Earns First J&A Service Pro Mod Series Victory at NHRA SpringNationals

BAYTOWN, TX – April 23, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Steve Matusek raced to his first NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event win Sunday at the SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing was presented by Real Pro Mod Association and is the second of 12 races on the season.

Matusek cruised his Aeromotive ’68 Camaro to a 8.985-second pass at 124.96 mph after his opponent, Shane Molinari left the starting line before the Christmas Tree was activated. “For me, it’s about family,” Matusek said. “The racing’s great, but it’s all about family. Danny Row, [his wife] Val, my wife Lori, our team, Jimmy Rector. For us, it’s family, and this is for the whole team. I couldn’t have done it without them and this is a special day.”

Also during the day’s racing, Mike Castellana, who was the No. 1 qualifier, set the national elapsed time record with his second-round pass of 5.685 at 252.99. Castellana ultimately fell to Matusek in the semifinals.

Matusek defeated Danny Rowe in the quarterfinals before facing Castellana. Molinari took down Mike Janis and No. 2 qualifier Jonathon Gray before losing in the finals.

NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing returns April 28-30 at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte.

BAYTOWN, TX — Final finish order (1-16) at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.  The second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:
1.  Steve Matusek; 2.  Shane Molinari; 3.  Mike Castellana; 4.  Jonathan Gray; 5.  Danny Rowe; 6.  Mike Janis; 7.  Troy Coughlin; 8.  Shannon Jenkins; 9.  Chuck Little; 10.  Michael Biehle; 11.  Eric Latino; 12.  Steven Whiteley; 13.  Larry Morgan; 14.  Khalid alBalooshi; 15.  Sidnei Frigo.

BAYTOWN, TX — Sunday’s final results from the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. The second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified — Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 8.985, 124.96 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, Foul – Red Light.

BAYTOWN, TX — Final round-by-round results from the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.  The second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, DQ vs. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, DQ; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.789, 251.77 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 10.699, 82.60; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.817, 250.18 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 6.273, 175.11; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.825, 246.53 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.934, 224.06; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.811, 250.00 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.707, 161.83; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.815, 254.76 def. Chuck Little, Corvette, 5.816, 247.34; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.815, 223.17 def. Shannon Jenkins, Ford Mustang, 5.809, 240.68; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.722, 251.77 def. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.845, 254.66;

QUARTERFINALS — Castellana, 5.685, 252.99 was unopposed; Gray, 5.801, 250.04 def. Coughlin, 10.018, 81.15; Matusek, 5.793, 251.77 def. Rowe, 5.944, 208.42; Molinari, 5.811, 255.92 def. Janis, 6.446, 167.72;

SEMIFINALS — Molinari, 5.843, 240.38 def. Gray, 9.355, 94.35; Matusek, 5.804, 251.95 def. Castellana, 7.361, 130.30;

FINAL — Matusek, 8.985, 124.96 def. Molinari, Foul – Red Light.

BAYTOWN, TX — Point standings (top 10) following the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified

1.  Mike Castellana, 169; 2.  Steve Matusek, 147; 3.  Steven Whiteley, 146; 4.  Danny Rowe, 129; 5.  Troy Coughlin, 125; 6.  Shane Molinari, 106; 7.  Mike Janis, 104; 8.  Michael Biehle, 82; 9.  Eric Latino, 78; 10.  Jonathan Gray, 77.

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association