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Tue, 19 Mar 2019, 10:33 AM

Tutterow Wins Pro Mod Season Opener at Gainesville Raceway
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Todd Tutterow defeated Steve Jackson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It was a final round for the record books today at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals between E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by Hoosier Tire and Jerry Bickel Race Cars racers Todd Tutterow and Steve Jackson.

Tutterow won the Wally trophy when he got the hole shot win with his 5.662-second lap at 251.86 mph over Jackson's quicker 5.643 pass at 253.95. Jackson set the Pro Mod national E.T. record but came up short for the win. The final was the quickest side-by-side drag race in Pro Mod history.

"I won a lot of races a lot of places, a lot of championships everywhere but this means a lot to me," Tutterow stated. "My mom and dad have been wanting me to do the NHRA thing for years and years and I finally got the opportunity."

Todd Tutterow and crew celebrate win.
His Gatornationals win is his career first win in Pro Mod. En route to his win, Tutterow defeated Mike Janis, Chad Green and Marc Caruso while Jackson took out Eric Latino, Steven Whiteley and Jeremy Ray.

The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service continues at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston, Texas on April 12-14.

Final round-by-round results from the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the race is the first of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE -- Steven Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 6.177, 157.63 defeted Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 12.435, 89.66; Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.805, 256.60 defeted Jason Scruggs, Camaro, 5.773, 247.97; Brandon Snider, Chevy Corvette, 5.717, 248.25 defeted Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.767, 258.62; Jeremy Ray, Corvette, 5.696, 249.21 defeted Jader Krolow, Corvette, 5.755, 256.55; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.671, 251.06 defeted Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.758, 247.84; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.683, 252.90 defeted Eric Latino, Camaro, Foul - Red Light; Marc Caruso, Camaro, 5.707, 250.23 defeted Rickie Smith, Mustang, 13.014, 59.07; Chad Green, Camaro, 5.731, 250.09 defeted Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 9.670, 93.12;

QUARTERFINALS -- Caruso, 5.724, 246.35 defeted Snider, 5.728, 248.43; Jackson, 6.591, 136.58 defeted S. Whiteley, Broke - No Show; Tutterow, 5.684, 251.06 defeted Green, Foul - Red Light; Ray, 5.693, 249.35 defeted Biehle, Foul - Red Light;

SEMIFINALS -- Tutterow, 5.665, 251.77 defeted Caruso, 21.928, 32.46; Jackson, 5.653, 254.14 defeted Ray, Broke;

FINAL -- Tutterow, 5.662, 251.86 defeted Jackson, 5.643, 253.95.

Point standings (top 10) following the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the race is the first of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

1. Todd Tutterow, 117; 2. Steve Jackson, 98; 3. Jeremy Ray, 75; 4. Marc Caruso, 72; 5. Michael Biehle, 54; 6. (tie) Chad Green, 52; Steven Whiteley, 52; 8. Brandon Snider, 51; 9. Jose Gonzalez, 36; 10. Rickie Smith, 34.

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