Smith Races to Qualifying Lead Friday at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series Event in Houston

BAYTOWN, TX – April 30, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Rickie Smith raced to the qualifying lead Friday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Racing Series portion of the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, co-presented by the Pro Line Racing and Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc., is the second of the 10 events in the season.

Smith, the 2014 J&A Service Pro Mod world champion from King, N.C., powered his IDG 2015 Camaro to the top qualifying run of 5.779 seconds at 250.46 mph. Smith won the Pro Mod season opening event at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. and has nine career wins.

Troy Coughlin, the reigning world champion, sits second with a 5.798 at 255.92 in his Jegs.com 2015 Corvette while Von Smith is third with a 5.802 at 249.12 in his Al-Anabi Racing 2016 Corvette.

The final Pro Mod qualifying session is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and the first round of eliminations will begin at 5 p.m.

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BAYTOWN, TX — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the 29th annual SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the second 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. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.779, 250.46; 2. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.798, 255.92; 3. Von Smith, Corvette, 5.802, 249.12; 4. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.817, 252.52; 5. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.861, 246.48; 6. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.868, 257.63; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.870, 247.16; 8. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.880, 252.33; 9. Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.904, 244.52; 10. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.914, 246.26; 11. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.919, 245.58; 12. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.928, 247.20; 13. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.930, 236.38; 14. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.938, 237.50; 15. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.941, 245.99; 16. Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.955, 241.71.  Not Qualified: 17. Jim Whiteley, 5.957, 240.68; 18. Gerry Capano, 5.972, 237.50; 19. Robert Patrick Jr., 5.983, 241.63; 20. Kevin Fiscus, 5.995, 243.72; 21. Shane Molinari, 6.008, 249.76; 22. Clint Satterfield, 6.034, 246.62; 23. Kenny Lang, 6.050, 241.37; 24. Jim Bell, 6.188, 212.63; 25. Jeff Naiser, 6.193, 227.73; 26. Ruben Tetsoshvili, 6.542, 219.72; 27. Chip King, 7.402, 133.92; 28. Dan Stevenson, 7.827, 124.79; 29. Mike Knowles, 9.974, 106.76.

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