LAS VEGAS, NV – October 29, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rickie Smith secured his third NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship by qualifying for the series event during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the final NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series race of the 2016 season and is presented by Aeromotive Inc.
Smith, who won the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship in 2013 and 2014, raced to a strong start of the season to propel himself to the series crown. In his IDG ’15 Camaro he opened the season with a win at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornational in Gainesville, Fla., defeating Danny Rowe in the finals. He raced to a runner up finish at the next event in Houston and won the third race of the season at Atlanta. He most recently raced to a runner-up finish in St. Louis. He was also the No. 1 qualifier at two events.
“We only have 10 races and when you only have 10 races you can’t get behind as it is hard to catch up,” said Smith. “Luckily, we got off to a heck of a run this year. We went to three finals and won two of them and that got us a good cushion. We kept making rounds and just trying to be consistent on Sunday.
“I was going to retire three years ago because I was ready. But you hate to quit when you are winning and doing this good. I know I’m going to have to quit one day but you can always quit, but you can’t always keep winning.”
Eliminations for the race will take place on Sunday and Smith who qualified seventh with a pass of 5.909 seconds at 245.00 will face Danny Rowe in the first round.
Sidnei Frigo was the No. 1 qualifier for the event with his run of 5.829 seconds at 250.92 mph. This was his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season. He will face Jim Whitely in the first round.
First round of racing of the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series begins Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
LAS VEGAS — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the final of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.
Pro Modified — 1. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 5.829, 250.92 vs. 16. Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.959, 242.23; 2. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.848, 251.86 vs. 15. Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 5.959, 244.52; 3. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.851, 251.20 vs. 14. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.957, 243.99; 4. Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.868, 244.56 vs. 13. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.950, 242.80; 5. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.876, 244.87 vs. 12. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.950, 251.06; 6. Michael Bowman, Chevelle, 5.898, 255.00 vs. 11. Kevin Rivenbark, Corvette, 5.940, 238.05; 7. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.909, 245.00 vs. 10. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.929, 244.87; 8. Clint Hairston, Camaro, 5.911, 247.47 vs. 9. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.917, 245.76.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Rick Snavely, 5.970, 250.55; 18. Eric Latino, 5.979, 243.19; 19. Kenny Lang, 6.004, 241.84; 20. Mike Knowles, 6.036, 237.92; 21. Mike Castellana, 6.040, 198.88; 22. Clint Satterfield, 6.073, 241.28; 23. Ray Martin, 6.124, 231.56.
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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