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Lancaster native Mike Janis is not pleased with how his season has started in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, but he doesn’t believe he is far away from finding the solution. Janis is still searching for his first round win of 2016 heading into this weekend’s NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, taking place June 9-12.
Janis failed to qualify at the third race of the season in Atlanta in his Jan-Cen Racing Chevrolet Camaro, but thinks a turnaround in Englishtown is closer than the first three races indicate.
“I think it looks worse than it actually is,” said Janis. “The car itself is running well and we’re happy with that. We know we can be competitive (in Englishtown), we just have to put it all together. We feel good and the car ran well in testing, but the guy you have to look out for right now is Rickie (Smith).”
Janis is currently 19th in points, but he has advanced to two final rounds in the race, winning in 2013. Janis has also set career-best speeds at the race in both 2014 and 2015, going 250.41 mph last year. His career-best E.T. was also set at the track in 2011, giving Janis added confidence heading into the race.
“Englishtown has been pretty good to us as far as us going fast,” said Janis, who has four career wins in NHRA Pro Mods. “We’re looking forward to it and it should be a good weekend. It’s close for us, the air is just awesome there and it’s been good to us in the past.”
Janis is looking to jump back into the championship race after finishing a career-best second in points a year ago, and the slow start means things will need to change in a hurry. Many small mishaps have plagued Janis’ early-season, but he knows things can turn around quickly.
“Right now we’re not thinking about that,” said Janis. “We’re a little off right now and we’re just taking it race by race. We’ve been in this position before where we’ve started slow and then been on fire the last half of the season. We’re not going to give up. I’m real comfortable with the car and it’s responding well.”
Janis is confident he will improve on the last event in Atlanta, as long as the team sticks to its strengths.
“There’s always a little more pressure coming off a race like that,” said Janis. “We just didn’t put it all together. We know we can do much better as long as we don’t make any silly mistakes. We just have to stick to the gameplan, do our thing and race like we know we can, and we’ll be okay.”
NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, June 10 with qualifying sessions at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. ET, continuing with the final qualifying session on Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Round one of eliminations takes place Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.
Quotes in this piece provided by the NHRA.