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After Entertaining Start to 2020, E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Will Award It’s First Winner of Season at Indy

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pro modINDIANAPOLIS (August 7, 2020) – By advancing to the final round of the first race of the 2020 season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, Jason Scruggs and Chad Green put themselves in position to win their first career race in the class.

But with the completion of that race postponed to the upcoming DENSO Auto Parts U.S. Nationals, the chance to grab that first victory now comes this weekend as part of the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil. Like the opener, which took place last month, this race also takes place at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, and Scruggs will again look to put together an impressive weekend in his blown Scruggs Farm Camaro from Jerry Bickel Race Cars.

In just his seventh career NHRA Pro Mod start, Scruggs, who has enjoy remarkable success in his doorslammer career, advanced to his first career final, making significant strides in the off-season.

Jason Scruggs

Jason Scruggs

“We were happy to go some rounds,” Scruggs said. “We knew we could run with everyone here, so I was glad we were able to prove that. At the end of the day, we’ve got a good car. Everything kind of fell into place and we won the close races, and that’s what you have to do at this level. We changed some stuff on the car and the way we were running the car, and it has responded well.”

The race, which is presented by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, is the second event of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 2 (FS2). It will determine the first winner of the year and an abundance of talent will be on hand, including reigning world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson, Todd Tutterow, Mike Castellana, Mike Janis and Khalid AlBalooshi.

It was an entertaining debut to the 2020 Pro Mod season at Indy last month, as the semifinals included a car with each of the four different power adders. Along with Scruggs and Green, who pilots the nitrous-powered Bond-Coat Corvette, Kris Thorne advanced in his turbocharger car, while Clint Satterfield raced well with a centrifugal supercharger, which were just allowed into the class this year. It represented the parity in the class at its finest, as three of the four semifinalists are after their first career victory in the series.

Satterfield has won in the NHRA Pro Mod ranks previously, but his start marked a clear resurgence in his program. That has him confident for this weekend, where the veteran looks to return to the winner’s circle.

“The car is really fast and we’ve been able to apply the power well,” Satterfield said. “We know we had lots of power, but it was all about applying it. We had great faith the ProCharger would be fast and it has been, plus the car just drives phenomenally well. It’s just a matter of continuing to go down the track because this car just wants to go fast, no matter if it’s hot or cold.”

Green impressed last month with victories against Tutterow, Brandon Snider and Thorne, advancing to his third final round. The warmer conditions have typically been beneficial to the nitrous cars and Green had the quickest run of the weekend during eliminations last month, putting him in a great position for the weekend. Scruggs, though, enjoys the variety of challenges the class presents.

“There’s a lot of good cars in this class and we knew it would be a hard challenge, but we’ve managed to run pretty well,” Scruggs said. “We’ve got great people who help and great equipment, so that’s been big. Everybody is so tough and so good in this class and it all has to come together. Our goal is to come out here, have a good time and enjoy ourselves, and then hopefully let them know we’re here and pull out a Wally before we’re done.”

Jerry Bickel Race Cars is the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race in Indy, as the class looks to award its first winner after a memorable 2019 season. Jerry Bickel Race Cars has enjoyed tremendous success in the class, with a client list that current includes category standouts like Albalooshi, who qualified No. 1 at the first race of the season, Thorne, Tutterow, Castellana, Green, Scruggs, Snider, Jonathan Gray, Bo Butner, who is driving for multi-time world champ Rickie Smith, Jeffrey Barker and Rick Hord.

Jerry Bickel Race Cars also offers a one-stop shop and an extensive variety of services, with its strong track record in the Pro Mod making it a trusted name for drivers all over the world.

Featuring the world’s fastest doorslammer race cars, the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars.

The first of two E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying sessions takes place at 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for 11:40 a.m. on Sunday.

A limited number of tickets are on sale now to the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals. Tickets may be purchased by visiting NHRA.com or calling 800-884-NHRA.

dodge indy natsDODGE NHRA INDY NATIONALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL

WHAT: Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil, fifth of 17 events in the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Competition will feature action in all four professional Mello Yello classes: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. Also, in competition will be the fan favorite E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Presented by J&A Service and the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series.

WHERE: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Ind. From I-465, exit Crawfordsville Road (Hwy. 136). Head west for four miles past downtown Clermont. The facility’s main entrance is on the left, one-half mile past Raceway Road. From I-74 go south Ronald Reagan Parkway, exit 68 and turn south. Turn east on U.S. 136 and entrance on the track will be on the right.

COURSE: Championship dragstrip; Track elevation is 700 feet above sea level; Track direction is south to north.

WHEN: Aug. 6-9SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, Aug. 6 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 8:00 a.m.
FRIDAY, Aug. 7 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 8:00 a.m.
SATURDAY, Aug. 8 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 7:45 a.m.
MICKEY THOMPSON TOP FUEL HARLEY SERIES at 10:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
E3 SPARK PLUGS PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY J&A SERVICE qualifying at 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
SUNDAY, Aug. 9 – MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations at 10:00 a.m.foxTELEVISION: Sunday, Aug. 9, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 11:00 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, Aug. 9, FOX will televise three hours of finals coverage at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

MOST VICTORIES:
Tony Schumacher, TF, 10; Bob Glidden, PS, 9; Don Garlits, TF, 8; Don Prudhomme, TF/ FC, 7; Greg Anderson, PS, 6; Warren Johnson, PS, 6; Ed McCulloch, FC/TF, 6; Dave Schultz, PSM, 6; John Force, FC, 5; Larry Dixon, TF, 4.

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel – 3.645 sec. by Brittany Force, Sept. 2019; 333.33 mph by Billy Torrence, Sept. 2019.
Funny Car – 3.799 sec. by Matt Hagan, Sept. 2017; 338.77 by Matt Hagan, Sept. 2017.
Pro Stock – 6.538 sec. by Jason Line, Sept. 2011; 211.13 mph by Mike Edwards, Sept. 2012.
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.812 sec. by Angelle Sampey, Sept. 2016; 199.29 mph by Hector Arana Jr., Sept. 2018.

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel – 3.623 sec. by Brittany Force, Sept. 2019, Reading, Pa.; 338.17 mph by Brittany Force, Nov. 2019, Las Vegas
Funny Car – 3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. 2017, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July 2017, Sonoma, Calif.
Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March 2015, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May 2014, Englishtown N.J.
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.720 sec. by Andrew Hines, March 2019, Gainesville, Fla.; 201.76 mph by Matt Smith, March 2019, Gainesville, Fla.

Indiana state and health guidelines allows a limited number of fans to attend the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals. Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased by visiting NHRA.com/tickets or calling 800-884-NHRA.

Photos courtesy of NHRA

About NHRA
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and E3 Spark NHRA Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to www.NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on FacebookYouTube & Twitter.

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