FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Opens Road to Championship in Brainerd at Event Powered by Stinar

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BRAINERD, MN – August 15, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Back in action for the first time in nearly two months, the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports is set to return in a major way, with the first race in the category’s new Road to the Championship kicking off this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway.

The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports will race as part of this weekend’s 41st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals and there is more on the line than ever as the Pro Mod class incorporates its playoff-style competition for the first time.

The Road to the Championship opens this weekend in Brainerd as the first of four playoff races for the series, making this a pivotal weekend at BIR.

It is the seventh of 10 races during the 2023 season and this weekend’s action in Brainerd is powered by Stinar. The class will also be featured during Sunday’s broadcast on the FOX broadcast network, kicking off its Road to the Championship in front of a huge audience.

Justin Bond, who was terrific in the regular season en route to three wins, starts the Pro Mod postseason as the points leader with reigning world champion Kris Thorne, who won in Bristol, 20 points back. Jose Gonzalez, the 2021 world champ, is five points behind Thorne, with a five-point gap also separating the final 11 drivers – Jason Lee, Mike Castellana, J.R. Gray, Kevin Rivenbark, Sidnei Frigo, Manny Buginga, Dymtry Samorukov, Mike Thielen, Stan Shelton, Khalid AlBalooshi and Doug Winters.

Stinar, which is located in Minnesota, is a longtime sponsor for Winters, who opens the Road to the Championship in 14th but can make a huge move this weekend in Denver. He’s also one of an impressive 19 entries as part of this weekend’s race in Brainerd, by far the biggest turnout for the fan-favorite class at the popular facility since Pro Mod made its debut at Brainerd International Raceway in 2021.

“We are very excited to sponsor the NHRA Pro Mod Series in our own backyard!” Stinar Owner/CEO/CVO Craig Kruckeberg said. “We always enjoy sponsoring this race and the Winters Team and we’re happy to be a part of the excitement it brings to Brainerd.”

With only five points separating each standout from spots 2-14, the weekend in Brainerd will be a pivotal one as drivers look to get in championship contention. Gonzalez won the first FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports race at Brainerd a year ago, while 18 other standouts will look to win at the famed Brainerd International Raceway for the first time.

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.

FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports qualifying will feature one rounds at 5:35 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 18 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 12 and 2:45 p.m. The first round of eliminations begin at 9:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, Aug. 20.

To purchase tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, fans can call 866-444-4455. For more information on the NHRA, please visit www.nhra.com.


(Brainerd is the first of four playoff races)

1.     Justin Bond

2.     Kris Thorne

3.     Jose Gonzalez

4.     Jason Lee

5.     Mike Castellana

6.     J.R. Gray

7.     Kevin Rivenbark

8.     Sidnei Frigo

9.     Manny Buginga

10.   Dymtry Samorukov

11.   Mike Thielen

12.   Stan Shelton

13.   Khalid AlBalooshi

14.   Doug Winters

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About Stinar

For the last 75 years Stinar has built equipment that helps people board, service and maintain airplanes. Our equipment is used to board and service Air Force One and many military planes from around the world. For both commercial and governmental agencies, from the North pole to down under, Stinar’s equipment has been used by presidents, popes, and racing fans alike! Stinar is proud to support our AMERICAN HEROES, service our countries leaders, and provide aviation assistance for the fastest drag racers and their AMAZING fans! Located in Blooming Prairie, MN, Stinar is very excited to sponsor this event. For more information on Stinar, please go to www.stinar.com. LET’S GO DOUG WINTERS!

About FuelTech

FuelTech offers four versions of its PowerFT engine management systems with its top-of-the-lineFT600, followed by FT550, FT550 LITE, and FT450. The systems are powerful and known for their extensive list of standard features including sequential injection and ignition, O2 Closed Loop, data logger, delay box, Boost Controller, Nitrous Controller, and so much more. Additionally, the company has developed FTSPARK, a very powerful CDI ignition system that is offered in two versions and can fit nearly any high-powered application. The stand-alone ignition setup can be utilized in mechanical fuel injection combinations, commonly found with Roots and Twin-screw supercharger packages, or can be combined with EFI applications regularly seen with supercharged, nitrous oxide, or twin turbocharged engines.

From humble beginnings nearly 20 years ago to sponsoring the renowned NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, there is a reason you’re seeing #FuelTechEverywhere.

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, TikTok and YouTube.

Source: National Hot Rod Association