Whitely Wins Career First NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Victory at Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals

19 03 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL – March 19, 2047 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Steven Whitely raced to his first NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event win at their portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Sunday at Gainesville Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing was presented by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Inc. and is the first of 12 races on the season.

Whitley in his ’14 Cadillac faced series veteran Mike Castellana in the final round. Whitely was able to post a winning time of 5.791 seconds at 253.52 mph to the trailing run of 10.192 at 87.94 of Castellana.

The Whiteley family was able to celebrate the victory in style as his mother Annie won the Top Alcohol Funny Car event on Sunday as well.

“It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s such a blessing being in the winner’s circle with my mom,” Whitely said. “I can’t express how thankful I am. Not only for J&A Service on a couple of accounts. They sponsor this series, but it’s more intimate than that, at least for me. You know, J&A Service, that’s Jim and Annie Whiteley, that’s Mom and Dad. These guys don’t understand how much more this hits me. I just let the clutch petal go. My guys make this happen. I cannot thank them enough.”

Also during the course of the racing action Eric Latino recorded a national elapsed time record with his pass of 5.727 seconds in his losing run of semifinals.

The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns April 21-23 at Royal Purple Raceway for the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Final finish order (1-16) at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.  The race is the first of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:
1.  Steven Whiteley; 2.  Mike Castellana; 3.  Danny Rowe; 4.  Troy Coughlin; 5.  Eric Latino; 6.
Kevin Rivenbark; 7.  Michael Biehle; 8.  Mike Janis; 9.  Sidnei Frigo; 10.  Steve Matusek; 11.
Khalid alBalooshi; 12.  Todd Tutterow; 13.  Jim Whiteley; 14.  Steve Jackson; 15.  Shannon Jenkins; 16.  Rickie Smith.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Sunday’s final results from the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the first of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified — Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.791, 253.52  def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 10.192, 87.94.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Final round-by-round results from the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the first of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.807, 252.24 def. Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 5.825, 252.38; Kevin Rivenbark, Corvette, 5.857, 245.76 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.837, 247.38; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.840, 246.57 def. Shannon Jenkins, Ford Mustang, 7.360, 135.88; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.799, 252.19 def. Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.865, 247.16; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.901, 247.16 def. Jim Whiteley, Chevy Chevelle, 5.903, 248.75; Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.843, 253.90 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 7.948, 121.62; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.897, 249.72 def.
Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.786, 256.36; Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.779, 256.45 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 6.664, 146.30; QUARTERFINALS — Castellana, 5.850, 250.27 def. Rivenbark, 7.707, 124.45; Rowe, 5.877, 251.44 def.
Biehle, 8.626, 110.00; S. Whiteley, 5.806, 251.30 def. Janis, Foul – Centerline; Coughlin, 5.758,
255.10 def. Latino, 5.727, 256.36;

SEMIFINALS — Castellana, 15.718, 51.88 def. Rowe, Foul – Red Light; S. Whiteley, 5.826, 251.02 def. Coughlin, 6.213, 197.16; FINAL — S. Whiteley, 5.791, 253.52 def. Castellana, 10.192, 87.94.

GAINESVILLE, FL — Point standings (top 10) following the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The race is the first of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Pro Modified
1.  Steven Whiteley, 114; 2.  Mike Castellana, 91; 3.  Danny Rowe, 74; 4.  Troy Coughlin, 72; 5. Mike Janis, 55; 6.  Kevin Rivenbark, 52; 7.  (tie) Michael Biehle, 51; Eric Latino, 51; 9.  Steve Jackson, 38; 10.  Rickie Smith, 36.

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 24 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 program 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; Gainesville Raceway 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

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