Who Will Win the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Championship?

Not only does E3 Spark Plugs return as the title sponsor of the 2019 NASCAR Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service, a very competitive field of drivers are set to do battle once again. The twelve-event Pro Mod schedule kicks off in mid-March at one of the NHRA's longest standing events, the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals at the newly paved Gainesville Raceway. Featuring both supercharged and nitrous-powered 3,000 horsepower engines, the doorslammer class has been a fan favorite for years with impressive new names as well as some savvy veterans on tap for the 2019 championship season. MIKE JANIS - Among the preseason favorites to take top honors in 2019 is the reigning E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod champion Mike Janis. Janis joined the Pro Mod division back in the 90s during...

January 21, 2019
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Matusek Joins Elite Motorsports for Pro Mod Racing Series

Long-time Ford racer Steve Matusek is joining Elite Motorsports in 2019 to drive a twin-turbo Ford Mustang in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. The son of European parents Matusek grew in pits with his father racing big block Fords on the weekends. Having started his career as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas, Steve started racing in 1994 and raced a roots-blown Camaro for 20-year veteran Danny Rowe in 2018. With DRR closing its doors, Matusek jump at the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of a Pro Mod Mustang. A resident of Olathe, KS, Matusek considers the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Racing Series to be one of the most exciting classes in NHRA drag racing today. Steve had told E3 in an earlier article that qualifying for Pro Mod is an...

January 19, 2019
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JGR Co-Founder and NASCAR driver J.D. Gibbs Dead at 49

J.D. Gibbs, the son of three-time NFL Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs, passed away at age 49 from complications following a long battle with a neurological brain disorder. J.D. was the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing and the tire changer on the 1993 Daytona 500 winning team, when Dale Jarrett drove the Interstate Batteries #18 to victory with a last lap pass of Dale Earnhardt Sr. After working his way up the ladder, Gibbs was named president of JGR, a position he held for six years before being named co-chairman of the racing organization. Headquartered in Huntersville NC, Joe Gibbs Racing enjoyed considerable success with J.D. at the helm and captured four NASCAR Cup Championships: two for Pontiac, one for Chevrolet and first Sprint Cup title for Toyota when Kyle Busch won in 2015....

January 14, 2019
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Gainesville Raceway Gets a Concrete Facelift for 50th Gatornationals

As the owner of Gainesville Raceway, what could the National Hot Rod Association possibly do to make the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals the best racing event in the history of the famed track? How about a complete resurfacing of the facility that originally opened eight miles north of Gainesville FL in 1969. Previously known for its 675-foot concrete launchpad, one of the longest on the NHRA circuit, the hallowed ground was last resurfaced in 2003. Racing at the track was suspended in November, so new construction efforts could begin on December 10. With the NHRA Gatornationals originally scheduled for March  to fit the timetable for many fans on spring break, the track has been home to the first 300-mph Top Fuel run since 1992. Once the existing track is...

January 7, 2019
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E3 Spark Plugs 2019 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series

Drag racing fans rejoice! E3 Spark Plugs returns as the title sponsor for the NHRA's 2019 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. The twelve-event schedule will kick-off at the historic Gainesville Raceway for the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals beginning March 14 through March 17. As one of the NHRA's longest standing events, NHRA Gatornationals is always a colossal blowout and nothing honors the history of the American muscle car better than the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division. Featuring both supercharged and nitrous powered engines, teams can choose to use any fashionable year, make or model bodywork to house their 3,000 horsepower power plant. Winning, on the other hand, it won't be that easy, as 30-plus entries are expected to follow the circuit in...

January 4, 2019
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Three Champions Started the Race but Four Finished at Homestead

Only three former NASCAR Cup Champions and 28-year old Joey Logano had survived the past couple of months of eliminations to duke it out in south Florida for final event in the Chase for the Championship. As the green flew over Homstead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400, all four drivers drew a bead on each other as the race for the 2018 Championship was on. When the tire smoke settled on Sunday, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Team Penske-Pennzoil Ford, had claimed his first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series championship. When the championship round got under way, the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch, the 2015 NASCAR Champion and winner of 51 Monster Energy Cup races; the #4 Stewart-Hass Racing Ford of Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Champion and winner of 45...

November 19, 2018
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NHRA History Is Made at Season Finale in Pomona

For the first time in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history, all four event race winners at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA also won a 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship in their respective class. Here's how it went for the NHRA's top teams at the Automobile Club of Southern California Finals over the weekend. 1 - PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Matt Smith saved his best runs for the Countdown to the Championship scoring three of his four season victories in final stages of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This was Smith's third NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Championship. He powered his Elite Motorsports DENSO Auto Parts EBR to a national speed record pass at 201.22 mph in defeating defending champion Eddie Krawiec. 2 - PRO STOCK - Tanner Gray claimed the...

November 13, 2018
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Behind the Wheel with E3 Pro Mod Champion Mike Janis

Many grassroots drivers in the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod division deserved the 2018 drag racing title for NHRA's premier doorslammer series that features both supercharged and nitrous powered 3,000 horsepower engines in any fashionable year, make or model. Nonetheless, this year's crown went to one of the hand-me-down generation drivers that grew up in drag racing and experienced the sport's highest highs and lowest lows. Having grown up in a family racing business, his dad founded JAN-CEN Racing Engines back in 1958. A native of Elma, New York, Janis first started racing forty years ago.  Janis joined the Pro Mod division back in the 90s during the inception of the class. Since the apple never falls too far from the tree, Mike Janis Super Chargers was born to produce the...

November 1, 2018
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Torrence Clinches Top Fuel Championship at Las Vegas Toyota Nationals

For the better part of a year, Texan Steve Torrence has been focused on one goal and one goal only; winning the 2018 NHRA Championship in Top Fuel. Having seen his hopes slip away on the final day of last season's Countdown to the Championship, Torrence has shown no mercy on this year's field of contenders. The Capco Contractors driver extended his elimination win streak to 20 rounds, sweeping five of the first six playoff races to lay claim to the half million dollar prize with a race to go. Car builder Richie Crampton at Morgan Lucas Racing is responsible for the very competitive and very reliable top fuel dragster that cemented Torrence's place as the 30th champion in Top Fuel history. Billy Torrence, Steve's father, set low ET of the first round but was eliminated by his son in...

November 1, 2018
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Sidnei Frigo Wins Round 12 of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series

Drag racing fans packed the pits at The Strip all weekend to see qualifying and eliminations runs for classes like the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. When the smoked cleared at the end of the day on Sunday, Sidnei Frigo, a native of São  Paulo, Brazil, had collected his second NHRA Pro Mod Wally by defeating Number One qualifier Mike Castellana with a 5.75 ET to Castellana's 5.86. Frigo previous won the Pro Mod division at the 2017 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Having started racing 4-cylinder front wheel drive cars in Brazil at the age of 19, Frigo's trophy case is filled with accolades from his many Brazilian Drag Racing Championships before coming to America. Frigo started racing in the states in 2011...

October 29, 2018
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