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Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 20:30 PM

Gray Locks Down First Victory During J&A Pro Modified Portion of NHRA Carolina Nationals
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Jonathan Gray celebrates first Pro Mod win.
Jonathan Gray locked down his first career Pro Mod victory on Sunday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Gray powered to a 5.809-second pass at 250.46 mph in his IDG Chevrolet Camaro to earn the victory over Steve Jackson in the final round. Gray defeated Steve Matusek, points leader Mike Castellana and Chuck Little on his way to the finals.

"I can't thank everybody enough for the opportunity and it's just been awesome," Gray said. "Hopefully we can get another one before the end of the year."

Gray entered the event eighth in the Pro Mod standings and finished the day in fifth after becoming the ninth driver in the class to win an event this year. Jackson entered Charlotte in sixth in the Pro Mod standings before earning the runner-up finish that moved him to fourth. Castellana maintained his lead over Troy Coughlin despite a quarterfinal exit.

The J&A Service Pro Mod Series continues Sept. 29 at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, IL.

Final round-by-round results from the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 10th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE -- Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 5.833, 247.84 def. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 9.260, 118.35; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.869, 248.71 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.860, 248.25; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.878, 247.75 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.829, 251.72; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.000, 246.84 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 9.493, 88.54; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.902, 247.38 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, Foul - Centerline; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.879, 247.66 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.873, 253.80; Chuck Little, Corvette, 5.897, 244.74 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.840, 249.53; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.888, 247.88 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.225, 220.98;

QUARTERFINALS -- Little, 5.876, 245.99 def. Whiteley, 5.921, 247.29; Janis, 5.874, 247.29 def. Rowe, 5.922, 245.09; Gray, 5.824, 249.81 def. Castellana, 5.829, 251.25; Jackson, 5.824, 248.07 def. Farber, 5.867, 247.57;

SEMIFINALS -- Jackson, 5.828, 246.57 def. Janis, 10.089, 87.05; Gray, 5.825, 250.27 def. Little, 5.874, 245.63;

FINAL -- Gray, 5.809, 250.46 def. Jackson, 5.818, 248.39.

Point standings (top 10) following the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the 10th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

1. Mike Castellana, 754; 2. Troy Coughlin, 706; 3. Shane Molinari, 597; 4. Steve Jackson, 563; 5. Jonathan Gray, 539; 6. Sidnei Frigo, 527; 7. Steven Whiteley, 514; 8. Steve Matusek, 465; 9. Rickie Smith, 407; 10. Danny Rowe, 400.

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