BROWNSBURG, IN – September 5, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Von Smith raced to victory Monday 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.
Smith raced his late model Al-Anabi Racing Chevy Corvette to an 11.726-second pass at 73.67 mph to defeat Troy Coughlin, who redlighted in his late model JEGS.com Chevy Corvette. Smith tallied his first victory of 2016 and seventh of his career. He outlasted Danny Rowe, 2011 champ Khalid alBalooshi and Doug Winters in the earlier rounds.
“My hat’s off to the whole crew because this car has been up and down for us all season,” said Smith, won the Pro Mod championship in 2010. “The best thing about everything is I didn’t know that I had won. I’m coasting down through there and not liking it, going ‘We almost did it, we’ll get another shot in a couple weeks.’ I come around the corner and the guy’s pointing me to the left and I’m like ‘What? Are you kidding me?’ I threw my hands up like ‘Did I win?’ He threw up the number one and I was like, ‘How about that. Praise the Lord.’”
Coughlin beat Steven Whiteley, Bob Rahaim and Billy Glidden in the earlier rounds before leaving the starting line early in the final. Coughlin, the reigning and two-time world champion, won earlier this year in Englishtown, N.J.
The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will continue at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 16-18, at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.
BROWNSBURG, IN — Final finish order (1-16) at the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Von Smith; 2. Troy Coughlin; 3. Bill Glidden; 4. Doug Winters; 5. Michael Biehle; 6. Rickie Smith; 7. Khalid alBalooshi; 8. Bob Rahaim; 9. Mike Castellana; 10. Eric Latino; 11. Jim Whiteley; 12. Steven Whiteley; 13. Michael Bowman; 14. Danny Rowe; 15. Chip King; 16. Mike Janis.
BROWNSBURG, IN — Monday’s final results from the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Von Smith, Chevy Corvette, 11.726, 73.67 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, Foul – Red Light.
BROWNSBURG, IN — Final 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;
QUARTERFINALS — Glidden, 5.837, 252.99 def. Biehle, 5.878, 253.52; Winters, 5.911, 243.24 def. R. Smith, 5.886, 248.39; V. Smith, 5.842, 246.75 def. alBalooshi, 5.891, 247.25; Coughlin, 5.834, 254.42 def. Rahaim, 5.963, 245.00;
SEMIFINALS — V. Smith, 5.889, 245.00 def. Winters, 5.931, 243.46; Coughlin, 5.841, 252.85 def. Glidden, 5.886, 250.37;
FINAL — V. Smith, 11.726, 73.67 def. Coughlin, Foul – Red Light.
BROWNSBURG, IN — Point standings (top 10) following 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.
1. Rickie Smith, 571; 2. Troy Coughlin, 484; 3. Bob Rahaim, 421; 4. Von Smith, 358; 5. Michael Biehle, 354; 6. Steve Matusek, 345; 7. Bill Glidden, 339; 8. Mike Castellana, 288; 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 276; 10. Danny Rowe, 265.
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