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Lancaster’s Janis heads to Atlanta as most recent Pro Mod winner

Mike Janis won the Pro Mod event in Houston
Mike Janis won the Pro Mod event in Houston
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The NHRA Pro Mod Series heads to Atlanta Dragway for its third race of the season, part of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, and Lancaster native Mike Janis heads to the track as the most recent winner in the series. The event, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, takes place Friday through Sunday, May 16th through 18th.

“I think we’re in a really good place right now,” said Janis. “Normally in the off-season we’re coming up with so many different things it takes three or four races to set the groundwork. It really was important for us to do well this season and, by far, this is the most we’ve ever been ahead of schedule.”

Janis and his Jan-Cen Racing Camaro won two events last season, including the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. His win at Houston in April, where he defeated points leader and Gainesville winner Mike Castellana, was the third of his NHRA career.

“We’ve been working hard with our superchargers and trying a lot of different things,” said Janis. “We try to think outside the box and we’ve really worked on our engine program. In Houston we stuck with the game plan and we were just focused on making the best run we could with what the track would allow.”

Janis will have plenty of competition in the Pro Mod ranks at Atlanta, including Castellana, 2013 Pro Mod champ Rickie Smith, 2012 champ Troy Coughlin, Steve Matusek and Danny Rowe. “Everybody in this class is tough and everyone can win,” said Janis. “When you see the 16 cars that qualify, it’s pretty scary. There are so many great cars. Running that first round on Saturday, you have to treat it like it’s the final. Obviously our goal is to try to win the race, but you have to worry about qualifying first. That’s difficult with this field but we’ll give it our best shot.”

NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying is set for Friday at 3:45 and 6 p.m. ET and Saturday at 12:45 p.m. ET. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET and continue on Sunday. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.

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