BRISTOL, TN – June 18, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Khalid AlBalooshi drove to his first victory of the season and fourth of his career Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, was the sixth of 12 events this season.
AlBalooshi used a 5.924-second pass at 247.38 mph in his Bahrain ‘17 Chevy Camaro to take down Todd Tutterow in the finals.
“I’ve been thinking about retiring recently and wondering if I could still compete in this class, but finally I got a win again and it feels amazing,” AlBalooshi said. “I just came out here and had fun and this is definitely a good way to get some momentum heading into the rest of the season.”
Tutterow notched his first final round of the appearance of 2018 as his 5.948 at 242.10 was not enough to defeat AlBalooshi.
AlBalooshi jumps up to third in the Pro Mod standings with the victory, while Tutterow now sits in eighth. Mike Janis retains his points lead in the class by following up his victory in Richmond with a semifinal exit in Bristol.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service continues at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio June 21-24.
BRISTOL, TN — Final finish order (1-16) at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The sixth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Khalid alBalooshi; 2. Todd Tutterow; 3. Danny Rowe; 4. Mike Janis; 5. Dan Stevenson; 6. Chad Green; 7. Rick Hord; 8. Eric Dillard; 9. Mike Castellana; 10. Jeremy Ray; 11. Bob Rahaim; 12. Rickie Smith; 13. Steven Whiteley; 14. Troy Coughlin; 15. Jeffery Barker; 16. Sidnei Frigo.
BRISTOL, TN — Sunday’s final results from the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The sixth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.924, 247.38 def. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.948, 242.10.
BRISTOL, TN — Final round-by-round results from the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the sixth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Chad Green, Chevy Camaro, 5.927, 246.80 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.950, 247.70; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.953, 240.72 def. Jeremy Ray, Chevy Corvette, 6.043, 242.67; Rick Hord, Corvette, 6.712, 184.17 def. Jeffery Barker, Pontiac GXP, 11.181, 80.84; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.892, 243.94 def. Troy Coughlin, Ford Mustang, 10.236, 71.43; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.958, 242.06 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 8.561, 112.21; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.792, 179.71 def. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 6.887, 204.79; Eric Dillard, Pontiac Firebird, 5.908, 252.52 def. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, Foul – Centerline; Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.989, 244.78 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 7.553, 136.63;
QUARTERFINALS — Rowe, 5.971, 245.40 def. Green, 6.526, 226.51; Janis, 5.902, 244.25 def. Stevenson, 5.976, 248.39; alBalooshi, 5.938, 245.40 def. Hord, 8.564, 103.36; Tutterow, 5.972, 241.54 def. Dillard, 10.597, 115.79;
SEMIFINALS — alBalooshi, 5.934, 246.35 def. Rowe, 6.019, 243.77; Tutterow, 5.978, 241.02 def. Janis, 6.735, 158.07;
FINAL — alBalooshi, 5.924, 247.38 def. Tutterow, 5.948, 242.10.
BRISTOL, TN — Point standings (top 10) following the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the sixth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Janis, 467; 2. Rickie Smith, 424; 3. Khalid alBalooshi, 345; 4. Chad Green, 336; 5. Mike Castellana, 328; 6. Steve Jackson, 326; 7. Jose Gonzalez, 302; 8. Todd Tutterow, 290; 9. Danny Rowe, 257; 10. Bob Rahaim, 211.
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