GAINESVILLE, FL – March 15, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Jose Gonzalez started Sunday by making the quickest run in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series history and ended his day with a victory, beating Justin Bond in the final round of the opening race of the 2021 season at Gainesville Raceway.
The race, which was presented by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and FTI Performance, is the first of 12 events during the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and Gonzalez rolled to his third career win.
He went 5.720-seconds at 254.33 mph in his ProCharger-powered Q80 Racing/EGR Racing Camaro to beat Bond in the final round as Bond, who was the No. 1 qualifier, slowed to an 8.341 at 112.00. After qualifying third, Gonzalez eclipsed the record Bond set Saturday night, going an incredible 5.621 at 254.62 to win in the first round of eliminations against Jerico Balduf and make the quickest run in class history. He followed with round wins against Clint Satterfield and Khalid Al-Balooshi to reach the final round for the sixth time in his career, meeting Bond for the first time in eliminations.
“The car actually feels like I’ve been in it for almost a year driving it,” said Gonzalez, who didn’t race in 2020. “I was actually a bit scared with all the new rules that we have to shift, and I had never shifted (in) this car before. I’m just happy where we are being able to go to the finals (and) win at the very first race.”
Bond, who went a whopping 5.638 at 253.80 to qualify No. 1 for the first time in his ProCharger-powered JBS/Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro, beat Jim Whiteley, Jeffrey Barker and Jonathan Gray to reach his third career final round.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action April 30-May 2 as part of the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Final finish order (1-16) at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the first of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez; 2. Justin Bond; 3. Khalid alBalooshi; 4. JR Gray; 5. Lyle Barnett; 6. Jeffery Barker; 7. Alex Laughlin; 8. Clint Satterfield; 9. Jerico Balduf; 10. Jeff Jones; 11. Tommy Daprile; 12. Brandon Snider; 13. Dwanye Wolfe; 14. Rickie Smith; 15. Kris Thorne; 16. Jim Whiteley.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Sunday’s final results from the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the first of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.720, 254.33 def. Justin Bond, Camaro, 8.341, 112.00.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Final round-by-round results from the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the first of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Jeffery Barker, Chevy Camaro, 5.722, 251.86 def. Dwanye Wolfe, Camaro, 6.039, 245.05; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.720, 244.21 def. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.621, 254.62 def. Jerico Balduf, Chevy Chevelle, 5.736, 250.09; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.686, 250.23 def. Jeff Jones, Chevy Corvette, Foul – Red Light; JR Gray, Camaro, 5.803, 249.81 def. Brandon Snider, Corvette, 6.021, 247.25; Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.741, 251.30 def. Tommy Daprile, Camaro, 5.760, 250.78; Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 6.333, 166.37 def. Kris Thorne, Camaro, 8.266, 114.98; Alex Laughlin, Ford Mustang, 5.724, 248.39 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 8.037, 115.45;
QUARTERFINALS — alBalooshi, 5.719, 253.23 def. Laughlin, 6.149, 240.98; Gonzalez, 5.746, 254.18 def. Satterfield, Broke – No Show; Gray, 5.780, 249.90 def. Barnett, 5.758, 250.55; Bond, 5.710, 252.10 def. Barker, 5.802, 250.64;
SEMIFINALS — Bond, 5.711, 251.63 def. Gray, 5.787, 249.39; Gonzalez, 5.722, 254.42 def. alBalooshi, 5.725, 252.76;
FINAL — Gonzalez, 5.720, 254.33 def. Bond, 8.341, 112.00.
GAINESVILLE, FL — Point standings (top 10) following the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the first of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez, 116; 2. Justin Bond, 98; 3. Khalid alBalooshi, 77; 4. JR Gray, 72; 5. Lyle Barnett, 55; 6. (tie) Jeffery Barker, 53; Alex Laughlin, 53; 8. Clint Satterfield, 52; 9. (tie) Brandon Snider, 34; Kris Thorne, 34.
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