BRAINERD, MN – August 23, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – There appears to be no stopping Jose Gonzalez in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, as the points leader drove to his third straight win by knocking off Brandon Snider in the final round at Brainerd International Raceway.
The race, which was presented by Stinar, was the sixth of 11 events during the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and Gonzalez strengthened his points lead and championship hopes by picking up his fourth win this year.
Gonzalez put on a show in NHRA Pro Mod’s first trip to Brainerd, finishing off his weekend with a run of 5.790-seconds at 246.03 mph in his ProCharger-powered Q80 Camaro to slip past Snider’s 5.812 at 247.29. Gonzalez was also a stellar .003 on the starting line as he earned his sixth career victory in the class.
“When you have guys like Brandon Snider, Stevie Jackson and (Justin) Bond, and everybody who races in this class, you have to be on your game,” Gonzalez said. “They’re not going to cut you any (breaks), so as much as I can do, I try to do it for the team. But it’s not me — this win goes on the team. (Tuner) Steve Petty has had this car on rails since day one and it’s just been amazing. It’s amazing how I’m feeling right now.”
Gonzalez, who was also the No. 1 qualifier, reached the final round with victories against Doug Winters and Jackson, posting a .009 reaction time against Winters. With the class now in the second half of its 2021 season, Gonzalez inched closer to his first career NHRA Pro Mod world title.
Snider defeated Chad Green and Justin Bond to reach the final round for the second time this year and the fourth time in his career. He moved to second in points but trails Gonzalez by 93 points with five races remaining.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action Sept. 1-5 as part of the Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
BRAINERD, MN — Final finish order (1-16) at the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The race is the sixth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez; 2. Brandon Snider; 3. Steve Jackson; 4. Justin Bond; 5. JR Gray; 6. Doug Winters; 7. Chad Green.
BRAINERD, MN — Sunday’s final results from the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The race is the sixth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.790, 246.03 def. Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.812, 247.29.
BRAINERD, MN — Final round-by-round results from the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the sixth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.781, 248.20 def. Chad Green, Chevy Camaro, Broke; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.761, 247.88 def. JR Gray, Camaro, 5.779, 247.75; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.771, 246.62 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.931, 225.41; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.763, 247.70 was unopposed;
SEMIFINALS — Snider, 6.317, 149.61 def. Bond, Broke – No Show; Gonzalez, 5.848, 245.63 def. Jackson, 6.249, 165.64;
FINAL — Gonzalez, 5.790, 246.03 def. Snider, 5.812, 247.29.
BRAINERD, MN — Point standings (top 10) following the 39th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the sixth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez, 536; 2. Brandon Snider, 443; 3. Justin Bond, 439; 4. Steve Jackson, 406; 5. Khalid alBalooshi, 239; 6. Doug Winters, 231; 7. JR Gray, 230; 8. Jeffery Barker, 192; 9. Mike Castellana, 177; 10. Alex Laughlin, 147.
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, Factory Stock Showdown and Top Fuel Harley Series. 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 www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. and YouTube.Menards NHRA Nationals
Source: National Hot Rod Association