FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns to action in Charlotte at Race Powered by Culp Lumber Company

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CONCORD, NC – April 27, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The wild and exciting FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports returns to action at one of the biggest spectacles in drag racing, bringing their unpredictable action to zMAX Dragway as part of this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

It’s the first event for the category since the season-opener in Gainesville in early March and the second of 10 races during the 2023 season. This weekend’s event is powered by Culp Lumber Company and will be featured during Sunday’s broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), which begins at 6 p.m. ET.

The defending event winner of the four-wide race in Charlotte is defending world champion Kris Thorne, but Justin Bond has the early-season momentum after picking up the victory in Gainesville.

A year ago, Stan Shelton also advanced to the final quad a year ago and the Pro Mod driver works closely with Culp Lumber Company. His wife, Amy, is an executive at the company, which is excited to sponsor the category for the first time at this weekend’s race at zMAX Dragway.

“Charlotte is our home track for NHRA, so it was a logical decision to utilize the sponsorship afforded to NHRA Pro Mod to raise awareness for our family-owned company. Culp Lumber began in the early 1920’s by Henry W Culp Sr. and now employs over 100 employees,” said Amy Shelton, an executive at Culp Lumber.

“We are proud to be a third-generation, family-owned company, situated in London, N.C. We produce 125 million board feet of pine lumber each year. This lumber is shipped mainly to northern markets into New England and west to the Mississippi River. Our family has spent many years watching drag racing at Charlotte and even though we come from a tractor pulling background, NHRA Pro Mod is now our passion!”

A victory in Charlotte would mark the biggest moment in Shelton’s career and he impressed last year with his performance in a four-wide setting, which presents one of the most unique challenges in the sport. But it won’t be easy in a loaded field that will include an impressive 21 cars in Charlotte. That includes class newcomers, as well as talented drivers like Thorne, Bond, Lyle Barnett, who also advanced to the final quad last year in Charlotte, multi-time world champ Rickie Smith, J.R. Gray, Sidnei Frigo and former world champ Khalid AlBalooshi.

Bond got the best of everyone in Gainesville, qualifying second and then knocking off Thorne in the semifinals and Gray in the final round, but repeating in the four-wide setting at zMAX Dragway will be no easy task.

Featuring the world’s fastest doorslammer race cars, the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports offers something unique and exciting for every drag racing fan. The class continues to grow in popularity and is highlighted by historic muscle cars and a variety of late-model American muscle cars, as well as a number of different power adders.

Two rounds of qualifying in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports take place on Friday at 3:30 and 6:15 p.m. ET in Charlotte, while the final qualifying rounds are slated for 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. The first round of eliminations will take place at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday.

To purchase tickets to the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, please visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 800-455-3267. Children 13 and under are admitted free in general admissions areas with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.

About Culp Lumber Company

Culp Lumber Company is a family owned and operated state of the art sawmill located in New London North Carolina. Established in the 1920’s by Henry Culp Sr. This original portable sawmill was established for nearby lake expansion but continued to grow and stay on the cutting edge of wood manufacturing in the Southeast. Today its workforce has grown to over 100 employees. Manufacturing southern yellow pine timber into building material is the primary focus of this facility that produces on average seven hundred thousand board feet per day.

Bi-products such as Pine-Mulch, Wood Chips, and Sawdust are all captured and delivered to various landscape and processing facilities to manufacture other products for the public. Culp Lumber Company…… sawing its way into the future. Visit https://www.culplumber.com/ for more!

About NHRA

Headquartered in San Dimas, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 21 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports, Flexjet NHRA Factory Stock Showdown™ and Top Fuel Harley Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and NHRA Street Legal™. 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 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 In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip 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

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