LAS VEGAS, NV – October 30, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Troy Coughlin earned his third NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world championship on Sunday during the season ending event for the category at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the NHRA Toyota Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing is presented by Real Pro Mod Association which is the season ending event for the category.
Coughlin earned the crown when he defeated Mike Castellana, his nearest competitor in points during the second round of eliminations.
“You look up in the stands and see all those people and you just want to win one more round,” said Coughlin. “The plan of attack we had happened to work. We crossed the finish line and saw those flashing win lights on the guard wall and you think this is a dream come true. It is hard to do and this class is getting tougher and tougher.”
Coughlin earned the championship, his first since 2015, on the strength of two wins, four runner-up finishes and three No. 1 qualifiers. Coughlin, who has raced full time in the series since its inception in 2010 has finished either first or second in the points every season since 2012.
Coughlin raced his way to the finals but was bested by Stevie Jackson who won his second race of the season. Jackson posted a winning time of 7.081 seconds at 138.84 mph. Coughlin suffered a broken part and didn’t make a full pass down the track.
“What an awesome win. This is my first time racing in Vegas and it’s an unbelievable experience,” said Jackson. “This is a tough class to even qualify for. To win the last race of the season is a game changer for us. Nobody wants to eat their Thanksgiving dinner thinking about getting their butt kicked. Jack Barbee, Mark Savage, Tracy Teasley and Robbie Lowry have killed it all year. Billy Stocklin is the best there is period. And I do a decent job half the time driving the car. Being a part of Bahrain 1 is very special. We are a big family and next year is mine.”
LAS VEGAS — Final finish order (1-16) at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The final of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Steve Jackson; 2. Troy Coughlin; 3. Harry Hruska; 4. Dan Stevenson; 5. Mike Castellana; 6. Rickie Smith; 7. Jonathan Gray; 8. Shane Molinari; 9. Sidnei Frigo; 10. Steven Whiteley; 11. Danny Rowe; 12. Khalid alBalooshi; 13. Michael Biehle; 14. Bob Rahaim; 15. Jim Whiteley; 16. Mike Janis.
LAS VEGAS — Sunday’s final results from the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The final of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Pro Modified — Steve Jackson, Chevy Camaro, 7.081, 138.84 def. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, Broke.
LAS VEGAS — Final round-by-round results from the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the final of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Harry Hruska, Chevy Camaro, 5.864, 250.64 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.888, 237.46; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.864, 244.96 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.940, 243.06; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.857, 248.48 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, Broke; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.882, 252.47 def. Danny Rowe, Chevy Corvette, 5.933, 243.63; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.808, 255.58 def. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.868, 252.47; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.863, 248.39 def. Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 6.193, 205.57; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 6.894, 175.43 def. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 9.689, 96.51; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.851, 245.36 def. Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 11.551, 111.65;
QUARTERFINALS — Hruska, 5.848, 251.39 def. Molinari, 6.918, 162.33; Stevenson, 5.825, 256.02 def. Smith, 5.871, 245.85; Jackson, 5.837, 246.80 def. Gray, 5.989, 239.10; Coughlin, 5.836, 255.29 def. Castellana, 5.837, 249.07;
SEMIFINALS — Coughlin, 5.843, 254.04 def. Hruska, 5.915, 250.46; Jackson, 5.847, 245.81 def. Stevenson, 6.843, 153.60;
FINAL — Jackson, 7.081, 138.84 def. Coughlin, Broke.
LAS VEGAS — Point standings (top 10) following the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the final of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Troy Coughlin, 912; 2. Mike Castellana, 847; 3. Steve Jackson, 716; 4. Shane Molinari, 686; 5. Sidnei Frigo, 611; 6. Jonathan Gray, 603; 7. Steven Whiteley, 602; 8. Steve Matusek, 547; 9. Rickie Smith, 494; 10. Khalid alBalooshi, 493.
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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