DINWIDDIE, VA – June 10, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Jeremy Ray locked in the first No. 1 qualifying position of his career Saturday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, is the fifth of 12 events this season.
Ray’s 5.804-second pass at 248.11 mph from the second qualifying session on Friday in his J4 Racing LLC ‘63 Corvette held onto the top spot.
“I knew we could keep the No. 1 spot after today because we saw the weather was going to be much worse,” Ray said. “We sat out the last qualifying round to save parts for race day because we can really have a shot at this tomorrow and our team is really looking forward to it.”
Danny Rowe qualified second with a 5.809 pass at 251.34 and Khalid AlBalooshi remained in third with a run of 5.828 at 249.58 on Friday.
Ray is currently sitting 11th in the points standings as he looks for his first career victory in the class.
E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service eliminations begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the Inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the fifth 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. Jeremy Ray, Chevy Corvette, 5.804, 248.80 vs. 16. Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 5.872, 248.25; 2. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.809, 251.34 vs. 15. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.867, 252.10; 3. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.812, 245.99 vs. 14. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.866, 244.07; 4. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.813, 250.37 vs. 13. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.861, 251.77; 5. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 5.821, 252.71 vs. 12. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.860, 252.61; 6. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.836, 248.84 vs. 11. Chad Green, Camaro, 5.856, 248.66; 7. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.840, 248.75 vs. 10. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.856, 248.93; 8. Rick Hord, Corvette, 5.843, 252.38 vs. 9. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.843, 249.16.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Richie Stevens, 5.879, 246.08; 18. Shane Molinari, 5.880, 252.52; 19. Troy Coughlin, 5.884, 249.95; 20. Eric Latino, 5.896, 244.25; 21. Todd Tutterow, 5.901, 244.38; 22. Tommy Mauney, 5.915, 243.85; 23. Chuck Little, 5.941, 244.07; 24. Brandon Snider, 5.964, 241.89; 25. Clint Satterfield, 5.971, 248.84; 26. Chip King, 5.992, 242.71; 27. Doug Winters, 6.567, 142.01.
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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