NORWALK, OH – June 24, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Former world champion Khalid alBalooshi raced to his first victory of the 2019 season during E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service action on Sunday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The series was presented by Plochman’s Mustard in Norwalk, and it marked the eighth of 12 races during the 2019 season.
In the final round against Jose Gonzalez, who won last weekend in Bristol, alBalooshi powered to a run of 5.765-seconds at 259.01 mph in his turbocharged Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro to beat Gonzalez’s 5.801 at 258.81. It marks the second win in Norwalk for alBalooshi, with his first coming in Top Fuel. The victory is also the fifth in alBalooshi’s standout Pro Mod career.
“The big thing for me today was when I won the first round,” alBalooshi said. “When I got to the second round, I thought the door was open for us. We’ve been struggling a lot, but I feel like we’re heading in the right direction now. When I got to the final round, I just kept telling myself I needed to win a race. This was a way different feeling for me, but I’m just happy I got the win.”
alBalooshi picked up wins against Todd Tutterow, No. 1 qualifier Mike Castellana and three-time world champion Rickie Smith to reach the final round. Gonzalez beat Doug Winters, Brandon Snider and points leader Stevie “Fast” Jackson to reach his second straight final round and fifth in his career.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service continues at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 28-Sept. 2 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
NORWALK, Ohio — Final finish order (1-16) at the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the eighth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Khalid alBalooshi; 2. Jose Gonzalez; 3. Steve Jackson; 4. Rickie Smith; 5. Mike Janis; 6. Brandon Snider; 7. Michael Biehle; 8. Mike Castellana; 9. Justin Bond; 10. Eric Latino; 11. Todd Tutterow; 12. Steve Matusek; 13. Doug Winters; 14. Chad Green; 15. Sidnei Frigo; 16. Alex Laughlin.
NORWALK, OH — Sunday’s final results from the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the eighth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.765, 259.01 def. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.801, 258.81.
NORWALK, OH — Final round-by-round results from the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the race is the eighth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.756, 258.67 def. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.934, 247.34; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.747, 259.56 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 9.239, 98.02; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.738, 248.84 def. Justin Bond, Ford Mustang, 5.803, 256.55; Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.825, 246.93 def. Sidnei Frigo, Camaro, 9.755, 101.57; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.789, 248.98 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.819, 252.52; Michael Biehle, Mustang, 7.485, 147.83 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, Broke; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.776, 253.28 def. Steve Matusek, Mustang, 6.881, 163.20; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.786, 250.60 def. Chad Green, Camaro, 9.257, 97.36;
QUARTERFINALS — Jackson, 5.755, 251.67 def. Janis, 5.784, 250.37; Smith, 5.769, 252.38 def. Biehle, 5.875, 255.00; Gonzalez, 5.802, 259.21 def. Snider, 5.849, 247.34; alBalooshi, 7.684, 169.76 def. Castellana, 10.469, 96.78;
SEMIFINALS — Gonzalez, 5.800, 259.26 def. Jackson, 5.801, 251.34; alBalooshi, 12.073, 65.73 def. Smith, Broke;
FINAL — alBalooshi, 5.765, 259.01 def. Gonzalez, 5.801, 258.81.
NORWALK, Ohio — Point standings (top 10) following the 13th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the race is the eighth of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Steve Jackson, 655; 2. Jose Gonzalez, 522; 3. Todd Tutterow, 504; 4. Mike Janis, 492; 5. Sidnei Frigo, 454; 6. Khalid alBalooshi, 372; 7. Chad Green, 352; 8. Rickie Smith, 309; 9. Mike Castellana, 293; 10. Brandon Snider, 290.
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