No. 1 qualifier Molinari picks up first round win on Saturday

No. 1 qualifier Molinari picks up first round win on Saturday

BRISTOL, TN – June 17, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Shane Molinari secured the No. 1 qualifier Saturday 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 this season.

Molinari’s pass of 5.837 seconds at 256.70 mph in his S&T Truck Repair Inc. ’68 Firebird during the final round of qualifying secured him lane choice during the first elimination session Saturday afternoon. He defeated Jim Whiteley in the first round with a 5.934 at 227.50.

“We’re just going to make another lap (tomorrow) and see what happens,” Molinari said. “We’re going to go A to B, that’s it; that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Sidnei Frigo, who bettered Pete Farber, will be Molinari’s next opponent in eliminations on Sunday.

The No. 2 qualifier, Troy Coughlin, also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Mike Janis with his pass of 5.842 at 254.86 in his JEGS Mail Order ’15 Corvette. Coughlin will line up against Bob Rahaim in the second round.

Eliminations for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will continue Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m.

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BRISTOL, TN — First round results from the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the seventh of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 5.927, 249.90 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.960, 244.34; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.842, 254.86 def. Mike Janis, Chevy Camaro, 7.884, 122.87; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.934, 227.50 def. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 11.197, 107.31; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.898, 246.03 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.901, 243.94; Michael Bowman, Chevy Chevelle, 5.955, 256.50 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.036, 243.28; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.867, 246.48 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.928, 244.96; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.939, 245.67 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.932, 244.96; Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.855, 246.98 def. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.895, 252.05.

BRISTOL, TN – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd

  1. 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, ’68 Firebird 5.837 256.70
  2. 2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette 5.846 255.58
  3. 13 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM, ’17 Camaro 5.878 246.44
  4. 44 Mike Castellana, Oyster Bay NY, ’17 Camaro 5.880 246.17
  5. 1 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’17 Camaro 5.884 245.36
  6. 7094 Michael Bowman, Oak Hills CA,’69 Chevelle 5.899 249.49
  7. 4 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang 5.907 251.49
  8. 288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ, ’16 Corvette 5.913 249.81
  9. 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona 5.926 244.47
  10. 3 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’14 Camaro 5.931 246.53
  11. 7 Khalid alBalooshi, Dubai UA, ’17 Camaro 5.936 246.26
  12. 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V 5.944 246.12
  13. 5 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro 5.947 245.09
  14. 280 Steve Jackson, Evans GA, ’17 Camaro 5.952 240.72
  15. 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’16 Camaro 5.956 240.21
  16. 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Camaro 5.968 244.03

———— Not Qualified ————

17. 6 Von Smith, Kingston TN, ’67 Mustang 5.981 242.10
18. 202 Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville NC, ’69 Camaro 5.985 241.50
19. 8 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette 5.987 241.84
20. 357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH, ’17 Camaro 5.989 246.93
21. 325 Harry Hruska, Hebron IN, ’14 Camaro 6.017 246.80
22. 303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro 6.026 249.58
23. 701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi 6.031 244.56
24. 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle 6.053 237.17
25. 77 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL, ’16 Mustang 6.078 240.94
26. 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette 6.121 238.13
27. 213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, ’69 Daytona 6.225 204.39
28. 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL, ’17 Cama 7.383 118.09

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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