The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx joins the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at zMAX Dragway this weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 14th through 16th for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. Mike Castellana and Leah Pruett are two drivers looking to continue their previous successes at the track as the two most recent winners at zMAX.
Castellana won in April at zMAX Dragway as part of the 4-Wide Nationals, driving his Al-Anabi Racing Chevy Camaro to his third Pro Mod victory. “We won there at the first race of the season and have a pretty good handle on the track over there,” said Castellana, who currently leads Pro Mod points. “Hopefully the conditions are pretty similar when we go back and we can set the car up similar to that. We have a pretty good baseline to start with when we enter the track.”
Castellana’s competition in the finals should have been Pruett, but her car suffered significant engine damage in the semifinals, giving Castellana a solo pass. “It was super hard and I didn’t know what to think,” said Pruett, who won this race in 2011, the first Pro Mod win of her career. “Are you a good sport if you show up and watch the race or are you a good sport if you don’t? I finally said I would like to see what Castellana was going to run and what I would have been up against. I went up and stood up in my lane and watched the run and it was very hard. We’ve learned from it. We have the extra parts now that are needed and I hope that doesn’t happen again.”
The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx qualifies Friday, September 14th at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET and Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m. ET, with the first round of eliminations at 4:30 p.m. ET. Eliminations continue on Sunday, September 16th, beginning at approximately at 1:30 p.m. ET. Stay up-to-date on the NHRA at www.nhra.com and at the NHRA Twitter page.
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