Frigo Sprints to Qualifying Lead in NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Event in Gainsville

GAINESVILLE, FL – March 19, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Sidnei Frigo sprinted to the qualifying lead Friday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, co-presented by the Pro Line Racing and Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc., is the first of 10 events on the season.

Frigo, from Brazil, powered his late model Artivinco Racing/FuelTech Chevy Corvette to the top qualifying run of 5.839-seconds at 240.07 mph. Frigo is racing in his first full NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season. He is chasing his first career No. 1 qualifier and has raced in only three Pro Mod events. He is a former Top Fuel dragster and Top Alcohol dragster racer.

Robert Patrick Jr., of Fredericksburg, Va., sits second with a 5.850 in his Purvis Ford Mustang while Former Pro Stock racer Jonathan Gray is third with a 5.851 at 255.34 in his Precision Turbo and Engine Chevy Camaro.

2014 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world Champion Rickie Smith is fourth and Mike Castellana is fifth.

Troy Coughlin, the reigning world champ is eleventh.

Dan Stevenson, 59, from Bolingbrook, Ill., was transported by ground to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital for further evaluation after car caught fire. Stevenson exited his vehicle on his own power and was checked by NHRA emergency services officials before being transported to the hospital.

Pro Mod Series eliminations will continue at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday with the first round of eliminations at 5 p.m.

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GAINESVILLE, FL — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s first round of eliminations.

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1. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 5.839, 252.24; 2. Robert Patrick Jr., Ford Mustang, 5.850, 242.58; 3. Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.851, 255.34; 4. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.852, 248.43; 5. Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.854, 246.48; 6. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.876, 247.43; 7. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.884, 248.11; 8. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.885, 243.94; 9. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.898, 250.55; 10. Chip King, Daytona, 5.908, 242.89; 11. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.909, 254.09; 12. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.915, 233.80; 13. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.922, 246.57; 14. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 5.982, 246.44; 15. Kenny Lang, Camaro, 6.007, 244.74; 16. Bill Glidden, Mustang, 6.009, 235.56.  Not Qualified: 17. Eric Latino, 6.029, 241.80; 18. Danny Rowe, 6.041, 196.67; 19. Doug Winters, 6.048, 244.65; 20. Jim Whiteley, 6.051, 241.54; 21. Gerry Capano, 6.068, 230.21; 22. Ruben Tetsoshvill, 6.140, 223.47; 23. Von Smith, 6.153, 200.77; 24. Clint Satterfield, 6.396, 241.80; 25. Jim Bell, 7.043, 147.23; 26. Shane Molinari, 7.067, 158.28; 27. Dan Stevenson, 7.227, 130.63; 28. Chuck Little, 7.728, 127.14.

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