Molinari Wins First Career NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Event at Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals

Molinari picks up first career Pro Mod

NORWALK, OH – June 25, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Shane Molinari raced to his first career NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, was the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

The finals were a re-match from the race in Bristol where Molinari faced off against Troy Coughlin who took that event win. In Norwalk, Molinari was able to reverse the outcome for the victory.

Coughlin had an early advantage off the line but lost traction past the 330 foot mark and Molinari posted a winning run of 5.779-seconds at 257.09 mph in his S&T Truck Repair Inc. ’68 Firebird to the trailing run of 11.743 at 69.91.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s way cool,” said Molinari. “I mean, all my guys worked super hard and it’s just an awesome feeling.”

Mike Castellana retained the points lead in the category with a 82 point lead over Coughlin.

NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing visits Indianapolis, Ind. for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Aug. 30-Sept. 4.

Summit Nationals

NORWALK, OH — Final finish order (1-16) at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. The race is the eighth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:
1. Shane Molinari; 2. Troy Coughlin; 3. Rickie Smith; 4. Mike Castellana; 5. Michael Biehle; 6. Shannon Jenkins; 7. Steve Jackson; 8. Jonathan Gray; 9. Eric Latino; 10. Steven Whiteley; 11. Doug Winters; 12. Danny Rowe; 13. Khalid alBalooshi; 14. Sidnei Frigo; 15. Pete Farber; 16. Steve Matusek.

NORWALK, OH — Sunday’s final 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.

Pro Modified — Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.779, 257.09 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 11.743, 69.91.

NORWALK, OH — Final round-by-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.

PRO MODIFIED:

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;

QUARTERFINALS — Castellana, 5.804, 249.07 def. Jenkins, 5.857, 247.07; Smith, 6.354, 227.50 def. Gray, 19.662, 39.45; Molinari, 5.787, 257.24 def. Jackson, 6.437, 174.64; Coughlin, 5.729, 258.67 def. Biehle, 5.802, 256.11;

SEMIFINALS — Molinari, 5.839, 254.42 def. Smith, 5.862, 247.70; Coughlin, 5.745, 257.33 def. Castellana, 5.903, 248.75;

FINAL — Molinari, 5.779, 257.09 def. Coughlin, 11.743, 69.91.

NORWALK, Ohio — Point standings (top 10) following 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.

Pro Modified
1. Mike Castellana, 659; 2. Troy Coughlin, 577; 3. Shane Molinari, 503; 4. Steven Whiteley, 460; 5. Steve Jackson, 435; 6. Steve Matusek, 400; 7. Sidnei Frigo, 380; 8. Jonathan Gray, 375; 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 305; 10. Rickie Smith, 299.

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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