DINWIDDIE, VA – May 16, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Tylor Miller picked up his first career win in just his third career start in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon, racing to an impressive victory on Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park as part of the Virginia NHRA Nationals.
The event, which was powered by LAT Racing Oils, was the third of 10 races during the 2022 FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon season.
In the final round against teammate and multi-time world champion Rickie Smith, Miller went 5.798-seconds at 251.02 mph in his nitrous-powered Pee Dee Fleet Camaro to pick up the incredible win. The NHRA Pro Mod rookie reached the final round with victories against J.R. Gray, Stan Shelton and Justin Bond, setting up the matchup with Smith. Miller again impressed, leading to an emotional moment in the winner’s circle.
“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was nine years old,” said Miller, who qualified third with a 5.761 at 252.24. “My dad and I have been in this business for a long time and I’m trying to not cry right now. I’ve been working on this really hard. Rickie Smith, without him, this wouldn’t have happened. Everybody who works for us at the shop makes this possible.”
Smith reached his 26th career final round thanks to round wins against Sidnei Frigo, Doug Winters and points leader Kris Thorne. Smith and Miller are now second and third in points, respectively, after three races. Thorne, who was the No. 1 qualifier and won the first two races of the season, still holds an 89-point advantage over Smith.
The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon returns to action June 23-26 as part of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Final finish order (1-16) at the Third annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race is the third of 10 events in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon.
1. Tylor Miller; 2. Rickie Smith; 3. Justin Bond; 4. Kris Thorne; 5. Mike Thielen; 6. Doug Winters; 7. Steve Jackson; 8. Stan Shelton; 9. Lyle Barnett; 10. Sidnei Frigo; 11. Dwayne Wolfe; 12. JR Gray; 13. Jose Gonzalez; 14. Khalid alBalooshi; 15. Mike Castellana.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Sunday’s final results from the Third annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. The race is the the third of 10 events in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon.
Pro Modified — Tylor Miller, Chevy Camaro, 5.798, 251.02 def. Rickie Smith, Ford Mustang, Foul – Centerline.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Final round-by-round results from the Third annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the third of 10 events in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon.
ROUND ONE — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.839, 247.29 def. Lyle Barnett, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Stan Shelton, Ford Mustang, 14.123, 60.47 def. Dwayne Wolfe, Camaro, Foul – Red Light; Mike Thielen, Camaro, 5.857, 240.68 def. Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 7.143, 149.46; Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.883, 228.07 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 8.742, 103.58; Tylor Miller, Camaro, 5.813, 251.25 def. JR Gray, Camaro, 6.474, 231.64; Rickie Smith, Mustang, 5.816, 250.74 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevelle, 5.858, 241.58; Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.809, 249.39 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 15.966, 49.93; Kris Thorne, Camaro, 5.806, 251.77 was unopposed;
QUARTERFINALS — Miller, 5.811, 250.92 def. Shelton, 9.544, 92.01; Smith, 5.814, 250.64 def. Winters, 6.625, 154.97; Bond, 5.822, 248.11 def. Thielen, 5.922, 242.45; Thorne, 5.795, 250.97 def. Jackson, 9.235, 124.95;
SEMIFINALS — Miller, 5.790, 252.00 def. Bond, 6.127, 244.56; Smith, 5.800, 248.80 def. Thorne, Foul – Red Light;
FINAL — Miller, 5.798, 251.02 def. Smith, Foul – Centerline.
DINWIDDIE, VA — Point standings (top 10) following the Third annual Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, the third of 10 events in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon.
1. Kris Thorne, 305; 2. Rickie Smith, 216; 3. Tylor Miller, 178; 4. Lyle Barnett, 174; 5. Jose Gonzalez, 158; 6. Sidnei Frigo, 155; 7. Mike Thielen, 153; 8. Justin Bond, 151; 9. Steve Jackson, 135; 10. Stan Shelton, 129.
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Headquartered in San Dimas, 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, NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Constant Aviation 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 three racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park; 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, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Source: National Hot Rod Association