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50 Pro Mod Entries Locked In for $50,000-to-Win 50th Annual Snowbird Nationals at Bradenton

In just over 24 hours, 50 different Pro Mod drivers and teams committed to helping Bradenton Motorsports Park celebrate the 50th running of the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals presented by Motion Raceworks at the end of this season. Tech cards went on sale Saturday night, and by Sunday night, all 50 tech cards were sold. Another nine drivers are on the waiting list for the event, which will pay $50,000 to the winner on December 2-5.

“This being the 50th anniversary is a really big deal,” Alvarez said. “I’m happy this event has done well for so long. A lot of events don’t make it this far. To have the 50th anniversary and make something really big of it and give the event new life for the future is really, really cool. This event is going to be so good and so big that it’s a stepping stone to the 75th anniversary, and hopefully one day the 100th anniversary.”

The entry list is a who’s-who collection of some of the quickest and fastest “legal” and outlaw Pro Modified cars in North America. Drivers include stars from NHRA Pro Mod, PDRA Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost, the Mid-West Drag Racing Series, the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association, and even a handful of former Radial vs. the World racers.

“The whole list is just stacked,” Alvarez said. “If you’re on the list, chances are you’re just a badass.”

Alvarez admits he’s not surprised to see the Pro Mod entries selling out so quickly, and it didn’t happen on accident. Since taking over ownership of Bradenton Motorsports Park in early 2018, Alvarez has worked to elevate longstanding events like the Snowbirds and the U.S. Street Nationals while also creating new traditions.

“I’ve been a big fan of this event in particular for years, even before I owned the track,” Alvarez said. “It’s just a really, really good event with a lot of history and really fast cars. I’ve always seen more potential in these events. It’s awesome to see it become reality, but yeah, I did see it happening. This is what I was after.”

The Pro Mod payout – $50,000 to win, $10,000 to runner-up, and $2,500 for the semifinalists – was made possible through the support of the class title sponsor, M&M Transmission, and presenting sponsor Carmack Engineering, as well as event title sponsor Motion Raceworks.

“The Motion Raceworks guys do a lot so we can make these things happen,” Alvarez said. “For Pro Mod in particular, it wasn’t a small ticket to sponsor it and we had M&M Transmission and Carmack Engineering step up immediately to help out a lot.”

A minimum of four qualifying sessions will set the 32-car field, while Alvarez said a fifth session is possible if the schedule allows. The Pro Mod class will follow PDRA Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost rules with a few minor adjustments. Wade Rich and Jimmy Bradshaw will handle track prep.

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“Last year, we did our rules based on the PDRA rules package for Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost,” Alvarez said. “It was really close and we saw some really fast passes because the conditions were really good. So we’re going to use that same rule package as our base. We’re going to make some small adjustments. Tyler [Crossnoe] and his tech team do an amazing job with PDRA. Most of our racers will come from that series and run that series all year. It’s good competition, so it’s a good base for us to start with.”

The significance of having 50 Pro Mod teams pre-entered for the race more than three months ahead of the event is not lost on Alvarez. He was captivated by Pro Mods when he saw them race up close for the first time at the Snowbirds years ago. He’s a big believer in the class, and it was crucial to have it headline the 50th Annual Snowbird Outlaw Nationals.

“This is the highlight of the event,” Alvarez said. “I want to give these Pro Mod guys a big stage and a big payout, things I feel they deserve. I think Pro Mod racing is the top tier of our sport when it comes to door cars. We want to give them a great racetrack, good conditions, a fair rule package, and just give them a place to really put on a show for the fans.”

50th Annual Snowbird Outlaw Nationals Pro Mod Entry List

  1. Melanie Salemi
  2. Todd Tutterow
  3. Michael Decker
  4. Don Lamana
  5. Marcus Butner
  6. Jay Cox
  7. Robert Abbott
  8. Kurt Steding
  9. Randy Weatherford
  10. Derek Ward
  11. Jim Halsey
  12. Gene Pilot (Steve King)
  13. Chip King
  14. Chip King
  15. Ken Cruz
  16. Bob Glenn
  17. Ken Quartuccio
  18. Kevin Rivenbark
  19. Thomas Gray
  20. Stevie Fast Jackson
  21. Tim Slavens
  22. Marcus Birt
  23. Keith Haney
  24. Jason Harris
  25. Justin Swanstrom
  26. Frank Cersosimo
  27. Lyle Barnett
  28. Cameron Hensley
  29. Scott Tidwell
  30. Stan Shelton
  31. Spencer Hyde
  32. David Monday
  33. David Monday
  34. Jerico Balduf
  35. Mark Savage
  36. Adam Flamholc
  37. JR Gray
  38. Kris Thorne
  39. Andrew Handras
  40. Tommy Franklin
  41. Carl Stevens
  42. Todd Moyer
  43. Robbie Adler
  44. Jeff Rudolf
  45. Michael Tokarz
  46. Jacinto Santos
  47. Taylor Lastor
  48. Brandon Pesz
  49. Jeff Jones
  50. Justin Jones

This story was originally published on August 23, 2021. Drag Illustrated

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