The Greatest NHRA Pro Mod Race?

The 50th Amalie Oil Gatornationals provided record setting conditions and racers took advantage, none more so than in Pro Modified.

Feel free to scroll to our photo review of the moments that made this event, in our opinion, one of the greatest Pro Mod races ever – along some incredible numbers comparing last year’s event and this one.

Alex Laughlin is everywhere in door car racing right now, but a 5.773 was the best he could muster for 21st place in qualifying. Last year the same time would have qualified him fourth.

Rickie Smith is stalking the field with a turbo car - aiming to prove the advantage the combination has over the nitrous cars he has driven for most of his drag racing career.
Mike Castellana (near lane) under the palm trees, moments before a breakage in the rear end of his car saw it get into the wall. Last year Castellana was the number one qualifier with a 5.750. This year, that number would have made him the #16 qualifier.
Jose Gonzelaz and Khalid alBalooshi watch a replay of Castellana's incident.
The new Mike Janis injector hats are everywhere this season.

Harry Hruska awaits a pass in the HPL car.
Sidnei Frigo relaxing in the lanes.
Rick Hord missed a spot in the field, just weeks after top qualifying at a Real Pro Mod test event in Orlando, showing how tough the field was. It's unbelievable to think 15 drivers had times this year in qualifying that would have qualified in the number one position last year!
Erica Enders missed a spot in the field also, besting with a 5.779 for #22 position. The top 27 qualifiers all ran in the five second zone.
Stevie Jackson had the wheels well up in his Camaro on his way to a 5.665 best in qualifying - the quickest pass in NHRA Pro Mod history at the time. In total there were 17 5.6 second runs, the most seen at any NHRA Pro Mod event.
Sidnei Frigo flirts with the center line at 1320 feet on a do-or-die pass in Q4. He would miss the field.

This graph shows the increase in performance across the board at the 2019 Gatornationals. Favorable weather conditions definitely assisted in making the field around .08-.09 quicker for the top 20 teams.
Tell tale chatter marks behind Michael Biehle's Ford Mustang are evidence of tire shake, though he would drive through it for a round one win.
Bob Rahaim gets loose off the start line, putting an end to his weekend.
Bits of rubber fly from the back of Jose Gonzelaz's Camaro as he shakes in round one. His qualifying pass of 5.672 was the quickest turbocharged run in NHRA Pro Mod history. He was also only 0.6mph off an outright national speed record.
Strong crowds braved the weather throughout the event and stayed in the stands for the Pro Mod racing. This is very popular door car territory.
Khalid alBalooshi clocked a 5.710, making him the driver of the quickest nitrous NHRA Pro Mod in history.
Mike Caruso came from the #11 position to upset Rickie Smith in round one and advance all the way to the semi finals.
There was drama for Jeremy Ray in the semi finals when his Corvette would not start. Stevie Jackson would end up taking advantage of an unexpected solo run.

The result for Stevie was a 5.653, which at that point in the event was low ET and a new national record.
Todd Tutterow burns out for the final round.
Tutterow stole the holeshot with a .008 to a .036 on the tree.
The AAP team celebrates as the win light comes on in Tutterow's lane.
There you have it, the quickest side by side NHRA Pro Mod pass in history!
A happy winner.
And finally, what you receive for your troubles.
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