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‘Tricky Rickie’ Takes Early PM Qualifying Lead at Indy

RSmith_chutes640Rickie Smith powered his IDG Chevy Camaro to the qualifying lead on Friday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The race is the seventh of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.

Driving his nitrous-injected Camaro, the red-hot Smith, who is looking for his third-straight Pro Mod win in 2013 and is the series points leader, put together an impressive run of 6.042 seconds at 240.51 mph.

Von Smith and his Al-Anabi Racing Camaro ran a 6.061 at 236.70 to take the second spot. Eric Latino sent his Camaro to third, going 6.086 at 240.08. Mike Janis was fourth with a 6.087 at 238.09 and Mike Knowles rounded out the top five, going 6.093 at 240.72. Defending world champion Troy Coughlin posted the top speed in his Corvette at 242.67 and is currently qualified seventh.

Should Smith hang onto the top qualifying position, it would give him the No. 1 qualifier for the second time during the 2013 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Qualifying continues Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET) and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series eliminations start Sunday at 5 p.m. and continue Monday starting at approximately 2:30 p.m.

( file photo by Ian Tocher)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Friday’s results after the first one of four rounds of qualifying for the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the race is the seventh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s first round of eliminations.

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1. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 6.042, 240.51; 2. Von Smith, Camaro, 6.061, 236.75; 3. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.086, 240.08; 4. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.087, 238.09; 5. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 6.093, 240.72; 6. Tim Tindle, Camaro, 6.093, 203.83; 7. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 6.151, 242.67; 8. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 6.163, 239.14; 9. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.183, 237.42; 10. Kevin Rivenbark, Pontiac Firebird, 6.184, 230.84; 11. Chip King, Dodge Daytona, 6.206, 241.71; 12. Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.225, 236.17; 13. Chris Juliano, Mustang, 6.261, 222.99; 14. Jason Hamstra, Mustang, 6.263, 231.40; 15. Steve Matusek, Mustang, 6.315, 225.56; 16. Jimmy Widener, Mercury Cougar, 6.324, 225.94. Not Qualified: 17. Doug Winters, 6.325, 222.66; 18. Craig Cawte, 6.337, 228.31; 19. Harold Martin, 6.595, 218.19; 20. Bill Lutz, 6.734, 153.02; 21. Todd Tutterow, 6.931, 159.66; 22. Clint Satterfield, 8.237, 170.56; 23. Pete Farber, 11.220, 95.09; 24. Danny Rowe, 12.170, 83.55.

This story was originally published on August 31, 2013. Drag Illustrated

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