DINWIDDIE, VA – June 11, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Mike Janis secured his fifth career victory Sunday 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, was the fifth of 12 events this season.
Janis used a 5.821-second pass at 246.26 mph in his AAP/Mike Janis Superchargers ‘69 Camaro to take down Mike Castellana in the final round.
“Coming into this race it had been so long since we were in the winner’s circle, but we had a solid car all weekend and we put it all together today,” Janis said. “We feel really good going into Bristol as we start off this three-in-a-row stretch.”
Janis moved past Rickie Smith to take over the Pro Mod points lead with his victory.
Castellana’s 6.002 pass at 246.93 gave him his first runner-up finish of the season as he now sits fifth in the standings.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service continues at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. June 15-17.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Final finish order (1-16) at the Inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race is the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Janis; 2. Mike Castellana; 3. Jose Gonzalez; 4. Danny Rowe; 5. Steve Jackson; 6. Chad Green; 7. Dan Stevenson; 8. Steve Matusek; 9. Khalid alBalooshi; 10. Rick Hord; 11. Sidnei Frigo; 12. Bob Rahaim; 13. Pete Farber; 14. Steven Whiteley; 15. Rickie Smith; 16. Jeremy Ray.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Sunday’s final results from the Inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race is the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Mike Janis, Chevy Camaro, 5.821, 246.26 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.002, 246.93.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Final round-by-round results from the Inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.780, 251.81 def. Rick Hord, Chevy Corvette, 5.795, 253.47; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.770, 254.47 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.770, 250.51; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.817, 248.71 def. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.859, 248.57; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.838, 235.89 def. Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 6.024, 241.93; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.795, 245.85 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.866, 244.47; Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.781, 250.55 def. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.819, 252.38; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.816, 252.24 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 5.892, 249.76; Chad Green, Camaro, 10.388, 86.17 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, Foul – Red Light;
QUARTERFINALS — Janis, 5.808, 246.21 def. Green, 5.894, 246.39; Rowe, 5.843, 246.12 def. Jackson, 5.867, 246.66; Castellana, 5.833, 250.23 def. Matusek, 9.693, 70.69; Gonzalez, 5.801, 253.90 def. Stevenson, 6.686, 158.91;
SEMIFINALS — Janis, No Time Recorded def. Rowe, Broke – No Show; Castellana, 5.838, 248.52 def. Gonzalez, Foul – Red Light;
FINAL — Janis, 5.821, 246.26 def. Castellana, 6.002, 246.93.
DINWIDDIE, Va. — Point standings (top 10) following the Inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the fifth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Janis, 392; 2. Rickie Smith, 390; 3. Steve Jackson, 316; 4. Jose Gonzalez, 302; 5. Mike Castellana, 292; 6. Chad Green, 285; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 232; 8. Todd Tutterow, 199; 9. Danny Rowe, 185; 10. Jim Whiteley, 183.
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Source: National Hot Rod Association