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S. Whiteley Quickest in Early PM Qualifying at NHRA Charlotte

Steven Whiteley (above) raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The Pro Mod Series racing at this event is sponsored by Powerocks and it is the eighth of 10 events in the 2014 season.

Whiteley powered his supercharged Y-Not ‘68 Chevy Camaro to a leading performance of 5.875 seconds at 246.26 mph. Danny Rowe qualified second in his supercharged Agave Underground Tequila ’68 Camaro with a 5.894 at 246.08. Indy No. 1 qualifier Don Walsh was third with a 5.919 at 249.35 in his turbocharged late model Camaro.

Series points leader Rickie Smith, a native of nearby King, N.C. and winner of the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis two weeks ago, qualified fifth in his new nitrous-injected IDG ’68 Camaro, posting a run of 5.968 at 245.00.

The final Pro Mod qualifying session is Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and will be followed by the first round of eliminations at 2:30 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue on Sunday at approximately 2 p.m.

(DI file photo by Ian Tocher)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the Seventh annual Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, eighth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s first round of eliminations.

Pro Modified

1. Steven Whiteley, Chevy Camaro, 5.875, 246.26; 2. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.894, 246.08; 3. Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.919, 249.35; 4. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.941, 245.18; 5. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.968, 245.00; 6. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.979, 242.89; 7. Bill Glidden, Ford Mustang, 5.979, 236.55; 8. Von Smith, Camaro, 5.983, 238.68; 9. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.996, 240.94; 10. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 6.017, 246.17; 11. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.019, 241.02; 12. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 6.026, 237.34; 13. Jim Laurita, Camaro, 6.031, 230.76; 14. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 6.045, 243.50; 15. Jason Hamstra, Mustang, 6.045, 238.89; 16. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 6.068, 237.25.

Not Qualified: 17. Jim Whiteley, 6.072, 235.27; 18. Jim Bell, 6.087, 218.37; 19. Gerry Capano, 6.092, 236.13; 20. Mike Castellana, 6.097, 234.66; 21. Chip King, 6.106, 243.72; 22. Kenny Lang, 6.116, 237.21; 23. Michael Biehle, 6.127, 243.55; 24. Jay Payne, 6.180, 236.05; 25. Chris Juliano, 6.190, 229.51; 26. Doug Winters, 6.264, 214.76; 27. Mike Knowles, 6.344, 230.76; 28. Harold Martin, 8.222, 119.87.

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