R.P.M. Englishtown Event Summary
Tennessee-native and Pro Mod class powerhouse Von Smith raced to his first victory of the season during the spirited Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, presented by Powerocks held during NHRA’s Toyota Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey….
The event was the 4th of the year for the R.P.M. circuit racers who will contend for their championship at a total of 10-events during 2014. Von Smith’s victory made him the 4th different driver to win this season within the ultra competitive circuit.
In a battle between two supercharged cars, Smith, the No. 5 qualifier, drove his Al-Anabi Racing/Dr. Moon 69’ Camaro to a 5.966-second pass at 241.58 mph defeating No. 14 seed Jason Hamstra in the final. It was Smith’s second consecutive Pro Mod final round appearance.
Smith had earlier defeated 2013 NHRA Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin and Clint Satterfield in rounds one and two before topping Canadian Eric Latino in a tense semi final round.
For Smith, who was the 2010 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world champion, it was his 6th career NHRA event victory.
Event Essentials: Toyota Summernationals (Pro Mod):
|NHRA Pro Mod||Name||E.T.||MPH|
|Low ET:||Rickie Smith||5.832|
|Top Speed:||Kevin Fiscus||251.58|
RPM Event Sponsorship Report
Powerocks was the presenting sponsor of the Englishtown race. Racers and fans were buying the popular Powerocks cell phone chargers in the Nitro Mall and at the JEGS merchandise trailer throughout the race weekend. This past week, Kenny Lang and Billy Glidden also won Powerocks at the Friday drivers meeting.
CRC Industries gave away a case of Brakleen to Eric Latino at the drivers meeting, and brought out more than 100 employees and their families to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park to watch their sponsored driver, Pete Farber.
Dan Stevenson took home $3,000 worth of Mickey Thompson Performance Wheels and JE Pistons awarded $250 gift certificates to Jason Hamstra, Pete Farber, Kevin Fiscus and Steve Matusek.
During eliminations, performance bonuses went to several drivers. Jason Hamstra was awarded $500 from Larry Jeffers Race Cars for having the best reaction time of the event, with a .016 light in the semi-finals.
RedHorse Performance gave bonuses to drivers depending on where they finished in eliminations. In Englishtown, Dan Stevenson Steve Matusek, Danny Rowe, Troy Coughlin, Kenny Lang, Bob Rahaim, Rickie Smith and Steven Whitely received $300 a piece for 1st round finishes. Kevin Fiscus, Clint Satterfield, Pete Farber and Jim Bell each took home $500 for quarter-final finishes. Semi-final bonuses of $750 were given to Mike Janis and Eric Latino.
The next race for RPM is in Bristol at the 2014 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 13th – 15th.
Posted with files by: Bruce Biegler & Nicole Erickson
Photos by: Bruce Biegler & Dave DeAngelis