ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (June 11, 2017) – NHRA Pro Mod is one of the hottest classes in drag racing thanks to its extremely competitive and quick door car racing. Average car counts of twenty‐five or more and only sixteen seats in the show make for very intense competition where any car can win. That level of competition, combined with three different power‐adders and a five‐eighty‐something bump, and the result is the best door‐slammer racing in the world.
The J & A Service Pro Mod series is winning respect from even the most traditional drag racing fans by putting on a good show, and last weekend’s NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey was a shining example of that. Twenty‐five cars came to play and a 5.877‐second bump sent nine of them home. After three rounds of qualifying, the entire sixteen car field was only separated by a tenth of a second and Pro Line Power was at the top! Troy Coughlin pushed the PLR Hemi‐powered Jegs C7 Corvette to the number one qualifying position with a 5.772‐second blast. Right behind him was Shane Molinari with his PLR Hemi‐powered ‘68 Firebird that ran a 5.781 elapsed time to secure second qualifier. Sidnei Frigo, who would not be left out of the party, qualified eleventh with a 5.841‐second run.
The first round of eliminations was a success for Team Pro Line as all three Pro Line Racing‐powered cars took wins. The second round proved to be more challenging when Molinari lost to Pro Mod veteran, Rickie Smith, and Frigo went out to Steven Whiteley. Team Pro Line was not done yet, though, and Coughlin made a solid 5.833‐second pass to defeat Khalid Al Balooshi. Just qualifying for a NHRA Pro Mod race is a huge accomplishment these days, so congratulations are in order for Molinari and Frigo.
Coughlin’s semi‐final matchup was against none other than previous event winner, Stevie “Fast” Jackson, who is known for cutting a quick light. This time, it was Coughlin who pulled an event‐best reaction time of 0.029‐seconds and went on to outrun Jackson to the finish line.
The NHRA Pro Mod final round featured Coughlin versus Rickie Smith, and it was one of those races that makes the class a fan favorite. When the bulbs dropped, Smith left first and starting pulling away, yet Coughlin’s PLR Hemi came alive and began to reel Smith back in. Unfortunately, Coughlin ran out of runway and Smith took the win by a mere five feet or 0.0137 seconds! Congratulations to the Jegs Performance Pro Modified team for claiming runner‐up honors against the world’s best.