Janis Stuns Smith In U.S. Nationals Finale
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Mike Janis picked up his second career win in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Series on Monday at the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The race is the seventh of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.
Janis also earned his first Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals win by powering his Valvoline Chevy Camaro past points leader Rickie Smith in the final round, denying Smith of his third straight victory in the series. Janis posted a winning run of 5.952 seconds at 241.41 mph in his supercharger-powered Camaro, topping Smith’s 5.955 at 241.37 in his nitrous-injected IDG Racing Camaro in the championship round.
Smith, who was also the No. 1 qualifier, maintained the points lead in the class, though Janis jumped from sixth to the third position with the winning performance.
Janis’ road to victory started with a round-best 5.976 at 241.15 in a first-round win against Jimmy Widener. He followed that up by going 5.976 at 242.23 to beat Kenny Lang and advanced to the final round by powering past Kevin Rivenbark with a 5.999 at 241.54.