By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mountain View Tire and Auto Service owner Nick Mitsos has pulled his sponsorship away from Vincent Nobile. The New York-based driver will have to find a ride elsewhere as Mitsos is no longer fielding a Pro Stock team.
Instead of racing in Pro Stock, the Rancho Cucamonga, California owner will focus his attention to the Factory Shock Showdown. Pro Stock team member Ryan Priddy drives the Factory Shock Showdown car for Mitsos.
“We raced in the Pro Stock class for 11 years and it was challenging and often frustrating, but ultimately very rewarding,” Mitsos said. “We were able to win 13 races and earn eight-straight top ten finishes against the toughest competition drag racing has to offer. We also made friendships and memories that will last forever. I felt the time was right to try something new and the Factory Stock Showdown seems like a perfect fit.”
Leah Pritchet was the Factory Stock Showdown Champion this season. This category is also reportedly moving from seven races to eight races in 2019.
Gray Motorsports may leave the category altogether after Tanner Gray decided to leave the NHRA for NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series. His teammate, Drew Skillman, also announced he will not ride full-time in 2019.
Skillman would like to focus on sportsman racing. Bo Butner, who won the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Championship, elected to leave the category after Sunday’s season-finale. Butner, who will be a grandfather in 2019, will also focus on sportsman racing as well as No Prep Racing.
John Gaydosh Jr. retired after the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. in September. Other drivers could also be impacted by the NHRA’s decision to continue to mess with the category.
The governing body announced recently that the Pro Stock cars would be going to an 18-race schedule instead of the 24-race schedule. The NHRA hopes that this would help get better car counts.
In his final race with the team, he was defeated in the first-round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California by Jason Line. The Summit Racing Equipment driver went 6.518 at 212.19 to best Nobile’s 9.984 at 92.09 mph.
Nobile had three wins this season and went 31-21 in round win-loss record for the season. He also had one No. 1 qualifier.
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