Jeffery Barker Gets First Win in First E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Action at Indy

BROWNSBURG, IN – September 6, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  On drag racing’s biggest stage, Jeffery Barker picked up his first career victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, racing past back-to-back world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson in the final round at the prestigious Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

The Pro Mod race, which was presented by ProCharger, was the seventh of 11 events during the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.

In a thrilling final round, Jackson left first but Barker tracked him down in his nitrous-powered Bahrain 1 Racing/Lowe Toyota Camry, going 5.742-seconds at 251.67 mph to beat Jackson’s 5.785 at 248.29.

“This is absolutely perfect,” Barker said. “There’s so many people to thank, including Khalid alBalooshi and Stevie Jackson. I would not be here if it wasn’t for Stevie Jackson. This is the best weekend ever.”

Barker reached his first career final round in the class by racing past Doug Winters, Brandon Snider and No. 1 qualifier Rickie Smith.

Jackson, who had won at the U.S. Nationals in two of the previous three years, reached the final round for the fourth time this season and 21st time in his career by knocking off J.R. Gray, Jim Whiteley and Jerico Balduf. Jose Gonzalez maintains the points lead in the class, with Jackson moving to second. He trails Gonzalez by 66 points heading into the final four races of the year.

The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action Sept. 17-19 as part of the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

BROWNSBURG, IN — Final finish order (1-16) at the 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:
1. Jeffery Barker; 2. Steve Jackson; 3. Rickie Smith; 4. Jerico Balduf; 5. Mike Castellana; 6. Brandon Snider; 7. Lyle Barnett; 8. Jim Whiteley; 9. Sidnei Frigo; 10. Khalid alBalooshi; 11. Doug Winters; 12. Jose Gonzalez; 13. Dwayne Wolfe; 14. Jason Scruggs; 15. JR Gray; 16. Justin Bond.

BROWNSBURG, IN– Sunday’s final results from the 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified — Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 5.742, 251.67 def. Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.785, 248.29.

BROWNSBURG, IN — Final round-by-round results from the 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Brandon Snider, Chevy Camaro, 5.838, 242.89 def. Dwayne Wolfe, Camaro, 6.307, 181.52; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.784, 245.40 def. JR Gray, Camaro, 10.764, 79.82; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.745, 248.71 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 5.926, 232.39; Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 5.782, 248.25 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 6.198, 197.22; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.895, 240.81 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.988, 240.00; Jerico Balduf, Chevelle, 7.632, 143.98 def. Justin Bond, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.876, 244.65 def. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 6.297, 211.23; Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.883, 242.89 def. Jason Scruggs, Camaro, 9.041, 100.34;

QUARTERFINALS — Barker, 5.777, 250.09 def. Snider, 5.841, 246.39; Smith, 5.769, 248.71 def. Castellana, 5.795, 247.11; Jackson, 5.817, 246.62 def. Whiteley, Broke; Balduf, 5.888, 242.50 def. Barnett, 5.905, 242.58;

SEMIFINALS — Jackson, 5.797, 245.94 def. Balduf, 9.209, 97.74; Barker, 5.759, 250.51 def. Smith, 7.396, 130.29;

FINAL — Barker, 5.742, 251.67 def. Jackson, 5.785, 248.29.

BROWNSBURG, IN — Point standings (top 10) following the 67th annual Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified

1. Jose Gonzalez, 568; 2. Steve Jackson, 502; 3. Brandon Snider, 497; 4. Justin Bond, 476; 5. Jeffery Barker, 307; 6. Khalid alBalooshi, 271; 7. Doug Winters, 262; 8. JR Gray, 261; 9. Mike Castellana, 230; 10. Rickie Smith, 215.

About NHRA

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

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