LAS VEGAS, NV – October 30, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Coughlin raced to victory Sunday in the final NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race of the 2016 season. The Pro Mod event was presented by Aeromotive, Inc. and was a portion of the NHRA Toyota Nationals.
Coughlin, a two-time world champion, powered his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette to a 5.814-second pass at 250.78 mph to defeat Todd Tutterow’s 6.018 at 233.92. This was the third win of the season for Coughlin who narrowly lost the season championship to Rickie Smith.
“We’re gonna take [the trophy] every time we get a chance to,” said Coughlin. “Steve Petty (crew chief) and all the guys on the team and back at Jegs.com and Proline Racing Engines gave us a fast race car pretty much all year. Especially in the last half of the season it’s been fast, consistent, and will win races.”
Coughlin, who won in Englishtown, N.J., and St. Louis, outlasted Pete Farber, Kevin Rivenbark and Rickie Smith in the earlier rounds.
The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series concluded with a season ending celebration in Las Vegas and honored three-time champion Rickie Smith.
1. Troy Coughlin; 2. Todd Tutterow; 3. Jim Whiteley; 4. Rickie Smith; 5. Michael Biehle; 6. Clint Hairston; 7. Kevin Rivenbark; 8. Bob Rahaim; 9. Sidnei Frigo; 10. Michael Bowman; 11. Shane Molinari; 12. Khalid alBalooshi; 13. Steve Matusek; 14. Danny Rowe; 15. Steven Whiteley; 16. Pete Farber.
LAS VEGAS — Sunday’s final results from 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.
Pro Modified — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.814, 250.78 def. Todd Tutterow, Chevy Camaro, 6.018, 233.92.
LAS VEGAS — Final round-by-round results from 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.
ROUND ONE — Clint Hairston, Chevy Camaro, 5.923, 246.53 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 6.214, 244.25; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.906, 245.36 def. Danny Rowe, Chevy Corvette, 5.949, 244.34; Kevin Rivenbark, Corvette, 5.980, 228.00 def. Michael Bowman, Chevy Chevelle, 5.909, 255.53; Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.856, 250.92 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.928, 243.55; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.884, 243.72 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.909, 252.00; Jim Whiteley, Chevelle, 5.925, 242.32 def. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, Foul – Red Light; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.787, 252.10 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 9.414, 111.57; Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.868, 244.65 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.925, 243.46;
QUARTERFINALS — J. Whiteley, 5.907, 243.41 def. Hairston, 5.932, 246.21; Tutterow, 5.947, 242.63 def. Rahaim, 8.256, 122.49; Smith, 5.874, 246.26 def. Biehle, 5.910, 250.60; Coughlin, 5.776, 252.76 def. Rivenbark, 5.961, 237.67;
SEMIFINALS — Tutterow, 5.840, 245.40 def. J. Whiteley, Foul – Red Light; Coughlin, 5.796, 252.80 def. Smith, Foul – Red Light;
FINAL — Coughlin, 5.814, 250.78 def. Tutterow, 6.018, 233.92.
LAS VEGAS — Point standings (top 10) following 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.
1. Rickie Smith, 794; 2. Troy Coughlin, 744; 3. Bob Rahaim, 626; 4. Michael Biehle, 517; 5. Steve Matusek, 483; 6. Von Smith, 454; 7. Khalid alBalooshi, 413; 8. Danny Rowe, 405; 9. Mike Castellana, 395; 10. Bill Glidden, 380.
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