Coughlin Races to First Round Victory as Pro Mod No.1 Qualifier at Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

5 09 2016

BROWNSBURG, IN – September 5, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  – Troy Coughlin raced to a first round victory Sunday as the No. 1 qualifier in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is presented by JEGS. This is the seventh of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.

Coughlin, the reigning and two-time world champion, used his 5.773-second pass at 254.76 mph from Friday night in his late model JEGS.com Chevy Corvette to earn the third No. 1 qualifier of his career and first of 2016.

Coughlin, who won the fourth event of the year at Englishtown, N.J., in June, went on to defeat Steven Whiteley in the first round. Coughlin sprinted to a 5.835 at 252.99 to better Whiteley’s 6.610 at 216.83 in his Y-Not Racing / J&A Service ’14 Cadillac CTS-V.

“It’s pretty exciting and I’m really fired up,” Coughlin said. “The entire JEGS.com team is fired up. This is Indy. Taking out a car and driver the caliber of Steven Whiteley in the first round is quite an accomplishment and it’s even sweeter that JEGS.com is presenting sponsor of the Pro Mod class at this race.”

Coughlin will race Bob Rahaim, who has two runner-up finishes this season, in Monday’s second round. Rahaim outlasted Eric Latino in the first round.

Von Smith qualified second with a 5.800 at 247.47 in his late model Al-Anabi Racing Chevy Corvette. He went on to defeat Danny Rowe, the Gainesville event runner-up, in the first round. Smith will meet 2011 Pro Mod champion Khalid alBalooshi in the second round.

Mike Bowman qualified third but was upset by Doug Winters in the first round. Winters will go up against two-time 2016 event winner Rickie Smith on Monday.

Eliminations for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will continue at 12:25 p.m. on Monday.

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BROWNSBURG, IN — First round-by-round results from the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the seventh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE — Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 5.878, 247.43 def. Eric Latino, Chevy Camaro, 5.935, 247.29; Bill Glidden, Camaro, 5.860, 252.10 def. Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.867, 244.60; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.878, 247.38 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, Broke; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.835, 252.99 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 6.610, 216.83; Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.979, 240.72 def. Michael Bowman, Chevelle, 8.862, 75.01; Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 6.114, 249.72 def. Chip King, Dodge Charger, 13.075, 76.19; Von Smith, Corvette, 5.818, 247.25 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 9.715, 105.28; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.836, 249.63 def. Jim Whiteley, Chevelle, 5.960, 245.58.

BROWNSBURG, IN – Final order after 4 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals:

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

1. 1 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette       5.773  254.76  254.76
2. 2377 Von Smith, Kingston TN, ’16 Corvette           5.800  247.47  248.71
3. 7094 Michael Bowman, Oak Hills CA, ’69 Chevelle     5.821  255.39  256.89
4. 318 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang   5.829  253.71  253.90
5. 6 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, ’14 Camaro         5.838  254.62  254.62
6. 4 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’15 Camaro              5.850  249.53  249.53
7. 327 Khalid alBalooshi, Marina Del Ray QA, ’68 Cam  5.853  247.25  247.25
8.  11 Eric Latino, Whitby ON, ’69 Camaro             5.859  247.52  247.97
9. 360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’15 Corvette     5.861  246.57  246.71
10. 2 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’13 Camaro           5.863  245.09  245.09
11. 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Chevelle  5.866  246.12  246.12
12. 44 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, ’15 Corvette   5.868  243.99  244.78
13. 213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, ’70 Charger             5.873  244.69  245.23
14. 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle 5.890  243.11  243.11
15. 7 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette      5.892  246.66  246.66
16. 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V  5.892  244.92  246.53

———— Not Qualified ————

17. 5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro           5.895  247.43  247.84
18. 210 Jay Payne, Ontario CA, ’13 Camaro              5.917  244.43  245.36
19. 202 Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville NC, ’69 Camaro      5.933  246.30  246.30
20. 2133 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM, ’07 GTO             5.934  250.60  250.60
21. 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE, ’69 Camaro        5.937  242.84  242.84
22. 303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro      5.945  248.84  250.13
23. 205 Kevin Rivenbark, Wallace NC, ’15 Corvette      5.954  239.87  239.87
24. 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, ’68 Firebird 5.964  249.30  249.30
25. 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’67 Mustang   5.968  241.84  241.84
26. 262 Robert Patrick Jr., Fredricksburg VA, ’14 Must 5.981  239.87  242.50
27. 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, ’69 Camaro              5.984  245.99  245.99
28. 377 Harold Martin, New Hudson MI, ’15 Corvette     5.987  239.74  241.11
29. 701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi  6.079  244.25  244.25
30. 288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ, ’16 Corvette       6.318  169.02  169.02
31. 469 Justin Shearer, Mustang OK, ’68 Firebird       6.361  226.47  226.47
32. 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL, ’70 Cama  6.502  166.79  166.79
33. 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette        7.545  132.62  132.62

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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