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Reigning E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series World Champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson Looks to Keep Rolling at Gainesville Raceway

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gatonats top 2020GAINESVILLE, Fla. (September 18, 2020) – After struggling during the first two races of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season, Stevie “Fast” Jackson returned to his world championship form at the U.S. Nationals. With the next stop on the schedule a trip to where he made the quickest pass in NHRA Pro Mod history, Jackson may not be slowing down anytime soon.

Following a victory at the U.S. Nationals, the popular Jackson is ready to pounce at the upcoming AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which takes place Sept. 25-27 at the historic Gainesville Raceway. He made an incredible run of 5.643-seconds in the final round in his blown Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro a year ago, setting the national record in the process, which happened to come in a losing effort after Todd Tutterow won on a holeshot. That leaves Jackson, the defending world champ, with a mix of emotions as he heads to Gainesville hoping to finish the job in 2020.

Stevie “Fast” Jackson

Stevie “Fast” Jackson

“My goal is not to lose another round of racing this year,” Jackson said. “I think we have a car that can run well in Gainesville and I want a Gatornationals win bad. These fans are passionate. I’ve always ran well there, and it is a special place for me.”

The race, which is presented by FuelTech, is the fourth event of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 2 (FS2). Jackson is the most recent winner in the talent-filled class, finally getting everything to come together at the U.S. Nationals. That it came after he crashed his Camaro in testing the week before simply made the win that much sweeter.

It vaulted him into the points lead, giving him a slim three-point advantage over Jonathan Gray, who also has a race win in 2020. The likes of Kris Thorne and Chad Green, another race winner this season, Mike Janis and Jason Scruggs are also within striking distance, but Jackson is solely concerned with making sure his program is clicking. When it is, he’s proven to be difficult to beat in recent seasons.Stevie “Fast” Jackson“I got my mojo back in Indy and drag racing, like all sports, is a momentum-driven sport,” said Jackson, who has five wins in the last 14 Pro Mod races. “You need to have momentum when it comes to crunch time, and my team is fired up and ready to race for a championship. I was pretty bummed after the first two Indy races, but we bounced back with a strong showing and I drove like I needed to.”

The trip to Gainesville is special for Jackson in a number of ways. A lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan, he joked it’s an opportunity to have success in Florida Gator territory, but he’s always enjoyed putting on a show at the historic facility. The traditional NHRA Pro Mod season opener was pushed back six months, but Jackson believes it’s only built up excitement among the fans as the Gatornationals take place in September for the first time ever.

“What has blown my mind is the fans’ thirst for the sport in a year like this,” Jackson said. “They’ve just been so excited to see us compete this year and that means a lot. When you add the glory and the passion of the Gatornationals, it just adds to it. The fans at this race have a hunger and passion for the sport and Pro Mod racing, and I’m proud to be a part of this class.”

FuelTech is the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race, as the class holds its first race outside of Indianapolis in an unprecedented 2020 season. Considered an industry leader, FuelTech has specialized in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art performance engine management systems since 2003, becoming a product of choice for many of the top NHRA Pro Mod drivers.

Additional class sponsors for the stop in Gainesville include Brampton Pallet Management and Jay Santos of Ontario, Canada, who are supporters of Pro Mod racing in the U.S. and Canada, as well as T&E Auto Haulers, which is celebrating 40 years of making all-aluminum trailers for professional and sportsman racers, and Arrow Components of Minnesota, which has produced high-quality trailer accessories like awnings, cabinets, carts and benches for 25 years.

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, 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 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, with the final session taking place at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.

A limited number of tickets are on sale now for AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Tickets may be purchased by visiting NHRA.com or calling 800-884-NHRA.

gatornatsAMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

WHAT: 51st annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the seventh event of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Also competing at the U.S. Nationals will be the fan favorite E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Presented by J&A Service, SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown series and the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series..

WHERE: Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla. Track is located on 11211 North County Road 225 in Gainesville.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25 – 27
gainsvilleSCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, Sept. 25 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 8:30 a.m. and eliminations at 1:30 p.m.
SAMTech.EDU FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN qualifying at 5:30 p.m.
MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES TOP FUEL HARLEY qualifying at 5:45 p.m.
E3 SPARK PLUGS PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 26 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 8:00 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
SAMTech.EDU FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN qualifying at 3:00 p.m.
MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES TOP FUEL HARLEY qualifying at 3:15 p.m.
E3 SPARK PLUGS PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 27 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 8:30 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m.

fox logo 18TELEVISION:

Saturday, Sept. 26, FS1 will televise two hour sof qualifying coverage at 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 27, FS2 will televise three hours of finals coverage starting at 9:30 p.m. (ET).nhra logo2019 EVENT WINNERS:
Richie Crampton, Top Fuel; Robert Hight, Funny Car; Bo Butner, Pro Stock; Andrew Hines, Pro Stock Motorcycle

MOST VICTORIES:
Warren Johnson, PS, 9; John Force, FC, 8; Eddie Krawiec, 6, PSM; Don Prudhomme, 5, FC; Tony Schumacher, 5, TF; Joe Amato, 4, TF; Greg Anderson, 4, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 4, FC/TF; Larry Dixon, 4, TF; Don Garlits, 4, TF; Jason Line, 4, PS; Ed McCullock, 4, FC; Dave Schultz, 4, PSM; Terry Vance, 4, PSM

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel – 3.680 seconds by Brittany Force, March ’19; 331.28 mph by Clay Millican, March ‘18
Funny Car – 3.828 seconds by Robert Hight, March ’17; 334.82 mph by Hight, March ‘17
Pro Stock – 6.473 seconds by Mike Edwards, March ’12; 214.69 mph by Erica Enders, March ‘14
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.720 seconds by Andrew Hines, March ’19; 201.76 mph by Matt Smith, March ‘19

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel – 3.623 sec. by Brittany Force, Sep. ’19, Reading, Pa.; 338.17 mph by B. Force, Nov. ’19, Las Vegas, Nev.
Funny Car – 3.793 sec. by Robert Hight, Aug. ’17, Brainerd; 339.87 mph by Robert Hight, July ’17, Sonoma, Calif.
Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.720 sec. by Andreew Hines, March ’19, Gainesville, Fla.; 201.76 mph by Matt Smith, March ’19, Gainesville, Fla.

TICKETS: For tickets call 800-884-NHRA (6472), of visit www.nhra.com/tickets/.

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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