BRISTOL, TN – June 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Coughlin powered to the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, was the seventh of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.
Coughlin ran a 5.878-second pass at 253.09 mph in his JEGS Mail Order ’15 Corvette to defeat No. 1 qualifier Shane Molinari and his S&T Truck Repair Inc. ’68 Firebird’s 5.881 at 254.76 for his first win of the season.
“What can I say about those guys Steve Petty, Kyle, Mike, the Jegs.com team and everybody at Mac Tools – they’re a badass group of people,” Coughlin said. “We’ve had a fantastic car for the last race or so. We struggled a little bit in the middle part of the first half of the season, but it’s definitely coming around.”
It was Coughlin’s second consecutive final round appearance and 10th career win. He is currently second in points while Mike Castellan maintains the points lead after a quarterfinal finish.
NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing visits Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park June 22-25.
BRISTOL, TN — Final finish order (1-16) at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The seventh of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Troy Coughlin; 2. Shane Molinari; 3. Rickie Smith; 4. Jonathan Gray; 5. Bob Rahaim; 6. Mike Castellana; 7. Sidnei Frigo; 8. Michael Bowman; 9. Michael Biehle; 10. Steve Jackson; 11. Steven Whiteley; 12. Steve Matusek; 13. Pete Farber; 14. Khalid alBalooshi; 15. Mike Janis; 16. Jim Whiteley.
BRISTOL, TN — Sunday’s final 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 — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.878, 253.09 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.881, 254.76.
BRISTOL, TN — Final round-by-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.
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;
QUARTERFINALS — Molinari, 6.162, 248.16 def. Frigo, 8.232, 115.46; R. Smith, 5.941, 245.63 def. Castellana, 7.398, 137.33; Coughlin, 5.890, 253.95 def. Rahaim, 5.933, 246.66; Gray, 5.926, 243.02 def. Bowman, 8.760, 107.46;
SEMIFINALS — Molinari, 5.875, 254.52 def. R. Smith, 5.932, 246.35; Coughlin, 5.927, 238.51 def. Gray, 8.965, 84.55;
FINAL — Coughlin, 5.878, 253.09 def. Molinari, 5.881, 254.76.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Point standings (top 10) following the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, the seventh of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Mike Castellana, 584; 2. Troy Coughlin, 479; 3. Steven Whiteley, 428; 4. Shane Molinari, 387; 5. Steve Jackson, 381; 6. Steve Matusek, 369; 7. Sidnei Frigo, 348; 8. Jonathan Gray, 322; 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 273; 10. Danny Rowe, 267.
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