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Rickie Smith Retains PM Qualifying Lead at Indy

Rowe_burnout_McHugh640Rickie Smith stayed in the qualifying lead on Saturday during the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.

The class was limited to one qualifying session on Saturday due to rain and drivers will get one final qualifying run on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eliminations for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday and continue Monday at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Smith’s run of 6.042 seconds at 240.51 mph in his IDG Chevy Camaro from Friday kept him as the No. 1 qualifier for a second straight day. Smith, who drives a nitrous-injected Camaro, has won the last two NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series events and is the points leader. Should he stay in the top qualifying position, Smith would gain his second straight No. 1 qualifier.

Von Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Camaro remained in second with his pass of 6.061 at 236.70. Danny Rowe (above) made the biggest jump in his Agave Underground Tequila Camaro, jumping to third after going 6.080 at 240.51. Mike Janis stayed in fourth but improved upon his time from Friday with a 6.080 at 238.76. Harold Martin rounded out the top five after a performance of 6.081 at 234.41.


BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Saturday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the race is the seventh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Sunday for Sunday’s first round of eliminations.

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1. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 6.042, 240.51; 2. Von Smith, Camaro, 6.061, 236.75; 3. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 6.080, 240.51; 4. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.080, 238.76; 5. Harold Martin, Chevy Corvette, 6.081, 234.41; 6. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.086, 240.08; 7. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 6.093, 240.72; 8. Tim Tindle, Camaro, 6.093, 203.83; 9. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 6.102, 240.85; 10. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 6.118, 242.67; 11. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 6.152, 239.74; 12. Jimmy Widener, Mercury Cougar, 6.162, 229.74; 13. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.165, 237.42; 14. Bill Lutz, Camaro, 6.172, 243.19; 15. Kevin Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 6.184, 230.84; 16. Jason Hamstra, Mustang, 6.196, 231.40. Not Qualified: 17. Chip King, 6.206, 241.71; 18. Kenny Lang, 6.225, 236.17; 19. Chris Juliano, 6.261, 222.99; 20. Clint Satterfield, 6.272, 236.42; 21. Steve Matusek, 6.315, 225.56; 22. Doug Winters, 6.325, 222.66; 23. Craig Cawte, 6.337, 228.31; 24. Todd Tutterow, 6.931, 159.66.

This story was originally published on September 1, 2013. Drag Illustrated

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