ENNIS, TX – October 11, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – In his first year driving in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Lyle Barnett raced to his first career win on Sunday at the Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.
The event, which was presented by Imperial Construction, is the ninth of 11 events during the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.
Barnett had a huge advantage on the starting line and held off Justin Bond at the finish , going 5.894-seconds at 251.20 mph in his turbocharged EliteHP Camaro in the championship round to clinch his first victory. Barnett had the quicker .040 reaction time, holding off Bond’s quicker run of 5.829 at 244.65.
“I never thought I would be here,” Barnett said. “There’s so many good people who got me to this point, including all my sponsors, Richard Freeman and everyone at Elite Motorsports. It’s not very often you start a year out in one car and finish in another. My crew worked really hard in between rounds and we got this thing done.”
After qualifying 12th, Barnett put together an impressive day in eliminations, knocking off Khalid AlBalooshi, Mike Salinas and J.R. Gray to reach his first career final round.
Bond topped Doug Winters, points leader Jose Gonzalez and Chad Green to advance to the final round. With two races remaining in the season, Gonzalez leads Bond by 134 points.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action Oct. 15-17 with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
ENNIS, TX — Final finish order (1-16) at the 36th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The race is the ninth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Lyle Barnett; 2. Justin Bond; 3. Chad Green; 4. JR Gray; 5. Mike Salinas; 6. Jose Gonzalez; 7. Brandon Snider; 8. Jeff Jones; 9. Rickie Smith; 10. Khalid alBalooshi; 11. Jim Whiteley; 12. Steve Jackson; 13. Justin Jones; 14. Brandon Pesz; 15. Doug Winters; 16. Eric Latino.
ENNIS, TX– Sunday’s final results from the 36th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The race is the ninth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Lyle Barnett, Chevy Camaro, 5.894, 251.20 def. Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.829, 244.65.
ENNIS, TX– Final round-by-round results from the 36th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.The race is the ninth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Jeff Jones, Chevy Corvette, 5.874, 243.41 def. Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.857, 245.32; Brandon Snider, Camaro, 5.855, 244.21 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, Broke – No Show; Chad Green, Camaro, 5.797, 247.02 def. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.848, 243.24; Mike Salinas, Camaro, 5.850, 244.43 def. Justin Jones, Corvette, 5.879, 243.99; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.826, 245.94 def. Brandon Pesz, Camaro, 6.406, 170.99; Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.840, 252.76 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.847, 247.34; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.913, 237.21 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 9.277, 97.95; JR Gray, Camaro, 5.764, 249.39 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.779, 250.51;
QUARTERFINALS — Barnett, 5.843, 252.33 def. Salinas, 5.851, 244.74; Bond, 5.834, 244.16 def. Gonzalez, 5.851, 245.63; Green, 5.846, 248.29 def. Je. Jones, Foul – Centerline; Gray, 5.783, 249.07 def. Snider, 5.878, 244.47;
SEMIFINALS — Bond, 5.826, 244.83 def. Green, 6.323, 180.00; Barnett, 5.845, 253.75 def. Gray, 6.488, 191.19;
FINAL — Barnett, 5.894, 251.20 def. Bond, 5.829, 244.65.
ENNIS, TX — Point standings (top 10) following the 36th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. The race is the ninth of 11 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Jose Gonzalez, 741; 2. Justin Bond, 607; 3. Brandon Snider, 602; 4. Steve Jackson, 571; 5. (tie) Jeffery Barker, 384; JR Gray, 384; 7. Doug Winters, 366; 8. Lyle Barnett, 329; 9. Mike Castellana, 322; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, 315.
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