CONCORD, NC – September 17, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Jonathan Gray locked down his first career Pro Mod victory on Sunday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Gray powered to a 5.809-second pass at 250.46 mph in his IDG Chevrolet Camaro to earn the victory over Steve Jackson in the final round. Gray defeated Steve Matusek, points leader Mike Castellana and Chuck Little on his way to the finals.
“I can’t thank everybody enough for the opportunity and it’s just been awesome,” Gray said. “Hopefully we can get another one before the end of the year.”
Gray entered the event eighth in the Pro Mod standings and finished the day in fifth after becoming the ninth driver in the class to win an event this year. Jackson entered Charlotte in sixth in the Pro Mod standings before earning the runner-up finish that moved him to fourth. Castellana maintained his lead over Troy Coughlin despite a quarterfinal exit.
The J&A Service Pro Mod Series continues Sept. 29 at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL.
CONCORD, NC — Final finish order (1-16) at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the 10th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jonathan Gray; 2. Steve Jackson; 3. Chuck Little; 4. Mike Janis; 5. Mike Castellana; 6. Pete Farber; 7. Jim Whiteley; 8. Danny Rowe; 9. Shane Molinari; 10. Rickie Smith; 11. Steve Matusek; 12. Troy Coughlin; 13. Eric Latino; 14. Bob Rahaim; 15. Khalid alBalooshi; 16. Sidnei Frigo.
CONCORD, NC — Sunday’s final results from the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the 10th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.809, 250.46 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.818, 248.39.
CONCORD, N.C. — Final round-by-round results from the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 10th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.833, 247.84 def. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 9.260, 118.35; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.869, 248.71 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.860, 248.25; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.878, 247.75 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.829, 251.72; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.000, 246.84 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 9.493, 88.54; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.902, 247.38 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, Foul – Centerline; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.879, 247.66 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.873, 253.80; Chuck Little, Corvette, 5.897, 244.74 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.840, 249.53; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.888, 247.88 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.225, 220.98;
QUARTERFINALS — Little, 5.876, 245.99 def. Whiteley, 5.921, 247.29; Janis, 5.874, 247.29 def. Rowe, 5.922, 245.09; Gray, 5.824, 249.81 def. Castellana, 5.829, 251.25; Jackson, 5.824, 248.07 def. Farber, 5.867, 247.57;
SEMIFINALS — Jackson, 5.828, 246.57 def. Janis, 10.089, 87.05; Gray, 5.825, 250.27 def. Little, 5.874, 245.63;
FINAL — Gray, 5.809, 250.46 def. Jackson, 5.818, 248.39.
CONCORD, NC — Point standings (top 10) following the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 10th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Castellana, 754; 2. Troy Coughlin, 706; 3. Shane Molinari, 597; 4. Steve Jackson, 563; 5. Jonathan Gray, 539; 6. Sidnei Frigo, 527; 7. Steven Whiteley, 514; 8. Steve Matusek, 465; 9. Rickie Smith, 407; 10. Danny Rowe, 400.
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