Race Recap: NHRA Pro Mod – Las Vegas, NV
The battle for the top spots in qualifying was fierce as Leah Pruett, Melanie Troxel and Brad Personett continually tried to one-up each other. Pruett held strong to the number one spot for the first two rounds and Troxel was comfortable in the number two position, however, it was Personett who would run a 5.848 at 256.70 MPH pass in the third to finally claim the top spot. Pruett’s best qualifying run was 5.855 at 252.24 MPH which put her second overall and Troxel went 5.897 at 253.66 MPH for third. In fourteenth was Clint Hairston who went 6.077 at 243.72 MPH.
In the first round of eliminations, Pruett drove her Precision turbocharged ProCare RX 2010 Ford Mustang straight to a win. Troxel faced off against Hairston and while he put up a good fight, her 5.935 at 253.56 MPH won over his 6.045 at 245.18 MPH pass. Personett used his signature mid-track charge to outrun his opponent and went 5.967 at 247.75 MPH to take the win. Troy Coughlin (who had qualified seventeenth and was brought in as an alternate) had some issues that prevented him from making a full-power pass and was eliminated.
In round two, all three remaining PTE boosted drivers were victorious! Pruett went 5.927 at 249.95 MPH, Personett went 5.956 at 251.72 MPH and Troxel went 5.908 at 253.66 MPH. In the semi-finals, Personett unfortunately rolled the beams and disqualified himself. Pruett and Troxel ran side-by-side in an all-Precision race and the margin of victory was just 0.005 of a second! Troxel went 5.892 at 253.85 MPH but Pruett went 5.897 at 251.20 MPH and took the win thanks to her better reaction time.
The final round was turbocharger vs. supercharger. Which form of forced induction would prove superior? When the lights came down, Pruett gave it her all and bested her challenger with a solid run going 5.910 at 253.04 MPH to take the win for team turbo!
Congratulations to Leah Pruett on her outstanding Pro Mod victory! Pruett runs a pair of our PTE Pro Mod 88 turbochargers and a Big Stuff 3 Powertrain Management System. This is Pruett’s second win in a row and the third straight win for her Mustang (which has not been defeated this season).