CONCORD, NC – April 28, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Khalid AlBalooshi was able to retain the No. 1 qualifying position for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Al-Anabi Performance, is the third of 12 events this season.
During qualifying on Friday AlBalooshi powered his ’18 Camaro raced to the No. 1 qualifying position with a pass of 5.729-seconds at 251.95 mph. This is his fifth top position of his career and his first since the second Charlotte event in 2015.
“I felt it was on a better pass before that one on Friday” said AlBalooshi. “I need a consistent car, consistent lights and I hope I catch a good light, stay consistent. But we are moving in the right direction.”
He will face Michael Biehle II, Chad Green, and Chuck Little when eliminations begin.
E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying continues Saturday at 12:55 p.m.
CONCORD, NC — First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the ninth annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the third of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Pro Modified — 1. Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.729, 251.95 vs. 16. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.838, 251.30 vs. 8. Chad Green, Camaro, 5.789, 250.78 vs. 9. Chuck Little, Chevy Corvette, 5.794, 247.93; 2. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.752, 251.11 vs. 15. Brandon Snider, Corvette, 5.816, 245.81 vs. 7. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.775, 248.34 vs. 10. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.796, 255.53; 3. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.756, 248.52 vs. 14. Sidnei Frigo, Camaro, 5.812, 252.85 vs. 6. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.775, 253.14 vs. 11. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.799, 253.75; 4. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.767, 255.24 vs. 13. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.803, 246.66 vs. 5. Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.771, 247.79 vs. 12. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.803, 249.63.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Bob Rahaim, 5.840, 247.97; 18. Shane Molinari, 5.845, 254.66; 19. Jim Whiteley, 5.848, 246.53; 20. Steve Matusek, 5.859, 248.25; 21. Richie Stevens, 5.871, 248.25; 22.
Doug Winters, 5.875, 245.23; 23. Eric Latino, 5.881, 249.53; 24. Jeffery Barker, 5.885, 240.12; 25. Melanie Salemi, 5.890, 244.16; 26. Chip King, 5.891, 244.83; 27. Harry Hruska, 5.947, 249.58; 28. Steven Whiteley, 6.325, 231.60; 29. Michael Bowman, 6.341, 248.11; 30. Rick Hord, 6.354, 211.26; 31. Clint Satterfield, 6.491, 215.58.
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