Sunday, April 21, 2013



CONCORD, N.C. – Troy Coughlin raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Series victory Sunday at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMAX Dragway. The NHRA Pro Mod Series portion of the event was contested in the traditional two-lane configuration.

"Charlotte's such a great place to race," Coughlin said. "The car was rocking and rolling. I've got my family with me, and I couldn't be more excited."

Defending world champion Coughlin powered his Corvette to his third career victory in the popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series with a final round performance of 5.893 seconds at 242.19 mph. Runner-up Kenny Lang trailed Coughlin with a 5.898 at 246.98 in his Summit Racing ’63 Corvette.

"I'm not sure what the reaction times were there in the final, but it was a tight race," Coughlin said. "I could sense that he was there. I could hear that thing humming. But we got him. Thank God. What a day."

To advance to the final round, Coughlin raced past Chip King, Mike Castellana and Mike Knowles in earlier rounds.

"(Crew chief) Steve (Petty) and all the guys did a fabulous job of putting this car together for race day," Coughlin said. "It's been a dream to drive."

With the win, Coughlin moved into second place in the series standings, 19 points behind leader Von Smith. Smith lost in the second round to eventual runner-up Lang.

The NHRA Pro Mod Series continues with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries, April 26-28 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.

CONCORD, N.C. -- Final round-by-round results from the Fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMax Dragway, the race is the second of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.


ROUND ONE -- Clint Satterfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.090, 238.68 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, foul; Von Smith, Camaro, 5.884, 245.67 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.928, 246.80; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.909, 248.52 def. Chip King, Daytona, 6.015, 249.81; Steve Matusek, Ford Mustang, 5.987, 250.55 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 7.000, 147.79; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.945, 243.06 def. Kevin McCurdy, Camaro, 6.096, 239.53; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 9.215, 100.24 def. Chris Juliano, Mustang, 9.285, 128.38; Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.401, 173.52 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Bel Air, 7.199, 150.03; Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.963, 241.67 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 10.359, 85.96;

QUARTERFINALS -- Matusek, 6.213, 240.12 def. R. Smith, DQ; Knowles, 6.158, 239.70 def. Satterfield, 9.204, 95.58; Coughlin, 5.902, 247.84 def. Castellana, 6.257, 238.76; Lang, 5.951, 245.54 def. V. Smith, 6.107, 227.54;

SEMIFINALS -- Lang, 5.944, 246.17 def. Matusek, 6.936, 153.40; Coughlin, 5.882, 248.25 def. Knowles, 5.967, 247.25;

FINAL -- Coughlin, 5.893, 242.19 def. Lang, 5.898, 246.98.

CONCORD, N.C. -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series following the fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMax Dragway, the second of 10 events in the series.

Pro Modified

1.  Von Smith, 175; 2.  Troy Coughlin, 156; 3.  Kenny Lang, 142; 4.  Chip King, 133; 5.  Rickie Smith, 120; 6.  Pete Farber, 118; 7.  Danny Rowe, 105; 8.  Mike Castellana, 103; 9.  Mike Janis, 95; 10.  Clint Satterfield, 94.