Pro Mod: Field announced for Gainesville

Pro Mod Field Announced for Gainesville (February 27, 2006) The 2006 AMS Staff Leasing Pro Modified Challenge presented by RPM Depot field has been confirmed for the AC Delco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. "The response from...

Pro Mod Field Announced for Gainesville

(February 27, 2006) The 2006 AMS Staff Leasing Pro Modified Challenge presented by RPM Depot field has been confirmed for the AC Delco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

"The response from both drivers and fans has been tremendous," said series administrator Matthew Brammer. "I've been flooded with requests for an invitation to race the series by drivers from all around the Pro Modified world.

"We've completed the Gainesville invitation list, and I'm really happy about the drivers that will be competing. The competition will be stout, for sure, and I know the fans will get quite a show," he said.

Invitations to the Gainesville race have been extended and accepted by the following 24 drivers: Cody Barklage, Mike Castellana, Troy Critchley, Rick Distafano, Steve Engel, Joshua Hernandez, Mike Janis, Shannon Jenkins, Glen Kerunsky, Chip King, Kirk Kuhns, Harold Laird, Andy McCoy, Joey Martin, Doug Palmer, Thomas Patterson, Jay Payne, Shelly Payne, Brandon Psez, Stan Ray, Danny Rowe, Bryan Seward, Rick Stivers, and Eddie Ware.

Additional drivers will compete in the other events as wild-card entries throughout the season as entry space and schedules permit. Fields are limited to 20 cars at Bristol, Englishtown, Memphis and Richmond, and 24 cars at Gainesville, Houston, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Dallas and Las Vegas.

"We could have filled a 32-car field, and possibly even more, but we're limited by the number of entries allocated by the NHRA," Brammer said.

"We're already talking with sponsors to bring long-term funding to our class, and hopefully grow the participation level at all of our events," he said.

Letters to each of the drivers will be sent this week with details about the events, the requirements and their respective schedules.

"My goal is to present a platform for competitive, exciting racing at every event, and priority was given to the teams that were able to commit to the entire season," Brammer said. "I am well aware that, because of the nature of racing, things change, and I trust everyone will be flexible with us as we work through the season.

"The future is bright for Pro Mod, and I know that our patience will pay off. In fact, thanks to AMS, RPM Depot, Pinnacle, Brad Anderson, Lend America, and the NHRA, we're already making progress.

"Before Gainesville, we plan to have the series website, www.AMSproMods.com, updated with the schedule, the participants, and all of the latest news. There's been so much to get done in such a short amount of time, the priority has been put on communicating with the participants and the other details coming next," he said.

Each event will feature 16-car fields as set during three qualifying sessions (two on Friday and one on Saturday). The first-round of eliminations will be Saturday evenings, concluding on Sundays with the final three rounds of eliminations.

Drivers will compete for points to win the RPM/BAE World Championship: a winner-take-all $25,000 prize. In addition, a combined, per-race purse of almost $20,000 will be on the table.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Janis , Chip King , Thomas Patterson , Shannon Jenkins , Jay Payne , Rick Stivers , Troy Critchley , Danny Rowe , Kirk Kuhns , Joey Martin , Joshua Hernandez , Steve Engel