A long break from the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon schedule might have been just what Lyle Barnett needed. The standout driver suffered back-to-back first-round losses, dropping him from second to fourth in the points standings before the extended layoff.
But the teams have had seven weeks off since the last race, giving Barnett and his team plenty of time to get things back on track on his turbocharged Camaro Elite HP as the class returns at this weekend’s Menards NHRA Nationals. -end presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.
After winning two of the last three races to end the 2021 season in NHRA Pro Mod, Barnett had high hopes this year and he hopes some of that success will start to come to fruition at the House of Speed in Topeka this weekend. -end.
“We had to let go of everything that was hurting us,” Barnett said. “We had a bit of bad luck. In Norwalk, we didn’t make the course we should have had in the first round (against points leader Kris Thorne), and he got us. We should have won the four-man race in Charlotte and I didn’t do the work on the start line like I usually do. We had almost two months off to get rid of it and we just kept our noses down and kept grinding.
The race, which is the fifth of 10 events in the 2022 season in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by D-Wagon, is powered by M&M Transmission, which is known for its championship and record-winning transmissions and torque. converters. It’s a top pick for Jose Gonzalez and Stevie “Fast” Jackson, who are the last two world title winners in the class, along with points leader Thorne, Sidnei Frigo, Justin Bond and Barnett.
“Topeka is our home track, so it was a natural decision to support our NHRA Pro Mod riders and customers,” said Mark Micke, owner and CEO of M&M Transmission. “Our on-track maintenance services are an extension of our beliefs in reliability and performance to enable the fastest, fastest door slams in the world to win and set records.”
Barnett added: “It’s a racing company run by a race car driver, which is cool. When you think of transmissions and converters, Mark Micke is probably the first person that comes to mind. They have great on-track support and they are great people and we all appreciate that.
Barnett is focused on a great weekend at Topeka as he aims to get back into the championship chase midway through the 2022 campaign. By winning three of the first four races this season, Thorne opened up a 107-point lead over multi-world champion Rickie Smith, followed by Jackson and Barnett in the next two spots.
Barnett knows there’s a lot of work to be done if racing for a championship is in his future this year, but that process starts with a stellar performance in Topeka. After the summer break, teams in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon are now racing six times over the next two months to end the year, and Barnett knows that if he heats up, it could be a interesting finish.
“Kris has had an outstanding season and he’s driven really well, but we’re going to do everything we can to try and catch up with him,” Barnett said. “At the end of last year we had a series of close races and we were able to start. If we can start again, we can be quite difficult to stop, especially if I do my job on the starting line. I really think there is an opportunity for us to make progress. But it all starts Friday in Topeka during the first qualifying round. You have to have a good run in Q1, so we’ll get up there and take a good swing. »
The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by D-Wagon features the fastest door slam cars in the world, offering something unique for every drag racing fan. With several different power adders and 250 mph action, the class continues to be a hit with fans.
The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon Qualifiers will consist of two rounds at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT on Friday, August 12 and the final qualifying round on Saturday, August 13 at 1:15 p.m. pm The first round of eliminations for Pro Mod is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.