Mid-Sea­son Up­dates

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THE 2017 NHRA J&A SER­VICE PRO MOD SEA­SON IS UN­DER­WAY, WITH FOUR RACES UN­DER OUR BELT AT THE TIME OF THIS WRIT­ING. It cer­tainly has been an in­ter­est­ing start to the year. Blower cars have won all four races. The win­ners from the first four races were:

• Steve White­ley, Gainesville

• Steve Ma­tusek, Hous­ton

• Mike Castel­lana, Charlotte Four-Wide • Mike Castel­lana, At­lanta

On top of that, Pro Mod has had com­pletely full fields thus far, and we have nu­mer­ous teams signed up for the en­tire year. One Pro Mod first was run­ning at the Charlotte Four-Wide. The cat­e­gory ran at this race in the past, but never in the fourwide for­mat. This year, that all changed. In prepa­ra­tion for the first-ever four-wide Pro Mod race, the NHRA spoke with all

Pro Mod driv­ers and teams Thurs­day of the race to en­sure ev­ery­one knew what to ex­pect when it came to stag­ing and run­ning in the for­mat. The class was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, con­sid­er­ing it was their first time in many years.

Some rules were changed for Pro Mod at the be­gin­ning of the year also.

For su­per­charged en­tries, the max­i­mum over­drive limit started at 14.5%, then was in­creased to 20% at the be­gin­ning of the year. Af­ter At­lanta, it was re­duced to 16.5%.

For ni­trous en­tries, the min­i­mum weight was re­duced by 25 pounds twice (50 pounds to­tal). The min­i­mum weight started at 2,475 pounds and is cur­rently at 2,425 pounds.

The rea­son­ing be­hind these changes is to main­tain par­ity among the power-adders. If one power-adder gets ahead, then ev­ery­body will switch to it, thus tak­ing away the very thing that makes this class unique and fun to watch. The Real Pro

Mod As­so­ci­a­tion and the NHRA are work­ing to­gether tire­lessly to pre­serve the unique na­ture of the Pro Mod class, and this in­cludes main­tain­ing par­ity through rule changes. No doubt, the nearly con­stant changes make it some­what dif­fi­cult for the teams, but the real­time rule up­dates are a nec­es­sary part of achiev­ing the par­ity goal.

The Pro Mod sched­ule for the rest of the year is:

• Indy, Sept. 1-4 • Charlotte, Sept. 15-17 • St. Louis, Sept. 28-Oct. 1 • Vegas, Oct. 26-29

Aero­mo­tive, Inc. has a very healthy and pro­duc­tive re­la­tion­ship with Heart­land Park Topeka Race­way.

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