2/5/11 - Scott Ray reloads for 2011 - Greenville, Ohio - With a new truck and trailer sitting in the lot under 2 feet of snow, Scott Ray is looking forward to a thaw. "We need to get this trailer outfitted with an awning and cabinets and is hard to do when it is covered with ice. Fortunately we have about everything done on the race car so a little warm weather would be a big help.
2011 is going to be a real challenge in the NHRA Get Screened America series with the reduced overdrive for the blowers and several good turbo cars joining the series this year. We have already seen in early testing an indication of what the turbos can do. Dad has some new stuff in the motor and we feel pretty good about our chances to be competitive."
The Ohio Crankshaft Corvette will be testing at Valdosta in early March, then on to Gainesville for the season opening Gatornationals March 11-13. Major support will be coming again from World Products and JE Pistons and VP fuels has joined the team for 2011.
9/20/10 - Close, but no Wally for Scott Ray at Concord - Scott Ray made it to the trophy round at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals but was unable to make the call against Melanie Troxel in the finals. "It was a big disappointment but we still had a great weekend" said Scott. "We got a break in the first round when the Jegs car had problems, then Von Smith and I had a pedal contest on the hot track in the second round. We had Mike Janis in the third round and knew he would be tough so dad had it really hopped up. The car was making one of the fastest laps of the weekend when I saw some smoke and fire at about 1000 feet, but I didn't see Mike so I had to stay with it to the finish line. The engine pushed out a head gasket and burnt the head and block"
By the time we got back to the pits there were at least 20 guys there ready to help us but we only had 35 minutes and our spare motor has a little different configuration and just could not be changed that quick. We really appreciated the offers of help and parts and congratulate Roger Burgess and Melanie Troxel on the win. We wouldn't have been there if it wasn't for Andy McCoy Race Cars, World Products, and JE Pistons."
1/5/10 - Scott Ray, a new man in 2010 - "After spending most of last season at the doctors office I am really looking forward to Gainesville." Scott said "We have been in the NHRA Pro Mod series since the beginning, experiencing all of the ups and downs, and now thanks to Roger Burgess, NHRA, and Get Screened America we have what we always hoped for. We've got new parts in the car, I have some new parts in my body, and we are ready to Rock and Roll." The Ohio Crankshaft team plans to test at SGMP the week before Gainesville and then compete in the full 2010 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod series. The team wants to express their appreciation to World Products, JE Pistons, Total Seal Rings, and Andy McCoy Race Cars for their continued support.
2010 NHRA Get Screened Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Schedule
41st annual NHRA Gatornationals
23rd annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
14th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals
April 30-May 2
30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
41st annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals
10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
4th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
3rd annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals
10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals
11/2/09 - NHRA announces creation of new NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series - New series will be recognized as the third competing at national events in 2010 - NHRA President Tom Compton, right, and Roger Burgess of ProCare Rx and Get Screened America announced the new series in Las Vegas.
Photo by Roger Richards
What began as an exhibition in 2001 has become a full-fledged series for 2010, it was announced today by NHRA. Made possible by funding from ProCare Rx and its current Get Screened America initiative, the 2010 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will compete at 10 NHRA Full Throttle Series events and be televised on a tape-delay basis on ESPN2.
“We have been conducting Pro Mod exhibitions for quite some time,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. “Clearly, they bring entertainment value to our fans, and we believe now is the time to highlight this popular form of drag racing. Now, competitors can race for the coveted Wally trophy and an NHRA world championship title.”
The formation of the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series wouldn’t have been possible without the financial commitment of ProCare Rx and Get Screened America. A multiyear commitment by the group to fund the series made the series possible.
“I want to thank NHRA for working with us and especially Tom Compton for making the bold decision to add a new series that has been talked about for many years,” said Roger Burgess. “I look forward to working with NHRA to grow the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series into a fan favorite for many years to come.”
An integral part of the series will be 10 half-hour broadcasts on ESPN2 on a tape-delay basis. The half-hour shows will air around current NHRA programming on the worldwide leader in sports and will feature competition from the 10 series events. Talent for the shows will be announced at a later date.
With body styles ranging from ’41 Willys to '53 Corvettes, ’57 Chevys to ’70 'Cudas, and first-generation Camaros and Firebirds to profiles as racy as the latest Dodge Viper along with show-quality themed paint jobs, Pro Mods have been crowd-pleasers at NHRA events for several years as an exhibition. With huge slicks at the rear and superchargers poking through the hoods, there’s no doubt that these cars are a whole lot more than souped-up classics.
The inaugural NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will kick off in Gainesville. The schedule includes stops at some of the biggest events on the circuit, including Houston, Madison, Atlanta, Englishtown, Bristol, and Norwalk. In the second half of the season, the 240-mph machines will race at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and the second Charlotte event and conclude their series at the second Las Vegas event in October.
The series will conform to the NHRA Rulebook, and competitors will race to the quarter-mile. Each event will feature 16-car fields, in which, thanks to the Get Screened America sponsorship, racers will compete for world championship points and an overall purse, including event purses and year-end bonus monies, of $470,000 New series will be recognized as the third competing at national events in 2010
7/15/09 - Ohio Crankshaft will be the featured sponsor at the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge event during the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals Sept. 2-7 in Indianapolis -
Along with increased exposure during the event and the product samples available for viewing in the Pro Mod Hospitality Zone, the company will provide round-by-round Pro Mod coverage from the U.S. Nationals on the ProModChallenge.com website and on ProModifieds.us. The coverage will also be sent via Twitter via the series account: @GSAProMods.
"We support the series because we love Pro Mods," Ohio Crankshaft GM Scott Ray, said. "We've raced every year the Challenge has been in NHRA, and as a company we feel it's important to show our support.
"Indy is a showcase for every team, a real jewel in the crown of any competitor, so to be the featured sponsor is a privilege for us," Ray said.
Roger Burgess said, "It's because of people like the Rays that this series has grown over the years, and their support is key to us moving into the future. I encourage fans stop by their pit and talk with them to learn more about Ohio Crankshaft and their products, or they can come by the Pro Mod Hospitality Zone and pick up company information as well. "We're seeing a resurgence of competitors at the final races of the season, and I'm confident that Indy will be successful - for the Rays and Ohio Crankshaft as well as the whole Pro Mod Challenge," Burgess said.
5/07/09 - Andy McCoy to drive again at
Bristol - Race car builder Andy McCoy will fill in again at Bristol for Scott Ray. Andy qualified the Ohio Crank, World Products, JE pistons and Andy McCoy Race Cars Corvette at the Gateway International Raceway with a '53 Corvete 7.797 with a still recovering Scott Ray taking a non-driver role for the next couple of events.
4/22/09 - Andy McCoy to fill in for Scott Ray at St Louis and Bristol Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge events - Scott is recovering well from his recent surgery but still needs a couple of more weeks to get the doctors OK to return to the drivers seat. Team owner Stan Ray said " Andy is an experienced P/M driver with his own car and built the Ohio Crankshaft 53 Corvette. We are going to have a test this week to acclimate Andy and then off to St Louis. Andy has an Ohio Crankshaft Brad motor in his own car now, and our plan was to run as a two car team all year."
"We are really looking forward to getting back into the Get Screened America Pro Mod challenge" Scott added, "and while I won't be driving it will be great to see all of our friends again".
2/25/09 - Scott Ray Update - Scott suffered a heart attack on Sunday, and underwent bypass surgery on Monday. The operation went well and he is up and walking. A full recovery is expected, he will be back at work on a limited schedule soon and plans to be ready to race again in 3 months.
2/20/09 Scott Ray - "Time to get busy" - Out of the Greenville Ohio racing shop for Ohio crankshaft, "The deal is done and now it is finally time to race." states Scott Ray, driver of the Ohio Crankshaft 53 Corvette Pro Mod. "Thanks to Roger Burgess, Tom Compton, Matt Brammer, and many others, the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge is a long term reality. I can not wait for the first hit at Gainesville."
The Ohio Crankshaft team plans a quick test at SGMP and then right on to the big show. Scott continues " We are so fortunate to have the ongoing support from World Products and JE Pistons and we are making every effort to improve on our 6th place in last years point standing. We had our best race last year at Richmond with a 5.91/241 and a runner up finish. Our focus this winter has been on the small things to help our consistency although Dad will have a new super-secret engine in a few weeks. We had the car back to Andy McCoy Race Cars for a complete check over and paint touch up, so the 53 should be ready to go."
The NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge begins in at the Gainesville, Florida Gatornationals March 12-15.
2/19/09 - Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge to run at NHRA events - As part of a three-year deal through 2011 , Get Screened America will run Pro Mod Challenge exhibitions at 10 NHRA national 2009 events in Gainesville, Houston, Madison, Bristol, Topeka, Englishtown, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Richmond, and Las Vegas.
“NHRA is excited to announce a deal to stage Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx exhibitions at our national events through the year 2011,” said John Siragusa, NHRA senior director of sales & business development.
11/06/08 - Scott Ray finishes #6 in NHRA Pro/Modified - Scott ended the year #6 in the Jegs Pro Mod Challenge. The Andy McCoy Race Car ran a best ET of 5.91 and speed of 241 mph, with one final round and two semis.
7/11/08 - Scott Ray - "Man am I excited about Indy" " - "This may be the biggest race in the history of Pro Mod racing. There will be blowers, nitrous, and turbos, past champions Ricky Smith, Shannon Jenkins, Josh Hernandez, and Jay Payne. Great veterans like Scotty Cannon, Von Smith and Mike Castellano and all the current points leaders. Almost every car in the field that is capable of putting up a "five" under the right conditions."
Crew chief, and Scott's dad added " Our car has run fairly good up until Englishtown, which was a disaster. Our team is completely focused on Indy, the car is getting a complete checkup, and we will be testing soon. Our good friend Harold Laird jumped out of the pack last year and won it, and that is exactly what we have in mind."
"We couldn't do it without the support of World Products, JE Pistons, Andy McCoy Race Cars and Jegs."
6/25/08 - Scott Ray's wild ride! - As the YouTube video is titled, "Scott Ray Makes a Great Save in his Pro Mod", Kudos are all over the internet about Team Ohio Crank's Pro/Mod Corvette and the great save Scott made keeping the car off of the walls at Englishtown.
After some bent 4-bar components sent the team Corvetteon it's own desired path. Scott's save sent the Englishtown crowd at the NHRA SuperNationals into a frenzy. Despite John Russo's amazing 5.993 qualifying pass in the right lane, the video shows the crown cheering over Scott's recovery efforts.
6/04/08 Andy McCoy Race Cars Says, "Like a proud father, race car builder Andy McCoy is taking pleasure in watching as the car he built is inching closer to a milestone." - Pro Modified racer Scott Ray, driving a ’53 Corvette-bodied car built by Andy McCoy Race Cars, ran a career-best 6.02 second run in qualifying for the O'Reilly Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. this past weekend and narrowly missed joining the 5-second club. “Scott is a great driver and it has been fun to watch as he closes in on that magical barrier,” McCoy said. “The incremental times on his 6.02 run show that he is capable of going even quicker with a little work at the top end of the track so there is a strong possibility he will break into the 5-second range very soon."
See the complete story and the AMRC web site.
4/02/08 Scott Ray "Time to step it up" - Heading into the 3rd race of the JEGS Pro Mod series at Atlanta, the Ohio Crankshaft team is making some serious preparations. "This deal is so tough" said driver Scott Ray "You just can't make any mistakes. We have been running pretty good, with some 6.0s at each race, but my driving has been a little off, and some minor parts failures have hurt us. We are stripping the car down to the bare bones and rebuilding everything from front to back in preparation for Atlanta. You have to have a 5 second tuneup in your tool box now. We are fortunate in that we can do all of our engine work in house, and Andy McCoy is available to keep an eye on the chassis. We are not going to just stand by and watch Joe Baker ride off into the sunset with the gold."
3/24/08 Scott Ray and the Ohio Crankshaft JEGS Pro/Mod Corvette will be in Houston at the NHRA Spring Nationals March 28-30 - Visit with Scott, and all the JEGS Pro Mod drivers in the pits. Look for all of the yellow flags.
3/06/08 Ohio Crankshaft Offers Cash Bonus to Pro/Mod Challenge Low Qualifiers -Ohio Crankshaft will again award $1,000 to the low qualifier at each event on the 2008 JEGS ProMod Challenge and a season-long bonus of $10,000 to the racer who accumulates the most No. 1 qualifier awards over the course of the season.
The Ohio Crankshaft Low Qualifier Award offers a total purse of $20,000 in bonus money to racers competing in the JEGS ProMod Challenge at selected NHRA events
“We're thrilled to have Stan Ray and Ohio Crankshaft offer up this program," said Scott Woodruff, Director of Media and Motorsports Marketing for JEGS. "They're a heritage company in the racing world and an extremely vital part of what we're trying to do in raising the profile of our series. It's important to note that 100-percent of the money he's offering up goes right back to our competitors. We're excited to have them on board."
Ohio Crankshaft is sponsor of Scott Ray's Pro Mod car, which is scheduled to compete at all 10 races of the 2008 JEGS ProMod Challenge.
3/10/08 Ohio Crank Corvette Gainesville Race Report - With a rain-soaked NHRA Gatornationals in the books, Scott Ray and the Ohio Crankshaft Pro/Modified team experienced huge tire shake during the first of two qualifying sessions that could take place for the weekend. Controlling the car well enough among a field of tire-shaking qualifier efforts, Scott started his 2008 season in the field in the number 15 position. With the second round of qualifying, Scott improved his performance numbers enough to take a 6.13 E.T. to move up to the number 9 position on the qualifying ladder. The Ray team got their first win light of the year out-running Taylor Lastor with a 6.06 to Lastor's 6.08. In Sunday's second round, the red light came out for Scott advancing eventual event winner Joe Baker to round number three.
3/6/08 Ohio Crank Corvette heads for testing and Gainesville - With some initial 2008 testing on the way to the NHRA Gatornationals the team is geared-up for their first event of the season.
Make sure to check out the new National Hot Rod Association Jegs Pro Mod Series page with Ohio Crankshaft as one of the very first supporting sponsors.
Scott Ray and the Ohio Crankshaft 53 Corvette are making final preparations for the 2008 NHRA Jegs Pro Mod Challenge. - Said Scott " I am going to feel a little bit like the Lone Ranger out there against the multi-car teams. I just have my mom and dad, my brother, and a guy from the shop, but Andy has built us a great car, and we made some good laps at the end of last year. We have a good tuneup and are going to try a couple of new things in testing before Gainesville."
The Ohio Crankshaft team debuted the new, bright red 53 from Andy McCoy at the U.S. Nationals and recorded a 6.07 on the first day. Scott is the only driver to have competed every season in the NHRA P/M series and spends his "spare time" working as the sales manager of the family business. Associate sponsors World Products and JE Pistons are again providing invaluable support and are greatly appreciated.
Make sure to check out the new National Hot Rod Association Jegs Pro Mod Series page with Ohio Crankshaft as one of the very first supporting sponsors.
9/5/07 The Debut! - The Ohio Crankshaft, JE Pistons, World Products Corvette ran 6.07 at 234 mph on its first full run, qualified #8 for US Nationals.
8/14/07 The new car is coming! Scott Ray's 115 inch wheelbase Corvette is being completed by Andy McCoy Race Cars.
The Ohio Crank Pro Modified features a McAmis '53 Vette carbon fiber body. Paint will be red with gold foil lettering. The frame is black powdercoated.
ETA - Indianapolis to debut for the US Nationals.