Coughlin Leads Qualifying Friday at NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Thunder Valley Nationals

Troy Coughlin

BRISTOL, TN – June 16, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Coughlin is the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the seventh of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin raced a 5.854-second pass at 254.33 mph in his JEGS Mail Order ’15 Corvette.

“Coming into Bristol from Englishtown, having a pretty good race there, and becoming number two in the first session was pretty exciting,” Coughlin said. “We figured we might be able to pick it up a bit and then the air got a little better, the track got a lot better. We were able to utilize a little bit more of the power that we’re trying to manage.”

Jonathon Gray is qualified second with a 5.878 pass at 254.33 in his IDG ’68 Camaro and points leader Mike Castellana is third with a 5.880 pas at 246.44 in his Al-Anabi Racing late model Camaro. Defending world champion Rickie Smith is currently fifth.

NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series qualifying continues Saturday at approximately 12:15 p.m. with the first round of eliminations slated for 2:45 p.m.

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, seventh of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s first round of eliminations.

Pro Modified — 1. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.854, 254.33; 2. Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.878, 246.44; 3. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.880, 246.17; 4. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.882, 255.77; 5. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.884, 246.57; 6. Michael Bowman, Chevy Chevelle, 5.899, 249.49; 7. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.907, 251.49; 8. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.913, 249.81; 9. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.926, 244.47; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.936, 246.26; 11. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.947, 245.58; 12. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.948, 246.26; 13. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.952, 240.72; 14. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.956, 240.21; 15. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.962, 245.54; 16. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 5.968, 244.03. Not Qualified: 17. Larry Morgan, 5.989, 246.93; 18. Danny Rowe, 5.990, 242.15; 19. Todd Tutterow, 5.994, 238.81; 20. Harry Hruska, 6.017, 246.80; 21. Von Smith, 6.036, 241.84; 22. Doug Winters, 6.053, 237.88; 23. Dan Stevenson, 6.062, 244.47; 24. Chuck Little, 6.121, 238.13; 25. Shannon Jenkins, 6.176, 195.36; 26. Clint Satterfield, 6.511, 226.70; 27. Ruben Tetsoshvili, 7.383, 118.09; 28. Chip King, 7.736, 119.53.

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Source: National Hot Rod Association