Smith Earns First NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Victory of 2016 in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, FL – March 21, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Two-time world champion Rickie Smith outran Danny Rowe in the final round to win the NHRA J&A Services Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday at Gainesville Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, co-presented by Pro Line Racing and Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc., is the first of 10 events on the season.

Smith’s late model IDG Chevrolet Camaro powered to a performance of 5.829 seconds at 249.86 mph to hold off Rowe’s Agave Underground Tequila ’68 Chevy Camaro that raced a 5.869 at 233.76. It was Smith’s ninth victory and second at Gainesville Raceway. He was runner-up here in 2014.

Smith took out Steven Whiteley, last year’s Gatornationals champ, Mike Castellana, and Chip King to meet Rowe in the finals.

Rowe, who qualified 15th, was looking for his fifth career victory and first at Gainesville. He defeated Robert Patrick Jr., Steve Matusek and former Pro Stock driver, Jonathan Gray in the earlier rounds. Rowe was runner-up behind Khalid alBalooshi here in 2011.

The Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns April 29-May 1 at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Final finish order (1-16) at the 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.  The race is the first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:
1.  Rickie Smith; 2.  Danny Rowe; 3.  Jonathan Gray; 4.  Chip King; 5.  Sidnei Frigo; 6.  Steve Matusek; 7.  Mike Castellana; 8.  Bob Rahaim; 9.  Troy Coughlin; 10.  Steven Whiteley; 11.  Kenny Lang; 12.  Michael Biehle; 13.  Mike Janis; 14.  Robert Patrick Jr.; 15.  Kevin Fiscus; 16.  Pete Farber.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Sunday’s final results from the 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified — Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.829, 249.86  def. Danny Rowe, Chevy Corvette, 5.869, 233.76.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Final round-by-round results from the 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Chip King, Dodge Daytona, 5.845, 244.43 def. Pete Farber, Daytona, 9.081, 99.95; Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 5.873, 247.57 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.822, 256.65; Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.835, 247.20 def. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 6.091, 249.95; Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.812, 247.47 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.119, 235.10; Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.810, 254.04 def. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 8.643, 85.99; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.784, 250.23 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.901, 246.35; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.751, 258.02 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, 5.913, 245.81; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.016, 243.41 def. Robert Patrick Jr., Mustang, 6.965, 151.15;

QUARTERFINALS — Rowe, 5.881, 246.62 def. Matusek, 5.876, 249.21; King, 5.860, 245.54 def. Frigo, 5.839, 253.61; R. Smith, 5.838, 249.03 def. Castellana, 5.907, 245.27; Gray, 5.827, 256.06 def. Rahaim, 5.913, 247.07;

SEMIFINALS — R. Smith, 5.854, 249.39 def. King, 6.968, 148.54; Rowe, 5.901, 246.17 def. Gray, 5.850, 253.23;

FINAL — R. Smith, 5.829, 249.86 def. Rowe, 5.869, 233.76.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Point standings (top 10) following the 47th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, the first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified

1.  Rickie Smith, 115; 2.  Danny Rowe, 91; 3.  Jonathan Gray, 76; 4.  Chip King, 72; 5.  Sidnei Frigo, 58; 6.  (tie) Mike Castellana, 54; Bob Rahaim, 54; 8.  Steve Matusek, 52; 9.  Robert Patrick Jr., 37; 10.  (tie) Troy Coughlin, 33. Pete Farber, 33.

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