Justin Bond becomes the 2nd Canadian winner of season in NHRA national event competition….

Bond, who is from Mission BC, joined recent TAD winner Shawn Cowie (Las Vegas 4-Wide Nationals) on that list when he secured his 2nd career victory during last weekend’s Lucas Oil Southern Nationals – near Atlanta.

Justin’s first place finish came after the runner-up at the opening race of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season – held at Gainesville last March.

Justin Bond (from Mission BC) celebrates his second career NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod win.

Bond beat back-to-back world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson on a holeshot in the final round of the final race at Atlanta Dragway.

The race (presented by Alsum Farms/Wisconsin Potato) is the second event of the 2021 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season.

In the final he sped to a 5.738-seconds at 249.49 mph in his ProCharger-powered Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro to beat Jackson, who went a quicker 5.724 at 252.43.

After qualifying third (5.743 secs) Bond, whose first win in the class came a year ago in Houston TX, beat Alex Laughlin, Dwayne Wolfe and Brandon Snider to advance to his fourth final round.

Justin Bond defeats Brandon Snider in the semifinal round.

He posted a superior .038 reaction time in the championship round against Jackson to hold off the standout driver and grab the victory.

“There’s no “I” in team and I just got the glory of driving a well prepared car,” said Bond, President of British Columbia based JBS Equipment. This feels awesome and I can’t thank my guys, including (crew chief) Brad Personett, and all the people who are behind us for supporting me.”

The event results also propelled Bond into the overall points lead for the NHRA E3 Spark Plugs season series following the 2nd of 12 races this year.

Steve Jackson, who didn’t qualify at the opening race of the 2021 season, advanced to his 18th career final round by beating Doug Winters, Mike Castellana, who had won the previous two races at Atlanta, and Justin Jones.

Defending World Champ Steve Jackson went to the final round and also set top speed for the class at 252.43 mph.

The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service returns to action May 14-16 as part of the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. 

Texan Justin Jones qualified on the bump — but advanced to a “final four” finish on Sunday.
Canada’s Eric Latino (Pt. Perry ON) qualified well (#11) with a 5.832 secs – but fouled out in round one.
Versatile racer Alex Laughlin entered his very potent Havoline-sponsored turbocharged Mustang at Atlanta
Khalid alBalooshi qualified #1 with a 5.713 secs which was low ET of the event.

Posted with files by NHRA Communications and Bruce Biegler
Photos by Dave DeAngelis & Phil Hutchison

For more Pro Mod class photos link to the LMLCMedia event gallery: HERE