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Lancaster’s Mike Janis heads to Las Vegas this weekend for the 15th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series points leader, as spot he’s held for the last three events. There’s a chance that he could come back to the Western New York area next week as the Pro Mod champ, his first in the NHRA. Janis takes a 28-point lead over Troy Coughlin into this weekend’s event.
“To just be in this position is definitely a dream come true and I’m just going to try to not make any mistakes,” said Janis, who will be racing a special pink paint scheme for Breast Cancer Awareness. “I’m going to try to think about the race only. By no means do I have anything wrapped up. I’m just going to treat it like another race and not get too worked up.”
The final race of the 2015 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season will see Janis not only trying to hold off Coughlin, but also Bob Rahaim, who is 59 points behind, two-time defending world champion Rickie Smith, who is 74 points back in fourth, and Bill Glidden, who trails Janis by 91 points.
Janis advanced to two final rounds and won in Norwalk during the season’s first nine races, but last year he struggled in Las Vegas. Janis and his Jan-Cen team successfully tested at the facility last week, leaving Janis feeling confident heading into the final race.
“Last year we totally missed the set-up there but the car ran well in testing,” said Janis. “But there’s going to be 30 other good cars out here, so we’re just going to try to not make any mistakes. We’ve ran good all year and we’re going to run it hard this weekend, but that’s going to be the mindset for everyone because it’s the last race of the year. I have a bull’s-eye on my back I know it, but that just means I have to be on my game 100 percent. There are no easy runs in this class.”
“This year has been like something you dream about and another big factor is just having our community and hometown behind you. It’s amazing to see and the local support has just been incredible. It gives you that push to keep working.”
J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday at 11:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. PT with one final qualifying session on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. PT. The first round of eliminations begins on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. PT. and continues on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. PT. Keep up with this weekend’s NHRA action at www.nhra.com.
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