Coughlin Earns No.1 Qualifying Position; Wins First Round of Eliminations

NHRA Pro Mod Troy Coughlin

NORWALK, OH – June 24, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Troy Coughlin raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in dramatic fashion and won the first round of competition at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin raced to the qualifying lead in his Chevy Corvette, with his pass of 5.756-seconds at 259.31 mph for his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season. His speed of 259.31 bested the previous record set by Melanie Troxel in 2011.

In the first round of eliminations Coughlin faced Danny Row and was able to parlay his top qualifying position to advance to the second round. Coughlin posted a winning run of 5.751 at 258.42 to the trailing pass of Row at 6.274 at 178.71. Coughlin will face Michael Biehle II when racing resumes tomorrow.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Coughlin. “To be at home, in our home state, with a lot of the associates from up here, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to be No. 1 and national record-holder. We strive to break records and there’s going to be people who break our records. We’re just pretty excited to be a big piece of J&A Service Pro Mod series and the NHRA. All the folks at, Pro Line, Mac Tools, I mean, there’s many that are out here that help support our racing program and we couldn’t be more excited for sure.”

In other racing action, points leader Mike Castellana races Shannon Jenkins, Rickie Smith will face off against Jonathan Gray and Shane Molinari will square up against Stevie Jackson.

The second round of eliminations for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series are slated to begin at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Summit Nationals

NORWALK, OH — First round results from the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the eighth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.


ROUND ONE — Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.842, 255.00 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 8.170, 113.25; Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.835, 249.44 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.933, 247.25; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.803, 256.21 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.857, 249.49; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.751, 258.42 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.274, 178.71; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.875, 246.44 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, Foul – Outer Boundary; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 6.537, 166.60 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 10.185, 93.75; Shannon Jenkins, Mustang, 5.860, 246.66 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 8.083, 109.83; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.914, 248.57 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, Foul – Red Light.

NORWALK, OH – FastNews Network – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:

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

  1. 2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette 5.756@ 259.31
  2. 1 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’17 Camaro 5.821 248.80
  3. 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, ’68 Firebird 5.831 257.28
  4. 44 Mike Castellana, Oyster Bay NY, ’17 Camaro 5.841 246.98
  5. 77 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL, ’16 Mustang 5.843 246.93
  6. 280 Steve Jackson, Evans GA, ’17 Camaro 5.846 244.03
  7. 13 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM, ’17 Camaro 5.848 246.93
  8. 4 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang 5.857 254.71
  9. 288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ, ’16 Corvette 5.873 252.61
  10. 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V 5.874 248.02
  11. 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona 5.895 247.61
  12. 7 Khalid alBalooshi, Dubai UA, ’17 Camaro 5.895 247.16
  13. 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle 5.899 237.09
  14. 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON, ’69 Camaro 5.900 248.61
  15. 5 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro 5.903 249.58
  16. 8 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette 5.906 247.57

———— Not Qualified ————

17. 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’16 Camaro 5.920 242.98
18. 325 Harry Hruska, Hebron IN, ’14 Camaro 5.921 248.43
19. 213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, ’70 Charger 5.937 244.21
20. 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’67 Mustang 6.041 240.12
21. 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette 6.058 241.50
22. 3 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’14 Camaro 6.103 241.58
23. 701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi 6.145 245.32
24. 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Camaro 6.162 193.29
25. 303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro 6.818 159.95
26. 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL, ’17 Cama 8.125 109.81

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