MADISON, IL – September 25, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Coughlin raced to victory Sunday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at Gateway Motorsports Park is presented by Precision Turbo & Engine. This is the ninth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.
Coughlin, the reigning and two-time world champion, powered his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette to a 5.802-second pass at 253.85 mph to defeat two-time world champ Rickie Smith’s 5.830 at 250.09 in his late model IDG Chevy Camaro. Coughlin earned his second victory of the season and eighth of this career. Coughlin trails Smith by 93-points with one event to go.
“We’re keeping the drama going, that’s for sure,” said Coughlin, who also won at St. Louis in 2012. “We’re nipping at Rickie’s heels and he knows in. This JEGS.com car came out swinging and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s been awesome.”
Coughlin, who won in Englishtown, N.J., and posted a runner-up finish in Indianapolis, outlasted Bob Rahaim, Steve Matusek and Khalid alBalooshi in the earlier rounds.
Smith, who claimed victories at Gainesville, Fla., and Atlanta, beat Steven Whiteley, Von Smith and Michael Biehle II en route to his fourth final round appearance of the season.
The 2016 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season will conclude Oct. 27-30 during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
MADISON, IL — Final finish order (1-16) at the fifth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. The race is the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Troy Coughlin; 2. Rickie Smith; 3. Khalid alBalooshi; 4. Michael Biehle; 5. Steve Matusek; 6. Pete Farber; 7. Von Smith; 8. Jim Whiteley; 9. Bob Rahaim; 10. Danny Rowe; 11. Doug Winters; 12. Bill Glidden; 13. Mike Janis; 14. Steven Whiteley; 15. Todd Tutterow; 16. Sidnei Frigo.
MADISON, IL — Sunday’s final results from the fifth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. The race is the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.802, 253.85 def. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.830, 250.09.
MADISON, IL — Final round-by-round results from the fifth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.837, 249.30 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 6.520, 232.63; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.897, 248.29 def. Danny Rowe, Chevy Corvette, 5.932, 243.72; Von Smith, Corvette, 5.872, 244.12 def. Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 5.993, 214.21; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.957, 245.45 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.037, 232.83; Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.907, 245.09 def. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 13.953, 72.99; Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.888, 251.53 def. Doug Winters, Chevelle, 5.986, 234.33; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.882, 252.00 def. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.883, 247.02; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.879, 245.81 def. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 9.817, 89.18;
QUARTERFINALS — alBalooshi, 5.899, 246.53 def. J. Whiteley, 11.077, 72.45; Biehle, 5.859, 253.28 def. Farber, 5.950, 243.50; Coughlin, 5.860, 252.05 def. Matusek, 5.897, 246.12; R. Smith, 5.853, 248.84 def. V. Smith, 5.992, 210.57;
SEMIFINALS — Coughlin, 5.832, 248.84 def. alBalooshi, 5.925, 245.45; R. Smith, 5.837, 249.53 def. Biehle, 8.943, 100.23;
FINAL — Coughlin, 5.802, 253.85 def. R. Smith, 5.830, 250.09.
MADISON, IL — Point standings (top 10) following the fifth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Rickie Smith, 721; 2. Troy Coughlin, 628; 3. Bob Rahaim, 571; 4. Michael Biehle, 460; 5. Von Smith, 454; 6. Steve Matusek, 452; 7. Mike Castellana, 385; 8. Khalid alBalooshi, 382; 9. Bill Glidden, 380; 10. Danny Rowe, 373.
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