MADISON, IL – October 1, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Coughlin secured the Wally in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the 11th of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.
Coughlin powered to a 5.792-second pass at 257.24 mph in his JEGS.com Corvette to earn the victory over Khalid alBalooshi in the final round. Coughlin defeated Rickie Smith, Steven Whiteley, and Pete Farber on his way to the finals. This is his third career victory at Gateway Motorsports Park.
“The whole JEGS.com team has been fantastic,” Coughlin stated. “We just kept picking at it and kept trying to pick it up. I’ve been driving pretty decent. We couldn’t be more excited to have the points lead going into Vegas. We’ve never had the points lead going into Vegas – we’ve always been behind. It feels great to be ahead. We just need to maintain what we’ve been doing.”
Coughlin entered the event second in the Pro Mod standings and claimed the No. 1 spot over Mike Castellana with the victory.
The J&A Service Pro Mod Series concludes at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. Oct. 26-29.
MADISON, IL — Final finish order (1-16) at the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. The 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Troy Coughlin; 2. Khalid alBalooshi; 3. Pete Farber; 4. Steve Matusek; 5. Steven Whiteley; 6. Sidnei Frigo; 7. Jim Whiteley; 8. Eric Latino; 9. Steve Jackson; 10. Chuck Little; 11. Rickie Smith; 12. Danny Rowe; 13. Carl Stevens; 14. Mike Castellana; 15. Dan Stevenson; 16. Shane Molinari.
MADISON, IL – Sunday’s final results from the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. The race is the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.792, 257.24 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.850, 250.09.
MADISON, IL — Final round-by-round results from the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 5.774, 255.10 def. Chuck Little, Corvette, 5.767, 248.71; Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.850, 247.84 def. Carl Stevens, Camaro, 6.102, 201.34; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.823, 249.39 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 7.370, 132.41; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.835, 239.82 def. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 9.359, 98.59; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.752, 257.33 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.807, 249.95; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.744, 252.71 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, Foul – Red Light; Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.809, 250.97 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, Foul – Red Light; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 11.283, 103.95 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, Foul – Red Light;
QUARTERFINALS — alBalooshi, 5.778, 250.00 def. J. Whiteley, 6.442, 170.43; Matusek, 5.831, 250.74 def. Latino, 6.760, 157.65; Farber, 5.821, 250.74 def. Frigo, 5.928, 245.18; Coughlin, 5.783, 255.29 def. S. Whiteley, 5.777, 252.05;
SEMIFINALS — Coughlin, 5.809, 255.68 def. Farber, 5.817, 250.32; alBalooshi, 5.791, 250.64 def. Matusek, Foul – Red Light;
FINAL — Coughlin, 5.792, 257.24 def. alBalooshi, 5.850, 250.09.
MADISON, IL — Point standings (top 10) following the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Troy Coughlin, 818; 2. Mike Castellana, 792; 3. Shane Molinari, 628; 4. Steve Jackson, 600; 5. Sidnei Frigo, 579; 6. Steven Whiteley, 569; 7. Jonathan Gray, 549; 8. Steve Matusek, 537; 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 461; 10. Rickie Smith, 441.
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. National Hot Rod Association 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