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Mid-Atlantic Energy named sponsor of NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Norwalk event
Thursday, July 03, 2014


NHRA has named Mid-Atlantic Energy, which services well completion needs of the shale gas industry in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia tri-state area, as presenting sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 3-6 at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk. It is the sixth of 10 races in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

“This track is in our backyard, and it is a great opportunity for our customers and employees to attend an NHRA event,” said Jim Laurita, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Energy. “We are ready to share our passion for drag racing and a weekend of relaxation with friends.”

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, including ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds, and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late-model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door Pro Mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.

Mid-Atlantic Energy Service is a locally owned and operated oil & gas service company operating in the Marcellus and Utica Shales in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Laurita family, which owns Mid-Atlantic, has been in the energy business for more than 60 years and are a leading producer of coal for electric needs as well as producing stone and constructing well sites for the oil and gas industry. 

The 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series competes during a 10-race schedule, with each event televised on the Velocity Channel. The season kicked off at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Florida with Mike Castellana taking the opening victory over 2013 series champion Rickie Smith. Mike Janis took the second race of the season at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals in Houston, defeating Castellana in the final. Rickie Smith defeated Von Smith to win the third race of the season at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals near Atlanta.

Von Smith raced to victory in the fourth race of the season at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, beating Jason Hamstra. In the fifth race of the season at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Pete Farber defeated Steve Matusek.

Each race will air in a half-hour show on the Velocity Channel, which launched in October and is owned by the Discovery Network. The shows, produced by Masters Entertainment Group, will air during 10 consecutive weeks in the fourth quarter of 2014.