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T. Coughlin Wins Delayed PM Race from Charlotte at St. Louis

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Troy Coughlin raced to victory in the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals and also won his first round matchup from the No. 1 qualifying position in the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.

When Pro Mod eliminations resume on Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m., Coughlin will be looking to earn his second Wally trophy of the weekend at the controls of his turbocharged JEGS.com Corvette.

Troy Coughlin (near lane) vs. Mike Janis

Troy Coughlin (near lane) vs. Mike Janis

In the delayed Charlotte final, Coughlin defeated Mike Janis, who is currently second in the series points standings. Coughlin was first off the line and powered to a winning performance of 5.937 seconds at 239.14 mph, while Janis’ supercharged late model Chevy Camaro had issues and slowed to a 9.438 at 112.11 finish. It was his second win of the season and sixth of his career and he moved to third overall in the points standings with the effort.

“Winning this trophy for the Charlotte race is pretty special.” Coughlin said. “I’m pretty fired up, pretty excited.”

Coughlin claimed the St. Louis No. 1 qualifying position, the first of the season and second of his career, with a performance of 5.845 at 250.41. He then outran Dave Pierce in the opening round with an effort of 5.851 at 250.18.

“We’re not the fastest car out here,” Coughlin said. “We’re just trying to make good, competitive runs. (Crew chief) Steve (Petty), Mike, Kyle and those guys are doing a fantastic job on this thing. They’re giving us a race car that’s been repeatable. We’re not the fastest hot rod through all these laps, but it’s the most consistent, and I know when I pull up to stage that they’ve given me a good hot rod. This Corvette is pretty mean.”

With a victory Sunday, Coughlin can continue to gain ground on series leader Rickie Smith, who lost in the first round of the Charlotte race but advanced to the second round in the St. Louis eliminations. Janis, who finished runner-up in the Charlotte eliminations, trails Smith by 35 points in second.

“We’re getting closer, we’re inching up on Rickie’s heels,” said Coughlin, who trails Smith by 59 points. “We’re chewing on Rickie’s heels, as they say. He has done an awesome job this year, but we want to chase him down and make him earn it. Mike Janis, Steve Matusek, there are a handful of guys who have the opportunity to jump up and win this thing. I’m happy as heck to be one of them.”

Other first round winners of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals eliminations included Von Smith, Dan Stevenson, Todd Tutterow, Don Walsh Mike Knowles and Kevin Fiscus. Sunday’s semifinal pairings in the category include Coughlin vs. V. Smith; R. Smith vs. Stevenson; Tutterow vs. Walsh; and Knowles vs. Fiscus.

(Photos courtesy JEGS/Auto Imagery)

 

MADISON, Ill. —  Final round-by-round results from the delayed Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the eighth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED

ROUND ONE — Mike Janis, Chevy Camaro, 5.921, 244.12 def. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.955, 242.06; Von Smith, Camaro, 5.963, 239.65 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.929, 244.38; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.973, 245.58 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 9.652, 93.18; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.935, 246.84 def. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 5.980, 245.54; Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.952, 238.30 def. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.981, 240.17; Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.935, 246.80 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.022, 242.10; Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.907, 245.76 def. Kenny Lang, Camaro, 14.245, 61.31; Jim Laurita, Camaro, 5.927, 240.17 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 5.907, 245.85; QUARTERFINALS — Matusek, 5.905, 248.11 def. Glidden, 5.939, 241.24; Coughlin, 5.845, 250.41 def. Walsh, 5.905, 225.18; Janis, 5.918, 246.12 def. Laurita, 5.891, 246.03; Rowe, 5.860, 248.02 def. V. Smith, 5.905, 242.63; SEMIFINALS — Janis, 5.900, 247.11 def. Matusek, 8.445, 111.99; Coughlin, 5.881, 250.32 def. Rowe, 5.880, 246.80; FINAL — Coughlin, 5.937, 239.14 def. Janis, 9.438, 112.11.

 

MADISON, Ill. — First round results from the third annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE — Von Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.865, 242.41 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 18.079, 41.54; Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.824, 250.78 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.868, 246.12; Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 5.865, 248.57 def. Jason Hamstra, Mustang, 7.935, 120.16; Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.875, 244.92 def. Jim Laurita, Camaro, 6.786, 176.07; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.865, 245.63 def. Bill Glidden, Mustang, 5.952, 243.33; Mike Knowles, Camaro, 7.092, 173.72 def. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 8.179, 191.70; Todd Tutterow, Camaro, 5.973, 241.28 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 8.188, 114.76; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.851, 250.18 def. Dave Pierce, Camaro, 8.124, 118.82.

 

MADISON, Ill. – Final order following three rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals:

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

1    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’68 Corvette       5.845  250.41  250.41

2    6 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’68 Camaro        5.860  248.02  248.02

3 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’68 Camaro 5.889  248.07  248.07

4    1 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’69 Camaro              5.890  246.35  246.35

5 1087 Jim Laurita, Morgantown WV, ’68 Camaro         5.891  246.03  246.03

6 367J Jason Hamstra, Demotte IN, ’10 Mustang         5.891  243.55  243.55

7 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’13 Camaro           5.900  247.11  247.11

8 2377 Von Smith, Oak Ridge TN, ’69 Camaro            5.900  243.06  243.06

9 5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro           5.905  248.11  248.11

10 3382 Don Walsh, Wixom MI, ’13 Camaro                5.905  225.18  250.27

11 220F Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL, ’12 Mustang     5.918  244.52  246.57

12  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’13 Camaro      5.925  243.33  243.33

13  324 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, ’10 Mustang        5.939  241.24  243.11

14 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’68 Camaro    5.945  242.28  242.28

15  202 Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville NC, ’69 Camaro      5.959  240.77  241.24

16 4262 Dave Pierce, Claremont OK, ’68 Camaro          5.964  240.08  240.08

       ———— Not Qualified ————

17  210 Jay Payne, Claremont CA, ’12 Camaro            5.984  241.67  241.67

18    9 Chip King, Semora NC, ’69 Daytona              6.010  247.52  247.52

19 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, ’69 Camaro              6.013  238.34  238.34

20  360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’69 Camaro       6.045  239.36  239.36

21 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’53 Corvette  6.047  237.71  237.71

22  567 Chris Juliano, Iberia MO, ’67 Mustang          6.069  233.52  233.52

23    7 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, ’69 Camaro       6.075  242.19  242.19

24  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi  6.084  243.63  243.63

25    3 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, ’69 Camaro     6.120  234.94  234.94

26 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE, ’63 Corvette      6.145  239.40  239.40

27  205 Kevin Rivenbark, Wallace NC, ’67 Mustang       6.263  216.45  216.45

28  377 Harold Martin, New Hudson MI, ’14 Corvette    20.547   34.39   34.39

29    8 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona       DQ

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