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NHRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, Graham Light, confirmed to Drag Racing Online in a phone conversation on Thursday, December 21, the dates and tracks for the 2001 NHRA exhibition Pro Modified schedule.

The Pro Modifieds are scheduled to appear during the NHRA national events March 15-18 at Gainesville, Florida; April 26-29 at Bristol, Tennessee; May 3-6 at Atlanta, Georgia; June 21-24 at St. Louis (Madison, Ill.); and August 30-September 3 at Indianapolis.

Drag Racing Online has confirmed that the format for the exhibition races will be eight car fields and open qualifying. The purse is rumored to be the same as for Federal-Mogul Funny Car payout structure with Pro Mod competitors receiving $1,000 to qualify.

In a previous conversation, Light stressed that there would be no points and that the class would be exhibition only. He did state that the Pro Mods would qualify and run with the Pro classes and that Pro Mod eliminations would be run on Sunday along with the Professional classes.

IHRA Pro Modified World Champion owner Jim Oddy told DRO that he would definitely attend the Gainesville race and planned on running the rest of the schedule. The former U.S Nationals winner was especially looking forward to returning to Indy.

"I want my sons, who are on my crew, to experience what it is like to race at the U.S. Nationals; what it's like to race in front of 40,000 people on Monday at Indy," Oddy said. "Plus, I want to get back there to race again myself."

According to Light, the response to the Pro Modified exhibition schedule has been overwhelming with an enormous amount of calls already coming into the NHRA offices. (This despite the only place anything in the way of an official announcement about the series has appeared is in DRO.)


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