Wildly-popular series will compete at Gateway Motorsports Park during AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
The 2019 schedule for the thrilling E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service has been announced and will feature 12 stops across the country during the busy season.
“The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service series features intense racing action at each event during the year,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president, and chief development officer. “The competition level is second to none and even making a 16-car field is a feat unto itself. Hoisting the Wally trophy on Sunday in the category is a worthy accomplishment for any of the racers.”
The year will kick-off at the traditional season opener at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. on March 14-17. Teams will have spent the busy off season preparing for the start of the year with the hopes of race wins during the course of the year.
The season continues with two thrilling consecutive race weekends including the NHRA SpringNationals at Houston, April 12-14, and then will race four-wide at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway on April 26-28.
The series will race into Atlanta Dragway, Georgia’s House of Speed for the NHRA Southern Nationals on May 3-5. The Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, Va. will play host to the category for their fifth event of the year on May 17-19.
The summer months heat up with three consecutive events that will test the determination and resiliency of the racers and their dedicated crews. The trio of events starts at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals on June 7-9. The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals will follow during the traditional Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16, at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. The stretch concludes with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, June 20-23, at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports in Norwalk, Ohio.
At the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals the racers in the wildly popular category will compete on the biggest stage during the world’s biggest drag race, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 28-Sept. 2.
The title chase will intensify during the last three races of the year which begin in the shadow of the Arch during the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Sept. 27-29.
Mike Janis (above) of Lancaster, New York, won the 2018 title on October 28. Janis won his first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship at the season-ending event in Las Vegas. Janis was the points leaders entering the weekend but was defeated in the first round of eliminations by Mike Caruso. Rickie Smith, who was second, advanced to the quarter finals and had an opportunity for him to win his fourth championship if he advanced to the semifinals. Smith was defeated by Rick Hord allowing Janis to claim the crown.
“It hasn’t set in yet,” said Janis. “After losing first round we were all kind of down. Now, just incredible feeling, I can’t explain it. We had a good car all year, we had a good car when we got here, nice and consistent runs. It will sink in in the next hour or so. I’ve won races before but this is the cream of the crop right here. The NHRA Pro Mod champ, I love it.”
2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service Schedule
March 14-17, Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 12-14, NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
April 26-28, NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 3-5, NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
May 17-19, Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 7-9, Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, Topeka, Kan.
June 14-16, Fitzgerald NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.
June 20-23, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
Aug. 28-Sept. 2, Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
Sept. 27-29, AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 11-13, NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 24-27, NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Las Vegas
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