CONCORD, NC – September 18, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Bob Rahaim raced to his third final round and his first win of the season 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 in Concord, N.C. is presented by the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association. This is the eighth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.
Rahaim raced Mike Castellana in the final for the win with a pass of 6.349-seconds at 207.85 to the trailing run of 9.322 at 94.55. He defeated Chip King, Kevin Rivenbark, and Danny Rowe then Castellana for his first victory since Gainesville in 2015.
“I’m very thankful to be here. I’m proud of the whole team. This was our third final and – it’s just amazing,” said Rahaim. “The crew prepared the car flawlessly and we’re just going A to B. We’re not setting the world on fire. We’re gaining points; it’s about going rounds and here we are.”
With the win Rahaim moves from third into second in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series points behind Rickie Smith who was defeated in the second round.
The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will continue at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 23-25, at Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis.
CONCORD, NC — Final finish order (1-16) at the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The eighth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Bob Rahaim; 2. Mike Castellana; 3. Danny Rowe; 4. Todd Tutterow; 5. Rickie Smith; 6. Steve Matusek; 7. Kevin Rivenbark; 8. Steven Whiteley; 9. Troy Coughlin; 10. Khalid alBalooshi; 11. Michael Biehle; 12. Chip King; 13. Jay Payne; 14. Eric Latino; 15. Von Smith; 16. Pete Farber.
CONCORD, N.C. — Sunday’s final results from the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. The eighth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 6.349, 207.85 def. Mike Castellana, Corvette, 9.322, 94.55.
CONCORD, N.C. — Final round-by-round results from the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the eighth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Danny Rowe, Chevy Corvette, 5.890, 247.88 def. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.904, 253.66; Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.847, 249.67 def. Jay Payne, Camaro, 5.954, 245.40; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.902, 248.80 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 14.212, 59.60; Kevin Rivenbark, Corvette, 5.952, 241.76 def. Von Smith, Corvette, 9.280, 104.81; Mike Castellana, Corvette, 5.861, 246.84 def. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.874, 252.19; Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.900, 246.57 def. Chip King, Dodge Charger, Foul – Red Light; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.918, 247.02 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.255, 204.45; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.888, 244.43 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.896, 248.25;
QUARTERFINALS — Rowe, 5.913, 247.70 def. Matusek, 5.963, 246.62; Rahaim, 5.942, 245.76 def. Rivenbark, 5.975, 241.07; Tutterow, 5.932, 243.68 def. S. Whiteley, 6.415, 230.17; Castellana, 5.940, 244.87 def. R. Smith, 5.944, 248.39;
SEMIFINALS — Rahaim, 5.950, 246.03 def. Rowe, Foul – Red Light; Castellana, 5.893, 246.98 def. Tutterow, 5.918, 243.72;
FINAL — Rahaim, 6.349, 207.85 def. Castellana, 9.322, 94.55.
CONCORD, NC — Point standings (top 10) following the ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, the eighth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Rickie Smith, 628; 2. Bob Rahaim, 534; 3. Troy Coughlin, 517; 4. Steve Matusek, 400; 5. Von Smith, 396; 6. Michael Biehle, 386; 7. Mike Castellana, 380; 8. Bill Glidden, 349; 9. Danny Rowe, 339; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, 310.
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