The IHRA’s Northern Nationals produced a first time Pro Mod class Ironman winner….

Missouri’s Bill Lutz earned his first career IHRA Ironman during the IHRA’s Northern Nationals event held at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Western Michigan.

Driving his turbocharged 1969 Camaro, Lutz faced off against Steve Matusek in the Crower Pro Mod class Championship final round.


Matusek, racing his Agave Underground Tequila-sponsored supercharged Chevy Camaro based from Kansas City, Missouri, went red with a -.242 reaction. Following that development, Lutz, from Canal Winchester, Ohio, cruised to the title with a winning 5.933 secs at 246.85 mph.

Lutz had defeated the nitrous injected cars raced by Billy Harper and Dan Stevenson in the first two rounds of competition.

A total of 9 cars were entered for the Pro Mod eliminator at the event and that field was paced by Matusek who qualified #1 with a 5.936 secs effort.  Matusek, who is a regular over on the rival NHRA J&A Services Pro Mod circuit also set low ET of the event when he ran a 5.910 secs while winning his semi final round match.


Posted by: Bruce Biegler