Smith Powers to First Round Victory in Pro Mod Race at Englishtown

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – June 12, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rickie  Smith powered to a first round victory Saturday at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing is the fourth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.

Smith, the No. 2 qualifier, raced his IDG 2015 Chevy Camaro to a 7.904 second pass at 118.70 mph to defeat Gerry Capano in his Split Racing ’63 Corvette. Smith, who has raced to two victories in the first three races of the season, will go up against defending world champion Troy Coughlin in the quarterfinals on Sunday. Coughlin outlasted Mike Janis in the first round.

Danny Rowe, the No. 1 qualifier, lost to No. 16 qualifier Jim Whiteley in the first round after crossing the center line. Whiteley will face Michael Biehle, who defeated Chip King, in the next round.

Steve Matusek will race Von Smith while Kahlid alBalooshi will battle Bill Glidden in the quarterfinals.

Eliminations in the NHRA J&A Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Summernationals will continue on Sunday.

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ENGLISHTOWN, NJ — First round results from the 47th NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the fourth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.921, 251.63 def. Chip King, Dodge Daytona, 5.941, 244.16; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 6.006, 232.67 def. Mike Janis, Chevy Camaro, 6.012, 216.41; Von Smith, Corvette, 5.904, 244.83 def. Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.934, 245.99; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.958, 244.65 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 7.095, 170.00; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.949, 244.12 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.926, 246.93; Bill Glidden, Camaro, 5.920, 240.94 def. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.976, 244.74; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 7.904, 118.70 def. Gerry Capano, Corvette, Broke; Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 9.228, 97.49 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, Foul – Centerline;

ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 47th NHRA Summernationals:

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

  1. 7 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA,  ’15 Corvette      5.823  249.35  249.35
  2. 4 Rickie Smith, King NC,  ’15 Camaro              5.843  250.27  250.27
  3. 5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS,  ’68 Camaro           5.845  250.13  250.13
  4. 360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI,  ’15 Corvette     5.860  248.07  248.07
  5. 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO,  ’14 CTS-V  5.889  247.75  247.75
  6. 44 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY,  ’15 Corvette   5.899  246.08  246.08
  7. 1 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH,  ’15 Corvette       5.908  253.90  254.52
  8. 318 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN,  ’67 Mustang   5.913  254.18  254.18
  9. 213 Chip King, Semora NC,  ’69 Daytona              5.917  245.14  245.14
  10. 2 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY,  ’13 Camaro           5.935  246.21  246.21
  11. 2377 Von Smith, Oak Ridge TN,  ’16 Corvette          5.937  245.40  245.40
  12. 327 Khalid alBalooshi, Doha QA,  ’69 Camaro         5.940  246.39  246.39
  13. 6 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN,  ’15 Camaro         5.941  249.16  249.16
  14. 11 Eric Latino, Whitby ON,  ’69 Camaro             5.941  248.11  248.11
  15. 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE,  ’63 Corvette      5.953  241.54  241.54
  16. 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO,  ’69 Chevelle  5.966  237.09  245.18

———— Not Qualified ————

17. 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC,  ’69 Chevelle 5.973  242.93  242.93
18. 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH,  ’63 Corvette        5.977  238.22  238.22
19. 220F Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL,  ’12 Mustang     5.997  245.81  245.81
20. 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB,  ’69 Camaro              6.103  215.44  215.44
21. 5012 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB,  ’69 Camaro       6.194  239.10  239.10
22. 701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM,  ’68 Firebi  6.220  234.98  239.14
23. 10 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA,  ’69 Daytona      6.308  237.21  237.21
24. 303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL,  ’16 Camaro      6.348  211.00  211.00
25. 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, West Chapel FL,  ’70 Camaro  6.794  150.56  150.56

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