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Modern Racing Named Presenting Sponsor of PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Modern Racing, a one-stop-shop for motorsports electronics, wiring and fabrication services, has been named the presenting sponsor of the second race on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) 2019 tour. The PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Modern Racing will take over Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va., May 2-4.

“We’re elated to have Modern Racing, one of our biggest midway vendors, sign on as the presenting sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic Showdown,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Modern Racing and founder Justin Elkes have been a part of the PDRA community since our early days, and we’re honored to have them continue their involvement in this expanded role.”

“Having Justin Elkes and Modern Racing come on board for the Mid-Atlantic Showdown in 2019 is huge for the PDRA and the host track of Virginia Motorsports Park,” added Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Modern Racing had a strong presence in our series in 2018 and we look forward to helping them promote their brand and company to the masses through this new event presenting partnership for the second of eight races on the PDRA Road to the Finals.”

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Modern Racing Bolsters Fabrication Capabilities with Addition of Rodney Crabtree

MOORESVILLE, NC — Modern Racing, the rapidly-growing racing wiring, electronics and fabrication shop formed by championship-winning tuner Justin Elkes, has increased the capacity of its fabrication wing with the addition of Rodney Crabtree to the team.

Crabtree, an experienced chassis builder based in Mooresville, NC, most recently owned and operated C2 Race Cars, where he provided chassis repair and updates for customers in the area. Crabtree’s versatile skillset extends beyond fabrication, as he worked in NASCAR for over eleven years, most recently with Richard Petty Motorsports, and also served as the clutch man on Rodger Brogdon’s NHRA Pro Stock entry during Brogdon’s most recent stint in the sport.

“Rodney and I have been talking about this move for a while, and I’m excited that we were able to make it happen,” Elkes said. “As our business continues to grow, it’s important to me to be able to deliver top-quality work to every customer, and adding Rodney to our chassis shop led by Todd Bevis allows us to achieve that. We’re also looking forward to welcoming Rodney’s customers to Modern Racing.”

In addition to the opportunity to work alongside Bevis, Crabtree also welcomed the opportunity to spend more time in the shop doing what he loves.

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Modern Racing Continues Rapid Expansion Heading into 2019

MOORESVILLE, NC — After a very successful year in 2018, Modern Racing, the venture formed by championship-winning tuner and motorsports electronics expert Justin Elkes, continues to expand its footprint in the drag racing industry heading into 2019.

Headlining the expanding footprint is a strategic alliance between Modern Racing and the powerhouse team of Elite Motorsports. During last week’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, Elite Motorsports announced that it will campaign three Pro Mod cars driven by two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, rising star Alex Laughlin and Aeromotive Fuel Systems founder Steve Matusek for the full 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service season. Elite Motorsports and Richard Freeman have retained the services of Modern Racing to facilitate the operation, aid in tuning and handle the construction and assembly of the three turbocharged entries, which include two 5th-generation Camaros piloted by Enders and Laughlin, and one 2013 Mustang driven by Matusek.

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Modern Racing Guides Danny Sauro to First Pro Nitrous Win, ET Record at PDRA Fall Nationals

MOORESVILLE, NC — Modern Racing, the venture formed by championship-winning tuner and motorsports electronics expert Justin Elkes, guided Danny Sauro to his career-first Pro Nitrous win in stunning fashion during the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway on October 6.

Sauro qualified the Tischer Auto Group ’69 Camaro in the #2 position with a 3.686 at 203.71 MPH, both career bests at the time and the best qualifying effort of his career, then marched through eliminations before defeating defending Pro Nitrous world champion Tommy Franklin in the final round while resetting the national elapsed time record at 3.652 seconds.

The entire Sauro Racing operation is housed, maintained, prepared, and tuned by Modern Racing in Mooresville, NC, with Elkes serving as crew chief at the track. The team has made incredible strides over the course of the past two seasons. Sauro only acquired his Pro Modified license in 2017, when he moved up from the Super Gas ranks.

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Renowned Chassis Builder Todd Bevis Joins Modern Racing

MOORESVILLE, NC — Modern Racing, the new venture formed by championship-winning tuner and motorsports electronics expert Justin Elkes, continues to expand its capabilities with the addition of prominent chassis builder Todd Bevis to the team.

Bevis, a native of Tyler, TX, who now resides in Mooresville, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained during more than 35 years in the racing industry. After a successful stint at Jerry Haas Race Cars, Bevis eventually teamed with Victor Cagnazzi at Cagnazzi Racing, where he built and tuned winning NHRA Pro Stock chassis for the likes of Erica Enders-Stevens, Dave Connolly, and Jeg Coughlin, Jr.

“I met Todd when I was working as the crew chief at Gray Motorsports,” Elkes explained. “Gray Motorsports and Cagnazzi Racing merged, and Todd was the head of Cagnazzi’s chassis shop. Right away we were a great fit, so I jumped at the opportunity to bring Todd in-house at Modern Racing to provide a full range of chassis and fabrication services.

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Modern Racing Seeking Repeat Performances for McGaha and Castellana at Carolina Nationals

MOORESVILLE, NC — The last time the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visited zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, NC, Modern Racing clients swept the uber-competitive doorslammer categories of Pro Stock and Pro Modified. The series returns to Modern Racing’s hometown facility for this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals, presenting another opportunity for Pro Stock standout Chris McGaha and Pro Modified championship frontrunner Mike Castellana to score critical victories.

After slotting into the tenth and final position for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, McGaha is looking for a strong start to the playoffs in his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro. Meanwhile, Castellana aims to maintain the level of performance that has carried his Frank Manzo-tuned Al-Anabi Performance Camaro to the top of the J&A Service Pro Modified championship points standings. With just three races remaining in the Pro Mod season, a strong performance could put the championship out of reach for Castellana’s challengers.

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Modern Racing Making an Impact at U.S. Nationals

MOORESVILLE, NC — Just a few weeks after launching Modern Racing, a new venture designed to provide a multitude of products and services for the motorsports industry, Justin Elkes is excited to make an impact at “the world’s biggest drag race,” the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Elkes will continue his tuning duties for 2016 U.S. Nationals Pro Stock champion Chris McGaha and his Harlow Sammons Camaro, as well as continuing to work with Frank Manzo on Mike Castellana’s supercharged Al-Anabi Performance Pro Mod Camaro. Deric Kramer has raced a partial schedule in 2017 with his American Ethanol Pro Stock Dart, and he’ll call on Elkes once again for tuning consultation at Indy.

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