Bowties dress up Pro Mod winners

Canadian flags waved in the grandstands as Manitoba’s Kenny Lang made drag racing history as the first to win a “Wally” (nickname of the winner’s trophy) in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. This event was the first for the Pro Mod series as an official NHRA class, after nine seasons confined to “exhibition” status.

It was Canada versus Sweden in the final round.  (Todd Dziadosz photo)

Lang is winner of the first NHRA “Wally” for Pro Modifieds. (Debbie Gastelu photo)

Lang became the first winner in NHRA’s newest national touring series as he drove his green 1953 Corvette to victory over Sweden’s Michael Gullqvist, who drove the ProCareRX 1968 Camaro owned by series supporter Roger Burgess.

Lang powered his ’53 Corvette to a 5.908-second run at 243.68 mph to earn the victory in the final round, but ultimately didn’t need the strong performance when Gullqvist fouled at the start.

“This is a great event and I am thrilled to win it,” said Lang who qualified sixth and defeated a tough group of drivers in earlier rounds including JEGS.com’s Troy Coughlin, In-N-Out Burger ’63 Corvette driver Melanie Troxel and Al-Anabi driver Khalid Balooshi.

“It definitely hasn’t all sunk in yet,” said Lang about being the first official Pro Mod winner in NHRA history. “We are one of the lesser-funded teams out here but we do a good job and we do it because we love it. I wasn’t surprised to see those flags out there because we get a lot of support wherever we go. We had a great car today.”