RPM: Real Pro Mod

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AS OUR SEA­SON WINDS DOWN, THERE’S A LOT TO TALK ABOUT. The first, and eas­ily most ex­cit­ing, thing com­ing up at the time of this writ­ing is Drag Il­lus­trated’s $100,000 Win­ner-Take-All World Se­ries of Pro Mod race in Den­ver. At the time I’m writ­ing this col­umn, 14 of the 16 driv­ers have been an­nounced. The fan vote and the Fri­day night, $10,000 race-your-way-in driver are still up in the air. Many driv­ers are in­ter­ested in com­pet­ing in the Fri­day night race to vie for that spot on Satur­day.

An­other hot topic since my last col­umn is win­ners. The mid-sea­son cham­pi­ons were:

• Topeka: Ste­vie Jack­son

• English­town: Rickie Smith

• Bris­tol: Troy Cough­lin

• Nor­walk: Shane Moli­nari

Blower cars, which were the dom­i­nate cars in the first part of the sea­son, have been tak­ing a back­seat to nitrous and turbo cars through mid-sea­son for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, like rule changes, weather and track qual­ity.

Nor­walk’s win­ner has also been a con­ver­sa­tional buzz. Nor­walk was

Shane’s third fi­nal round this sea­son and, so far, win­ning has been a bit of an ex­cla­ma­tion point next to a stel­lar sea­son for him.

The last four races of the year are:

• Indy, September 1-4

• Char­lotte, September 15-17

• St. Louis, September 28-Oc­to­ber 1

• Ve­gas, Oc­to­ber 26-29

Shane Moli­nari’s star has been on the rise in 2017.

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