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Brandon Snider Not Feeling the Heat as He Seeks First World Title at E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Finale in Las Vegas

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nhra pro mod topLAS VEGAS (October 29, 2020) –Brandon Snider finds himself in an ideal position heading to the final race of the 2020 season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. But after a number of recent firsts, the points leader insists he isn’t feeling the pressure.

Brandon Snider

Brandon Snider

Snider is in the driver’s seat in is supercharged Corvette heading to the finale, taking the points lead into Las Vegas against a host of contenders. He currently leads defending world champion Stevie “Fast” Jackson by 26 points, or a little more than one round, with a handful of drivers lurking closely behind. Mike Janis and Khalid alBalooshi, both former world champions, are 55 and 56 points behind Snider, respectively.

Things came together perfectly for Snider, who won his first career race in the class two races ago and has qualified No. 1 in two of the past three events. It’s put him in a great spot to claim a title in what has been a breakout year, but Snider said he’s simply enjoying the moment.

Brandon Snider

Brandon Snider

“I don’t think I’m feeling any pressure,” Snider said. “I’m not really worried about (the championship). We were just thinking about winning a race and getting our program better. That’s what our goal was this year, so we’re not going to think a different way now. We’re just going to go out and do the best we can. I get more enjoyment out of the people that help enjoying this because I like giving back to them. I get so much enjoyment out of that.”

The race, which is presented by Strutmasters.com, is the seventh and final race 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 defending winner of the race, rolling to the victory a year ago in Vegas to cap off his dominant championship season.

It’s been a more difficult road in 2020, as there have been six different winners in the six races, including three first-time winners, but Jackson has often impressed the most in pressure situations. Should he put together another impressive weekend in Vegas, a second straight world title in the talent-filled class could be his, and that’s exactly the plan for Jackson in his supercharged Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro.

Stevie “Fast” Jackson

Stevie “Fast” Jackson

“When you are competing at this level and get to roll into the last race of the season with a chance to walk away with the title, it’s been a pretty good year,” said Jackson, who has one win this year and 10 in his career. “We haven’t been running as well as we should, but I’m pushing all my chips onto the table in Vegas. It’s going to be a shootout and I’m fully loaded.”

Snider will be ready as well, with his Corvette running well at a critical point in the season. He qualified No. 1 in back-to-back races in Gainesville and Dallas, and was second in Houston. Snider also beat Jackson on a holeshot in a thrilling final round in Dallas to pick up his first career victory in the class. It has him in uncharted waters at a key time, but Snider plans to stick to a routine that’s paid off this year.

“We’ve got the car working pretty well, and we knew a win was coming,” Snider said. “We felt like it was just a matter of time. For a few races now, we’ve had a car that was running well and going rounds, and it couldn’t have worked out any better. Everything has to line up and you just have to try to do your job. In the past, I’ve tried to pus the car and push myself, and then you wind up making mistakes. I’ve tried to be calm and laid back and just let things play its course.”

Strutmasters.com is the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race in Las Vegas as the 2020 campaign comes to a close. Strutmasters, an industry leader in suspension parts and air to non-air suspension conversion kits, created the original suspension conversion kit two decades ago. Since then, the company has established itself as a top name when it comes to all aspects of suspension parts and kits.E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod NHRAFeaturing 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.

As of today, there are no longer any tickets available for the event due to reaching the limited allowable capacity.

Two qualifying sessions for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service take place at 11:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 31. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.

nhra vegas finalsDODGE NHRA FINALS PRESENTED BY PENNZOIL

WHAT: 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil, the eleventh and final event of in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Drivers in the professional categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will earn points leading to the 2020 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championships. Competition also will be featured in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service and SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown and the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series.

WHERE: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of Las Vegas off I-15.

COURSE: Championship drag strip; Track elevation is 2,100 feet above sea level; Track direction is south to north.

WHEN: Friday – Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, Oct. 30 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying / eliminations at 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, Oct. 31 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations at 8:00 a.m. SAMTech.EDU FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN qualifying at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES TOP FUEL HARLEY qualifying at 11:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
E3 SPARK PLUGS PRO MOD DRAG RACING SERIES qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.
CAMPING WORLD SERIES qualifying at 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, Nov. 1 – CAMPING WORLD SERIES eliminations begin at 10:00 a.m.foxTELEVISION:
Sunday, Nov. 1, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 4 p.m. (ET).

2019 EVENT WINNERS:
Brittany Force, Top Fuel
Matt Hagan, Funny Car
Erica Enders, Pro Stock
Matt Smith, Pro Stock Motorcycle

MOST VICTORIES:
Tony Schumacher, TF, 8
John Force, FC, 6
Greg Anderson, PS, 8
Erica Enders,PS, 6
Andrew Hines, PSM, 5
Eddie Krawiec, 3, PSM

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel: 3.652 seconds by Brittany Force, Nov. ’19; 338.17 mph by Force, Nov., ’19
Funny Car: 3.835 seconds by Jack Beckman, Nov. ’19; 335.90 mph by Beckman, Nov. ’19.
Pro Stock: 6.559 seconds by Erica Enders, Oct. ’15; 210.28 mph by Enders, Oct. ’15
PS Motorcycle: 6.840 seconds by Matt Smith, Nov. ’19; 198.67 mph by Smith, Nov. ’19

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel: 3.623 sec. by Brittany Force, Sept. ’19, Reading, Pa.; 338.17 mph by B. Force, Nov. ‘19, Las Vegas
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 Andrew Hines, March ‘19, Gainesville, Fla.; 201.76 mph by Matt Smith, March ‘19, Gainesville, Fla.

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 22 national events featuring the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, SAM Tech.edu Factory Stock Showdown and Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series. Twice a year, NHRA hosts a ‘race-within-a-race,’ during the JEGS Allstars and Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle specialty competitions. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. With over 120 Member Tracks, NHRA allows racers to compete at a variety of locations nationally and internationally. NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) Program reaches over 30,000 students annually to ignite their interest in automotive and racing related careers. NHRA’s streaming service, NHRA.tv, allows fans to view all NHRA national events as well as exclusive features of the sport. 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 Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

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