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Coughlin Wins PM at NHRA Charlotte

JEGS_Troy_launchZMax_640Defending class champion Troy Coughlin raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Series victory Sunday at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMAX Dragway. The NHRA Pro Mod Series portion of the event was contested in the traditional two-lane configuration.

“Charlotte’s such a great place to race,” Coughlin said. “The car was rocking and rolling. I’ve got my family with me, and I couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m not sure what the reaction times were there in the final, but it was a tight race,” Coughlin said. “I could sense that he was there. I could hear that thing humming. But we got him. Thank God. What a day.”

Troy Coughlin

Troy Coughlin

To advance to the final round, Coughlin raced past Chip King, Mike Castellana and Mike Knowles in earlier rounds.

“(Crew chief) Steve (Petty) and all the guys did a fabulous job of putting this car together for race day,” Coughlin said. “It’s been a dream to drive.”

But it wasn’t all tune-up as Coughlin was solid behind the wheel, with reaction times of .053 seconds or better throughout eliminations. In the final, Coughlin made a pass of 5.893 seconds at 242.19 mph to beat Lang’s run of 5.898 seconds at 246.98 mph. Coughlin got the jump on Lang on the start, posting a .053 to Lang’s .087, and never looking back.

With the win, Coughlin moved into second place in the series standings, 19 points behind leader Von Smith. Smith lost in the second round to eventual runner-up Lang.

The NHRA Pro Mod Series continues with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries, April 26-28 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.

(Photos courtesy JEGS/Dave Kommel; Click to enlarge)

CONCORD, N.C. — Final round-by-round results from the 4th annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMax Dragway, the race is the second of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.


ROUND ONE — Clint Satterfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.090, 238.68 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, foul; Von Smith, Camaro, 5.884, 245.67 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.928, 246.80; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.909, 248.52 def. Chip King, Daytona, 6.015, 249.81; Steve Matusek, Ford Mustang, 5.987, 250.55 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 7.000, 147.79; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.945, 243.06 def. Kevin McCurdy, Camaro, 6.096, 239.53; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 9.215, 100.24 def. Chris Juliano, Mustang, 9.285, 128.38; Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.401, 173.52 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Bel Air, 7.199, 150.03; Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.963, 241.67 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 10.359, 85.96; QUARTERFINALS — Matusek, 6.213, 240.12 def. R. Smith, DQ; Knowles, 6.158, 239.70 def. Satterfield, 9.204, 95.58; Coughlin, 5.902, 247.84 def. Castellana, 6.257, 238.76; Lang, 5.951, 245.54 def. V. Smith, 6.107, 227.54; SEMIFINALS — Lang, 5.944, 246.17 def. Matusek, 6.936, 153.40; Coughlin, 5.882, 248.25 def. Knowles, 5.967, 47.25; FINAL — Coughlin, 5.893, 242.19 def. Lang, 5.898, 246.98.

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CONCORD, N.C. — Point standings (top 10) for NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series following the fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMax Dragway, the second of 10 events in the series.

1.  Von Smith, 175; 2.  Troy Coughlin, 156; 3.  Kenny Lang, 142; 4.  Chip King, 133; 5.  Rickie Smith, 120; 6.  Pete Farber, 118; 7.  Danny Rowe, 105; 8.  Mike Castellana, 103; 9.  Mike Janis, 95; 10.  Clint Satterfield, 94.

This story was originally published on April 22, 2013. Drag Illustrated

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