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Smith Resets Atlanta Track Record in NHRA Pro Mod Round-One Win

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Reigning NHRA Pro Mod world champion Rickie Smith (above) topped qualifying with a track record E.T. on Friday and followed that up with a first-round win in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Smith set an Atlanta Dragway record with his 5.840-second pass at 248.52 mph. Smith would pilot his IDG ’13 Camaro against No. 16 qualifier Chip King, with Smith prevailing with a 5.778 pass at 250.04 to reach the second round of the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race in Atlanta, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association at this event. Smith will have lane choice over No. 8 qualifier Troy Coughlin in the second round.

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Jim Laurita qualified No. 2 with a 5.835 pass at 245.45 but fell to No. 15 qualifier Von Smith in the first round of eliminations. Smith ran a 5.942 at 240.94 to advance to the second round against Gainesville winner Matt Castellana. Castellana, the No.  7 seed, defeated No 10 qualifier Don Walsh with his 6.108 run at 208.84.

Other second-round matchups include No. 3 qualifier Kevin Fiscus against No. 11 seed Steve Matusek and No. 4 Danny Rowe against No. 5 Steven Whiteley.

Pro Mod Series eliminations continue on Sunday, May 17.

(Photo by Ian Tocher)

COMMERCE, Ga. — First round results May 16, from the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, the third of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE — Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.886, 241.63 def. Mike Knowles, Chevy Camaro, 5.918, 244.52; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.108, 208.84 def. Don Walsh, Camaro, 12.169, 57.46; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.896, 246.39 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 6.061, 229.82; Steven Whiteley, Camaro, no time def. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, DQ.; Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.832, 249.12 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.875, 248.11; Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 5.903, 248.98 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.949, 244.03; Von Smith, Camaro, 5.942, 240.94 def. Jim Laurita, Camaro, 9.812, 89.65; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.778, 250.04 def. Chip King, Daytona, 8.677, 91.46.

 

COMMERCE, Ga. – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals:

Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd-Top Spd

1    1 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’13 Camaro              5.795@ 250.13  250.13

2 1087 Jim Laurita, Morgantown WV, ’68 Camaro         5.835  245.45  245.45

3 220F Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL, ’12 Mustang     5.853  249.21  249.21

4    6 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’68 Camaro        5.872  247.29  247.29

5 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’68 Camaro 5.877  246.17  246.17

6    8 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona      5.896  247.52  247.52

7    3 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, ’69 Camaro     5.901  241.67  241.67

8    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’12 Corvette       5.915  243.55  243.55

9 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’68 Camaro    5.920  240.55  240.55

10 3382 Don Walsh, Wixom MI, ’68 Camaro                5.925  247.02  247.02

11 5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro           5.937  246.44  246.44

12  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’13 Camaro      5.949  244.12  244.12

13 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’13 Camaro           5.951  246.08  246.08

14 1938 Eric Latino, Whitby ON, ’69 Camaro             5.951  240.08  240.08

15 2377 Von Smith, Oak Ridge TN, ’69 Camaro            5.976  239.44  239.44

16    9 Chip King, Semora NC, ’69 Daytona              5.985  245.81  245.81

       ———— Not Qualified ————

17    7 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, ’69 Camaro       5.988  237.13  237.13

18  324 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, ’10 Mustang        6.006  231.87  233.16

19  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi  6.109  243.63  246.12

20 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’57 Bel Air  6.144  228.31  228.31

21 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, ’69 Camaro              6.272  203.03  203.03

22  377 Harold Martin, New Hudson MI, ’14 Corvette     9.084  100.61  100.61

23  567 Chris Juliano, Iberia MO, ’67 Mustang          9.989   88.79   88.79

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