CLERMONT, Ind. – On drag racing’s biggest stage, Jeffery Barker took his first win in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by J&A Service above, past back-to-back world champion Stevie Jackson in the racing last lap to the prestigious Dodge // SRT NHRA US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
The Pro Mod Race presented by ProCharger was the seventh of 11 events during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service.
On a thrilling final lap, Jackson went first, but Barker chased him in his nitro-powered Bahrain 1 Racing / Lowe Toyota Camry, going 5.742 seconds at 251.67 mph to get Jackson’s 5.785 second pass at 248.29 Beat miles an hour.
“That’s absolutely perfect,” said Barker. “There are so many people to thank including Khalid alBalooshi and Stevie Jackson. I wouldn’t be here without Stevie Jackson. This is the best weekend ever. “
Barker made his first career finals in the class by passing Doug Winters, Brandon Snider, and number 1 qualifier Rickie Smith.
Jackson, who won the US Nationals for two of the last three years, made it to the finals for the fourth time that season and for the 21st time in his career, defeating JR Gray, Jim Whiteley and Jerico Balduf. Jose Gonzalez retains the points lead in the class, Jackson moves up to second place. He is 66 points behind Gonzalez before the last four races of the year.