CONCORD, NC – September 20, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Points leader Jose Gonzalez continued to roll in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, as he drove past Mike Castellana in the final round of the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
It was the eighth 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, Gonzalez and Castellana left the starting line with identical .011 reaction times, but Gonzalez had the advantage at the finish line in his ProCharger-powered Q80 Camaro with his run of 5.792-seconds at 248.29 mph. Gonzalez picked up his fourth win in five races and his fifth victory of the year as he moves closer to clinching his first world championship in the class.
“This track owed me one after the accident in April,” said Gonzalez, who has seven career wins in the class. “I’ve just got to thank my team. I’m doing the easy job and they’re doing the rest, and they’re making me really comfortable in the car. All the credit goes to them.”
Gonzalez, who qualified third, beat Mike Salinas, Brandon Snider and Indy winner Jeffrey Baker to reach the final round. With the victory, Gonzalez extended his points lead to 135 points over Snider with three races remaining in the season.
Castellana beat Chad Green, Jerico Balduf and Doug Winters to reach the final round for the first time this season and the 23rd time in his career. Castellana ran 5.828 at 245.40 in the championship round.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action Sept. 24-26 as part of the NHRA Midwest Nationals at the World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis.
CONCORD, NC — Final finish order (1-16) at the 13th annual DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the eighth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez; 2. Mike Castellana; 3. Jeffery Barker; 4. Doug Winters; 5. JR Gray; 6. Rickie Smith; 7. Jerico Balduf; 8. Brandon Snider; 9. Eric Latino; 10. Mike Salinas; 11. Lyle Barnett; 12. Dwayne Wolfe; 13. Steve Jackson; 14. Justin Bond; 15. Jason Scruggs; 16. Chad Green.
CONCORD, NC — Sunday’s final results from the 13th annual DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the eighth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.792, 248.29 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.828, 245.40.
CONCORD, NC– Final round-by-round results from the 13th annual DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the eighth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — JR Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.211, 228.58 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Brandon Snider, Camaro, 5.834, 246.03 def. Jason Scruggs, Camaro, 8.884, 105.46; Jerico Balduf, Chevy Chevelle, 5.868, 244.74 def. Justin Bond, Camaro, 6.893, 147.75; Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 5.809, 248.48 def. Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.936, 230.61; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.800, 247.88 def. Mike Salinas, Camaro, 5.872, 244.92; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.834, 249.30 def. Dwayne Wolfe, Camaro, 5.981, 239.06; Doug Winters, Chevelle, 5.859, 244.07 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.809, 246.93; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.836, 245.90 def. Chad Green, Camaro, Foul – Centerline;
QUARTERFINALS — Castellana, 5.823, 245.72 def. Balduf, 5.871, 245.36; Barker, 5.815, 248.57 def. Gray, 5.808, 247.97; Winters, 10.030, 87.82 def. Smith, Foul – Red Light; Gonzalez, 5.793, 248.11 def. Snider, 11.025, 94.01;
SEMIFINALS — Castellana, 5.814, 245.32 def. Winters, Foul – Red Light; Gonzalez, 5.781, 248.57 def. Barker, 5.764, 251.49;
FINAL — Gonzalez, 5.792, 248.29 def. Castellana, 5.828, 245.40.
CONCORD, NC — Point standings (top 10) following the 13th annual DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the eighth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez, 684; 2. Brandon Snider, 549; 3. Steve Jackson, 535; 4. Justin Bond, 514; 5. Jeffery Barker, 384; 6. Doug Winters, 334; 7. Mike Castellana, 322; 8. JR Gray, 313; 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 281; 10. Rickie Smith, 270.
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