CONCORD, NC – October 15, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – No. 1 qualifier Rick Hord powered to his first career victory on Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway. The race, presented by Mr. Race Oil, is the 11th of 12 races during the 2018 Pro Mod season.
Hord, who posted the second-quickest pass in the history of the class earlier in the weekend to qualify No. 1, went 5.706 at 257.68 mph in his turbocharged ’16 Corvette to knock off Sidnei Frigo in the final round, who slowed to a 5.952 at 253.75 in his ’69 Camaro. It was Hord’s second career final round and he finished off a consistent weekend to pick up his first career E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series win.
“I thought we had a good chance,” Hord said. “In Dallas, we had the combination and we broke parts, and we really thought that was going to be our race. Here, we just tried for consistency and that worked real well for us. This is amazing.”
Hord defeated Bob Rahaim, Justin Bond and Michael Biehle to advance to the final round, setting up Hord’s first ever matchup with Frigo in eliminations. In the points race, leader Mike Janis now holds a 24-point lead over Rickie Smith heading into the final event of the year.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series wraps up its 2018 season at the NHRA Toyota Nationals on Oct. 25-28 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
CONCORD, NC — Final finish order (1-16) at the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway. The race is the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Rick Hord; 2. Sidnei Frigo; 3. Jeremy Ray; 4. Michael Biehle; 5. Mike Janis; 6. Rickie Smith; 7. Justin Bond; 8. Todd Tutterow; 9. Khalid alBalooshi; 10. Steve Jackson; 11. Danny Rowe; 12. Mike Castellana; 13. Chad Green; 14. Steven Whiteley; 15. Bob Rahaim; 16. Chip King.
CONCORD, NC — Sunday’s final results from the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway. The race is the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Rick Hord, Chevy Corvette, 5.706, 257.68 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Camaro, 5.952, 253.75.
CONCORD, NC — Final round-by-round results from the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.817, 252.95 def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.894, 251.95; Sidnei Frigo, Camaro, 5.714, 258.81 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.743, 250.69; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.693, 250.23 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.743, 249.67; Jeremy Ray, Chevy Corvette, 5.694, 250.51 def. Chip King, Dodge Daytona, 11.053, 83.79; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.879, 249.39 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 7.362, 133.70; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.725, 250.69 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Justin Bond, Pontiac firebird, 5.766, 258.27 def. Chad Green, Corvette, 6.847, 169.36; Rick Hord, Corvette, 5.718, 256.89 def. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 9.170, 102.14;
QUARTERFINALS — Biehle, 5.745, 256.75 def. Tutterow, Foul – Red Light; Frigo, 5.692, 259.56 def. Smith, 5.716, 252.24; Ray, 5.690, 249.76 def. Janis, 5.709, 250.18; Hord, 5.728, 256.70 def. Bond, 5.744, 258.96;
SEMIFINALS — Frigo, 5.698, 259.26 def. Ray, 5.765, 245.09; Hord, 5.713, 258.07 def. Biehle, 5.781, 256.41;
FINAL — Hord, 5.706, 257.68 def. Frigo, 5.952, 253.75.
CONCORD, NC — Point standings (top 10) following the 11th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMax Dragway, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Janis, 736; 2. Rickie Smith, 712; 3. (tie) Mike Castellana, 627; Steve Jackson, 627; 5. Chad Green, 578; 6. Jeremy Ray, 574; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 548; 8. Rick Hord, 491; 9. Todd Tutterow, 484; 10. Jose Gonzalez, 435.
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