Danny Rowe maintains NHRA Pro Mod points lead at mid-season mark
LAGUNA HILLS, CA – Things didn’t go as planned for Danny Rowe in Bristol, Tennessee, during the fifth stop on the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series tour, but not all was lost with the first-round exit.
After qualifying fifth amongst a strong field of supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous oxide-injected Pro Mods with a 5.971-second, 242.28mph pass, Rowe was set to meet Jay Payne in the opening round of eliminations. Rowe, 2-0 against Payne in prior matchups, had lane choice, but it didn’t help matters as his Sterling Bridge Camaro made a quick move towards the guard wall, forcing the veteran driver to lift off the throttle and abort the run.
Despite the early exit, Rowe left the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals with the championship points lead – 13 points ahead of second-place Rickie Smith.
“Well, you can’t win them all,” says Rowe. “Of course, we would have loved to go rounds in Bristol, maybe even win a third straight, but you have to know going into these races that rarely do things go according to plan.
“More so than anything, we’re glad to leave Bristol and cross the halfway point of our season with the points lead. We’re heading into the championship rounds here and it’s so crucial that we keep our poise and focus on the task at hand – winning the world title. We’re still confident in our program and we know that we’ve got a car that can win on any given Sunday. We’re looking forward to these final five races, and we’re going to show up at each of them expecting to win. At this level, you’ve got to have confidence, you have to know before you arrive that you’ve got a team that can get the job done – and we do.
“It’s pretty clear that it’s going to be a dogfight from here on out,” Rowe continues. “We haven’t had an easy round yet, and we’re certainly not expecting any as we move closer to the end of the season. We’re just hoping we can continue to go out and represent our sponsors well, put on a show for the fans and, hopefully, when the smoke clears in Las Vegas this fall we’ll be celebrating.”
The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx returns to action Friday, July 5th, with the first round of Pro Mod qualifying at 4:30 PM followed by a second session at 6:30 PM. The third and final round of qualifying will take place at 1:30 PM on Saturday, with the first round of eliminations slated for 4:00 PM.
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