Photos Phil Hutchison
LAS VEGAS – Mike Janis won his first E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service world championship at the season ending event during the NHRA Toyota Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing was presented by Trask Performance.
The Real Pro Mod group held their championship banquet on Sunday night after the Toyota Nationals where they celebrated the year and their top ten racers.
Janis was the points leader entering the weekend but was defeated in the first round of eliminations by Marc Caruso. Rickie Smith, who was second, advanced to the quarterfinals and had an opportunity for him to win his fourth championship if he advanced to the semifinals. Smith was defeated by Rick Hord allowing Janis to claim the crown.
“It hasn’t set in yet,” said Janis. “After losing first round we were all kind of down. Now, just incredible feeling, I can’t explain it. We had a good car all year, we had a good car when we got here, nice and consistent runs. It will sink in in the next hour or so. I’ve won races before but this is the cream of the crop right here. The NHRA Pro Mod Champ, I love it.”
1. Mike Janis, 770
2. Rickie Smith, 763
3. Mike Castellana, 725
4. Steve Jackson, 659
5. (tie) Chad Green, 610; Jeremy Ray, 610
7. Rick Hord, 565
8. Khalid alBalooshi, 558
9. Todd Tutterow, 521
10. Jose Gonzalez, 510.