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Day One NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Modified at Royal Purple Raceway | Presented by Edelbrock

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Text and Photos Courtesy of NHRA/National Dragster

Jose Gonzalez powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Tige Boats, is the third of 12 events this season.

Gonzalez ran a 5.69-second pass at 257.78 mph in the second qualifying session to take the current No. 1 position.
“We actually made three changes before that run, but we never thought we had that much,” Gonzalez stated. “This is just my second event here, so this actually feels really good. The competition is just so tough here anything can happen tomorrow now.”
Steve Jackson is currently qualified second with a 5.707 at 249.03 and Mike Janis is initially qualified third with a 5.733 at 234.61.
BAYTOWN, Texas — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.
Pro Modified — 1. Jose Gonzalez, Chevy Camaro, 5.696, 257.78; 2. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.707, 249.53; 3. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.733, 248.61; 4. Chad Green, Chevy Corvette, 5.746, 250.23; 5.
Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.761, 248.66; 6. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.768, 251.58; 7. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.774, 248.16; 8. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.784, 255.97; 9. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.788, 247.97; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.796, 251.02; 11. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.815, 253.09; 12. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.825, 249.12; 13. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.855, 212.36; 14. Erica Enders, Camaro, 5.866, 240.81; 15. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.867, 252.38; 16. Richie Stevens, Camaro, 5.892, 247.16. Not Qualified: 17. Steve Matusek, 5.927, 217.46; 18.
Chuck Little, 5.929, 240.00; 19. Rick Hord, 5.956, 241.41; 20. Chip King, 5.963, 244.69; 21. Clint Satterfield, 5.976, 242.76; 22. Doug Winters, 6.018, 242.98; 23. Pete Farber, 6.090, 190.19; 24.
Harry Hruska, 6.481, 237.96; 25. Bob Rahaim, 7.940, 121.39; 26. Danny Rowe, 8.199, 115.78; 27.
Brandon Snider, 8.789, 108.79; 28. Dan Stevenson, 9.410, 98.54.

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