TWO-TIME DEFENDING CHAMP STEVIE “FAST” JACKSON GETS PRO MOD WIN AT ZMAX DRAGWAY
After losing on a holeshot in the final round of the previous event in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, two-time defending world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson made up for on Sunday, winning in the final-round quad at zMAX Dragway.
The race was the third event of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season, and Jackson picked up his first victory of the season and the 11th in his standout career.
He went an impressive 5.685-seconds at 253.75 mph in his blown Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro, racing past a final-round quad that also included Brandon Snider, Mike Castellana and Jeffery Barker. Castellana broke before staging, while Barker ran into trouble early in the run. Snider went 5.717 at 250.97, but Jackson had the lead early and never relinquished it en route to a satisfying victory.
“This was an emotional weekend for our team. Lane four almost killed me in 2018 and to conquer the four-wide in lane four (this year) with all of our amazing fans here to support us was amazing,” Jackson said. “Our Bahrain 1 Racing team has shifted this thing into high gear, and the rest of the season is going to be a shootout.”
The victory also handed Jackson his first four-wide victory after appearing in the final round at both 2019 and 2018. Jackson crashed just past the finish line in 2018, giving the standout plenty of redemption with his victory on Sunday. After qualifying fourth, Jackson won his first-round quad and finished second in the next round to advance to the final round, going 5.696 at 253.28 in the semifinal quad.
The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action June 24-27 as part of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 11th annual NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the third of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Steve Jackson; 2. Brandon Snider; 3. Jeffery Barker; 4. Mike Castellana; 5. Justin Bond; 6. Doug Winters; 7. Khalid alBalooshi; 8. Rickie Smith; 9. Paul Daigrepont; 10. Jerico Balduf; 11. Alex Laughlin; 12. Jeff Jones; 13. Mike Salinas; 14. Eric Latino; 15. JR Gray; 16. Jose Gonzalez.
Sunday's final results from the 11th annual NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the third of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified -- Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.685, 253.75 def. Brandon Snider, Camaro, 5.717, 250.97 and Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 9.984, 88.44 and Mike Castellana, Camaro, broke;
Final round-by-round results from the 11th annual NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the third of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE -- Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.723, 251.34 and Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.679, 252.57 def. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.115, 243.41 and Mike Salinas, Camaro, 5.781, 231.52; Brandon Snider, Camaro, 5.729, 251.44 and Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.854, 244.65 def. Jerico Balduf, Chevelle, 6.057, 193.07 and Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, DQ; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.698, 254.57 and Jeffery Barker, Toyota Camry, 5.795, 251.95 def. Paul Daigrepont, Camaro, 5.895, 243.63 and Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.925, 245.67; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.855, 248.71 and Justin Bond, Camaro, 5.891, 198.76 def. Jeff Jones, Chevy Corvette, 6.490, 188.36 and JR Gray, Camaro, 10.050, 88.68;
SEMIFINALS -- Barker, 5.740, 252.90 and Snider, 5.729, 250.97 def. Winters, 5.816, 247.57 and alBalooshi, 5.929, 195.56; Castellana, 5.685, 252.05 and Jackson, 5.696, 253.28 def. Bond, 5.706, 251.77 and Smith, 10.741, 78.17;
FINAL -- Jackson, 5.685, 253.75 def. Snider, 5.717, 250.97, Barker, 9.984, 88.44 and Castellana, broke.
Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 11th annual NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the third of 12 events in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Justin Bond, 272; 2. Steve Jackson, 220; 3. Jose Gonzalez, 204; 4. Brandon Snider, 201; 5. Khalid alBalooshi, 167; 6. Jeffery Barker, 157; 7. Rickie Smith, 137; 8. JR Gray, 136; 9. Mike Castellana, 125; 10. Alex Laughlin, 116.