TOPEKA, KS – May 21, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – – Stevie Jackson powered to his first career NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series win Sunday at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Park Topeka. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, was the fifth of 12 events this season.
The final was a rematch from the event in Atlanta and marked the third consecutive final round appearance for Castellana. Jackson, who has built a sizable fan following after ample success in the eighth-mile radial tire world, had a better reaction time and was able to hold off Castellana for the win. Jackson posted a winning time of 5.794-seconds at 248.48 to the trailing time of 5.857 at 250.64.
This was the second final round for Jackson who made his NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series debut in Gainesville.
“It’s just as special as I thought it’d be,” Jackson said. “I honestly didn’t think it’d come this quickly. The guys we were racing were an awesome team. We’ve got good funding and really good support behind me. Sheik Abdula is an absolute dream boss to race for. In the good times and bad times he’s with us. Everybody that’s over there in Bahrain, I told you we were gonna get ’em.”
NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing returns June 8-11 at the 48th annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at Englishtown, N.J.
TOPEKA, KS — Final finish order (1-16) at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented Minties at Heartland Park Topeka. The race is the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Steve Jackson; 2. Mike Castellana; 3. Steve Matusek; 4. Sidnei Frigo; 5. Harry Hruska; 6.
Steven Whiteley; 7. Larry Morgan; 8. Shane Molinari; 9. Troy Coughlin; 10. Danny Rowe; 11.
Khalid alBalooshi; 12. Mike Janis; 13. Jonathan Gray; 14. Shannon Jenkins; 15. Michael Biehle; 16. Bob Rahaim.
TOPEKA, KS — Sunday’s final results from the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented Minties at Heartland Park Topeka. The race is the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.794, 248.48 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.857, 250.64.
TOPEKA, KS — Final round-by-round results from the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented Minties at Heartland Park Topeka, the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.819, 247.70 def. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.859, 247.93; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.831, 249.53 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.839, 245.36; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.698, 252.85 def. Shannon Jenkins, Ford Mustang, 6.221, 180.79; Harry Hruska, Camaro, 5.722, 254.14 def. Danny Rowe, Chevy Corvette, 5.807, 250.13; Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.773, 254.71 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.764, 257.58; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.795, 244.03 def. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 9.082, 99.52; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.819, 244.83 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.811, 249.67; Larry Morgan, Camaro, 5.868, 250.55 def. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, DQ; QUARTERFINALS — Matusek, 5.795, 250.00 def. S. Whiteley, 10.370, 83.18; Jackson, 5.783, 241.93 def. Morgan, 10.774, 80.16; Castellana, 5.722, 252.57 def. Molinari, Broke – No Show; Frigo, 5.790,
254.42 def. Hruska, 9.522, 94.20;
SEMIFINALS — Jackson, 5.831, 248.02 def. Frigo, 6.826, 150.60; Castellana, 5.773, 250.51 def. Matusek, 5.805, 251.44;
FINAL — Jackson, 5.794, 248.48 def. Castellana, 5.857, 250.64.
TOPEKA, KS — Point standings (top 10) following the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented Minties at Heartland Park Topeka, the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Castellana, 498; 2. Steven Whiteley, 320; 3. Steve Matusek, 286; 4. Steve Jackson, 279; 5. Troy Coughlin, 264; 6. Sidnei Frigo, 243; 7. Shane Molinari, 232; 8. Danny Rowe, 225; 9.
Jonathan Gray, 215; 10. Michael Biehle, 197.
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