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Wed, 17 May 2017, 12:43 PM

Real Pro Mod Association Named Presenting Sponsor of J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series
Courtesy of NHRA Communications

Portion of the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan. -- It was announced today by NHRA officials that the Real Pro Mod Association (RPM) has been named the presenting sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the upcoming Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties coming to Heartland Park Topeka May 19-21. The event marks the fifth of 12 races on the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series 2017 schedule.

This will be the first time the world's fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars take to the Heartland Park Topeka dragstrip. Kansas race fans will soon find out the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing and competitive class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like the '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.

"The 2017 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season has already given fans just the kind of thrilling racing they enjoy," said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. "Real Pro Mod Association's support has proven to be vital to the success and growth of the J&A Service Pro Mod Series as their schedule has been expanded to include the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties for the first time. Real Pro Mod Association's continued involvement with the series will help ensure the Kansas fans get the full excitement that this class of drag racing promises."

The RPM Association was created by Pro Mod team owners and drivers to preserve and promote the future of the category. Pro Mods are frequently touted as the fuel altereds of the 21st century. RPM is committed to securing sponsorship to the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, providing input to NHRA on rule changes to achieve parity between the different power adder combinations, promoting diversity within the class to invite spectator interest and involvement, as well as maintaining the most exciting and competitive door-to-door racing on the planet.

"Our Pro Mod teams are ready to get to Heartland Park Topeka for the fifth race of the season," said John Waldie, board member of the RPM Association. "The event is sure to play host to some fantastic Pro Mod racing. Fans will be in for a serious thrill as the full class of Pro Mod cars hit the racetrack side-by-side for the first time at this national event."

The 2017 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is showcased in a 12-race schedule that includes stops at NHRA national events across the country. Points leader Mike Castellana has won the past two races in Charlotte and Atlanta and set the national elapsed time record of 5.685 seconds. Heading into the event at Heartland Park, Castellana will be fending off the likes of three-time and defending champion Rickie Smith, two-time world champ Troy Coughlin, Danny Rowe, Steven Matusek and Mike Janis. All 12 races during the 2017 season will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2).

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