Gonzalez Secures Preliminary No.1 Qualifying Position at NHRA SpringNationals

NHRA Pro Mod Gonzalez No.1 qualifying spot at NHRA SpringNationals

BAYTOWN, TX – April 21, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Jose Gonzalez powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Tige Boats, is the third of 12 events this season.

Gonzalez ran a 5.69-second pass at 257.78 mph in the second qualifying session to take the current No. 1 position.

“We actually made three changes before that run, but we never thought we had that much,” Gonzalez stated. “This is just my second event here, so this actually feels really good. The competition is just so tough here anything can happen tomorrow now.”

Steve Jackson is currently qualified second with a 5.707 at 249.03 and Mike Janis is initially qualified third with a 5.733 at 234.61.

E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying continues Saturday at 1 p.m.

NHRA Springnationals

BAYTOWN, Texas — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Pro Modified — 1. Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.696, 257.78; 2. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.707, 249.53; 3. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.733, 248.61; 4. Chad Green, Chevy Corvette, 5.746, 250.23; 5. Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.761, 248.66; 6. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.768, 251.58; 7. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.774, 248.16; 8. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.784, 255.97; 9. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.788, 247.97; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.796, 251.02; 11. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.815, 253.09; 12. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.825, 249.12; 13. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.855, 212.36; 14. Erica Enders, Camaro, 5.866, 240.81; 15. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.867, 252.38; 16. Richie Stevens, Camaro, 5.892, 247.16. Not Qualified: 17. Steve Matusek, 5.927, 217.46; 18. Chuck Little, 5.929, 240.00; 19. Rick Hord, 5.956, 241.41; 20. Chip King, 5.963, 244.69; 21. Clint Satterfield, 5.976, 242.76; 22. Doug Winters, 6.018, 242.98; 23. Pete Farber, 6.090, 190.19; 24. Harry Hruska, 6.481, 237.96; 25. Bob Rahaim, 7.940, 121.39; 26. Danny Rowe, 8.199, 115.78; 27. Brandon Snider, 8.789, 108.79; 28. Dan Stevenson, 9.410, 98.54.

About NHRA

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 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. 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 four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; 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

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