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Smith Wins U.S. Nationals; Extends NHRA Pro Mod Points Lead

Reigning NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world champion Rickie Smith raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Series victory Monday (Sep. 1), at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Brownsburg, IN, near Indianapolis. Pro Mod racing was presented by JEGS at the event.

Smith ran his ’68 IDG Camaro to a 5.901-second pass at 245.72 mph, defeating Pete Farber in the final round. It was Smith’s second win of the season and sixth of his career. Smith, the runner-up at Indianapolis last season, defeated Danny Rowe, Jeff Naiser and Troy Coughlin on the way to the final.

The win also propelled Smith farther into the Pro Mod points lead ahead of Mike Janis, with Farber and Steve Matusek currently tied in third.

Farber drove his CRC Brakeleen Dodge Daytona to the final round with victories over Steven Whiteley, Matusek and Billy Glidden. It was his second final-round appearance of the season, following a victory in Bristol. Farber was appearing in his first Indianapolis final.

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will head to Charlotte, N.C. for the Pro Mod portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 12-14. The event is the seventh of 10 races on the 2014 schedule.

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BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Final round-by-round results from the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the seventh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.


ROUND ONE — Dan Stevenson, Chevy Camaro, 7.628, 128.32 def. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, foul; Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.957, 215.72 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.076, 235.89; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.864, 247.84 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.929, 242.84; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.895, 244.38 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.919, 244.60; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.963, 242.41 def. Von Smith, Camaro, 5.931, 241.93; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.957, 241.97 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 6.123, 238.76; Jeff Naiser, Camaro, 5.898, 239.87 def. Jim Bell, Camaro, foul; Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.902, 237.71 def. Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.872, 250.41; QUARTERFINALS — Farber, 5.923, 243.46 def. Matusek, 6.009, 242.50; Coughlin, 5.890, 247.97 def. Knowles, 5.938, 242.76; Glidden, 5.970, 219.65 def. Stevenson, foul; R. Smith, 5.908, 246.17 def. Naiser, 7.333, 137.32; SEMIFINALS — Farber, 5.926, 243.24 def. Glidden, foul; R. Smith, 5.898, 245.45 def. Coughlin, 5.893, 245.40; FINAL — R. Smith, 5.901, 245.72 def. Farber, 6.924, 171.60.

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