CASTELLANA RACES TO QUALIFYING LEAD AT ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY
BAYTOWN, Texas – NHRA officials were forced to cancel the final round of qualifying for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series on Saturday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals due to persistent afternoon rain showers at Royal Purple Raceway.
Mike Castellana will start the third of 10 events in the series as the No. 1 qualifier in his Al-Anabi Racing ’68 Camaro when eliminations begin on Sunday. His 5.880 second pass at 244.56 mph was good enough to claim his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the sixth of his career. His first round opponent will be Jeffrey Cummins Jr.
Points leader Von Smith qualified eighth and will face defending series champion Troy Coughlin in his JEGS.com Corvette. Danny Rowe will drive his Agave Underground Tequila Pro Mod in a first round meeting with Chip King.
Eliminations for the NHRA Pro Mod Series are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.
BAYTOWN, Texas -- Sunday's first-round pairings for eliminations for the 26th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway, the third of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.
Pro Modified -- 1. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.880, 244.56 vs. 14. Jeffrey Cummins Jr., Camaro, 9.786, 93.08; 2. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.930, 246.53 vs. 13. Chip King, Dodge Daytona, 6.499, 236.55; 3. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.960, 244.25 vs. 12. Chris Juliano, Ford Mustang, 6.246, 220.15; 4. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.964, 244.34 vs. 11. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 6.208, 237.30; 5. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.964, 242.71 vs. 10. Steve Matusek, Mustang, 6.060, 246.48; 6. Pete Farber, Daytona, 5.966, 246.12 vs. 9. Kenny Lang, Chevy Corvette, 5.983, 245.99; 7. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.979, 248.71 vs. 8. Von Smith, Camaro, 5.979, 244.65.