ENNIS, TX – October 19, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Brandon Snider capped off an impressive weekend at Texas Motorplex, winning for the first time in his career in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service.
Snider, who was the No. 1 qualifier for the second straight race in his supercharged Corvette, went 5.805-seconds at 245.99 mph in the final round to beat defending world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson on a holeshot. Jackson went 5.795 at 247.43, but Snider’s quicker .025 reaction time was the deciding factor in the victory.
The race, which was presented by JBS Equipment, was the fifth of seven races during the 2020 NHRA Pro Mod season. Snider reached his first career final round in the class by knocking off Eric Latino, Chad Green and Doug Winters before turning in a stellar performance against Jackson in the championship round.
“Since we started doing this three years ago, we’ve just lost,” Snider said. “But we’ve been steadily learning. We’ve had a lot of great people helping us out. There’s a lot of people who have been part of this deal. We do the best we can and we just keep learning.”
Jackson advanced to his 16th career final round and second in 2020 with wins over Justin Jones, Mike Janis and Khalid alBalooshi. It also sent Jackson back into the points lead, and he currently holds an 18-point lead over Snider, who jumped to second in the standings with the victory.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series continues Oct. 23-25 with the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
1. Brandon Snider; 2. Steve Jackson; 3. Khalid alBalooshi; 4. Doug Winters; 5. Rickie Smith; 6. Chad Green; 7. Mike Janis; 8. Jonathan Gray; 9. Luis De Leon; 10. Alex Laughlin; 11. Kris Thorne; 12. Jim Whiteley; 13. Justin Jones; 14. Brandon Pesz; 15. Eric Latino; 16. Clint Satterfield.
Pro Modified — Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.805, 245.99 def. Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.795, 247.43.
ROUND ONE — Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.811, 247.47 def. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 7.097, 134.40; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.813, 247.75 def. Justin Jones, Chevy Corvette, 5.847, 245.32; Brandon Snider, Corvette, 5.791, 246.84 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.981, 215.10; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.795, 250.78 def. Jim Whiteley, Corvette, 5.828, 244.74; Chad Green, Corvette, 5.744, 249.86 def. Kris Thorne, Camaro, 5.827, 256.26; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.797, 247.88 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 5.816, 247.57; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.814, 250.32 def. Luis De Leon, Corvette, Foul – Red Light; Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.890, 243.37 def. Brandon Pesz, Camaro, 5.905, 245.05;
QUARTERFINALS — Winters, 6.640, 134.97 def. Gray, Broke; Snider, 5.817, 245.27 def. Green, 5.847, 245.49; alBalooshi, 5.745, 250.18 def. Smith, 5.834, 249.49; Jackson, 5.801, 247.84 def. Janis, 5.930, 231.24;
SEMIFINALS — Jackson, 5.820, 246.03 def. alBalooshi, 5.763, 249.03; Snider, 5.822, 245.09 def. Winters, 5.886, 243.19;
FINAL — Snider, 5.805, 245.99 def. Jackson, 5.795, 247.43.
1. Steve Jackson, 354; 2. Brandon Snider, 336; 3. Mike Janis, 326; 4. Khalid alBalooshi, 302; 5. Chad Green, 288; 6. Jonathan Gray, 285; 7. Kris Thorne, 254; 8. Rickie Smith, 221; 9. Clint Satterfield, 218; 10. Jason Scruggs, 178.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series. Twice a year, NHRA hosts a ‘race-within-a-race,’ during the JEGS Allstars and Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle specialty competitions. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. 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. and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association