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
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