Castellana Powers to Current No.1 Qualifying Position in the Pro Mod Category at the NHRA Toyota Nationals

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LAS VEGAS, NV – October 27, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Mike Castellana powered to the current No. 1 qualifying position at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA Toyota Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Trask Performance, is the season ending event for the category.

Castellana raced to the top spot in his ’17 Camaro with his pass of 5.744-seconds at 252.10 mph.

“My team would like to do good and get a win in this year,” said Castellana. “So far we are on the right track and hopefully we can keep that up tomorrow and all day Sunday.”

Rick Hord is second with his pass of 5.749 at 253.33. Points leader Mike Janis is fourth with a run of 5.787 at 247.88 and Rickie Smith who is second in the championship battle is ninth following his 5.814 pass at 247.43.

E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying continues Saturday at 11 a.m. at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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LAS VEGAS — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the final of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Pro Modified — 1. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.744, 252.10; 2. Rick Hord, Chevy Corvette, 5.749, 253.33; 3. Sidnei Frigo, Camaro, 5.769, 256.99; 4. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.787, 247.88; 5. Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.787, 247.29; 6. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.797, 256.50; 7. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 5.799, 251.06; 8. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.808, 254.95; 9. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.814, 247.43; 10. Chad Green, Corvette, 5.827, 245.23; 11. Marc Caruso, Camaro, 5.849, 245.23; 12. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 5.851, 248.39; 13. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.861, 243.50; 14. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.862, 247.66; 15. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.863, 245.63; 16. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.894, 243.63.
Not Qualified: 17. Steve Jackson, 5.894, 241.41; 18. Scott Oksas, 5.910, 238.60; 19. Doug Winters, 5.946, 241.11; 20. Harry Hruska, 5.985, 249.63; 21. Shane Molinari, 6.736, 205.82; 22. Brandon Snider, 7.417, 133.42; 23. Danny Rowe, 7.431, 134.71; 24. Todd Tutterow, 10.910, 81.43; 25. Chip King, 11.323, 95.88.

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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, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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