The IHRA series gave Pro Mod fans their first national event level experience this season…..
The über popular class was part of the IHRA’s season opener – the AMSOIL Nitro Nationals held at Orlando Speed World Dragway — last weekend.
The first ever IHRA nationals held at that fabled drag strip featured an international winner within the Pro Mod category with Sweden’s Adam Flamholc prevailing driving his supercharger ’63 Corvette.
After qualifying #5 for the 8-car field Flamholc’s machine quickly came into the picture during Sunday’s final eliminations. After beating Billy Glidden’s Ford Mustang in round one — he laid down an impressive 5.894 at 237.80 mph pass against Kentucky’s Billy Harper’s 5.966 at 233.68 mph in the semifinals.
Then in the championship clash — Flamholc went up against series newcomer Jerico Balduf for the event’s Pro Mod title. That battle turned into a one-sided affair when Balduf had a motor problem with his Florida-based Willys which allowed Flamholc a uncontested 5.884 at 246.08 mph trip to his first career IHRA win.
Billy Harper, driving his tried and true nitrous-injected Dodge Viper, was the event’s overall performance star however. Harper set a new elapsed time record in qualifying with a 5.875 at 241.32 mph while becoming the number one qualifier.
Kevin Fiscus – racing his turbocharged Ford Mustang set top speed of the meet at 245.85 mph. 10 cars overall were entered for the eliminator at Orlando and the bump spot was 6.730 secs.
Posted with files by Bruce Biegler & Shayna Keller
All Photos by Chris Simmons