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Smith Leads Early Pro Mod Qualifying at NHRA Norwalk

Rickie Smith

Veteran Pro Mod driver Rickie Smith raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Smith’s first qualifying attempt earned him the provisional No. 1 position with a quick 6.022 second pass, and his performance of 5.951 seconds at 241.50 mph on the second qualifying attempt in his IDG Camaro secured his spot in the top qualifying position heading into Saturday.

If his time stands through Saturday’s final qualifying session, it would be his second consecutive No. 1 qualifying position of the season.

Donald Walsh holds the No. 2 spot in his ’11 Mustang with a 5.983 at 248.71. Roger Burgess sits third with a performance of 6.034 seconds at 249.29 mph in his ’53 Corvette and Mike Castellana is fourth with a 6.049 seconds at 237.75 mph in his new late model Camaro.

Pro Mod Qualifying resumes on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the first round of eliminations is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m.

(DI file photo by Ian Tocher)

NORWALK, Ohio — Friday’s results after the first two rounds of qualifying for the 6th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Parks, sixth of ten events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by ProCare Rx.

1   43 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’12 Camaro               5.951  241.50  241.50
2 3382 Donald Walsh, Wixom MI, t’11 Mustang            5.983  248.71  248.71
3  272 Roger Burgess, Duluth GA, ’53 Corvette          6.034  249.49  249.49
4 1794 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, ’12 Camaro      6.049  237.75  237.75
5 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’10 Mustang           6.097  239.44  239.65
6  777 Leah Pruett, Cherry Valley CA, t’12 Mustang     6.098  248.25  248.25
7  770 Donald Martin, Lake Forest CA, *’68 Camaro      6.126  240.59  240.59
8    2 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, *’68 Camaro        6.179  238.47  238.47
9  321 Scott Ray, Greenville OH, *’53 Corvette         6.184  230.96  230.96
10    9 Jay Payne, Ontario CA, ’12 Camaro               6.210  235.31  235.31
11  191 Kevin McCurdy, Hamburg PA, ’68 Camaro           6.211  218.87  218.87
12 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, *’68 Camaro    6.233  235.27  235.27
13    4 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, ’69 Camaro        6.279  234.49  234.49
14 5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, t’12 Mustang          6.415  233.16  233.16
15 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, *’69 Daytona      6.462  224.51  224.51
16 2072 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL, ’69 Camaro      7.522  152.19  152.19
  ———— Not Qualified ————
17   24 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, t’68 Camaro         8.788   79.58   79.58
18  300 David Roemer, Avon OH, ’06 Cavalier            15.188   54.35   54.35
* = Supercharged Engine
t = Turbocharged Engine

This story was originally published on July 7, 2012. Drag Illustrated

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