Smith Sets Early Norwalk Pro Mod Pace
NORWALK, Ohio – Rickie Smith kept up his red-hot pace in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Series, racing to the qualifying lead on Friday at the seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
The race is the sixth of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.
Driving his IDG Chevy Camaro, Smith, who won at Bristol Dragway in the most recent Pro Mod event, put together an impressive 5.910 at 243.94 mph in his nitrous-injected Camaro.
Mike Castellana and his nitrous-injected Al-Anabi Racing Camaro ran a 5.918 at 240.77 to take the second spot. Current points leader and defending world champion Troy Coughlin sent his turbo-charged JEGS.com Chevy Corvette to the third spot after his pass of 5.922 at 244.07.
Should Smith, who is second in points, hang onto the top qualifying position, it would give him the No. 1 qualifier for the first time in 2013 in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
Following in the fourth spot is 2013 event winner Mike Janis, who powered his Valvoline Camaro to a 5.961 at 242.63. Rounding out the top five is Harold Martin, who drove his Corvette to a 5.962 at 237.25. Clint Satterfield, who is currently qualified seventh with a 5.984, posted the fastest run of the day at 245.27 in a BAC Enterprises Pontiac Firebird.
The final qualifying session for the NHRA Pro Mod Series is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by the first round of eliminations at 4:15 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue Sunday beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m.