Smith Races to a First Round Victory as the No. 1 Qualifier During NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Event in Atlanta

COMMERCE, GA – May 15, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Rickie Smith claimed the No. 1 qualifying position and a first round victory in front of a sold out crowd at Atlanta Dragway on Saturday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing is co-presented by Pro Line Racing and FuelTech. This is the third of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.

Smith, who won the season opening Gatornationals and raced to a runner up finish at the most recent event in Houston, used Friday night’s 5.781-second pass at 250.51 mph in his late model IDG Chevy Camaro to claim the seventh No. 1 qualifier of his career.

The two-time Pro Mod world champion and 2014 NHRA Southern Nationals winner then posted a 5.872 at 248.89 to outlast Gerry Capano’s 9.253 at 105.76 in his Split Racing ’63 Chevy Corvette and win the first round of eliminations Saturday afternoon. In the second round, Smith will face Doug Winters, who beat Bill Glidden in the first round.

Troy Coughlin qualified second but was upset by Kevin Fiscus in the first round. Fiscus will meet Kenny Lang in the second round on Sunday.

Third place qualifier and former Top Fuel standout Khalid alBalooshi sprinted past Mike Knowles in the first round. alBalooshi will race Pete Farber in the second round.

Michael Biehle II beat Danny Rowe in the first and will face Steve Matusek in the second round.

Eliminations in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals will continue on Sunday.

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COMMERCE, GA –  First round results from the 36th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, the third of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.986, 241.15 def. Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 6.574, 166.79; Kenny Lang, Chevy Camaro, 6.024, 242.67 def. Von Smith, Chevy Corvette, 7.693, 113.13; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.938, 245.99 def. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 7.851, 123.73; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.954, 245.49 def. Clint Satterfield, Pontiac Firebird, 6.509, 207.02; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.951, 241.76 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.054, 241.50; Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 6.107, 242.98 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 6.450, 186.36; Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.945, 248.25 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.696, 196.30; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.872, 248.89 def. Gerry Capano, Corvette, 9.253, 105.76.

COMMERCE, GA – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the 36th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, the third of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd-Top Spd

1.  4 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’15 Camaro  –  5.781  250.51  250.51
2.  1 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette  –  5.806  253.14  253.14
3.  327 Khalid alBalooshi, Doha QA, ’69 Camaro  –  5.816  247.20  247.20
4.  318 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang  –  5.845  252.14  252.14
5.  5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro  –  5.853  248.80  248.80
6.  11 Eric Latino, Whitby ON, ’69 Camaro  –  5.857  247.57  247.57
7.  2377 Von Smith, Oak Ridge TN, ’16 Corvette  –  5.885  246.12  246.12
8.  2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle  –  5.893  240.94  241.93
9.  6 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, ’10 Mustang  –  5.915  242.36  242.36
10. 5012 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, ’69 Camaro  –  5.931  242.28  242.28
11. 10 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona  –  5.932  246.62  246.62
12. 701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebird  –  5.954  246.71  246.71
13. 7 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette  –  5.960  246.71  246.71
14. 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V  –  5.961  206.64  206.64
15. 220F Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL, ’12 Mustang  –  5.995  244.03  244.03
16. 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE, ’63 Corvette  –  5.998  239.91  239.91

———— Not Qualified ————

17. 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’67 Mustang  –  6.046  233.64  233.64
18. 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, ’69 Camaro  –  6.080  214.89  214.89
19. 360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’15 Corvette  –  6.238  238.64  238.64
20. 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, West Chapel FL, ’70 Camaro  –  6.239  239.19  239.19
21. 2 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’13 Camaro  –  6.274  205.07  205.07
22. 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, ’67 Firebird  –  6.766  200.56  200.56
23. 303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro  –  8.271  125.26  125.26
24. 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette  –  9.732   96.26   96.26
25. 44 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, ’15 Corvette  –  9.950   90.25   90.25
26. 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Chevelle  –  10.245   91.68   95.78
27. 213 Chip King, Semora NC, ’69 Daytona  –  13.905   67.50   67.50

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