CONCORD, NC – September 17, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Steven Whiteley powered to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at zMAX Dragway is presented by the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association. This is the eighth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.
Whiteley raced his Y-Not Racing ’69 Chevy to a 5.840 second-pass at 248.07 mph to take the qualifying lead during the second session on Friday. Whiteley has been No. 1 twice in his career and was the top qualifier at this event in 2014.
“My rookie year, we were No. 1 and last year we were awfully close,” said Whiteley. “It feels nice to get it again, but that’s just the qualifying sheet. What counts is race day. Hopefully we can go some rounds and gain some points on all these guys. That’s our goal.”
Von Smith is qualified second with a run of 5.847 at 247.11, points leader Rickie Smith qualified third at 5.856 at 248.84, and Troy Coughlin who is second in points, qualified 17th at 6.041 at 249.26
Pro Mod qualifying for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals will continue Saturday, Sept. 16 with the final qualifying session at 12:15 p.m. The first round of eliminations will take place at 2:30 p.m. and continue on Sunday.
CONCORD, NC — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s first round of eliminations.
Pro Modified — 1. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.840, 248.07; 2. Von Smith, Chevy Corvette, 5.847, 247.11; 3. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.856, 248.84; 4. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.876, 246.21; 5. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.878, 247.29; 6. Chip King, Dodge Charger, 5.883, 244.60; 7. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.895, 243.63; 8. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.903, 251.58; 9. Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.943, 243.41; 10. Robert Patrick Jr., Mustang, 5.975, 242.98; 11. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.982, 223.91; 12. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.985, 242.02; 13. Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.987, 242.76; 14. Jonathan Gray, Pontiac GTO, 5.989, 250.09; 15. Kevin Rivenbark, Corvette, 6.001, 239.95; 16. Jay Payne, Camaro, 6.031, 243.19. Not Qualified: 17. Troy Coughlin, 6.041, 249.26; 18. Kenny Lang, 6.050, 243.90; 19. Clint Satterfield, 6.050, 242.84; 20. Shane Molinari, 6.201, 245.09; 21. Bill Glidden, 6.442, 173.72; 22. Sidnei Frigo, 6.544, 159.97; 23. Doug Winters, 6.641, 145.83; 24. Jim Bell, 8.008, 118.28; 25. Chuck Little, 8.789, 103.92; 26. Steve Matusek, 9.107, 105.50; 27. Pete Farber, 9.121, 99.60; 28. Mike Knowles, 9.393, 114.12; 29. Dan Stevenson, 10.984, 89.02; 30. Gerry Capano, 11.478, 72.45.
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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