INDIANAPOLIS, IN – September 6, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Starting eliminations from the No. 15 position, Lyle Barnett pulled out the victory in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, picking up the biggest win in his career on Monday as part of the prestigious 68th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals.
The event, which was powered by ProCharger, was the seventh of 10 races during the 2022 season in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon. Barnett played the underdog role perfectly, getting the win in the final round in turbocharged Elite Performance Camaro when points leader Kris Thorne left the starting line too soon.
To reach the final round for the second time this season, Barnett knocked off Mike Castellana, J.R. Gray and Eric Dillard, posting a run of 5.785-seconds at 253.71 mph in his victory against Castellana. Barnett posted an excellent .011 reaction time against Thorne in the final round en route to the emotional win.
“I’ve got to give kudos to the team that stands behind me on the starting line. They give me a hot rod that can go up and down the racetrack,” Barnett said. “We got lucky a couple of rounds, but you can’t win one of these races without a lucky round. These fans that came out today, we thank you very much and we just won the U.S. Nationals.”
Thorne advanced to his fourth final of the season thanks to wins against Doug Winters, Adriano Kayayan and Stevie “Fast” Jackson. Thorne extended his lead in the standings as well and now holds a 69-point lead over Rickie Smith with three races left in the season.
The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon returns to action as part of the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, which takes place Sept. 23-25 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
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