NEWS & ANALYSIS
NHRA Pro Mod Series 2009 Contract Signed!
12 races with 24 entries at every event
Scott Woodruff , JEGS director of media and motorsports and the person who has been in charge of the NHRA Pro Mod series in 2008 along with Troy Coughlin, announced today that JEGS has signed a contract with the NHRA for the JEGS ProMod Challenge series to return in 2009. This is the first time in the history of the NHRA’s Pro Mod program that a contract for the next season has been signed before the next calendar year has started.
Not all of the details have been released, but DRO was able to confirm some of the main points of the 2009 contract. There will be 12 points races on the 2009 schedule with ten of them held in conjunction with NHRA National Events and two races contested at JEGS-backed SPORTSnationals events where the Pro Mods would be the headliners for the race.
In the past, certain events have allowed for only 20 cars to be invited but the new contract stipulates that now every race will have a minimum of 24 invitees, which means racers who have not been able to attend in the past due to the restricted entry will now get invitations.
The series will open the 2009 season at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla., March 12-15. The official schedule should be released very soon but DRO has learned that Bruton Smith’s Charlotte track has been added to the schedule.
There will be one big difference next year from what has been standard procedure in the past: even though the race is an invitational event there will be an entry fee charged next season.
“We have had to change the way this series works in order to keep doing it,” said Woodruff. “It has never made any money or offered a return on investment to its sponsors and that formula simply will no longer work in today’s challenging economic climate. This series has to begin to support itself if it is going to continue.”
Woodruff and group will immediately begin to seek partners to join with JEGS in being a partner in the series.
“The Coughlin family believes in the Pro Mod class and its long term success, and now with this new contract already signed with the NHRA we can start working on the 2009 program,” Woodruff said.
One thing is sure, for the first time in its short history the NHRA Pro Mod series’ racers and sponsors know even before the last race that there will be another season and they and their potential sponsors can have a long-range plan for the coming year.
At least today, the future of Pro Mods racing at NHRA events looks brighter and more secure than at any time in the past decade.
2009 JEGS ProMod Challenge Schedule
ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals - Gainesville,Fla. (March 12-15)
JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals - Belle Rose, La. (March 20-22)
O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals - Houston (March 27-29)
O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals - St. Louis (May 1-3)
O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals - Bristol, Tenn. (May 15-17)
O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals - Topeka, Kan. (May 29-31)
NHRA SuperNationals - Englishtown,N.J. (June 11-14)
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals - Indianapolis (Sept. 2-7)
NHRA Carolina Nationals - Charlotte (Sept. 17-20)
JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals - Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 24-27)
Virginia NHRA Nationals - Richmond, Va. (Oct. 9-11)
ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals - Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov.1)