Biehle Races to Qualifying Lead Friday During Pro Mod Portion of NHRA Toyota Nationals

LAS VEGAS – October 29, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Michael Biehle II powered to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Toyota Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is presented by Aeromotive Inc. This is the final NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series race of the 2016 season.

Biehle posted a run of 5.848 seconds at 251.86 mph in his ’67 Mustang during the first of two qualifying attempts. He was able to retain the No. 1 qualifying position through the end of the second session. Biehle has yet to record a No. 1 qualifying position this season.

“It feels awesome. We’ve never held a number 1 position this long,” said Biehle. “We’ve had a good race car all year. We’re just happy to be here and it’s awesome to be No. 1.”

Current points leader Rickie Smith is qualified sixth in his ’15 Camaro with his 5.909 run at 245.00. Troy Coughlin, who is second in points is currently fifth with his 5.907 pass at 248.93.

Bob Rahaim is qualified second at 5.868 at 244.56 and Todd Tutterow is third at 5.881 at 243.02.

The final qualifying session for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Toyota Nationals will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m. before the first round of eliminations begins at 5:30 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the race is the final 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. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.848, 251.86; 2. Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 5.868, 244.56; 3. Todd Tutterow, Chevy Camaro, 5.881, 244.87; 4. Michael Bowman, Chevy Chevelle, 5.898, 255.00; 5. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.907, 248.93; 6. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.909, 245.00; 7. Clint Hairston, Camaro, 5.911, 246.89; 8. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.919, 246.71; 9. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.932, 244.87; 10. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.948, 243.11; 11. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.950, 251.06; 12. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.950, 242.50; 13. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.957, 243.99; 14. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.959, 244.52; 15. Jim Whiteley, Chevelle, 5.959, 242.23; 16. Kevin Rivenbark, Corvette, 5.963, 237.05.  Not Qualified: 17. Rick Snavely, 5.970, 250.55; 18. Eric Latino, 5.979, 243.19; 19. Mike Castellana, 6.040, 196.76; 20. Mike Knowles, 6.049, 237.92; 21. Kenny Lang, 6.078, 240.81; 22. Clint Satterfield, 6.090, 241.28; 23. Ray Martin, 6.124, 231.56.

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Source: National Hot Rod Association