RPM: Real Pro Mod
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.