Chad Green’s first season in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service has already surpassed expectations, but the rookie standout is hungry for more to close his 2018 season.
The Midland, Texas native will get that chance as part of this weekend’s 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, as the class makes its first appearance at the track in 10 years. It’s one more exciting aspect of the race for Green, who currently sits fifth in points in the loaded class after his second final round appearance of the season at the most recent race in St. Louis. It’s the latest impressive race for Green, who hopes to keep the strong momentum going.
“We had some decently high expectations coming into this season because I felt prepared and I had the right stuff and right people behind me, but we’ve far exceeded expectations,” Green said. “I took my time getting ready for this season and kept a low profile on purpose, but I felt pretty confident in my ability coming into this season. If we could stay in the top five, that would be awesome, but there’s some tough competition and we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us.”
The race, which is presented by Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet, is the 10th of 12 events during the 2018 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and Fox Sports 2 (FS2). Mike Janis took the points lead in the class in St. Louis and leads three-time world champion Rickie Smith by 46 points. Stevie “Fast” Jackson, who has won back-to-back races follows in third, while Green is just 27 points back of fourth-place Mike Castellana and just 49 points behind Jackson.
Plenty of standout competitors are behind Green, but he is looking up as his nitrous-powered Bond-Coat, Inc. Chevrolet Corvette continues to make consistent runs. After advancing to the semifinals in his debut race, Green has followed it with final-round appearances in Topeka and St. Louis. He would love for his first win to come at his home track, but Green knows it won’t be easy.
“We’ve got high expectations for Dallas, but even qualifying in this class is tough,” Green said. “So it’s really tough to make it to the finals and to win is even tougher, but I feel like we’ve got a really strong team. We’re definitely going in a good direction and it’s awesome how well we did in St. Louis because it looked like we didn’t have a good chance. I was pleasantly surprised and excited.”
St. Louis was home to the quickest qualifying field in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series history, with Green’s strong run of 5.756 at 248.80 mph only qualifying him 12th. But he knocked off former world champion Khalid AlBalooshi, Castellana and perennial top 10 driver Danny Rowe to reach the final, giving him confidence for Dallas. But Green knows he’ll have to keep performing on a high level in a class that continues to impress.
“Something’s happening in the class and I just feel lucky to be in this class at the right time,” Green said. “You can just see the popularity and the buzz about it at every race, and the enthusiasm from all the fans. You can definitely see a shift and I’m really happy to be a part of a great class.”
Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet is the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race in Dallas, as the class has just three races remaining in its highly-competitive 2018 season. 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, like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars.
Located at 711 SW Loop 820 at the Hemphill Exit in Forth Worth, Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet has been in operation for nearly 100 years, offering a large new and preowned sales, service, parts and collision centers. The Chevrolet dealership has also been a longtime supporter of Texas Motorplex.
“Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet is proud to be a presenting partner of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Series and I’m really excited the Pro Mod class will be at the Texas Motorplex this season where we’ve been a long-time partner as well,” said Randy Shapiro, President of the dealership. “The Pro Mod competition has been incredible coming into these last three races of the season and this race will set up the final push to the 2018 Pro Mod Championship!”
Green and his nitrous-powered 2018 Corvette will also be appearing for pictures and autographs at the dealership from 3-5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 3. The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado will be on display, while it also makes for an exciting opportunity for Green at his home race.
“I jumped at the chance,” Green said. “When you have local companies like that who want to support the Pro Mod class, it’s really cool.”
The first of four E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying sessions takes place at 12:45 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, and the final two rounds of qualifying take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 12:30 and 4:00 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12:10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7.
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