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Justin Bond Earns His First FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Series Win of the Season at Heartland Park

Justin Bond picked up his first win in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon during the 2022 season on Sunday, capping off a memorable weekend as part of the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park.

The event, which was powered by M&M Transmission, was the fifth of 10 races during the 2022 FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon season.

Bond drove to his third career victory in the class on Sunday, knocking off multi-time world champ Rickie Smith in the final round with a run of 5.862-seconds at 243.90 mph in his ProCharger-powered Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro.

Bond reached his sixth career final round and first this year by taking down Sidnei Frigo and J.R. Gray, leaving on Smith en route to an impressive performance during the championship round. With the victory, Bond now stands at third in the points standings after the strong showing this weekend.

“We got the monkey off our back (for this year) and we’re going home with some hardware,” said Bond, who also enjoyed the victory on his birthday on Sunday. “We don’t quit and the challenge is accepted. We’re halfway through the season, but (the championship) isn’t over and we’re going to keep working.”

Smith advanced to his fourth straight final round this season and the 28th in his incredible career by defeating Mike Thielen, defending world champ Jose Gonzalez and Kris Thorne, and remains in search of his first victory this season. But by knocking off points leader Thorne, who has three wins this season, Smith also closed to within 99 points of him heading to the final five races of the 2022 campaign.

The FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon returns to action Aug. 12-14 as part of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. The D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout specialty shootout race will also take place during the weekend, with the winner earning a $10,000 prize.

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Final finish order (1-16) at the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the fifth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

1. Justin Bond; 2. Rickie Smith; 3. Kris Thorne; 4. Jose Gonzalez; 5. Steve Jackson; 6. JR

Gray; 7. Khalid alBalooshi; 8. Lyle Barnett; 9. Mike Castellana; 10. Sidnei Frigo; 11. Doug

Winters; 12. Mike Thielen.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Sunday’s final results from the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the fifth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified — Justin Bond, Chevy Camaro, 5.862, 243.90 def. Rickie Smith, Ford Mustang, 8.832, 101.51.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Final round-by-round results from the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park, the fifth of 10 events in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon.

PRO MODIFIED:

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ROUND ONE — Justin Bond, Chevy Camaro, 5.871, 241.80 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Chevelle, 9.879, 89.12; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.874, 250.46 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.929, 242.41; JR Gray, Camaro, 5.892, 245.85 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.868, 244.12; Jose Gonzalez, Camaro, 5.856, 246.57 def. Doug Winters, Chevelle, 12.189, 89.20; Rickie Smith, Ford Mustang, 5.864, 250.00 def. Mike Thielen, Camaro, Broke; Kris Thorne, Camaro, 5.854, 247.79 def. Lyle Barnett, Camaro, 5.921, 250.92;

QUARTERFINALS — Bond, 5.832, 244.74 def. Gray, 7.944, 120.70; Smith, 5.820, 250.18 def. Gonzalez, 5.829, 247.16; Thorne, 5.820, 248.11 def. Jackson, 5.829, 250.92;

SEMIFINALS — Smith, 5.825, 249.72 def. Thorne, 5.859, 247.02; Bond, 5.849, 243.85 was unopposed;

FINAL — Bond, 5.862, 243.90 def. Smith, 8.832, 101.51.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Point standings (top 10) following the 33rd annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park, the fifth of 10 events in the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon.

Pro Modified

1. Kris Thorne, 494; 2. Rickie Smith, 395; 3. Justin Bond, 295; 4. Steve Jackson, 273; 5. Jose Gonzalez, 249; 6. Lyle Barnett, 238; 7. JR Gray, 223; 8. Mike Thielen, 212; 9. Stan Shelton, 201; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, 194.

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